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

Margaret Ewing

Margaret was appointed as a Trustee in April 2015. She is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and serves on the Investment and PAD Committees.

Margaret was a corporate finance partner with professional services firm Deloitte LLP for 13 years, and then spent seven years as a CFO, initially with Trinity Mirror plc and subsequently BAA plc. She returned to Deloitte in 2007 as Vice Chairman and retired 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 (Chair) and the CBI (Chair),. She is an 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

Kaela Fenn-Smith trustee

Kaela was appointed as a Trustee in April 2015, having joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in July 2014. She 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.


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

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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, and the MGGB (Marketing Group of Great Britain) Council and is a member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London).


Nicky Bishop

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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

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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. 


Sandeep Katwala

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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.


Stephen Holgate CBE

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 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. Stephen has chaired various government committees on pollution and the health and life sciences panel of the UK research excellence framework 2014.

He has honorary degrees from the University of Ferrara, Krakow, Naples, and Exeter. He 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 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.


Simon Stormer

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.

Simon has also worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Credit Suisse.


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

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. 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.


Joseph McDonnell

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

Joe was most recently Head of EMEA and senior portfolio manager for the Portfolio Solutions Group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He has 22 years of investment experience. Joe operates as an Outsourced CIO/Fiduciary Manager for major UK and International clients – Pension Funds, Endowments and Sovereign Wealth Investors. Key areas of expertise include Asset Allocation, Portfolio Construction, Manager Selection, Alternatives and Structured Products. 

Joe has been a Trustee Director and member of the Investment Committee for Morgan Stanley Pension Funds (UK) since 2008.

Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Joe was Head of Investments & Senior Manager (pensions) at Shell International Limited (2002 to 2008). He led the global integration of asset management capabilities culminating in the founding of the Shell Asset Management Company (SAMCo) in 2007. Joe was also Investment Advisor to the Shell Foundation. Shell has over €80 billion of pension assets.

Joe holds an M.A. in economics and finance from the University of Sheffield and a B.A. in economics and history from University College Dublin. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Mark Burgess

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​David Lomas

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​Paul Langham

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