Meet our Trustees


Paul Stothard – Chairman of the Board

Paul has a background in accountancy and law but has a longstanding involvement in charitable organisations. A qualified accountant, he has worked in senior finance posts with Ernst & Young, HSBC, WH Smith and the BBC before heading up Shoosmiths solicitors and latterly offering strategic senior management consultancy services.


Chan Kataria, OBE – Vice Chairperson and Chair of Corporate Governance 

Chan Kataria is the Group Chief Executive of EMH Group, which has a turnover of over £125m, 20,000 homes, and a significant care and support business. The group is a major developer of affordable homes in the East Midlands region. Chan is also a non-executive director for a local FE college, the Chartered Institute of Housing professional body, and the Regional Council of the CBI. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2017 for his services to housing in the East Midlands. 


Sue Dryden – Vice Chairperson

Sue chairs our Clinical Quality Assurance Committee and has worked in the NHS for 40 years, specialising as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse. Sue has worked in the UK and abroad with roles from leading and managing a children’s ward in a rural Kenyan Hospital to developing the Nottingham Children’s Hospital’s Community Team.


Angela Browning – Treasurer 

Angela is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor and sits on the Corporate Governance Committee. She is the founder of Bright R&D Ltd, a company that helps innovative companies secure funding for R&D.  Prior to this, she was a Director at the large accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the East Midlands, where she worked for 18 years.


Joanne Brunner – Trustee

Now retired, Joanne was a retail professional for over 40 years. Originally trained as a Pharmacist, she became a Director of project implementation at Boots and latterly ran her own Retail Management Consultancy business.


Vijay Sharma – Trustee

Vijay is former editor of the BBC Asian Network, leading its development from an embryonic few hours a day local radio service targeting Asian immigrant communities into an award-winning national digital BBC Radio service targeting British Asian diaspora. She is a trained social worker, completing her Masters in Social Work from Warwick University, working in Nottinghamshire.

Vipal Karavadra – Trustee

Vipal is a young but experienced banking and finance professional who over the years has held a number of roles within the sector and now owns and runs a commercial finance brokerage that provides funding and advisory service to SME client across the county. As well as running his own business Vipal is involved with LABA (Leicester Asian Business Association) and The Prince’s Trust.


Richard Whall – Trustee

Richard has had a successful 30-year plus career in the food, drink and healthcare industries where he has held a number of senior roles in operations. He is currently UK Operations Director for BCM (Boots Contract Manufacturing). Richard is a change management specialist and has led major changes programmes for multiple organisations. His success comes from his ability to influence, steer and engage people at all levels in the organisation in an open and collaborative style.


Matt Rooney – Trustee

Matt is Principal of one of the largest specialist schools in the East Midlands, which caters for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Prior to this he was a strategic lead for SEND in a large local authority.

Matt sits on a SEND advisory group for the Department for Education and was named National SEND Leader of the Year in 2020. Since 2016 Matt has held an inspector role for the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), working alongside a Care Quality Commission (CQC) to evaluate a local area’s ability to identify and meet the needs of children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities.

Matt also served as the head of the Nottinghamshire Scouts for 7 years, being a trustee of its charity for 11 years. Matt has been a trustee of Rainbows since 2018.


Dave Wilson – Trustee

Dave has more than 30 year's IT and business experience and is currently the IT Director for the leading leisure business, Hollywood Bowl Group. He has also held senior and executive roles in other retail and leisure businesses, including NEXT, Dunelm, Jessops and Vue Cinemas.


Dr Gail Allsopp – Trustee

Dr Gail Allsopp is a Derbyshire GP, works nationally as the clinical lead for clinical policy for the Royal College of General Practitioners and is an associate professor of primary care at Nottingham university. She was previously on the board of Noah’s Ark Children’s hospice in London.


Chris Brooks – Clinical Trustee

Chris has worked as a nurse, midwife and health visitor in the NHS since 1991 and has recent expertise within Clinical Governance. She has led on all aspects of organisational clinical governance, assurance and quality improvement; developed a number of improvement programmes; for example standard setting for Mental Capacity Act and Learning from Suicide in young people. In addition, Chris has also worked in children's physical and mental health services for 13 years and has a passion for hearing the voice of the child.