Our Trustees

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Lawrence Owers MCSP is Chair and became a Trustee of the MBF in 2012 and its Chair in October 2018. He works as Head of Physiotherapy at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, part of  Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He worked as Secretary of the fund, handling all the new applications and communicating with the beneficiaries with care and compassion, until the process was outsourced to Auriga Services. He is now the principal liaison officer between the two organisations, and as Chair is looking forward to leading the MBF into its second century.

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Ruth Hawkes FCSP is Vice Chair and has spent much of her working life in the field of Women’s Health and chaired ACPWH, now known as 'Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy' (POGP) She was awarded her CSP Fellowship in recognition of work done in post graduate training for physiotherapists working in this field. She has experience as a Trustee of the ‘Frederick Andrew Trust’ assisting working women get back to work after illness or accident. She is currently Vice Chair of the MBF.

 

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Alison Skinner FCSP is Treasurer Alison qualified as a physiotherapist in Glasgow and worked for many years in teaching at UCH, and is a Trustee of the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy and treasurer of the international Halliwick Association. She was one of the London Regional representatives on the CSP Council in the 1990s and from there was nominated as an MBF Trustee. She continued as a Trustee after she left Council and has been treasurer for many years, ensuring that the charity has an investment portfolio that will enable the MBF to be sustainable for the future.

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Jacqueline Brown DSA (CSP) Jackie is an Associate Member of the CSP, now enjoying retirement, working for many years in Wales. She chaired the Associates Board and was also the Associate representative on the CSP Council where she was nominated as an MBF Trustee. Jackie has always been proud to represent the Associate member point of view and was Vice Chair of the MBF for some years until 2018.

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Susan England MCSP DSA(CSP) Sue became an MBF Trustee in 2018. She has worked in the NHS and now runs her own private practice and has been involved with Physio First for many years and is currently their President. Sue has been a keen advocate for the MBF in the field of private physiotherapy. She feels it is important to care for the carers. She has also served on the CSP Council and worked closely with the Associates and helped develop their practice standards. She has chaired the CSP Charitable Trust, and has also served as a council member on the Health and Care  Professions Council

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Heather De Mello - Lay Trustee  Heather is a Social Worker working in London until her retirement in 2016, in many roles of social care including older people and mental health and management. During her working life she had extensive experience of managing budgets and strategic planning, and statutory regulation, which gives sound judgement and valuable insight and knowledge into the work of an MBF trustee.

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Robert Goddard MCSP Rob has worked in the NHS in both clinical and managerial roles since qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2000. Currently he is the Professional Lead for AHPs and Scientists at South Tees NHS FT. He is proud to be a trustee of the MBF and to help ensure appropriate support is provided to members at times of need, having first become involved with the fund as the Council representative prior to the recent Governance review.

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Marion Richardson - Lay Trustee Marion has a background in A&E nursing and in Western medical acupuncture and was, for many years, a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Since retiring from this role, she has continued to practice clinically and to teach in a non University setting. Marion has been a Council member of several healthcare related charities and joined the MBF as a trustee in April 2019.

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Evangeline Rogers – Lay Trustee Evangeline’s career was in Social Work, and she has been a valuable source of information about the benefits system, housing and other statutory information needed to assist the decisions of the trustees. She wrote the policy and guidelines for home visiting which has enabled trustees to gain a better insight into an applicant’s specific needs.

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Dorothy Toyn MCSP DSA(CSP) Dorothy worked in the independent sector for most of her career and now works in her own private practice in Hertford. She was the East of England representative on the CSP Council for 15 years. During this time she became involved with the MBF and chaired it for 10 years up until 2018, steering it through major governance changes, the outsourcing of the application process and the MBF Centenary in 2017. She is now the MBF Administrator.