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

Anne Bulford (Chair)

Trustee Anne Bulford

Anne was Deputy Director-General of the BBC, the first woman to hold this post, until Spring 2019. Prior to this, Anne’s executive roles included Channel 4’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance and Business Affairs at the Royal Opera House. She is a Chartered Accountant.

Anne has held Trustee positions at BBC Children in Need and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She has worked with Ofcom and the Ministry of Justice in non-executive roles and is currently a non- executive director of the news group Reach plc and KPMG. She is a Governor of the Royal Ballet and also a member of University College London’s Gift Acceptance committee, having previously served as Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the University.

Anne was awarded the CBE in 2020 for services to broadcasting and charity, and the OBE in 2012 for services to broadcasting.

Kevin Thompson

Trustee Kevin Thompson

Kevin was appointed as a Trustee in January 2020 and is Deputy Chair of Trustees and acts as Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and serves on the Investment Committee and Governance, Reputation and Risk Committee.

Kevin is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc. He is a Chartered Accountant.

Kevin retired in 2018 from Halma plc, a FTSE100 global group of life-saving technology companies, after 30 years including 20 years as Group Finance Director.

Nicky Bishop

Nicky Bishop

Nicky was appointed as a Trustee in January 2017 and acts the Chair of the Governance, Reputation and Risk Committee.

Nicky has over 25 years’ experience of leadership and fundraising in the voluntary sector. She has worked at several organisations including Save the Children, WWF and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
She also spent seven years setting up and running the Children’s Hospital Trust at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town - the “Great Ormond Street of Africa”.

Nicky now works as a consultant with charities both in the UK and internationally.

Jennifer Bethlehem

Jennifer was appointed as a Trustee in January 2017 and acts as Chair of the Grants and Impact 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.

Louise Justham

Louise was appointed as a Trustee in February 2020 and serves on the Governance, Reputation & Risk Committee.

Louise is the Global Marketing Director at the Bodyshop where she is responsible for customer acquisition and retention across the business. Prior to this Louise was the CEO at Easyfundraising a socially focused online affiliate where fundraising doubled during her tenure. Louise was also CEO at Seatwave an online ticket marketplace which was sold in 2014 to Ticketmaster. Prior to this Louise held digital marketing roles at Thomas Cook, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse. Louise started her career at Accenture after graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Leeds.

David Germain

A portrait of Trustee David Germain.

David was appointed as a Trustee in September 2021 and serves on the Finance & Resources Committee.

He has more than 30 years’ experience as a leader of global technology and digital strategy. David is the Group Chief Information Officer at QBE. The international insurer and reinsurer. Previously David worked for a number of world leading Financial Services institutions in C-suite roles (RSA, General Electric, NatWest Group, Deutsche Bank and Close Brothers).

In 2019 David was ranked ninth in the Financial Times Top 100 Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Technology Leaders. He was a Finalist for CTO of the Year 2019 awarded by the Inclusive Technology Awards, and also a Finalist in the STEM category awarded by the Black British Awards.

David was featured in 2021 Hot Topics Global CIO100 list for his leadership excellence, resilience and innovation. The 2020 and 2021 Power-list CX50 as one of the most influential Customer Experience influencers in the UK by Marketing Week. He was awarded the prestigious Inspirational Leader in the UK 2020 for services to society, awarded by Computing and the British Computer Society. David is a Non-Executive Director and honorary fellow for a number of institutions and technology author/ advisor. David is married with three children.

Karima Fahmy

A portrait of Trustee Karima Fahmy.

Karima was appointed as a Trustee in April 2022 and serves on the Property & Development Committee and the Grants and Impact Committee.

She is a senior corporate lawyer and brings to the Property & Development Committee high level real estate experience including the structuring, funding and delivery of real estate investment and development projects. Previously General Counsel of Grosvenor Group, Karima currently holds non-executive positions on the Board of Latimer Developments Limited, the Clarion Housing Group Investment Committee, the University of Cambridge’s Property Board and the University Board of Bournemouth University.

Michael Wiseman

A portrait of Trustee Michael Wiseman.

Michael was appointed as a Trustee in April 2022 and Chairs the Property & Development Committee.

He is the current Head of Office Leasing and former Development Director at British Land. Michael has 20 years’ experience working on all aspects of large-scale mixed-use development across the UK and has been with British Land since 2011. He has held a variety of senior positions within the business and currently leads on customer engagement across the office business.

Michael has previously worked at ING Real Estate Development UK, Knight Frank and Oak Holdings. Michael is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Sir Doug Turnbull

Sir Doug Turnbull

Doug was appointed a Trustee in June 2022 and is Chair of the Research Strategy Advisory Board.

He is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at Newcastle University. He was Director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research and Director MRC/BBSRC Centre for Ageing and Vitality until his retirement in 2020.

Dr Fiona Ross

Dr Fiona Ross

Professor Fiona Ross CBE is Professor Emerita in Health and Social Care at Kingston University, a governor of Westminster University and a former member of the REF2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. She has a background in community nursing and social policy and has worked in leadership positions at King’s College London, St George’s, University of London, as Dean at Kingston University and a Director of Research at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (now Advance HE). She has had executive roles leading equalities, commissioning research and delivering health and social care improvement across sectors. Fiona is also experienced in governance having had Board positions in the NHS, charities and universities. The fifth edition of her textbook “Nursing Older People” was published by Elsevier in May 2023.

Masood Ahmed

Headshot of Masood smiling.

Masood was appointed as a Trustee in September 2023.

With over 25 years of clinical and executive leadership experience, Masood currently serves the NHS as the Chief Digital Information Officer of an Integrated Care System and is a Non-Executive board member at a mental health trust and an acute and community trust.

He is an expert in digital health strategy and transformation, innovation implementation and leadership development.

Masood formerly served as the Global Medical Director at Dell and through the pandemic as the Chief Medical Officer for the NHS Black Country CCG, one of England's most disadvantaged populations.

He maintains an active role in the innovation ecosystem as a start-up founder, advisor, and investor focused on healthcare technologies. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University College London Global Business School for Health.

Leveraging his expertise and passion for elevating patient outcomes and improving patient experience through technology and innovation, Masood is committed to supporting GOSH's mission of providing world-class care to seriously ill children from the UK and across the globe.

Josh Critchley

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Josh was appointed as a Trustee in January 2024.

Josh is a senior leader in financial services, having spent thirty years in investment banking advising Boards and management teams on a wide variety of complex strategic, financial and operational issues. 

He is currently Vice Chair of Global Investment Banking for the Royal Bank of Canada and prior to that was their long-time Head of Investment Banking for Europe and Asia.

Before working for RBC, Josh was at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in a variety of senior roles in Corporate Broking and Equity Capital Markets.  

Chris Allen

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Chris was appointed as Trustee in January 2024 and serves on the Governance, Reputation and Risk Committee.

Chris is General Counsel of HSBC Bank Plc and General Counsel for Global Banking and Markets for HSBC Group. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange. His previous roles include Group Head of Regulatory Policy at Barclays Plc.

Chris is a Barrister in England & Wales. He serves on various advisory committees and boards, including for the U.S. Federal government, the United Nations Environment Programme legal group and The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

He has previously served on advisory committee or boards of the Bank of England, the Bank for International Settlements, UK Finance and the City of London Corporation.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Associate Trustees and Independent Committee Members

Joseph McDonnell

Joe McDonnell

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

Joe is Chief Investment Officer of Border to Coast - one of the largest LGPS pools in the UK.

Previously Joe spent 15 years as Head of Portfolio Solutions EMEA for Neuberger Berman and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. In these roles 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 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 Burgess

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

Mark is a Partner at Tulchan Communications where he advises clients on a broad range of City and Shareholder related issues. Previously Mark was Chief Investment Officer, EMEA and Deputy Global CIO at Columbia Threadneedle, a position he held for 9 years. Prior to this, Mark was Head of Equities at Legal and General Investment Management and 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.

Mark has a number of charitable interests and in addition to his role at GOSH Charity he is a Trustee of Access sport.

Andrew Stoker

A portrait of Trustee Andrew Stoker.

Andrew joined the charity as an Associate Trustee in May 2020 and serves on the Finance and Resources Committee.

Andrew is the Chief Financial Officer of Rothesay. Andrew joined Rothesay in 2014 and is responsible for the finance, actuarial and HR functions. Andrew was previously a partner in EY’s risk and actuarial practice and prior to that was Chief Actuary at Lucida plc. Andrew has also held roles at PwC, Tillinghast (now WTW) and Legal & General.

Louise Sherwin

A portrait of Trustee Louise Sherman.

Louise joined the Property and Development Committee in February 2022.

Louise is a Director at Deloitte with over 15 years’ experience of advising on major regeneration and property development projects.

Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and holds an MA in Geography from Cambridge University and MSc in Real Estate Investment from Bayes Business School.

Thomas Fitzgerald

Thomas Fitzgerald

Tom joined the Investment Committee in April 2023.

He has over 11 years’ experience in the fund management industry. He joined EdenTree Investment Management in 2011 as an Investment Analyst and now co-manages a number of the firm’s Responsible & Sustainable Global Equity strategies, including the Responsible and Sustainable Global Equity Fund, the EdenTree Green Future Fund and the “Sustainable Global Equities for a Just Transition” segregated strategies. He is also deeply involved with Corporate Social Responsibility at the firm as a member of the EdenTree CSR Committee and the EdenTree Community Investment Fund. Tom joined EdenTree after completing a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Business Management from Oxford Brookes University and also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Vijay Luthra

Vijay Luthra

Vijay Luthra joined the Grants and Impacts Committee in September 2023.

He is a strategic advisor in global health, technology and innovation. He is founder and CEO of health and life sciences focused challenger strategic advisory firm, Ceva Global. Ceva works with health and life sciences organisations to develop strategy and actions to face the disruption of the Anthropocene age.

Until recently Vijay was Chief Operating Officer for FTSE 250 listed Capita’s private sector consulting division. Previously Vijay worked at PwC LLP and PA Consulting in the Government & Health Industries practices. During his time at PwC and PA he worked with the NHS as a delivery expert and advisor, supporting transformation initiatives at Kings College Hospital and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, amongst others. He was also a member of the team that set-up Greater Manchester’s devolved health administration and part of the leadership team that kicked off the transformation of Saudi Arabia’s health economy. More recently Vijay led the set-up of Prenetics retail COVID testing business and Thriva Health’s private sector clients business.

Vijay is a renal transplantee and an advocate for neurodiverse talent. He is also an advisor to Kidney Research UK and a member of the charity’s Development Advisory Board. Vijay is both a Chartered Project Professional and Chartered Management Consultant and holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from Kings College London. He is an RSA Fellow and Fellow of the Association for Project Management. He is a former councillor in the London Borough of Southwark.

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis joined the Grants and Impact Committee in September 2023.

She is currently a Commercial Manager at NHS England focusing on data and analytics.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the NHS from various operational and management roles, now specialising in commercial management, including delivering effective category-led improvements and transformations to optimise benefits and efficiencies for NHS England.

Sarah Keeble

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Sarah is an employment solicitor and has worked in City law firms for over 30 years, latterly as a partner of Mishcon De Reya LLP. She is now a part-time consultant with Mishcon, having recently retired as a partner.

She is an Independent Committee Member of GOSH Children’s Charity and sits on its Finance & Resources Committee. Sarah is also a Trustee of Make-A-Wish UK and chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, is a Family Court Magistrate, an Independent Visitor through Action for Children and a Compassionate Companion for her local NHS hospital.

Winnie De'Ath

Winnie De'Ath

Winnie worked for WWF-UK and WWF-International, as a Communication and Brand Director, for over 30 years, having previously worked in several London communication agencies with a wide-range of clients. Winnie has experience of working for several charities and foundations, as a Trustee and in an advisory capacity.

Winnie has managed campaigns, public affairs, business communications, media relations as well as brand development in the WWF network, which is active in over 100 countries.