Our trustees


Robert Sowney

Robert Sowney FRCN (Chair)

Robert Sowney a nurse by profession has specialised in emergency care nursing for many years, he still manages to maintain a clinical role but mainly works as an Independent Healthcare Consultant focusing on whole system reform for unscheduled care.

Previous to this he worked as Assistant Director for Unscheduled Care at the Health and Social Care Board for over ten years. 

Robert is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN) and has been professionally and actively involved with the RCN for almost 25 years years. He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the RCN Northern Ireland for his contribution to the nursing profession in 2016.


Ian Norris

Ian Norris

Ian began nursing more than 30 years ago, and throughout his career has been a powerful influence on behalf of nursing and the nursing family. He has been recognised by the RCN and awarded both the RCN Award of Merit and the RCN London Region Merit Award.

Ian has served as an RCN Council Member for London, Chair of the RCN’s Nursing Practice and Policy Committee, and a member of the RCN’s Audit, Business and Students Governance committees as well as Chair of the RCN London Board and is currently RCN London's Safety Representative on the RCN's UK Safety Representatives Committee and Branch Secretary of the RCN Outer North East London Branch.

Ian is also an active member of St John Ambulance and a Freeman of the City of London and works professionally as Lead Nurse for Stroke Services at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in East London.

Ian is the Chair of the Foundation's Grants Committee.


Christine Perry (Vice Chair)

Christine was Director of Nursing at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. Christine remains as passionate about nursing and excellent care today as when she started her career in 1977. Having spent a large proportion of her career in the specialty of Infection Prevention. She moved into the role of Director of Nursing in 2013. Christine is a past Chair of the Infection Control Nurses Association and has been a member of national advisory boards and committees. Outside of work she has a passion for gardening, and enjoys being a Grandmother to seven granddaughters and one grandson.

Christine is the Board of Trustees Vice Chair 

Vanessa Martin

Vanessa Martin 

Vanessa retired from the NHS in 2009 after a 40 year career during which she spent 25 years managing adult and paediatric wards.  She developed a support service for children with clefts and their parents and was the RCN representative on the Government Steering Committee re-organising and monitoring Cleft Services in England and Wales.  In 2000 she was the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year.  She was appointed Lead Nurse for the new Trent Regional Cleft Lip and Palate Service in 1999, became a Nurse Consultant and lead the multi-disciplinary team as Clinical Director. She is a Fellow of the RCN and based in Scotland.

Vanessa is Chair of the Scotland Committee

David Jones

David Jones

David Jones - Director of Grant Programmes. David oversees the grant-making function at the Trust. Before joining the Trust, David was Grants Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity where he ran the £35m grant and investment programmes. He has also worked for Newham Council’s play service, Camden Council’s Social Services Department and the King’s Fund where he managed programmes on health and homelessness and on health advocacy for minority ethnic Londoners.

David is Chair Income Generation and Investment Committee


Prof Charlotte McArdle, MSc BSc PGCert RGN

Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing officer (CNO) for Northern Ireland is responsible for professional leadership, performance and development of the professions in Northern Ireland, including Allied Health Professionals.  In her role Charlotte ensures that standards of practice are developed in pursuit of high quality patient care and user experience that is supported by high quality professional training and development. She is the Departments Policy Lead in relation to patient/public involvement and coproduction.

Charlotte also leads on patient experience and feedback as well as nutrition and is a member of the Departmental Board.Previously Charlotte was executive Director of Nursing, Primary Care and Older People at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland with responsibility for £135million directorate budget and professional practice of 3500 nurses and midwives.

Gordon Hull


Denise Llewellyn MBE FRCN

Denise has worked in the NHS for 38 years, holding positions from a HCSW to Executive Director of Nursing. She was made an RCN Fellow in 2015. She worked in Welsh Government 2008 -2009 leading nationally on the Fundamentals of Care audit work stream of Free to Lead, Free to Care reviewing standards and empowering ward sisters/charge nurses. From 2009 to 2016. Denise worked as Director for Nursing in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. In June 2017, Denise was awarded an MBE for Services to Nursing in Wales

Denise is Chair of the RCN Foundation Committee in Wales. 

Atul Patel 

Atul's career spanned 30 years of working in housing, regeneration, and the public sector. In the 1990s, he was Director of Regulation at The Housing Corporation, then becoming Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit. He was appointed the Chairman of the Race Equality Advisory Group at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2001, overlapping with his role as a Board and Planning Committee Member at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. He then held Chief Executive roles at ASRA Greater London Housing Association and LHA-ASRA Group, until retiring in 2010. He was appointed Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 where he held various roles including Chair of the Finance Committee and Investment Panel; and a member of country and regional committees including Northern Ireland, East Midlands, and South West. He was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 for services to Heritage and the Community in the East Midlands.

Moya Kirmond

Moya completed a B.A. in American and Canadian Studies at The University of Birmingham in 2011, living in Laramie, Wyoming for a year. She then turned to healthcare, qualifying as an adult nurse in 2014 with a postgraduate diploma from King’s College London. She worked on the major trauma unit at King’s College Hospital for three years before becoming a Clinical Research Nurse at St Mary’s Hospital. In 2017 with a grant from the RCN Foundation, she completed her MSc dissertation exploring end of life care for trauma patients, and received an Impact Award in recognition of her work

Gordon Hull

Gordon was previously the Executive Director of Investments and Pensions for Virgin Money. He has extensive experience in strategy development, commercial management, digital development and investment governance for leading consumer-focused businesses.


Rachel Lambert-Forsyth

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth has 10 years’ experience working in the professional body sector, was shortlisted as Young Association Executive in 2015, and is an elected Chartered Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (CBiol FRSB) and Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
Having graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology followed by a MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management, she moved to London and started work at the Royal Society of Biology in an entry level office role but rose quickly through the ranks and is now the Director of Membership and Professional Affairs with a remit for membership recruitment and retention, professional development and training, accreditation, and national and regional events. Rachel manages a large team and  works with the Chief Executive and Trustees to ensure good governance of the Royal Society of Biology.