The Trustees & Executives of Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity:
Rays of Sunshine Trustees, (from left to right): Tim Shaw, Justin Randall, David Joseph, Nick Davis and Stephen Allan
Stephen Allan, Chairman of Rays of Sunshine
Worldwide Chairman & CEO of MediaCom
Appointed as MediaCom Worldwide’s Chairman and CEO in August 2008, Stephen previously held the role of CEO at GroupM UK and MediaCom UK. During his tenure, he quadrupled its billings to become the first UK £1 billion media agency and catapulted the agency’s ranking from sixth to first. In December 2008, Stephen was voted Campaign Media Achiever of the Year. In 2009, MediaCom became the first network to be presented with two global awards: M&M Agency Network of the Year and The Festival of Media Agency Network of the Year. In 2003 Stephen co-founded Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.
Daniel is a qualified stockbroker with over 35 years’ experience in the industry. He is an Investment Director with Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited, servicing Institutions, high net worth individuals, trusts and charities. As well as looking after UK clients, he also has extensive experience of handling international clients based across Europe and Southern Africa. In 2003 Daniel co-founded Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.
Head of the Corporate Department at Mishcon De Reya
Nick is a Partner and Head of the Corporate Department at Mishcon de Reya where he is an expert in M&A, reorganisation and restructuring and business law. His work embraces a wide range of industries including recruitment, finance, technology and property services, and a wide range of business types from entrepreneurs to international corporations. Nick is listed in the “UK and European Legal Experts 2014” Guide for Corporate/M&A and has been recently named as one of the Best Corporate Lawyers in the Spear’s 500 2014. Nick has been involved with Rays of Sunshine since 2004.
David Joseph CBE
Chairman and Chief Executive at Universal Music UK
David Joseph is the Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK, overseeing the labels Capitol, Decca, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI alongside Abbey Road. He also sits on the Board of Arts Council England. David has been an active member of the Rays of Sunshine Board since July 2012 and remains committed to helping the charity expand its work.
Justin has been our treasurer since we were founded. He is also senior partner of City based Chartered Accountants firm Jeffreys Henry LLP. Together with his wife and three children, Justin is a regular participators in our events.
Members of the Executive Board (from left to right): Richard Burston, David Saul, Grant Fox, Daniel Coleman, Claudine Collins, Hayley Allan, Stephen Allan, Jane Sharpe, Justin Randall, Tim Allan, Jonathan Vandermolen, Mark Shipman
Richard Burston, Chair of Executives
Richard is an entrepreneur and private equity investor. He founded Regency Capital International, a London-based merchant bank in 1991. From 2002 to 2004, He was the CEO of Bostream AB and built Bostream into Sweden’s leading independent broadband ISP, prior to selling the company in late 2004. Richard is currently Vice Chairman of KORE Telematics, Inc., the largest independent M2M service provider of managed global machine-to-machine (M2M) network connectivity. He is a Trustee of the UK Friends of Yale University, Director of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and has been on the Executive Committee of Rays of Sunshine since 2012.
Hayley began her career in advertising. After the birth of her son, Jake, she began voluntary work in wish granting charities and in 2003 became a co-founder of Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity. From its outset Hayley was responsible for granting many of the charity’s earliest wishes. Hayley continues to be committed to brightening up the lives of seriously ill children by granting wishes and chairing the Wish Appeals Committee.
Timothy is one of the original founding members of the charity. He has sat on the executive board since formation. Married with three children he was keen to help establish a children’s charity for those less fortunate. CEO of a leading London residential investment company for almost 30 years.
Laura became Chief Executive Officer in January 2020. She has been involved with Rays of Sunshine since the charity formed in 2003 and been highly instrumental in its growth. With a background in Public Relations, Laura worked as a volunteer for seven years prior to joining the team in the office in 2010. Since then she has held various roles within the organisation overseeing the communications and development of the charity. Prior to taking over as CEO she was the General Manager and Director of Communications for two years. Laura has been involved in some of Rays of Sunshine’s most high profile events, partnerships and wishes, including Lauren’s wish to meet a ‘real-life’ mermaid. She is passionate about Rays of Sunshine and wholly committed to brightening the lives of our brave and inspiring beneficiaries.
Nina is a wish parent and has also recently joined our Executive Board. Her daughter Olivia, who is now 12, was born with Biliary Atresia, a rare form of liver disease, for which there is no cure. She received a living related liver transplant from her Father when she was only 7 months old. Olivia’s life is not without complications and she spent several weeks in hospital following complications resulting from surgery last year. She is sadly one of many children in the UK, who are ill and spend days and sometimes weeks in hospital being treated and looked after. It was during one of Olivia’s stints at Kings Hospital six years ago, that she first came into contact with Rays of Sunshine and in 2014 we fulfilled her wish to meet Winter the Dolphin in Florida. Since then the Bradburn family, have very much become a part of the Rays of Sunshine family attending many of our events and raising funds for the charity at every possible opportunity too. Olivia has also been a valuable member of the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir.
Marc Boyan is CEO and founder of Miroma Ventures. Marc was among Ernst and Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalists, and winner of the Top Gun Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010. Marc currently sits on the executive board of Grabble, SBTV and the Rays of Sunshine children’s charity. Marc set up Miroma International in 2003, which has become one of the leading corporate barter companies in Europe; recognised as one of the “UK’s fastest growing media companies” by The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 report on UK businesses, in 2008 and for four years consecutively, as well as appearing on Deloitte’s “Fast 50” list for the second year running. Marc has since set up Miroma Ventures in 2010, focusing on media, technology and consumer investments, with a combined turnover of $200million. Companies under the umbrella include Blis Media, Class Pass, Pinterest and SB.TV.
Grant is the Managing Director of Fox Gregory, An Estate Agency in St John Wood with over 30 years experience in the property field. Married with three healthy children Grant is keen to give back time that others don’t have.He has been actively involved with the charity since it was founded in 2003 and remains as passionate today as the day it was born.
David is Managing Director of multi award-winning serviced office provider BE Offices. He co-founded Rays of Sunshine in 2003 and is proud to serve on the executive committee. David started out in commercial property in 1979 and co-founded Michael Elliott in 1985. In 1988 he moved on to become a private commercial property investor. In 1994, David co-founded Business Environment (now BE Offices) which has been recognised multiple times for being in The Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For.
Jane has been involved with Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity since it started in 2003, helping to establish the charity’s hospital contacts, and being responsible for its volunteer network. After working on a volunteer basis for 7 years, Jane became Chief Executive in September 2010. After 10 years as CEO, Jane stepped down in December 2019. Jane’s passionate about our wish children and firmly believes that once a child has had a wish with Rays of Sunshine they become part of the Sunshine family.
Mark Shipman is a founding partner of commercial property investment surveyors, Michael Elliott, formed in 1985 and are partners in Metrus, property management. In 2005, Mark co-founded Bramdean Asset Management with Sir Derek Higgs and Nicola Horlick.
Mark is a Life Governor of Mill Hill Public School and helped establish Rays of Sunshine in 2003, following involvement with a fund raising committee of another children’s charity.
Jonathan has been in the residential property business since 1984. He formed the first specialist independent residential land and development estate agency in 1991 called Blenheim Bishop, which was sold to a public company in 2006 and repurchased in 2008. In 2013, Jonathan sold his final shares in the Blenheim Bishop company. From 2013 to 2017 he purchased distressed land and added value through detailed planning and execution. In 2018, he formed a new agency business, Vandermolen Real Estate, which specialises in the sales and acquisition of development land as well as the funding of PRS/Build-to-Rent schemes. Jonathan likes to spend quality time with his three children, is a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur and a keen golfer. Jonathan has been supporting children’s charities since starting his first business, having spent 10 years with Variety Club prior to joining Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity when it was formed in 2003.