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As a charity, our activities are overseen by our Board of Trustees. These trustees are appointed collectively and volunteer their time at regular meetings, complying with our governing document and the law and acting with skill and care in order to:

  • Ensure Grassroots is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.
  • Act in Grassroots’ best interests.
  • Ensure Grassroots is accountable.
  • Manage Grassroots’ resources responsibly.
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Emma Mills-Sheffield (Chair)

Emma is an independent business consultant and coach having spent 15 years in industry leading major projects, training delivery programmes, workshop facilitation and coaching. She has experience working at KPMG, WSP and in the creative and digital industries and has worked extensively across the private, public and charity sectors. Her experience brings project management and business skills to the board.

Having been bereaved by close family suicide, Emma is using not only career experience, but also her experience of recovery in her work with Grassroots. She’s passionate about making a positive difference to those who need support in the community and through Grassroots’ work.

Emma is also a volunteer for Re-Engage and a mentor for local businesses at the Sussex Innovation Centre and students at the University of Sussex. In January 2020 she was named as one of 100 female entrepreneurs in the UK as part of the small business campaign f:Entrepreneur and is a Fellow of the RSA.

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Chris Adams

Chris brings expertise of all things digital to help guide Grassroots growing portfolio of digital projects and products.  He is Chief Technical Officer at Madgex and has the technical and commercial experience to deliver high-quality software development. With over 16 years of experience in web development Chris is clued into the changing technical landscape, especially in the current environment of mobile web and mobile applications, and cloud infrastructure.  

He also brings keen governance and oversight experience, honed through his time as Governor of Elm Grove Primary School, and Director of the Elm Grove Out of School Club, a parent-led not-for-profit company that provides wrap-around care for the children of Elm Grove School and holiday care for the children of Brighton and Hove. As a Director of the company, he works with other parents to ensure the business is successful and provides quality after school care to the children. 

Donna Holland

Donna has worked in the sector for nearly 20 years. Starting out as an intern in a small local charity, she has worked her way up through various charities and roles to her present position as Deputy Chief Executive at Concordia – a charity supporting people all over the world to develop skills and gain life experiences. Before this role, she was Interim Chief Executive at Maternity Worldwide, and Director of Fundraising and Development at The Mix.  Over the years she’s worked on dozens of (sometimes award-winning) campaigns and projects – from branding (and rebranding), strategy and impact programmes, governance, HR & operations, fundraising, Media/PR, youth service development, research & policy, comms and digital. Donna is a fellow of Clore Social Leadership.

Donna has been a Trustee for a range of national and local charities, as well as a charity volunteer, mentor and advocate. Based in Brighton, her passions include youth work, mental health support, travel, art, and roller derby.

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Emma Wadey

Sussex born and bred, I am a mental health nurse with over 20 years’ experience transforming services, leading change, and supporting and empowering people wherever they are to lead a life worth living. In my career, Having been bereaved by suicide I  have gone on to work in hospitals, prisons, immigration centres, ambulance care and in people’s homes to promote awareness, educate, research and care for others. Listening, learning and sharing good practice to save lives by promoting openness, understanding and the need to take positive action.

A mum, wife, runner and general livewire, I have joined the board of Grassroots at this exciting time in its journey, to build and extend on the fabulous work it does every day. I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues and the wider community to make Grassroots even greater.

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Jon Binks

Professionally, I am a Chartered Certified Accountant with a ‘can do’ attitude and have extensive experience as a Financial Controller. 

I run my own business, Bink Financial, which I set up to help and support SME owners who are frustrated with the management information that is on tap from their accounting system, and who would like to understand their numbers in an easy to digest jargon-free way. As a business owner, I understand the strain and pain points that charities experience. 

The opportunity to join the Grassroots Board as a Trustee was an easy decision for me. It is a fantastic charity performing vital work that quite literally makes a difference. Any experience that I can provide that benefits the ongoing cause of Grassroots is the least I can do to improve the society we live in. 

On a personal level, I am married with two children and my family are the centre of my world. I have a lust for life with playing golf, running, and listening to music. 

Lisa Edwards

Lisa is an experienced academic with over 20 years’ involvement in educating healthcare professionals. She brings a strong professional and clinical background, alongside personal lived experience of suicide. Whilst specialising in musculoskeletal medicine, she works to bridge the gap between physical and mental health. She currently volunteers for the charities Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide; Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS); Re-Engage (formerly Contact the Elderly); and her local Church. As a clinician, academic and researcher, she regularly participates in activity to ensure good governance and safety.

In her spare time, she likes spending time with family, walking her dogs and gardening.