The Trustees meet every quarter to review the charity's state of affairs and decide which projects to support:


Dr Victoria Harrison


Dr Victoria Harrison is Chairman of the charity and former Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, a grant-giving charity. Her other posts have included Deputy to the Chief Scientific Adviser in the Cabinet Office and head of the policy divisions of the Agricultural and Food Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. She is also a trustee for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. 


Lord HemphillLord Hemphill is a director of Waverton Investment Management Limited. He has worked in the investment management business for over 35 years, having been a director at Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Asset Management and Spencer House Capital Management.  He is currently a member of the Legal Education Foundation’s investment committee, and a trustee of the Dulverton Trust and Highclere Castle. Lord Hemphill chairs the investment sub-committee.



Rima Makarem is a non-executive director at UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. She has extensive experience in healthcare and pharmaceuticals and currently runs a consultancy business, holding a portfolio of non-executive positions. These include board trustee of Anchor Trust and chair of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).  

James ThorneJames Thorne is a former partner at the law firm Farrer & Co where he worked for some 34 years. He was a Governor at the University for the Creative Arts and Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee, and the Chairman of a committee at the Institute of Cancer Research. He is a trustee of the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust and Chairman of Governors at the New Beacon Educational Trust.

Nikki Williams Ellis



Nikki Williams-Ellis has a wealth of experience in the charitable sector, in particular with care and supported living for children and young adults with learning disabilities. She has over 30 years of expertise in the commercial and residential property sectors and leads a charity set up to build the first cricket stadium in Rwanda. Mrs Shale chairs the property sub-committee.




Mervyn Singer MB BS MD FRCP(Lon) FRCP(Edin) FFICM is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and an NIHR Senior Investigator. His research, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR and EU among others, focuses on sepsis, multi-organ failure, and innovative monitors, diagnostics and drugs. A monitor he developed is now in use in 30 countries worldwide and another is shortly to enter clinical trials. He co-chaired the Sepsis Redefinitions International Task Force whose recommendations (Singer et al, JAMA 2016) was the 19th most discussed research article worldwide (of 2.7 million) in 2016. He has written/edited multiple textbooks (including the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care) and peer-reviewed publications in major journals such as NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, BMJ and PLoSMed. 

Management team

The day-to-day operations of the Charity are overseen by Chief Executive Philip Brading, who has held the post since 2007. Before that, Philip was a Trustee of the Charity and a non-executive director of the Foundation Trust. He is supported by an team of eight administrative staff.