Meet the team

John Orchard, Chief Executive

John OrchardI started work at Cancer Research UK after graduating from the University of Leicester. Since then I’ve worked in a number of third sector organisations, including my most recent position as Associate Director of Brand at John Taylor Hospice. I’m a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and my job at Cavell Nurses’ Trust is to help more nurses access our help, guide and grow the brand, build additional sustainable income and lead a wonderful team. In the years to come I’m excited about raising awareness of the amazing impact this organisation has.

I’m an American football fan, a drummer and a keen cook. My wife Lauren, son Stanley and dog Mo all live in Birmingham, but I’m originally from Hertfordshire and became a convert to the midlands a few years ago. I love working at Cavell Nurses’ Trust because I believe passionately that as a society we should look after our nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. After all, they look after us.


Alison Parsons, Grants Manager

Alison ParsonsThroughout my career, initially as a civil litigation lawyer representing accident victims and latterly as a specialist welfare benefits caseworker at the Citizens Advice Bureau , my passion and my focus has always been on acting for, advising and representing Clients who have suffered injury, illness, disability and working poverty. I have also managed a project with a local law school which involved training students as volunteer welfare benefit caseworkers.

In my spare time I am a voracious reader and a keen walker – completing a long distance path remains a goal! I am thrilled to be working for Cavell Nurses’ Trust and for the opportunity to help nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in times of need.


 

Terri Jeynes, Welfare Services Officer

Terri JeynesAfter graduating University with a degree in Psychology, I went on to study Law and whilst studying, I also trained as a Specialist Welfare Benefits Advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau. During this time, I found it rewarding to be able to help people when they needed it most and to make a difference. For this reason, I enjoy working at Cavell Nurses’ Trust and being able to provide support and assistance to Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants in times of crisis.

In my spare time I like to go to the cinema, out with friends and enjoy reading and going away on holiday.


 

Lewis Allett, Support Director

I got involved with delivering support services at university whilst studying journalism – and, having discovered my passion, never looked back. Since then, I’ve worked and volunteered at various organisations that deliver life-changing support to vulnerable and marginalised people. Before joining Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2022, I managed welfare support and grant giving services at the Royal College of Nursing. It’s been, and continues to be, an honour and a humbling experience to work with members of our nursing and midwifery profession.

Outside of work, I’m a fan of off-the-beaten-track adventures, hiking, getting messy in the kitchen with a new recipe, radio plays, and lots of dog walking (although, I don’t have a choice with this last one…).


John Blake, Supporter Experience Director

I graduated from the University of Greenwich in 1994, and after a year working in the energy sector, I moved to London and found a job in a national charity’s fundraising team. I’ve happily been in fundraising ever since, working in various roles in a number of well known charities. I arrived at Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2021, and am absolutely thrilled to be working with the team to develop ways to increase our profile and our income – all so that we can help more nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants at a time of crisis. I’ve been so impressed with the work done over the past few years, and I’m really excited to start to build on that – exciting times ahead working for a brilliant organisation providing more help to more people.

I’m originally from Yorkshire, but now live with my partner and our daughter in the East Midlands. I love golf, all things Hull City and working hard to learn to play the guitar.


 

Sarah Bonham, Office Manager

Sarah BonhamI started at Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2017 as the Operations Administrator, having had previous experience working in the charity sector for a few years. My job is a very busy one but it allows me to become widely involved with all aspects of our work, and being part of a fantastic team that pulls together, it gives me great pleasure knowing that we are helping nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants when they need support the most and it is really rewarding to do so.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, in particular I enjoy visiting cities and this year I have discovered cruises – however I am still searching for my favourite place – which means I will just have to keep going on holiday!


 

Robert Tunmore, External Relations Lead

Robert TunmoreI started working with Cavell Nurses’ Trust in May 2019. Edith Cavell had featured in stories my family told but I never really appreciated their significance until I worked with the Chief Nursing Officer’s Professional Leadership Team at the Department of Health. It was here that I first heard of the charity and researched the story of how Edith Cavell had helped my relative, Sergeant Jesse Tunmore, along with over 200 other soldiers in World War 1.

As a registered nurse I have enjoyed a varied, challenging and rewarding career – working across health and social care, with mental health nurses, learning disability nurses, cancer nursing and end of life care, as well as education, policy and research.

I enjoy gardening and birdwatching, city breaks and the Quantock Hills, the occasional hike up Snowdon and the Himalayas.


 

Angela Vellender, Partnership Manager

Before joining Cavell Nurses’ Trust I was fortunate to hold various roles within media, fashion and the arts.

It is a privilege to work at Cavell and to be part of an organisation focused on helping those truly in need. All our lives are touched by the nursing profession and when they themselves are in need of support it is an honour to be able repay, in some way, their selfless dedication.


Paul Steiner, Communications Manager

Paul SteinerAfter more than a decade as a freelance film editor working in factual television, I spent five years in marketing and communications for a garden centre retailer before applying my skills to the charity sector. I look after the Cavell Star Awards for the charity and love reporting on the joy that this unique awards programme brings to nursing professionals all over the UK.

I live in Worcestershire with my wife and two daughters and in my spare time I enjoy gardening, DIY, and trying to keep fit.

My family and I have received excellent care from nursing staff in the past and I’m really excited to be part of a growing team making a big difference to the lives of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.


Kesiah Cole, Fundraising Events & Regular Giving Officer

I started at Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2021. In my role as Fundraising Officer, I look after our lovely community fundraisers and am often the first port of call for any fundraising enquiries you might have. I am a registered Children’s Nurse and have worked on a variety of different surgical wards. My Granny was also a nurse and I have met some of the most amazing people in the profession. Having first-hand experience of the profession and the challenges many can face while committing their lives to caring for others, gives me an invaluable insight into the vital work that Cavell Nurses’ Trust does.

In my spare time I love hiking and exploring the UKs glorious national parks with my husband and taking photographs. I have also been known to do the odd bit of Irish Dancing.