The Standing Start Trust is run by four volunteers who are responsible for organising and directing the charity. Our trustees come from a range of backgrounds and ages but all have the common goal of wanting to help those with neurological conditions obtain access to specialist exercise therapy.
Chairman - Wayne Evans
Wayne is married with four children and two grandchildren. He was rendered paralysed (T6 complete) in a road traffic accident in 2004. He is a qualified Chartered Insurer specialising in the Marine Industry and a Trustee of his firm's Pension Fund. Wayne was one of the founding members of Standing Start Trust and is the Chair of the charity. He enjoys working for a charity which is able to sponsor people with neurological conditions to improve their own well being through intense exercise. Wayne is an accomplished pianist and organist, he enjoys exercise, dining out, the theatre and as a recent purchaser of a seaside holiday home in East Devon enjoys practicing the art of doing nothing in that picturesque location.
Trustee - James Wood
James joined the charity board in July 2014 and is responsible for the website and social media. In 2009 James completed his degree in Sport and Adventure Recreation at the University of Bedfordshire. In 2011 he joined Standing Start in Cambridgeshire as an assistant trainer and soon after became a Level 3 personal trainer. James enjoys travelling and walking in the countryside with his wife. He has a great passion for the outdoors, sport and exercise.
Trustee - Samuel Guilfoyle
Sam joined as a trustee in July 2014. Having suffered a spinal injury (C3) in September 2010 at 21 whilst working in London, Sam continues to be amazed at the results that can be achieved through activity based rehabilitation. An Economics graduate with an Msc in International Business Sam hopes to see his efforts with the charity go towards improving the lives of others with neurological conditions. Sam lives in Leeds with his family and spends much of his spare time with family and friends enjoying everything that Yorkshire has to offer.
Trustee - Cameron Carr
Cameron has been involved with the charity since its conception in a number of different disciplines; as a fundraiser, a trainer's assistant and now as a trustee. Cameron is heavily involved in improving the lives of those with Spinal Cord Injuries and volunteers at a number of events throughout the year. His desire to help others in this fashion guided him into his career path to become a solicitor. He completed both his Law Degree and Masters in Medical Law at King's College London and is currently undertaking his LLM before starting his training contract as a solicitor in London. Cameron hopes that he can bring and apply his knowledge of law, marketing and personal experiences to help the trust thrive. As it expands, he hopes that it will be able to help others improve their lives in the same manner as he has seen first hand.