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.
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 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 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.
Qualifying as a registered nurse in 1976, Lesley worked in nursing and health care for over 40 years. During that time she married, had 2 boys and subsequently 3 grandchildren. Since her retirement she has turned her hand to many things including further education, art classes, reading more than ever and joining the Brigitte Trust as a volunteer.
"I became a trustee a few years ago and have watched the Trust through its continuing development and changes with interest and hopefully a little influence!"
Jan Way has been a social worker since 1975, working in a range of settings from hospitals and charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association. For the last 30 years she has worked in adoption, specialising in intercountry adoption and working as a senior executive for a national adoption agency and charity. In 2019 she was awarded an MBE for her adoption work. Jan has experience of working within the charity sector and of managing and growing a charity in a challenging climate and hopes that this perspective and that of working in the caring profession are key skills that she brings to the role of the Trustee. She feels strongly about contributing to the community and has in the past been a chair of governors within a school.
She has lived in Westcott, Dorking for 30 years with her husband and has three children – now adults – and two grandchildren.
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.
Sarah Pattenden - Service Coordinator
Sarah has a background in investment banking where she was vice president in emerging markets for Merrill Lynch. She was a Samaritan in her spare time and then decided ten years ago to join The Brigitte Trust as a visiting volunteer. Eight years ago Sarah took on the role as Service Coordinator and discovered parts of Surrey that she never knew existed! She has two adult children and three giant dogs, of which "Winter" her St Bernard is a Pets for Therapy dog visiting clients.