Our Trustees

Meet the Board of Trustees for Big Breakfast Plus. Together, they oversee the running of our charity and its work with homeless people in Swindon.

Charlotte Mannion

Charlotte Mannion

Chair

Charlotte Mannion Chartered Fellow CIPD joined the board of Trustees in August 2021.  Worked in Swindon as an organiser for Homestart supporting families with under-fives.  Moved to Norfolk where Charlotte established Homestart and developed learning programmes for staff and volunteers working with families undergoing difficulties. On returning to Swindon, she set up and ran the Centre for Professional Development at Business Link for eleven years before becoming self-employed specialising in business communications.  Charlotte was chair of New College Swindon Corporation for seven years leading the board to the successful merger with Swindon College in August 2020.  Charlotte is a member of Swindon Old Town Rotary and the Rotary District lead for Equality and Diversity.

Sam Heatman

Sam Heatman

Deputy Chair

Sam Heatman joined the board of trustees in 2019 after volunteering on Fridays at breakfast. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, she now works for a charity supporting rough sleepers into housing through the successful Housing First programme.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Trustee

Sarah Smith joined the board of trustees in October 2019 after sitting on the Big Breakfast Plus fundraising committee for a year. Sarah was an ingredients and packaging buyer in the food manufacturing industry before running a farm and a number of diversification businesses with her husband for over 25 year and is now semi-retired looking after a much scaled down farm with cows and sheep. Sarah has supported friends who have experienced homelessness, two of whom used Big Breakfast Plus, and understands how vital the service is for those in need. 

Benedict van der Linde

Benedict van der Linde

Trustee

Benedict is currently Wiltshire Money Partnerships Manager for Citizens Advice Wiltshire. His previous professional experience is in higher education and includes roles in operations management, service delivery, community relations, careers, and employability. He has extensive experience of managing client facing teams and strategic planning.

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As well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Theology, Benedict has a Master of Business Administration from Aston Business School. He is a Chartered Manager and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a member of the Association of MBAs.

Benedict was previously a trustee of the Oxford City Singers, a community choir composed of residents, workers and students from Oxford City and the surrounding areas. Proceeds from the Summer and Winter concerts were donated to various local charities. He is now based in North Wiltshire and is getting involved with community and charity development work to support the disadvantaged.

Nicky Walsh

Nicky Walsh

Trustee

Nicky’s background is cemented in the international human resources arena, specifically in an advisory capacity to organisations seeking to expand their global footprint. Along with two business partners, her career to-date includes establishing and growing a successful HR consultancy supporting companies with their international growth strategies. 

Now semi-retired, Nicky is able to fulfil a long held desire to get involved in community-led projects and joined the board as a Trustee in October 2021.

Clegg Bamber Trustee

Clegg Bamber

Trustee

Clegg joined the Board of Trustees after being a volunteer at Big Breakfast in 2017 shortly after moving to Swindon from Portsmouth.

Whilst in Portsmouth, Clegg sat on the operations committee of Helping Hands Portsmouth which was an organisation that provided food and hot drinks to the homeless community of Portsmouth.

Whilst working on the operations committee, the organisation scaled up from providing an evening meal on one night a week to delivering a breakfast service three times a week and an outreach service ensuring those who were homeless outside of the city centre still recieved food, water and hot drinks. 

Further, Clegg co-founded the Red Box Project which had the aim of ensuring no young person missed out on their education due to having their period. When the Red Box Project was set up, it had the ambition of ensuring all schools and colleges in Portsmouth had access to period products, free of charge. However, the project soon scaled and covered the UK and places overseas. 

In 2021, Clegg was honoured with an MBE for services to education for his work in co-founding the Red Box Project and successfully campaigning to secure policy change meaning government now funds period products in schools.