Directors

Our Chief Executive team leads over 1,000 full time, part time, and bank staff to support more than 600 people, ensuring the charity remains strong and committed to its values.

Anna Galliford

Chief Executive

I thoroughly enjoy doing my job and the impact that my professional knowledge and skills can bring to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable in the community. I get a huge personal reward when I see the smiles on the faces of people with learning disabilities when they’ve achieved something that they wouldn’t have aspired to before FitzRoy got involved.

Anna Galliford discovered her fascination with commerce whilst growing up in a family business environment in Ireland. Determined to enter the business world she studied a Bachelor degree in Commerce and was accepted onto a graduate training scheme at Ford Motor Company. With blue chip experience and the full range of accountancy qualifications she quickly rose up to take on senior financial positions in Diageo, and held director and board level positions with Avis and Travis Perkins. After five years as Finance Director at FitzRoy, Anna was appointed Chief Executive in August 2008. With an exemplary track record in financial planning and strategy she has overseen growth at FitzRoy from an £8m turnover to a £22m turnover. Driven by a desire to help people with learning disabilities live a full and independent life, both at home and in the community, Anna has developed a high quality and sustainable model that supports a range of services that benefits all who FitzRoy support. Anna is an active member of VODG and has held several Trustee roles in the voluntary sector.

Alison Heustice

Director of Finance

I came to the charity sector because I wanted the chance to give back and do something that has a real purpose. Working in the social care sector can be challenging as we have to deal with rising costs alongside budget cuts, but you reap the rewards on a daily basis, because you get to see the real difference that FitzRoy makes to the people with learning disabilities we support.

Alison is a CIMA qualified accountant with a background in manufacturing, and over 20 years of experience working in both large and small organisations such as Vauxhall, BAE, Johnson Tiles, MCI, and EMS Industries. Since then she took a step into the charity sector, where she now has 7 years of experience.

Marianne Radcliffe

Director of Fundraising and Communications

Being a Director of FitzRoy is a privilege. I am driven by asking supporters to give their time and money to FitzRoy as well as developing our brand, and seeing how this helps to Transform Lives. I have worked in the charity sector for nearly 20 years; for big charities like Oxfam, NSPCC and Christian Aid, but more than anywhere, at FitzRoy we live our values, and are brave, creative and see the person every day.

With thirteen years’ experience in the voluntary sector, Marianne brings expertise in all areas of income generation. Her early track record encompasses successful appeals with Oxfam, NSPCC and Shelter and in 2004, Marianne was named as ‘best young leader in fundraising’. Since then she has moved on to lead fundraising and communication teams in both international and regional charities, developing and delivering plans that achieve organisational goals to increase both income and awareness.

Robyn Wedderburn

Director of HR

With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources in the Retail and Service sectors, it felt the right time in my career to move into the not for profit sector, and to a Charity that lives and breathes its own values in everything that it does. I have been so impressed with the integrity and selfless focus of our colleagues; it makes me really proud to be part of the team.

Bringing a wealth of experience from blue-chip retail organisations, Robyn is skilled at leading large teams of HR professionals, and developing and delivering effective HR strategy. During the last fourteen years, she was responsible for HR policy for 73,000 staff, and a team of around 100, as Head of HR for food at the Co-Operative group. She started her career as a graduate trainee with Sainsbury’s where she specialised in Human Resources. Following this she joined Etam as a Training Manager, with further roles at Grosvenor Casinos, and Swiss Air. Recently, her FitzRoy team won silver for ‘Best Not-For-Profit Training Programme’ at the prestigious Training Journal Awards.

Diane French

Director of Operations and Business Development

FitzRoy has a strong tradition of person-centred support and our values are evident in all that we do. I have spent my whole career in the public sector working to give a louder voice to those marginalised within society – it is my motivation and passion – fuelled by a belief that society is richer as a result. As a teenager I volunteered in a school for children with learning disabilities and I am thrilled to be working with and for people who remind me every day that challenges produce bravery and creativity.

With a first degree in psychology, Diane started her career working in homelessness and mental health as a residential support worker and referrals officer for supported housing. She then moved into a variety of local policy and commissioning roles based in Public Health – and gained a Master’s degree in Social Policy. Moving to a national role with the National Treatment Agency she was part of the team that developed improvement reviews with the then Healthcare Commission for roll out across the NHS. After a few years at the National Audit Office, challenging central Government performance measurement practice, she returned to health and social care as the Director of Performance and Quality for a national mental health charity, working with them in a number of roles and leaving over five years later as the Group Director of Operations. She improved many internal systems and saw the organisation grow and develop significantly.

Trustees

To ensure that FitzRoy has strategic direction and a clear vision, we have a Board of 11 Trustees who all bring their own skills, knowledge and passion to FitzRoy.

Julia Le Blan – Chair

Julia is a chartered accountant and has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years. She was formerly a tax partner at Deloitte where she advised many international financial institutions.

She is currently a non-executive director of Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc, Impax Environmental Markets plc, Investors Capital Trust plc and JPMorgan US Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc.

Ian White​ – Vice Chair

Ian joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, and has an MBA from Ashridge. Ian is a lawyer and has huge knowledge of governance within large and small organisations.

Up until recently, he was General Counsel/Company Secretary of a major retail group and is currently working as a Legal Consultant. Ian has a close family connection with learning disabilities and is dedicated to the work FitzRoy does.

Lucy Chaudhuri

Lucy joined the board of trustees in September 2016. Lucy spent over 20 years as the managing director of the UK office of a large multi-national IT market research company. On leaving that role in 2014, Lucy decided to focus her activities in the charity sector. Lucy spent two years on the senior management team of halow, a small, Surrey based charity that supports young people with learning disabilities. She now works on a consultancy and interim basis in the charity sector, focusing particularly on business operations.

Lucy has a close personal connection with the learning disability sector. She believes passionately that all people with a learning disability deserve respect and equal life opportunities.

Lucy Hovey

Lucy joined the Board of Trustees in September 2016. She is a chartered accountant and having spent 8 years at KPMG she now works at Unilever as part of the global Finance team. She lives in London – and as a keen runner she recently completed the London marathon.

Helen P​latts

Originally a Trustee from 1995-2001, Helen rejoined the Board in 2008. Helen worked for the Improvement and Development Agency, part of the Local Government Association, and lives in Cumbria.

With a vast knowledge of the public and financial sectors, she brings a broad knowledge of strategic planning and a keen understanding of learning disabilities.

Simon Mollett​

Simon joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. Formerly a partner in Coopers & Lybrand, Simon is a chartered accountant and a corporate finance director in Beechcroft Associates, advising small and medium size companies.

He has a wealth of experience in strategic planning and financial management and also has experience in mergers and business acquisition. He lives in London with his family.

David Evans

David joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. Formerly a Managing Director in Accenture David has a wealth of experience in HR and people matters.  He runs his own company providing HR consulting / workplace mediation and also runs a social enterprise, The Diversity & Innovation Company which sends business leaders on experiences with UK charities and Indian schools to broaden their diversity of thought. David is a Magistrate and an accredited Mediator.

Michael FitzRoy

Michael is the grandson of the Tenth Duke of Grafton. Proud to carry the name of FitzRoy, Michael is extremely interested in the past family history. He spent seven years serving in the Army and after a short time in London has since lived in Norfolk where he has been self-employed looking after private clients’ financial affairs.

In 2010 he took part in a re-enactment of the voyage of the Beagle as Admiral FitzRoy and travelled across the Atlantic for three weeks. He is pleased to be able to help in any way he can with FitzRoy and he has always been proud of the work we do.

Andy Lee

Andy joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 having recently retired from a senior position in Lloyds Bank working with businesses. He has extensive experience in team leadership and risk management alongside a broad understanding of the financial and banking related issues facing businesses today.

Patrons

We are very grateful for the long-term commitment and support by our FitzRoy patrons. Their significant and lasting contributions – raising money and awareness – have helped us sustain our services, build a vision, and deliver more.

HRH Princess Alexandra KG, GCVO

Princess Alexandra enjoys supporting FitzRoy and was delighted to officially open our new care home in Grayshott, Donec Mews, in October 2012. She has attended many FitzRoy events, and chose the charity’s Christmas card for her personal use in our 50th anniversary year.

Countess of Euston

Clare has been involved with FitzRoy from its early days and has led many appeal committees, as well as actively supporting our fundraising events.

Virginia McKenna OBE

Virginia has been a long-term patron and supporter of FitzRoy, and most recently opened our new care home in Liss, Whitegates View, in September 2013.

Lord and Lady Tanlaw

Lord and Lady Tanlaw have been generous supporters of FitzRoy for many years, and have contributed to several life-changing projects.

Edward Thornton-Firkin

Edward lives in Cheshire and joined the Board of Trustees in 2001, becoming Chair in 2008. As a retired senior partner at Thornton-Firkin, a practice of chartered surveyors and construction consultants, he enjoys having the chance to transform lives for people with learning disabilities. He retired as Trustee in 2013, and became and Ambassador, then Patron in 2016.

Andrew Grant

Andrew Grant, Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire, served as a Trustee on the FitzRoy Board before coming a Patron. During his time on the Board, Andrew make a significant contribution to our fundraising, and continues to be an active supporter. Andrew is Principle of Andrew Grant LLP Estate Agents.

 

Nigel Atkinson

Nigel Atkinson is Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and a Patron of a number of charities across the county. He served in the Royal Green Jackets before pursuing a successful career in the brewing industry and now holds a number of national non-executive positions.