About the Brigitte Trust

The Brigitte Trust, an independent registered charity,  was set up by Dorking resident Brigitte Watkin to support people at the end of life in their own homes, offering support and respite to their carers and emotional support to the wider family too, plus bereavement support if it was requested.

From small beginnings in the early years the Brigitte Trust has grown over the past 30 years to cover the whole of Surrey.  The Trust is part funded by Surrey Downs CCG plus local and national funders.

Our Strategic Priorities for 2016-2019

  • Reach more people with qualifying conditions in our area.
  • Provide excellent support for clients.
  • Maintain and promote good governance and financial health.
  • Broaden our networks to influence discussion, decisions and outcomes.
  • Strengthen our skills and systems


Michael More-Molyneux, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey

Michael More-Molyneux has lived in the county all his life and Loseley Park has been the residence of the More-Molyneux family for over five centuries. Over the years Michael More-Molyneux has built links with many organisations and businesses in Surrey. Since his appointment as Lord-Lieutenant in 2015 he has become involved with an increased number of charities and many good causes across the county. After accepting the presidency at The Brigitte Trust In August 2018 Michael wrote:

"Some months ago I visited the Brigitte Trust office in Dorking.  I was very taken by the enthusiasm and the very positive difference they make to people's end of life care. Like so many organisations the role of the volunteer is heavily relied on and the Brigitte Trust is certainly no exception to this rule.

I much look forward to getting to know the workings of the trust and supporting you in the future wherever possible."

We are delighted to receive Michael’s support.

Our Patrons

Corinna, Lady Hamilton of Dalzell
Sir Adrian White CBE DL, Biwater Ltd
Sir Paul Beresford, MP Mole Valley
Nicholas Owen, Broadcaster and Journalist

Our Trustee Board

We have an experienced Board of Trustees including members with backgrounds in Healthcare, Finance and Business.

Peter Crossley - Chair

Born in June 1957, Peter is a Chartered Architect and former Managing Director and now Executive Director of Broadway Malyan, an international practice of Architects, Urbanists and Designers employing over 500 professional staff with offices throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Peter has recently helped the practice to transition to an Employee Ownership Trust.

Peter has lived in Dorking since early childhood. Recently remarried, he was widowed with two teenage children when his first wife Stephanie died at home from cancer in January 2011. He therefore has first-hand experience of the issues which The Brigitte Trust seeks to support. His back story as a carer also includes having had two severely mentally and physically handicapped twin sisters. Peter has successfully completed the Volunteer Training Course at the Brigitte Trust and is also a past Governor of St John’s School Leatherhead where he was Chairman of their Estates’ Committee.

David Farmery - Treasurer

David is the Charity’s Treasurer and has been a Trustee since 2007. David trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG and worked for the firm in a variety of roles in London and in Paris – specialising in auditing of financial services. In 2000 he qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Corporate Treasurers.

In 2004 David left banking and established his own IT business and in 2005 David also became a director of a specialist city based software company, where he is Chief Operating Officer.

David is married and lives in Dorking.

Peter Lagerberg

Peter Lagerberg has worked for over 25 years in Financial Services in a variety of senior management roles working in a Regulatory, Legal and Governance capacity. Peter currently works for Partnership Assurance, which provides annuity products at enhanced rates for people with health conditions, as Head of Compliance ensuring the company complies with relevant Financial Services regulations. Peter has a Law degree, has passed the Bar Finals exams and is a qualified Company Secretary.

Anne Sutton

Anne Moved to Surrey 4 years ago and has a wide and rich professional background that has included Director of Nursing and Family Services as well as Director (care services) for North and East Hampshire Primary Care Trust. Anne has held a number of consultancy positions within the NHS and private sector and well as in recent times re-trained to become a Health Visitor.  Anne has an MA in Management, Learning and Leadership and has been a Samaritan Listening Volunteer. She was delighted to accept the offer of trusteeship in 2016. Anne’s NHS senior management experience, strategic problem solving skills and experience in the design of services and experience as a volunteer herself make a fantastic fit for The Brigitte Trust.

Our Management & Operations Team

Lucy Beach - Charity Manager

Lucy joined The Brigitte Trust in May 2019. She has worked in the health service and social care for 26 years including 3 years at Macmillan Cancer Support. She has a wealth of experience in commissioning, service development, transformation and partnership working. She has worked in a range of services including learning disability, mental health, community health, older people, cancer, and continuing health care.

Outside of work Lucy plays croquet, learns Spanish and spends time walking her rescue greyhound; Clover, who is also Pet as Therapy dog.

Vanessa Smith - Promotions Manager

With a background in publishing and event management plus a period working abroad in advertising, the hotel business and supermarket promotions Vanessa has been a Brigitte Trust volunteer and Area Organiser, coming full circle to promote the charity and the vital support it offers at the end of life.

Ingrid Walker - Administrator

Ingrid joined The Brigitte Trust in 2017. She comes from a background in public sector administration, having previously worked for the Institute of Physics, London South Bank University and the Department for Work & Pensions.

Mandy East - Training & Support Officer

Mandy joined The Brigitte Trust in 2017. She comes from a background in training and facilitating, with over 15 years experience working for a national charity.

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