DR SIMON NADEL FRCP, Chair

Simon Nadel is an Executive Board Member and Clinical Director, Paediatrics, at St Mary’s Hospital, London, where he has been a consultant since 1994. He is currently the clinical lead on the PICU. Prior to this, he was Research Fellow on the PICU for three years. Apart from his clinical work, he has a major research interest in the causes of serious infections in children and has been involved in the design and implementation of all the major clinical trials in children with septic shock.

ANGELA BIRKIN, Vice Chair

Angela has been a Trustee, and latterly Chair, of one of Cosmic’s legacy charities (The Winnicott Foundation) since 2013 after her son was cared for by the Neonatal Unit at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. When The Winnicott Foundation and Cosmic merged in January 2020, she joined the Cosmic Board as Vice-Chair.

Prior to having children, Angela was a Director of EY’s Management Consultancy practice, specialising in advising the Wealth & Asset Management industry. During her career Angela provided pro-bono advice to leading industry charities such as ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and PEF (the Private Equity Foundation). In addition, she served on the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (“ICAS”) from 2009 until 2013.

JOSH LAWRENCE, Treasurer

Josh is the CEO of Global Holdings Management Group (UK), an investment/development advisor covering London and Amsterdam for Global Holdings Group and has been involved with COSMIC since his son was successfully treated for pneumonia as an infant.

Josh holds a BA from Brown University (Honors, magna cum laude), a JD from Northwestern University (Order of the Coif), and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

JEREMY MILLS

Jeremy Mills is former MD of Lion Television and chair of Bob & Co, Woodcut Media and Spark TV. He is the executive producer behind award-winning television series including Great Ormond Street, Children’s Hospital and Castaway. He became involved in Cosmic in 1996 when the St Mary’s PICU team saved his daughter Katy’s life when she contracted meningococcal septicaemia.

DR TOM LISSUER MB, BChir, Hon FRCPCH

Tom is Hon Consultant Neonatologist, Imperial College Centre for Paediatrics and Child Health. He was Consultant Neonatologist at St Mary’s Hospital and Chairman of the Winnicott Foundation. He was Clinical Director of Paediatrics and Child Health at St Mary’s Hospital, overseeing the formation and early development of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  He is Lead Neonatologist for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Perinatal Improvement Program in Rwanda and editor of several paediatric textbooks.

SARA WAN

Sara is an award-winning film and TV professional and business entrepreneur.

With 25 years of experience designing and decorating the sets of productions including Bridget Jones’ Baby, Me Before You and The World’s End, Sara has received two British Designers Guild Awards and in 2005 won a Primetime Emmy for her work on the BBC’s The Lost Prince. Sara has founded two successful companies that support the world class screen industries in the UK. She is currently the Chief Executive of one of the largest prop hire groups in Europe, The Classic Prop Hire Company. As the mum of premature twin boys, Sara was previously a trustee of the Winnicott Foundation, organising three fundraising balls, and is delighted to have re-joined the board of Cosmic.

DR SUNIT GODAMBE

Sunit Godambe is a Neonatal Consultant and Divisional Director for Clinical Governance for the Women, Cardiac and Clinical Support Division within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He started as a Neonatal Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in 2005. He did a perinatal fellowship at the Sick Kids Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto University, Canada before taking up neonatal consultant position.

Sunit was the Head of Specialty for Neonatology in 2010 until 2017. During this period, he worked with the neonatal charity to raise awareness within parents and staff of the charity and helped with raising funds for various neonatal projects and equipment. His special interest is in neonatal pain and managing preterm, tiny babies with chronic lung disease.

 

HENRY ST. GEORGE

Henry is Executive Director of The Grand Bahama Port Authority and Port Group Ltd., CIO of Polychronia Capital, and a Founding Partner of Westhaven Developments Ltd. He is also a Trustee of the University of the Bahamas.

He learned about the work of COSMIC in 2016 when his son Jimmy was taken ill and cared for with extraordinary skill and empathy by the team at St Mary’s PICU.

JEANNE ALTBERGER

Jeanne’s initial involvement in COSMIC began in 2010 after her son, Theo, was treated at St Mary’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for a rare and life-threatening illness.   Jeanne worked in New York as an investment banker in real estate finance for Nomura and Deutsche Bank before moving to London and starting a family.  She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics.

MANDY HAMERLA

Mandy is an experienced and qualified HR Professional, an award-winning Leadership Mentor and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach.

After working in senior HR roles for most of her career, including Global HR Director at Pearson Plc and Head of HR at Argos, she set up Modern HR Ltd in 2017, which offers Flexible HR Director Support & Leadership & Management Training to SMEs & Charities.

Mandy is FCIPD Qualified and holds a BA Hons in Business Studies and a Masters Degree MSc in HR Management from London Southbank University.