Board of Trustees

Our Trustees come from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse skills and experience to support the charity. They all give their time, energy and expertise for free.

Their key responsibilities are to:

  • Lead the charity, establish its mission, vision and values and ensure it has a clear purpose and an overall framework of policies and standards.
  • Develop overall strategies to achieve the charity’s aims and to ensure there is a clear system to delegate implementation of the strategies to the Chief Executive and employee team.
  • Monitor performance of the charity against standards that ensures effective, efficient and economic use of the charity’s resources and assets.
  • Ensure compliance with the law and accountability to the charity’s stakeholders and provide transparency in performance of their actions.
  • Ensure the Board of Trustees performs effectively, contains people with the skills and experience it needs, and makes plans to ensure the recruitment, induction and development of new trustees.

Chair: Mrs Kate Tompkins

Kate Tompkins

  • Trained as a nurse at Kings College London.
  • Specialised in community work for long term conditions and end of life care.
  • Director of Nursing and Director of Operations for NHS Trust
  • Chief Executive for NHS Trust and a Primary Care Trust.
  • SW Regional Director for the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Chief Executive for a Nursing charity.
  • Personal link to osteoporosis through grandmother.


Vice Chair: Mrs Carole Walker

Carole Walker


  • Retired NHS HR & Executive Director and Independent Management Consultant.
  • Previously a Lay Member of the Employment Tribunal Service and Volunteer Counsellor with Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • Living with osteoporosis.

Treasurer: Mrs Frances Grigg

Frances Grigg


  • An accountant having over 25 years’ experience within the charity and private sector in the UK and overseas.
  • Retired in 2018 after 16 years as the Director of Finance and IT at a large social care charity, and continues to provide project consultancy as required.
  • Has a personal interest in osteoporosis and has volunteered as a Trustee since July 2015, becoming the Treasurer shortly after.

Mr Richard Darch

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Professor Neil Gittoes

Neil Gittoes


  • Graduated from University of Birmingham with honours in medicine (MBChB(Hons)) and anatomical studies (BSc)Hons))
  • PhD in molecular endocrinology
  • Awarded the Goulstonian Lectureship at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), London.
  • Head, Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Birmingham Health Partners.
  • Member of Council of the Society for Endocrinology, Vice-chairman of Specialised Endocrinology Clinical Reference Group, NHS England and West Midlands Clinical Senate member.
  • Consultant Endocrinologist and Metabolic Bone Physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, and Birmingham Children's Hospital.
  • Associate Medical Director for Clinical Partnerships at University Hospitals Birmingham


Mr Peter Gotham

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Professor Nick Harvey

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Ms Claire Hook

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Dr Rosemary Leonard

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Dr Nicky Peel

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Ms Caroline Trewhitt

Caroline Trewhitt


  • Financial services executive with over 20 years experience leading strategic change and corporate development projects in both large and small organisations
  • Extensive international experience and has lived and worked in Switzerland and the Netherlands.
  • Serves as Lay Member of the Governance and Audit Committee for Bromley NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Lynne Wigens

Lynne Wigens


  • Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England, Midlands and East.
  • Former Director of Nursing and Quality at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality at NHS Suffolk.
  • A Florence Nightingale Scholar, studying leadership and the nursing contribution to integrated care in Canterbury, New Zealand and is using this knowledge to inform her New Care Models Workforce facilitation.
  • Published in a range of areas including; integrated care, workforce development, talent management and clinical supervision.
  • Really enjoys leading the nursing, midwifery and allied health professional working and improving the quality of care.
  • Her career has included clinical, educational and professional management roles, ensuring that clinical practitioners are supported effectively to deliver excellence in patient care.
  • Passionate about improving the commissioning and provision of care to meeting the needs of people with osteoporosis.


Mr Tim Willett

Tim Willet


  • A strategic consultant working with charities to develop financially sustainable organisations.
  • Blended background with experience from both the commercial (17 years) and charitable (8 years) sectors.
  • Personal trainer with a holistic approach to personal well-being.
  • Keen interest in the benefits of a positive personal health approach to conditions such as asthma and osteoporosis.