GOSH Charity appoints three new trustees to its Board

20 Jul 2022, 9 a.m.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) is delighted to welcome three new members to its Board of Trustees.

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, Karima Fahmy and Michael Wiseman bring with them a wealth of expertise key to supporting the charity’s purpose of transforming the lives of seriously ill children treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

With more than 20 years’ experience of working on all aspects of large-scale mixed-use development across the UK, Michael Wiseman has been appointed as Chair of the Property and Development Committee. He has been with British Land since 2011 where he has held several senior positions across the business including Development Director and his current role of Head of Office Leasing, leading on customer engagement. He is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Michael said: “I am thrilled to head up the Property and Development Committee on the board of Trustees for such a prestigious charity. We are entering into an exciting new phase of redevelopment and I can’t wait to help deliver some key projects which will help transform patient experience.”

Karima Fahmy, also joining the Property and Development Committee, is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising on corporate finance transactions, governance and risk management. Previously General Counsel of Grosvenor Group, Karima also has broad real estate sector experience including the structuring, funding and delivery of real estate investment and development projects. 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 at Bournemouth University.

Karima said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to the Board of Trustees and to have the opportunity to support GOSH Charity in its mission to transform the lives of seriously ill children across the UK. It’s an exciting time to be joining GOSH Charity and I’m looking forward to getting to know all the exceptional members of staff as we work together on some truly transformational projects.”

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull has been appointed as Chair of the Research Strategy Advisory Board. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Neurology at Newcastle University and was Director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research and Director MRC/BBSRC Centre for Ageing and Vitality until his retirement in 2020.

He commented: “GOSH remains firmly at the forefront of world-class innovation and medical research and it’s an absolute privilege to take up a position on GOSH Charity’s Board of Trustees working to significant improvement in child health.”

The trio join their 10 fellow Trustees, three Associate Trustees and one Independent Committee Trustee in providing governance and leadership to GOSH Charity as it moves forward with an ambitious five-year strategy and bold fundraising targets to match.

Louise Parkes, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity commented: “We are delighted to welcome three brilliant new Trustees to our Board. Their collective insight will be an incredible asset to GOSH Charity and will hugely complement the fantastic breadth of experience and talent currently in place. The support of our Trustees is invaluable and helps us fulfil our mission to improve the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.”

GOSH Charity raises money to support the hospital’s most urgent needs, including research into pioneering new treatments, cutting-edge medical equipment, support services for children and their families, such as parent accommodation and the hospital’s Play team, and the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

Contact Information

Sarah Dean, GOSH Charity press office


0203 841 3344

Notes to Editors

About Great Ormond Street Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help GOSH Charity to provide world class care for its patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org