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 Centre 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 Centre 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 that she set up with Robert Graham in 2010. Prior to that she worked in an American owned search company based in the UK. She began her professional career with twelve years at Marks and Spencer in human resources, undertaking a mixture of operational and strategic policy roles. Following a secondment scrutiny from Marks and Spencer, she moved into general management when she joined the staff at the Royal College of Physicians, as Deputy Chief Executive. After three years she became Chief Executive at the Royal College of General Practitioners for eight years, finally becoming an honorary fellow. Her last CEO appointment was for six years as Chief Executive and Registrar of the regulatory body for nurses, midwives and health visitors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
She holds a number of non-executive and advisory positions, amongst them the alcohol and drug charity Phoenix Futures, of which she is vice-chair; Queen Anne’s School Caversham, of which she is a governor and chair of the Personnel Committee; the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, of which she is a board member and chair of the Association of Executive Search; and a member of the European Confederation of Search and Selection Associations. She served for seven years as a member of a Home Office ethics group giving advice on the DNA database, and she has just completed a term as board member of the UK branch of the International Women’s Forum.
Sarah is married to Dr John Thewlis, Rector of Carshalton, and an honorary canon of Southwark Cathedral. She is interested in cooking, cats and horses, and she would like a dog one day.
David Meggitt (Treasurer)
David Meggitt 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.
Married with three children his (other) interests include writing and photography. David has been Treasurer of The Mulberry Centre since 2006.
Joy Pearce (Company Secretary)
Joy Pearce is a married mother of three girls and grandmother of two. She currently works as the Local Fighting Fund Organiser for Unison. Before that, she worked for National Grid Gas for 25 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.
In her spare time she likes swimming, ice skating, reading and cooking.
She has been a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre since 2004.
Jane Kelly (Founder Patron and Trustee)
Jane Kelly has run her own management consultancy alongside a portfolio of non-executive and trustee roles for twenty years. Her experience includes Chair, West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; Chair, North West London Strategic Health Authority and Commissioner, Appointments Commission. Her consultancy focuses on strategic planning, governance and leadership development, including executive coaching for directors.
An independent Council member at Brunel University, Jane was elected Deputy Chair in 2009 and Chair from 2011. She sits on a Department of Health advisory committee, a patient participation group for Imperial College’s integrated care pilot and the committee of the Friends of Chiswick Health Centre.
Graduating in law from Birmingham University, her earlier career as a solicitor took her to Hong Kong and Brunei. Her interests broadened into management and she became director of human resources and later a commercial manager and director of a leading healthcare company.
She 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.
Married to a retired HR professional who has been trustee and deputy chair of Breast Cancer Care, Jane has 3 stepdaughters and 7 stepgrandchildren. Her interests include family life, the cultural delights of London and getting away from it all with maps and a pile of books in rural Britain and overseas.
Chris is a Director at 2020 Delivery, a public service management consultancy firm, where he helps senior clients to improve the efficiency, performance and quality of operations. He has over a decade of management consultancy experience, delivering results for NHS providers, commissioners and central government organisations. As well as supporting clients directly, Chris also shares his expertise through training and mentoring participants in Capability Building programmes. Chris leads on knowledge development and capture within 2020 Delivery.
Before 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.
Chris is married to a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and they have a young daughter. He joined the Trustees of The Mulberry Centre in the autumn of 2016
Phoebe Daws graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class Degree in Law and went on to qualify as a solicitor. She worked with Denton Hall, a city London law firm, and, on qualification, she specialised in Commercial Property. Following the birth of her first child, she decided 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.
Phoebe is married, her husband is a retired solicitor, they have 3 grown up children – a solicitor, an accountant and a physics undergraduate.
Her interests include golf and sculling (both of which she does competitively), tennis, reading and gardening. She has been a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre since 2004.
Grace Gibbs has worked as a healthcare management consultant since 2004. During this time she has had the opportunity to work 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 and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive at West Middlesex University Hospital. She was awarded an NHS scholarship in 1994 which she used to study at Henley Management College and was awarded an MBA from Brunel University in 1996.
She is an active Rotarian and is involved in the TUT Rotary Club. She 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 who climbed Ben Nevis in aid of The Mulberry Centre. She lives in Whitton, very close to Twickenham Rugby Ground.
Grace loves jazz, blues and opera as well as theatre. She has a son who is also a professional healthcare manager as well as being a musician with his own band. She collects old brooches and loves to travel. In her spare time (!!) she is bonding with her toddler grandson, trying her hand at gardening and has just started knitting again after an absence of 30 years.
Jasminder Grewal OBE
Jasminder Grewal was born in Nairobi Kenya and after completing her Primary Education the family relocated to India where she completed her education. She is a mother to two daughters and has four grandchildren. She had personal experience of the support and services offered by The Mulberry Centre when her husband died 12 years ago. She became a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre in 2011.
Jasminder has had a teaching career that has spanned almost 40 years. For 17 years Jasminder was the Head of a Primary school in the London Borough of Ealing that was rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted. Subsequently she worked supporting schools “in a category” as a Head teacher Consultant in Ealing as well as supporting vulnerable schools as a Leading Lead in Education in other boroughs.
She has been acknowledged as an expert in raising standards in education and was successful in taking a failing school into the top 5% nationally for achievement and a place in the Good Schools Guide. She has a passion and drive for removing barriers to learning for all pupils and ensuring that all are able to achieve their highest potential.
She was given the Head Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 and her work in education was recognised by an OBE in 2007.
Mr Matt Winkler 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. At WMUH he deals with elective and emergency urology, trains students and manages the Urology department.
Heather has been a Trustee of The Mulberry Centre since April 2018. She is a Chartered Accountant, and spent her career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK and overseas, including many years in France, 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, and is enjoying travel, theatre and music, and catching up with family and friends.