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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Our Trustees

The Patron of the QNI is Her Majesty The Queen.

QNI Vice-Presidents

Lord Ashburton KG KCVO DL

Lord Ashburton has had an immensely distinguished business career. He also has a long history of service to the voluntary sector which has included the QNI, of which he was formerly a Trustee; since then, he has been a Vice President.

Dr June Crown CBE

Dr June Crown was appointed as a trustee of the Institute in 1982. She was instrumental in making nurse prescribing a reality, negotiating with doctors, pharmacists and nurses to modernise healthcare in this way. She also forged links between British and Russian healthcare systems, through Age Concern England and the Moscow Red Cross. In September 2009 she was presented with the Gold Badge of the Institute, its highest honour.

Sir Sam Everington MBBS, MRCGP, Barrister, OBE

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989, is chair of Tower Hamlet's CCG and a Board member of NHSCC. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership.

Sam is a qualified Barrister, a member of BMA Council and Vice President of the BMA. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care in 2006, The International Award of Excellence in Health Care and in 2015 a knighthood for services to primary care. He is a director of Community Health Partnerships (NHS Lift). He has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS. He is a Trustee of the Kings Fund and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London. He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise, Acting Chair of the BMA. 

QNI Trustees

We are very saddened that one of our most long-standing trustees, John Palmer, died last month following a short illness.  

John had been an enduring supporter and a Trustee of the QNI for more than 20 years. He stepped down as a Trustee in September 2015 due to ill health but still kept in touch with the QNI during his illness, demonstrating his outstanding commitment to the work of the QNI. A former headmaster, he was also for 12 years Chief Executive of a national charity providing audio books for visually impaired people. The QNI benefitted enormously form his deep understanding of the charitable sector and his insight into both education and policy influence. 

The QNI’s Chief Executive, Dr Crystal Oldman said, ‘I will always remember John as a perfect gentleman with a huge commitment and most valuable contribution to the work of the QNI, a warm smile and a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.’ 

January 2016

Kate Billingham CBE

Kate Billingham has been a trustee of QNI since 2008. Over her 40 year career Kate worked as a paediatric nurse and health visitor, ran a health project for young parents and held leadership posts in primary care and public health. In 2001 she joined the Department of Health as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer until June 2007 followed by five years working on the Family Nurse Partnership Programme and the Healthy Child Programme. Since she retired from the DH in 2012 Kate has been doing consultancy work from her home in Suffolk as well as enjoying her grandchildren, cycling and volunteering with the local refugee support service.

Nicky Goulder
Vice Chair

Nicky Goulder is Chief Executive of Create (, an award-winning charity that uses the creative arts to help transform the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. Prior to co-founding the charity in July 2003, she was Chief Executive of the Orchestra of St John's. She has many years' experience in creative arts management, before which she was a Marketing Executive at KPMG. She was a volunteer Childline Counsellor for five years before becoming a Samaritan in January 2002 and is on the YouthXpress leadership team at Southwark Cathedral, where she works with young people aged 11-18. Nicky has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Marketing (with arts) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. She recently completed a Certificate in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. In June 2013, Nicky was recognised as Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year. 

Mike Patterson

In 2013 Mike  joined the Althea Foundation, a USA social venture fund, as Director, Finance & Governance, on a part time basis, better enabling the development of his voluntary and other interests. Previously he was Finance Director and Company Secretary at 2 UK charities - Place2Be, a leading provider of early intervention mental health care services to children in 200 schools across the UK, and International Business Leaders Forum , an organisation founded by HRH the Prince of Wales to promote economic and societal development and sustainable business practices.
Mike is also currently Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of The British Institute of Radiology, and in addition advises other non profit organisations.
Mike was appointed in 2015.

Mike’s career has spanned 3 sectors - public service (Diplomatic service / civil service), business (BP), and for 20 years leadership roles in the non-profit/charity sector.
In 2013 Mike joined the Althea Foundation, a USA social venture fund, as Director, Finance & Governance, on a part time basis, better enabling the development of his voluntary and other interests. Previously he was Finance Director and Company Secretary of 2 UK charities - Place2Be, a leading provider of early intervention mental health care services to children in 200 schools across the UK, and International Business Leaders Forum, an organisation founded by HRH the Prince of Wales to promote economic and societal development and sustainable business practices.
Mike is Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of The British Institute of Radiology, and in addition advises other non-profit organisations. 

Rosalynde Lowe CBE

Rosalynde Lowe has been a trustee since 2003 and served as Chair of the QNI until November 2012. She studied to be a nurse and health visitor in Newcastle and Durham, and has worked at national, regional and local level in acute, community and mental health services and in primary care, in a variety of nursing and managerial positions. She was Chief Executive of Hounslow & Spelthorne Community & Mental Health NHS Trust from 1997 to 2002.

Ros has worked internationally as an advisor to the World Health Organisation in Romania and Serbia & Montenegro, and in Russia to Age Concern England with the Moscow Red Cross. She has been an appointed member of the Audit Commission, and an associate fellow of the King's Fund. She chaired a review of the role of health visitors, Facing the Future, for the Chief Nurse & the Secretary of State in 2007, and is a Governor of Brighton University. She was awarded a CBE in the 2011 New Year's Honours List, for services to healthcare.

Zahir Fazal

Zahir Fazal has been a trustee sine 1994. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a senior partner at Horwath Clark Whitehill. He now acts as an independent trustee to pension schemes and chairs a number of professional committees. Zahir lives in Scotland and tackles the easier Scottish hills whenever time and weather permit.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper has been a trustee since 2003 and served as Vice-Chair until 2013. After National Service in the RAF, university in the UK and post-graduate studies in the United States, he joined Shell International, working in West Africa, The Netherlands and Libya before studying for an MBA in Switzerland. He was with an Anglo-French shipping company for 13 years, becoming Managing Director, before moving to Burmah Castrol PLC where, as a Main Board Director, he was responsible for the Group's shipping and oil and gas exploration and production interests.

In the 1990s he fulfilled an ambition to work in the voluntary sector, spending 6 years as Chief Executive of Diabetes UK. He is a trustee of two other charities, a school governor, a Conservator of Ashdown Forest and spent 9 years as a Non Executive Director of East Sussex, Brighton & Hove Health Authority. Michael is a member of the QNI's Finance and General Purposes Committee and has a particular responsibility for Welfare activities.

Dr Bob Brown

Bob Brown is Assistant Director of Primary Care and Nursing (Learning and Development) at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Having trained at the Southern Area College of Nursing, Bob qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1989 and has continued to practice since this time working in the care of older people, critical care and palliative care settings. Bob is an accredited RCN Learning Facilitator and has maintained a consistent interest in and support for a wide range of learning and developing practice activities across Northern Ireland, as well as nationally and internationally. In his current role Bob has managerial responsibility for two community hospitals, Minor Injury Units, GP Out of Hours, community dentistry, ICATS, remote telehealth services,  rapid response and specialist community nursing and mental health services for older people, as well as leading on nursing and midwifery education, professional development, research and practice development. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Ulster.

Dr David Colin Thomé OBE

Dr David Colin-Thomé was a GP from 1971 at Castlefields Health Centre Runcorn and retired in March 2007. He has been an Independent Health Care Consultant since January 2011. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management Manchester Business School, Manchester University and formerly of the Centre for Public Policy & Health, School of Health, Durham University. He was appointed National Director for Primary Care and medical adviser to commissioning and system management directorate, DH 2007 retired December 2010. He was previously National Clinical Director for Primary Care, DH 2001-2007. His current roles include Chair of PCC (Primary Care Commissioning); Trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ charity and The Queen’s Nursing Institute; and various consultancies chiefly, but not exclusively, on primary care development.

David Foster

David is former Head of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit at the Department of Health. He is a qualified nurse and midwife.

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton is the editor of Nursing Times, a brand that has provided content for nurses since 1906. Jenni launched and the Student Nursing Times Awards, to support nurses from the moment they begin their training. She also runs the Nursing Times Awards, and works with sister title Health Service Journal on the Patient Safety Awards. She has been a journalist for over 20 years, previously working in fashion, beauty, science and manufacturing magazines. Jenni Editor of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards, having won a British Society of Magazine Editors Award and Medical Journalism Award for Editor of the Year for her work on Nursing Times. Jenni won the Medical Journalists’ Association Editor of the Year Award in 2015, and the PPA Editor of the Year Award in 2016. She was awarded a doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in 2016.

Liz Perkins

Liz Perkins was appointed as a Trustee in 2009. She holds the William Rathbone VI Chair of Community Nursing and is also the Director of the Health and Community Care Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. She did a degree in Nursing Sciences at the University of Hull before going on to complete a Masters and PhD in Community Medicine. Since then she has been working in the field of health and social care research. Her primary research interest is in patient and professional communication and decision making.

William Rathbone OBE

William Rathbone has been a Trustee and a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the QNI since 1974 and is now also a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee. For 24 years from 1974, he was Vice-Chairman of Council. Great great-grandson of the founder of district nursing, he continues the family tradition of active support for the QNI (see - History).

Following National Service in the Royal Artillery, which included a year on active service in Malaya, he went up to Oxford where he read philosophy, politics and economics. This was followed by 29 years with the Ocean Group in shipping, in services to the offshore oil and gas industry and in the marine transport of liquefied natural gas. He then moved to be the Chief Executive of a medium-sized national charity helping older people in need for the next 12 years. Since retirement in 2001, he has continued his lifelong voluntary involvement with the world of charity and is currently a trustee or otherwise involved with 7 charities.

Dr John Unsworth

John Unsworth, Head of Health and Social Care at the Higher Education Academy, has a background in community nursing practice, education, management and research. Prior to his current post John was Director of Nursing Programmes at Northumbria University. He is an experienced NHS manager having been a Nurse Director in a rural Care Trust in Northern England prior to taking up his current post. He has experience of workforce redesign in relation to developing the community nurses' role around admission avoidance. John has been the Governing Body Nurse of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group since its inception.

John trained as a nurse in Sunderland and worked in a variety of acute ward settings before moving into district nursing. He completed his specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing in 1997 and he has worked in a variety of roles including district nursing, as a specialist nurse and nurse consultant. He has a PhD from Robert Gordon University which specifically examined the influence of health care organisations on innovation and development. John is an alumni of the QNI Innovation and Creative Practice Awards and is a Queen's Nurse.

Nicola Walsh

Nicola is Assistant Director of Leadership at The King's Fund and she also leads their cross fund programme on integrated care.  She was a director in the health consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years before joining the Fund in 2012.  Nicola has a track record of delivering and evaluating complex change programmes in health care.  She has worked in and with the NHS for more than 25 years first as a clinician, then as a researcher at the Centre of Health Economics in York and at the University of Birmingham, and more recently as a non-executive director.  Nicola has a Masters in Health Policy and Management and a PhD in Health Services Research.  Her PhD thesis focused on the nature of change in and by general practice.  Her work focuses on using research evidence to inform and support the implementation of new policies.  Her particular areas of interest and expertise are primary care, integrated care, clinical leadership and commissioning.  Nicola has recently been appointed a member of an expert advisory group looking into future models of care set up by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


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