Who we are

Willow is lucky to have the support of many amazing volunteers, donors, companies and individuals who all ensure we can continue to provide Special Days for seriously ill young adults at the most difficult of times. The following senior representatives of the charity work to underpin that support and continue to help make Special Days a reality.


Willow Trustees & Board Members

Richard King
Chair of Trustees
Richard has a long history of supporting Willow and was voted in as Chairman of the Board in 2010. Prior to this, Richard spent 35 years with Ernst & Young becoming Deputy Managing Partner of UK and Ireland. He currently has a portfolio of chair and non-executive director roles in a range of private companies.
Nick Aldridge
Nick became a Trustee in 2015 after being inspired by Special Days. He is CEO of PayPal Giving Fund, which supports all kinds of charities’ work by raising new funds through technology, including Willow. Nick also sits on the advisory board for the Institute of Fundraising National Convention and has served on several trustee boards.
Stewart Bennett
Trustee & FAC board
Stewart became a Trustee in April 2013 after discovering first hand, through his family’s experience, the difference a Special Day can make to the lives of seriously ill young adults. He brings with him over 20 years of investment banking experience and currently is Global Head of Alternatives at BMO Global Asset Management. 
Elena Ciallie
Trustee & Chair of FAC
Elena joined the Board in June 2017. She has spent a total of twenty years in investment banking at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Ondra Partners. She is now acting as independent advisor and non-executive director to private and public companies.
Rachel Jones
Rachel joined Willow as a Trustee in 2015. She is currently Associate Director of Development at Moorfields Eye Charity and has 15 years experience developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies and campaigns. Rachel is keen to help Willow boost its profile, ensuring it can provide more Special Days for all those who want one.
Martin Ryan
Martin is a new supporter of Willow having joined the Board in May 2020. He has spent 25 years in the Financial Services Industry and is currently the Group Chief Operating Officer for TPICAP PLC. He has served on a number of private company and trustee boards across both private and public sectors.
Dave Waddington
Trustee & FAC board
Dave Waddington CBE joined Board of Trustees in December 2015, after an impressive career in the RAF. He’s since founded Perspective Consultancy, supporting decision makers on organisational capability, strategy design and performance management. Having supported Willow for several years, Dave is committed to helping make a difference to the lives of many more young adults who face the challenge of serious illness.
Glyn Taylor
Glyn first became aware of the Willow Foundation over 18 years ago in his role as founder and chairman of the Arsenal Supporters Trust, a position he still holds. Glyn has been a solicitor for over 34 years and is a senior corporate partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

Willow Committee Members

Maurice Gammell
Retail board
Dedicated to Special Days, Maurice is a successful entrepreneur having founded several multi-outlet businesses in the food and restaurant industry, eventually leading to his role as CEO at Compass Group plc. Since leaving Compass Maurice has worked with a number of Private Equity organisations and has held several non-executive directorships.
Graham Nicholas
FAC & Retail boards
Graham has been a supporter of Willow from its early days and currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and Retail Committee. Graham spent 37 years working in financial markets based in the City of London. His final city job was with Merrill Lynch where he worked for over 25 years, the last twelve of which were as a Managing Director in the investment division, Graham is a non executive director in several private companies and is also a trustee of the North Mymms Recreational and Charitable Trust