Ursula qualified as a registered general nurse in London in 1985. Her clinical background is predominantly in cardiology, general medicine and cancer care. She spent several years working in research before pursuing a career in general management. She was appointed to her first Board post in 1999 as Director of Nursing and Midwifery in Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and then to the Chief Executive Role for which she held for twelve years.
During that time, she led the development of a complex change agenda resulting in significant reconfiguration of services across three hospitals, culminating in a new hospital funded by a Private Finance Initiative.
She has a particular interest in leadership development and organisational development.
Ursula was appointed as Chief Executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in December 2016 and took up the position in February 2017. The Foundation provides bespoke leadership programmes for nurses and midwives seeking to progress their career, continually drive up standards of care and influence policy and decision making. Further the Foundation supports individuals wishing to undertake research thus contributing to the wider body of evidence for patient benefit.
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. 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.
Greta is a module lead for NIHR Clinical Research (NIIHR CRN) Advanced Leadership Programme for Clinical Research Delivery Practitioners. 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.
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 who suffer from learning difficulties and adults with mental health difficulties 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.
Sumita has a wide variety of experience within the voluntary, private and public sector. Her previous roles have included working with local communities in the housing and health and social care sector.
Sumita’s recent experience included working with the public and local communities to improve health and social care services through meetings with the local NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Care Homes and Hospitals. Her work has been based around patient experience and the improvement of local services through meetings and holding workshops across local boroughs.
Sumita’s role is to provide administration support to the Executive Team, along with the management of the Foundation’s social media. She also supports the various programmes that the Foundation deliver.