Board of trustees
Hilary Newiss is a lawyer and former partner in Denton Hall solicitors. She specialises in intellectual property law and has served on several public bodies in the science, innovation, health and ethics fields. As well as being Chair of National Voices, Hilary is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum, a part time Tribunal Judge and a former Non-Executive Director of the Francis Crick Institute.
Jean is a qualified accountant with broad financial management and operations experience gained primarily in the finance sector. Most recently she was the Group Finance Director at a direct investment and corporate finance advisory firm. Jean is also Treasurer of the Phoenix Cinema Trust and serves as a Governor on the Audit and Compliance Committee of the University of Bedfordshire.
Barbara Gelb OBE
Barbara is CEO of Together for Short Lives. She started her working life as a social worker in London with Scope, the UK disability charity, and since then her career has been dedicated to the development and delivery of high quality services for children, young people and their families. She worked in children’s social care for several years before taking up a senior role in children’s social services in Bath and North East Somerset Council. Barbara became Chief Executive of Children’s Hospices UK in 2001. She was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives in 2012, following the merger of Children’s Hospices UK and ACT.
Barbara has also been active in children’s palliative care internationally. Working with others, she was a driving force in the establishment in 2006 of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN).
Catherine Davies is Director of Cooperation and Competition at NHS Improvement. A qualified solicitor, Catherine previously held senior public sector regulatory roles at Monitor, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, the NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel and the Competition Commission. Prior to this Catherine was in practice with a global law firm, advising on UK and EU merger and competition.
Dr David Crepaz-Keay
David is Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation. His goal is to create strong and effective voices for people directly affected by mental ill-health. His department is responsible for developing and delivering service user involvement, carer involvement, self-management and peer support, and mental health awareness training.
With more than 30 years’ experience in service user involvement, David has previously occupied a number of prestigious posts including chief executive of Mental Health Media, former board member and vice-chair for the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, founding member of National Survivor User Network (NSUN), and former chair and treasurer of Survivors Speak Out.
Jane has been chair of LUPUS UK since 2006, having been involved with them since 1998 - originally helping to run 2 local support groups and give telephone help to a variety of enquirers. She has played a part in a number of initiatives, highlighting what it is like to live with a long term condition. During 2013 she took the Patient Leadership course which National Voices funded. Jane did voluntary work with a local housing association for over 20 years, serving as chair of the board for 2 separate spells until 2006.
Jill is Head of Healthcare Practice with Ordnance Survey. She has 25 years' experience working both for the NHS and on behalf of companies supplying services to the NHS, with extensive experience establishing senior level client relationships and developing new business in the healthcare sector.
Olivia is Director of External Affairs at Arthritis Research UK, and leads the teams delivering media relations, digital, branding and policy and public affairs work to support the organisation's activities and champion their cause. She joined Arthritis Research UK in 2012 from Hospice UK, where she led the development of Hospice Care Week, delivered in partnership with local hospices. She has 20 years’ experience in a variety of communications roles in the charity sector and worked on a number of campaigns, including Dying Matters, Carers Week and the End Child Poverty coalition.
Being passionate about social issues Olivia has chosen to work in organisations spanning a range of issues ranging from children, disability, end of life care and health. She was a trustee of a small mental health charity seeing it through its merger with Mind and the survival of its pioneering mental health media awards.
Red is a member of Marie Curie's Expert Voices Group. Two very different experiences of end of life care with close family members led her to become involved with the Expert Voices Group, which provides support and guidance not just to the organisation but to the wider context of end of life care, and where lessons learnt bring forward collaborations for change and advocacy. Professionally, Red brings the knowledge and experience of senior leadership for service delivery across multi-million-pound entities, to organisations reliant 100% on a partner and volunteer workforce with challenging budgets. In her career, she has consistently tackled tough conversations on service inequalities and systemic failures in creating advocacy and community engagement spaces. She has supported individuals and communities dealing with a wide range of challenges, including health and disabilities, homelessness, education, community injustices, disaster services and the European refugee crisis.
Rick Borges is the Head of Assessment at the Banking Standards Board. He previously worked at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, the Department of Health in the Private Office of a Minister of State, at the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care, and in the Private Office of the Director General for NHS Informatics. Rick also acted as an advisor to the Press Recognition Panel, set up following The Leveson Inquiry. Rick has a Masters in law and a postgraduate diploma in law in the UK.
Sally Hughes is Head of Health Services Engagement at the British Heart Foundation and leads a UK wide team focused on engagement with senior decision makers across national and local health economies to improve outcomes for people living with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). She joined the BHF in 2016 from the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society where she led policy and external relations programmes which included the award winning public affairs campaign 'Treat Me Right' which focused on improving access to disease modifying treatments.
Sally has over 15 years' experience of senior roles in strategic planning, service improvement and commissioning in the NHS, Local Government and the charitable sector which includes work at a local, regional, UK wide and international level.
Sally is passionate about the long term conditions agenda and wider social issues with her career to date including a focus on improving lived experience for people with long term conditions such as CVD, MS and other physical and sensory impairments in hospital and community settings. She also has a keen interest in mental health and social justice.
Sarah is a trustee of Mind's Council of Management. She is an Expert by Experience and trained as a Patient Leader, working to ensure that patients, especially those from diverse backgrounds, are at heart of the decision-making processes. Sarah works with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust as a critical friend to improve services to ensure they are person centred and reflect patients’ needs. She is a Non-Executive Director of the East of England Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, a member of her local Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) Clinical Advisory Group, a member of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP Mental Health Strategy group as a patient representative, a member of East of England Citizens’ Senate, and is also a patient representative on the Eastern Academic Health Science Network’s ‘Action on Frailty Patient Safety Collaborative’