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 Dunkley LLB (Hons)

Chair of Trustees

I am a retired Solicitor after having spent 38 years in private practice as a Private Client Solicitor, 36 of those years in Leicester and Leicestershire.
I specialised in Wills, Trusts, Capital Taxes and Estate Planning, Charities and Mental Health.


I am, and have been, a Trustee and the Chair of Trustees of a number of local charities and have wide and detailed experience in mental health and an awareness of the relevant statutory services and voluntary bodies working in this field locally.
My skillset informs and helps me to understand the relevant challenges and issues involved in the smooth and effective running this Charity, with its poverty, mental health and geographic requirements and criteria embedded in its Objects.
I have a genuine and ongoing interest in Mental Health in all its forms and in improving and delivering improvements in the life opportunities for people with mental health challenges who daily battle with services and life generally and who are poor and live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

I have a genuine and ongoing interest in Mental Health in all its forms and in improving and delivering improvements in the life opportunities for people with mental health challenges who daily battle with services and life generally and who are poor and live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

I retired from practice in 2022 and took up the role as Chair of the Trustees of this Charity, having previously been the Clerk to the Trustees for many years.

I was a Partner in a large law firm for 33 of those years.

I have lived in Leicestershire for over 30 years, and was born and brought up in Northamptonshire.

Rachael Stembridge

Vice Chairman

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 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

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

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.

Carole Eastwood


Carole has recently retired from the NHS, where she worked as a technical instructor within the occupational therapy department, attached to an adult inpatient mental health unit. During her 27 years working in mental health, she has had first-hand experience of applying to the Carlton Hayes Charity trust for funding to enrich the lives of the patients she worked with. Carole brings personal experience of the benefits this has had on patients' mental health, wellbeing and recovery.

Carole has also worked in the past as a youth worker, Playworker on an adventure playground and a residential social worker.

Councillor Neil Bannister


Neil is a Leicestershire County Councillor representing the Broughton Astley Division. Neil is also a District Councillor and former Leader at Harborough District Council. Neil is employed as a Crown Advocate with the Crown Prosecution Service and regularly appears in the Crown Court at both Leicester and Northampton. Through his work in the CPS Neil has become acutely aware as to the issues of mental health on those who commit crime as well as seeing the impact of crime on the mental health of victims.  Neil was appointed a Trustee of the Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity in June 2021 and is appreciative of the opportunities as a Trustee to learn more about mental health issues and to support those that work in this important field of work.

Hannah Edwards


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