Board of Trustees
Eleanor has considerable board level experience and a clinical background having worked as a senior executive in a 38 year career with the NHS retiring in 2015. Most recently Eleanor was Chief Officer, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group Accountable for the commissioning and quality of services to the population of the London Borough of Merton. Previous posts include Chief Executive, Nelson Commissioning Group, Director for Primary Care, Bromley Primary Care Trust and Director for Organisational Development, Lambeth Primary Care Group. Eleanor has a particular interest in end of life care.
Kenneth Dunn joined the Board of Trustees in December 2014. Kenneth has some 30 years of social care experience. He has a broad knowledge of the care industry and government policies and procedures regulating care.
Dennis began his career as a surveyor for local government, starting at Ealing Borough Council in 1954 and moving to Westminster City Council in 1960. He then moved to the private sector with Vigers Chartered Surveyors (now GVA) in 1962 and worked there until 1998. He was appointed a Freeman of the City of London in 1987 and is a Grand Vice-President of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institute.
Chair: Kay Sonneborn
Kay was an investment analyst for a US investment bank for many years. She has been involved with the charity and health sector for over 30 years and has held senior non-executive roles in the NHS. Kay was Chairman for ten years of the largest Primary Care Trust in London.
Deputy Chair: David Green
David worked in Merchant banking before a long involvement with the charitable sector in London. Firstly as Finance Director of the London Voluntary Service Council and subsequently as Chief Executive for the Cripplegate Foundation and the St Lukes Parochial allocating millions of pounds in grants to projects in Islington.
Patricia has spent her career in nursing and nurse education with experience of both the NHS and Government work. Her last post before retirement was Nurse Director for the Medical Devices Agency, Department of Health. Since then she has worked as an Expert Nurse Witness and as an Editorial Consultant. She has been a Trustee of the Crossroads Caring for Carers Association.
A nurse and midwife with 36 years’ experience, Alison trained at University College Hospital before moving to Oxford and then Australia to practice. She spent four years overseas before joining the cardiac unit at St George’s Hospital Tooting, moving from Sister to Head of Nursing to her current position as Divisional Director of Nursing and Governance.
Rowenna trained as a physiotherapist at Guy’s Hospital and went on to specialise in working with disability. For thirty years she managed a team of physiotherapists at King’s College Hospital working with young adults and children with disabilities and then served as Staff Governor on the Council for Governors at KCH NHS Foundation Trust. Rowenna is chairman of the Friends of KCH. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for her work in the field of disability.
James worked in oil and gas exploration for much of his career, operating in Libya, Pakistan and Canada amongst other places. For the last ten years of his working life he was Finance Director of the Royal Star & Garter Home, a 180-bed nursing home and military charity in Richmond, and consequently has extensive experience of the challenges facing charities like the British Home.
Derek spent the majority of his career in consumer affairs, spending over twenty years with Consumers’ Association (Which?) and serving as the President of the European Consumers Organisation BEUC. Derek is a Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and Chairs it Lay Group, he is also the Vice Chair of the Lay Group of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges.
Derek has been the Chair and Lay Member of the General Dental Council and a Trustee of King’s College Hospital.