Board of Trustees
Angela Birkin (Chair)
Angela has been a Trustee of The Winnicott Foundation since 2013. She became a supporter of the Charity after her son was cared for by the Neonatal Unit at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital.
Originally from Edinburgh, she studied Law at University before joining Ernst & Young’s graduate scheme in London. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving into Ernst & Young’s Management Consultancy practice, specialising in advising the Wealth & Asset Management industry. Her broad experience includes helping clients to assess and implement a wide range of projects including regulatory changes, IT implementation, acquisition, post-merger integration, divestment, and overseas expansion. As a Director, she was also responsible for managing Ernst & Young’s relationship with key Asset Management clients across the EMEIA region (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) until she left in 2011.
During her career Angela provided pro-bono advice to leading industry charities such as ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and PEF (the Private Equity Foundation).
In addition, she served on the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (“ICAS”) from 2009 until 2013.
Angela became Chair of The Winnicott Foundation in September 2018.
Amarjit Singh (Treasurer)
Amarjit is the trustee treasurer for the Winnicott Foundation. His daughter was born at 26 weeks and was looked after by the staff at the Winnicott for 3 months.
He is a Partner at EY and leads EY’s assurance offerings in Wealth & Asset Management sector. He represents EY on a number of policy driven committees at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales as well as at the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Reporting Council.
Amarjit is an active supporter of the Diversity & Inclusiveness and has recently been named as one of the top 100 BAME leaders in the UK.
Richard is one of the founders of the Winnicott Foundation, started in 1984, after his wife Lynda gave birth to premature twins 12 weeks early. William and Sally were saved and wonderfully cared for by the Winnicott unit at St Mary’s.
Richard has an elder son Simon 39, William and Sally 34 and four Grandchildren, Matilda, Charlie, Fred and Ossie. He and Lynda have been married for 47 years.
After a lifetime in the food industry, latterly as a Director of Booker, he is now retired aged 71 but retains a non-executive directorship of Alfresco Drinks Ltd.
On retirement he moved back to his old family home in Burwash, East Sussex and now spends much of his time maintaining the old property and gardens. His many interests and hobbies include, gardening, country sports, motor sport and reading. He is an active participant in village life as Vice chair of Governors at the village Primary school, he is a member of the PCC and is Chairman of the Burwash Horticultural Society.
His daughter Sally, a potter, lives at home with him and Lynda.
Richard takes a keen interest in The Winnicott Foundation and will always be in their debt for saving two of his children’s lives.
Jenny has over 15 years experience working in marketing and most recently as a fundraising manager in the charity sector. She has a degree in sociology, a postgraduate degree in marketing and is currently studying for a counselling qualification.
Jenny became a trustee of the Winnicott Foundation in 2018 following the experience she went through during the premature birth of her son Jack, who was born at 29 weeks at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in 2017. Following the fantastic support and care she received by both the unit and the charity she wanted to give something back to them and use her experience to help other families who find themselves in a similar situation.
Katie is an experience fundraising professional, having working in the charity sector for 15 years. Currently she heads up fundraising at Diabetes UK in the role of Assistant Director, Engagement and Partnerships, where she is responsible for generating £30m per year. Previous to this, she worked in senior roles at a variety of health and children’s charities including NSPCC, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and the special care baby charity Bliss.
As well as sharing her professional expertise in fundraising and charity, Katie has a particular interest in the work of the Winnicott Foundation as she was born prematurely at 32 weeks and received exemplary care at Pembury Hospital in Kent. Knowing the challenges that her parents faced, she is keen to make sure that we can provide the best possible care for all babies and their families.
Katie lives in West London, and is a keen runner and loves to travel, particularly in South East Asia.
Eleanor Shawcross Wolfson OBE
Eleanor is a public policy consultant. For the last two years she has mainly been working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Blavatnik School of Government, at the University of Oxford. Previously Eleanor worked for George Osborne for nearly a decade, first as Special Adviser and then Deputy Chief of Staff at HM Treasury.
Eleanor started her career as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Since 2016 she has also been a trustee of BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.
Eleanor is the mother of two small children, one of whom spent two weeks in the NICU at St Mary’s after being born prematurely.