Our Board of Trustees is responsible for providing governance and leadership for the Charity.

Jennifer Winter Chair

Jennifer Winter is Chief Executive Officer of veterinary and pharmaceutical company Animalcare Group, where she has integrated separate business units to drive efficiency and growth. She has also been a Vice President at AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.

Jennifer brings many years of experience of the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors to the charity.

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is a marketing and communications consultant and former Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. She has a background in marketing, publishing and television production and spent two years at the Department of Health, working closely with the Chief Medical Officer on public health and patient safety projects. Jo brings expertise in marketing, communications and public affairs strategy, arts in health interventions, and patient-facing engagement programmes to the Charity’s Board. She is an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Caroline Bault

Caroline has 30 years’ experience in financial services and capital markets ranging from equity research to investment banking and asset allocation in both public and private markets and is an experienced Non-Executive director. Caroline has worked in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and New York and is Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners, a specialist alternative investment consultancy. She is currently a Non-Executive director of British Business Investments, healthcare management consultancy Lexica, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), social impact investment platform Ethex, and Chair of Tribe Technology Plc, a mining equipment manufacturer. She is also a Trustee of the African Conservation Foundation.

Stuart Corbyn

Stuart Corbyn is a Chartered Surveyor and a Past President of the British Property Federation. Following his retirement in 2008 after 23 years as Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate, he has had a number of non executive and Trustee appointments including Derwent London plc, the Church Commissioners for England, the Pollen Estate, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and Royal Albert Hall. He has been a co-opted member of the City of London Corporation Property Investment Board and the Mercers’ Company Property Committee.


Brenda Vandamme

Brenda Vandamme is a Director of Marven Limited and a former banker with JPMorgan. She has worked in private banking and asset management as well as investment banking and private equity. Brenda started her career in New York and has been living in London for 20 years in South Kensington.

She is dedicated to supporting charities, particularly for education, health, and children.


Helen Putter

Helen started her professional career in the Design and Advertising industry, where she specialised in Packaging Design, Branding and Marketing.

As a keen Philanthropist, Helen started working with Action On Addiction as a volunteer events planner and organiser. She has also worked for Munich International School where she spearheaded the creation of various projects to promote International Relations within the community. Helen worked with The Arnold Foundation, where she introduced event fundraising.

In 2012 she joined the Fundraising Committee at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity to help with the Hybrid Theatre Appeal and continues to support the Charity with fundraising events.

Raj Shah

Raj joined Nordic Capital in May 2015, with a focus on healthcare investments. Prior to joining the Charity, Raj was Co-Head of European Healthcare Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. Raj originally trained as a cardiac surgeon and holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and London Business School. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.


Don Wootton

Don is now retired after a career as a consulting engineer working internationally on major infrastructure projects. He has a particular perspective and experience of the Trust – first as a respiratory patient at the Royal Brompton and then as a lung transplant patient at the Harefield.

He is keen for others to have the same gift of life that he had and fundraises for the Charity participating in a number of the events.

Priya Ponnaiyah

Priya is a Solicitor who was Company Secretary of one of the Great Twelve City of London livery companies for 15 years, where she was responsible for overseeing the management of a substantial commercial property portfolio and operational matters.  She also advised its governing body on governance and strategy, and the Investments Committee on corporate and charity property holdings. Previously, she was the Group Solicitor for a listed commercial property company for many years. She brings to the Charity in-depth knowledge and experience in a broad range of commercial and charitable activities.

Antonio de Marvao

Antonio is an academic cardiologist, working as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and clinically at King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He studied at the University of Glasgow, completed his PhD at Imperial College London, and trained clinically at Imperial, Royal Brompton, Harefield and St Thomas’ hospitals. He holds an MBA from Imperial College Business School and sits in several national academic committees and research networks. He brings many years of experience in frontline healthcare and academia to the charity.

David Blake

David Blake is a Chartered Accountant and corporate finance professional. Before founding his own advisory business in 2002, he spent fifteen years working for major international investment banks, including HSBC Investment Bank and Citigroup. In his career he has assisted many public companies, private businesses and entrepreneurs in achieving their strategic objectives. His expertise spans a broad spectrum of transactions and industry sectors both in the UK and overseas, including healthcare. He currently holds a number of non-executive and finance appointments, including senior finance roles at other charitable foundations. David is a Management Sciences graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.