Our Trustees

Our Friends elect Trustees at the Martineau Gardens’ Annual General Meeting to take overall responsibility for our organisation. They play a vital role, they volunteer their time and working together to make important decisions about our charity’s work.

Sue Roberts, Chair of Trustees, in the Sun Dial Lawn

Sue Roberts, Chair of Trustees, in the Sun Dial Lawn

Sue Roberts, Chair of Trustees

I have been a Trustee at Martineau Gardens since January 2014 and later that year, I became Chair. I worked in the NHS for 27 years’ in service delivery roles and in commissioning. I led the Birmingham service for people with learning disabilities and region-wide specialist rehabilitation services, helpfully relevant to the work we do at the Gardens. Having recently left St John Ambulance after two years as the Regional Director, West Midlands, I am currently running a Hospice In Leeds. I have lived in Birmingham for 19 years, moving here from Leeds. I now live in Harborne and spend my time time keeping fit at the Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club. I have relatively recently taken up (not very successfully!) Cross country skiing and cycling. One of my ambitions for the Gardens is that we exploit opportunities for joint working with other organisations with similar charitable objects in order that we might, jointly, have more impact in the areas of fundraising, service sustainability and growth.

Tim Bruton, Treasurer, near the Summer Meadow

Tim Bruton, Treasurer, near the Summer Meadow

Tim Bruton, Treasurer

I have lived in Birmingham all my life and currently live less than one mile from Martineau Gardens. I have been a Chartered Accountant since 2003 and currently work in industry (Jaguar Land Rover) as a finance manager. I am married with a teenage son.

I joined Martineau as an opportunity to share my finance expertise with a group of people who make life better in a myriad different ways. I feel I have gained more from the Gardens than I have contributed and know that the Gardens prove everyone has something to offer.

Glenys Thomas, Trustee, at the Spring Event Martineau Gardens

Glenys Thomas, Trustee, at the Spring Event


Glenys Thomas, Trustee

I was brought up on a farm in the Cotswolds which was referred to by an elderly man in the village as “the bloomin'(bit stronger actually) League of Nations” So left home as soon as possible to do a psychology degree and subsequently followed my interests in other countries. Over the years I taught social workers about group dynamics and human behaviour whether in therapeutic, family, community, or management/staff development settings From my perspective Martineau Gardens can provide a really healthy social ,emotional and physical environment where individuals can flourish supported not only by the staff but also each other.


Sarah Colles, Trustee

I have lived in Birmingham for 50 years and now live close to Martineau Gardens. I have
always enjoyed and benefitted from visits to the Gardens and it is particularly good to see
the success of the Therapeutic Horticulture. I also enjoy introducing friends and family to
this green space so close to the city centre.
Most of my career has been spent with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
(RoSPA) both as a Consumer Safety Information Officer and as a Senior Manager. I have also
worked briefly for the NHS and for Birmingham City Council. I have an Open University
I was a Magistrate on the Birmingham Bench for 20 years and have been a Trustee at a Child
Contact Centre. I am keen to promote the use of Martineau Gardens to as wide a variety of people as possible.

Elizabeth Hensel, Trustee

I live in Moseley and am a clinical psychologist. I have worked for the NHS for many years, at one time being clinical Director for the services to people with a learning disability in South Birmingham. I have also served on several boards, and am experienced in governance.  I am now retired from full time work, but am a governor at UHB and continue with my research interests. My main area of research has been into quality of life, particularly with people with learning disability.

I have always been involved with my local community through voluntary work, arts activities charitable work and so on.  Martineau Gardens are a delightful oasis in the middle of the city and I hope my skills and experiences will contribute to its continuation and development.

Peter Arnold, Trustee

Peter Arnold, Trustee, in the Sun Dial Lawn Martineau Gardens

Peter Arnold, Trustee, in the Sun Dial Lawn

Tom Walkling, Trustee