The Trustees

  • DAVID BROWN of Cambridge, UK (Chairman)
  • DIANA GALLAGHER of Ilminster, Somerset (Secretary and Treasurer)
  • GRAINNE PURKIS of Galway, Eire
  • RORY GALLAGHER of Crewkerne, Somerset

Di Gallagher

Di is a founder member of FMVSO.   

She has had a varied, interesting and fulfilling career, spanning the artistic, military, charity and commercial worlds.

As a Third Officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, she worked for 6 years in communications and administration.  She retired to get married and then had a variety of part-time jobs whilst bringing up two boys.  When the boys flew the nest Di continued working in various fields both voluntary and salaried.

Administrative, PA and secretarial experience was gained working for an architect, a solicitor and an auctioneer. For 3 years Di worked as secretary at a Special School for children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

Di has always had a keen interest in the Arts. She was volunteer Director of the Meeting House Arts Centre in Ilminster Somerset until she retired in 2005. For 20 years she had her own upholstery and chair restoration business which led to having her own antique shop.  Painting and drawing, clay and willow sculpture, basket making and felt work have all been practised in Di’s studio.  She has exhibited her work and demonstrated willow sculpture at country shows.  Di trained and handled her dogs for television and film work – featuring in Casualty, Grange Hill, Ivanhoe and the film "The Red Violin"  

Voluntary work included working for Save the Children Fund as Trade & Industry Secretary in Fife, then as Chairman of a small branch in Somerset. For many years Di worked as a volunteer helper and driver for day centres for the elderly in both Surrey and Somerset.  She is currently working as volunteer classroom assistant in a local primary school. Di also works as a volunteer co-ordinator for Community Justice Panel.

Di lives in Somerset with her husband, Leo, and is devoting all her time and energy to FMVSO, and to fund-raising for the Orphanage.

David Brown

Dr David Brown is a researcher in the the biomedical field.  Over the past 30 years he has worked to find solutions to diseases of both advanced Western societies and Developing Countries.  He has held senior executive roles with a number of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and has been instrumental in the discovery of several important medicines. He has also previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Board member of a biotechnology company and he currently serves as Chairman and/or Board member of several biotechnology companies in the UK as well as Chair of FMVSO.  In addition he serves as Scientific Advisor to OneWorld Health, San Francisco, where his work is dedicated to bringing medicines to the poorest of the poor in the world.  In his private life Dr Brown has for over 30 years been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation. 

Gráinne Purkis (B.Sc. Hons.,PGCE)

A qualified Biology and Science Teacher (Second Level) with further experience in Learning Support.  Marine Biology and Aquaculture field work experience in Ireland, Scotland, the Arctic Circle, Canada, and the Great Barrier Reef.  

Currently living in the Gaeltacht area of Connemara Gráinne, being a native Irish speaker, has a great interest in the promotion of minority languages and cultures.  She also holds a particular interest in the promotion of equal opportunities for girls in education.