Our leadership team
Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive
Martin joined St John Ambulance as chief executive in
January 2018. He has a strong track record in leading the
development of public service delivery and in policy change with a
focus on giving people – especially young people – the chance to
fulfil their potential through volunteering, education and
training. He comes to St John Ambulance from Depaul UK, where he
was chief executive for five years. While at the charity Missing
People, he successfully campaigned for a new missing persons law
and launched the new national telephone number for missing people.
He has also held roles at the Children’s Society and served as
Chair of the YMCA England & Wales board of trustees.
In June 2019, Martin was appointed as Chair of the Centre For
Youth Impact which reflects his long-term commitment and dedication
to making a positive impact on the lives of young adults and
Richard Lee, Chief Operating Officer
Richard Lee joined St John Ambulance as Chief Operating Officer
in November 2018. He has spent 25 years in the NHS ambulance sector
in a number of clinical and operational roles. He was previously
the Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust
(WAST), where he helped to improve their performance and
reputation. He also played a key role in WAST’s clinical
modernisation programme and new response model. As well as helping
to develop and lead their volunteer activity.
Richard is also a registered paramedic and maintains his
clinical competency by volunteering for St John Ambulance at events
across the country. In 2016 he was awarded the Queen’s Ambulance
Medal for distinguished ambulance service. He is also an examiner
for the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care in
Edinburgh where he holds a Fellowship in Immediate Care.
Rebecca Mauger, Director of Fundraising
Rebecca joined St John Ambulance as Fundraising Director in
August 2018. Her role involves leading the Fundraising department
and working with our volunteers who inspire donors to support the
work of St John Ambulance, the Priory of St John England & The
Islands, and the Museum of the Order of St John.
Before St John Ambulance, Rebecca held the position of interim
Executive Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross. Over
the previous 15 years, she also held a variety of other fundraising
roles driving significant income growth at the British Red Cross,
and across the International Red Cross Movement.
Steve Foster, Director of People and
is the Director of People & Organisation, joining St John
Ambulance in 2010. His directorate includes HR, Volunteering,
Safeguarding and Health & Safety.
Overall, he is responsible for making St John Ambulance a
more rewarding place to work and volunteer at, as well as ensuring
that we are legally compliant and safe.
Before St John Ambulance, Steve previously worked in the private
sector for various multinational companies in HR leadership
Mel Fox, Director of Training and
Mel Fox is the Director of Training &
Enterprise. He joined St John Ambulance in July 2003 initially as
the CEO for West Midlands Region prior to becoming a Regional
Director within the-then newly formed Commercial Training Division,
now known as Workplace Training. Prior to joining St John
Ambulance, Mel spent 20 years in retail banking and 7 years in the
private sector with equity funded start-ups.
His directorate includes Workplace Training and the Central
Training team, Schools, Volunteer & Employee Training, National
Resourcing, Sales, Customer Services and Supplies.
Sarah Duthie, Director of Priory and International
Sarah Duthie joined St John Ambulance as the Director of Priory
& International Affairs in November 2018. Sarah was previously
the Public Engagement Director at the Old Royal Naval College in
Greenwich where she led a project to improve public access to
collections and conservation work. Previously Sarah has worked as a
consultant on heritage projects and led the transformative project
at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells to improve visitor experiences and
develop new exhibitions. She has worked for charities and not for
profit organisations since 2000. She has worked extensively with
volunteers and the Old Royal Naval College achieved the ‘Investing
in Volunteers’ accreditation in 2016. Sarah’s post graduate
qualifications are in Strategic Management and History of Art &
As Director of Priory & International Affairs, Sarah is part
of the Executive Leadership Team. Sarah’s team is responsible for
supporting the Prior and the Chief Executive to lead the work of
the Priory nationally and internationally, looking after our
heritage and collections and promoting honours and awards within
the Order of St John.
James Radford, Director of Strategy and
James Radford joined St John Ambulance in November 2016 after a
decade of working in the sport and leisure industries in a variety
of policy, insight and strategy roles. Most recently, he helped
write the government’s overall sport strategy and that of Sport
England, championing the role of insight in the process.
At St John Ambulance he is responsible for working
with the Board and the Senior Management Team to develop the
organisation’s strategy and monitor progress against the goals
within it, including through supporting annual business planning,
overall risk management and research into our impact.
Jo Keaney, Director of Finance and Corporate
Jo Keaney is the Director of Finance & Corporate Services
and is responsible for Finance, Property and Facilities. Her team
are based at NHQ, Winchester, in the regions (including a National
Facilities team) and at the Shared Services Centre in
Jo’s previous role was Corporate Director of Finance at Victim
Support, and prior to that, she held several Finance Director roles
in the education sector and media. Jo is a Fellow of the Institute
of Chartered Accountants, a Member of the Institute of Taxation and
has an MA in Finance and Investment.