New Trustees for Alternative Futures Group

We are very pleased to announce that we have appointed four new trustees. 

Experienced healthcare professional Mary Burrows MBE; Daniel Chaffer, a chartered accountant at BBC North; government advisor Michael Parkinson CBE and Mike Clarke who’s a business development specialist have all join our board as the charity continues to grow across the North West.

Neil Campbell, CEO, Alternative Futures Group said:

“All four demonstrated a deep understanding of the challenges facing providers of support for people with mental health challenges and learning disabilities.

“Their commitment to what we are trying to achieve for the people we support, our staff and for the charity itself was also clear and shone through.”

“Each offers a different yet complementary area of expertise including governance, finance and business development and I’m sure will make a vital contribution to the existing team of trustees.

Trustee biographies

Mary Burrows MBE

Mary is an experienced healthcare professional with 10 years’ experience in non-executive roles and 13 years as a chief executive on a range of trusts and boards in the NHS, principally in Wales. Non-executive appointments have included the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, Skills for Health and as a governor on school boards. She also co-chaired the All Wales Mental Health Governmental Review and sat on the DoH (England) Payment by Results Programme Board.

Daniel Chaffer

An experienced chartered accountant, Danny currently works as a senior finance manager with BBC North, responsible for programmes including Match of the Day, the London 2012 Olympics and Blue Peter. He has also worked in the North West Development Agency, AEA Technology and a number of other private sector organisations.

Professor Michael Parkinson CBE

Michael is currently advisor to the vice chancellor of the University of Liverpool and is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Regeneration Investment Organisation, a trustee for the Centre for Cities and a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Expert Group on Cities. With an international reputation, Michael has wide experience in the public, private and third sectors and has a clear insight into the political, social and economic context in which the charity works.

Mike Clarke

Mike has a strong background in business development and consultancy. Currently the Corporate Business Lead for London and Manchester for the Royal Institute of British Architects, Mike is also a trustee of a small drugs and alcohol charity in Cumbria, amongst other interests. Mike has a broad portfolio of experience across the country and including the Lake District National Park Authority.

For more information visit our trustees page.