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Our Patron


Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE


Our trustees

Graham Berville

Chairman – Mr Graham Berville

Graham graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Physiology and Biochemistry. His early career was with the Automobile Association following which he joined Aviva plc as a director of their UK Life business and executive Chairman of their Mutual Funds business from 1994-2001. He then worked at Police Mutual where he was Chief Executive from 2001-2008.
Since leaving Police Mutual, Graham has pursued a ‘plural’ career. He is currently a Senior Independent Advisor for BDO LLP, Chairman of the LV= With Profits Committee, a Non-Executive Director for The Veterinary Defence Society and undertakes strategic consultancy work for a number of financial services firms. Graham is a Non-Executive Director of Age UK Enterprises and Chair of Age UK Audit and Risk Committee. Graham is Chairman of our Investment Committee.



Mrs Sandra Dodson BA

Sandra has been a Harrogate and District resident for 20 years and has been Chairman of Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust since October 2008. Previously Sandra was a Non-Executive Director of the Trust between 1996 and 2006. In addition to her role as Chairman of HDFT, Sandra maintains her own business consultancy and training business delivering strategic support and organisational change to both the professional and health sectors. Sandra has worked with leading law firms and firms in the financial sector to deliver management consultancy and business training.
After graduating from Liverpool University with a degree in Medieval and Modern History, Sandra worked for 16 years in a senior role at Marks and Spencer in London and was highly involved in the initiation and implementation of significant changes to both working practices and processes.
Sandra was a Governor and then Chair of Governors at Harrogate Grammar School for ten years and worked closely with the Senior Leadership Team in driving the change agenda and transforming structures and roles within the school. Sandra is also a Trustee of the Masiphumelele Trust, the UK arm of a South African charity raising funds for education and business support for the Masiphumelele town-ship in the southern Cape of Africa.



Dr Zulfi Hussain MBE

Zulfi is one of Yorkshire and Humber’s best known and most respected entrepreneurs and has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential people in the region by Business Insider Magazine. Zulfi has won numerous awards for his personal and professional achievements and his contribution to connecting and building communities at home and abroad. Zulfi has a strong business and commercial focus with significant experience of developing effective long term strategic client and supplier relationships, providing consultancy, and working with people at all levels, across the UK, Europe, USA, China, India, and Pakistan. Zulfi has had held many high profile positions and was Co-Founder and Former Chair of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC UK) Board. He was former Chair of the Regional Investment Development Board (RIDB) for Yorkshire, Humber & East Midlands and was former Chair of West Yorkshire Employer Coalition.
Zulfi is currently a member of BT’s Regional Board for Yorkshire and Humber. He was founder and CEO of Global Promise and is a member of Advisory Board for Business in the Community (BITC) and member of the Business Advisory Board for the University of Huddersfield. Zulfi writes regularly on social inclusion, coaching and mentoring, equality & diversity, and inspirational leadership. He has been widely quoted within the press, including the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus. His television appearances include the BBC and Sky in the UK, Dhoordarshan TV in India, and PTV in Pakistan. Zulfi sits on our Investment Committee.



Mrs Margaret Kitching

Margaret is a Registered Nurse, Certified Midwife, District Nurse and a Specialist Nurse who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. Margaret has maintained her clinical practice skills as she continues to practice as a Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse on a sessional basis. She is leading and driving the quality and patient safety agenda across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw with the overall aim of improving care and support to patients and their carers. Margaret sits on our Compliance & Risk Committee.



Mrs Janet Myers

Janet graduated from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences and became a Chartered Associate of the Institute of Financial Services. She spent over 20 years at Yorkshire Bank and the National Australia Bank Group, becoming a Senior Executive in Marketing and Corporate Responsibility. She then undertook a career change, moving into the Third Sector, specialising in Fundraising and Development at Northern Ballet. Janet has also served as a Non-Executive and Trustee on a number of regional organisations.



Dr Yvette Oade

Yvette joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in June 2013, she was previously the Chief Medical Officer of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Deputy Chief Executive, a role she undertook for two years, focussing on quality improvement and patient safety, achieving significant improvements in hospital mortality and healthcare acquired infections. She has been closely involved in the development of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.
Yvette originally trained as a doctor in Leeds becoming a Consultant Paediatrician and has 20 years’ experience in this role. She has a special interest in paediatric diabetes and endocrinology. On moving into clinical management, Yvette held a number of senior managerial roles in the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. These culminated in her being appointed Executive Medical Director at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. Yvette has extensive experience in leading through clinical engagement, major service change, reconfiguring hospital services and working across organisational boundaries to deliver improvements to care.


Catherine Rustomji

Ms Catherine Rustomji

Catherine is a Director and Head of Charities at DWF LLP, predominantly based from their Leeds office. She is an experienced charities solicitor who advises on all aspects of charity law and regulation. Catherine also lectures widely, delivers training sessions and Board Strategy presentations and contributes to various publications. She is an elected member of the Charity Law Association Executive Committee. Catherine is Chairman of our Compliance & Risk Committee.


Alan Sidebottom

Mr Alan Sidebottom FCA

Alan is a chartered accountant and Partner at Garbutt & Elliott, which is based in York and Leeds. As well as heading up Garbutt & Elliott’s Audit Department, Alan is the Audit Partner for the firm’s charity clients. He is also a member of the Practitioner Services Committee at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Alan sits on our Compliance & Risk Committee.


Alan Suggett

Dr Alan Suggett BSc PhD FRSC HonFRCP

For the last 30 years or so Alan has been a senior figure in the world of health technology, retiring from his full-time operational roles with Smith & Nephew, where he was Technology Director, at the end of 2003. Since leaving Smith & Nephew, he has been a Non-Executive Director of Intercytex Group plc and PuriCore plc, and Chairman of the UK Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network.
Although a chemist by initial training his research interests have largely been in the biological domain and he has been particularly involved in the repair of damaged tissues such as skin, bone and cartilage. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor and Member of Court at the University of York, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Alan sits on our Compliance & Risk Committee.

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