Our governance

The Board

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett, Chair

Chair of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, Chair and Co-founder of the Marshall Institute.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett spent 25 years in the investment banking world, before becoming CEO of Marie Curie from 2000 to 2012. In 2011 Tom chaired the independent UK review of British Philanthropy, and is a former Chair of Imperial College’s global health institute.

Dr Anna Dixon, Co-Chair

Chief Executive, The Centre for Ageing Better

Anna leads the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation that brings about change for people in later life today and for future generations. Anna joined from the Department of Health where she was Director of Strategy and Chief Analyst. Anna began her career with the European Observatory on Health Care Systems. In 2003-2004 she worked as a policy analyst in the Department of Health Strategy Unit.

Paddy Hanrahan, Executive Committee

Paddy has experience of startups in the health-social space after helping to set up the Centre for Ageing Better over 2015-16. Prior to that Paddy was a managing director at Accenture where he worked for 13 years, mostly with NHS clients. Paddy has a passion for volunteering and social action, and aims to use his digital leadership experience to help improve the user experience for volunteers and the NHS teams that work with them.

Katy Goldring, Executive Committee

Helpforce role, Company Director & Secretary

Katy comes from an extensive background in the world of events and marketing. She spent 4 years in NZ managing large-scale productions for some of NZ’s largest companies including ANZ bank and other large well-known brands. Katy has spent the last 4 years in London working on a mix of events and most recently working for Sir Thomas over the last two years as his business manager and ‘boss’. Katy is passionate about volunteering and spends her free time helping to raise money for the Battersea Cats and Dogs home and volunteering at their local London events.

Claire Riley, Board Member

Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Claire Riley is a Chartered Marketer and has a post graduate diploma in Marketing and a BA (Hons) Business Management & Organisations with extensive experience in business, marketing and communications across public and private sectors. She is a qualified and experienced lecturer. Claire Riley joined Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as a Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs in 2010. Claire joined the Trust from her role as Director of Communications for the North East Strategic Health Authority.

Professor Dr Stephen Dunn, Board Member

Chief Executive, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Stephen Dunn was previously a high flyer in the Department of Health and a key architect of the Wanless Review, Foundation Trusts, and the White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say. He was the architect of the Hinchingbrooke franchise and introduced the Friends and Family test into the NHS which was endorsed by the Prime Minister for wider roll out. And for the last two years he was the regional director for the South at the Trust Development Authority, overseeing 24 NHS trusts in the region.

Jayne Blacklay, Board Member

Managing Director, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Jayne qualified as a pharmacist, holding a number of senior clinical posts before moving into NHS management. In 2004 Jayne took a twelve months sabbatical to undertake voluntary work in Ghana. In Jayne’s role as Director of Development, she has led large scale capital projects for the Trust. This included a new hospital which was opened in 2017 in the heart of Stratford upon Avon. The hospital houses a cancer services unit and a dedicated eye unit. It is also home to Café Lomas, a health and wellbeing hub. Café Lomas provides information and advice on a range of health and wellbeing services in Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding areas and is one of the first centres of its type to be within an acute NHS setting.

Dr Jane Collins, Board Member

Chief Executive, Marie Curie

Jane Collins qualified in medicine at Birmingham University, becoming a consultant paediatric neurologist at Guy’s Hospital, London, in 1991 and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, in 1994. She was awarded an MD in 1988 for work at the UCL Institute of Child Health and was also awarded an MSc in Biochemistry. She is an honorary fellow of UCL and of the Institute of Child Health, UCL.

Jane became Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in 2001 and held both roles for 11 years.

Jane joined Marie Curie as Chief Executive in September 2012. Marie Curie provides care for dying people across the UK through its hospices and community nursing services.

Ruth May, Board Member

Executive Director of Nursing , NHS Improvement

Ruth May was appointed as Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement in April 2016 following her role as Director of Nursing at Monitor. She is also Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and National Director for Infection Prevention and Control. Ruth has a theatre nursing background and over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS and is passionate about reducing avoidable pressure ulcers and so she personally champions the national Stop the Pressure programme.

Ruth has a theatre nursing background and 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS. During her career she has held several high profile NHS leadership roles including two Chief Executive appointments of acute hospitals, Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group and Director of Nursing of a PCT.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Board Member

Chief Executive, Royal Voluntary Service

Catherine became Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service in August 2017 having joined the charity as Trustee at the start of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience garnered over 25 years in the third sector.

During her time as CEO of Samaritans, Catherine was responsible for building long term sustainable partnerships and delivering a five-year strategy to revitalise and future proof the charity. Her experience in engaging with volunteers at an organisation led by volunteers will be invaluable in her role at Royal Voluntary Service. Catherine was awarded a CBE in 2016 for her services to suicide prevention.

Larissa Joy, Board Member

Independent non-executive director

Larissa is a Non-Executive Director of international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys; Non-Executive Director of search firm Saxton Bampfylde; Non-Executive Director of Non Executive Director at L&Q Group; Chairman of The Foundling Museum and Chairman of Social Business Trust. Her previous roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy Group UK; European COO Weber Shandwick; Partner of emerging markets private equity firm, Actis LLP; Founding Trustee of V Inspired and Chairman of the House of Illustration.

She read law at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, completed her solicitor’s finals at the College of Law, London and studied at London Business School, where she completed her MBA. She has three young children.

The Advisory Council

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett

Chair of Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
Chair and Co-founder of the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship
Chair and Founder of Helpforce

Dr Anna Dixon

Co-Chair – Helpforce
Chief Executive – Centre for Aging Better
Helpforce Role – Anna is helping Helpforce to focus on forming partnerships for research & evaluation

Sharon Shea

Director of Fundraising – Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Helpforce Role – Sharon has extensive fundraising and voluntary sector knowledge

Diana Barran

Chief Executive – Safe Lives, Chair – Henry Smith Charity
Helpforce Role – Diana has extensive fundraising and voluntary sector knowledge

Halima Khan

Executive Director – Health Lab, Nesta
Helpforce Role – Healthcare Innovation

Karl Wilding

Director of Public Policy and Volunteering, NCVO
Helpforce Role – Volunteering expert

Sir Paul Williams, OBE, KStJ, DL

Leading figure in the NHS, in his last role he was Director General for Health and Social Services, Welsh Assembly Government and CEO, NHS Wales.
Helpforce Role – NHS and healthcare expert

Emma Easton

Head of Voluntary Partnerships, Nursing Directorate, NHS England
Helpforce Role – NHS volunteer lead

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Former Chief Inspector of Hospitals – CQC
Helpforce Role – Advice on regulation

Professor John Ellershaw

Professor of Palliative Medicine / Director – Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool
Helpforce Role – Knowledge of volunteering internationally

Dominic Dodd

Chairman of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Alan Bigham

Programme Manager Volunteering, Scottish Health Council
Helpforce Role – Volunteering Scotland

Dr Bob Brown

Executive Director of Nursing / Director of Primary Care and Older People Services – Derry, County Londonderry, United Kingdom
Helpforce Role – Health and Social Care

Niall Dickson

CEO of NHS Confederation
Helpforce Role – NHS

Laura Roberts

Director for the North – Health Education England
Helpforce Role – Health Education England

Sian Jarvis CB

Managing Director – Jarvis & Bo Communications
Trustee – Step up to Serve, iwill campaign
Helpforce Role – Communications advice, partnership with iwill

Baroness Camilla Cavendish

British journalist, policy advisor and Conservative member of the House of Lords
Helpforce Role – Training of volunteers, advice on governmental matters

Julia Grant

Chief Executive, Pro Bono Economics
Helpforce Role – Advice on economic matters

Craig Morley MBE

Co-Founder and Chief Executive – Good Company
Helpforce Role – Intervention and service design

Lesley Watts

Chief Executive – Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
Helpforce Role – Acute Trust provider and Helpforce pilot perspective

Jeremy Hughes CBE

Chief Executive – Alzheimer’s Society
Helpforce Role – Extensive knowledge of volunteering in the UK and an expert of services relating to older people

Dame Gill Morgan

Chair NHS Providers
Helpforce Role – In depth knowledge of the NHS

Louise Mabley

Chair, NAVSM (National Association of Voluntary Service Managers)
Helpforce Role – Represent view of the volunteer services staff in Trusts, expert on best standards around volunteer management in the NHS

Joanna Killian

Chief Executive of Surrey County Council
Helpforce Role – Experience in local government

Janet Davies

Chief Executive and General Secretary Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Helpforce Role – The voice of nursing

Sara Siegel

Partner at Deloitte working on Healthcare strategy
Helpforce Role – UK Healthcare Strategy