James Tugendhat


James Tugendhat is Chief Executive Officer of HC-One, the UK’s largest care home provider. James has served on several boards over the years and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He also brings an excellent understanding of the challenges and dynamics of the health care industry, having spent over 20 years in leadership roles at Bupa and Health Dialog and now at HC-One.  



Hilary is the Chair of Together for Short Lives and was recently awarded Charity Chair of the Year in the Third Sector Awards. She previously worked as consultant in Paediatric Disability at Evelina London Children’s Hospital where she established the children’s palliative care service. She also served as President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health between 2012-15, following which she was awarded an OBE for services to child health.



Jane is consultant neonatologist and medical director at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a qualified coach and facilitator within the NHS. She has been a trustee of the charity Bliss and a member of a number of NICE clinical guideline development groups. Jane is now a governor of Aldenham School.

Dr Heather Mackinnon MBE


Heather was a Consultant Paediatrician at a north London hospital for nearly 30 years. She was appointed MBE in 2014 for services to paediatrics, child health and child protection. Heather offers advice to the Board of Trustees on medical matters.

Jenny Phillips


Jenny has been a trustee of Noah’s Ark since early 2020. Having built her career in leadership roles in creative agencies and now a literary and entertainment agency, Jenny advises the board on Marketing & People. She is passionate about culture, unlocking people’s potential and also a great believer in the power of ideas. When she’s not at work or supporting Noah’s Ark, Jenny loves to spend time with her husband and two kids, enjoying dog walks and entertaining friends.

Paul Pomroy


Paul is CEO of McDonald’s UK & Ireland and has been part of its Leadership Team for over a decade, helping to drive the sustained success of the business over this period. Passionate about people, talent development, and DE&I, Paul sits on our ‘People’ and ‘Marketing & Communications’ subcommittees. As the father of two young boys, the work undertaken by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice sits very close to his heart.

Sanjiv Patel


Sanjiv is CEO of Westgate Healthcare. Sanjiv has a long-standing passion and dedication for health care. He has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at the University College London Hospital since 2012. He has a particular interest in finance and innovation and has been helping grow the Westgate Healthcare brand. Most recently he has facilitated diversification of the group portfolio into the hotel sector. Sanjiv sits on our ‘Care & Clinical Governance’ and ‘Finance, Risk and Governance’ subcommittees.

Richard Amat


Richard is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a Chartered Accountant. He spent 25 years working for a major US investment bank in a variety of senior finance and operational roles. Since retiring in 2018, Richard has been a volunteer providing support and advice to Noah’s Arks Senior Leadership Team on a variety of projects. Richard is Noah’s Ark’s Treasurer.

Michelle Mendelsson


Michelle is an Executive Coach and was, until recently a Director at Credit Suisse and Head of EMEA Diversity and Inclusion, responsible for the strategic development and implementation of their comprehensive diversity programme. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2000, Michelle worked for Marks and Spencer in a variety of commercial positions. Michelle chairs our ‘People’ subcommittee.

Sarah Timms


Sarah has managed a wide-range of clinical services over 25 years. From 2003-2008, Sarah was Director of Nursing and Children’s Services for Islington PCT, and from 2008-2011 she was Director of Adult Services for Haringey PCT. From 2011-2020 she was the Non-Executive Nurse Member on the Governing Body of Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group.



Gary Landesberg


Gary is Chairman & Principal Shareholder of The Arts Club and has been an active investor in the property sector for over 20 years. In addition to his property investments he has been a major investor in the leisure industry both in the UK and Europe. Gary has been instrumental in ensuring The Arts Club’s transformation into what has become one of London’s foremost private members’ clubs. As Chair of Major Giving, Gary supports Noah’s Ark’s trustees and senior leadership to grow philanthropic support for the charity.

Honorary Life Chair


Jeremy Isaacs CBE


Jeremy was Noah’s Ark’s Chair of Trustees for six years and a trustee for 11. In his time as Chair, Jeremy oversaw the scoping, fundraising and build of The Ark. Over the years, Jeremy has introduced a vast network of individual philanthropists and corporate supporters to Noah’s Ark. Jeremy is founder of JRJ Group and previously served as non-executive director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.



Michael McInerney


Michael founded Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in order to improve access to children’s palliative care in the area, following the death of a child in his family. He chaired the charity from its inception until 2017. Michael is Executive Director of Marbrook, a private healthcare company providing both nursing and residential care.