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Trustee Information

Please meet the PBF trustees below:

Lawrence Owers MCSP (Chair)Lawrence Owers MCSP (Chair) became a Trustee of the PBF in 2012 and its Chair in October 2018. He works as Therapies Lead at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, part of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

He worked as Secretary of the fund, handling all the new applications and communicating with the beneficiaries, until the process was outsourced in 2019.

He is now the principal liaison officer with our current administration partner, Hope4U,  and as Chair is looking forward to leading the PBF into its second century.


Ruth Hawkes FCSP (Vice Chair) has spent much of her working life in the field of Women’s Health and chaired ACPWH, now known as 'Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy' (POGP).

Ruth was awarded her CSP Fellowship in recognition of work done in post graduate training for physiotherapists working in this field.

She has experience as a Trustee of the ‘Frederick Andrew Trust’ assisting working women get back to work after illness or accident. 




Alison Skinner FCSP qualified as a physiotherapist in Glasgow and worked for many years in teaching at UCH and is a Trustee of the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy and treasurer of the international Halliwick Association.

She was one of the London Regional representatives on the CSP Council in the 1990s and from there was nominated as an PBF Trustee.

She continued as a Trustee after she left Council and was Treasurer for many years, ensuring that the charity has an investment portfolio that will enable the PBF to be sustainable for the future.



Jacqueline Brown DSA (CSP) is an Associate Member of the CSP, now enjoying retirement, working for many years in Wales.

She chaired the Associates Board and was also the Associate representative on the CSP Council where she was nominated as an PBF Trustee.

Jackie has always been proud to represent the Associate member point of view and was Vice Chair of the PBF for some years until 2018.




Susan England MCSP DSA (CSP) (Treasurer) became an PBF Trustee in 2018 and took up the role of Treasurer in 2021.

She has worked in the NHS and now runs her own private practice and has been involved with Physio First for many years and is currently their President. Sue has been a keen advocate for the PBF in the field of private physiotherapy. She feels it is important to care for the carers.

She has also served on the CSP Council and worked closely with the Associates and helped develop their practice standards. She has chaired the CSP Charitable Trust, and has also served as a council member on the Health and Care  Professions Council.


Marion Richardson (Lay Trustee)

Marion Richardson (Lay Trustee) has a background in A&E nursing and in Western medical acupuncture and was, for many years, a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

Since retiring from this role, she has continued to practice clinically and to teach in a non University setting.

Marion has been a Council member of several healthcare related charities and joined the PBF as a trustee in April 2019.




Margaret Revie MCSP, Grad. Dip. Phys, DSA (CSP)

Margaret Revie MCSP, Grad. Dip. Phys, DSA (CSP) has worked most of her career in private practice in Hamilton in Scotland, and is currently working part time in occupational health.

Margaret has been Scottish regional officer for Physio First, its secretary for 6 years and a vice president for 4 years and she served as a member of CSP Council and had various roles including chairing the Practice and Development committee. 

Currently she is involved with the International Private Physiotherapy Association (IPPTA), as the secretary for 8 years and now as the commercial officer.

Margaret has a keen interest in promoting the physiotherapy profession world-wide but also the care and welfare of the individual physiotherapist no matter in what setting they work.



Dorothy Toyn MCSP DSA (CSP) worked in the independent sector for most of her career and now works in her own private practice in Hertford.

She was the East of England representative on the CSP Council for 15 years. During this time she became involved with the PBF and was chair for 10 years, steering the fund through major governance changes, the outsourcing of the application process and the PBF Centenary in 2017.




Heather De Mello (Lay Trustee) is a Social Worker working in London until her retirement in 2016, in many roles of social care including older people and mental health and management.

During her working life she had extensive experience of managing budgets and strategic planning, and statutory regulation, which gives sound judgement and valuable insight and knowledge into the work of an PBF trustee.