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Our Trustees 


Deborah Evans Chair of Brunelcare Board of TrusteesDeborah Evans 

Chair from January 2019 (Trustee from July 2017)

Deborah has worked as a manager and Chief Executive in the NHS for 35 years. She came to Bristol in 1997 and over a decade as a Primary Care Trust Chief Executive in Bristol Deborah worked closely with the City Council with many third sector organisations. Within the last five years, Deborah was Managing Director of the West of England Academic Health Science Network, an NHS funded body whose role is to stimulate innovation in the NHS and to spread best practice in care. Deborah has a Masters Degree in Social Policy and is a member of the Faculty of Public Health. She is a carer for her husband who is living with dementia.


Julie Steed
Trustee from October 2014

Julie has been a Trustee since October 2014, and brings a wealth of experience in Marketing and Business Development. Julie has worked in marketing for over 20 years in a variety of sectors including travel, FMCG, health, charities, customer service training consultancy and the automotive industry.Julie currently lives in Bristol and works as the Marketing and Customer Service Director for a multi-national commercial vehicle dealer network, and has also sat on their Board since April 2013.


Maggie Hehir
Trustee from January 2016

Maggie is a recently retired senior nurse with over 35 years’ experience in general, mental health and community nursing , teaching and research. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England for 9 years, and previously worked as a researcher for the University of Bristol. She is also a qualified teacher in health and social care with specific expertise in long-term conditions and ethics. She has degrees in Social Studies and Ethics of Health Care, and a particular interest in person-centred care. She has lived in Bristol for 20 years. 


Nick Hooper

Nick Hooper 

Trustee from March 2018

Nick has spent most of his career in local government, but has also worked in the voluntary and private sectors. His background is in housing development and in the nearly 30 years he spent with Bristol City Council – the last 12 as Director of Housing Solutions – he developed expertise in homelessness, private housing renewal, commissioning, strategy and policy development as well as organisational development.


Ian TurnerIan Turner

Trustee from August 2018

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and retired as a partner from the Accounting and Professional Services firm, KPMG, in 2003. He has since worked in a number of organisations in a Non-Executive Director (“NED”), Executive, Trustee and advisory capacity.

He is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) which represents Finance Professionals within the NHS. He is also a NED at Devon Partnership NHS Trust the NHS Mental Health Trust based Exeter, a Trustee at RICE a Charity researching into the Care of the Elderly and a trustee of the Healthcare Supply Association (HCSA), a membership organisation for procurement professionals in the NHS.


Tony Wilson Brunelcare TrusteeTony Wilson

Trustee from January 2019

Tony, an octogenarian and great grandfather, became a tenant of Brunelcare in 2013 after having cared for his sister.
His career background includes extensive engineering risk management on behalf of clients such as Network Rail,  Dublin LUAS tram main contractor, MoD Navy and suppliers such as BAe Filton. He also ran a recruitment agency, followed by practice as a counsellor and group facilitator. Tony also volunteers as a Trustee with Bristol Older People's Forum, as a youth mentor with 1625 Independent People, a board member with Driving and Mobility West of England, and is a community navigator with Bristol Community Health. He enjoys keeping active and learning, while passing on knowledge and life skills.


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