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Our Trustees

Cathy Benjamin – Chair

Cathy Benjamin has worked within the voluntary, education and public sectors in management and leadership roles, much of this being with children, young people and families in community settings. She brings extensive strategic and financial management experience. Psychotherapy in particular interests her due to personal experience of the ups and downs of life when mental illness and distress are present within the family.

Alison Shaw – Treasurer

Chief Executive and founder of Policy Press, and more recently Bristol University Press, Alison Shaw leads this award winning not-for-profit business in collaboration with her team.  The organisation publishes work on a wide range of social issues that reach across research, policy and practice, including mental health and wellbeing, with a mission to bring about positive social change.  Alison’s focus is on strategic and organisational development, financial management, brand creation, promotion and profile raising.

Murray Stewart

Professor Murray Stewart has extensive experience in national and international academic leadership including research for the European Commission as well as UK national and local governments. His experience includes project appraisal and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and community engagement.  He has been a board member of various trusts and foundations.

Jane Cheshire

Jane Cheshire works as a BPC registered psychanalytic psychotherapist, with thirty years of clinical experience in the Bath/Bristol area. She has had a long relationship with The Bridge Foundation and it is the importance of ensuring the continuance and development of this work that motivated her to become a trustee. Her clinical experience helps to maintain and promote the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approach that is central to The Bridge Foundation. 

Jeff Hurran

Jeff Hurran’s background is in Education – in the classroom, in middle and senior leadership in secondary schools, as a lecturer in higher education and as a school governor and chair in a primary school and now as chair of teaching, learning and achievement at a secondary school. Throughout his professional work and in academic research his focus has been on enhancing peoples learning and has recognised the importance of mental health within this. 

Lucy Young

Lucy Young began her career as a child care social worker 30 years ago and during that time held a variety of practitioner, management and strategic roles in safeguarding and with children in care. She is now an independent Safeguarding and Social Care consultant focussing mainly on serious case reviews. In her role as Trustee she brings knowledge and experience of statutory safeguarding, care and adoption work.

Michael Randall

Michael worked in Retail Banking for 30 years in a variety of roles including Branch and Lending Centre Management, Learning & Development, Leadership Development and for 10 years as HR Business Partner.  He subsequently worked for an insurance company and a law firm for 10 years in similar HR roles.  Michael brings hands on experience and a pragmatic approach to the Board of Trustees including strategic and commercial thinking, organisational development, recruitment, development and general HR practice.

Sayi Thomas