Ben Banks – Chair and Non-executive Director

Ben is a 45 year old married father of 2 children, raised and schooled in Bedfordshire with a very keen interest in sport having represented the county in a number of sports, playing regularly for Bedfordshire CCC during the late 1980’s and early 1990s. Ben is the co founder of Fashion Brand Distribution company, Fourmarketing Limited, which started in 1997 and is based in Farringdon, London;  a business with 90 employees and customers across the whole of Europe, Russia and the Middle East.  Ben and his family became aware of CHUMS as a service user after the death of his son Sidney, aged 13 months in December 2009. CHUMS supported, his daughter Betsy and the whole family took part in workshops. After 22 years living in London Ben and his family relocated after the loss of Sidney back to Bedford where they currently live.

Dawn Hewitt

As a manager in the NHS for 11 years Dawn managed CHUMS Child Bereavement Service developing it into a countywide service. In 2009 she was instrumental in setting up the charity ’Friends of CHUMS’ to raise money to set up and deliver a Trauma Service. Dawn led the service through the Department Of Health’s ‘Right to Request’ programme to become a Social Enterprise in 2011.  On becoming a Social Enterprise Dawn became the CEO and her focus changed from clinical delivery to business development and with support from a committed and passionate team of staff and volunteers the service has grown from 11 staff to 60 and receives approximately 3000 referrals per year, across its 9 services supporting children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.   Dawn trained as an RGN and then as a District Nurse and has an MSc in Leadership, as well as experience and qualifications in management, reflective practice, counselling and bereavement.

Dr Julian Marsden MBChB FRCGP – Non-executive Director

Julian has been a GP in Luton for over 30 years, working at Woodland Avenue Practice. He has been a volunteer GP visitor to the CHUMS Luton bereavement workshops for over 10 years.

He is also currently Provost of the Beds & Herts Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners and is past-Chair of the faculty board.

He also spent 16 years as Training Programme Director for the Luton Specialty Training Programme for General Practice until retiring from that role in 2016.

He plays tennis but accepts that his best playing years are behind him and he enjoys music and sport.

Rob Gill – Non-executive Director

I work with organisations to help them develop business opportunities, write better bids and win more tenders.

In my 20 years of writing bids, I have secured over £15bn of work for clients within the health, education, construction and public services sectors. I have an excellent understanding of schools and NHS markets in particular.

I have developed and run successful workshops and training courses in presentation skills and bid writing.

From my time in PFI I have developed sound commercial skills which I bring to my role as a non-exec on the CHUMS’ Board.