Our People

Survivors and Patients

The survivors who engage with our services are at the heart of what we do. We learn from their experiences, ask for their expert feedback and they are all part of Team KPF.

Volunteers - Charity Services and Fundraising

We have a number of specialist volunteers who enable us to deliver services with impact and have the funds to make that possible.

Volunteers - Trustee Board Members

The Katie Piper Foundation has a committed Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers.
Katie Piper

Katie founded the Katie Piper Foundation in December 2009 following her experience as a patient. She works closely with the charity’s staff and volunteers and is also a mentor to many burns survivors.

Outside of her work with the Foundation, Katie continues to work with Channel 4 and is a best-selling author.

Jackie Martin
Jackie Martin

Jackie is a senior business professional with broad experience in IT across a number of UK and American companies. Her last role as European IT Director involved managing complex multinational teams across Europe and the Indian subcontinent. She has a particular expertise in setting and aligning IT strategy and applies these skills to help develop The Katie Piper Foundation. She is also a Trustee of Mediation North Surrey.

Dr Tim Woodman

Tim worked as an NHS GP and Medical Director for more than 20 years and is now part of the UK Customer Medical Director team at Bupa, responsible for ensuring that the company only funds evidence-based treatment. He has a long track record of successful service redesign and commissioning – and is looking forward to applying these skills as the Foundation moves care for burns survivors to new levels of excellence. Tim is also a Trustee of the Hospital of Sir John Hawkins, Chatham.

Nick Rudgard
Nick Rudgard

Nick has practiced as a Solicitor with various UK law firms for around forty years, initially as an insurance specialist, but latterly as an intellectual property and technology lawyer. He is experienced in managing legal business risk for leading UK and international companies. Outside of his legal work, Nick is involved in the education and sports sectors. He is Chair of Governors of a Cheshire School and is a qualified hockey coach and umpire.

Caryn Owen

Caryn is co-Director of Sharpstone Skinner, a consultancy working across the voluntary sector specialising in senior team coaching and leadership. The consultancy has a high profile in the sector and she is regularly invited to speak at national and international Third Sector events.
Caryn has spent her career in the voluntary sector starting as a fundraiser. She was Executive Director of HR at Help the Aged (now Age UK), an international charity providing care and support for older people and campaigning to change perceptions of what older people can offer.

Ciaran O’Boyle

Ciaran O’Boyle is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor
post with the University of Nottingham. He has a wide range of expertise in reconstructive and
aesthetic surgery, burn care, lasers, scarring, skin cancer and surgery for facial paralysis. He is also
Clinical Lead for the National Repository Centre and Clinical Skills Centre, based at Nottingham
University Hospitals. Ciaran has published widely in the medical literature and regularly presents
research at national and international meetings. He also acts as a reviewer of scientific articles
submitted to medical journals.

Joanne Mackie

Jo is primarily a HR professional and a fellow member of the CIPD. In the last few years she has diversified into the world of customer and is Customer and People Director with A.S. Watson Health and Beauty UK, better known as the brands Superdrug, the Health and Beauty retailer and Savers the Health, Beauty and Home retailer. Within her role Jo is passionate about delivering a great employee and customer experience.

Andrea Sofield

Key responsibilities in my current role revolved around creating, developing and managing a tax team to support the implementation of Oracle and provide tax compliance for the wider group including Employment taxes, CIS, VAT, Corporation Tax and SDLT . Also to provide high level tax advice on construction projects, complex property transactions and corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Staff Team

Our full time and part time staff members bring an abundance of experience to their roles.
Kate Naish
Chief Executive
Johanne Harrison
Head of Patient Support
Photograph of Sue Lea-Gerrard
Susan Lea-Gerrard
Accounts Manager
Veronica McBain
Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Kanika Phillip
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer
Catrin Pugh
Amy Oulton
Patient Services Coordinator
RuthAnn Fanstone
Service Design Lead
Vanessa Black
Wellbeing practitioner


Simon McCabe

Simon is a qualified Surveyor with many years’ experience in the property industry. He heads up the Property Development and Investment Portfolio for Scarborough Group International Limited, throughout the UK. Simon is a Director of Sheffield United Football Club where he has been instrumental in raising club sponsorship and he sits on the Football Executive Board.
As a keen charity supporter, Simon has partaken in numerous marathons to raise money.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is an A&R executive, producer and star of the highest rated television shows in the world.

Simon has been patron of the Katie Piper Foundation since the charity was set up in 2010, and he is delighted to help raise funds and awareness of the work that Katie and the Foundation does to improve the lives of people living with burns and scars.

Nicola Murphy

We are delighted to welcome Nicola Murphy as our new Patron. Nicola is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and charity leader. Nicola has been a trustee of our charity for over 9 years, making a significant contribution to our development.

All our successes are thanks to, in addition to our current team, all the volunteers, Trustees and staff members of the past.  Whilst we were establishing the direction of the charity and building our staff team expertise and resource, we have been honoured to have been steered and guided by professional voluntary advisors in areas of camouflage make-up, clinical psychology and scar management.