Our team of board members shares our passion for making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people in care. We are honoured to have them on our team as each individual brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the table.

Our board members play an integral role in our organisation by providing strategic
guidance and leadership to help us achieve our mission. They are committed to our mission that "No child should carry their life in a bin bag or plastic shopping bag"  We encourage you to take some time to learn about our board members and their contributions to Madlug.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your support.



Ian Marshall OBE - Chairperson

Ian is a chartered accountant who has worked in both industry and financial services, including for 10 years as a senior advisor to the Bank of England. Alongside his commercial work, Ian has been a trustee or volunteer with a number of charities and for nine years was Hon Treasurer of the children's charity Barnardo's.  

He is currently chair of the finance committee of his local hospice and is also a trustee of an educational charity. Ian has always had an interest in overseas development and was a volunteer with a micro-finance charity in Malawi and, out of that, set up a charity to support smallholder farms and micro businesses, including a sewing co-operative.  

In 2018, Ian received an OBE for services to business, charities and health. Ian lives in Dorset and has four grown-up children.

Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner

Paul is a retired optometrist whose career spanned 39 years, having had two practices in Banbridge and Lisburn – both in Northern Ireland. Paul is a natural encourager and enjoys the challenges of small businesses and the opportunity to interact with people involved.

Paul has many interests including art, gardening and music. He plays bass guitar and enjoys jazz, blues, country, gospel and classical music with equal enthusiasm.

Paul is passionate about the Madlug movement, having served on the CIC board for six years and, more recently, as a director of the Madlug Foundation. 

Paul is married to Rosie and they have four grown-up children.  

Aviva Bard

Aviva Bard

Aviva brings over 35 years of fashion and retail experience, covering a wide range of sectors including luggage. Her most recent role was in women’s sustainable fashion. She has held many senior and board roles.

Community has always been important to Aviva, and outside of work, she chairs her local residents association as well as her local Community Action Police. Alongside this, she supports women in business and startups in several ways including mentoring. She also volunteers for her local homeless shelter.

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

As a highly-experienced lawyer specialising in corporate finance and family business, Alan assists clients and families in planning for succession, growth, investments and, where appropriate, sale. His expertise in this area has enabled him to build a strong track record in the investment community.

He is well-known for his ability to help clients navigate complex legal and strategic business issues with ease. Aside from being a solicitor, he is also a mentor and team builder, and is passionate about helping people grow both personally and professionally. Whether it's through one-on-one coaching or team training, Alan is committed to helping individuals and teams achieve their full personal and economic potential.

In addition to his legal work, he also serves as a non-executive director and has worked with various for-purpose companies. He willingly uses his expertise to help these organisations achieve their goals and make a positive impact in their respective communities.

Alan is dedicated to helping young people see and feel that they all have value, worth and dignity. Being part of the Madlug movement is a way to see people grow.

Dave Linton

Dave Linton

Dave is an innovator, award-winning social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and the founder of Madlug C.I.C.

He is a former youth worker and in 2015, he founded the Madlug movement after discovering that most children in care move their belongings in black bin bags and plastic shopping bags. 

Since Madlug was founded in 2015, the organisation has given more than 70,000 bags to children and young people in care. Despite never being in care himself, Dave experienced loss at a young age – something that inspired his career path.

He believes that every child and young person has huge value, worth and the right to move with dignity.

Dave has since set up the Madlug Foundation, the registered charity foundation of Madlug, developed Madlug Your Business to make it easier for businesses to partner with and join the Madlug movement.