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Our Patron 

Acclaimed author Christie Watson, Patron of the RCN Foundation

Our patron Christie Watson 

Before taking up writing full-time, Christie was a registered paediatric nurse for 20 years. She worked in paediatric intensive care before becoming a resuscitation officer, which involved teaching and clinical work on hospital-wide crash teams.

Her first novel Tiny Sunbirds Far Away won the Costa First Novel Award. Her second novel Where Women Are Kings received international acclaim.

Her latest book, The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story, is an autobiographical account of her time as a nurse. It has been hailed as one of the best clinical memoirs in recent years. The book is a Sunday Times Number 1 bestseller and was a BBC Radio 4 book of the week.

Christie was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for her contribution to nursing and the arts by the University of East Anglia.

Our Trustees

Professor Jane Cummings CBE, RN – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jane is a registered nurse with nearly 40 years experience. She specialised in emergency care before holding a variety of senior and managerial roles including clinical nurse specialist, Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive. She has worked in local, regional and national roles.

She was appointed as the Chief Nursing Officer for England in 2012, retiring seven years later. Jane was the national lead for maternity, learning disability, equality and diversity, patient engagement and experience for 16 months and was also the Regional Director for London.

Jane is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St. George's University London and was awarded a Doctor of Science by Edge Hill University and a Doctor of the University by New Bucks University. She is a Trustee for Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical ambassador for the Over the Wall charity, where she also volunteers as a nurse. 

Christine Perry – Vice-Chair

Christine has spent much of her career in infection prevention, and remains as passionate about nursing and excellent care today as when she started out in 1977. She has been chair of the Infection Control Nurses Association and a member of national advisory boards and committees. She moved into the role of Director of Nursing at Weston Area Health NHS Trust in 2012 and at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in 2015.

Gordon Hull – Chair of the Income Generation & Investment Committee

Gordon has over 25 years’ experience in developing businesses in the financial services sector. He has worked in leadership positions in a wide variety of business environments, including major public limited companies, small entrepreneurial businesses and, most recently, leading consumer investment and insurance businesses for Wesleyan, Virgin Money and AXA.

Gordon has an MA in economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD, France. He brings extensive experience in strategy and commercial development, marketing, digital development and investment governance to the Board.

Moya Kirmond – Trustee

Moya qualified 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 working as 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 one of our Impact Awards in recognition of her work. Currently, Moya lives in Bristol and works as a neuro-oncology clinical nurse specialist.

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth – Chair, Grants Committee 

Rachel has 10 years’ experience working in the professional body sector. After completing a BSc (Hons) in marine biology and coastal ecology and a MSc in sustainable environmental management, she moved to London to work at the Royal Society of Biology. Starting in an entry level office role, she rose quickly through the ranks and is now the Director of Membership and Professional Affairs. She manages a large team and works with the chief executive and trustees to ensure good governance.

Professor Charlotte McArdle – Trustee

Charlotte is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for patient safety and improvement at NHS England.  Prior to this she was the Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland where she was responsible for professional leadership, performance and development of the professions in Northern Ireland.   
Charlotte is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University Faculty of Health Science and a Fellow of FNMRCSI and QNI.

 Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE – Trustee

A midwife and nurse for 31 years, Professor Dunkley-Bent is the first Chief Midwifery Officer for England and National Maternity Safety Champion. 

Professor Dunkley-Bent has previously held a number of senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and Director of Midwifery & Divisional Head of Nursing Women’s and Children’s at Imperial College Healthcare Trust.

In 2015, she was included on Nursing Times’ Leaders list that celebrated nurses and midwives who are pioneers and inspirational role models in their profession.

Anthony Osijo – Trustee

Anthony Osijo

Anthony is a senior banker with global experience and an extensive portfolio of responsibilities in investment banking and financial services. In 2020 he joined Bboxx, a company focused on tackling energy poverty. In capital markets since 1991, he has worked extensively across the structuring, equities and debt markets in Europe, the US and Asia, originally specialising in securitisation before moving to UBS as a Director in Equity Derivatives. He worked as the Head of Investment Banking for Deutsche Bank in Switzerland, leaving in 2005 to partner in a start-up hedge fund. Anthony joined Credit Agricole in London in 2008 to develop the hedge fund business and moved to Asia to help run the global markets franchise in 2011, returning to London in 2015 as Global Head of Debt Product.

As a non-executive, Anthony has worked on numerous boards including ASIFMA, HaVE, Unicorn AM, Children of the Mekong and VoiceAbility.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services and a chartered accountant, Anthony is also an alumnus of University of Lagos, City University London and holds an MBA from Duke University.

Catherine Deakin – Trustee

Catherine Deakin

With over 15 years’ experience in the charity sector, Catherine is a leader with an excellent track record of securing high-profile partnerships with charitable trusts and businesses, including a Poundland partnership worth over £3m. Prior to her move into fundraising, Catherine supported charities to campaign for better health and social care. In 2014, she was honoured with a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for services to young people and health care.

Jane Cantrell – Chair, Scotland Committee

Jane Cantrell

Jane has over 38 years of experience as a registered nurse, working for most of her career in Scotland. After completing her training at Manchester University, where she also gained qualifications in district nursing and health visiting, Jane practised as a district nurse before moving into nurse education, where she has held posts in nursing colleges, universities, and NHS Education for Scotland.

She has led on national work related to community nursing, healthcare support workers, public health and undergraduate nursing and midwifery. Jane also brings trustee experience after working with a Scottish nursing charity for the past 13 years.

Greg Dix – Chair, Wales Committee

Greg Dix

Greg is the Executive Nurse Director of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.  Prior to this he was the Chief Nurse at the University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust.  With qualifications in academic nursing, teaching and medical law, Greg has a wealth of clinical, managerial and educational experience both in the UK and New Zealand. He holds two visiting professorial roles at the University of South Wales and the University of Plymouth.

Greg begun his nurse training in 1988 and prior to moving to New Zealand, spent the beginning of his career working within several Cardiff hospitals. Greg has extensive board experience, motivated by delivering the highest standards of care and striving for equality in access. He also holds a specialist interest in the legal aspects of nursing and midwifery practice. 

Alison Hoad – Trustee

Alison Hoad Trustee

 Alison is a strategic leader renowned for step-changing the direction and performance of some of the UK’s most iconic brands whilst navigating some of its most complex stakeholder organisations. During her 30-year career she has led several leading London communication agencies and is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Publicis Poke.

Alison has deep expertise in delivering award-winning research and strategy for public and non-profit organisations including the BBC, Virgin, and the Royal British Legion as well as authoring government publications on marketing and behaviour change.