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, Operations Director

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.


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.


John Harrison, Fundraising Manager

John HarrisonI joined Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2018 as the Fundraising Officer. Previously, I have worked in fundraising for the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The opportunity to support the incredible work that Cavell offers to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants was one I could not miss!

I am extremely lucky to have two wonderful young children and my wife and I are eternally grateful to the midwives who helped with their births. It’s very satisfying knowing that Cavell Nurses’ Trust is there for them, as well as nurses and healthcare assistants, if they ever fall on hard times. If you are interested in supporting the great work Cavell offer, I would love to hear from you. We offer a great range of ways to support us to match your particular interest, availability or means.

Outside of work, I am a big sports enthusiast and enjoy trail running, hiking, cycling and taking part in ultra-marathons when I get chance!


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.

Vicky Law, Engagement Officer

Vicky LawI started at Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2012 and in my current role, I look after our ‘Working with’ members and events for the charity. I also help update the charity’s social media, so please do give us a follow, we’d love to hear from you!

In my spare time, I enjoy films, music and exploring new places. I’m also working on becoming an amazing photographer!

I work at Cavell Nurses Trust because I enjoy building relationships with the passionate supporters that make the work we do possible.


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.


Charlotte Tweddell, Fundraising Events Officer

I started at Cavell Nurses’ Trust in 2019 and have been amazed at the camaraderie amongst nurses. I’ve always been proud that my father served as a paramedic and he talks fondly of the nursing professionals he worked with.

Every day I learn more and more about what wonderful people they are and find it very motivating to hear daily from nursing professionals who want to recognise and support each other.  Myself, my friends and my family have all been fortunate to have been supported by nurses at various times in our lives and this inspires me to ensure there’s support for those who care for us so selflessly in their times of need.

I work with amazing fundraisers and I love hearing the enthusiasm every fundraiser puts into what they do. It’s a privilege to work for a charity in memory of such an inspirational woman as Edith Cavell and I’m lucky to be part of a lovely team.

Outside of work I love to play hockey, run, swim or go on long walks – anything active really!