Mark has been in the Office Furniture Industry for nearly forty years, spending the first nineteen years in dealer sales and for the past twenty-one years as a manufacturers sales agent.
Mark is married with two children and three step children and for fun enjoys spending time with his wife and grown up children, travelling, dining out and practicing to be a proficient jazz saxophonist.
Mark first joined the Salespeople’s Charity in 2006 as a steward before becoming a Trustee in 2016.
Keith Payne (Deputy Chairman)
Keith has been a Trustee for 5 years .He has been a self-employed Agent for the past 40 years and before that , was a National Accounts Manager covering the U.K. and N.I.
He joined the Salespeople’s Charity to help and support Salespeople who have fallen on hard times and are struggling just to get by with life. Keith has the knowledge and skills to advise Salespeople of what we actually do and where we can help.
Trevor Grant (Treasurer)
The Salespeople’s Charity (formerly the Commercial Travellers’ Benevolent Institution) exists to provide financial support to those who are currently working or have previously worked in a business-to-business sales role, visiting client sites to promote goods and services (field salespeople) and are now facing financial hardship.
We are a grant-giving charity that provides support directly to the field salesperson, though our support can also extend to their widows, widowers, partners and dependent children. To understand more about the people that we support and the criteria that we use to determine if we can help, please visit the How we help area of our website.
Trevor became Treasurer on the resignation, through ill-health, of our previous Treasurer in September 2015.
Phil Monk (Deputy Treasurer)
Phil started as a Manufacturers Agent in 1973, working for multiple manufacturers in the confectionery, general grocery and soft drinks markets supplying traditional wholesalers, cash and carry wholesalers, van sales operators and regional multiple retail groups.
He was also a member of the now defunct MCCTA where he served in all officer positions of his local Central Yorkshire Branch.
Brian Riddell (Charity Manager)
After over 40 years in a variety of Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and Operational Management positions within the commercial and third sector areas Brian became Charity Manager of The Salespeople’s Charity in April 2017.
Prior to becoming CM he served as a Trustee for 6 years, resigning that post in line with Charity Commission guidelines. He is passionate about customer service and removing non value adding activities so that our benevolence delivers the maxim benefit to our beneficiaries.
Barry has been involved in the Interior Design and Fit Out industry for over 20 years, growing from a Sales Executive to Sales Director before taking the step to set up a partnership. Barry has been a Partner for over 10 years.
Barry took on the role of trustee in 2017 and his extensive experience allows him to provide advice and support to help those who have fallen on hard times.
David’s career started in the confectionery trade moving to the grocery sector with Princes Foods in 1980 before eventually retiring in 2008 after 42 years in sales..
He has been married for 48 years with three children, now grown up and living close to he and his wife in Cheshire. His hobbies include music, recording, reading and gardening. He has been with the Salespeople's Charity (previously CTBI) for 22 years.
Gill has over 20 years business administration experience with particular knowledge in Human Resource Management, having run her own Career Management company during this period. She is currently working in adult and school guidance which involves considerable knowledge of the benefit and welfare system. Prior to becoming a Trustee in 2011 Gill was the Charity Manager.
Gill is passionate about helping people to improve their lives, and feels that she can make a difference in these difficult economic times to those in need
Matthew has been working in sales for 22 years. He is self-employed and owns and manages a technical sales and marketing agency.
He is also a co-owner and shareholder in a small manufacturing business and a software company.
He has worked in the volunteering sector previously and is also currently a Board Member of the Manufacturing Agents Association.
Rob has worked in the Design & Fit-out sector for 45 years and is Chairman & Founder of his workplace consultancy and design & fit-out business.
Rob is still actively involved as an ambassador for the company – talking to clients, both existing and prospective, suppliers and partners.
His key aim is to spread the message that powerful and positive changes happen through improving the way their businesses are resourced and their employees lives transformed when they invest in the workplace.
He is married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren which keeps him busy at home, and also enjoys riding motorbikes and sailing in his leisure time.
Lesley has been a Sales Agent for about 40 years, mostly in the Fashion Field. For a large part of that time she specialized in Fashion Accessories including handbags and costume jewellery, supplying mainly to ladies boutiques, gift shops and garden centres.
Lesley has 2 grown sons and a granddaughter.
Graham is semi-retired, having spent 43years in the Office furniture industry where for the last 20 years he was MD of Mainrock Ltd a business that specialise in Office furniture and Interiors. Married with two daughters, Graham has recently become a grandad.
His passions are Sport, especially football, being a season ticket holder at Tottehnham but also finds time for walking and cycling when the weather is fine. At other times Graham can be found listening to music, cooking and reading about and drinking wine.