The day-to-day running of the Support Network is taken care of by a small team of full-time staff, assisted by a nationwide network of Volunteer Visitors, and governed by a Board of Trustees. You can find out more about each of these below.


Our Volunteer Visitors play an important part in the Network's operation by paying regular visits to prospective and existing beneficiaries.

Their reports help us identify the best way to offer support, as well as ensuring that we are doing everything we can to help. Volunteer visitors provide the invaluable face-to-face contact between the beneficiaries, trustees and the Network's office staff.

We’re always keen to hear from those interested in volunteering: visit our Volunteer Visitors page to find out more.

Being a Trustee & Current Vacancy: January 2021

Support Network is governed by a Trustee Board of up to 13 people, who oversee the governance and strategic direction of the organisation. The Board is quite diverse, and has Trustees from both within the IMechE membership and from non-engineering backgrounds.

As we move towards expanding our services and develop a Foundation aspect of our grant giving, it is an exciting time to join us in this capacity.

We currently have one vacancy: for a Foundation Giving Trustee, and please click as appropriate for further details.

Elected trustees serve for an initial period of three years, after which they can stand to be re-elected for a further period of three years before taking a break of at least one year, unless they hold the office of Chair or one of the two Deputy Chair roles, when an extension of a year is possible. Some Trustees are also volunteer visitors for Support Network, whilst others bring specific strategic skills. 

We hold four Trustee Board meetings a year, all usually at Birdcage Walk, and held during the day. Full expenses are paid for these. Trustees might also be involved with either sub-committee   work and/or remote grant making processes.

Here you can download a role description for all of the available Trustee roles.  If you would like to have an informal discussion about any of the roles, please email the Support Network CEO, Anni Broadhead or ring her on 020 7304 6883. We look forward to hearing from you

Visit our Trustees page for a list of current trustees.


Support Network's full-time staff – Anni Broadhead, Chief Executive; Laura Clyne, Operations Manager; Andrew Dodsworth, Finance & Administration Officer; and Maureen Hayes, Support & Casework Officer – are based at the Institution’s headquarters at 1 Birdcage Walk, London.

They oversee the daily business of Support Network, as well as providing a point of contact for existing and prospective beneficiaries and volunteers. The staff organise the grants committee meetings, handle all new applications and constantly review the ways in which we offer support.

Annual Review & Statutory Accounts

Download a copy of our 2019 Annual Review
Download a copy of our 2019 Statutory Accounts

Privacy Policy & Data Protection Policy

Please see our Privacy Policy
Please see our Data Protection Policy


The Support Network extranet is a restricted area of the website for use by Support Network volunteers and staff for the secure exchange of confidential information.  To log into the extranet click here.

Need more information?

Contact the Support Network team if you have any questions.