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.

Jan Way MBE - Chair

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.

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.

Mary Guypinkney - Volunteer Representative

Mary joined The Brigitte Trust as a Volunteer in 2019 and has found the experience both humbling and rewarding and joined the Board in June 2020. She has had a broad ranging professional career. 20 years were spent in TV broadcasting, 15 of which was as a Transmission Controller at Channel 4. Then, after having 2 children, she retrained as a complementary therapist and worked in private practice, as well as offering alternative medicine to local communities through the government ‘Sure Start’ Scheme. She was also involved in a pilot project holding clinics for temporary residents at 4 locations run by the charity, St. Mungo’s. Currently she is a manager in a medium sized private company which manufactures a range of health care products at two sites.

She moved to out of London 15 years ago, and lives in Oxted with her husband.

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.

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