Welcoming our New Trustees
We are delighted to announce The Pituitary Foundation’s new Trustees who are joining this year.
Following an extensive recruitment process at the end of 2020, five new Board members are to be appointed. Three have been formally appointed in January and two will be proposed to be formally appointed at the charity’s General Meeting in July 2021.
The Board of Trustees is legally responsible for the governance of the charity, including setting its vision, mission and strategy and provides oversight to ensure we are achieving The Pituitary Foundation’s charitable objectives.
To this end, Mr Saurabh Sinha joins the Board, a consultant neurosurgeon, at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for the past eleven years. During this time, Saurabh’s main role has been in the clinical and operative management of adults and children with pituitary and related disease, and he brings significant insight and experience in the issues that affect patients and their friends and families. Saurabh is an active member of The Pituitary Foundation’s Medical Committee and his background and personal experience provide him with insights regarding inclusion, equality and diversity.
Also joining is Jenifer Phillips, a pituitary patient, parent and youth participation advocate who brings a wealth of experience in charity policy, parliamentary engagement, communications, particularly in the field of children, young people and mental health. Jenifer is a qualified teacher and experienced in both working directly with, and influencing policy for, children and young people. She has worked for organisations including UNICEF UK, Young Minds and the British Youth Council. Jenifer lives in Scotland and is currently a full-time parent to her two young children.
The Pituitary Foundation also welcomes Dr Antonia Brooke, consultant endocrinologist specialising in pituitary disease in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Antonia is committed to patient-centred care and has been nominated a number of times by patients for an ‘extraordinary people’ award at her health trust. Antonia is part of the Society for Endocrinology’s Clinical Committee and Working Group on the Future of Endocrinology chairs the Society for Endocrinology’s Peer Review Committee and champions partnership working, leading the development of the South West England’s regional service, she set up a network of endocrinologists to improve care, share protocols and audit activity. Antonia has also actively supported The Pituitary Foundation’s Local Support Groups in her region.
In July 2021, we will also be welcoming Alexia Deleligne. With first-hand experience of living with a pituitary condition, Alexia is a development professional with over fifteen years’ experience with the United Nations and in international non-governmental organisations, leading on planning, evaluation and strategy. Alexia is a visiting lecturer at London South Bank University, delivering sessions on topics such as: gender and development, evaluation and research in development. Alexia is experienced in rights, dignity, and equal opportunities and is a trained gender auditor. She will be supporting the development of The Pituitary Foundation’s work around equality, diversity and inclusion.
Alongside Alexia, Deborah Cooper, Director Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy & Technology at PWC will complete our full complement of Board recruitment for 2021 and be appointed in July. Deborah is a pituitary patient and brings extensive experience in senior management in the pharmaceutical industry. Her portfolio covers a number of disciplines including: IT and data, research and development, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs, policy and compliance. Deborah has fourteen years’ experience of working at Board level and she has worked in patient, key opinion leader and healthcare professional engagement, as well as for the European Medicines Agency.
Commenting on these appointments, Menai Owen-Jones, CEO of The Pituitary Foundation said: “We are delighted to welcome our new Trustees at this unique time in our charity’s development.
“We undertook a wide search for new Board members and are delighted to welcome five talented, experienced and principled trustees, who are committed to our values and our vision that every person affected by a pituitary condition has a timely diagnosis and access to high quality treatment, information and support.
“We were looking to appoint trustees from diverse backgrounds, with varied skills, perspectives and experiences. We received a high number of applications which exceeded our expectations. Our new trustees bring diverse skills and backgrounds and this is important as we continue to progress our equality, diversity and inclusion work over the coming years.”
Commenting further, Menai said: “On this occasion we were unable to appoint a trustee who is a young person, as such in order to progress our commitment of reaching more younger people, The Board has decided to set up a young people’s advisory sub-committee to the Board, to inform the Trustees on matters relating to young people.”
Echoing these views, Chair of Trustees, Tom Sumpster also commented: “A strong and committed Board is key to the future of the charity.
“Over recent years we have made significant progress delivering the aims that have been set out in our strategic plans. While Covid-19 has brought unprecedented challenges, and we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape created by the ongoing pandemic, we are confident that with a strong team of Trustees, staff and volunteers we will continue to steer The Pituitary Foundation on a positive trajectory in accordance with our refreshed Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022.
We are focused on developing key areas of our work such as digital engagement, reaching more diverse communities and younger people, growing our volunteering networks, developing our education work and increasing our policy and influencing work, with the ultimate aim of improving care for pituitary patients and their families.
“Our new Trustees will be bringing many skills and attributes to contribute to leading the charity into the future, and to this end we warmly welcome our new colleagues joining this year.”