Meet our trustees

Becky Hill

Becky Hill (Chair)*

Becky became a trustee in 2001 and then chair in 2013, which is her second time in this role. She has senior expertise in HR, combined with a passion for independent living and the employment of disabled people. Becky was a teenager when she sustained a C5/6 spinal injury over 20 years ago and so was particularly excited to see the expansion of Back Up’s youth programme. Often seen speaking at Back Up events and in the media, Becky has led the charity as it has successfully expanded to meet the needs of people affected by spinal cord injury. Her achievements were recognised in 2014,when Becky was awarded Third Sector’s Charity Chair of the Year.

David Fraser

David Fraser *

David joined the trustee board in 2004  and has been a member of the City Dinner committee since it's inception.The committee has raised over £1M to date.  David has personally experienced the transformational nature of Back Up's work having  been one of our service users in the past. He is especially proud of the way Back Up has grown and diversified 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 Turnbull *

Clair joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and was Chair from 2010-2013. 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 Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, Clair studied psychological coping and recovery after spinal cord injury. Her speciality is adult mental health and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clair was spinally injured herself in 1999 in a car accident and found Back Up a vital support in her recovery. She lives in Crystal Palace with her husband, Damian and baby girl, young daughter, Isla. Clair also appeared in Back Up’s BBC Lifeline Appeal in 2015 presented by award-winning actor, Oliva Colman.

 Crispin Longden 

Crispin Longden

Crispin was elected to the Back Up board in October 2011 and is currently Vice Chair. Introduced to Back Up through a corporate relationship, Crispin has been involved with the charity for over five 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 Smith

Richard Smith

Richard has been a trustee for Back Up since 2004 and has been the charity’s Treasurer since he joined the board.  He brings financial, senior management and business expertise from his career in retail banking. 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!


Martine Petetin

Martine has been a trustee of Back Up since 2014. She sits on the Compensation Committee and helps the Chair on governance matters. Keen to support Back Up in many ways, Martine is a buddy on Back Up courses and did the 2016 London to Paris cycle ride to raise funds. Martine was a corporate lawyer for many years working in large global companies. Prior to Back Up, she was a trustee of Gingerbread, the single parents charity.

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 having become a Trustee in 2016.

Ben Sneesby *

Ben became the youngest ever board member of Back Up in 2016. Ben has been involved with Back Up for many years, participating in a wide variety of courses, giving him first-hand awareness of the profoundly positive impact that Back Up has on people's lives.  In 2014 Ben represented Great Britain at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, achieving 11th position in the Men's Slalom Sitting event.  Currently, Ben is reading Law at the University of Leeds, he continues to train with and represent Great Britain across a range of skiing disciplines.

Anne Luttman-Johnson *

Anne joined the board of Back up in 2016.  She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and currently works for Irwin Mitchell LLP as a Client Support Manager in their personal injury department.  Prior to that she worked as an independent expert witness advising courts on the cost of disability.  In 1984 she sustained a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia.  Her first experience of Back up was in 1991 when she went on a skiing course.  Since then she has trained as a mentor for the charity.  In her spare time Anne enjoys cooking, entertaining, sailing, acting, singing, theatre, art and talking!



 Rebecca Stevenson


Becca first got involved with Back Up in 2011 on a Snowdon Push, later followed by a course at Exmoor, and the 30th anniversary London to Paris Cycle Ride, finally joining the Board of Trustees, in 2017. Becca brings her commercial experience including a long history of working with change in large organisations especially in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, building long term strategy through effective collaboration. Living in London, with her partner, they are both passionate foodies, and can often been found discovering new restaurants or creating delicious concoctions at home.


 Helen Cooke *

Helen first became involved in Back Up in 1993 when she went on her first ski trip which introduced her to a sport that she still considers to be one of her greatest passions. In 2007, Helen used her expertise in disability and employment to design and deliver the first Back Up to Work course and is incredibly proud that this course has continued to grow and develop. Having been spinally injured since a baby as a result of a spinal tumor Helen is delighted to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees which she joined in 2016. 


* spinal cord injured 



David Fraser

David Fraser *

David joined the trustee board in 2004 and is also a part of the City Dinner committee. David can personally