As a registered charity The Myriad Centre has a committed board of Trustees who are local to Worcestershire and are by personal recommendation where possible. Trustees are elected based on the skills, knowledge and experience which fit with the development needs and best interests of the organisation, ensuring that the Centre operates effectively and meets all statutory requirements.

David Strudley (2)

David Strudley (Chair), CBE FRSA FCMI.
After a distinguished military career, David joined the children’s hospice movement. Following an appointment as CEO of Naomi House in Hampshire, David moved to CEO of Acorns Children’s Hospice in 2006. Working with the NHS, Acorns developed and expanded its specialist palliative care services.
In 2012, David was appointed Chair of the Together for Short Lives UK Transition Taskforce and then elected Chair of the Children’s Hospices Business Development Group, working with Together for Short Lives, and its adult sister charity, Hospice UK. In 2017, a consultancy to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in the East Midlands, led to his becoming Interim CEO. David is also associate lecturer at the University of Worcester in the Department of Children and families.

Carol Bawden

Carol Bawden, F.IDPE (Fellow of the Inst. of Development Professionals). Extensive experience in fundraising and project management in the third sector and education for both capital and revenue projects. School Governor; trustee of another charitable organisation.

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Jan Butterworth MRPharmS (Member Royal Pharmaceutical Society 1976-2015). Retired pharmacist and post graduate tutor. Formerly Head of Medicines Management and Clinical Governance in Staffordshire, Senior Manager NHS England(Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire), and Director of Primary Care for Redditch and Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Mike Cartledge

Mike Cartledge, retired mechanical engineer. Ran a small works construction company for 13 years following a career in mining and mining machinery, both in the UK and overseas. Subsequently led a £7m project to build the Acorns Childrens’ Hospice in Worcester, identifying a suitable site, co-ordinating the detailed design, supporting the fundraising team and managing the construction phase.

Deirdre Myers

Deirdre Myers, BA, FCIPD. Human Resources practitioner running own consultancy business. Chair of a small Malvern-based charity. Previously, 20 years as a school governor and 10 years as a college governor

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Gill Swindin: Retired charity administrator. Over 10 years experience working in third sector organisations in adult social care. Parent/carer for adult son with profound learning and physical disabilities. Chairman of another charity as well as a volunteer and trustee with other charitable organisations.

Erica Brown

Erica Brown, MA (Ed) (Oxford); MEd (SEN)(Lady Spencer Churchill College, Oxford). Senior Fellow at University of Worcester working in the Children and Families Team.  She has class teacher experience in Early Years and has worked as a Senior Teacher, Head of Department and Head Teacher in Special Schools. Most recently she has pursued her interest in supporting children and families who are experiencing loss, and developing resilience to sustain them through adverse life events.

John Vincent

John Vincent, ACA Chartered Accountant. Former Finance Director of global food services business with extensive board-level experience in high growth organisations. A Worcester native, with keen interests in local community development.


Mohammed Toqeer, Solicitor, Commercial Law.; Working with clients - SME’s and also international clients within varied sectors – technology, retail, advanced manufacturing, energy and financial services, to provide creative and practical solutions to their concerns. Integral part of ‘in-house’ legal team of a FTSE-100 company.