Trustees

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

John Connolly (Chairman)

John Connolly

John became Chair of the charity in April 2015, having been appointed as a special trustee in June 2014. He served on the Finance & Audit Committee until March 2015.

Prior to becoming a Trustee, he was Chair 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 fundraising committees and a member of various business bodies including the advisory board for Mayor of London.


Margaret Ewing

Appointed Trustee in April 2015. Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and serves on the Investment and Governance, Risk and Reputation Committees.

Margaret is currently a Non-Executive Director of ITV plc and ConvaTec Group plc. Prior roles include CFO of Trinity Mirror plc and BAA plc, a Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP, Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered, Whitbread and the CBI and external member of the Audit Committee of John Lewis Partnership.


Kaela Fenn-Smith

Kaela Fenn-Smith trustee

Appointed Trustee in April 2015, having joined the Charity as an Associate Trustee in July 2014. She Chairs the Property & Development (PAD) Committee.

Until 2018, was Head of Commercial and sat 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.


Mark Sartori

Mark Sartori

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

He recently 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.


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 as CMO she sat on the Executive Committee and oversaw the launch of innovations such as Payband and Bespoke Offers. Prior to Barclaycard, Nina was SVP of Global Brand Management at IHG, where she led the successful re-launch of Holiday Inn, the largest of its kind in the hospitality industry. Before that, Nina held a variety of roles at Diageo over 9 years including Commercial Strategy Director, Brand Director for Baileys and Pimms and Global Brand Director of Reserve Brands.

Nina has an MBA from INSEAD and her early career after business school was in consulting. She is a non-executive Director of Barratt Developments plc, a fellow of the Marketing Society and sits on the MGGB (Marketing Group of Great Britain) Council.


Nicky Bishop

Charity trustee pic of Nicky Bishop

Nicky was appointed as a Trustee in January 2017 and sits on the Grants Committee.

After time in advertising, Nicky 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 outpatient wing for its 300,000 outpatients each year.

Campaign completed, Nicky returned to the UK as Director of Fundraising at WWF from 2000-2007. Here she specialized in building global philanthropic, government-funded and corporate partnerships. She also chaired and took part in many Institute of Fundraising initiatives particularly on 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).


Jennifer Bethlehem

Charity trustee pic of  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 leads the firm's global healthcare team. Prior to becoming a lawyer Jennifer practiced for over 10 years as a nurse. 


Sandeep Katwala

Charity trustee pic of 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.

Until April 2015, Sandeep was 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 Chair of the Bail for Immigration Detainees charity‎. He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Mowgli Foundation.


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.

Michael 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.


Professor Stephen Holgate 

Stephen Holgate

Stephen was appointed as a Trustee in January 2018 and Chairs the Grants Committee.

He is Medical Research Council Clinical Professor at the University of Southampton with an interest in asthma and allergy. He is also a special advisor to the Royal College of Physicians on Air Quality and cofounded Synairgen, a company dedicated to respiratory drug discovery.

Stephen was Chair of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSH Charity) research assessment panel for five years and Chairs the GOSH Charity research strategy advisory panel.

He has been president of a number of respiratory and allergy professional bodies and chaired a number of Medical Research Council (MRC) Committees and government committees on pollution. He is currently a member of the Natural Environment Research Council. He has honorary degrees from the University of Ferrara, Krakow, Naples, and Exeter, was a founder member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, served on its council and is founder Chair of the clinical and veterinary section of the Academia Europaea.


Associate Trustees

Chris Morris

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 from 1991 to 2014. He was the Practice Group Leader for the Global Real Estate Group from 2006 to 2012.

Chris served three years on the Policy Committee of the British Property Federation and is currently on the Finance Committee and Audit and Risk Committee of the Passage, a homelessness charity based in London.


Ruary Neill

 Ruary Neill

Ruary joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in October 2014 and Chairs the Investment Committee.

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 is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Baillie Gifford UK Growth Fund plc and JPMorgan Emerging Markets Investment Trust plc. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of The SOAS China Institute, London University.


Simon Stormer

Simon Stormer

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

Simon has had an extensive career in the financial services sector at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and now Deutsche Bank where he is the Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Channel Islands.
Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has been an independent non-executive director at CME Clearing Europe Limited.


Joseph McDonnell

Joe joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in September 2018 and serves on the Investment Committee.

Joe is Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Solutions at Neuberger Berman. 

Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Joe spent 10 years as Head of Portfolio Solutions EMEA and Head of Diversified Alternatives for Morgan Stanley Investment Management. In this role he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for Key Strategic/OCIO mandates, Multi-Asset, Diversified Alternatives funds/mandates and structured solutions. Prior to this Joe spent 10 years in Corporate Defined Pension Plan management as Head of Investments at Shell International and as Head of Fixed Income for IBM Europe Retirement plans. Joe has a MA in Economics & Finance from the University of Sheffield and a BA in Economics & History from University College Dublin. He has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. 

Joe was a Trustee Director and member of the Investment Committee for Morgan Stanley Pension Funds (UK) from 2008 to 2018.


Mark Burgess

Mark joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in September 2018 and serves on the Investment Committee.

Mark is Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer and Chief Investment Officer, EMEA for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In his role he is responsible for the investment performance for all EMEA investment strategies and supports the leadership and oversight of investment strategies globally. He is a statutory Board member and joined the company in November 2010. In 2018 Mark was awarded Financial News Investment Leader of the Year.

Prior to joining the company Mark was Head of Equities at Legal and General Investment Management.

Before joining LGIM, Mark held senior roles at Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and Deutsche Asset Management.

He gained a degree in Economics and Philosophy from Keele University and is an associate of the Institute of Investment Management and Research. He is Chair of the IA Investment Committee and a Director of the Investor Forum. 

Mark has a number of charitable interests and in addition to his role at GOSH charity is Chairman of LIFEbeat and a Trustee of Access Sport.


David Lomas

David joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in April 2018 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee.

David has significant financial experience and is currently Chief Financial Officer of Spire Health Care Plc, having previously been Chief Financial Officer of Achilles and Elsevier and Chief Executive of British Telecom Multimedia Services. David has also been a Non-Executive Director of the hospital.


Paul Langham

Paul joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in May 2018 and serves on the Property and Development Committee.

Paul has extensive experience of property developments, both in the UK and internationally. He is currently Head of Project Management and Engineering at Landsec having previously been Project Director at Stanhope Plc.