Advisory Groups

Helping increasing numbers of seriously ill children and their families relies on our ability to understand and respond to the critical issues facing our key stakeholders, to grow our income streams efficiently and build a sustainable and effective organisation. This is why we invest time listening to and developing our three specialist advisory groups.

WellChild Advisory Panel

A prestigious group of senior health professionals from across the UK who help guide the direction of our services in relation to children and young people’s health.

Meet the WellChild Advisory Panel

Professor Jane Coad (Chair) PhD, MSc (PG Research Methods), BSc, BA, RGN, RSCN, RNT – Director, Centre for Children and Families Applied Research, Coventry University.

Sue Banton MBE  Director of STEPS charity which supports people affected by lower limb conditions.

Dr Monica Lakhanpaul MBBS, MRCP, FRCPCH, DM  Senior lecturer and Consultant Paediatrician

Liz Morgan MSc, Dip, IHSM, RGN, RSCN, RNT – WellChild Trustee and former Chief Nurse and Director of Education at GOSH

Dr Patricia Jackson DCH, MRCP (UK), FRCPCH – Retired Consultant Paediatrician at NHS Lothian

Dr Kathryn Bannell BM, MRCP, DCH, MRCPCH, MRCGP – Currently working as a GP in Hampshire

Rosemary Rogers BA, RGN – WellChild Trustee, project manager and consultant with a background in nursing and e-health

Dr Helen Bedford BSc, MSc, PhD, RGN, RHV, MFPHM, MRCPCH  Senior Lecturer in Children’s Health at the Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCL Institute of Child Health

Dr Huw Jenkins MA, MBBChir, MD (Cantab), FRCP, FRCPCH  Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at the Dept of Child Health, University Hospital of Wales

Trevor Jones  WellChild Trustee and former Head of the Scottish Health Department and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland

Dr Mark Whiting PhD, MSc, PGDipEd, B Nursing, RGN, RSCN, HV Cert, DN Cert  Consultant Nurse in Children’s Community and Specialist Nursing for the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Karen Brombley BaHons, RGN, RSCN, CCN Specialist, QN – Nurse Consultant for Children’s Palliative Care

Sharon McCloskey MSc, BSc, RGN, RSCN, CCN, SN  Care Services Manager with the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice

Paula Davies BSc(Hons), RGN, RSCN, SCPHN(HV), Diploma in Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing – Lead Nurse, Community Child Heath, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Peter Campbell, RGN, RSCN – Deputy Associate Nurse Director, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Dr Emma Twigg DClinPsych, PGCE (Prim), BSocSci (Hons), BA  Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Head of Service, Psychological Services (Paediatrics) Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mrs Nicola Lewis ,Msc,Bsc , PGCE ,RSCN,RGN –  Interim Senior matron for Children and Neonatal Services Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Trudy Ward MSc, BSc, RNC, RNA, RNE – Head of Children’s Specialist & Community Nursing- operations & governance at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Parent Advisory Group

A passionate group of parents with firsthand experience of caring for a child with exceptional health needs at home. Their knowledge and enthusiasm is invaluable in shaping our ongoing strategy.

Meet our Parent Advisory Group

sian taylor


Sian’s youngest son Ollie has the rare genetic condition, Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome. Sian believes that being part of the PAG, with other parents also passionate for change, can have a positive impact on changing support and services on offer for children and young people with exceptional health needs.


Craig Hatch



With four children, including Fraser who has Cerebral Palsy and a large amount of daily care needs, Craig knows how important it can be for families of seriously ill children and young people to find assistance from charities like WellChild.



Jill is mum to Noah and Oscar. Noah has a very rare form of interstitial lung disease, has a tracheostomy, a gastrostomy and is ventilated with oxygen when asleep or poorly. Through their family experience, Jill knows how important it is for families of seriously ill children and young people to get support from charities like WellChild.



Faith has two daughters, Lucy and Sophie. Sophie has Rett Syndrome, which means she is in a wheelchair, on constant oxygen, fed through a tube, and dependent on more than 30 doses of medication every day. Faith is passionate about the rights of disabled children and their families and wants to share her knowledge in order to improve services and raise awareness.



Rick is dad to three boys, including Isaac who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Through both his family life and professional background as a Social Worker, Rick brings an understanding of how services that deliver support to children like Isaac, work and can improve.

Development Board

A group of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs who advise on the charity’s growth strategy.

Meet the Development Board

Carl Hayes – Deutsche Bank AG

Dave Beaton – Noble Group

Francesca Dutton

James Grant – Martin & Co

James Prosser – Front Events

Kerstin Sallows – Brookvine

Konstantin Yelin – Arthur Yelin

Lizzie Brooks

Marc Davis – Swiss Re International SE

Michael Green – InterContinental Park Lane

Nick Fisher – Venture Photography

Paul Landsman – LGV Capital

Pete Rhodes – All for Good

Peter Roach – Graphicks

Peter Ronnenbergh

Pippa Robins – Velvet Twenty

Rhidian Jones

Riccardo Emanuele – Imagefast Ltd

Rona Martin

Sanjay Dhir

Shiona Ramage

Stephen Hall – RPMC

Suzanne Pennings – Christies

Victoria Georgalakis

John Evans – Osiris, also Chair of WellChild Trustees

Paul Richardson – WellChild Trustee

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