Directors

Our Directors are responsible for the operational management of the charity on a day-to-day basis.

Chief Executive

Louise Parkes

GOSH Charity Chief Exec Louise Parkes

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH Charity) is the UK’s largest hospital fundraising charity and the largest dedicated funder of paediatric research in the UK. As Chief Executive Louise Parkes has responsibility for both strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation, which raises money to fund:

  • Rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital, 
  • Vital medical equipment,
  • Pioneering child health research at GOSH and across the UK 
  • Services that support children and their families.

Before joining GOSH Charity, Louise was at the helm of Barnardo’s Income and Innovation division, where she led a directorate of over 2,000 people, generating over £300 million in a year for the first time in the organisation’s history. Her responsibilities included fundraising, which raised £40.4m in 2017/18 and the charity’s trading arm, which brought in an income of £74.9m in the same year. Louise’s portfolio also encompassed brand marketing, innovation and the fostering and adoption services.

Louise has worked in the sector for more than 20 years and has successfully led fundraising directorates for a number of high-profile, UK-wide organisations including British Heart Foundation and Shelter UK.

Director of Communications

Cymbeline Moore

Cymbeline is a trained journalist that has worked in communications for the NHS for the last seven years. After working for the Trinity Mirror group of newspapers as a news editor she moved into NHS communications at Hammersmith Hospitals. 

During her time there she became head of public relations and then director of communications for the newly formed Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She has been Director of Communications for the Hospital and the Charity since September 2012. In this joint role she oversees all hospital and charity press and PR activity and is responsible for family stewardship, celebrity liaison and VIP visits.

Director of Grants

Kiki Syrad

Kiki - director of grants

Kiki joined GOSH Charity in 2012. As Director of Grants, she is responsible for working with the hospital to agree priorities for charitable funding. This includes developing the charity research strategy, together with the hospital and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Kiki’s team is responsible for grant management and funding, impact evaluation, and grant communications. She completed her undergraduate degree at Monash University, then completed her PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at Melbourne University.

She moved to the UK to take up a Cancer Research UK-funded post-doc at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford. Kiki then joined Breakthrough Breast Cancer in 2005, where she was Head of Research Strategy and Funding. Kiki is a Trustee of the National Children’s Bureau.

Director of Fundraising

Liz Tait

Liz Tait - Director of Fundraising

“Liz is responsible for leading GOSH Charity’s fundraising strategy across all its functions, including individual giving, retail, community fundraising, special events, philanthropy and corporate partnerships. 

As a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and a well-known face in the fundraising community, Liz joined GOSH Charity after holding a number of senior roles in the charity sector. She was Director of Fundraising at both Teenage Cancer Trust and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, after heading the Direct Marketing team at British Red Cross, as well as holding marketing roles at Sense and Plan UK. 

Liz has been a professional fundraiser for over 20 years, and is committed to growing and diversifying income to help deliver the greatest possible impact for seriously ill children cared for at GOSH.” 

Director of Finances & Resources

Bill Cunningham

Bill has over 25 years’ experience in both the commercial and charity sector and leads several of the charity’s operational functions including finance, HR, technology and governance. 

Before Bill joined GOSH Charity, he worked in London, New York, Lagos and Johannesburg for British Airways, ending as Regional Business Manager, Africa, before moving to Save the Children UK where he delivered commercial financial leadership across the organization, including involvement in the creation of Save the Children International (SCI) and the transition of Save the Children UK’s overseas countries to SCI. He joined GOSH Charity from his role as Chief Operating Officer at children’s charity Plan International UK.