patrons and board of trustees

Charles hanson

Charles begun his auctioneering career at Christies in London before going on to establish Hansons Auctioneers in 2005. His charmingly enthusiastic manner has seen him preside over prestigious celebrity and fund raising auctions across the UK including a highly entertaining event for Salus Fatigue Foundation. He continues to film with the BBC shows The Antiques Road Trip and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, alongside the ever-popular ‘Bargain Hunt’ where he appears as both expert and auctioneer.

Anita Bhalla OBE

Anita’s 26-year media career with the BBC has been varied; from being one of the first regionally based bi-media correspondents to being Head of the BBC’s Public Space Broadcasting. She has also presented Channel 4’s Eastern Eye and other national programmes. Anita is currently Chair of Performances Birmingham Ltd (Town Hall and Symphony Hall), Chair of the Creative City Partnership, Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and recent past Chair of MAC (Midlands Arts Centre).

Inge Kettner

After 3 years as a teacher Inge worked for 15 years in professional practice as a Chartered Accountant, including 4 years as a partner. She then spent 11 years as a director in Social Housing Companies before taking early retirement in 2007. Inge has also spent more than 10 years as a charity trustee, held two roles as Chair of the Board and served 2 years as a member of the Homes and Communities Agency Regulation Committee. During her career Inge was also very active in the development of youth hockey.


Dr Christine Lloyd

Christine is a GP in the local area. She became ill with a virus in February 2010 and did not recover as expected. She was eventually diagnosed with M.E. The turning point in her recovery was after attending a support group meeting of the Salus Fatigue Foundation. With the support & guidance of Linda & Ron and other members of the group she recovered enough to resume working in February 2011 and she is now well on her way to a full recovery.

Rod Mitchell

Rod is professionally qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and worked for Barclays Bank Plc for over 30 years. 20 of which were in managerial roles. For his last five years at the bank, he worked as an Inspector in the Legal Department, managing litigation and giving advice. For 10 years Rod was the Responsible Officer on the Board of Governors at Streetlight School, overseeing the budget and financial controls, and from 2002 until 2009 was the Honorary Secretary at Sutton Coldfield Golf Club.

Dave woods

Dave has worked in the Oil Industry for over 30 years in downstream marketing and sales management roles, based in Canada and Europe. For the past 14 years Dave has been an independent consultant to the Manufacturing Industry within the UK.

damion latham

Damion has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years.  Over the last 10 years this has involved supporting many businesses in their development as a dedicated relationship manager. Alongside this Damion has developed partnerships with local stakeholders and was also on the board of directors for the Leamington Spa Business Improvement District, this was focused on helping to drive the towns development plan. Damion has been a volunteer business mentor for The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs over the last 8 years helping businesses and social enterprise develop.

gill walsh

Gill worked as a GP for 27 years and was involved in the appraisal of other doctors and the training of GP’s. In trying to help patients with CFS and ME, she realised how difficult it is to access the NHS services for both these and other causes of persistent fatigue and how it took too many months to access these services. Searching for ways to support patients, Gill witnessed first-hand what excellent guidance Salus can provide! Having now retired, she is now eager to be involved in the administration for Salus. There will certainly be a continuing, and possibly growing, need for their services in the future.