Our Trustees work together to develop a clear strategy for the future of The Sandcastle Trust.  They each play a key role and have expertise and experience in different areas of our work.  Our Board are all committed to guiding The Sandcastle Trust to operate at the highest professional standard whilst believing passionately in the charity’s mission and vision.



Danielle (Co-Founder and Chair) and David Singleton (Co-Founder and Trustee)

Danielle and Dave co-founded The Sandcastle Trust in 2016.  Their family have first hand experience of living with a rare genetic condition as Dave was diagnosed with the x-linked condition – adrenomyeloneuropathy in 2012.  You can read more about their family’s story here.  Although having the support of a wonderful disorder specific charity, Dave’s diagnosis was a lonely and terrifying experience.  Not knowing what the future would hold, they developed a coping mechanism whereby they decided instead to focus on the present and on creating as many happy family memories as possible.  Conscious of the considerable barriers other affected families faced, The Sandcastle Trust was set up on their kitchen table to offer practical and financial support to enable families like theirs access some much needed fun and respite.  Danielle has responsibility the day to day running of the charity and works hard to raise awareness of the impact of rare genetic conditions on family life.  As well as being actively involved in the running of the charity, Dave is also a serving Police Officer.


Lesley Dodd

Lesley is the Chief Executive of Ealing Mencap, a leading local learning disability organisation.   She is responsible for the strategic planning, commissioning and management of support services for people with long term conditions/physical/sensory/learning disabilities.  Throughout her career Lesley has proactively campaigned and worked towards trying to reduce the disadvantage and discrimination experienced by children and adults with a learning and/or physical disability.  Lesley has an extensive knowledge of health and social care agenda and of commissioning and managing provider services at a senior level within the health and social care sector.   Lesley is a keen singer and grandmother to four.


Ian Bateman

As a senior manager in the NHS Ian has a background in the delivery, commissioning and management of public sector and charitable services for adults with a learning disability and vulnerable families.  Lately working in his current role Ian brings skills of financial management, governance, quality and regulation to the board.  As well as an in depth understanding of health and social legislation and provision in England.  In his spare time Ian also volunteers with the Royal Airforce working with young people who have an interest in aviation.


Ellie Bateman

Ellie is a Service Director for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.  Her background is in direct care provision to offenders and those with mental health problems.  She is responsible for a £65m budget, 800 staff and 5,000 patients with severe and enduring mental health problems, offenders, people with a learning disability, neurodevelopmental disorders and addictions.  Ellie is married to fellow trustee Ian and together they have recently had a son.  In her spare time Ellie enjoys travelling and binge watching Greys Anatomy.


Colette Bateman

Colette is a Senior Staff Nurse specialising in haematology and bone marrow transplant nursing at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust within the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit.  Colette’s background provides the board with a clinical insight into the impact that complex and enduring medical needs have on families.

Gemma Webb

Gemma has recently become a trustee of The Sandcastle Trust, becoming inspired to get involved with the charity after her family benefited from a grant.  Her daughter has 1p36 Deletion Syndrome and therefore Gemma has a real insight into the impact of a child’s diagnosis with a rare genetic condition on the wider family.  Gemma is also a dedicated and creative fundraiser and has worked tirelessly to raise vital funds for the charity.


Luke Brooker

Luke is a Chartered Surveyor and Specialised Project Manager.  His current role is as a Project Development Manager for a large national organisation.  Luke’s valuable commercial experience will be vital to the charity as it grows and moves forward.