Dame Christine Beasley served the National Health Service in England in a number of roles during a 50-year career, which she began as a student nurse at the Royal London Hospital in 1962. Dame Christine held a number of regional nursing, operations and organisational development posts. In 2003 she was appointed Partnership Development Director in the national Modernisation Agency. A year later, she took up her final role as Chief Nursing Officer for England, a post she held until 2012.
In parallel with her executive career, Dame Christine has been a member of various national nursing and health related committees. She has been appointed to a number of non-executive positions in the health, charity and higher education sector. She currently is Non-executive Director of the NHS Trust Development Agency, Chair of Health Education North Central and East London Education Board and Chair of Council of Bucks (new) University. She has been appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire for her public and voluntary service.
Colin spent ten years working as an accountant in the UK and overseas followed by fourteen years in theatre management. He now runs a small manufacturing business. He is qualified to teach English as a foreign language, which he does in Oxford. He founded a charity to involve the corporate world with UK students and with people in the developing world. Currently he is a part-time student at Oxford University studying for the Diploma in History of Art. He is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers in the City of London.
Alastair trained as an architect at Dundee University and spent several years in architectural practice before joining the NHS as a project manager in the early 1990s at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He has been at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 2000 and was responsible for managing the construction of the award-winning Evelina Children’s Hospital, which opened in autumn 2005.
Alastair has extensive experience of the strategic planning, design, delivery and commissioning of building projects. He is Director of Asset Management at Guy’s and St Thomas’ with responsibility for all capital and property issues on the acute sites and across the local community. He leads on developing the Trust’s ambitious estates strategy, and oversees the delivery of several key projects including the refurbishment of the East Wing and Emergency Department at St Thomas’ and a new centre for world-class cancer treatment at Guy’s.
Chloe has responsibility for developing strategic capacity, support and opportunities for Wellcome researchers’ engagement with the public. Previously, she was Senior Policy Manager for Public Engagement with Research at Research Councils UK leading on researcher policy. She has worked in public engagement for over ten years including at the Royal Society (supporting their Science in Society programme and then as Science Communication Manager with responsibility for the Society’s public events programme). Chloe studied biological sciences at the University of Exeter (BSc) and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.
Janet has worked in museums for 40 years at both national and local level. She has been CEO of the Horniman Museum and Gardens since 1998, leading a series of successful capital developments and fundraising campaigns. Underpinned by collections development and audience engagement, this has led to a 300% increase in visitor numbers.
Janet reviews capital projects for various organisations. She has served on expert panels and has wide experience of museum boards including: Visitor University of Oxford (Pitt Rivers); Trustee London Transport Museum; Trustee Collections Trust; HLF Expert Panel; Project Board for Wellcome Collection. She is currently a trustee of the Hunterian Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.
Mary Watkins was appointed a Life Peer as Baroness Watkins of Tavistock in 2015. She was a Professor of Nursing, and is currently Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University. She qualified as a General Nurse in 1976, a Mental Health Nurse in 1979, was a Nightingale Scholar in 1985 and gained her Doctorate from King’s College London in 1994. She was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Work at Plymouth in 2003, Pro-Vice Chancellor Health in 2005 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in January 2007. She has consistently been invited to represent the views of the nursing profession on a range of Department of Health working parties and is Nurse Advisor to the BUPA Medical Advisory Panel. Her interests and activities extend beyond nursing and education to include involvement in secondary education, as former Chair of two Academy schools, trusteeships in mental health charities, and non-executive work in a housing association. She gave her maiden speech in January 2016 and has taken a keen interest in the development of the Housing and Trade Union Bills since her appointment to the House of Lords.