About us
Our people

We’ve come together for one reason: we love that our healthcare system is free and that we have an amazing workforce behind it that work day in, day out to take care of us.

Our people make the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation what it is. Because we were founded by healthcare workers, we really understand the needs of people working in healthcare settings. All of our support services exist due to needs identified by our ongoing research and feedback from our community; healthcare workers are at the centre of everything we do.

Board of Trustees

  • Dr Roshana Mehdian Chairwoman Photo of Dr Roshana Mehdian

    A Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar, and one of the founders of the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation. With an interest in health technology and innovation, she has campaigned extensively for healthcare staff and the NHS.

  • Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya Trustee Photo of Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya

    Jeeves is a working GP, Clinical Advisor to the national Vaccination and Screening programme at NHS England, a member of GMC Council, Director of Networks at the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), Chair of BMA Charities, a member of the advisory board for Patient Safety Watch, and the former Chair of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee.

  • Dr Michelle Dawson Trustee Photo of Dr Michelle Dawson

    Michelle is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Royal Derby Hospital and a former clinical lead in procurement. She is a former board member of NAMDET and clinical advisor to NHS England during the development of the Life Science Industries National Credentialling Register.

  • Dr Jess Wade Trustee Photo of Dr Jess Wade

    Jess is an Imperial College Research Fellow and is involved with several science communication and outreach initiatives. Since the start of 2018, she has written biographies of women and people of colour scientists.

  • Jessica Davies-Timmins Trustee Photo of Jessica Davies-Timmins

    Jessica is an award-winning fundraiser and marketer who has 20 years’ experience working for charities both as a consultant and as an employee, she specialises in corporate fundraising and is a fluent Welsh speaker, and loves copy writing.

  • Keith Williams Treasurer / Trustee Photo of Keith Williams

    Keith is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience working at a senior level overseeing the financial and commercial activities of large commercial and charitable organisations. His experience includes corporate governance, strategic planning, financial management, IT and general management.

  • Melissa Cupis Trustee Photo of Melissa Cupis

    Melissa trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young before moving into the technology sector. For the last 30+ years, Melissa has specialised in Retail and Supply Chain systems and worked in the US and UK with high street brands and not-for-profit organisations. She joined HWF in 2023 with a desire to use her commercial knowledge to give back to those who work tirelessly in the Health sector.

  • Dr Simon Tavabie Trustee Photo of Dr Simon Tavabie

    Simon is a palliative medicine registrar, and clinical researcher London. He has worked with the BMA to support national junior doctor grassroots engagement through chairing the Junior Members Forum and representing regional issues to the Junior Doctors Committee and has held roles with NHS England, the Association of Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians, focusing on clinical excellence through supporting staff.


  • Julie Child Chief Executive Photo of Julie Child

    Julie has worked in the charity sector for more than 20 years, with much of this time spent in small healthcare charities. She held many senior positions in communications and fundraising, before moving into this CEO role.

  • Fay Hieatt Executive Assistant Photo of Fay Hieatt

    Fay has extensive rural business and charity management experience, gained from working within the agriculture and fisheries sectors and running her own business.

  • Aimee Williams Engagement & Operations Administrator Photo of Aimee Williams

    Aimee has worked in the charity sector for 5+ years; specialising in engagement and delivery of mental health/wellbeing provision. She has extensive admin experience across the NHS, local councils, and public sector of roughly 10+ years.

  • Rachel Ireland Trust Fundraising Executive Photo of Rachel Ireland

    Rachel has worked in the charity sector for 16 years, specialising in both public sector and trust fundraising. She is passionate about the wellbeing of staff working on the frontline. She also delivers training and mentoring for community groups.