Trustees

The Board of Trustees at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity are responsible for providing governance and leadership. 

John Connolly chairman
Mr John Connolly (Chairman)

John became Chairman of the charity in April 2015, having been appointed as a special trustee in June 2014, serving on the Finance & Audit Committee until March 2015. Formerly he was the Chairman of the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Diseases in Children appeal board. Until 2011 John’s whole career was with professional services firm Deloitte where his final role was Global Chairman and Chief Executive.

He is currently the Chairman of a number of companies including Amec plc and G4S plc, and is a member of The London Business School Governing Body & CBI Presidents Committee. He was previously a member of the NSPCC fund raising committees and a member of a wide range of business bodies including the advisory board for Mayor of London.


Diana Dunstan trustee
Diana Dunstan

Dr Diana Dunstan OBE

Diana was appointed as a Trustee in June 2008 and serves on the Grants Committee which she has chaired since February 2010. Diana also serves on the PAD Committee. She retired in 2008 from the role of Director of Research Management at the Medical Research Council. She has also been a Non Executive Director of Hertfordshire Health Authority and has represented the UK on the Governing Councils of the International Agency for Cancer Research and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

She was the UK representative for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership and was Chair of its General Assembly from 2004 -2009. Diana is chair of the of the External Scientific Advisory Board of the King’s College BRC (Biomedical Research Centre).


Margaret Ewing trustee
Margaret Ewing

Ms Margaret Ewing

Margaret was appointed as a Trustee on 1 April 2015, chairing the Finance and Audit Committee and serving on the Investment and PAD Committees. She was a corporate finance partner with professional services firm Deloitte LLP for 13 years, then spent seven years as a CFO, initially with Trinity Mirror plc and subsequently BAA plc, returning to Deloitte in 2007 as Vice Chairman and retiring as a Managing Partner in 2012.

Margaret has also served as a Non Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee of Standard Chartered plc, Whitbread plc and the CBI (chairing the Audit Committee of the latter two companies), External Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of John Lewis Partnership plc; and member of the FRC's Financial Reporting Review Panel. She is currently an advisor to Deloitte.


Kaela Fenn-Smith trustee
Kaela Fenn-Smith

Ms Kaela Fenn-Smith

Kaela was appointed as a Trustee in April 2015, having joined the charity as an associate trustee in July 2014 and chairs the Property & Development (PAD) Committee.

She is Head of Commercial and sits on the London Executive Committee for the London Portfolio of Land Securities. She joined Land Securities in 2010 and prior to that was a Director at Jones Lang LaSalle and CBRE. 


Charity trustee pic of Mr Mark Sartori
Mr Mark Sartori

Mr Mark Sartori 

Mark was appointed as a Trustee on 11 November 2015 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and also the Investment Committee.

He has just retired from a career in Capital Markets where he worked in European Equities for Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. He was Co CEO at Fox-Pitt Kelton, the global financial investment bank which the management team bought from Suisse Re and re-built before selling to Macquarie. Mark's last role in Capital Markets was building a European Equities business at the Royal Bank of Canada. Mark is a member of the Tick Tock Club and has been involved in the growth of RBC Race for Kids and the annual London to Paris bike ride for GOSH. Mark is also a consultant and executive coach.


Charity trustee pic of Nina Bibby
Nina Bibby

Nina Bibby

Nina was appointed as a Trustee in January 2017 and serves on the Governance, Reputation and Risk Committee. Nina is the Chief Marketing Officer at O2 (Telefonica UK), with commercial profit and loss accountability for the consumer and SMB mobile business. She is also responsible for marketing across O2, including brand, marketing communications, data analytics, customer experience, devices and sustainability.

Nina joined Telefonica UK from Barclaycard, where she was Global CMO. Prior to Barclaycard, Nina was SVP of Global Brand Management at IHG and before that she held a variety of roles at Diageo over 9 years. Originally from the US, Nina has an MBA from INSEAD. She is a non-executive Director of Barratt Developments plc, sits on the Board of the Marketing Society, sits on the MGGB (Marketing Group of Great Britain) Council and is a member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London).


Charity trustee pic of Nicky Bishop
Nicky Bishop

Nicky Bishop

Nicky became a Trustee in January 2017 and has been in the voluntary sector for 24 years. After time in advertising, she made the leap to the voluntary sector and joined Save the Children. She then moved to Africa and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust in Cape Town. Known as the “Great Ormond Street” of Africa, it was under pressure to close in the late 90’s, and needed funds to build a new outpatients wing for the 300,000 outpatients each year. Campaign completed,

Nicky returned to be Director of Fundraising at WWF from 2000-2007 and specialized in building global philanthropic, government-funded and corporate partnerships. She also chaired and took part in many Institute of Fundraising initiatives regarding transparency and accountability of fundraising. A repeat stay as CEO from 2007-10 at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust included funding new child health initiatives for specialist paediatric doctors and nurses from across sub-Saharan Africa. The most ambitious Hospital fundraising campaign for a new surgical wing was completed and opened in September 2009. Nicky is now a fundraising consultant in the UK and Switzerland. She is also a Trustee of the Baynard’s Zambia Trust. (Please note the image of Nicky appears under copyright of Piranha Photography).


Charity trustee pic of  Mrs Jennifer Bethlehem
Mrs Jennifer Bethlehem

Mrs Jennifer Bethlehem

Jennifer was appointed as a Trustee in January 2017 and serves on the Grants Committee and the Property and Development Committee. Jennifer is a Corporate Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and co-heads Freshfields’ M&A practice in London and leads the firm’s global healthcare team. Prior to becoming a lawyer Jennifer practiced for over 10 years as a nurse.


Charity trustee pic of Sandeep Katwala
Sandeep Katwala

Sandeep Katwala

Sandeep was appointed as a Trustee in January 2017. He chairs the Governance, Reputation and Risk Committee‎ and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. He was, until April 2015, a lawyer and spent 25 years with the global law firm Linklaters LLP. At Linklaters he was part of the Executive Committee and headed up the firm's EEMEA Region and India business. Prior to then he spent six years as a corporate financier with the NatWest Group. He is Chair of the Octavia Group and also Chair of the Bail for Immigration Detainees charity‎. He serves as a trustee on the Board of the Mowgli Foundation and was a Trustee on the Board of WaterAid for a number of years.


Michael Marrinan 
Michael Marrinan

Michael was appointed as a Trustee in February 2017 and sits on the Grants Committee.  Michael graduated in Business Studies and then Medicine in Dublin and trained as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in London and Rochester Minnesota.  He was a consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at King’s College Hospital from 1992 until 2015 and was Medical Director of King's for the final six years of his time in the NHS.  He is currently Medical Director of The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in Putney.


Associate Trustees

Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Mr Chris Morris

Chris joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in April 2015 and serves on the Property and Development Committee. Chris is a specialist in real estate law and practised at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading international law firm, from 1982 to 2014, and was a partner there from 1991 to 2014. He was the Practice Group Leader for the Global Real Estate Group from 2006 to 2012. Chris was for three years on the Policy Committee of the British Property Federation.

He is on the Finance Committee and on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Passage, a homelessness charity based in Victoria, London.


Mr Ruary Neill

Ruary O’Neill
Ruary joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in October 2014 and was appointed to chair the Investment Committee with effect from November 2014. Ruary had a long career in the financial sector working in Asian Equity Markets and then in Global Asset Allocation. He retired from UBS Investment Bank in June 2014. 

He currently is an Independent Non-Executive Director of JPMorgan Emerging Markets Investment Trust plc and is a member of the Advisory Council of The SOAS China Institute, London University.


Mr Humphrey van der Klugt

Humphrey van der Klugt
Humphrey van der Klugt

Humphrey joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in October 2014 and serves on the Investment Committee. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and spent most of his career at Schroder Investment Management Limited, where he was a director and member of the Group Investment and Asset Allocation Committees. He is currently chairman of Fidelity European Values Plc, a director of JPMorgan Claverhouse Investment Trust Plc and director of Allianz Technology Trust plc.

He has held a number of charitable positions, being a past investment committee member with St John Ambulance and trustee of the Jubilee Sailing Trust. 


Simon Stormer associate trustee
Simon Stormer

Mr Simon Stormer

Simon joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in April 2011 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. 

He has had an extensive career in the financial sector, most recently as a Managing Director in the Financial Control Group at Morgan Stanley, until April 2013.

Prior to this he worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Credit Suisse.


Dr Benjamin Jacobs

Dr Benjamin Jacobs
Dr Benjamin Jacobs

Benjamin joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in June 2016 and serves on the Grants Committee. He has extensive experience in clinical and research paediatric practice, having trained in across London before taking up a lecturer post (Honorary Senior Registrar) at the University of Manchester in 1996. He obtained an MD Research degree there, with a thesis on the psychological effects of childhood eczema. He then undertook a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto from 1996-1999 obtaining an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology with a thesis on measuring the severity of influenza in children (CARIFS) at the University of Toronto.

Benjamin then returned to the UK as a consultant paediatrician in the NHS and as a locum at the Royal Naval Hospital Gibraltar. He was appointed consultant paediatrician to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 2002, and in 2004 he was appointed lead for the Paediatric Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. In 2009, Dr Jacobs was appointed to the Trust Board at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as Director of Children’s Services.

He is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (fellow), the Royal College of Physicians and the British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group.


Professor Mary Rutherford

Professor Mary Rutherford
Professor Mary Rutherford

Mary joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in June 2016 and serves on the Grants Committee. Mary trained as a paediatrician, specialising in neonatal neurology. She has worked with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for over 25 years. Her expertise is in the acquisition and interpretation of fetal and neonatal MRI of the brain. Her research interests include optimising MR sequences to allow objective quantification of both normal and abnormal brain development.

She is Professor of perinatal Imaging at Kings College London and has an Honorary contract with Guys and St Thomas’ Trust (GSTT). She is funded by the Medical Research Council. She also holds an honorary post in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Professor Rutherford has published extensively in the field of neonatal and fetal MR imaging.