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.

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Chief Executive
Dr Crystal Oldman
020 7549 1406  

Dr 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. 

Director of Programmes
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 Chief Executive in the professional and policy work of the QNI.

Finance Manager
Chris Kerrigan

020 7549 1419

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

Joanne 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! 

Keep in Touch Project Officer
Suzanne Rich
020 7549 1416

Suzanne Rich

Suzanne joined the QNI in 2016 as a Keep in Touch Project Officer overseeing a new service which will provide telephone befriending by volunteers for our retired Queen's Nurses and District Nurses. Suzanne originally trained as a Personal Assistant and has worked for a variety of organisations, both large and small, before deciding to move to the charitable sector twenty years ago. Since then she has worked on many volunteer led projects for several charities including Age UK Lewisham & Southwark, which included providing one-to-one befriending for older clients. Suzanne has herself volunteered for twenty years and believes strongly in valuing volunteers. She is very keen to promote volunteering for QNI’s befriending project and is looking forward to getting the service up and running soon. Suzanne lives with her husband and six very spoiled cats!

QNI/QNIS Project Manager for District Nurse Education and Practice

Mary Saunders
020 7549 1412

Mary Saunders

Mary Saunders has spent the majority of her career in primary and community nursing working a District Nurse, Practice Nurse, Health Visitor and Clinical Nurse Specialist for palliative care.  Following this she trained as a tutor and spent the remainder of her career in a variety of roles both within the NHS and education. Her most recent role was Head of Department for Primary and Social Care in a university.  Mary has always been passionate about District Nursing and has championed innovative curricula for contemporary District Nursing programmes and was delighted to be seconded to the QNI to lead this project.

Transition Project Manager 

Dr Candice Pellett OBE
020 7549 1402

Candice Pellett

Candice works as a Project Manager at the QNI in London. She has been a District Nurse and Practice Educator for over 20 years and her passion is palliative and end of life care. She became a Queen’s Nurse in 2007 and was a member of the Transforming Community Services Board at the Department of Health before becoming seconded as Clinical Lead for Nursing on the TCS Programme. She represents several national groups and was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum. Candice was awarded the OBE in 2014 for “Services to Nursing and Healthcare”.


Programme Manager
Sharon Aldridge-Bent
020 7549 1417 

Sharon Aldridge-Bent

Sharon Aldridge-Bent joined the QNI in 2016 as a Programme Manager to deliver specific programmes of work which support the strategic priorities of the QNI. She has a clinical background in district nursing, specialist nursing including Macmillan nursing. For the last twelve years she has been as a senior lecturer in a university teaching Community Health Care Nursing and Specialist Practitioner Qualification for District Nurses and also nurse education. She was one of the authors of the original QNI online resource ‘Transition to Community Nursing’ and became a Queen’s Nurse in 2014. 

Sharon is passionate about ‘care closer to home’ and has a particular interest in end of life and palliative care and is a Trustee for her local Hospice.  

Marketing and 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 as well as various other comms roles. She has also worked as a tour guide when she lived in Italy. She enjoys volunteering with Contact the Elderly. 



QNI Community Nursing Executive Network (CNEN) Administrator & Digital Engagement Officer
Charlotte Bevan

020 7549 1414 

Charlotte Bevan

Charli is just beginning her career in the charity sector and digital communications having graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc. Psychology (International) degree in 2013, with her year abroad spent studying at the University of South Carolina, USA. Her work background in the hospitality and retail industries has been exciting and varied. She spent a year during 2013/14 working for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida as a Cultural Representative for the United Kingdom. Voluntary work includes coordinating events and presentations for the study abroad office at both her Universities, volunteering for two summers in Crete with Archelon- The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and helping out with local community organisations including youth clubs, local hospitals and police forces in the UK and USA.

Her role at the QNI includes overseeing whole charity digital engagement, particularly on social media, alongside aiding the Chief Executive to shape and grow the QNI's new CNEN network. Charli is responsible for administartion of the CNEN, recruiting new members and designing/managing network communications.

Charli loves travel, fashion and anything in bright colours! 

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

Christine Widdowson

Christine provides administrative support to the Chief Executive and trustees.  She manages the Chief Executive’s diary and travel arrangements.  Christine uses her shorthand skills to take Minutes of Council and various committee meetings.  As Office Manager, she is responsible for the efficient day to day operation of the office, and is the first point of contact for visitors, and telephone and website enquiries.  Her background is mainly in the financial services sector of the City of London, providing secretarial support to senior executives. She has also worked in shipping, travel and management consulting in London and South Africa.

Christine is a Fellow of the Global PA Association and is a trustee of a small charity, which provides holidays to families with disabled children.

Christine is a Fellow of the Global PA Association and is a trustee of a small charity, which provides holidays to families with disabled children.

Queen's Nurse Network Manager

Farida Barlas
020 7549 1407


Farida joined the QNI in February 2011 from a mental health charity, Brent Mind. Farida develops and supports 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 events which includes QNI Award Ceremonies, Annual Conference, Queen’s Nurse conference as well as workshops.

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.

Homeless Health Project Manager

David Parker-Radford
020 7549 1410

David Parker-Radford

David joined QNI in April 2014. In his early career he developed communications in the Universities’ Sector, working for King’s College London and Goldsmiths, University of London. Voluntary work included for North London Action for the Homeless, becoming a trained Equality and Diversity Champion and leading a team to makeover a green space for an HIV Project. Before joining QNI, David worked for infrastructure charity Young Lives, developing and delivering  training, events and management consultancy for voluntary organisations working with children and families in Peterborough. David is teacher-trained to PTLLS standard, and was one of only 40 national strategy champions for the black and minority ethnic voluntary sector with the NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations). As Homeless Health Project Manager, David runs workshop events, writes publications and conducts policy research in the field of healthcare for the homeless.  David enjoys spending time with his family, singing for a choir, running and swimming.

Homeless Health Project Administrator
Lauren Knight
020 7549 1413

Lauren Knight

Lauren joined the QNI in October 2014 to give administrative support to the Homeless Health Network, over a wide range of activities which include supporting events, workshops, e-learning, and the Homeless Health Advisory group. Lauren previously worked for charities including Cancer Research UK in their Drug Development Office, which provided funding for Phase I drug trials, and The Circulation Foundation which is a small charity seeking to educate the public on Vascular Disease. Lauren enjoys baking, going to the cinema and crafts. Lauren is currently on maternity leave. 


Homeless Health Project Administrator (maternity cover)
Hanna Mountford
020 7549 1413

Hanna Mountford

Hanna joined the QNI in March 2016 to provide administrative support for the Homeless Health Project. This is her first role within the charity sector. A graduate of Intercultural Communications and Translation from Minsk Linguistic University, Hanna previously worked for a leisure company in entertainment sector providing administrative and PA support to senior executives. She speaks five languages and her interests include travel, art and yoga.


Junior Policy Officer
Chloe McCallum
020 7549 1415 

Chloe McCallum

Chloe joined the QNI in 2015 after graduating from the University of Oxford with a first class degree in Biochemistry (MBiochem). Chloe has previous experience working in academic research and hospitality, and now supports the policy work of the QNI. Chloe’s interests include travel, cooking and reading. 




Transition to Community

Homeless Health

Nursing Heritage Calendar

Nursing Heritage Calendar