Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees have a variety of skills and experience which they use to guide WellChild’s decision making.
With four children, including Fraser who has Cerebral Palsy and a large amount of daily care needs, Craig has first-hand experience of the challenges facing families caring for a child with complex health needs. As a WellChild Parent Ambassador, Craig has spoken about his experiences at a number of conferences, events and was part of the team that spearheaded the #notanurse_but campaign, shining a light on the reality of life behind closed doors for thousands of families. Craig is Group Managing Director at global professional services firm, WYG Group. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of both the RICS and CIOB.
WellChild Vice Chairman
Enjoying a business career spanning four decades Nick brings a wealth of experience to the WellChild board of trustees. Nick is the owner and CEO of Venture Studios, a nationwide family photography business. He has a PLC corporate background and is used to working in a disciplined and compliant structure. He is a member of the WellChild audit committee and in 2018 was appointed vice chairman of the board of trustees. He is a founder member of the corporate development board and also an advisor to the senior management team in his specialist area of marketing and fundraising.
Rosalind became a WellChild Trustee and Treasurer in 2018. Rosalind is a chartered accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in practice and industry working for companies such as Andersen, PwC, Reuters and BT. She is currently Commercial Finance Director for Landsec, the UK’s the largest commercial property development and investment company. In addition to her role as Treasurer, Rosalind also chairs WellChild’s Audit Sub-committee.
Huw joined WellChild as a Trustee in 2017 having been a member of the WellChild Advisory Panel. Huw was a consultant in child health for 30 years based at the Children’s Hospital for Wales in Cardiff and has a wealth of experience in the clinical aspects of healthcare for children and young people. He was seconded (half time) for seven years to the Welsh Assembly Government as the first National Director of Clinical Services for Children and Young People and adviser to three Health Ministers. One of the specific responsibilities was the production of the National Service Framework and the policy for Specialist Services for Children & Young People. Huw is a passionate advocate that children’s services should be central to UK healthcare priorities.
Liz is a registered general nurse and children’s nurse with extensive experience across the UK, beginning at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. A former Director of Nursing at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Chief Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Liz was professional advisor for children and young people’s health policy at the Department of Health, where she worked on several national policy initiatives for children, young people and families. She has been a lecturer at the University of Central England and Birmingham University and is currently an independent nursing and healthcare advisor having recently held the role of Director of Nursing and Patient Services for G4S Healthcare Services Ltd. Liz holds an MSc Public Sector Management from Aston University, Birmingham.
Leanne is mum to three daughters, Erica, Sophie and Kyla. Sophie has cerebral palsy and multiple complex needs. Leanne has worked at regional and national levels to improve services for children and young people living with serious health needs and is the driving force behind the parent-led #notanurse_but campaign. Through the campaign, Leanne has shared her experience through a powerful series of video diaries, which have been viewed widely online and used to educate child health professionals and decision makers across the sector. As a WellChild Parent Ambassador and campaigner, Leanne has spoken at many conferences and events, sharing her experiences caring for her daughter and her passion for making a positive change to services and helping raise awareness of WellChild’s work.
Ruth is a Fundraising & Marketing Consultant for charities based in the west country. She has over 20 years experience in developing and delivering on challenging fundraising and sales targets. Ruth particularly enjoys integrating marketing and strategy with innovative fundraising. Prior to becoming a consultant Ruth was Director of Marketing and Supporter Development at WWT, based at Slimbridge. Ruth led a large team delivering over £12m income for wetland conservation around the world. She also worked at Pilotlight, a charity which brings together business leaders with small charities in a way that benefits both parties. In the private sector, Ruth worked in marketing and sales for many food and drink brands including Muller, Unilever and Sainsbury’s.
Simon is a Partner and Solicitor and the head of the Court of Protection and Deputyship team at Kingsley Napley LLP solicitors. He acts as a professional deputy or as a professional trustee for a broad range of clients, all with a multitude of differing needs and requirements including lacking mental capacity, specialising in property and financial affairs. Many have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical negligence or personal injury, some have a mental illness or dementia, others have a learning disability. He has particular experience of working with young children and adults who have cerebral palsy and their families.
Simon is a member of the Law Society, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (COPPA) and the Professional Deputies Forum (PDF).