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 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 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 Policy
Lottie qualified as a nurse in 1995 and midwife in 1997. She undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (CPE) and Legal Practice (LPC) in 2000 completing her academic professional qualification specialising in clinical negligence. In 2004, she returned to the NHS as the Clinical Governance and Audit Lead for Leeds PCT. She commissioned as a Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Officer in 2006 and deployed to Bosnia in 2007 as the pan Balkans Air Evacuation Liaison Officer (AELO) in a tri-Service multinational role and Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan in 2008 as the AELO during the height of the conflict, accountable for Aeromedical Evacuation across Afghanistan. She was appointed Support Officer for the Director of Nursing (RAF) in 2009 and has led the RAF Health Directorate in all areas of governance working directly with the Head of the Royal Air Force Medical Services (Hd RAFMS). In 2017, she became the Staff Officer to Hd RAFMS with exposure to strategic tri-Service future planning. Clinically, she has been the Military Lead for Acute Medicine at both Peterborough Hospital and Derriford Hospital and the RAF Senior Nursing Officer at Frimley Park Hospital Trust. Lottie graduated as the first military Florence Nightingale Scholar in 2019 and has joined the Florence Nightingale Foundation on a 12 month secondment as Head of Policy. She is proud to be both an RAF Nursing Officer and a Florence Nightingale Scholar. Lottie is married to an Army Officer and has 3 children.
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.