Our governance

The Board

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett

Founder and Chair

Chair of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, Chair and Co-founder of the Marshall Institute.


Mark Lever

Chief Executive

Dr Anna Dixon

Chief Executive, The Centre for Ageing Better


Claire Riley

Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Dr Stephen Dunn

Chief Executive, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


Jayne Blacklay

Managing Director, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Jane Collins

Chief Executive, Marie Curie


Catherine Johnstone CBE

Chief Executive, Royal Voluntary Service


Larissa Joy

Independent non-executive director


The Advisory Council

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett

Chair of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, Chair and Co-founder of the Marshall Institute.

Chair and Founder of Helpforce


Dr Anna Dixon

Chief Executive, The Centre for Ageing Better

Helpforce Role – Anna is helping Helpforce to focus on forming partnerships for research & evaluation


Sara Siegel

Partner at Deloitte working on Healthcare strategy

Helpforce Role – UK Healthcare Strategy


Halima Khan

Executive Director – Health Lab, Nesta

Helpforce Role – Healthcare Innovation


Karl Wilding

Director of Public Policy and Volunteering, NCVO

Helpforce Role – Volunteering expert


Sir Paul Williams, OBE, KStJ, DL

Leading figure in the NHS, in his last role he was Director General for Health and Social Services, Welsh Assembly Government and CEO, NHS Wales.

Helpforce Role – NHS and healthcare expert


Emma Easton

Head of Voluntary Partnerships, Nursing Directorate, NHS England

Helpforce Role – NHS volunteer lead


Professor Sir Mike Richards

Former Chief Inspector of Hospitals – CQC

Helpforce Role – Advice on regulation


Professor John Ellershaw

Professor of Palliative Medicine / Director – Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool

Helpforce Role – Knowledge of volunteering internationally


Dominic Dodd

Chairman of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Bob Brown

Executive Director of Nursing / Director of Primary Care and Older People Services – Derry, County Londonderry, United Kingdom

Helpforce Role – Health and Social Care


Niall Dickson

CEO of NHS Confederation Helpforce Role – NHS


Laura Roberts

Director for the North – Health Education England

Helpforce Role – Health Education England


Sian Jarvis CB

Managing Director – Jarvis & Bo Communications. Trustee – Step up to Serve, iwill campaign

Helpforce Role – Communications advice, partnership with iwill


Baroness Camilla Cavendish

British journalist, policy advisor and Conservative member of the House of Lords

Helpforce Role – Training of volunteers, advice on governmental matters


Craig Morley MBE

Co-Founder and Chief Executive – Good Company

Helpforce Role – Intervention and service design


Julia Grant

Chief Executive, Pro Bono Economics

Helpforce Role – Advice on economic matters


Lesley Watts

Chief Executive – Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Helpforce Role – Acute Trust provider and Helpforce pilot perspective


Jeremy Hughes CBE

Chief Executive – Alzheimer’s Society

Helpforce Role – Extensive knowledge of volunteering in the UK and an expert of services relating to older people


Dame Gill Morgan

Chair NHS Providers

Helpforce Role – In depth knowledge of the NHS


Louise Mabley

Chair, NAVSM (National Association of Voluntary Service Managers)

Helpforce Role – Represent view of the volunteer services staff in Trusts, expert on best standards around volunteer management in the NHS


Joanna Killian

Chief Executive of Surrey County Council

Helpforce Role – Experience in local government


Janet Davies

Chief Executive and General Secretary Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Helpforce Role – The voice of nursing