Our trustees

Our trustees work together to support and guide Martlets through its long term and short term objectives, ensuring we stay on track and accountable to everyone involved in what we do.

The Board of Trustees, sometimes known as the Board of Directors, all give their time voluntarily and receive no renumeration for their services.



Juliet Smith, Chairman

Juliet has a background in education, leading schools in both the maintained and independent sectors, as well as being a qualified schools’ inspector.  She has been a magistrate for almost three decades and was Chairman of Sussex Central Bench, as well as the East Sussex Magistrates’ Association. 

Other chairman experience has been in two Brighton schools, Brighton College and Brighton and Hove High.  In 2015/16 Juliet was High Sheriff of East Sussex and is now Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex.


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Barry Egan, Vice Chairman

Barry joined the Board in March 2016 and is Vice Chairman. Barry is currently Director of Human Resources at Amadeus and has previously worked for American Express, Ford Motor Company and IBM.

Barry has extensive experience delivering high visibility, high value and complex business transformational projects across a variety of international markets.   



Jake Standing, Treasurer

Joined July 2019


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Matthew Fletcher

Matthew joined the Board in August 2009 and is now Chairman of Martlets Clinical Governance Committee. Prior to retirement in 2011 Matthew was a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust from 1986.

During this time Matthew was also appointed as co-Chair, with the Director of Nursing, of the Directorate of Professional Practice and Clinical Governance and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, as part of his role as Medical Director.



Duncan Stewart

Duncan joined the Board in June 2010, having been a Director of Martlets Care for a number of years prior to that; Duncan is also a Chaplaincy Volunteer for the Martlets. Duncan has a strong medical background having trained at Guy’s Hospital and at hospitals in Brighton, before going into General Practice in 1969.

Duncan is the Vice Chair of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust which funds innovative research in Medicine, Religion and Social Enterprises. Duncan is also a trustee of SPRINT, a local charity which funds further education for members of the local hospital orthopaedic department.  


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Chris Thomas

Chris joined the Board in March 2016. Chris is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in private practice, more than half of which has been in Brighton. Along with a number of other local solicitors Chris has a longstanding connection with Martlets through support of their Wills Fortnight; he also provides advice on a voluntary basis through our legal clinics.  

“I consider Martlets to be one of the treasures of Brighton & Hove and I am honoured to be able to volunteer my time and expertise as a trustee. I hope to get to know many more of the staff and supporters of the Hospice over the coming years.”   



Giles Ings

Giles joined the Board in January 2017. He is a founding director of ABIR Architects who have offices in Hove and the Scottish Highlands. Giles is chair of Mid Sussex District Council Design Review Panel and lectures architects and occupational therapists at Brighton University (part time).


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Karen Blatchford

Karen joined the Board in 2018. She is a marketing professional with over 25 years of experience working in major financial services organisations. Karen has a BA(Hons) degree in business from Brighton University.

She is currently Head of International Marketing for Old Mutual Wealth, leading a global marketing team serving customers in the UK and across the world. She has also worked at Legal & General and Family Assurance holding various Sales & Marketing roles. 

“I am honoured to join The Martlets in a trustee role as it is a charity I admire and have supported over many years.“ 



Michael Beddingfield

Joined July 2019


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Rebecca Crook

Rebecca Crook

Joined July 2019



Bec Davison

Joined July 2019


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Dr Yasmin Khan

Joined July 2019



Wayne Murray

Joined July 2019


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