The Trustees of BRACE are responsible for the good governance and strategic direction of the charity.  

They ensure that everything done in the name of BRACE is within the guidelines it has set itself and those imposed by the Charity Commission.

With this in mind, the Trustees have equipped the Board with wide experience in financial and legal matters, as well as business acumen and knowledge of medical science.

The day to day management of the charity is the responsibility of the Chief Executive and other staff, and they are the first point of contact for all enquiries. Please see below to identify the member of staff best placed to deal with your enquiry.

The Scientific Advisory Committee is an independent committee of scientists which recommends to the Trustees which applications should be supported, subject to the availability of funds.

Our Patron and Ambassadors are committed to helping BRACE achieve its aims in terms of raising awareness of the work BRACE does and to help BRACE in whatever way they can.


The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Bristol


Beth Britton l Stephanie Cole OBE l John Chalis Jonathan Dimbleby l Callum Gathercole l Julia Hwang l Sir Martyn Lewis CBE l 


Professor Stephen Lisney (Chair of Trustees) Jane Dare (Deputy Chair) l Sue Blatchford l Kate Clarke Peter Lippett l Professor Bridget Lumb l Dr Mark Norman l Sylvia Perry l Dr John Pounsford l Mary Whittington l Heledd Wyn

Scientific Advisory Committee

See How grants are approved for a full list of SAC members


Mark Poarch - Chief Executive

 Amanda Cole

Amanda Cole - Head of Engagement

Emma Bone - Office Administrator

Nikola Scanlon- Communications Officer

Jeanne Clements

Jeanne Clements - Community Fundraiser & Volunteer Co-ordinator

Sofie Ireland - Finance Officer