Meet The


Our Trustees are responsible for guiding the Carlton Hayes charity to achieve its aim of providing financial assistance to local mental health organisations.

They meet throughout the year to administer the charity and to make strategic and funding decisions.

Mark Newcombe


After practicing as a solicitor for twenty years, Mark left private practice in 2004 to start his own property consultancy.

He has held active roles in several organisations, including serving as a Board Member of the Leicester and Leicestershire Mental Health NHS Trust where he chaired mental health review panels and was latterly Chair of the Audit Committee.


Mark was President of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1997 and was a Governor for many years of the Leicester Children’s Hospital School, including a period as Chair.

He was also the Vice-Chair of the National Space Centre in Leicester until 2016 and played an integral part in the securing the original £56 million funding bid. Mark has been a trustee of the Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity since 2008.

Partner, Highly Regarded International Law Firm until 2004

President, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1997

Trustee, Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity 2008 - Present

Chair, Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity 2017 - Present

Marie Bradley


Marie has worked for over thirty years in mental health services on a local, national, and international level.

A hugely experienced and highly trained individual, she has worked as a mental health nurse, a psychotherapist, and a senior manager. Marie brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a Carlton Hayes trustee.


After leaving the NHS, Marie moved into an executive clinical director post at the John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham, a specialist centre that provides personal and financial support and palliative care to individuals and families across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Marie has been a trustee of Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity since 2012.

Rachael Stembridge


Rachael is a qualified accountant who has vast professional experience. She has worked for over twenty years in a multitude of small and medium-sized practices.

During this time Rachael has advised businesses, sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, clubs, associations, and charities predominantly on auditing and accounts. 



Rachael transferred to the tax department of her current firm in 2013 in order to futher develop her skills. She has dealt with all aspects of taxation and VAT as part of her career. Rachael has been a Trustee of Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity since 2012. 

Accounts Junior to Accounts Manager, small two-partner practice 1990 - 2007

Audit and Accounts Manager, local medium-sized practice 2007 - 2013

Trustee, Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity 2012 - Present

Tax Manager 2013 - Present

Mark Dunkley

Clerk to the Trustees

Mark is a Partner and Member of Shakespeare Martineau LLP Solicitors and has spent over thirty years specialising in trusts, tax and estates work.

His work includes charity law work, which sees him head a team of solicitors that advise on both the establishment and administration of charities across the UK, as well as private client matters.


A Trustee of a number of charities and organisations, Mark has a personal interest in mental health law and mental health issues. This has led him to become Financial Deputy for a number of Court of Protection Clients, many of whom have suffered brain injury, as well as his involvement with Carlton Hayes.

Mark has been a clerk to the Carlton Hayes Trustees since 2000, and his office continues to administer the Charity on behalf of the Trustees.

Ted Cassidy MBE


Former Lord Mayor of Leicester, Ted has been City Councillor for more than fourteen years and has played an important role in the economic, cultural, and sporting development of the East Midlands.

Ted’s Lord Mayor’s charity appeal for 2015 was the mental health and well-being of children and young people.


As a qualified youth and community worker and social worker, Ted has spent nearly thirty years as a Principal Lecturer and Senior Manager in Social Work at De Montfort University. He founded the Saffron Young People’s Project in 1994.

Ted has been a Trustee of a the Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity since 2015.

Principal Lecturer in Social Work, De Montfort University, 1983 - 1997

Deputy Chair, East Midlands Development Agency 1998 - 2001

Councillor, Leicester City 1990 - 1999 & 2011 - Present

Lord Mayor, Leicester 2015 - 2016

Richard Foster


Commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1969, Richard has enjoyed a long and interesting career that has literally seen him fly around the world.

He has flown for the UN in Cyprus, specialised in Search and Rescue in Aglesey, worked for the Sultan of Brunei, and commanded a Squadron in Northern Ireland.


Since retiring from the RAF in 2004, Richard has worked as Area Manager for the Royal British Legion, where he made sure all ex-service personnel and their families under his remit were fully supported until his retirement in 2013. He has since become a Councillor in Rutland and Honorary Welfare Officer for the Rutland branch of the RAF Association.

Officer, Royal Air Force 1969 - 2004

Charity Manager, Royal British Legion 2004 - 2014

Volunteer Driver, Voluntary Action Rutland 2014 - Present

County Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Safeguarding Children, Rutland County Council 2015 - Present

Ashok Kataria


Ashok is a semi-retired chartered account who, after qualifying and completing post qualification experience with a national practice, co-founded and ran accountancy practices in Leicester for 30 years. During this time he has advised various local businesses on all aspects of Accountancy, Auditing Tax & Finance .

Throughout his long career as an accountant and freelance consultant, Ashok has always had a philanthropic mind-set, leading him to offer volunteer services to number of charities throughout his career by using his experience of over 40 years to help others.

Dr Susan Smith MRCPsych


Susan is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked in the NHS locally for over 30 years, starting her training in psychiatry as a junior doctor in Carlton Hayes Hospital.  She also has lived experience of mental illness, and has been a patient of the local Trust.

During her training she worked across the breadth of mental health services provided in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. As a Consultant she looked after working age adults with severe mental illness in inpatient and community settings across Leicester City and County. She has extensive knowledge of the benefit to patients of the kind of projects the charity is able to support.


Susan was a Consultant in the West of Leicester City from 2004 – 2011, and in South Wigston from 2011 – 2019, when she retired from the NHS. She continues to work in roles which provide safeguards to those detained under the Mental Health Act – providing Second Opinions on their treatment, and sitting on Mental Health Review Tribunals.

She became a Trustee in 2021.

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