The Pied Piper Appeal

The Trustees, Promotional

Board & Office Team

The Trustees

Nick Broady

Chair of the Appeal

Entrepreneur, MD of the Avenue Group and board member of the Honorable Company of Gloucestershire.

The Pied Piper Charity is very close to my heart because as a child I had first-hand experience of the old children's ward at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Many years on, and with tireless effort from all those involved, I feel a great sense of responsibility as the chairman of such an important county charity. The work we do is vital to the children of Gloucestershire. The huge difference we make is not only felt by the countless children and families who visit our hospitals but also in the far-reaching projects and fundraising that improves the lives of children at so many schools and centres in Gloucestershire. I enjoy speaking to local Businesses and groups to encourage as many people as possible to support the Pied Piper Appeal.

Julie Kent

Vice chair of the Appeal

Julie is a Housemistress and music teacher at Dean Close School in Cheltenham. Sadly after losing her first child to a brain tumour at the age of three Julie and her husband formed the Emily Kent Charitable Trust and raised thousands of pounds for children with cancer in Gloucestershire. They donated £50,000 to the Pied Piper Appeal and when the new Children's unit was built the Oncology ward was named the Emily Kent Ward along with a ward in the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Since joining the Pied Piper in September 2014 Julie has been an active member of the group and was proudly appointed Vice Chair in December 2015 in recognition of her hard work and to help take Pied Piper to the next level, working with the Pied Piper team, Trustees and Chairing the Promotional Board.

Dr. Roger Head, OBE DL

Chairman of the Trustees

I am a local businessman and have lived in Gloucestershire all my life. I have chaired the Pied Piper Appeal for ten years and have now stepped into the role of Chairman of Trustees.
I was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) for Gloucestershire in 2007, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2011 and am now High Sheriff in nomination for 2015.

I am also Chairman of The Gloucestershire Community Foundation. I love to support the Pied Piper because it is a local charity, efficiently run and makes a real difference to the children it supports.

Peter Hickman, MBE

Trustee

I was the original chairman of The Pied Piper Appeal when it was founded in 1992 to raise funds to support the development of a new Children's Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. In 2004 although I stood down as Chairman I remained a Trustee and in 2013 was honoured to be made President of the Pied Piper.
I am extremely proud of what we have achieved for sick children in the county. As an experience it has been humbling, but I have had a wonderful time raising money over the years.

Richard Wilkey

Trustee

Rich is managing partner of the Cheltenham office of law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys. He is delighted to be part of the Pied Piper team, bringing enthusiasm to the trustee board whilst also giving something back to the local community (and where needed by the charity, providing legal advice!). A little known fact is that Richard used to be a nurse during the summer holidays whilst he was at University, working with children with severe special needs. The fantastic work that charities provide to the children and families under such circumstances and those which the Pied Piper handle, is therefore very close to his heart.

Richard is keen to use the network of clients and contacts of HCR to spread the Pied Piper Appeal message and to encourage support for the charity.

Dr.Marie Owen

Trustee

For the past 33 years I have taken a special interest in neurodevelopment of children from the Special Care Baby Unit to their teenage years. I am a governor of Milestone and chair the charity
which supports its holiday play scheme, I founded the Nigel Hunter Nursery in Gloucester as a
therapy centre for infants with severe developmental problems and was chair of the Friends of NHN charity, which jointly funded it in its first 20 years. In 2013, we merged the Friends of NHN with Pied Piper and it was then I was honoured to become a Pied Piper trustee. Elsewhere, I am medical adviser to the Chernobyl Children Project and liaise with Belarusian paediatricians, many of whom have visited me in Gloucester, on educational attachments. I enjoy walking and cross-country cycling I also enjoy playing piano and organ and visiting my three children who are scattered around the world.

Cathryn Hage

Trustee

As a marketing professional I have a passion for creative writing and social media, working on traditional and digital marketing projects, I enjoy new challenges and working with the Pied Piper allows me to help make a difference for children in our county. I almost always have a special and rewarding project on the go, from working for Gloucester Rugby's Peter Buxton on his successful testimonial year to blogging for the LEJOG cycling team to supporting grassroots rugby. When not at work, being a Mum or feeding the chickens, I love tennis, golf, the odd G&T, and supporting rugby in our county!

Russel Byrd

Trustee

Russ is the Audit and Assurance Partner at Randall & Payne LLP, accountants in Cheltenham.
Originally from Worcestershire, and after having relocated to the East Midlands, Russ moved to Gloucestershire in 2000. Since then Russ has developed fantastic business contacts, many of whom are now good friends. It is through this network that Russ met with Nick Broady and then became involved with the Promotional Board in the latter part of 2015.

“We always want the best for our family, but our family’s health is one of the few things we cannot control. My wife and I know that if our daughter ever needed emergency medical attention then we would want her to be as comfortable as possible and so to be given the opportunity to be involved in such a fantastic local children’s charity as The Pied Piper Appeal is very humbling”.

Kevin Day

Trustee

Kevin is the Headteacher of Belmont Special School in Cheltenham. Originally from Somerset he moved to Gloucester in 1998 to start his career with Crypt Secondary School PE department. During the past 20 years he has continued to work in Gloucestershire schools and is currently a senior leader with a specialist interest in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. During recent years he has been the chair of Gloucestershire Association of Special School Heads and observed the growing positive impact on The Pied Piper Appeals work on children with special needs across the county.

“My wife and I have been supporters of The Pied Piper Appeal since 2011 when our daughter was taken seriously ill in Gloucestershire Hospital. The more I understand about the charity’s work and fantastic impact they make, the more I wanted to support and I am delighted to be a trustee”

Suzanne Hall-Gibbins

Trustee

Suzanne has held leadership and board roles in both public and private sector environments across the UK. Leading up to the Millennium she was involved in funding large capital build projects in South West London including the Dome; Jubilee Extension Line & London Eye. She moved to Gloucestershire in 1997 after a couple of years running a business on the Isle of Wight and her daughter was born here 1999. Suzanne was a Director of Bristol based Business West for 7 years and during that time for 3 years she Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce.
In 2013 with her business partner, Angela Edwards, they launched Circle2Success a leadership business working primarily with entrepreneurial led businesses in the South West.

In 2013 Suzanne received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Gloucestershire Business Community; in 2014 she was invited to attend a reception at No 10 Downing Street in recognition of her work with the Military Covenant and in 2016 Circle2Sucess was recognised with a Silver Defence Recognition Award.
In June 2017 Suzanne become a Trustee of Pied Piper.

John Lewis

Trustee

Semi-retired facilities manager
I was involved with the local Cloud 9 charity for 15 years supporting as a committee member, carer on Florida trips and trustee. This led me to become a Trustee of the Pied Piper Appeal when Cloud 9 came under its umbrella in 2015. I am now able to use my experience and enthusiasm for a local children’s charity.

Promotional Board

Julie Kent

Promotional Board Chair

Julie is a Housemistress and music teacher at Dean Close School in Cheltenham. Sadly after losing her first child to a brain tumour at the age of three Julie and her husband formed the Emily Kent Charitable Trust and raised thousands of pounds for children with cancer in Gloucestershire. They donated £50,000 to the Pied Piper Appeal and when the new Children's unit was built the Oncology ward was named the Emily Kent Ward along with a ward in the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Since joining the Pied Piper in September 2014 Julie has been an active member of the group and was proudly appointed Vice Chair in December 2015 in recognition of her hard work and to help take Pied Piper to the next level, working with the Pied Piper team, Trustees and Chairing the Promotional Board.

Nick Broady

Promotional Board Member

Entrepreneur, MD of the Avenue Group and board member of the Honorable Company of Gloucestershire.

The Pied Piper Charity is very close to my heart because as a child I had first-hand experience of the old children's ward at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Many years on, and with tireless effort from all those involved, I feel a great sense of responsibility as the chairman of such an important county charity. The work we do is vital to the children of Gloucestershire. The huge difference we make is not only felt by the countless children and families who visit our hospitals but also in the far-reaching projects and fundraising that improves the lives of children at so many schools and centres in Gloucestershire. I enjoy speaking to local Businesses and groups to encourage as many people as possible to support the Pied Piper Appeal.

Cathryn Hage

Promotional Board Member

As a marketing professional I have a passion for creative writing and social media, working on traditional and digital marketing projects, I enjoy new challenges and working with the Pied Piper allows me to help make a difference for children in our county. I almost always have a special and rewarding project on the go, from working for Gloucester Rugby's Peter Buxton on his successful testimonial year to blogging for the LEJOG cycling team to supporting grassroots rugby. When not at work, being a Mum or feeding the chickens, I love tennis, golf, the odd G&T, and supporting rugby in our county!

Sophie Rollin

Promotional Board Member

Sophie went to Stroud High School and is a Business Coach in Gloucester. She formed the Ladies who Latte networking group, that meets regularly and encourages small businesses to flourish. She has become a regular volunteer at our events and in the office making Pixie Bags!

Fran Cole

Promotional Board Member

Fran has been a supporter of The Pied Piper Appeal for many years running her first half and full marathon for the charity. She has organised two fun runs at Highnam Court, and volunteered at our Summer Show. She is involved with the Hucclecote Harriers and is a keen cyclist and triathlete.

Louise Steel

Promotional Board Member

Louise has been volunteering with The Pied Piper Appeal since our very first Summer Show back in 2009 and joined the Promo Board in 2017.
“I am proud to support this local charity and see what a difference it makes to the children and their families in Gloucestershire “

Jonathan Viney

Promotional Board Member

Jonathan has a full pedigree of growing and developing businesses across many different industries. His focus is always on the partner and how the services and solutions we innovate, and build help our partners.

Jonathan started his life in Confectionary, before spending 15 years with Vodafone in several key roles including Director of Strategic Relationships and setting up the first International Sales team. He then went on to join Simplicity as the Partner Support Director to manage the partner relationships, implement a marketing strategy and team up with the Sales Director to coordinate the sales team. He is now a Director Simplicity which is one of Gloucestershire top 30 companies.

In his spare time Jonathan enjoys playing golf, which he utilises well at the Simplicity Charity Golf day in aid of the Pied Piper Appeal.

Andrew Perry

Promotional Board Member

I have lived in Gloucestershire all of my life and am passionate about my county. I have had first hand experience of the Children's Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with both of my children and this is what drives me to make a difference with The Pied Piper Appeal. In my working career I have held Senior roles within the Blade Motor Group and have now joined forces with Nick to reform Avenue Cars of Gloucester. In my spare time I enjoy all forms of Motorsport and downhill mountain biking.

Paul Dewick

Promotional Board Member

Paul was born in Gloucester and still lives within the city with his wife and four children. Paul has worked within the Recruitment Industry for the past 13 years and set up his own business Boomerang Funding in 2012 which he then sold in 2016. He continues to coach recruiters following the sale of his business on a part time basis which gives Paul the ability to spend more time with his family.

Alongside volunteering for The Pied Piper Appeal, Paul is a School Governor for Hempstead Church of England Primary School.

Susie Holt

Promotional Board Member

I was born in Herefordshire and have always lived in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire apart from student days in London.
I have been involved with The Pied Piper Appeal for a number of years, as a volunteer, undertaking a variety of roles.
A current role of mine is helping to manage the Pied Piper Collection Tins that are stationed around the County. I generally attend the office once a week and this has given me a greater insight into the valuable contribution The Pied Piper Appeal makes alongside the many generous people who support us and those that give their time as volunteers. I also help with the arrangements for The Pied Piper Summer Show.
My employment before retiring was Regional Quality Centre Manager covering The South West. This involved working with quality standards in a variety of business and educational establishments and the management of a team of consultants.
My husband Chris and I have lived in Highnam for nearly 25 years. We enjoy walking, our garden, spending time with and entertaining friends and family, I am a W.I. member and take part in many local events .

President & Patrons

Peter Hickman, MBE

President

I was the original chairman of The Pied Piper Appeal when it was founded in 1992 to raise funds to support the development of a new Children's Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. In 2004 although I stood down as Chairman I remained a Trustee and in 2013 was honoured to be made President of the Pied Piper.
I am extremely proud of what we have achieved for sick children in the county. As an experience it has been humbling, but I have had a wonderful time raising money over the years.

Baroness Rennie Fritchie of Gloucester DBE

Patron

Rennie has been involved with the Pied Piper Appeal since its inception, and is a well-established and respected Patron. Rennie was educated at Ribston Hall School for Girls and has lived locally for many years.
She is currently Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and is Chair of the Board of Nominet an Internet Company. She has held a number of significant roles in the NHS, most recently as Chair of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust until December 2012.
Over the years she has seen the Pied Piper Appeal grow from very simple beginnings to the well run and successful organisation it is today, she is proud to be associated with it.

Alex Gidman

Vice Patron

Alex is a local boy who went to Wycliffe School in Stonehouse before playing Cricket for Gloucestershire. He suffered a bad injury to his finger which caused him to take early retirement from the game he loved. Subsequent operations were not successfull on his finger and he now gives motivational talks to companys and writes a sportsmans blog.

Charlie Sharples

Vice Patron

Charlie is a local boy who has played rugby in Gloucestershire all his life. He has played for England as well as Gloucester and is about to have his Testimonial Year. After recently becoming a father he is proud to become a Vice Patron of the Charity and is a often see visiting the Children’s Centre with the Gloucester RFC team.

Rob Freeman

Vice Patron

As a Father myself, the Pied Piper Appeal is a charity that is close to my heart. I have supported the Pied Piper for over six years and have enjoyed every minute. It gives me a chance to give back to the community.

I am the owner of local business, Malvern Tyres, which is heavily involved in the Gloucestershire Motor Show. I also work alongside business sponsors of the charity to facilitate and support the process.

Office Team

Rachael Berry

Fundraising & Events Manager

Rachael has fundraised for Pied Piper for a number of years before joining in an official capacity. With a background in Events and Business Development, she is keen to bring efficiencies into event-organising and on the business development side, wants to engage with local businesses to put the FUN in Fundraising! Understanding the importance of getting something back too, Rachael wants to make contact with local individuals and organisations who are thinking about getting involved!

Kelly Bennett-Ramsay

Office Manager

Kelly oversees the smooth running of all processes and procedures at Pied Piper. Super-organised, she makes sure the finances are up together and money raised from all events is collected in correctly and then goes to the right projects. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys walking; her ambition is to complete the Three Peaks Challenge!

Emma Carpenter

Apprentice

Emma is the Pied Piper office Apprentice. She has completed her Level 2 in Business Administration and really enjoyed the event support side of her role. As of August 2019, Emma started a Level 3 in Marketing. A big fan of the band 5 Seconds of Summer, Emma enjoys going to watch them perform live whenever she gets opportunity!