Our patrons

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Dame Christine Beasley has enjoyed a 50 year career in the NHS. She took up the post of Chief Nursing Officer for England in 2004, which she held until her retirement in 2012.

    In 2002, Dame Christine was awarded a CBE and made a Dame in 2008. Since her retirement as Chief Nursing Officer, she has become Chair of Council at Bucks University and Non-Executive Director of the NHS Trust Development Authority.

    Dame Chrstine said: "I am delighed to have been asked to be a Patron of Cavell Nurses' Trust and I look forward to supporting and promoting the contribution that the Trust is making to nurses and nursing."

  • Loyd Grossman OBE

    Loyd Grossman OBE

    Loyd Grossman has had a long and varied career taking him from journalism into television where as a writer, presenter or deviser he was involved in a wide range of programmes including Through the Keyhole and MasterChef.

    In 1995, Loyd’s knowledge of and fascination with food led him to create his own brand which became Britain’s most successful new premium food brand.

    His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has led to a number of prestigious positions within a variety of organisations including English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, and the London School of Economics, where he is now the Emeritus Governor. Loyd also founded the 24 Hour Museum (now Culture 24) and was its Chairman until 2005.

    Most recently, Loyd was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance which represents some 90 of the non-governmental and voluntary organisations working in the heritage sector.

  • Ken Jarrold CBE

    Ken Jarrold CBE

    Ken Jarrold is Chair of the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, a Partner with The Dearden Partnership LLP, Patron of the NHS Retirement Fellowship and Chair of the Government's Pharmacy Programme Board.

    Previously, Ken was Chair of the County Durham Economic Partnership and Chair of the Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group. He was also a Non Executive Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, a member of the Board of the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre and Chair of the CEOP Relationship Management Committee. Ken was an NHS Manager for 36 years.

  • Professor Lesley Page

    Professor Lesley Page

    Professor Lesley Page is president and board member of the Royal College of Midwives. She also holds a number of prestigious teaching titles both in this Country and in Australia. She has had many years' experience working as a senior manager in the NHS and in midwifery practice, leadership and academia in the UK and Canada.

    Lesley says, "I am proud to be appointed as Patron of Cavell Nurses' Trust. I was always drawn to the story of Edith Cavell, her courage and commitment. Nurses and midwives give so much and it is right they should be cared for when they are in need, Cavell Nurses' Trust also supports development in nursing and midwifery, ensuring a spirit of care and compassion. I will be helping to raise awareness and engagement with a wider audience"

  • Gillian Prager

    Gillian Prager

    Gill trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London following teaching for VSO in the South Pacific, and being inspired to become a nurse by the work of missionary nurses in this remote area. Gill then trained as a midwife in Cambridge, her career leading to positions at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers as a Sister, a clinician with the European Community Youth Orchestra, Manager at an American radiology company and, regional coordinator for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

    On returning to the NHS, Gill held director level positions within Health Authorities and PCTs, building specialisms in clinical quality & corporate governance, partnership working as well as safeguarding children & adults. She had the honour of representing the NHS Confed on the Home Office Crime and Disorder Partnership board. On retirement Gill provided executive coaching to the NHS and private clients & was vice Chair of The Perseverance Trust. She is the current President of the Nightingale Fellowship.

  • Diana Souhami

    Diana Souhami

    Diana Souhami, who is made patron for heritage, wrote a biography of Edith cavell which won the EDP - Jarrold East Anglian Book of the Year award in 2011. She is also the author of ten other highly-praised books. Her latest book Murder at Wrotham Hill has just been published by Quercus.

    Diana, who divides her time between London and Cornwall, said: "I am honoured to be a patron of the trust and will do what i can to spread the word of Edith Cavell's life and work as a nurse."

  • HE The Belgian Ambassador, Mr Guy Trouveroy

    HE The Belgian Ambassador, Mr Guy Trouveroy

    Mr Trouveroy is a Belgian diplomat and in 2014, became the ambassador to the UK. He was previously the Ambassador of Belgium to Russia, presenting his credentials to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 12 October 2009.

    Mr Trouveroy was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1952. He studied both Law and Political Science at the Catholic University of Louvain, graduating in 1975 and a Master's degree a year later in Economic Law at the same university. After his studies, Guy Trouveroy performed his military duties in the Belgian Army where he served as an officer in the cavalry (Recce) and is now an honorary member of the reserve forces.

    In 1977, he joined the Belgian Foreign Service. He has since held positions in Germany, Syria, USA, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Egypt.

    Mr. Trouveroy is married and he and his wife Nathalie have three children.

  • Sophie Ward

    Sophie Ward

    Sophie Ward is an English actress and the daughter of actor Simon Ward. Sophie has appeared in numerous films and stage plays ranging from Young Sherlock Holmes to Book of Blood, and in many TV series, notably Heartbeat and Holby City.

About our patrons

Our patrons offer the charity invaluable support by raising the profile of our work and helping gain media interest. Hailing from many different backgrounds, including healthcare and the arts, each of our patrons believe in our work and dedicate their time to raising awareness on our behalf.