The business of The Mulberry Centre is governed by the Trustees. The Trustees are all volunteers and work as a team to ensure that within the group there is a diverse range of skills, talents and backgrounds. The current trustee body includes: skills and knowledge in providing services in the voluntary sector; fundraising; clinical experience as health professionals caring for cancer patients; and operational management − particularly finance, law and marketing/PR.
The Trustees meet regularly (approximately 6 times a year) and are responsible for determining the policies and strategic direction of The Mulberry Centre in consultation with the Executive Director. They are also very involved on a day to day level with the Centre and take part in fundraising and events.
Prospective appointments to the Trustee Board are considered and determined by a panel consisting of three existing Board members (one of whom must be the Chairman) and the Executive Director.
Sarah Thewlis (Chair)
Sarah joined The Mulberry Centre as Chair of Trustees in May 2016.
Sarah is Managing Director of Thewlis Graham Associates, an international boutique search firm.
Sarah has extensive general management and executive level experience. She began her career at Marks and Spencer in human resources; became Deputy CEO of the Royal College of Physicians, then CEO and honorary fellow at the Royal College of General Practitioners. She was Chief Executive and Registrar of the regulatory body for nurses, midwives and health visitors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She is a Board Member and Director of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the Professional body for Recruitment.
‘’ As Chair of the Board, I am always so impressed by the work and dedication of the staff and the individual stories that we hear and witness as part of the work of the Centre. ‘’
David Meggitt (Vice Chair)
David joined as the Treasurer of The Mulberry Centre in 2006 and now serves as the Vice Chair.
David became involved with The Mulberry Centre soon after retiring from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he carried out management consulting assignments for a variety of UK and international clients before being appointed the firm’s UK Finance Director.
‘’ The staff and volunteers of The Mulberry Centre have made a difference to thousands of lives with their expertise, compassion and dedication. It’s great to have the opportunity to support them and to contribute to the development of a marvellous place that is at the heart of the community.’’
Heather Taylor (Treasurer)
Heather has been a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre since April 2018 and has been the Treasurer since July 2019.
Heather is a Chartered Accountant, and spent her career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK and overseas, and she has a lot of financial and operational experience.
Since retiring and returning to the UK in 2014, Heather is now also a director of her Residents Association.
‘’We all have friends and family affected by cancer, and it’s often difficult to find good support. The Mulberry Centre is a real oasis of calm, with great staff and volunteers who provide fantastic support in so many ways. I want to support the continued success and growth of our wonderful Mulberry Centre.’’
Joy Pearce (Company Secretary)
Joy has been a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre since 2004.
Joy currently works as the Local Organiser for Unison. Prior to this, she worked for National Grid Gas for 27 years, latterly as a Network Supervisor where she was a Trustee for the company’s pension scheme as well as fire warden, first aider, safety rep and union steward.
‘’ I am very proud to be a Trustee of such a wonderful place. They say all good things come in small packages, well we are a small team that make a massive difference to people who cross our doors and we couldn’t do it all without dedicated staff and volunteers to do this.’’
Jane Kelly (Founder Patron and Trustee)
Jane has been involved with The Mulberry Centre from the beginning and launched the appeal for funds to build the Centre. She is its Founder Patron and a former Chair of the Trustees.
Following a career in law and general management, Jane has run her own management consultancy alongside a portfolio of non-executive and trustee roles for over twenty years. Her experience includes Director, AMI Healthcare Group plc, Chair, West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; Chair, North West London Strategic Health Authority and Commissioner, Appointments Commission.
Jane is a Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University London who awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2018 in recognition of her contributions to public service and to the University. She was Chair of the Council of the University from 2011 to 2017. She also sits on a Department of Health advisory committee.
‘‘The Mulberry Centre was one of the very first cancer information and support centres. It is hard now to imagine a world without it. Designed as a private welcoming place for local people, we have always welcomed anyone who seeks our help. It is a privilege and a joy to continue to be involved.’’
Chris joined the Trustees of The Mulberry Centre in the autumn of 2016
Chris is a Director at 2020 Delivery, a public service management consultancy firm. He leads on improving patient access in hospitals; and has over a decade of experience, delivering results for NHS providers, commissioners and central government organisations.
Prior to working in the public sector, Chris led performance improvement and culture-change initiatives with a variety of clients across manufacturing and engineering industries and holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge.
‘’Bring a trustee means a lot. It is an opportunity for me to help shape the organisation to deliver the most impact for people like me, my family and friends who may, at some point in their lives, be affected by cancer. ‘’
‘’I’m proud to be a trustee of TMC as our volunteers and staff do amazing things. They help people identify the signs of cancer earlier; they help patients, and those close to them, deal with the emotional challenges brought on by cancer; and they provide information and guidance to help people manage the healthcare options available to them.’’
Phoebe has been a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre since 2004.
Phoebe graduated from Cambridge University and went on to qualify as a solicitor. She worked with Denton Hall and specialised in Commercial Property, before deciding to remain at home to bring up her family.
While her children were very young, she completed an Open University degree in Maths and Physics.
“I am one of the many, who have been affected by cancer within the immediate family – my mother, father and sister. I am proud to be a part of The Mulberry Centre, whose wonderful people, both professionals and volunteers, help so many whose lives have been affected by the disease.”
Grace was appointed as a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre in March 2013; although she was involved with the Centre since its conception when she was a West Middlesex Hospital Executive Board member and as an early fundraiser.
Grace has worked as a healthcare management consultant since 2004. During this she has had worked in Nicosia, Cyprus, commissioning the new Ministry of Health Hospital as well as in Muscat, Oman, carrying out healthcare transformational projects. She has also undertaken similar projects in the NHS and private sector.
Grace has worked in the NHS for almost 40 years. Having started her career with conventional nurse training she went on to become Director for Nursing and Midwifery, Clinical Director for Critical Care and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive at West Middlesex University Hospital.
“ I fully understand the importance of contributing to the development of the Mulberry Centre and the work it does to make a difference to the lives of those in our local community, who are affected by cancer. I felt honoured to be invited to become a Trustee and have been privileged to work alongside the team who have influenced and led the services we offer to people, making it the success if is.”
Jasminder Grewal OBE
Jasminder became a trustee of The Mulberry Centre in 2011. She had personal experience of the support and services offered by The Mulberry Centre when her husband died 12 years ago.
Jasminder has had a teaching career that has spanned almost 40 years. For 17 years she was the Head of a Primary school in the London Borough of Ealing; she worked supporting schools as a Head Teacher Consultant in Ealing; as well as supporting vulnerable schools as a Leading Lead in Education in other boroughs.
She was given the Head Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 and her work in education was recognised by an OBE in 2007.
‘’ I know from my personal experience just how important is the work done by the team and how much difference they made to me in my time of need. I am very impressed by the high levels of commitment, care and compassion shown by all who are part of the team. I am proud to be associated with TMC where the vision and the values are held so strongly ‘’
Matt joined the Trustees of The Mulberry Centre in 2013. He sees a main priority of his involvement being to facilitate successful links between the oncology departments at WMUH and The Mulberry Centre to stimulate use, raise awareness and improve access to our support.
Matt is head of the department of Urology and lead urology cancer surgeon at the West Middlesex. He also leads the prostate cancer services at Charing Cross, Imperial, and chairs the prostate specialist multidisciplinary meeting of the north west London cancer network.
Matt is author of numerous peer reviewed publications and investigator and the collaborator of several prostate cancer studies.
Jo Grinbergs has been involved with The Mulberry Centre since 2012. “It was my son who first introduced me, through a school fundraising day,” she remembers. “I walked through the door, and was blown away by the sense of calm. I immediately knew I wanted to work with them.”
A few months later the CEO of the Centre offered Jo the role of senior therapist, a position she held for five years.
Most of Jo’s working life has involved complementary therapies. She first qualified as a massage therapist and aromatherapist over 30 years ago, subsequently training as a teacher and going on to offer courses in a range of complementary therapies. Fortunate to study with the renowned Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, she learned to integrate complementary therapies into cancer care. She has been chair of several organisations, including a pan London group The Royal Marsden Partnership for Complementary Therapists. She is one of a small handful of complementary therapists working in palliative care to be employed by the NHS.
Currently, Jo runs her own busy clinic and is also on the cusp of completing a degree in clinical massage.