Meet the Trustees of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

We are always on the look out for new Trustees from our 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
PresidentMrs Ann Redmayne
Vice Presidentto be elected at April 19 Executive meeting
ChairProfessor H Allan
SecretaryMrs Shirley Warwick
TreasurerProfessor Theresa Wiseman
Mrs H BakerMrs A Dodhia
Alison FinchJudith Jackson
Dr Wendy KnibbMrs S Lavers
Mrs Karen Lloyd Dr E Maxwell


President of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Ann Redmayne

Ann Redmayne President of UCH London Nurses’ Charity
About Ann

My life began in a small farming community near Preston in Lancashire. We lived there until 1953 and at the Queen’s coronation I was fortunate enough to see the whole ceremony on a small black and white television, bought by one of my friends parents. There may have been 12 or more children and adults crouched in front of the small screen. We thought it was wonderful, seeing what was happening in London in a sitting room in Lancashire.

My parents and I moved shortly after the Coronation, to Bristol where I continued my secondary education, at the end of which I pursued my ambition to become a nurse. I had always wanted to be a nurse and began my training at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children. I loved my training and paediatrics was to be a thread which ran through my career. After 3 years I gained my RSCN and a Gold Medal.

My next ambition was to gain SRN at a London teaching hospital and I applied to UCH, St Thomas’ and Westminster. I chose UCH and began my 2 year training as an affiliate in 1961 and was very happy to be in London. , At the end of my training,there followed the ‘blue belt ‘ year and then night duty as a ‘red belt’.I remember being very proud of the made to measure uniform though I was baffled by the cap when I arrived at St Pancras and opened one of the laundry boxes. I made good use of all the free theatre tickets which were allocated to the hospital and the pre-Christmas visit to Covent Garden was great fun, especially when given a lift back to UCH in a ‘black maria’ Friendships formed both in Bristol and UCH have continued over the years and more were made when I went to Edinburgh to undertake midwifery training. The draw to Edinburgh was the Festival and the sailing. Following midwifery I did an intensive care course at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary – one of the first hospitals to offer an accredited course.

After Edinburgh I moved back to Bristol as a night sister at the Children’s Hospital as my mother was to have major surgery. After 2 years I was back at UCH as Night Nursing Officer – a post I held for about 3 years. During this period we had to be aware of IRA activity and casualty could be extremely busy at times! It was time to leave night duty and have a day job. A new district hospital was being built in Greenwich and they wanted a senior sister for their 50 bedded paediatric unit. I was the successful applicant. It was a challenging experience commissioning a new unit and working in a non-teaching hospital, but I enjoyed being back with children’s nursing for nearly 3 years.

The Salmon report was being implemented throughout NHS and I was offered a Nursing Officer’s post back at UCH in the Cruciform building covering 52 male medical, 51 ICU and coronary care, 42paediatrics, 32mixed surgery, and 11metabolic, ( the special wards as they were called).

Following my marriage in 1973 we moved to Buckinghamshire and when my youngest son was 18mths old I did Bank Nursing at 2 local hospitals. This arrangement was very convenient for family commitments and continued until I was offered a Sister’s post on the geriatric day hospital, more or less 9-5pm and no weekends. I continued in my last post until retirement. During my career I have pursued my interest in art, history, theatre, sailing, gardening and maintaining the various friendships made over the years. Now, our family has increased with 5 grandchildren – 3 locally and 2 in Hong Kong.

Since my training and during the last 12-15 years I have been involved with the Executive Committee of the Nurses’ League. We organised a very successful Centenary Celebration in 2009 when 600 members joined the celebrations. I have been privileged to be the President and involved in the transition from League to the creation of the Charity for the whole League and not just the Benevolent Fund. As a Charity and with new Trustees we will move forward to continue to have a relevance for members who train at UCH or worked for the Trust for at least 1 year. Who knows – there could be UCLH trained nurses once again ready to join our Charity and continue the work that began in 1909.

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.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Elaine Maxwell

Elaine Maxwell
About Elaine

Elaine Maxwell (Set 222) started at UCH in January 1977 and staffed on 4/3 under Sr Sare and later as a Staff Nurse on the newly opening Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant unit on PPW2. Her final stint was as a Night Sister at St Pancras Hospital. She was Director of Nursing at both Dorset County Hospital and Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals before belatedly undertaking her PhD. She was Associate Professor of Leadership at London South Bank University, running the Aspiring Director of Nursing Post Graduate Certificate before joining the National Institute of Health Research Dissemination centre in 2017.

Secretary of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Shirley Warwick

Shirley Warwick
About Shirley

Shirley Warwick trained at UCH from 1967-1970 (set 174).

After qualifying, I staffed on ward 3:1 (female surgical) until my marriage.
I returned to UCH in 1971 staffing on ward 1:2 the radiotherapy ward and department until leaving to have my daughter followed by a son.

In 1979 I became a district nursing sister and practical work tutor.

The last years of my career were spent as a community based Macmillan Nursing Sister combined with some lecturing. I retired 15 years ago and have volunteered for various organisations. My late husband died in 2011. I now have a daughter and son plus 3 grandchildren (all boys).

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
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.

Treasurer of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Professor Theresa Wiseman

Professor Theresa Wiseman
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Trustee at UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Karen Lloyd

Karen Lloyd
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Trustee at UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Wendy Knibb

Dr Wendy Knibb
About Wendy

Wendy Knibb is a semi-retired Health Economist. Whilst not from a nursing background, she has been involved in many research projects particularly relating to nurse training and translational research. Wendy was at the University of Surrey for 16 years where she taught mainly on postgraduate courses and held a Senior Lectureship on her retirement. Her PhD was concerned with the use and the training provision for HCAs and Support Workers in the NHS in England.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Janet Likeman

Professor Theresa Wiseman
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Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Judith Jackson

Professor Theresa Wiseman
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Minutes Secretary of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Siân Lavers

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Siân

Siân Lavers is the Practice Education Lead for the BSc Paramedic Science programme at Oxford Brookes University. She was in Set 221 from November 1976 to January 1980. She completed an Operating Theatre course at The Middlesex Hospital in 1980-81 and worked in theatres, on the Isle of Wight and Oxford for about 16 years. She then worked in Further Education teaching Health and Social Care and Childcare Levels 1-4 for 15 years, before moving into the Higher Education Sector. She is a co-author of some 22 text books in Health and Social Care. She has been involved with the UCH Nurses’ League and then the Charity on and off since the late 80s, and is the Minutes Secretary for the Charity.

Ann Redmayne President of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

A Message from your President,  Ann Redmayne

As I begin this annual letter the temperature has dropped by 10 degrees from what we experienced during the prolonged heatwave, but I hope you were able to enjoy the summer.

This year there seems to have been a great number of commemorative celebrations and I know some of you have been involved in those with regard to the 1st World War. The Suffragette movement, Shakespeare’s birthday, Captain Cook’s voyage to the South Seas, the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 and there will be more commemorations for ANZAC day in November. – just a few throughout the year. Next year will be our 110th anniversary – yes, it is 10 years since our Centenary Celebration and thanks go to Wendy Nowell who has revisited our archive to remind us of that memorable day.

This year sees changes to some key people in the Charity as Trustees have completed their terms of office and on your behalf, I want to say a huge thank you for ALL that they have done in their service to the Charity. The time , and energy which they have given, especially during the transition period from the League to the Charity, is immeasurable So whilst we say farewell to Dr Crystal Oldman, our Chair, Lesley Hicks, our Treasurer and Wendy Nowell¸ I know they will maintain their links with us.

Helen Allan replaces Crystal as our Chair, Theresa Wiseman replaces Lesley as our Treasurer, Elaine Maxwell is our magazine editor and Shirley Warwick becomes a Trustee. We welcome them and look forward to their fresh energies in taking our Charity forward and I look forward to an interesting year ahead. Hopefully I will meet many of you at our Annual meeting and Autumn Lunch, but also your contact with us by phone and ‘snail mail’.

Best wishes to you all,
Ann Redmayne.


A Message from your Chair, Professor Helen Allan

I am thrilled to be the new Chair of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity and really look forward to working with the trustees to develop the Charity’s work.

My vision for the Charity is to increase the membership by raising its profile in the Trust/UCLH among younger and active registered nurses. To do this, the trustees are pleased to announce:

  • The sponsorship by the Charity of Preceptee Awards for three years. These will be awarded for the first time at an event on December 17th 2018 at UCLH.
  • Development of a website with an external web developer linking with Alison Finch, Shirley Warwick and Helen Allan.
  • Development of an online Magazine format as well as the hard copy.
  • Development of a digital database.
  • Payment of membership fees to be online for new members.
  • Encouragement by new members to apply for education funding from the Charity to meet personal career development and move the future of nursing at UCLH forward.
Professor Helen Alan

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Annual Study Morning

April, 2020 @ 10:00am
Venue to be decided

More information about the event to follow.

Autumn Lunch 2020

Saturday 10th October 2020
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Lunch open to Associate Members and guests

Study Day and ACM

Saturday 24th April 2020
Venue to be advised

Open to all Members

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Annual Study Morning and Annual Charity Meeting Saturday 25th April 2020 To be held at the Grafton/Radisson Hotel, 130 Tottenham Court Road Cost of the tickets: £35 for members, £40 for guests. Closing date for applications: 25th March Study Morning Agenda 10.30...

Autumn Lunch 2019

Autumn Lunch 2019

The Autumn Lunch on Saturday 12th October was well attended with over 65 sitting down to lunch. The lunch was held at the Grafton Radisson Hotel in Tottenham Court Road, site of the Grafton Nurses’ Home.

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