Brian Wheelwright worked in the public service sector for over 35 years before joining the Wates Family’s philanthropic programme in December 2000. He led the Wates Family Charities Secretariat as Director until retirement in 2016. He now acts as consultant and adviser to a number of charities and social enterprises.

In addition to being a trustee of Mayday Trust, he is also a trustee of Changing Paths Charitable Trust and a director of its social enterprise, Changing Paths Community Interest Company, both supporting offenders into employment. He is a trustee of the Army Central Fund, the British Army’s main grant-making forum.