Brathay Hall

Our Trustees are drawn from across the UK
as we are a national charity

They are selected to ensure that the balance of experience of Trustees fits well with the issues that we face.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to:

  • Ensure that the Trust operates in accordance with its Trust Deed and objectives
  • Promote the Trust and its charitable objectives
  • Support the operation of the Trust by making their particular experience and expertise available to the Chief Executive
  • Oversee the operation of the agreed plans during the financial year and hold the Chief Executive and through him his Leadership Team to account for the delivery of the agreed plans and targets
  • Agree the strategy and annual business plans and provide for the long term financial health of the Trust
  • Appoint the Chief Executive (done by the Board collectively) and his direct reports (done by the involvement of two trustees with knowledge of the role.)
  • Oversee compliance of Company Law and Charity Law, and meets the requirements of the Charity Commission

To find out more about our Trustees and their experience, click on their names in the list below:

Chair of Trustees

Andy has had a long and successful career in financial services, working for, amongst others, Co-operative Insurance, Direct Line and, more recently, Ageas. He was CEO of Ageas UK for 7+ years.

In the summer of 2020, Andy stepped away from executive life to do other things. He is now a Non-Executive Director of life insurer Canada Life, and general insurance broker Atlanta (owner of Swinton, Carole Nash and Autonet) and is also currently studying at Oxford University for a Masters in Social Science of the Internet. As part of his studies, he is exploring interest areas of data ethics and social mobility.

Vice Chair of Trustees & Managing Director of 3Dk Solutions

Paul is a qualified social worker, holds an MBA, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development and sits on the Institute for Fiscal Studies Council.

He has been an Executive in two of the country’s largest Housing Associations. He founded his talent development business in 2004 and he and his team coach CEOs, MDs, Executives and NEDs across many business sectors.

Mark is one of the founders of Livingbridge, the UK based private equity firm, and has spent more than 20 years working with small high growth businesses to help them unlock the potential that lies within.

Outside of work, he sits on The Development Board of The Arnold Foundation, and loves walking, skiing, running, cycling, and running uphill - albeit at a very civilised pace.

Commercial Solicitor with his own legal practice

Aside from the day-to-day challenges of running a legal firm, Paul is also a non-executive Group Board Director of Calico, the not-for profit organisation that provides housing, youth support, domestic violence rehabilitation and substance abuse support for 5500 families and individuals across the North-west. He has invaluable experience to offer Brathay; being conversant with the governance and regulatory requirements of the third sector, and empathetic towards those on the fringe of society who need help and assistance.

When not at work, Paul is a keen runner who's completed 144 marathons including two Brathay 10in10s with a third on the way in 2021. It's through taking part in our annual fundraising events that Paul has found himself drawn towards Brathay, not just the beauty and physical elements of the place itself, but also as a charity reaching out to communities beyond.

Retired RAF commander and business consultant

Julie has considerable experience across a number of fields, both domestically and operationally, and since retiring from the RAF in 2008 she has focussed on the development of others whilst continuing her own professional growth. A gifted facilitator who has worked in many areas of the UK workforce, she has had considerable success consulting for, and with, private companies, professional bodies, government departments, the military and the NHS. For several years now she has been a Non Exec Director, having held marketing, communications, sporting and business development portfolios and has delivered significant success in member-body and volunteer-heavy environments.

A grounded professional and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Julie is also a committed sportswoman (having represented GB at UK based international dressage events) with a strong sense of duty, evinced by her role as a Parish Councillor and Vice Chair for Brathay. She aims to bring us vibrancy, positivity and a good dose of reality!


Not only a stonemason, Marc is deputy training manager for WorldSkills UK Stonemasonry.

Marc is passionate about the impact that skills competitions have on young people and has worked with WorldSkills UK to further promote vocational careers.

He has been a Worldskills UK Alumni board member as well as a competitor mentor and performance coach. Mark has experienced first hand the personal development transformation that Brathay offers.

As a former ALP participant, Joanna spent three years on one of Brathay’s most challenging yet rewarding courses and is now able to bring that and her lived experience to our Board. Joanna has a community focus in all that she does, she has been a Local Councillor as well as a Trustee of a number of Cumbrian charities including Cumbria CVS, Cumbria Youth Alliance, Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden and was one of the founding Trustees of Multicultural Cumbria.

Joanna’s day to day role is Public Health Manager for Carlisle within Cumbria County Council, where she also manages the Community Development Team.

Non-executive Director of Marsden Building Society

Chris had a successful career in advertising delivering campaigns for household names such as Britvic, Ronseal, Disney and Microsoft, before embarking on a second career in financial services. He took on a marketing and business development role with Cumberland Building Society in 2006 and was appointed to the Board in 2014 as Executive Director responsible for Operations, HR and Change Management.

He stepped down from full-time work in 2018 allowing more time for his two passions: running and cycling. Chris ran the Windermere Marathon in 2018.

Sarah has been running the Ambleside-based international tour operator, Icicle Mountaineering, with her husband since they set it up in 2001. They offer guided Alpine adventure holidays alongside a retail shop meaning that she now splits her time between the UK and France. She is involved in all aspects of the business, including logistics, accounts, and retail management, licencing, legal compliance and marketing.

A Geography graduate of UCL, she has previously worked as a recruitment consultant, a catering manager, a nightclub manager and a business development adviser and all-round trouble shooter for JD Wetherspoon. She is in fact a Fellow of the British Institute of Innkeeping!

Outside work, Sarah is an active outdoor enthusiast who offers her time as a Trustee of Friends of the Lake District and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is a qualified summer MTUK Mountain Leader & aspirant International Mountain Leader.

Head of Commissioning, Leeds City Council

Chris is an experienced community development worker in the voluntary sector. Originally from Maine, USA, he spent 15 years working in community and regeneration roles across Yorkshire and Humber and currently commissions all youth, family and housing support services for Leeds City Council.

A keen gardener in his spare time, he likes to grow his own veg and enjoys walking and camping with his family.


Founder, Campaign for Learning

Chairman, Talent Foundation

Former Chancellor, University of Derby

Founder 10in10e

Chairman, CN Group

Member, House of Lords

President, Cumbria Tourism

President, Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Chief of the Air Staff, 1997-2000

Former Governor and Constable, Windsor Castle

Chairman, Brooks Macdonald Group

Former Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Personal Finance Editor, Mail on Sunday

Former Army Officer

Former charity Chief Executive

Managing Director, Lakeland

Former High Sherriff of Cumbria

Estates Manager, Matson Ground

Trustee, Francis C Scott Charitable Trust

Former Director of Charities and Community, Balfour Beatty

Director, Ultra Electronics and Cohort plc

Chairman, Universal Credit Programme Board, DWP

Patron, Brathay 10in10

Semi-retired Professor of Management Learning, Lancaster University Management School

Associate at Ashridge Business School
Associate at Henley Business SchoolFellow of the Leadership Trust

Irish international rugby league player for Halifax in the Championship. His usual position is Prop.

Made full début with the Salford City Reds in August 2008. In December of the same year, following the expiry of his contract with the Reds, he signed on for a two-year contract with the Leeds Rhinos.

Played for Harlequins during the 2011 Super League season, and moved to Halifax in 2012.

Made his Ireland debut against Serbia in 2009. Named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

In October and November 2014, played in the 2014 European Cup tournament.

Director, Showcase

Award Winning Chocolatier & Patissier

Former World Skills competitor and Brathay Alumni

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