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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Professor 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
Ms 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
- 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
- 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.