Meet our Team

The Grand Appeal is governed by a knowledgeable Board of Trustees, and led by our Director and Senior Management Team, who are supported by a dedicated team of staff carrying out the day-to-day activities of the charity. 

Senior Management Team, Trustees and Patrons

Nicola Masters


Nicola co-founded The Grand Appeal and leads the award-winning charity across multiple brands, developing new initiatives to fund pioneering facilities at Bristol Children’s Hospital to keep it at the forefront of paediatric care in the UK.

Anna Shepherd

Deputy Director

Anna manages the financial, administrative and operational aspects of the charity and has been with The Grand Appeal since 1994. Anna is instrumental in delivering Hospital projects, including the £5.5 million expansion of the children’s hospital.   

Lauren Howard

Head of Communications & Digital

Lauren oversees the marketing strategy for the charity, including digital communications, and is responsible for multiple brands across the charity, working with partners including Aardman Animations, Disney Pixar, and Cath Kidston.  

Helen Haskell

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Helen leads on our corporate partnerships and sponsorship programmes, including charity of the year partnerships and cause related marketing. Helen plays a key role in large scale projects including Shaun in the City and Gromit Unleashed. 

Suzanne Maverick

Community & Events Fundraising Manager

With over 12 years fundraising experience, Suzanne leads on our public fundraising programmes, overseeing community and events fundraising across Bristol and the South West. 

Sarah McBride

Major Gifts & Philanthropy Manager

Sarah leads on our major gifts and philanthropy, building rewarding relationships with grant-making trusts and individuals from Bristol, Bath, the South West and throughout the UK. 

Angie Last


Angie has worked at Aardman since 2000 and has been involved with The Grand Appeal throughout this time.  

Peter Lord CBE


Co-Founder and Creative Director, Aardman Animations. Read about Pete's most recent involvement in the charity here 

Simon Cooper


Simon is a Sustainability & Strategy Development Consultant and has been on The Grand Appeal board for twenty years. 

Jos Moule

Chairman of Trustees

Jos is Chairman of our Trustees, a Partner at Veale Wasborough Vizards, and has been on The Grand Appeal board for over 5 years.

Mike Norton


Editor, Bristol Post.  Read Mike's emotive account of why he chose to become a trustee of The Grand Appeal here

Nick Park CBE


Creator of Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animations. See Nick talk about his involvement in Gromit Unleashed here 

David Sproxton CBE


Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Aardman Animations.  Read about David's involvement with the charity here