Chairman: Lady Jane Grosvenor
Lady Jane has been involved with charities for more than 30 years, She has been President, Chairman and Patron of organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Relief Scotland and a hospice in North West Norfolk. She is involved in fundraising for the terrorist victims of Northern Ireland.
Vice Chair: Ida Beerhalter
Ida is the Co-Head of IOME, a private investment partnership of women principals from the Gulf region with its head office in Riyadh, KSA. She also serves as Member of the Board, trustee and advisor to various for-profit and not-for-profit organisations around the globe.
“I became a Trustee in memory of my grandfathers. They fought the physical and psychological aftermath of World War II’s horrors alone. I heard their stories about how difficult it was to get back to civilian life. They described it as being like an uprooted tree which needs to be re-planted. FirstLight provides those roots.”
Vice Chair: Simon Hodges
Simon is a former Coldstream Guards officer where he served on operational tours including Bosnia in 1994.
As a result of his own life journey and seeing PTSD’s impact, Simon is passionate about teaching people the tools for great mental health. He believes they are not taught nearly widely enough in society today.
Simon is a chartered accountant. Previously he was CEO of the Family Office of one of Middle East’s oldest trading families. He was also a partner of the international trust services firm Rawlinson & Hunter and a senior manager with the Swire Group.
Today Simon helps transform people’s lives in his coaching practice. He also works on improving family dynamics and enabling a transition of wealth to the next generation at Oxford Place.
Trustee: Dan Ilett
Dan Ilett helps technology and financial companies to grow. He has worked in digital leadership and transformation positions with Virgin Money, Thomas Cook Money and IBM. He also advises the UK Government and Fortune 100 tech firms.
As a startup media entrepreneur, Dan specialised in technology, sustainable innovation and blockchain/digital currency. Dan was also a journalist for the Financial Times and Economist Group. The blog Programmable World, aimed at global tech leaders, is an initiative headed up by Dan.
Trustee: Dorinda Wolfe Murray
Dorinda’s father was a Gordon Highlander and she comes from a military family. She has witnessed first-hand the catastrophic impact PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can have on lives.
As the founder of the award-winning Independent Gardening Ltd. Dorinda creates outside space for sufferers of brain injuries and mental health issues. These spaces are designed to make people feel comforted and absorbed in the pleasure of their surroundings. The therapeutic garden shown at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is now located at Tyrwhitt House, a treatment centre for combat stress in Surrey.