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 actively looking to appoint two to three Trustees to join our Trustee Board from March 2021 onwards. Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, working with the CEO to develop our aims, objectives and goals in accordance with our governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

You will have a strong personal commitment to the charity’s vision and values. Whether you are an experienced Trustee or taking your first step as a Trustee, we would love to hear from you. Being a Trustee will give you the opportunity to use your skills, passion and commitment to help shape the future of our charity and to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

This year, 2021, sees the charity reach its 18th Anniversary in March; a key milestone – this is an opportunity to bring your skills, talents, and experience in making an important difference in a role that we hope you will find immensely fulfilling.

Location: Anywhere in the UK

Duration: Three year term, up to a maximum of three terms

Salary: This is a voluntary role, with out-of-pocket expenses paid

Closing date: Monday 15th February 2021 but please apply as soon as possible as we may close applications before this date.

Note: Strictly no agencies please.


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.


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