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Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Brain Tumour UK. They meet regularly to monitor the charity’s progress, receive reports from the management team, and to determine and review Brain Tumour UK’s strategies and policies.
Many of our trustees have personal experience of the impacts of a brain tumour. All their work for Brain Tumour UK is undertaken in a voluntary capacity.
Members of the Board are elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). They serve for three years, subject to re-election or early retirement. If there is a vacancy on the Board during the year, the Board itself can appoint someone to fill that vacancy until the AGM.
"There is so much work to do in order to raise the brain tumour survival rate and provide better care for all those diagnosed with a brain tumour. We have these goals in our sight and I’m honoured to be a board member of Brain Tumour UK in order to focus on and help improve the brain tumour issue.”
Andy founded and ran brain tumour charity The Joseph Foote Trust for over 10 years before its merger with Brain Tumour UK in April 2012. Following the diagnosis of his son’s brain tumour in 2000, Andy has raised over £2,000,000 to fund research at Nottingham University’s Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. The loss of Andy’s son Joseph in 2007 strengthened his resolve to fight the disease.
After a professional football career was cut short by injury, Andy pursued a career in the motor trade, before becoming self employed in 1999. Andy has held a number of business interests including motor finance, recruitment and property in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Andy has a substantial knowledge of brain tumours and their treatments, having travelled throughout Europe and North America during his son’s treatment.
He and his wife Judy live with their daughter Nancie and three dogs in Solihull.
“I am proud to work as part of the team at Brain Tumour UK. We are continuing to push forward with vital work to research new treatments and learn more about brain tumours. The patient support and awareness work that we perform is fantastic, but there is still much to do.”
Tim joined the board in April 2012 following the merger of The Joseph Foote Trust with Brain Tumour UK. Tim was sat on the board of trustees at The Joseph Foote Trust for just over a year.
He has established, grown and sold the largest independent estate agency in the Midlands. Tim now holds a number of consultancy positions at high profile property related businesses. Having seen his friend's experience of the loss of his child as a result of a brain tumour, he felt compelled to offer his extensive knowledge to help the fight against the condition.
Tim lives with his wife and three daughters in Solihull. He is a keen sports fan, wine connoisseur and gardener.
"When my husband was struck down with a brain tumour, there was very little information available, so I value Brain Tumour UK’s contribution to accessible, high quality and accurate information for everyone affected by a brain tumour.”
Angela became a trustee of Brain Tumour UK in May 2004. The charity was not at that time a company limited by guarantee and she was responsible for the legal work in making this change.
The solicitor, who has two grown up sons, is Brain Tumour UK’s company secretary.
She had her own practice in Stratford for 25 years, specialising in conveyancing, wills probate and divorce. Since selling her practice, she has been concentrating on tribunal work and the two charities she is involved with, one of which is Brain Tumour UK.
She is a member of the Law Society Council, which is the ruling body of all solicitors and also sits on the complaints committee of the Law Society.
Angela gained significant trustee experience in 2004 when she was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Hospice. Her role involved chairing meetings, fundraising and liaising with other hospices and the NHS.
Angela lost her husband, Bob, to a malignant glioma in 1998.
“My wife has been through a very difficult period of surgery and treatment following diagnosis of a brain tumour, which provides a real motivation for me to support this worthwhile charity.”
Graham Lindsay joined the Board in August 2010 and is Managing Director, Customer Experience, for the Lloyds Banking Group.
He has worked for the group for 34 years and he has vast experience in all aspects of banking, most recently in implementing projects to improve customer service and ensure that customers are looked after during times of large mergers.
Recent appointments for Graham have been as Managing Director for the Wales & West branch network, and interim Human Resources Director for the retail bank until this present job.
Until recently Graham was as a Board member for another charity, the Institute of Financial Services, which he served for six years. He has been married to Judy for 25 years and they have two sons, Ben and Oliver.
“It is vital that those diagnosed with brain tumours have the best support, the best care, the best treatments and the knowledge that the best research is taking place to help them and those who will sadly and inevitably suffer from brain tumours in the future.”
Robert joined the Board of Brain Tumour UK in 2008. After 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business management in the UK, Europe and the US, Robert embarked upon a career change by moving into the charity sector in 2009.
In a newly created role of Chief Operating Officer at The Anne Frank Trust UK, Robert’s responsibilities are to build on the Trust’s 20 years of growth and steer the organisation to its next set of ambitious goals.
Robert’s motivation to join Brain Tumour UK as a trustee stems from his belief that there is still too little being done for those who have been diagnosed with this forgotten cancer.
"More research, more support and more awareness is needed and without organisations like Brain Tumour UK, this will simply not happen."
"I chose to work with Brain Tumour UK because of the very significant nature of the conditions, their impact on sufferers, and the highly professional and successful operation of the charity."
Maryanne joined the Board in May 2008 after a working life that revolved around the pharmaceutical industry.
She worked for several pharmaceutical companies where she was responsible for provision of medical information to healthcare professionals (including highly technical data relating to oncology products) and assisted in the management of clinical trial programmes.
Later, Maryanne worked in marketing research, business intelligence and benchmarking for the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as Managing Director of Activity Benchmarking Ltd.
Maryanne's objective is to channel her business experience, as well as her industry knowledge, towards the achievement of all of Brain Tumour UK’s aims.