Our Trustees

Susan Gostick (Chair). While I have never had first hand experience as a nurse, midwife or health care assistant, I have always had great admiration and indebtedness for the fantastic job they do, especially in often difficult circumstances. Equally many of my close family are in the profession, with my aunt and sister being nurses and my niece a newly qualified midwife. Cavell Nurses’ Trust gives me the opportunity to give something back and say a big thank you. My own career has been in the very different world of finance, having spent over 30 years in the asset management and pensions industries. I am now also chair of a large pension scheme and spent time focused on Environment, Social and Governance issues and how we can help save the planet.


Deborah CritchleyDeborah Critchley. I am a registered general nurse with over 30 years experience working across all sectors of health. I run a consultancy and interim management company primarily working with healthcare organisations. I was born in the Midlands and studied at Derby and Nottingham University. I feel privileged to be a trustee of Cavell Nurses’ Trust and I’m particularly keen to ensure the charity supports more and more nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants every year who find themselves in financial hardship. I’m also keen that the charity continues the legacy of Edith Cavell who was an inspiration to us all, keeping her values alive through the work of the charity. I also want to value and support the fantastic Cavell team who work relentlessly and with passion to enable the charity grows from strength to strength. I live in Oxfordshire and in my spare time enjoy walking, volunteering and travelling.

Gill CoxJill Cox. I am a general and mental health nurse with wide experience working at board and Chief Executive level. Since 2000 I have run a successful company providing independent healthcare advice for organisations in the UK and Internationally. I am proud to be a Trustee of Cavell Nurses’ Trust to support the fantastic work for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. The life of Edith Cavell is inspirational and her values and courage and strength is still needed to be a nurse today.
I love to walk and my most memorable so far is from Florence to Assisi, I am planning to finish the route from there to Rome. Part of the joy for me is learning about food along the way so I can cook on my return.


Paul Jackson ClarkPaul Jackson-Clark. I’ve spent more than 25 years in the UK voluntary sector and have been lucky enough to enjoy many varied roles at a number of incredible organisations. For the past 12 years I’ve been a Trustee of Cavell Nurses’ Trust and for 10 of those years my day job has been Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK. When I’m not working I enjoy family time with my wife Jenny and two sons Luke and Thomas, can be found riding a bike most days and have a penchant for 80’s rock music (someone had to). Edith Cavell is without doubt my all time 20th Century heroine. It’s an honour to play a small part in her legacy and support current unsung nursing heroes when they need help the most.


Paul Bishop. I have worked with Information technology for over 30 years, starting as a computer operator in the 1980’s with main frames, used by the oil industry. I’ve worked in senior leadership roles for over 20 years, with companies such as, Walt Disney, Dunlop, BUPA and Equinix. Today I support technology start-ups with a range of companies from health care to pure cloud technology. I grew up, lived and worked in East Africa and Belgium coming to the UK in 1990. I’m based in Brighton with my partner and daughter. I’m a keen tennis player, surfer and skier.


Neil Smith. I’ve been a qualified lawyer for 25 years and I’m partner at CMS, the largest law firm in Europe. I have extensive experience of dealing with all types of contentious and non-contentious issues across a broad array of commercial matters.  I have a number of charity clients and have an insight into the healthcare sector as my wife has recently qualified as a doctor. I live in Sussex with my wife, two young children and recently acquired Golden Retriever puppy. Away from law I’m occasionally given leave to hack golf balls around local Sussex courses.  I enjoy travel, reading and fine South African wine.


Matthew Hodson MBE. I am a registered adult nurse with over 20 years’ experience working across both the NHS and independent sector, alongside a broad range of nursing roles including a respiratory nurse consultant and within senior nursing leadership roles. Currently I am the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at University Hospitals Dorset. I am originally from Hampshire and trained at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, and then moved to London where I stayed a further 16 years. I feel very honoured to be a Trustee of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust especially at a time when nursing and nurses has never been so critical in the management in this pandemic. I want to ensure the legacy that underpins the Cavell’s Nurses’ Trust continues to support every nurse, midwife and healthcare assistant that needs its assistance. I am very proud of the work the Trust has already undertaken and want to use my knowledge and skills to take forward the legacy and current work of the Trust and contribute to its continued growth. I currently live in Dorset with my Husband and daughter Liliana.

Cynthia Gumbiti-Zimuto. I have been a registered adult nurse since the late 1990’s. Having had many different senior nursing’s roles in that time there has always been a common theme and passion in all my roles, and that is to ensure our patients receive outstanding care through staff receiving support, education, professional development and by empowering each person to reach their potential. Cavell Nurses Trusts’ aim reflects my passions; to empower by giving support to reach their potential in a time of crisis. I also bring to the Cavell trustee role the experience of serving for over 5 years as a board director and trustee to a local charity which also strives to support people at a time of difficulty or life crisis.
Despite personal danger and risk to her life, Edith Cavell put the safety and needs of others first; something I have seen every day at work in the recent years, and still do today. And so with this in mind it is an honour and privilege to represent my nursing, midwifery and HCA colleagues as a trustee on the Cavell Nurses Trusts board.
Outside of work I’m a busy mum of 2 teenagers and wife, who relaxes by running, baking and sitting drinking coffee whilst watching my chickens.

David Lewis. In over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, I have engaged with many inspiring, hardworking and patient centric nurses and healthcare workers. I am honoured to recognise and encourage those nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who support patients, and I am consequently proud to be a trustee of Cavell Nurses’ Trust.



Debra Moore MBE FRSA. As a nurse who continues to enjoy what has been a long and varied career in policy, executive & senior clinical nursing roles, I have been privileged to meet nurses and healthcare assistants in many organisations and across sectors. I hope to bring this experience to supporting the vital and inspiring work of the Cavell Trust, along with learning from previous trustee roles. In my spare time, I am an avid reader and enjoy walking the North Yorkshire Coastline near my home in Scarborough.


Naomi Dickson. I became Chief Executive of Jewish Women’s Aid in 2014 and I’ve supported the organisation through significant growth. In addition to ensuring a high professional standard in augmented frontline services for Jewish women experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, I’ve overseen the expansion of the charity’s outreach and prevention work through education, sexual harassment prevention programmes, community engagement, lobbying and campaigning.
I’m a founder of the Faiths Against Domestic Abuse Coalition and a Fellow of the Cambridge Senior Faith Leadership Programme. I was a trustee of Women’s Aid Federation of England for three years until September 2021 and currently hold a trustee role at Home-Start UK. I’m excited and proud to be a trustee of Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
I was privileged to be named on the BBC’s global list of 100 inspiring and influential women in 2020.