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trustees and patrons (archived)


Roger Mawle, Chairman

A management consultant by background, Roger has spent several years working in broadcast media, leading operational teams and helping them to successfully navigate times of change.

He is passionate about helping people to thrive, at every stage in their lives.

Outside of work, this passion has led to numerous volunteering roles within charities and his church. He is married with four young children.

James Bentall, Treasurer

After completing a doctorate at Cambridge University, James worked in the field of development economics, consulting on overseas aid projects for the UK government and European Commission. Following this, James spent a number of years in The City, working in the insurance and reinsurance sectors, before leaving to undertake an MBA. He then spent eight years as the Bursar at an independent school. James now works as a consultant and also serves as a Governor at a local prep school.

Janie Corbisiero

Janie Corbisiero started her working career in the Mexican Tourist Office in London having lived in Mexico, learning Spanish. Following this she trained beauty consultants for Clinique, part of the Estee Lauder Group, and then started her own travel agency with a business partner in the City of London. After moving to Hertfordshire with their two young children she started working part-time for her husband’s local company after having successfully sold her business. With her children in senior school Janie began volunteering at the QE2 hospital in Welwyn and, following that, at the Lister hospital in Stevenage as part of the Kissing it Better Charity volunteer group.

Janie’s time spent volunteering made her realise just how important it is to get involved in the local community. With our ageing population, improving end of life care for the dying is becoming desperately urgent and she is delighted to now have the opportunity of working with the Anne Robson Trust.

Janie comes from a large family, she has lots of energy and enthusiasm and is keen to support the goals of this wonderful trust.

Dr. Peter Carter OBE

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.

Julia Holding

Julia started her career as a nurse, then practiced as a midwife and a health visitor before taking on a variety of leadership roles.

She led patient experience, patient and public involvement and volunteering nationally for seven years, and during this time led the co-design of improvement tools which are currently used in over 160 trusts, and internationally.

Julia has worked with over 60 Trusts to support them to develop patient and staff centric approaches to improvement, and she has a special interest in supporting improvement in care for patients and their families at the end of their lives. 

She is a recipient of a Chief Nurses Gold award for lifetime contribution.

Why did I want to join ART as a Trustee?
As a nurse I have always been aware of how important it is to really be there for people towards the end of their lives. 

Later in my career I learned more about the time and compassion volunteers can bring to enhance this experience. This is difficult work, and it is important that those embarking on these roles have training and support, this is what ART does so well. 

I was really happy to be invited onto the board to have an opportunity to support this.

Fiona McKenzie

Fiona has three long-term health conditions and this has meant multiple hospital stays.

She has experienced the vulnerability and loneliness of being in a hospital and this is all the more heart breaking at the end of life. She uses her experiences to help healthcare organisations deliver better care for patients, carers and families.

Fiona has held board-level advisory positions in the NHS and academia for almost 10 years. Fiona grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Roehampton with her husband Tim.

Bob Cotton

Bob Cotton has an extensive career in digital technology in a number of consulting and client facing roles, both in the UK and internationally.

He has led several businesses and operational teams, delivering a number of large change management projects.

Throughout his career, Bob has always had a passion to help people achieve better outcomes for themselves and their stakeholders. 

Combining this passion with his personal experience of supporting family members at the end of life, he is excited and proud to be part of the Anne Robson Trust and have the opportunity to make a positive difference.

Anil Ranchod

Anil is an experienced, award-winning Deputy Director PR & Communications featured in PR Week’s Power Book 2018, 2019 and 2020, with a demonstrated history of working in the voluntary sector in senior management.

His skills set covers Corporate Social Responsibility, Measurement and Evaluation, Crisis Communications and Corporate Communications.

He has a strong work ethic and is driven to fight injustice. He is currently employed as Head of PR and Press at the Chartered Management Institute.


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.

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.

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

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.