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Our Trustees
Sir Edmund Verney

Trustee - Land Property Management

Tom Bonham-Carter

Founder of the Effective Board LLP, a corporate governance consultancy.

Our Council Members
Loretta Kinsella


Loretta qualified as a registered nurse in 1983 and specialised in renal and urology nursing and has worked as a urology sister and nurse practitioner. She also completed a Diploma in District Nursing and worked as a district nursing sister in deprived communities. 


Loretta then returned to the acute sector and worked as a senior divisional nurse in surgical specialities across Portsmouth Hospitals, during this time she completed a BA in Public Sector Studies (Hons).In 2007 she took up a post as Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Governance in the Republic of Ireland where she implemented a quality and governance framework and Strategy.


On her return to the UK in 2009 she became the director for the Central South Coast Cancer Network and completed a MSc in Palliative Care at King's College, London.


Loretta last position was as the Director of Nursing, Quality and Safeguarding for the Isle of Wight CCG from which she retired in 2017. Loretta's passions and experience include clinical governance, quality, safeguarding and palliative care. Since retiring from the NHS, Loretta now works as a staff nurse in palliative care, an area of nursing she finds rewarding and challenging.

Sarah Ivey

Sarah is the team leader for the lung cancer CNS team covering a large hospital trust. Sarah's early career was spent in intensive care before moving into community nursing. Sarah specialised in palliative care working first as a hospice clinical nurse specialist before moving back into the acute sector. to join a lung cancer team as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist. Sarah's special areas of interest include research and reaching minority groups to ensure equal access of services to all.

Sarah-Jo Davies

Sarah-Jo trained at St Thomas' Hospital and worked as a School Nurs. Sarah-Jo currently works for a Children's Charity supporting families. She has worked in management within Children and Family Centres, worked for the Youth Offending Service and in Governance and Quality at a BUPA hospital. A Trustee of the Nightingale Fellowship, formally a Chair of Governors for a secondary school she is a Freeman of the City of London belonging to both an ancient Livery Company and the modern Company of Nurses.

Judy Cowling

Judy started working for the NHS as a cleaner and domestic supervisor until she was old enough to commence nurse training at St Thomas’ in 1970. After registration she gained staff nurse experience on general wards in the UK and the Bahamas, prior to taking up a medical ward sister’s post. During her spare time she studied for a BA (Hons) degree with the Open University, graduating in the same year that she completed a Certificate in Education at Cardiff University. After 3 years teaching pre and post registration students, mainly in social sciences, she returned to the wards as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Elderly Care, with responsibility as a ward sister and the development of the elderly care unit. During this period she was seconded to the NHS Executive, working on the Older Person’s Modernisation programme. After her secondment she set up a discharge facilitation service in her acute hospital, moving to a different Trust as Matron for Surgery before retiring from the NHS. After retirement she worked as Nurse Manager for a care company providing home care and temporary staff. She continues to work for the company with an audit role, and on an ad hoc basis.

Tim Yorston

Tim has worked as a nurse in the NHS since 1986 and has practiced in the speciality of urgent and emergency care since 1990. The majority of this time has been as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP), nurse manager and more recently as a consultant nurse since 2018.

His area of interest and expertise is urgent care, including the clinical management of patients with unscheduled minor injuries and illness. His ambition is to further develop nurse, AHP and pharmacist advanced practise across emergency care to create a blended skilled expert workforce to meet the healthcare demands now and in the future.


Tim is the lead for a team of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) who care for patients in all areas of the emergency department. He works across the emergency floor with the objective of maintaining and improving the care patients receive. He is keen to develop the current and next generation of autonomous urgent and emergency practitioners and is the module lead for a Trust based work-based learning course on minor injury and illness.

Caroline Gale

Caroline started her career by doing her orthopaedic nurse training but left sortly after to pursue an alternative career and bring up a family. Caroline returned to nursing as a mature student in 1997 and undertook her training via the "Project 2000" route. 

After working on acute medical wards, medical assessment and the Emergency Department, Caroline then moved to work in Palliative care in both the acute and hospice settings.  

She has recently completed an MSc in Advanced Practice, supported by the Nightingale Fund, and is working as a Consultant Nurse for Older People

Miranda Sykes

Miranda studied midwifery as a mature student, qualifying from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London in 2014. Since this time she has worked across all areas of midwifery, including both community and hospital-based care. Her specialist areas are mental health and safeguarding, and she has spent the last four years working across both fields as a member of the team supporting vulnerable women. She is currently Joint Lead Specialist Midwife for Mental Health at a London teaching hospital. 


Miranda is passionate about providing the highest level of care and has undertaken training and workshops in trauma and counselling to support this. She can also regularly be found teaching; both internally to staff and externally to women as part of antenatal and birth preparation classes.   


Miranda has worked as the lead on-site representative for the Royal College of Midwives for six years, helping staff members to navigate complex and stressful employment issues. 

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