Executive team

Chief Executive

Claire Severgnini

Claire Severgnini

Claire Severgnini joined us in 2006.

Claire has a wealth of experience working in health services and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her career has spanned both Local Government and the NHS.

Claire’s early career was in Human Resource Management and transitioned into General Management when she joined the NHS Direct Implementation Team for England and Wales. Claire held the post of Director of Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Direct for five years, before being appointed as the Chief Executive of Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in 2003.

As Chief Executive, Claire has led the formulation and delivery of our Strategic Direction. This initiative has seen us enhance the support we give to patients, raising the profile of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. It has also successfully secured advances in the recognition and development of the provision of health and social care services for people affected by osteoporosis.

Executive Directors

Kate Groves: Fundraising and Communications

Kate Groves

Kate joined us in May 2015 and is responsible for our income generation, raising awareness and marketing communications.

Spanning both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Kate has previously held senior roles in marketing, public relations and fundraising working with high profile brands including IBM, Kenwood and Apetito. Her experience includes change management, internal and external communications, employee engagement and business development.

Kate’s work in the charity sector includes five years at the Shaw Trust, a charity supporting people to enter work and rebuild their lives. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Since joining the Royal Osteoporosis Society, Kate and her teams have been supporting the development of the new strategic direction and helping raise awareness of bone health and osteoporosis.

Susan Hamilton: Strategic Development

Susan Hamilton

Susan is responsible for our strategic development.

Susan has a background in public health and has over 16 years working at a senior level in the NHS, Local Authorities and academia.

She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and worked as a Consultant in Public Health for five years prior to taking up her role with us. Susan has experience in the use of evidence and research to inform the development of health services in the UK.

Helen Kingman: Corporate Services

Helen Kingman

Helen leads our Corporate Services, which includes Human Resources, ICT/Digital and Facilities management.

Helen has held several key roles during her career at the Royal Osteoporosis Society and her experience includes management development, talent management and health and wellbeing. She has overseen many key developments in the growth of the Royal Osteoporosis Society since joining in 1989.

Sue Perrott: Finance

Sue Perrott

Sue joined us in 2017 as Finance Director and leads the charity’s finance team in ensuring that professional financial support and advice is provided to the other members of the Executive Team, Trustees and Staff.

Sue is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and trained in London with one of the top four accountancy firms.

Sue has extensive financial experience within a range of different industries including large PLCs, training companies, manufacturing companies and charities.

Francesca Thompson: Clinical and Operations

Francesca Thompson

I have huge ambition for the Royal Osteoporosis Society, and am excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead. I will do everything within my grasp to see our vision of a future without osteoporosis fulfilled

Francesca joined the team in spring 2019. She is responsible for developing the charity's support services, and working with healthcare providers to improve care for people with osteoporosis and broken bones.

Francesca trained as a general nurse and midwife at Guys and Queen Charlotte Hospitals in London, and found her passion in palliative care early on in her career when working with Dame Cicely Saunders at St Christopher’s Hospice in London.

She has a MSc in social sciences from the University of Southampton, and also won a Florence Nightingale scholarship for her work in nursing leadership.

Francesca has worked extensively across the voluntary and public sectors. This includes working at Board level - having held both Director of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer roles in local acute trusts - and as a Trustee for Dorothy House, a hospice close to her home in Bath.