Meet our dedicated team of trustees

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    Mandy Ferguson

    With over 30 years commercial and general management experience operating at executive and board level, Mandy has a wealth of experience in both the food and media industry. Her roles have included Managing Director of Ambrosia; Managing Director of Ryvita; Managing Director of Harlequin Mills & Boon and VP – Overseas, Europe for HaperCollins. Since January 2018 she has operated as a freelance Business Consultant, Board Advisor and Board Trustee.

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    Allen Parton
    Founder and Vice-Chair

    Allen was inspired to set up Hounds for Heroes after being partnered with Endal, a yellow Labrador assistance dog, following an injury while serving in the Royal Navy.

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    Chris Beynon

    Chris has over 35 years experience of fundraising in the charity sector. He initially spent 10 years at Help the Aged, where by the time he left, he was leading all the trusts and foundations, special events, corporate partnerships and employee and relationship fundraising teams. He has also held key fundraising roles at a special school for children with severe cerebral palsy; a large London NHS Trust; two hospices (which he counts as perhaps the most rewarding of his career) and a legal charity, working at The Royal Courts of justice. Chris finished fulltime work in Dec’19 and enjoys golf, travel and socialising with family and friends. He is also a Trustee of a national charity providing specialist support to families where children have suffered an acquired brain injury.

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    Olivia Brown

    Olivia has over 12 years experience working in the charity sector, including supporting wounded veterans and their families and more recently supporting changemakers and inspiring thought leaders. She has extensive experience in developing and delivering strategies, creating and expanding large membership bodies and enhancing stakeholder engagement. She is an accredited development and life coach with a passion for helping individuals and businesses to thrive.

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    Air Commodore Peter Grinsted OBE RAF (Retd)

    Peter is an experienced manager and consultant specialising in developing strategy and delivering transformational programmes; he is also a qualified leadership coach.  Before starting his own consultancy business in 2015, Peter enjoyed over 30 years in the Royal Air Force.

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    Jade Norman

    Jade is a chartered accountant currently working in a Financial Controller role for an American software company. Jade qualified as an accountant in private practice and has previous charity experience as an audit manager of various charities.

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    Liz Ridgway

    A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Liz has held various roles during her career. She brings a wealth of experience gained through working both in marketing agencies and corporate organisations including The Royal Navy and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and BAE Systems.