Dame Yvonne Moores qualified as a nurse and midwife in Southampton prior to ward sister appointments in Winchester and London. Whilst in Winchester, she attended a King’s Fund nurse leadership programme which impacted on her expectations and subsequent career. She held nurse leadership positions in London and Manchester before her appointment as Chief Nursing Officer for Wales. After six years in the Principality, she moved to Scotland to take up the corresponding position north of the border. In both positions, her focus and that of her team was on increasing the influence of nurses and the development of clinical practice through nurse strategies agreed with both Governments. Her move back to England coincided with the Chief Nursing Officer post and that of the Director of Nursing for the NHS falling vacant and she was appointed to both posts, the former being based in London and the latter in Leeds. She also held the added brief for Quality in the NHS. As Chief Nursing Officer, she kept in touch with clinical developments through her Practice Advisory Group which comprised nurses drawn from a variety of clinical settings. She also continued her practice of working as a staff nurse for a week each year in a hospital or community setting. Much was achieved for nursing and midwifery during her seven year tenure at the Department of Health but she also secured ministerial commitment to the first ever Quality Framework for the NHS. The resultant First Class Service white paper led directly to the introduction of Clinical Governance, NICE and the Commission for Health Improvement subsequently renamed as the Care Quality Commission. With strong ministerial backing she was able to extend the role of nurses including Nurse Prescribing and the creation of NHS Direct. Upon her retirement, Yvonne was appointed as Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of Southampton. During her six year term of office, she held the position of Deputy Chair of the Committee of University Chairs and was also a member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education which was tasked with ensuring the future leadership capacity in Higher Education. She subsequently served as a Pro-Chancellor at Bournemouth University for eight years. Honorary degrees were conferred on her by Southampton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Huddersfield, Central England, Portsmouth, Northumbria and De Montfort Universities along with honorary fellowships from the University of Wales College of Medicine, the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Faculty of Public Health. She is a Companion of the Institute of Management. Appointed in 2004 as the first female Non-Executive Director of the National House Building Council, Yvonne eventually went on the serve for eleven years as Chair of the Trustees of the Company’s Pension Fund. Dame Yvonne has a longstanding commitment to Global Health. Whilst chair of WHO’s Global Advisory Group on Nursing in Geneva, she helped ensure that strong nursing resolutions were passed by the World Health Assembly. From 2004 to 2014, she was a Non-Executive Director and eventually Vice Chair of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was in a position to assist in the creation of the Poole Africa Link which fosters health care and education initiatives in South Sudan and Uganda. Since its inception in 2001, Dame Yvonne has travelled to Thailand each year in her capacity as an international advisor to the Princess Srinagarindra Foundation which selects the “World Nurse of the Year”. She is currently the Chair of the Interim Steering Committee of the Wessex Global Health Network which aims to assist academics and NHS professionals in the region to impact maximally on the health of the world’s population. In 2017 she was the sixth recipient in 25 years of Sigma Theta Tau’s International lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her “extraordinary contribution to the health and wellbeing of world citizens”.
Chief Operating Officer
Greta qualified as a nurse in 1983 and a midwife in 1987. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology in 1996 and PhD in Nursing in 2010. Greta was one of the first genetic counsellors for the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service from 1987-2007 and was part of the team who established the Association of Genetic Counsellors and Counsellors (AGNC). She held a joint Clinical Academic post with the University of Southampton from 2000-2005. From 2008-2012, she established, and then led, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network (now NIHR Wessex CRN). Greta joined the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer. Before this role, Greta held a joint post (2012-2017) with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT) and the University of Southampton as Deputy Director of Research for PHT, Director of Clinical Academic Practice for the university and NIHR CLAHRC Wessex. She led the university’s clinical academic training programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals and was promoted to Professor for this work. She is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar (2012) and remains a very proud Registered Nurse.
Head of Corporate Affairs
Susanna has a wide and varied career spanning 26 years, working both in the private and public sectors. She holds a qualification in Management and a Diploma in Events Management. Susanna is responsible for the Corporate Affairs of the Florence Nightingale Foundation which includes, overall governance and compliance with standards as set out by the Charity Commission. She is also responsible for the Foundations events including the Annual Commemoration Service, honouring the life of Florence Nightingale, which is held in Westminster Abbey; organising the Annual Conference and Presentation of Awards Ceremony that recognises the achievements of the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s scholars. Other responsibilities include facilities management, marketing and the website. Much of Susanna’s experience is in Business Management. In her previous role she was responsible for providing business support to the Board and managing the secretariat at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust where she worked for ten years. New to the Charity sector, Susanna is excited to be part of the Florence team which she joined in September 2017.
Alumni and Fundraising Manager
Sema is a passionate entrepreneur and a philanthropist who co-founded her first business at the age of 19 while studying English Literature. Being in charge of Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the Director of her own company, Sema launched a giving programme that supported children and women living in Africa affected by FGM or child labour. She was headhunted by Erasmus+ to run the ExchangeAbility Programme which focuses on disability and inclusion at higher education in Europe. After receiving grants and new exchange partnerships, securing the future of the programme and completing her degree, she took on other NGO contracts to expand her skills.
Her role at the Foundation is to develop and grow the Alumni engagement programme, create fundraising opportunities, as well as delivering exemplary supporter care. Sema is excited to join the team and is looking forward to meeting Alumni.
Matthew joins the Foundation with extensive experience in the operational and financial management of a diverse range of hospitality businesses from London 2012 to the Hix Restaurant Group. Matthew’s career path spans 4 continents and has focused on establishing and developing the fundamentals of businesses which include managing and executing projects from the implementation of technology systems, to supply chain processes and controls that make organisations effective, efficient, responsible and accountable. As Project Coordinator, Matthew is responsible for supporting various projects. He is also responsible for the creation and development of the foundation’s new CRM and is Financial Systems Controller. Matthew is looking forward to using his strengths and skills to help provide “life changing” experiences which profoundly and positively impact the professional and personal lives of the scholars, thus creating future leaders of health and care.
Sharon completed a degree in Psychology and has a Masters in Occupational Psychology which has provided knowledge of both mental health and work place wellbeing. She has worked with young children with learning difficulties and adults with mental health illness and has an understanding of obstacles and services available to promote mental health and wellbeing. Her Masters has provided insight into aspects of employee relations, leadership, organisational development, selection and assessment. She has previous experience of working in the mental health sector and case management, in addition to writing reports and facilitating the process of psychological treatment for patients / clients and monitoring the progress made through the course of their treatment. Sharon’s role is to manage each of the many programmes the Foundation is developing from initial concept to full implementation and beyond. Alongside this, Sharon manages all scholarship processes end-to-end, including fund management, as well as relationship management with our applicants, scholars, sponsors and mentors.