Our Team

Meet our trustees, senior leadership team and patrons

Trustees

Our trustees are volunteers with a broad range of experience who give up their time to help us run Cruse.

tony hawkhead

Sir Tony Hawkhead

Chair

Tony has worked as a CEO for national charities for more than 25 years, including with Action for Children from 2014-18 and Groundwork UK.

Letizia Perna Forrest

Letizia Perna

Vice Chair, Safeguarding Lead

Letizia has over fourteen years’ experience in the non-profit/third sector as a clinician, clinical supervisor and educator.

mo bradley

Mo Bradley

Vice Chair, Network and Cruse Council

Mo Bradley has worked in the care, support and housing sectors for all of her career.

micheal whitehouse

Michael Whitehouse OBE

Hon Treasurer

An accountant and auditor by profession, Micheal has worked on a number of public sector portfolios, including the Health, Education, Social Welfare and International Aid sectors.

Nilufar Anwar

Trustee

Nilufar was previously Chair of the Board of #techmums, an award-winning social enterprise that empowers mums, their families and communities through teaching key technology skills. She is ranked at #3 in the Yahoo! Finance and HERoes Top 50 Future Women Leaders 2019 in recognition of her advocacy and leadership on tackling gender equality issues.

paul butler

Paul Butler

Trustee

Paul has been a chief executive and director within the community and voluntary sector, central government and regeneration and education sectors for over 25 years.

helen causley

Helen Causley

Trustee

Helen is Deputy Branch Head of the Quality, Patient Safety and Investigations Branch in the Department of Health and Social Care. Helen was a bereavement volunteer for Greenwich Cruse before becoming a Trustee of Cruse Bereavement Care in 2015.

Tina Challacombe

Tina has been a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care for over 30 years. She sees her role as a link between the Cruse Board Trustees and the Bereavement Volunteers, with an emphasis on improving communication and understanding

poppy mardall

Poppy Mardall

Trustee

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.

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Gerard Jacques

Trustee, Whistleblowing Lead

Gerard has held a number of Senior HR roles in a number of sectors including Head of HR at Gatwick Airport, Head of HR Operations at Premier Foods. Additionally, he is a volunteer for Crisis.

Andy Mcwilliams

Andy McWilliams

Trustee

Andy is an experienced multi-channel retailer and has worked at Director level for a number of major retailers including Ocado.com, House of Fraser and Home Retail Group.

mary o hagan

Mary O'Hagan

Trustee

Mary is currently Fundraising Director at Mencap, a charity supporting people with a learning disability across the UK. She has been working in fundraising and sales roles for more than 14 years and has proven experience of leading teams to transform income in a number of charities.

Lei Wei

Trustee

Lei is currently working as Director of Finance at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Before joining NHS, Lei spent over six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers London, working on audit and assurance reviews across a wide range of commercial and public sector clients.

angela gannon

Angela Gannon

Trustee

Angela has spent her career working in Social Services for Adults and has many years of professional experience at executive level within the Health and Social Care sector.

Senior Leadership Team

Our Chief Executive and directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of Cruse.

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Steven Wibberley

Chief Executive

LinkedIn: Steven Wibberley
Twitter: @stevenwib
Email: Steven.Wibberley@cruse.org.uk

Fiona Brydon

Director of Communications and Digital

LinkedIn: Fiona Brydon
Email: Fiona.Brydon@cruse.org.uk

Andy Langford

Andy Langford

Clinical Director

LinkedIn: Andy Langford
Email: Andy.Langford@cruse.org.uk

Charlene Vallory

Charlene Vallory

Director of Fundraising and Income Generation

LinkedIn: Charlene Vallory
Email: Charlene.Vallory@cruse.org.uk

Hardeep Singh

Director of Finances and Corporate Services

LinkedIn: Hardeep Singh
Email: hardeep.singh@cruse.org.uk

lucy hastings cruse director of services

Lucy Hastings

Director of Services

LinkedIn: Lucy Hastings
Email: Lucy.Hastings@cruse.org.uk

jeanette bourne

Jeanette Bourne

Director, Cruse Cymru

Linkedin: Janette Bourne
Email: Janette.Bourne@cruse.org.uk

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Kathleen Laverty

Director Northern Ireland

Email: kathleen.laverty@cruse.org.uk

Our patrons

Queen Elizabeth II in pink hat

Her Majesty the Queen

Royal Patron

collin murray parkes

Colin Murray Parkes OBE

Life President

baroness kramer richmond park

Baroness Kramer of Richmond Park

Patron