Board Of Trustees

HEROS Charity is indebted to its hard-working Board of Trustees

Jill Sutton

Jill joined HEROS Charity as a trustee in 2006 after a spending most of her working life in the motorsport world, first as Champion Lady GB rally driver and then as Company Secretary for her husband’s motorsport business in London.
Jill has had a passion for horses since childhood so HEROS was a perfect fit and she is one of our biggest supporters. In 1984, Jill and her husband moved to Warwickshire and brought a 66 acre farm where they bred a number of horses for eventing. Her oldest and dearest SPARKY retired and was PTS at North Farm Stud at a ripe old age.

Jill also set up a German Shepherd rescue centre and had great pleasure in finding good homes for many dogs. Jill helps enormously with find raising events as she has a great deal of knowledge in this field as runs her own fund raising events for the local school.

Richard Phillips

Richard has been a dual purpose trainer for 25 years having trained both in Lambourn and Gloucestershire. In 2011 he was a recipient of a Pride of Racing Award for all the terrific work he does for charities of all types.

He has trained horses to the highest level , both over jumps and on the flat and has been a great supporter of HEROS since it began and has always helped in any way he can.

He looks forward to his time now as a Trustee helping the Charity to evolve.

Mary Robinson – Company Secretary

Mary has been involved in the racing industry most of her working life. She has worked at the grass roots level from riding out when younger and being travelling head girl, to riding in point to point races and training for a short time under permit. She changed direction, becoming a racing secretary, and then started a business advising trainers and jockeys on their accounting practices. Currently she still runs this business but it has expanded to include a variety of clients from outside the racing industry too. Joining the HEROS team from inception, she has known Grace for at least 25 years.

Anne Richardson – Joint Chairman

Anne is a clinical psychologist by background but now works in policy consultancy after many years at the Department of Health. She has a longstanding interest in horses and more recently in racing.

With her husband, Nick Attenborough, her involvement in HEROS Charity began when THURLESTONE ROCK, their ex-sprint handicapper, was happily rehomed after being rehabilitated and retrained by HEROS. As one of the HEROS Trustees Anne can represent a user’s view of the service the charity provides, as well as offer a range of professional knowledge and experience. She has been a trustee of HEROS since the start and a great supporter of the charity, putting in a lot of voluntary extra hours to help keep the charity afloat.

Jackie Hubbard – Joint Chairman

Jackie is a tax advisor who currently works for one of the “big four” accountancy firms. She has been a racehorse owner for many years and has also owned horses on the eventing circuit. She has had two ex-racehorses, KINTWIN who she owned for 12 years following his retirement from racing and her current horse JOVE, who she rehomed from HEROS in 2008. As a result Jackie can speak first hand from the perspective of being a HEROS lessee.

Jackie has known Grace for many years and has always taken a keen interest in the work of HEROS Charity, acting as the Secretary at the HEROS Horse Show.

Victoria Hopgood

Victoria qualified as a solicitor in 1988. She originally worked in Newbury before moving to Hungerford in 1996 to set up the firm Dickins Hopgood Chidley with her partners. Victoria has specialised in Commercial Property. She also has considerable experience of all aspects of Residential Property.