Our trustees

The charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees who are unpaid. They bring their experience and expertise to the operation of the charity ensuring that we adhere to our Charity Objects, establish a strategy and comply with laws and regulations. They challenge and support the Executive Team and monitor the organisation in its use of best practice.

We are currently seeking new members of our Board of Trustees. Please visit our 'Job Vacancies' page for additional information.


Richard Aveling (Chair)

Richard has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Leicester University


Maureen Gaskell

Most of Maureen's career was spent working in the University sector after completing her first degree in Information Science. Her responsibilities included leading the Library and IT Services at two Universities. She was involved in the planning and building of The Women's Library in Tower Hamlets and the new University Library and School of Architecture in Greenwich.

John Smith

My entire working life was spent in the NHS – Hospital Doctor, General Practitioner, Macmillan Fellow and then finally Consultant in Palliative Medicine.  For much of that time I was responsible for the ongoing education of doctors, initially as course organiser for GP training and later as Oxford University Clinical Tutor.

While I was Consultant I was responsible for the formation of Cransley Hospice and on retirement became its Patron.  I am also Patron of Northamptonshire Motor Neuron Disease Association and Vice President of Parkinson’s UK Kettering.  In 2006 I was ordained Priest in the Anglican Church.

Daniel Freeland

Dan has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Derby. He has gained extensive experience working on the Dr. Martens brand since 2003. His core experience lies in using consumer insights to build marketing campaigns which encompass brand communications, PR, events, music and brand partnerships. In addition, he has significant retail marketing experience working across both direct to consumer retail channels and by working with some of the UK’s biggest high street partners. He also has wide experience of managing extensive budgets, teams and agencies to deliver results in line with global strategies.


Andy Attfield

Andy is educated to Master level in HR and Employment Law and Chartered Status Member or the CIPD. Commercially astute and self motivated HR professional, possessing 13 years of sound generalist experience in fast pace multi-site environments. A strong record of coaching and developing others and experience of business partnering Managing Directors and Functional Directors across various disciplines including Supply Chain, Commercial, Category, Marketing, Multi-Channel, Pricing and Branch Operations.





Chris Turner

Chris is a chartered accountant with 20 years experience, particularly in working with charities (including NHS charities) and has worked at senior level in a number of large organisations. His main professional interests are process automation and the future of finance, clarity of reporting, and tax issues affecting charities. Chris lives in Kettering with his family.

Laura Allanson

Laura is a qualified solicitor with over 20 years experience working both in-house and in private practice. Laura specialises in employment law and commercial law and has extensive experience of acting for both employer and employee.

Laura is educated to Masters level in Law and has over 10 years experience of managing and coaching large teams of professionals and managing budgets.

Laura has experience of sitting on a Board of Management where she was key in developing and implementing strategic plans.