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 their 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 their direct reports (done by the involvement of two trustees with knowledge of the role.)
  • Oversee compliance of Company Law and Charity Law, and meet 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

Paul is 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.

Marc is an educator and assessor working with stonemasons and in the heritage sector both within the UK and internationally. He has developed training plans and qualifications for the UK, China and others developing new attitudes and standards.

Marc is also a Trustee of Saint Mary Redcliffe Church Lands Charity.

Marc has personal experience of Brathay’s development
programmes which has stayed with him.

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.

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.

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 Head of Strategic Commissioning at Bradford City Council.

Lucie is a Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working within the property industry, initially in the private sector but most recently within Social Housing. She is currently the Strategic Finance Manager at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.

In her spare time, she is either enjoying the outdoors – walking, swimming, paddle-boarding, attending live music events and festivals or on the Yoga mat.

Beth is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience working in large and complex organisations in both private and Higher Education sectors. She is currently the Director of Finance at the University of Strathclyde, where she completed an MBA in 2020.

In her free time, she enjoys trail running and has completed two ultra marathons: one in the Lake District and one on the West Highland Way. 

David is a retired Chartered Surveyor who has specialised in urban regeneration for 30 years. From 2002 David was Director and Deputy Chief Executive of sustainable urban developer Igloo. Upon retirement in 2022 David was retained as an advisor to Wirral Council’s Birkenhead 2040 regeneration programme.

David co-founded Common Good in 2021 as a non-profit sharing best practice in design and development across the North of England. He is currently Trustee of The Quality of Life Foundation, Design Review Panellist at the NW Architecture Centre, a judge for the National Housing Design Awards, and Non-Exec Director of Design for Homes.


Jennie currently works for the Department for Education, as their English Hubs Delivery Lead. Prior to that she was a freelancer in NGO development as well as being a past Lead for Brathay’s Children and Young People services.
She also has 6 years’ experience working in Local Government.


Julie is currently the CEO of a national youth charity, POWER2. She has a lengthy career within the Charitable sector including work with the Sutton Trust, Save the Children, and the Refugee Council. Prior to that she had several years in the private sector.


Nigel who lives in Ambleside recently retired from his role as Partner and Head of Infrastructure at Foresight Group PLC, who are sustainability led alternative asset manager. He started his career in the waste management industry and spent 19 years within various operational and business development roles. At Foresight he gained a wide range of international, senior executive and board level experience through investing and managing, assets and businesses within the renewable energy and core infrastructure sectors.



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

Patron, Brathay 10in10

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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