Chief Executive Officer
Greta qualified as a nurse in 1983 and a midwife in 1987. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology in 1996 and a 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 Nurses 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 held a joint post (2012-2017) with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT) and the University of Southampton as Director of Clinical Academic Practice for the university and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (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. Greta joined the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer and has been the CEO since September 2019. Greta is a proud Registered Nurse and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumna (2012 Leadership Scholar).
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Phoebe is a recent Theology graduate from The University of Edinburgh and is interested in the ways that Florence Nightingale’s legacy can help to influence policy, practice and research in nursing and midwifery today.
Phoebe admires the invaluable hand nurses and midwives play in everyone’s lives, in particular, their entry into and departure from the world. Phoebe’s role as Executive Assistant and Office Manager involves organising and looking after CEO Greta Westwood, Chair Dame Yvonne Moores, The Patrons and The Board of Trustees.
Phoebe is very excited to be joining such a vibrant team in the year of Florence’s 200th birthday. Outside of Cavendish Square, Phoebe enjoys cooking Portobello mushrooms, swimming in barmy British waters, Call The Midwife and drawing her thoughts.
Director of Academy
Dr Gemma Stacey is a Mental Health Nurse and, prior to joining the Florence Nightingale Foundation, was employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. Her research and practice is underpinned by a critical consideration of the organisational, relational and professional factors which influence the expression of values in healthcare practice. She is committed to the premise of education as a vehicle to promote the emancipatory practice and has developed a program of externally funded applied healthcare research focused on approaches which enable transformational learning.
As Director of Public Engagement, she offered strategic leadership in this area at an executive level and motivated diverse teams to implement significant programmes of work aimed at enriching and animating the work of the University to improve its accountability, relevance and responsiveness to wider society. Her commitment to creating relationships with a vast range of partners in diverse sectors has resulted in co-designed knowledge exchange, research and educational innovation which has impacted on curriculum, policy, professional regulatory guidelines for nursing at a national and international level. Her credibility and influence is externally benchmarked by her accreditation as a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She is currently Director of the newly formed Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy where she will lead a strategy to establish the Academy as an independent ‘go to’ service for leadership development opportunities, identifying and exploiting evidence, and the provision of expert, well informed opinion and advice on issues that impact on patient care and experience.
Scholarship & Leadership Programme Manager
Sharon comes from an occupational psychology background and 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. She has an understanding of employee relations, leadership, organisational development, selection and assessment. Sharon’s role at the Foundation is to manage all scholarships and leadership programmes and to ensure a seamless scholar journey. Alongside this, Sharon manages all scholarship processes end-to-end, including finance management, as well as relationship management with our applicants, scholars, sponsors and mentors.
Director of Communications, Marketing & Events
Aysha is a senior strategic and media communications professional with more than twenty years experience in the media, charity, arts, higher education, the NHS and the public sector. Her experience includes setting up communications, fundraising and event functions for both small and large organisations. Aysha has led on high profile national TV campaigns for the likes of the Salvation Army and developed celebrity engagement programmes for a number of charities. Aysha worked at the British Asian Trust, one of HRH Prince of Wales charities based at St James’ Palace and led on their communications and events. Aysha was most recently at NHS England/Improvement where she led on the press and PR for NHS70, a hugely successful campaign that saw her secure widespread national coverage.
Aysha graduated from King’s College London with a degree in English Language and Literature. Aysha is a keen TV, film and cricket fan and loves her dog, Luna.
Head of Fundraising & Alumni Relations
Sema is a marketing, engagement & fundraising professional and a passionate entrepreneur who founded multiple businesses such as Alexander’s Coffee, a B2B and B2C coffee company that operated globally. Being in charge of Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the Director/COO and later on CMO of the company, Sema launched a giving programme that supported children and women living in Africa affected by FGM or child labour. Wanting to explore a career in NGO, she completed exciting projects with well-established organisations such as Erasmus+ and CLS.
Her role at the Foundation is to deliver a digital engagement plan, develop and grow the alumni engagement programme, create fundraising opportunities, as well as delivering exemplary supporter care.