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Trustees

Chairman / Acting CEO

Sir Crispin Davis

Sir Crispin H. Davis served as the Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier, PLC (a ftse 50 company and leading provider of scientific, legal and business publishing) from 1999 to 2009. From 1994 to 1999 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Group, PLC (media and digital marketing communications company). He is a director of Vodafone Group, PLC and served on the Board of Glaxo Smith Kline, PLC from 2003 to 2013. He is also a Board member and Senior Advisor for CVC Private Equity and has been a Trustee for Oxford University and the National Trust. Sir Crispin was appointed Chairman of Whizz-Kidz in July 2019.

Alastair Mathieson

Alastair is a Partner at Stamford Partners, a leading specialised investment banking firm that focuses on European food and beverage industries. The firm provides independent financial advisory services on mergers, acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings, as well as strategic advisory in on corporate development. Prior to this Alastair worked for Paribas and then Deutsche Bank where he was a long-standing Managing Director in the European Consumer & Retail team. Alastair has a law degree (LLB) from Aberdeen University, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a fluent French speaker. He is married with two young children

Andrew Granger

Andrew read law at Cambridge University and has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor and joining Taylor Wessing in 1985. He was made a partner in 1991 and, in 1996, he set up the Employment and Pensions Department before moving to Collier Bristow in 2020. Andrew’s employment law practice covers many areas of UK and international business and he acts primarily for companies and institutions but also handles a wide range of work for individuals – particularly senior employees and partners – a field in which he has established a noteworthy reputation over the past 25 years. He handles all types of employment law work and tackles a wide range of human resource issues. Andrew has a long standing interest in disability issues, having been a trustee of DARE, the charity which helps employees with disabilities, from 2000 to 2008. Andrew has been helping Whizz-Kidz on a “pro-bono” basis for more than 15 years and along with Taylor Wessing played an instrumental role in helping the businesses of the charity to succeed and expand. Andrew was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009, sits on the Audit Committee and advises regularly on HR and corporate governance issues. Andrew also joined in our Land's End to John O'Groats cycling challenging in 2013, helping to raise over £250,000 for Whizz-Kidz.

Charlie Fairhurst

Charlie is a full time NHS Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. He has been a Consultant since 1998 and works in a number of highly committed specialist multidisciplinary teams involved in the management of children with motor difficulties, high or fluctuating muscle tone. Charlie is published widely in the areas of childhood movement disorders, particularly cerebral palsy and the management of the frequent co-morbidities encountered such as pain and poor saliva control. He has recently co-authored the Hemiplegia Handbook for parents and professionals, an outline on the diagnosis, assessment and management of this common condition. He has been the UK representative on a number of international working parties looking at medical intervention in childhood movement disorders. He sits on the executive boards of the British Academy of Childhood Disability and the British Paediatric Neurology Association. He has also been the chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Specialist Advisory Committee on Neurodisability since March 2012. Charlie’s medical goals include trying to improve the services of children with all movement disorders, but especially easing the care of those with a severe impairment, focusing on function and quality of life. He is happily married and has two children.

Pam Garside

Pam Garside has her own management consultancy, Newhealth, which advises health sector organisations in the UK and US. She has particular interests in strategy and innovation. She is a Fellow of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Co-Chair of The Cambridge Health Network. Pam is also Senior Associate of the Nuffield Trust, Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School and sits on a variety of boards. Pam holds a BSc from the University of Durham and a Masters Degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Daniel Mathews

Passionate about driving health outcomes and making pharmaceutical innovations affordable and easily accessible to everyone. With more than 20 years of operational and consulting experience in managing global and regional projects, he is seasoned in European and US markets, disruptive technologies as well as commercial and customer experience strategies.

Fiona McSwein

Fiona is currently VP Strategic Programs with online firm Simply Business, UK’s largest business insurance broker with over 750,000 customers and repeated Sunday Times Best Company winner.  She has previously held Chief Marketing Officer and Product leadership positions with Euromoney Institutional Investor (part of Daily Mail group), lastminute.com and European Directories.  She joined Whizz-Kidz as a Trustee in 2020.  Her experience has developed an expertise in digital transformation, growing revenues through digital marketing and customer-led products utilising agile methods to test and learn quickly and efficiently.   Fiona holds an MA Marketing and BSc Hons Psychology. She is relentlessly passionate that businesses be a force for good - she believes sustainable success is through equal contribution towards societal impact, environment and commercial gain.  Simply Business became both a Benefit Corp and started supporting Whizz-Kidz in 2017.  She also enjoys creative cooking and walking, including the Arctic Biathlon and completing the Mont Blanc Trail for Whizz-Kidz fundraising.