Our Team

The charity has a small tight-knit team, consisting mainly of volunteers with one full-time paid person responsible for the overall management and operational execution of the charity in addition to delivering its Muscle Dream activities and fundraising initiatives. As of August 2018, the team comprises:

– Michael McGrath, Founder, CEO & Chief Muscle Warrior*
– Kate Barnbrook, Trust & Grants Fundraiser
– Lydia Drukarz, Special Projects, PR/Media Relations
– Sonali Kumarakulasinghe, Governance, Organisational Development & HR/Resourcing
– Ryan Tym, Brand Guardian (v)
– Charlotte Gibling, Creative Designer (v)
– Rosemary Adams, Beneficiary Evaluation, Data & Impact Analyst (v)
– Sarah Lowther, Charity Awards Coordinator (v)

(v) denotes volunteer

*Michael is responsible for the daily management of the charity’s affairs an is accountable to the charity’s Board of Trustees. 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, personally hosting the delivery of all Muscle Dream activities.


Our Trustees

Trustees provide strategic leadership and direction in line with prescribed objectives. The Board represent the interests of all stakeholders acting as Ambassadors for the charity.

We are actively looking to appoint a further two (2) Trustees in the 2019/20 period. Trustees owe a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the charity – this is a duty of loyalty, honesty, integrity, good faith and transparency.

The role can be extremely rewarding and the opportunity to bring your skills, passion and competencies to help make even more of a difference to our impact exists. 

The most effective Boards are ones which benefit from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets.

In attracting wider support and in establishing new and enduring lasting partnerships underpinned by common goals and shared values, we would like to hear from individuals who can:

  • Bring a senior business perspective
  • Open doors, make introductions, help identify new donors / partners
  • Bring professional skills – specifically individuals with a depth of knowledge & experience in:
    • Business / Strategy – assist in charity’s ongoing strategic development, help strengthen core capacity, advise on business partnership development leading to CSR or other support eg corporate sponsorship, philanthropic, Trust or foundation sources
    • Finance / Accounting – to initially support & then become our next Treasurer providing leadership to the Board on all financial matters, proven strategic thinker, qualified Accountant ACA, CIMA, ACCA or equivalent
  • Demonstrate a combination of intellect, personal presence and standing
  • Show excellent listening and communication skills
  • Be able to make a cogent, clear and compelling case on behalf of the charity
  • Evidence a strong personal commitment and empathy consistent with our values and mission
  • Be willing to act as advocates in promoting our work and impact across personal networks
  • Be willing to champion our cause to the wider world

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

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.



Shalon Spencer, Trustee

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.



Lloyd Stephenson, Trustee

Lloyd Stephenson joined the HR team at Ashurst LLP in January 2017 to manage all recruitment and resourcing globally from London. His previous role was at Barclays, where he ran resourcing across four continents and designed the succession planning and executive resourcing strategies. He holds a Bachelors in Economics and Econometrics from Manchester University together with a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Lloyd heard about the Trustee opportunity via Frazer Jones, a leading global HR recruitment firm via a new Volunteer Network forum called ‘Team Up’ designed to connect charities and HR professionals. Lloyd had been looking for some time for a Trustee role where he could bring his expertise in helping to support and make a difference to a small charity. Having a close family friend with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Lloyd was touched by the family values and work of MHF.

Click here to read an interview published by Frazer Jones with Lloyd and our CEO Michael McGrath discussing the benefits of volunteering, their experience and its lasting benefit on career development.


Michael Rudman, Trustee

Michael Rudman has extensive experience in sales, marketing and commercial development specifically within the banking, insurance and health sectors. He currently works for Simplyhealth as their Commercial Director. Both Michael and his daughter have Bethlem Myopathy, classified as a rare type of muscular dystrophy.

Michael learned about the work of The Muscle Help Foundation through the Trustee Leadership Programme he attended sponsored by Close Brothers Group and delivered by Cause4, a social enterprise and B-Corporation that champions disruptive philanthropy and new ways of scaling up charities and social enterprises. Michael is looking forward to making an impact by bringing his diverse talents, skills and commercial business experience to the charity’s Trustee Board.

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