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Trustee Board

Trustee Board | The Board of Staywell

Staywell is governed by a board of Trustees who are all volunteers.

Experienced and knowledgeable about our work and the needs of our users, our Trustees have skills and experience in a wide variety of fields, including social care, property, education, healthcare, government, and information technology.

Afzal Ashraf, Rowan Cole, Liz Aitchison (Treasurer), Dr Debbie Stinson (Chair), Kevin Barrett, Anne Cann MBE, Rashid Laher.


Dr Deborah M. Stinson MBA, MRCPsych, MB BCh BAO

Dr Deborah M. Stinson MBA, MRCPsych, MB BCh BAO | Chair of Trustee Board

A practising clinician working in the London Borough of Sutton for over 20 years, Debbie Stinson joined the Board of Staywell in October 2013 and was elected Chair in March 2014.  She has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in Older People’s Mental Health Services since 1991 and, until recently, also occupied the role of Associate Medical Director (Older People & Learning Disability).

A graduate of The Queen’s University of Belfast, Debbie’s postgraduate training was undertaken in Northern Ireland and London, including posts based at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, and at Springfield University Hospital.

Commenting on her appointment, Debbie said:

‘I was delighted to be invited to join the Board at such an exciting time in the organisation’s development.  With health and statutory social care services facing huge challenges, there are great opportunities for a forward-thinking organisation like Staywell to really progress and expand what it does.  The commitment of the staff and leaders of the organisation to “making life a greater life” is truly inspiring.’


Shane Brennan MBA

Shane Brennan MBA | Chief Executive

Shane Brennan has been our Chief Executive since 2005.  Before joining the organisation he gained over 20 years’ experience of working in both the private and non-profit sectors.  He lives in Kingston and is passionately committed to developing quality and innovative services which address inequalities and make a difference.

Shane is a regular speaker on topics such as partnership and has delivered a number of key note addresses at  leading events.

He plays a prominent role within the charity and non-profit sector both regionally and nationally.  He is an advisor to the NCVO and represents Staywell, and the charitable sector, on several strategic groups and partnership boards.

In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual Achievement category of the 2011 Charity Times Awards, awarded to a person who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their career, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on the charity sector through their work and/or management.


Anne Bren MSc

Anne Bren MSc | Deputy Chief Executive

Deputy Chief Executive Anne Bren has been a member of our senior management team since 2005.   She worked in a variety of private sector roles before she joined Staywell in 2001.

Anne achieved her Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management through part-time study at Cass Business School, graduating in 2010.  She has lived in Kingston for over 25 years.