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Our Trustees

The charity is very fortunate to have a committed group of trustees, some of whom have links within the NHS while others have expertise in other industries such as law and investments. They determine the charity's strategic aims and assess the suitability of projects for the charity.

Mr James Thorne, Chairman

James Thorne is a former partner at the law firm Farrer & Co where he worked for some 34 years. He was a Governor at the University for the Creative Arts and Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee, and the Chairman of a committee at the Institute of Cancer Research. He is a trustee of the Colyer-Ferguson Charitable Trust and Chairman of Governors at the New Beacon Educational Trust.

Lord Hemphill

Lord Hemphill is a director of Waverton Investment Management Limited. He has worked in the investment management business for over 35 years, having been a director at Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Asset Management and Spencer House Capital Management. He is currently a member of the Legal Education Foundation’s investment committee, and a trustee of the Dulverton Trust and Highclere Castle. Lord Hemphill chairs the investment sub-committee.

Mr Nigel Keen

Nigel is a non-executive Director of Syncona Ltd and Chairman of Syncona Investment Management Limited. He is also Chairman of Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer group for Oxford University, Chairman of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, an entity established by the NHS England to align the interests of patients in its region with academia, industry and the healthcare system, and Chairman of Deltex Medical plc, an AIM listed medical device company. He was Chairman of Laird plc for 14 years and Oxford Instruments plc for 16 years. He has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Dr Rima Makarem

Rima Makarem is a non-executive director at UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. She has extensive experience in healthcare and pharmaceuticals and currently runs a consultancy business, holding a portfolio of non-executive positions. These include board trustee of Anchor Trust and chair of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Prof Donald Peebles

Donald was appointed as Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCL in 2008. He is currently Clinical Director of Women’s Health at UCLH and Co-Clinical Director of the London Maternity Network. He has a number of research interests that focus on improving the outcomes for women and their babies following complicated pregnancies. His main grant funding relates to developing novel methods of fetal therapy including gene therapy for fetal growth restriction. He is also a sub-specialty accredited Consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCLH with a particular interest in fetal medicine. He is President of the Blair Bell Research Society and also a member of the RCOG’s Academic Committee. 

Prof Mervyn Singer

Mervyn Singer MB BS MD FRCP(Lon) FRCP(Edin) FFICM is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and an NIHR Senior Investigator. His research, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR and EU among others, focuses on sepsis, multi-organ failure, and innovative monitors, diagnostics and drugs. A monitor he developed is now in use in 30 countries worldwide and another is shortly to enter clinical trials. He co-chaired the Sepsis Redefinitions International Task Force whose recommendations (Singer et al, JAMA 2016) was the 19th most discussed research article worldwide (of 2.7 million) in 2016. He has written/edited multiple textbooks (including the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care) and peer-reviewed publications in major journals such as NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, BMJ and PLoSMed.

Mrs Nikki Williams-Ellis MBE

Nikki Williams-Ellis has a wealth of experience in the charitable sector, in particular with care and supported living for children and young adults with learning disabilities. She has over 30 years of expertise in the commercial and residential property sectors and leads a charity set up to build the first cricket stadium in Rwanda. Mrs Williams-Ellis chairs the property sub-committee and was awarded an MBE in 2016.