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Fiona’s career spans over 30 years, the first ten years of which were in the private sector working in Human Resources including as a Director of Human Resources. Her National Health Service career began in 1994. Fiona has been a Chief Executive since 2001 and has been Chief Executive of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since April 2005, when the Trust was formed. Surrey and Borders is a successful health and social care partnership Trust providing services to people with mental illness, learning disabilities and drug and alcohol problems. Fiona is committed to working with vulnerable people, has particularly strong experience in leadership, strategy, governance, and managing change. She is passionate about developing services to support people in achieving positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, which are human rights and individually focussed. Fiona has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cruse Bereavement Care since November 2013, and also chairs the Cruse Council.
Pamela Rutter held various General Manager/Directorship posts in the Building and Furniture Manufacturing industries before moving into the public sector in 1991. Pamela joined the NHS to establish a wide range of innovative community based services before managing a group of privately owned Care Homes for the Elderly in the North West. She finished her working career as Senior Commissioning Manager for Adult Care in local Government and continues to undertake work for the Care Quality Commission. Specialising in the review of services for the elderly and raising awareness of the impact of bereavement on health and well-being have been long-standing passions. Pamela has been a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care for 24 years. After making a successful bid to the Lottery in 1998 Pamela was instrumental in establishing the North West Region and has served in a number of capacities on Management Committees, Council Committees and as a Trustee. Pamela has been the Vice Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care since June 2015, and chairs the Board of Trustees' Appointments and Remuneration Committee.
After leaving Cambridge with a first class honours degree, Richard Clarke trained with Price Waterhouse and went on to become a partner in both the Banking & Capital Markets and Finance & Treasury teams. He left the “big four” accountancy firm in 2002 to run his own consultancy practice and devote more time to his other interests. He became Trustee for The Extracare Charitable Trust (including a period as Chair of the Audit Committee) 2006-15 and Honorary Treasurer of Cruse (from 2005) Oasis North London (2003-2006), BMA Foundation for Aids & Sexual Health (2007-2013) and Forum Link (from 2012). He was amongst the first accountants to be awarded the Diploma in Charity Accounting. Richard chairs the Board of Trustees’ Audit and Finance Committee.
Mike Pearson’s career was in Personnel/Human Resources Management in Glaxo/Smiths Group companies, half of which was at Director level in operating companies. Mike was also a member of Employment Tribunals, hearing claims on ET Panels for over 15 years. He now is an independent HR adviser in the private sector and advises smaller charities on a range of issues including strategy, service delivery and HR. Mike joined Cruse in 1984 as a counsellor with the Worthing Branch. He served as its Branch Chairman, and was the first Regionally Elected Member to Council for the South East in 1986. He became Vice Chair of Council in the late 1980s before succeeding Dr Colin Murray Parkes as Chair in 1992. He retired from this position in 2005 when he was succeeded by Nigel Tricker. He chaired the national Organisational Development Committee and was responsible for leading the Area Development programme, including reviewing and working with Areas on their Area Plan. For the past few years he has acted as Cruse’s HR Adviser, and is a member of the Board of Trustees' Appointments and Remuneration Committee. He was awarded the MBE in 2007 for his services to Cruse.
Robin is a senior organisational effectiveness professional with creative talent and people skills. He has 10 years’ experience consulting in business improvement backed with 10 years of people and project management for charities and in customer services. He also has extensive experience in performance and governance – where his work has been published – with a focus on finance, people and health and safety. Before taking up the role of trusee, Robin trained as a Bereavement Volunteer with Cruse in Oxford.
Helen is a senior health policy professional with a wealth of experience of policy development and implementation in mental health, quality improvement and regulation. Her current role is as a Senior Policy Adviser for a new joint Work and Health Unit set up between the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions. Helen has held a number of senior policy roles throughout her career in the Department of Health including policy lead roles across the areas of secure mental health services, controlled drugs, and coronary heart disease. Before becoming a trustee, Helen was a Bereavement Volunteer for Cruse in Greenwich.
Michael has been Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of the National Audit Office (NAO) since 2009. An accountant and auditor by profession, he has had responsibility throughout his career for numerous public sector portfolios, including the Health, Education, Social Welfare, Housing, Defence, Diplomatic Service and International Aid sectors. As an NAO director, he developed the NAO’s work on cross government systemic issues, which is now a well-established feature of the NAO brand.
Poppy Mardall is a multi award-winning, progressive funeral director who quit her job as a Deputy Director at Sotheby’s auction house to revolutionise the funeral trade. Beyond her day-to-day work as a funeral director, Poppy sees it as her mission to get people talking about death, dying and bereavement, and to educate people about their options at the end of their lives, in the belief that to be informed is to be empowered. Poppy is a former Samaritan and Trinity Hospice volunteer. Poppy's work has been featured in The Times, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Newsweek, Tatler, Cosmopolitan and Stylist among other titles. She has made television and radio appearances including on BBC Breakfast, BBC Woman's Hour, You and Yours, BBC London and LBC.
Colin is a qualified accountant who worked at a senior level in the corporate sector, and subsequently at board level with responsibility initially for Finance, and later, also for Marketing. He has had 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, running a £6 million turnover Retail business with multiple outlets and significant staff numbers. He ended his career as a Counsellor in private practice, having obtained Counselling qualifications from Warwick University and from the Relate Institute.
He has been a volunteer for Cruse for 18 years, initially as a Bereavement Support Volunteer, and as chair of an Area Development Committee, prior to Chairing the newly formed Area. He has for a number of years been the West Midlands Regionally elected representative on Cruse National Council, and for six years was a Cruse Trustee representing National Council on the then National Executive Committee. He joined the present Board of Trustees on 1 March 2017.