Executive team

David Williams

Chief Executive – David Williams

As CEO, I have overall responsibility for ensuring that we deliver the Care and Support services our residents, customers and communities want in the way that they want them. I’m committed to making sure that the Trust provides great employment conditions so we are able to recruit and retain the best staff. Balancing the finances is also key so we can deliver certainty and security through being financially sustainable. I also want to develop new villages and services so that we can meet the needs of older people now and into the future, continuing the Trust’s tradition as a national leader in our sector.

What really drives me is translating what I hear from residents, customers, communities, staff and trustees into practical changes to the way we provide services and enhancing and developing the nature of both current and future environments. I love being the CEO of such a special organisation, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of older people both as a direct provider but also through the sharing of knowledge and practice across the sector. It really is my dream job.

Rob Whetton

Director of Residential Property and Development – Rob Whetton

Rob joined the Trust in 2000 and currently leads the management of our residential property developments. Prior to joining the Trust, Rob qualified as an accountant with Rolls Royce and worked for a number of other manufacturing companies. During his time working for the Trust, he has particularly welcomed the opportunity to support the expansion of services to provide help to people in our care homes, in our villages and in their own homes.

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Director of Finance and Digital Transformation - Paul Weston

Paul has spent the majority of the last 18 years working in older peoples' care. From 2004 until 2012 he was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Allied Healthcare, which at the time was the largest provider of domiciliary care in the UK. Paul then joined Housing 21, one of the largest housing association providers of older peoples' accommodation through its 20,000 units of retirement living and extra-care schemes across England. During his time at Housing 21, Paul became aware of the St Monica Trust and following the Channel 4 documentary a few years ago, believed that this was an organisation whose purpose and values he would like to be part of. He strongly believes in the charitable purpose of the Trust and is passionate about developing the potential of the Trust to do much more for older people in our region.

Julie Haydon

Director of People - Julie Haydon

Julie has been Director of People at the Trust since 2008. She values working in a forward thinking and value driven organisation, specifically advocating the Trusts values of ‘we are people people’ and ‘we are caring’. Prior to joining the Trust Julie spent 14 years working within the NHS and aims to make St Monica Trust a flagship employer within the care and hospitality sector. Looking to the future, Julie is driven to ensure that the Trust is continually embracing new opportunities and innovative ways of learning therefore continually attracting and retaining great talent within the workforce.

Sara Naylor-Wild

Interim Director of Nursing Homes – Sara Naylor-Wild

Sara has over 30 years’ experience in care, health and housing services including as inspector for the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). Sara highlights the positive energy and interaction in every quarter of the Trust from colleagues to residents alike. Looking to the future of the Trust, Sara views the changing nature of how we think about each generation of older people as both an exciting and challenging prospect for the Trust.

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Director of Care – Debbie Harris-Brandi

As Director of Care, Debbie is responsible for providing the Trust with strategic leadership and direction for all clinical and specialist care matters, and leading a quality assurance framework to promote a culture of continuous improvement.

With an extensive background focusing on the care of older people in both the health and social care sectors, Debbie’s focus revolves around supporting colleagues to deliver high quality and professional clinical care for the benefit of the Trust’s residents and customers. Debbie values the dynamic work of the Trust and believes that the St Monica Trust is well positioned to become a sector leader in the delivery of innovative care.

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Director of Charitable Impact - Adam Rees

Adam joined the trust in 2019 with over 15 years’ experience of working with charities, communities and under-represented groups. He is responsible for the distribution of the Trust’s endowment income with the aim of improving the quality of life of older people both within our communities and more broadly across the West of England. He is passionate about collaboration and most enjoys working with funders, charities and other partners in the region to improve lives of older people and supporting them to have their voices heard.

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