Meet our Board of Trustees who provide legal and financial oversight of everything we do.

Motivation’s Board of Trustees are responsible for legal and financial oversight of the charity. They provide invaluable strategic direction to our work through a wide range of skills, experiences and expertise.

The Board meet at least four times a year to assess progress against our objectives and our mission and to ensure we’re working to our values.

Richard Hawkes OBE, Chair 

Richard has been Chair of Motivation's Board of Trustees since 2016. He has held senior roles across the charity sector for more than 25 years and is currently the Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust. He was formerly Chief Executive of Scope and has worked for VSO, Sense International and the United Nations. He has been Chair of a number of sector bodies, including BOND (the umbrella body for UK international NGOs). He is on the Advisory Board of the World Humanitarian Forum and the UK’s Charity Bank. In October 2020, Richard was awarded an OBE for his contribution to the charity sector.

Jen Browning

Jen Browning is a former Paralympic athlete and coach, who won a gold medal in Wheelchair Basketball at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. She is currently an International Relations Advisor at UK Sport, and her previous roles have included CEO of the Welsh national governing body for Canoeing, Assistant Coach of the GB Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, and Programmes Development Manager at Motivation. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee's Agitos Foundation.  

Nigel Daniel

Nigel Daniel worked at the National Westminster Bank for 39 years when he retired in 2015 as Relationship Director. During this time he worked with major clients, particularly in the charitable sector. He also spent 25 years in the UK’s Territorial Army, including 14 with the NATO ACE Mobile Force. Nigel is a non-executive Director and treasurer to a number of other Charities and organisations in the South West. He is a keen traveller and was delighted to visit Motivation’s India office and programmes in 2019.

David Green

David Green is a partner at a leading consulting firm where he specialises in digital technologies and their role in delivering business transformation. In 2018, he led an innovative project that used 3D printing to make individually customised prosthetics for children with limb difference and saw the positive impact of these devices on mental wellbeing. He has a passion for how technology can also be used to make a real difference for disabled people. David brings business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit and love of tech to Motivation's work. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2021.


Stephen Lightbown

Stephen Lightbown is a senior leader with significant experience in director level communications roles in the NHS. Most recently Director of Communications at North Bristol NHS Trust, Stephen has spent almost 20 years supporting and advising senior figures in highly complex and pressurised environments. With a focus on stakeholder engagement and listening to the needs of service users and partners, Stephen has also led a number of change programmes led by the voice and needs of the service user. Stephen is a paraplegic wheelchair user, former Trustee of the Back Up Trust and a published poet. His first poetry collection was published in 2019 and a second will follow in June 2021. He joined the Motivation Board in 2021.

Dr Iffat Zafar

Dr Iffat Zafar is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sehat Kahani; a health technology social enterprise in Pakistan. A doctor by profession, she has worked in medical oncology, pharmaceuticals and micro health insurance and more recently gained a Masters in Global E-Health from the University of Edinburgh through a Commonwealth scholarship. She is winner of an Engage Transform Award by the IsDB Bank as well as recipient of the GSMA Fund and the British Asian Trust Fund. She has been awarded many innovation awards, including the MIT Elevate Prize. Iffat contributes vast knowledge in strategic and partnership development to our Board, alongside a passion for increasing access to healthcare.