Our Patrons

Claire Henry MBE

Claire Henry MBE

Claire Henry is an independent consultant working in the Palliative Care and End of Life field. Her previous roles include Director of Improvement and Transformation at Hospice UK, National Director for End of Life Care and Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care.

Claire’s background is in nursing; she worked predominately in cancer and palliative care. She was awarded an MBE for her services to improving end-of-life care in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013. Claire has also received a lifetime achievement award from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Award.

Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull is an award-winning broadcaster, and currently a presenter on Classic FM.  For 15 years he anchored BBC Breakfast, helping it to win four TRIC Awards for Best Daytime Programme and take the No 1 spot in the ratings. He was also twice named Newscaster of the Year. Earlier, as a BBC news correspondent, Bill reported from more than 30 countries, including a four year stint in Washington.

In 2005 Bill was a contestant on the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, managing to survive until week seven.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys the company (and honey) of several hives of bees. He’s written a book about his apicultural adventures, called The Bad Beekeepers Club. He is also a patron of Bees for Development, which supports and encourages beekeepers in the developing world.

He now lives with his wife in Suffolk.

Dr. Peter Carter

Dr. Peter Carter

Dr. Peter Carter was CEO of the Royal College of Nursing from January 2007 until August 2015. Prior to that he was CEO of the Central and North West London NHS FT for 12 years. Peter is a registered mental health and general nurse.

He has written articles and papers on health care policy and has appeared many times on TV and given interviews on radio and to newspapers. He has twice been interviewed on the BBC programme Hardtalk and served on the Prime Ministers Commission for Nursing. He was a member of the committee that produced the policy on non medical prescribing which heralded in the development of nurse prescribing.

He has a Masters Degree and PhD from the University of Birmingham and is a visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin, Kings College and Christchurch Universities. He was interim Chairman of Medway NHS Foundation Trust from November 2016 to March 2017. He was Honorary Colonel of 203 Field hospital for seven years and went to Afghanistan and Iraq to visit Defence Medical Personnel who were on deployment.

He now works as an independent management consultant.

Professor Nancy Fontaine

Professor Nancy Fontaine

Professor Nancy Fontaine was appointed as Chief Nurse at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in August 2018 and is responsible for leadership of nurses, midwives, AHPs, Pharmacists and Bio-Scientists across the Trust. As Director for Infection Prevention and Control and Executive lead for Quality, Safety, Patient Experience and Engagement, Nancy is responsible for guiding the board on clinical priorities.

From 2012 – July 2018 Nancy was Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow. Nancy was appointed as one of the country’s first Consultant Nurses in Emergency Medicine in 1999 and was latterly Chief Nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital leading the organisation into the Barts Health merger, where she was also appointed Deputy Chief Nurse before her move to Harlow.

Nancy was appointed as the Chief Nurse and Board lead for Quality and Safety and the Director for Infection Prevention and Control at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in November 2012; in January 2015 Nancy was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Organisational Development.

Nancy was awarded the position of Professor of Nursing at both Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex with a focus on enhancing research and innovation at the bedside for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health, in order to improve patient outcomes. She is the Chair of Nursing Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University and is a driver nationally for promoting doctoral development and research for nursing, midwifery and allied health.

Sarah Free
Sarah Free

Sarah Free

Through my own personal losses, I have witnessed good and bad deaths which subsequently led me to become a volunteer in my local hospice.  I have sat, laughed and cried with end of  life patients, held or massaged their hands, fed them, read to them, listened to them or just sat in silent company with them.  I passionately believe that such voluntary support should be available everywhere and to all, and am committed to bring what experience I can to deliver this in the name of Anne Robson.  I lost my first child at birth but am blessed with a young adult daughter and outside of my former career as a Parliamentary PA I am privileged to be able to volunteer as an ambassador and fundraiser for charities close to my heart.