Our Team

The charity has a small team that organise and execute fundraising projects, oversee the delivery of all Muscle Dreams and manage the day-to-day activities. As of January 2016, the team comprises:

– Michael McGrath, Co-founder, CEO & Chief Muscle Warrior*
– Sue McGrath, Trustee, HR/Resourcing, Financials (v)
– Sonali Kumarakulasinghe, Governance & Organisational Development (v)
– Lydia Drukarz, PR/Media Relations & Project Management
– Ryan Tym, Brand Guardian, Design & Project Management
– Clare Byrne, Muscle Warrior Charity Volunteer Coordinator (v)
– Rosemary Adams, Beneficiary Evaluation, Data & Impact Analyst (v)
– Sarah Lowther, Awards Coordinator (v)

(v) denotes volunteer

*Michael is responsible for the daily management of the charity’s affairs. He has muscular dystrophy and is a permanent powerchair user. The figurehead and driving force behind the charity, he is affectionately known as the Chief Muscle Warrior. He has a personal hand in the delivery of all Muscle Dream activities.

 

Our Trustees

The Muscle Help Foundation’s Trustees provide strategic leadership and direction in line with the organisation’s prescribed objectives. The Trustee Board represent the interests of all stakeholders acting as Ambassadors for the charity.

The charity is actively looking to appoint a further two (2) Trustees in the 2016/17 period – in attracting wider support and in establishing some new enduring lasting partnerships underpinned by common goals and shared values, we would like to hear from individuals who can bring a senior business perspective, who are able to make introductions, open doors and champion our work.

The charity is committed to providing equal opportunities for all irrespective of disability, gender, race, age, sexuality and religion. For further information, please call 01763 274658 or email info@musclehelp.com.

Fay Sharpe, Chair

Fay is chair of the Trustees and is the multi-award-winning Managing Director of Zibrant, the UK’s largest meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions company. As a leading figure in her industry, she has also served on the Institute of Travel & Meetings board for five years.

Fay is a passionate charity supporter and has completed fundraising initiatives for a number of good causes, including the Three Peaks Challenge and Prince’s Trust Charity’s Wild UK.

 

 

 

Steve Torricelli, Treasurer

As the Muscle Help Foundation’s Treasurer, Steve is responsible for the financial management of the charity. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants after qualifying at global accountancy firm KPMG and working at the company as an Audit Director up to 2008.

Since leaving KPMG, Steve has run his Sussex-based family commercial vehicle business Lancing Commercial. He has also been Vice Chair of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity JTSMA.

His daughter Rebecca suffers from SMA and Steve first came into contact with MHF at the Games Inspired Muscle Dreams Programme in 2012, where Rebecca was one of 75 beneficiaries to experience the Paralympics.

 

 

Sue McGrath, Secretary

Sue has been MHF’s secretary since the charity’s inception in 2003, drawing on her business and human resources experience from previous roles at global IT firm Nortel Networks and a resourcing consultancy owned by Dragons’ Den star James Caan.

She is a passionate and tireless supporter of MHF’s work, playing a crucial role in organising fundraising activities and Muscle Dreams, as well as overseeing the charity’s financial, resource and policy requirements.

Sue is married to MHF’s founder and Muscular Dystrophy sufferer Michael McGrath, meaning she has a unique and invaluable understanding of the needs and challenges faced by families living with the disease.

Alongside her MHF work, Sue is a consultant for the NHS Midlands & East Region, where she is helping raise awareness for pressure sores through the Stop the Pressure campaign.

 

 

John Fuller

As a qualified accountant, John has worked for the Borough of Broxbourne and run his own company. More recently, he played a key role in leading Hertfordshire’s engagement with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In 2009 he was appointed Herts Ambassador for the 2012 Games, where he created partnerships and generated enthusiasm and support for the Olympics and Paralympics. John is now the Herts 2012 Legacy Coordinator, helping deliver a lasting legacy for the 2012 Games.

He still competes for his athletics club and has won County medals at gold standard.

 

 

Shalon Spencer

Shalon is an experienced finance and commercial lawyer at Linklaters LLP, a multinational law firm headquartered in London and a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. Shalon has both UK and international expertise in the legal and financial sectors. She has a particular interest in the renewable and green energy market. She regularly advises on and manages large scale and innovative projects, both leading and collaborating with diverse teams and developing strong client relationships.

By joining The Muscle Help Foundation’s Trustee Board, Shalon is not only excited about expanding her own personal development in being able to broaden her existing skill set in a very different environment whilst acquiring new skills but also adding value to a small charity. Shalon’s strengths include strong analytical skills and legal knowledge. As well as being a team player, her commitment to equality and diversity, disability awareness and human resources are valuable assets.

Shalon sadly lost her then older brother to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and a result, her insights drawn from personal family experiences combined with her evident passion and energy to support a cause close to her heart brought her to our charity.