The day-to-day running of the Support Network is taken care of by a small team of full-time staff, assisted by a nationwide network of Volunteer Visitors, and governed by a Board of Trustees.


We’re always keen to hear from those interested in volunteering: visit our Volunteer Visitors page to find out more.


Support Network is governed by a Trustee Board of up to 13 people, who oversee the governance and strategic direction of the organisation. The Board is quite diverse, and has Trustees from both within the IMechE membership and from non-engineering backgrounds.

Elected trustees serve for an initial period of three years, after which they can stand to be re-elected for a further period of three years before taking a break of at least one year, unless they hold the office of Chair or one of the two Deputy Chair roles, when an extension of a year is possible. Some Trustees are also volunteer visitors for Support Network, whilst others bring specific strategic skills.

We hold four Trustee Board meetings a year, usually as a combination of remote and in person meetings (the latter at Birdcage Walk), and usually held during the day. Full expenses are paid for these. Trustees might also be involved with either sub-committee work and/or remote grant making processes. Details of the current Trustee Board can be found here.


Support Network's full-time staff are Anni Broadhead, Chief Executive; Laura Clyne, Operations Manager; Andrew Dodsworth, Finance & Administration Officer; and Maureen Hayes, Support & Casework Officer.

They oversee the daily business of Support Network, as well as providing a point of contact for existing and prospective beneficiaries and volunteers. The staff organise the grants committee meetings, handle all new applications and constantly review the ways in which we offer support. The Chief Executive is also the Company Secretary and leads on data protection, safeguarding and other areas of legal compliance.

Annual Review & Statutory Accounts

Download a copy of our 2020 Annual Review
Download a copy of our 2019 Statutory Accounts

Privacy Policy & Data Protection Policy

Please see our Privacy Policy
Please see our Data Protection Policy


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Need more information?

Contact the Support Network team if you have any questions.