Cliff Grand-Scrutton – Chair
After a successful career in the Army, Cliff started his own hospitality business and later became a director for a school and college for the disabled, his first venture in the not-for-profit sector. He qualified as an accountant and became a director with a children’s hospice charity. He has since worked in various parts of the healthcare sector and at present owns and operates a care home specialising in dementia support in Maidenhead.
After a long career in the RAF where he acted as a logistics officer co-ordinating international air freight movements and delivery of humanitarian aid, Jonathan left to join the commercial sector in 2016. He worked in civil aviation and then moved into the food machinery industry. He hopes to share his strategic leadership and management experience with Daybreak.
Julia’s background is academic publishing and she has worked for many years at Blackwell Publishers (Oxford) leading their international sales and marketing teams. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the fields of publishing, sales and marketing and market research. Having been inspired to join the Trustees of Daybreak by a close friend whose husband (with dementia) benefited from the incredible care, she became the link trustee for the Rosewood club.
Phil Gregory, Hon Treasurer
Phil is a qualified chartered management accountant having qualified over 10 years ago and has more than 15 years’ experience in financial and commercial roles. These roles have been in the retail industry covering food, motoring, travel, energy, childcare, funeral and pharmacy. Most of his career has been within Co-op businesses and he heads a regional community group for the Midcounties Co-op, which invests time and money back into the local community it serves.
Simon Hewitt-Avison, Vice-Chair
Simon is a qualified teacher and has studied psychology and education. He has spent the last 10 years in the charity sector working at Independent Age, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Shine and before that worked across both private and public sectors. He has experience across health, education and social care and has interests in mental health, social isolation and loneliness. Simon has been a trustee of several charities including the Voluntary Youth Service in Devon.
Mary, Lady Tovey, Hon Secretary
Mary spent many years working in the administration field, including for the British Embassy in Washington DC. She was introduced to Daybreak Oxford when her husband, Sir Brian Tovey, KCMG and former Director of the British signals intelligence agency, GCHQ, was diagnosed with dementia. He attended the Limes club until his death in 2015. Mary has been an active volunteer for the charity as well as trustee, taking on the role of secretary in 2019.