The Queen's Nursing Institute

The Queen's Nursing Institute works with the public, nurses and decision-makers to make sure that good quality nursing is available at home for everyone when they need it.

Healthcare at home

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This year, why not enjoy a day out at a National Gardens Scheme garden - you'll be helping fund the QNI too! 

Visit the Burdett Trust website

Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.

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Visit our nursing heritage website, a celebration of District Nursing around the world since 1859.

QNI Staff

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Chief Executive
Dr Crystal Oldman
020 7549 1406 

Crystal Oldman

Dr Crystal Oldman joined the QNI in November 2012 as Chief Executive. Crystal worked in the NHS for 18 years, the majority of which was in the field of community nursing, working with some of the most deprived communities in west London. She has a passion for learning, teaching and research to support best practice and in 1994 joined Buckinghamshire New University as a senior lecturer, to develop a variety of community nursing programmes.

Crystal enjoyed an academic career for a further 18 years, completing her Higher Education career as Dean of Enterprise and Business Management in the Faculty of Society & Health, where her role included the development of partnerships with external agencies to promote research and assist in workforce development.

Crystal’s interest in leadership and management inspired her doctoral studies into the knowledge, skills and attributes of middle managers and this research was completed in 2014. 

Crystal has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the QNI and the delivery of the QNI mission to improve the care of patients in the home and community. Crystal started training as a nurse and worked in the NHS for 16 years, in the acute setting of burns, plastics, oncology and intensive care nursing. She soon moved into community nursing and public health, working with some of the most deprived communities in London. She then joined Buckinghamshire New University as a senior lecturer and later as Dean of Enterprise and Business Management in the Faculty of Society & Health where her role included the development of partnerships with external agencies to promote research and assist in workforce development. Crystal’s longstanding interest in the leadership and management has inspired her doctoral studies into the knowledge, skills and attributes of middle managers which she is due to complete in 2013.

Practice Development Manager
Anne Pearson
020 7549 1409

Anne Pearson

Anne Pearson is a qualified nurse and has a background in acute and community services. She moved from the NHS to the voluntary sector and worked in health related charities developing information and education services for patients and health professionals. Anne has responsibility for the management of the Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme and the development of the Queens Nurse network. She also supports the Director in the professional and policy work of the QNI.

Finance Manager

Chris Kerrigan
020 7549 1419

Chris Kerrigan

After spending many years in various roles in the private sector, including as a hotel accountant, Chris spent the last ten years working in the not-for-profit education area. He joined FENTO(Further Education National Training Organisation) in November 2000. FENTO and four other national training organizations, which included among other projects work-based learning, libraries and archives, merged to become Lifelong Learning UK in January 2005. He was chosen to be the financial controller and the company grew from twenty people to nearly two hundred within three years. Chris' most recent commitment in to the charity world was at last year’s London Marathon, where he raised nearly five thousand pounds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by walking the marathon backwards -  Buckingham Palace to Greenwich!

Welfare and Grants Officer
Joanne Moorby 

020 7549 1405

Jo Moorby

Jo Moorby joined the QNI in October 2005 and became Welfare Administrator in March 2006. The QNI is committed to providing financial support to nurses in the community when they are in times of financial duress through illness or other life crisis. Jo’s work at the QNI centres on providing this support and she is proud to work for an organisation that takes such good care of its clients. Previous to working at the QNI, Jo worked for several years in various administrative roles in an NHS Mental Health Trust. Jo is married and has two grown up daughters. As one daughter lives in Spain , Jo is learning Spanish and although a graduate in linguistics, she says that she is finding it more difficult than she anticipated! 

Communications Manager

Matthew Bradby
020 7549 1408

Matt Bradby

Matthew joined the QNI in 2008. He has previously worked for a number of voluntary organisations in the UK and the US, in areas including health education, youth work, environment, and heritage. He has also worked for the Charity Commission, and is currently involved with a number of voluntary organisations in London.

Communications Officer

Joanna Sagnella
020 7549 1404

Joanna Sagnella

Joanna has had a varied background having worked as a staff writer on a parenting magazine and later as a freelance journalist and in other comms roles as a temp. She has also worked as a tour guide when she lived in Italy. She enjoys taking part in charity runs for Cancer Research, experimenting with recipes, and spending time with her family.


PA to the Chief Executive and Office Manager
Christine Widdowson
020 7549 1400

Christine Widdowson

Christine Widdowson joined the QNI in August 2010. As Office Manager, she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office and is generally the first point of contact for callers to the QNI. She also processes orders for QNI merchandise. Previously, Christine worked in the City as a secretary/PA at Midland Bank, Sedgwick Ltd and Accenture. Following marriage, she lived in South Africa for 15 years, where two of her three daughters were born. Her interests are going to the theatre, swimming, walking in the countryside and being a member of a (reasonably successful) quiz team.

Network Facilitator (Queen's Nurses)

Farida Barlas
020 7549 1407

Farida Barlas

Farida joined the QNI in February 2011 from a mental health charity, Brent Mind. As Network Facilitator, Farida is in charge of developing and supporting our network of Queen's Nurses (QNs) who contribute to the QNI vision of providing best care for patients in their own home and community. She manages the QN application process, network development and QN communications as well as their professional development programme. She also manages QNI award ceremonies and workshops. In her spare time she enjoys catching up with friends and discovering new places to eat.

Practice Development Administrator

Agnieszka Kusmierz
020 7549 1403 

Agnieszka joined the QNI in October 2013. A graduate of Public Administration and Medical Information Management, Agnieszka worked for Perkins School for the Blind in the US, where she assisted in setting up various educational programmes for blind children in different countries. As Practice Development Administrator Agnieszka provides comprehensive administrative support to the Practice Development Team across a broad range of activities. This includes overseeing admission processes for different awards and projects, such as the Queen's Nurse title and Fund for Innovation and Leadership, as well as conference and events administration. Agnieszka’s interests include travel, art, music and Salsa dancing.

Carers Project Manager

Jennie Whitford
020 7549 1402

Jennie Whitford

Jennie has recently joined the QNI as the Carers Project Manager. She brings with her a lengthy background of working in health & social care. Her specialities include working with people living with the experience of dementia and their carers, as well as providing training to a broad range of health & social care professionals.

Jennie believes she was born to kayak, but forced to work, so grabs every opportunity she can to get on the water. 



Supporting Carers

Transition to Community

Homeless Health