Malcolm McCaig, chair

Malcolm McCaig is chair of the board of trustees and is also   a Certified Management Consultant.

He was a partner at both Deloitte and Ernst & Young, and he has held senior executive positions at Cigna Corporation, Prudential UK and National Australia Bank.

His Non Executive experience includes OneSavings Bank, Ageas (UK), Crest Nicholson, QBE Insurance (Europe), Tradition (UK), Barbon Insurance Group, Punjab National Bank (International), CMC Markets, 4most Group, Renaissance Capital and The House of Lords.

Malcolm has worked with a number of charities, either in the education sector as a Trustee, or as a Corporate Social Responsibility ambassador in his various NED roles.  He is also on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.


David Willis, vice chair

David Willis is a solicitor and was a partner in international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for 25 years. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he was the firm's joint CEO. 

David is a member of the governing body of Queen Mary University of London, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. 

He is chairman of Paradigm Trust, an academy trust responsible for three schools in deprived areas of East London and, from September 2017, three schools in Ipswich.

David is a director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, where he chairs the Finance and Audit Committee.

In July 2017, David became a Vice Chair of United Response and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. He has also worked with a number of small charities through Pilotlight.


Charles Garthwaite, honorary treasurer

Charles joined our board of trustees in 2015.

He is currently the Global Head of Operational & Conduct Risk at Aegon NV, the Dutch international insurance business. Prior to Aegon, Charles has held a variety of executive roles within the UK life and pensions sector, and was most recently CEO of Fund Partners, the second-largest fund-hosting business in the UK with approximately £6 billion under administration.

Charles qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and has worked in the UK, Australia and the US.



David Aitman

David is the chair of our Audit and Risk Committee. 

David has been a partner of international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since 2001.  He  was co-head of the firm’s global antitrust, competition and trade practice group (a group of nearly 300 lawyers working in 17 countries) until summer 2010; senior member of the firm’s supervisory council until 2013; and then for several years was the global managing partner of the firm.

His clients include leading Hollywood Studios, one of the three main music recording and publishing companies, one of the two international credit / debit card companies, a number of UK and EU water and electricity companies, and a cross section of manufacturing and retailing companies.

Outside the law, David runs a series of charitable concerts and has made recordings supporting two charities set up by family members – the Rufiji Leprosy Trust in Tanzania and Study Guatemala, helping street children in Guatemala City. 



Alison Stanley

Alison Stanley is an HR Director with wide-ranging commercial and public sector experience in leadership, organisational change and the development and implementation of effective, engaging people management practices.

She qualified and practiced as an employment lawyer, heading up employment law at British Airways, before moving into senior HR roles at Barclays and then moving to the public sector as a HR Director at DWP. Up until July 2018 Alison was HR Director of Civil Service Employee Policy and Reward, a new cross government consultancy service based in the Cabinet office which she created and led.

lison was awarded a CBE in 2018 for leadership of collaboration between government departments and successful delivery of improvements across them in employment practices. She has deep expertise and experience in all areas of employee policy and pay, including workplace adjustment for employees with disabilities, well being and equal opportunities.

Promoting equality of opportunity in her work as an HR Director, Alison has been impressed by the people centred approach of United Response and the quality of its services.


Helen England, a trustee of United ResponseHelen England 

Helen has spent much of her career in the health service.

She started her working life as a music therapist working with people with learning disability and mental health needs and worked in education and social care settings before joining the NHS.

She moved from clinical roles into leadership and management and held executive positions for more than a decade in both commissioning and provider organisations.

Helen is now the CEO of another national charity working in the disability sector and is passionate about using her experience to support the delivery of excellent services for the people we support.


Guy Van Dichele

Guy has over 30 years experience in the Health and Social Care Sector.

He is Director of his own consultancy company and is currently Executive Director for Health, Wellbeing and Adults in a large London Borough.

He sits on a number of boards such as Health and Well Being Board, Safeguarding Board, Regional Association of Directors Boards and is also a member of a CCG Governing Body.

Guy specialises in transformation of public services to improve outcomes and introducing new models of care.


Bronagh Scott

Bronagh is the Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice for the Royal College of Nursing in the UK.

Bronagh has been in this post since December 2018 and provides leadership to RCN members and staff on all professional nursing issues. She is a member of the Royal College of Nursing Executive team and leads the public policy and affairs function providing the strategic direction and response to  all public policy issues. Prior to commencing this role Bronagh was the Executive Director of Nursing at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales.

She qualified as a nurse in Northern Ireland and specialised in Intensive Care Nursing in Belfast and Perth, Western Australia. She has held a number of senior executive posts in Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland and London. From 2004-2010 Bronagh held the posts of Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive for United Hospitals Health and Social Services Trust and Director of Nursing/Chief Nurse/Director of Operational Services for Older People and Community Health and Social Care at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) in Northern Ireland.

In 2016 Bronagh was appointed by the Health Minister in Northern Ireland as the Nurse Adviser on an international expert panel tasked with leading an informed debate on the best configuration of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.


Bill Hodson

Bill Hodson worked in local government for over 35 years.

Until 2010, Bill was Director of Housing and Adult Social Services for the City of York. Since then he has worked as an independent consultant and was the National Professional Adviser to the Care Quality Commission on adult social care for four years.

He is the independent chair of the Wakefield Safeguarding Adults Board and is a member of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust board.

Bill has a particular interest in promoting personalised care and support. He was drawn to United Response from his professional experience of their work and the strong commitment to the principle of ensuring that the people we support have choice and control in their lives.


A portrait photo of Alastair Ballantyne.Alastair Ballantyne

Alastair is the Company Secretary for Big Society Capital and the Big Society Trust, having previously been their Head of Communications from July 2011.

He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Albany Theatre in Deptford. Prior to this he was Communications Adviser to Sir Ronald Cohen. During this time and in that capacity acted as Secretary for the Social Investment Task Force.

Previously Alastair worked for 21 years for Morgan Stanley International, initially in the Investment Banking Division and latterly in the Office of the Chairman where he led its European Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility teams. He also developed the firm’s Global Environment Policy. While at Morgan Stanley, he was a Trustee of Community Action Network.


Katherine Rake

Katherine’s career has been driven by a passion for social justice.

Previously a lecturer at the London School of Economics, she went on to lead the women’s rights campaign the Fawcett Society and was the first Chief Executive of Healthwatch England, the independent voice for people using health and social care services.

She now runs a consultancy, totalpolicy, which supports organisations to create impact and positive change for their service users.

She has worked with governments from across the political spectrum and her advice has been sought by a range of Government departments, the Prime Minister's Policy Unit and HM Treasury. Katherine has an OBE for services to equal opportunities, an Institute of Directors 'Good Director' Honour and the Social Policy Association's Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Non-academic.

Katherine is a Governor and member of the Ethics Committee at the London School of Economics.


Deborah Tavana

Deborah has spent 30 years in the financial services sector having held executive roles in Williams & Glyn Bank, Resolution, Swiss Re and General Electric. Her experience covers human resources, operations, communications and governance.

Her career has always been guided by a belief in the importance of creating organisation cultures that value the whole person, whether colleague, customer or client.

She now works independently as an executive coach and management consultant.

Deborah also works in a Non-Executive capacity with the National Citizen Service Trust (NCS) where she serves on the People Committee and the Remuneration Committee.


Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin has over 30 years experience as a Chief Finance Officer in public sector organisations.

He has worked in local authorities (a district council, two London Boroughs and a county council), an executive agency, the largest Non Departmental Public Body, and a Government department.

Since stepping down from executive roles he has taken on a Non Executive position in an NHS Mental Health Trust.

He lives in London and originally trained as a scientist before becoming an accountant.