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."
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 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"
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, 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 Rudolf Huygelen
Mr Rudolf Huygelen is a Belgian diplomat and in 2017 became the Ambassador of Belgium in the UK. He previously held roles in the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has represented Belgium in USA, South Africa, Germany and Portugal. He was also the Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO.
Mr Huygelen was born in Duffel, Belgium and studied law and Moral Science. He became a Diplomat in 1989 and has three children.
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.