Maurice Rumbold, chair

Maurice Rumbold is chair of the board of trustees and chair of the executive committee.

Maurice is also chair of the Finance and Resources Committee of Sussex Housing and Care. He was previously vice-chair of the Public Guardian Board and the senior independent director of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. He has also been a member of theUniversity of Greenwich's Business Forum.

Previously, Maurice was chief executive of NCH (now known as Action for Children). Over a substantial period in senior positions at the charity, he was responsible for developing it into the largest provider of services to children, young people and families in the UK. Prior to this, Maurice worked as a senior manager for a number of local authority social services departments.

Brian Aird, vice chair

Brian is currently chair of the nominations committee and a keen advocate of our services for older people with learning disabilities; a group he feels is sometimes neglected by society.

He was drawn to join the United Response board by the strong values of the organisation, as well as the quality of services we provide.

Brian is managing partner of the Work-Life Partnership, providing independent strategy, development, executive and life coaching services to the healthcare industry and elsewhere. He is also the former vice chairman of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, a director of Work-Life Properties Ltd and Chairman of Coffee on the Corner, a small community interest company.  

Brian has spent over 40 years working with the public and not-for-profit sectors, and has held chief executive and non-executive roles in several organisations. He is a former president of the Institute of Healthcare Management and has previously worked for KPMG as a principal consultant. Brian is a past honorary treasurer of United Response.

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 our chair of the audit committee. 

He is the global managing partner of international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 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. Since then he has sat on the firm’s supervisory council.

His clients include companies such as Sony, BAA, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro, the Football Association and Thames Water.

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. 

Karie Clifford

Karie Clifford joined United Response in 2007 after being impressed by the quality and level of our person centred approach to support.

Karie has 17 years' experience in both the research and commercial sides of the pharmaceutical industry. She is an expert in health economics and was previously director of global health outcomes in Europe for GlaxoSmithKline.

Karie has considerable voluntary sector experience as board member of the Ealing Blind Club and a representative of Ealing Community Network on the funding and social services boards with Ealing Council. She also worked with SANE to set up SANEmail – an email-based helpline for people affected by mental illness. 

Helen England, a trustee of United ResponseHelen England

Helen England is currently an executive director for a primary care provider organisation in Bristol. 

She began her career as a music therapist, working with people with physical and learning disabilities and mental health needs in a range of educational, health and social care settings, before moving on to senior clinical and, later, managerial and executive roles within the NHS in both service provider and commissioning organisations. 

Helen is passionate about using her experience to support the delivery of high-quality health and social care services for service users.

Sandra Hannington

Sandra Hannington joined the United Response Board, having been impressed by the senior management team. 

She feels passionate about developing initiatives that enable people with disabilities to integrate fully into the community, such as skills training and employment.

After studying Zoology at Nottingham University, Sandra joined Rentokil as a biologist. During her 36 years there, she had wide-ranging responsibilities including branch management, innovating training programmes, running incentive schemes and implementing computer systems. For the last ten years she ran the company’s corporate property department.

She is a fully qualified and active nutritional therapist, and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Downview. 

Sue Jagelman

Sue Jagelman has over 30 years' extensive experience in the voluntary sector, particularly through her work with Save the Children, at both community and national levels.

Her fundraising and volunteering background drew her to United Response, where she currently acts as board representative at United Voice meetings – our staff representative body.

Sue served as chair of Save the Children UK’s volunteers for a five-year term on the board of trustees. With a particular interest in education and communication, Sue played a key role in setting up Speaking Out, a national resource, training and support scheme for school and community volunteer speakers. She provides ongoing management and strategic support as UK Speaking Out ambassador.

Bronagh Scott

Bronagh Scott is currently the deputy chief nurse for the NHS England London region. 

She has held a number of senior management posts and executive directorships in health and social services in Northern Ireland and London. 

In her current position, she leads on the patient experience agenda and the implementation of Compassion in Practice, the national strategy for nursing.

Bronagh is also an honorary clinical professor for Middlesex University London.

Pankaj Shah

Pankaj Shah has been involved with United Response since 2002 and is currently the chair of our investment committee.

He has a niece with a learning disability and was attracted to United Response because of our progressive attitudes and business model, as well as by our reputation in the sector.  

Previously a pharmacist, Pankaj is currently head of portfolio management at Fundquest and has many years of experience in the financial sector. He is a course tutor in Personal Finance for the Open University and, in 2009, he became a chartered financial planner and a fellow of the personal finance society.

David Willis

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 a director of Paradigm Trust, an academy trust responsible for three primary schools in deprived areas of East London, and a director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. He has also worked with a number of small charities through Pilotlight.