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Our Trustees

Carole Ayre


Carole Ayre is currently a Retired Partner at law firm Browne Jacobson and led the development of their new Clinical Negligence team. Her focus has been on promoting the development of health law practice at the firm with a wide range of experience within the NHS sector.  Outside her law practice Carole has chaired her local residents’ association and is a regular volunteer for the National Trust.

Roger Whittle


Nottingham-born Roger Whittle is the founder and CEO of Jigsaw24, the UK's largest Apple IT service delivery specialist and solutions provider to business, employing 250 people across the UK with annual sales of over £100 million. Roger established Nottingham based Jigsaw24 in 1992 and has been a trustee of the charity since 2016. Roger's 10 year old daughter Rose Whittle received excellent care from 2011 to 2013 at Nottingham Children's hospital during her ultimately unsuccessful fight against cancer.

Mandie Sunderland


Mandie has worked at NUH since February 2015 and as Chief Nurse is responsible for almost 5,000 nurses and midwives at the Trust.Mandie’s clinical background as a Registered General Nurse has mostly been in Intensive Care environments, where she developed an interest in education and training, leading to posts in both professional and clinical practice development.In 2013, she was named one of the 50 most influential women in the NHS by the Health Service Journal.

Laurence Coppel


Laurence was Head of Corporate Finance for Singer & Friedlander Limited, Merchant Bank and was then Executive Director of Singer & Friedlander Group PLC until his retirement. Laurence was a non executive Director of Queen’s Medical Centre University Hospital NHS Trust for 6 years and was Chairman of Nottingham Building Society. Laurence is a council member and past county president of St John’s Ambulance in Nottinghamshire, is a Trustee of Fundays in Nottinghamshire; and is Chairman of Trustees for Amanda Lee Charitable Trust.

Harish Vyas


Professor Harish Vyas’ medical career spans four decades and includes working at Great Ormond Street.  At Nottingham he brought together children’s units from the former City and QMC hospitals to form Nottingham Children’s Hospital, and led the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Recently retired, Professor Vyas also brings a strong research background with him and recently completed fundraising for new children’s respiratory testing equipment for the Children’s Hospital.

Mark King


Mark spent 27 years in the Aerospace industry with Rolls-Royce plc in the U.K, ultimately becoming President of Aerospace.Mark is Chairman of Flowcastings Ltd, a manufacturer of turbine blades, AVS-SYS Ltd and is also on the Board of Open Energi and holds a number of other advisory positions.

Sharmini Krishanand


Sharmini graduated in medicine and trained to become a General Practitioner. She currently works part time in General Practice and spends the rest of her working day running her business in partnership with her husband.

Barbara Cathcart

Charity Chief Executive

Barbara has been at the Charity since it formed in October 2006. She sets the strategy and oversees the fundraising and fund expenditure of the Charity. In her spare time she enjoys running, walking, traveling and being with her family. 

Julie Brailsford

Deputy Chief Executive & Head of Finance

Julie has worked at the Charity since 2008 and oversees our finance and governance arrangements to ensure that all our income and expenditure is properly accounted for. Her hobbies are reading, gardening and spending time with her family, including her two daughters.

Nigel Gregory

Director of Development

Nigel joins the Charity, bringing with him 17 years of experience in fundraising, several of these years spent working with Outward Bound West and the American Alpine Club helping them to develop their fundraising and communications strategy. As Director of Development, Nigel is responsible for overseeing all fundraising activity as well as developing and implementing an ambitious fundraising strategy to ensure that the Charity meets its potential and can build on its fundraising success.