Becky Hill (Chair)*
Becky became a trustee in 2001. She has expertise in HR, combined with a passion for independent living and the employment of people with disabilities - all factors which have helped contribute to the charity's strategic development. Becky was a teenager when she sustained a C5/6 spinal injury over 20 years ago and so has been particularly excited to see the expansion of Back Up’s youth programme.
David Fraser *
David joined the trustee board in 2004 and is also a part of the City Dinner committee. David can personally vouch for Back Up's great work having also been one of our service users in the past. He is especially proud of the way Back Up has grown in recent years, providing services that are very much based on people's needs. David lives in Surrey and has a background of working in marketing communications.
Clair Turnbull *
Clair joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and became Chair in 2010. Clair was involved in setting up Back Up’s mentoring programme and continues to provide training and supervision to spinally injured and family mentors. As a senior Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, Clair studied psychological coping and recovery after spinal cord injury. Clair was spinally injured herself in 1999 in a car accident and found Back Up a vital support in her recovery. Clair lives in Crystal Palace with her husband, Damian and baby girl, Isla.
Gary Lynch became a trustee about 9 years ago. His interest in joining Back Up was fostered by a serious motor cycle accident in 1976 in which he could quite easily have become spinal cord injured. Gary is CEO of a not for profit organisation called GS1 in the UK, that provides standards for retail and health globally. Gary is married with two grown up daughters and lives in Epsom Surrey. In his spare time his likes are spending time with friends and family, music and driving his sports car with the roof down.
Crispin was elected to the Back Up board in October 2011 to take on the role of Vice-Treasurer. Introduced to Back Up through a corporate relationship, Crispin has been involved with the charity for over 5 years helping with fundraising and taking part in several courses. He brings fundraising, finance and investment expertise to the Board. When not active on Back Up duties, Crispin likes to appreciate and collect art and go scuba diving, both when funds and time allow. He lives in Edinburgh's New Town with his wife.
Richard has been a Trustee for Back Up Trust since 2004 and also works at RBS as Director of Branch Operations. Richard first got involved with Back Up in 1992 when he was a buddy during a Calvert Trust Week. Having got the Back Up ‘bug’ he then organised the annual Snowdon Push for many years. Richard lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children and a daft retriever!
Alex joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and first got involved with Back Up when he took part in his first multi-activity youth course in the Lake District in 2004 as a buddy. After getting the 'Back Up bug', Alex continued to get involved on various courses and activities as a volunteer for the Back Up Trust and has now been involved for over 10 years. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Portsmouth with a 1st Class with Honours degree in International Business, Alex is currently a Manager within the Central Marketing department at Sony PlayStation. Alex brings to the board both his passion for Back Up and his professional expertise in leadership and digital marketing.
In addition to Back Up, Martine is a trustee of Luna Children Charity and of Gingerbread.
This follows a career as corporate lawyer with over thirty years experience in large global companies. Martine has a Masters Degree in Business Law and a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from Universite de Bourgogne, and an MA in International Business Law; as recipient of the Hoover scholarship, she attended the MBA programme of The American University, Washington DC. She has two adult children, experience of dealing with people from various cultural and social backgrounds and a commitment to using her professional skills in a variety of ways within the charitable sector.
Jo Wright *
Jo's professional career has focused on the potential for IT to help large and complex organisations do things differently, resulting in better practices. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, in the UK and abroad. Jo lives in Hampshire with her husband, 3 children and an array of animals. She had her spinal cord injury in 2011 and since then she has benefited enormously from the support of Back Up. Jo is delighted to have a more formal role with them now as a Trustee.
* spinal cord injured