Our Trustees

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

We are delighted to welcome two new Trustees to the Muscle Help Foundation’ charity Board, both formally appointed in April 2021. Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, working with the CEO to develop the charity’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with its governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

Being a Trustee for the Muscle Help Foundation provides a unique opportunity to not only use the skills and experience that someone may have but also an individuals passion and commitment in helping to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Our vision and values sit at the heart of the charity which celebrates its 18th Anniversary, a key milestone, from March 2021. Trustee Board members contribute to making an important difference in a voluntary role that offers much fulfillment.

Shalon Spencer, Chair of Trustee Board

Shalon is an experienced international finance and commercial lawyer, specialising in the renewable and green market. She is currently Head of Legal at fund manager Octopus Renewables, managing more than £3 billion of assets globally, including large swathes of onshore wind and solar capacity across Europe and Australia. Previous to this, she spent twelve years 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 charity’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 lost her then older brother to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). As a result, her insights are drawn from personal family experiences combined with her passion and energy to support a cause that’s close to her heart.

Matthew Adams, Charity Treasurer & Trustee

New to the role of Charity Treasurer, Matthew joined the charity’s Board in early January 2020. He is keen to devote his financial skills and time to help the charity thrive and achieve its vision of delivering 657 Muscle Dreams.

Matthew is a Business Analyst at Hollister Incorporated, where he uses his analytical skills to help the management with budget setting, strategic planning and performance management. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Keele University and has successfully completed his ACCA certification.

Matthew has had links to the charity since its inception. He is excited for the opportunity to get involved with the governance and strategic direction of the charity and to use his financial skills to help wherever he can.

Sue McGrath, Trustee & Charity Secretary

Sue has been the charity’s official secretary since its inception in 2003; she is also a Trustee. She is a dedicated, tireless and passionate supporter of the charity’s work.

 

Providing a crucial role working alongside the CEO across a multitude of projects and initiatives linked to the charity’s Muscle Dream activities, Sue also works with MHF’s Treasurer in overseeing the day-to-day financials, in addition to ensuring robust governance and any resourcing requirements are met.

 

Married to MHF’s founder and CEO Michael McGrath, Sue has a unique and invaluable perspective in deeply understanding the adversities faced by families living with muscular dystrophy.

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. Cause 4’s Trustee Leadership Programme Alumni Newsletter (Feb ’19) featured his appointment here in which he shares his insights about becoming a Trustee.

Michael is looking forward to making an impact by bringing his diverse talents, skills and commercial business experience to the charity’s Trustee Board.

Hugh O’Keeffe (he/him), Trustee

Hugh joined as a Trustee in April of 2021 bringing a depth of knowledge of charitable organisations. He is the Assistant Director of Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust, a small charity that seeks to support, educate, and inspire LGBT+ young persons from across London. Having previously worked in facilities management, Hugh has extensive experience in the assessment and management of risks. Given his time at Mosaic, this includes a proficient understanding of safeguarding and the wellbeing of children and young people.

Hugh planned and implemented Mosaic’s digital youth work initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes that as well as bringing a passion for the empowerment of all people, he can use his digital knowledge and skills to positively contribute to the charity’s engagement and broad digital strategy alongside other key areas.

Hugh moved to London in late 2018 from Perth, Australia. Both Hugh and his eldest brother have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy.

Annette Woolman, Trustee

Annette has worked in the charity sector for over 16 years, including roles with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and as a previous Trustee of a local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). Currently, Annette heads up the Membership, Services and Volunteering teams at Coeliac UK, supporting a 65,000 member strong community to live well gluten free.

In helping the Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) charity’s mission, Annette brings wide-ranging strategic expertise around the supporter experience, stakeholder engagement, award winning service innovation and income generation.

As an ambassador for inclusivity and empowerment, Annette is looking forward to being a part of the charity, specifically it’s community of Muscle Warrior beneficiaries and their families across the UK.

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