Our trustees

As a registered charity, Walsingham Support is governed by a board of trustees. Our trustees have a wide range of skills and experience, including social care, finance, IT, advocacy, business, recruitment, human resources and training.

Walsingham Support has 10 trustees and they carry ultimate legal responsibility for everything that we do.


Heather Benjamin Heather Benjamin, Chair of Trustees

Heather was elected as Walsingham Support’s Chair of Trustees in October 2013. With over 30 years’ experience in the commercial and voluntary sector, Heather’s previous roles include Chief Procurement Officer at Centrica and a Trustee of Volunteering England.

Heather is currently a Non-Executive Director at Portsmouth Water, an Advisory Board Member at 4C Associates and a Trustee of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields international orchestra.

maddy-thomson Maddy Thomson

Walsingham Support’s longest serving Trustee, Maddy Thomson joined the board in January 2006 and was elected Vice Chair in October 2013. She is an expert in learning and development in the social care sector, and has extensive experience in management, facilitation and coaching, which she has used to oversee development and change projects in social care.

Currently a freelance consultant, Maddy worked for 12 years at Skills for Care, the Sector Skills Council for Adult Social Care in England, where she held numerous positions.

Jeanette Barrowcliffe Jeanette Barrowcliffe

Jeanette became a trustee in January 2014 and is also a member of Walsingham Support’s Finance Committee. Jeanette is Finance Director at Meridian Business Support Group, one of the largest independent recruitment agencies in the UK, and has worked there for 16 years.

She is Corporate Director for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the largest trade body for the recruitment industry.

Marilyn Berry Marilyn Berry

Marilyn joined the board of trustees in October 2009 having been associated with Walsingham Support since 1992, providing staff with Moving and Handling training.Throughout her career as a Chartered Physiotherapist, Marilyn has trained staff on behalf of numerous health and social care organisations. She also worked for the NHS as a manager of learning disability services. Marilyn has numerous qualification including a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Donna Clark Donna Clark

Donna joined the Walsingham Support board in July 2013 and was elected as Chair of the Finance Committee in September 2014. Currently working as a consultant, Donna has experience in Finance and Human Resources at management level in a range of businesses.

She has worked as an audit manager at KPMG responsible for a portfolio of clients across the corporate and a charity sectors and was previously a Voluntary Treasurer at MIND.

Janine Desmond Janine Desmond

Janine has been a trustee at Walsingham Support since January 2012. Janine has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, specialising in the social care and housing, social work, home care, commercial, catering and industrial sectors. She was previously Managing Director of Personnel & Care Bank.

In addition to her role at Walsingham Support, Janine sits on the board of housing, care and support provider Family Mosaic.

Liz Edwards Liz Edwards

Liz joined the Walsingham Support board of trustees in April 2016. Liz has over 30 years’ experience within HR and has been responsible for resolving staffing issues in a range of charities, including Action for Blind People, NSPCC and St Joseph’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care where she currently works as a HR Director.

In addition, Liz has a degree in Business Studies, an MA in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Richard Keagan-Bull Richard Keagan-Bull

A Walsingham Support trustee since July 2013, Richard brings his personal experiences of services for people with a learning disability to the board. He attended a residential college in Shropshire for 17 years, but has lived independently in his own flat for the past eleven years with support from L’Arche London.

A keen advocate for people with learning disabilities, Richard is a co-chair for the Lambeth Borough Learning Disabilities Assembly and a member of People First.

Mark Best  Mark Best

Mark joined the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2017. He is a founding Partner and Director of Midtown Capital Ltd who are responsible for the delivery of major development projects across the wider South East. He holds a number of directorships and board positions in his role at Midtown Capital.

Having previously worked at Bee Bee Developments Ltd and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP he brings excellent first-hand experience of accountancy, business finance and property development to the board.

Mark has represented Ireland in rugby at underage international level and remains a keen sportsman.

Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant, has an MA in Business Studies, an MSc in Real Estate Finance.

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