Nottingham Hospitals Charity
I have been the Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity since its inception in November 2006; in fact, due to the merger of two predecessor charities (corporate and special trustees), I found myself in the unusual situation of having to source our charity’s trustees. I was also one of the founding members of the Association itself, along with Stuart Reynolds and the late John Collinson.
A fundraiser by background, this interesting development helped me to appreciate NHS charities’ governance arrangements at an early stage.
I know and love NHS charities. We are crazy, strange frustrating beasts and in this current healthcare environment, I continue to have the greatest respect for our hospital colleagues. Their jobs require tireless commitment and supporting their efforts reinforces my personal drive to succeed on their (and our patients’) behalf. I consider it a privilege to add value to one of this country’s most valued and treasured assets.
Since 2006, our charity has developed some exciting projects: established the Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre, recognised as providing one of the best facilities in the UK; refurbished paediatric neurosciences wards; purchased specialist equipment like 3D scanners; invested £1.2 million in seed funded research projects that resulted in £6.8 million in further funding. I am aware that Nottingham is known for nursing excellence, which is attributed to the Charity’s financial investment in nursing development.