Meet our team of technical and business advisors

Our advisors bring us new perspectives and help us think out of the box

  Meet our advisors

Andrew Burman
Andrew Burman

Andy has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the Third Sector and has led the creation of new charities and companies from scratch. While being an experienced CEO, he is an expert in start up and organisational development: advising small companies and charities around the world.

He speaks internationally on leadership and governance and lectures at the University of Westminster on ethics and business. He also sits on strategic national bodies such as the editorial board of the British National Formulary and was recently part of the team that reviewed Hospital Food in England.

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Hanif Patel

Hanif has over 40 years of valuable experience in the technology sector and growing successful enterprises; as well as assisting organisations in increasing efficiency, improving processes, and turning around loss-making companies.

His combined strength of understanding technology and the best use of it within the bounds of strategic vision and mission has been an asset to many well-known brands and particularly specialises in the not-for-profit sector. While managing his IT ventures, he also sits on the advisory board of an international school.

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Melanie Bryan OBE DL

Honoured with an OBE for her services to Social Enterprise and Women’s Enterprise, Melanie is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, whose accolades include UK Top 50 Business Advisor, National Enterprise Support Champion and being named as one of the Maserati 100 for mentoring and advice.

Melanie serves as a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and has held a number of other national and regional appointments. She is a proud Nana to 3 grandchildren, including an autistic grandson, who she says inspires and challenges her thinking daily with his diverse perspectives.

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Mark Livesey

Having played professional and junior international rugby Mark moved to a career in business. Currently a Partner and Business Development Director at LGT Vestra a large Investment Management Firm based in the City of London.

Mark has extensive business experience across a range of sectors having previously worked for an agricultural merchant and distributed an American Sports Medicine Brand, contributing in business growth. Away from his day job Mark has 3 young children and is inspiring the next generation of young rugby players as a voluntary coach and mentor.

Matthew Kendall
Matthew Kendall

An economics graduate with over 25 years’ extensive experience across multiple sectors, especially NFP in Business and IT Development and Systems. Specialising in Strategic Development, Financial Modelling, Project Planning, Management and delivery of multiple turn-key Tech solutions around the world.

Matt has built technology start-ups and managed IT teams. As a CEO of Matriks, he has helped charities like Mercy Ships in digital and process transformation, and technology strategy. Father of four boys, and practicing ECB cricket coach, working with children from 5 -15 years old.

Natalie Livesey
Natalie Livesey

Natalie has built out a peer support work force for an NHS Mental Health and Social Care Trust and continues to advice Nationally for quality improvement and growth within lived experience services. She is also part of the leadership faculty for the South of England mental health collaborative and is the International Peer Support lead for the PATH project working across Europe on pre and post-natal mental health.

She continues to speak National for organisations such as ImROC. Natalie took on this career following recovery of her own ill mental health.

Sally Burston
Sally Burston

Sally has been working in Education since 1993, mainly in Special Educational Needs. Since 2012, she has been the Headteacher at Delamere School. Sally is a Local Leader of Education, and an Assessor for Inclusion Quality Mark. She has also been commissioned to support mainstream schools in becoming more inclusive and improving outcomes for children with special educational needs.

There is a wealth of evidence supporting the idea that children with a disability are more likely to suffer from poor mental health at some point in their lives. Conversely, however, they are less likely to access programmes that can address poor mental health. At Delamere, Sally is trying to change this for the children and their families.

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