Meet the Trustees of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

We are always on the look out for new Trustees from our associate members who are able to give some of their time to the Charity.

Vice Presidents for LifeMiss J. Flindall FRCN
Mrs B. M. Baer
Mrs A. Coffey
ChairProfessor H Allan
Hon SecretaryDr P. Page
Hon TreasurerProfessor T. Wiseman
EditorMr A. Baudains
InvestmentsDr. W. Knibb
Events Co-ordinatorMrs P. Edmund
Events Co-ordinatorMrs J. Williams
Archiving/Facebook LiaisonMs P. Jenkins
UCLH LiaisonMrs H. Baker
UCLH LiaisonMs A. Finch
Members of the Benevolent Fund Committee
Ms H. MeehanMs C. West
Ms W. NowellMrs S. Warwick
Ms K. CuthillProfessor T. Wiseman
Dr. W. KnibbProfessor H. Allan


Chair of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Professor Helen Allan

Professor Helen Allan
About Helen

Helen Allan is a Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University, London, UK. She registered as a nurse in 1979, working for 13 years in acute care. After a BSc Sociology at the London School of Economics, London University, Helen trained as a nurse teacher and taught social sciences and nursing at Bloomsbury College of Nursing & Midwifery and then at the Royal College of Nursing Institute. Helen completed her PhD in Nursing part time at Manchester University in 2000. She worked with Professor Pam Smith at the University of Surrey in the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education. Helen has held Chairs at the Universities of Surrey, York and since 2014 at Middlesex University.

Treasurer of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Professor Theresa Wiseman

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Theresa

Theresa Wiseman is a clinical nurse academic with a joint appointment between The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton. She holds a chair in Applied Health Research in Cancer Care, is passionate about research but more so that it makes a difference to patients and families. She began nursing at UCH in January 1977 and joined Set 222, qualifying in January 1980. She had various staff nurse posts including working in Germany, completed her ITU training at The London Hospital and returned to UCH as a Sister in 5:1 from 1983-1985 when she became a clinical teacher. After completing a BSc and Post Grad Dip in Education she worked at Bloomsbury College of Nursing and Midwifery from 1992-1997 when it closed. Following this, Theresa worked as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (KCL). Here she completed her PhD and obtained her first joint appointment with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and KCL, before taking up her post as Strategic Lead of Applied Health Research at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMNHSFT). In 2015 she was awarded a chair in Applied Health Research in Cancer Care (joint appointment) by the University of Southampton and RMNHSFT. She has always maintained a clinical component of her role and has had joint clinical academic posts since 2008.  Her research focusses on patient and carer experience of cancer and treatment and developing services and interventions to ameliorate that experience.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Hilary Baker

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Hilary

Hilary Baker is the Macmillan Lead nurse specialist in Uro-oncology at UCLH having returned to her alma matter in 2014 after a thirty-year gap following her nurse training in 1983 (as set 245). She has worked all her career as a urology/surgical nurse both in the NHS and private sector in a variety of roles and the past twenty years have been in oncology as a CNS. She has a MSC in cancer studies and a BSc in cancer and palliative care from Oxford Brookes University and is registered on the NMC as a an advance nurse practitioner. She is passionate about patient pre-habilitation and rehabilitation following surgery and patient experience. Outside of work Hilary enjoys walking in the Buckinghamshire countryside with her dogs, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Trustee at UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Alison Finch

Alison Finch - Trustee
About Alison

Alison Finch is currently assistant chief nurse at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and in parallel holds a National Institute for Health Research clinical doctoral fellowship. She is undertaking her PhD research within the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London. Alison registered as a nurse in 1993 and has worked predominantly with young people within the specialities of haematology and cancer care. She has worked with the Middlesex Hospital and UCLH for twenty years as a staff nurse, sister, matron and lead nurse. A former recipient of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity Janet Hull travel Scholarship, Alison has been a committee member and then trustee since 2013. Alison was awarded a MBE for services to nursing in 2009.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Paula Maynot

Paula Maynot
About Paula

​I trained at UCH in Set 257. I practised surgical and ITU nursing and then a long career in midwifery. In 2013 I joined NPEU at the University of Oxford as a neonatal RCT research nurse followed by a midwifery birthing centre surveillance system called UKMidSS. I started UCH Facebook. As this group expanded I soon linked up with the UCH Nurse Charity with whom it seemed a logical and progressive step to work with to get involved with their modernisation changes and the hospital archive project which I am enthused about. 

Assistant Treasurer of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Wendy Knibb

Dr Wendy Knibb
About Wendy

Wendy Knibb is a semi-retired Health Economist who has extensive knowledge of research particularly relating to nurse training and translational research. Academia is a second career for Wendy after a spell as assistant to the Investment Advisor of a large private bank in London. She gained a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Politics, went on to undertake an MSc in Economics and after being awarded a studentship from the University of Surrey, in 2005 she completed her research training reading for a PhD on ‘The use and training provision for HCAs and Support Workers in the NHS in England’. Whilst at the University of Surrey for 16 years, she held various posts including running the Doctorate of Clinical Practice programme and supporting many MSc and PhD students through their research studies. From 2008 to 2011, she held a part-time secondment to the Department of Health South-East to provide advice on Health Economics and Evaluative techniques. Wendy was heavily involved in the European Health Management Association for many years where she ran a Special Interest Group on Healthcare Force Management. Much of her research has centred on evaluative studies.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Andrew Baudains

Lesley Brydon
About Andrew

Andrew Baudains is the Managing Director of Baudains Executive Services which is a bespoke recruitment, coaching and consultancy business.

Andrew started his nursing career in 1984 (set 271) and was a Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse at UCH on 5:1 before moving to the Middlesex Hospital, working in Cardiology and Coronary Care. He then completed the ITU course at the Middlesex Hospital before moving to ITU at the Westminster Hospital. Andrew then moved to Queen Square as a Charge Nurse, assisting with setting up their new SITU. He then moved to the Midlands as a District Resuscitation Training Officer before becoming the Medical Services Manager at Kings Mill Hospital which included several in-patient, out-patient, community and day case services.

Having moved into management, for many years Andrew continued to practice as a Bank Nurse in the acute sector within ITU and also working as an inflight nurse, accompanying critically ill patients to various specialist centres. Most recently he has worked for the Government of Jersey as part of the Covid-19 response team.

Andrew has a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management; a Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Organisation and Policy; and an MSc in Healthcare Management.

Previous voluntary positions have included: Chairman, British Red Cross – Jersey; Chairman, Jersey Independent Prison Monitoring Board; and Trustee of the Antoine Trust (a charity helping Jersey children and their families through cancer).


Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Mrs Pat Edmund

Pat Edmund
About Pat

I trained at UCH, in Set 154, from 1962-66 winning The Merrifield Palmer Memorial Prize and staffing on 4/3 under wonderful Sister Sare. I left UCH in 1966 to get married, joining my husband in Germany serving with the Royal Air Force. (1966-68 and 1977-80), giving voluntary welfare support to overseas young RAF families (at that time, Officers’ wives were not permitted to work, only in a voluntary capacity).

Bringing up six children, born between 1967-1979, I completed a Back to Nursing Course in Watford in 1980, working on the Regional Burns Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital Northwood and on ICU there. Later, I worked in Orthopaedics and then moved to Care of the Elderly at Home, which actually prepared me for providing full-time care for my widowed father 1997-2002 wheelchair- bound after several strokes. By 2008, my husband became very ill and I have been his full-time carer ever since, as well as childminder to our many lovely Grandchildren. Teaching during ‘Lockdown’ remotely has proved challenging and fun!

Finally, I have been involved with the League since 1967, often serving on the Executive Committee, helping with both the 95th Anniversary as well as the Centenary Celebrations. More recently, I have become a Trustee with UCH London Nurses’ Charity continuing to arrange our Social Events in London.

My father was a UCH trained doctor and two of our daughters trained as UCH nurses, so it’s very much been part of our lives


Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Jan Williams

Jan Williams Trustee
About Jan

I trained at UCH from 1975-77 and feel indebted for opportunities provided me. I was a Sister on ward 5:1 before becoming a Tutor in Minerva House from 1983-91. Last year I retired as Dean of Health and Education at Middlesex University. This role is a chance for me to give something back to UCLH nurses.

Secretary of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Pam Page

Pam Page
About Pam

Pam Page currently works as the quality assurance deputy director on behalf of the NMC. She has over 40 years’ experience in both clinical and university settings in the UK.

Pam started her nursing career in January 1981 (set 248) and staffed on 5:1 before completing her ICU course at Guys Hospital. Her clinical career has been within the field of critical and high dependency care. Within higher education, Pam gained her principal fellowship with the Higher Education Academy reflecting extensive partnership working across the NHS and independent healthcare sector. The latter part of her career has focused on quality enhancement and quality assurance working with several professional statutory and regulatory bodies including the GMC, HCPC and the NMC. Pam’s passion and identity however remains that of a critical care nurse who strives to improve quality of life during and post-critical illness for both survivors and their families. This has been the focus of her PhD studies. Pam is on the board of trustees for the charity ICUsteps.

In 2019 Pam was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) travel fellowship to research critical illness survivorship and is a former recipient of the UCH London Nurses Charity Janet Hull travel scholarship.


Chair’s Report January 2022, Professor Helen Allan

At present we service four meetings of the trustees annually and four meetings of the Benevolent Fund Committee (BF) annually; we manage the charity with due governance under the terms of the Charity Commission and Companies House submitting annual confirmation of accounts after scrutiny by independent review. WE have successfully submitted our accounts for the year ending 2021 in December 2021.

We have 10 trustees and one new trustee, Ms Monica Duncan whose nomination has had Chair’s approval. New adverts for trustees and volunteers have been posted on Facebook and onto the website. No response. One personal approach made with limited success. We need to find a volunteer or trustee to i) manage online sales ii) oversee Education fund. The BF Chair is currently off sick and may step down. Paula Jenkins (trustee) is also unable to undertake any roles – HA to follow up in Summer 2022.

We have a functioning website which attracts visitors and enquiries. A lot of enquiries now reach the Secretary through the website. We are able to take payment for associate membership and events through BACs and PayPal.

Until the Pandemic 2020, we held two members’ events per year with an annual Charity meeting.

Financial Awards:

We have supported the Preceptorship awards at UCLH for two years but not in 2021.

  • The BF supports two associate members – @ £500 per quarter, [£2000 p.a.].
  • We have made one education award to consider 2021.
  • The associate membership (currently 1020) has increased in 2020 since we established links between UCH Facebook page with the appointment of Paula Jenkins as trustee. We now circulate news of our awards in the Chief Nurse’s Bulletin at UCLH monthly.
  • We do not have any income streams apart from associate membership fees as the events make a loss – this is supported as it assists us in meeting one of our aims (see 1.iii below).

Matters to consider:

  • Paper on Charity finances
  • Website/membership area
  • Online seminars
  • Replacing key officers on Trustee Committee.

Helen Allan


January 11th 2022

Professor Helen Alan

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