Who's Who?

Our board of Trustees oversee the work we do, ensure we are compliant with the legalities of company and charity law.  They challenge the plans we have and the decisions we want to make, ensure due diligence is carried out and that best practice is followed at all times.

Meet, and learn a little more about them below...

Mark Noakes- Chairman

Mark is an engineer by education and training who grew up in the south of England, and now lives in Sheffield with his wife & 12 year old twins (one of each). He has a very active boxer dog who along with his children, take up most of his spare time but he also enjoys spending time with family and friends travelling, walking, cycling, watching rugby and socialising.  Mark works for Arriva as Business Transformation Director, having responsibility for developing and delivering its transformation strategy across the UK businesses and has previously worked for a number of businesses in FMCG, Automotive and Logistics

Greg Smith- Vice Chairman

 Greg currently runs his own user experience strategy & research consultancy and having held previous roles as Head of User Experience, Europe for eBay, User Research Director for a leading digital agency and Head of Strategy, Research and Business Planning at the former Disability Rights Commission. Greg holds a MSc in Human Computer Interaction & a BSc in Engineering & Business.

Patricia Adley

Patricia is a retired solicitor who worked in private practice and then as Senior Local Authority Manager for over 20 years, holding positions of Head of Legal, Strategic Director and Head of Paid Service.  Patricia is passionate about the health care agenda and the provision of excellent services for Shine members.

Roger Bayston

Roger is a Microbiologist and Professor of Surgical Infection at Nottingham University who has been connected with ASBAH/Shine since the 1960s.  Roger was ASBAH’s first Research Fellow and developed the Bactiseal shunt.  He is a past President of the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida and is currently researching spine surgery complications and infections in urinary catheters.

Michael Brown

Michael is a retired Head of Maths in a large 6th form college, who now works as a consultant. He is currently visiting organisations to raise awareness of Shine and increase donations. Michael’s father was a professional footballer with Arsenal and Michael himself plays golf to a good standard.

Lisa Rodan

Lisa has a son with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and Arnold Chiari II and therefore has extensive experience and training in acute and community-based healthcare.  She is working towards her PhD in Social Anthropology and has written several successful funding bids to finance her research.  Lisa feels that her insider knowledge of accessing education will be valuable in helping other families.


Peter Serjent

Peter is a senior-level communications professional in Civil Service having delivered successful behaviour change campaigns, including health and disability.

For a psychology degree, Peter did a research project on dietary habits during conception/pregnancy.

He is passionate about the need to promote a positive image of disability and ensure people with disabilities realise their potential.

Joanne Williams

Joanne is a civil servant who has significant experience in corporate governance, grant funding and application, as well as developing and implementing operational processes and procedures. She has a young nephew with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Joanne is passionate about educating the public about all aspects of the conditions.

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