Trustees & leadership

Wing Commander Michael J Russell OBE – Chair of Board of Trustees, Treasurer, Finance and Scrutiny Committee Member

Mike spent 30 years as an RAF navigator followed by a successful civilian career in military training. He holds an MBA and a Private Pilots Licence. He has been a Sunnyside Trustee since 2012.

Julie Laws – Vice Chair of Board of Trustees, Head of Safeguarding, Chair of Finance and Scrutiny Committee

Julie has been a councillor at Dacorum Borough Council and Berkhamsted Town Council for ten years, including the position of Mayor of Berkhamsted and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and Sustainability.  She is currently Chair of Board of Governors for Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted.

Her skills from her time as a borough and town councillor includes local leadership, political understanding, scrutiny and challenge, partnership working, regulating and monitoring and local knowledge.

From her years in secondary, middle and first school governor roles, she brings a wealth of knowledge in data analysis, leadership, teamwork, critical friend, financial and legal understanding, clear communication and safeguarding.

Wendy Conian – Trustee, Chair of Environmental Sustainability Committee

Wendy is a business change and HR consultant with over 20 years’ experience in private, public and not for profit organisations. Most recently, she spent 10 years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ consulting group. Prior to this she was a self-employed consultant and a HR manager within the pharmaceutical, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Wendy has extensive knowledge in organisational change management at UK and global levels, delivering enhanced business performance and customer focus within those organisations.

Wendy is a committed member of Transition Town Berkhamsted (TTB) where she contributes to the strategy and organisational committee and the Transport Action Group.


Joy Dyson – Trustee and Chair of Staff and Health & Safety Committee

Joy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development by Diploma, she is experienced in both private and voluntary sector, having worked at manager and director levels and as a consultant. Her main skills include HR management, employment law expertise, management training and coaching, health and safety. Joy has also run her own business.

Keely Siddiqui Charlick – CEO

Keely Siddiqui Charlick has worked with young people and adults with learning disabilities throughout her career. Before joining Sunnyside, she held senior development and operational roles for large London-based charities; since then she has been instrumental in transforming Sunnyside from a small day service into a thriving and innovative social enterprise. Keely also undertakes work for the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE – and uses Sunnyside as an example to inspire other charities to move into trading and create employment opportunities for vulnerable young people and adults.

Keely has a particular passion for helping people reach their potential. Key aspects to her leadership are being person centred, putting a robust business framework around charity values, localism, financial and environmental sustainability and a love of nature and animals. She feels very lucky to work for Sunnyside and to see it develop.