The Charity’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Trustee, Stephen Rosser. They are legally responsible for the overall management and decision-making of Penny Brohn UK and set the overall direction and monitor performance against our strategic aims.
All the Trustees are volunteers, giving their time and skills to us, free of charge. They meet regularly throughout the year as a Board and attend other committee meetings and events during the year. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a broad range of individuals, who between them bring a great many skills and experiences to Penny Brohn UK.
Chair of trustees
Stephen has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2013. Stephen was appointed Chair of Trustees in June 2019 after 4 years as Vice-Chair of the Board.
A solicitor by trade, Stephen is CEO of Clarke Willmott LLP, a national law firm with its headquarters in the centre of Bristol. He has been with Clarke Willmott for 37 years, and in his current role for 10 years. Prior to that he specialised in property law with a focus on development and regeneration.
Stephen learnt of the great work Penny Brohn did after his wife benefitted from the charity’s support following her diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer. In 2012 he elected to run the London Marathon as part of the Penny Brohn fundraising team. Since then, he’s also participated in a number of running, cycling and endurance events for the charity. He was proud to have been elected to the position of chair in 2019 and remains committed to doing all he can to help and support the charity in its work.
Rev Dr Victor Barley
Rev Dr Victor Barley has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 1998.
Victor is a retired Consultant Oncologist and former Lead Clinician of Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services Network.
Ken has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2013.
Ken started his career in finance and worked in a number of manufacturing companies, before moving into management. Switching to the private sector, Ken joined Royal Mail where he stayed for 17 years, ending as a divisional board member with responsibility for finance and performance. He then spent six years as Business & Finance Director for Bristol-based environmental charity, The Soil Association.
Ken now engages in a portfolio of activities that involves consultancy work and non-executive directorships, and is also a Trustee of the Milestones Trust, who provide support to adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia.
Alex has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2009.
Prior to becoming a Trustee, Alex worked with the Charity on a number of consultancy projects. Alex is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson, the Global Executive Search firm.
He leads searches for Chairs, Chief Executives and Trustees for the non-profit sector and has worked with many of the leading charities and trade associations.
Alex is a graduate of University College London and a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Mohammed has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2013.
Mohammed has held a number of senior engineering and management positions in the Water, Waste and Renewables sectors over the past 25 years. His previous portfolio of group directorships include the Managing Director of Wessex Water Operations and Enterprises, Managing Director of the waste recycling and renewable energy company GENeco and Managing Director of Swiss Combi Technology (Switzerland).
Mohammed is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. In recognition for his work on the environment and sustainability he received the 2012 Institute of Directors South West Corporate Responsibility Director award. In 2015, GENeco was the winner of the The Guardian Sustainable Business of the Year and in 2017 was the Institute of Chemical Engineers Global Award winner for sustainability. In 2020, Mohammed received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of the West of England for enhancing the sustainable development of Bristol.
He is the Independent Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, Board member at the University of Bristol, member at the Society of Merchant Venturers, Vice Chair of Governors at Colston’s Girls’ School, Board member at the Local Enterprise Partnership, member of the West of England Combined Authority Infrastructure Advisory Board and Non Executive Director at Industrial Phycology.
Kate has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2017.
Kate Groombridge was diagnosed with cancer and has used Penny Brohn’s services since 2007. She has worked with global prestigious brands as a marketing account director, prior to setting up her own business working within financial services as a project manager. She now works full time for Lloyds Banking Group having recently completed qualifications in project management, allowing her to work on extensive transformation programmes.
Charlotte has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2017.
Charlotte White runs a leadership coaching and training business for the non-profit sector. Charly has 15 years’ experience in fundraising, specialising in mid-value and major giving, including at the National Trust. She provides coaching and training to non-profit sector leaders and teams, helping her clients to succeed in demanding roles whilst maintaining a healthy balance.
Rebecca has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2017.
Rebecca Granger has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience. She helps develop technology and digital strategies to deliver business objectives and valued patient and clinician services. She is passionate about engaging people to take ownership of their wellbeing and how this improves the quality of life. Rebecca is currently responsible for leading the i-Care Digital Transformation Programme across the Ramsay UK hospital group. Prior to then, she has had an extensive career working with leading health operators Nuffield Health and HCA Healthcare UK.
Jacqui has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn Cancer Care since 2017.
Jacqui Graves has 34 years’ experience as a nurse, manager and educator across the NHS and charitable and private sectors. She has worked in oncology since 1999, witnessing first hand how people affected by cancer need to develop their resilience and have access to greater holistic support.
Jacqui is currently the Human Rights Lead at Sue Ryder UK, leading a human rights-led end-of-life training programme. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and, in 2016, did her first charity marathon walk, raising over £800. Over the past two years Jacqui has raised over £1000 in sponsorship walking Penny Brohn's annual Stomp event.
Jess has been a Trustee since 2020.
Jess works as a voice over artist and lives in London with husband Andrew and son Hector. Jess is the daughter of our Founder, Penny Brohn. Penny was diagnosed with cancer when Jess was 10 and she has been passionate about what the Centre stands for since then. She chairs The London Fundraising Committee and her events have raised over £100,000 . Always looking for a new edge to fundraise, she helped organise the celebrity fundraising sculpting event with Joan Collins…and during lockdown she recently raised over £1,000 by swimming the length of the Channel in her small pop up pool in the garden!
Charles has been a Trustee since 2020.
Charles is a Chartered Surveyor and has recently retired after 35 years as a partner at commercial property consultants, Alder King. He has specialised in retail and leisure property agency and development throughout the UK.
Charles is a former Trustee of St Peter's Hospice and QEH School. He is a founding Trustee and Chair of Bristol Bears Community Foundation.
He is an enthusiastic fundraiser and has undertaken several marathons and cycle rides in order to raise funds for a number of charities'.