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.

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. Richard is Noah’s Ark Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and is Noah’s Ark’s Treasurer.

Simon Beresford


Simon leads the Fundraising and Marketing Department at the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), delivering major national appeals for some of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Simon and his team have raised over £800 million pounds in the last five years, setting a new Guinness World Record and winning numerous awards along the way. In both 2022 and 2023 Simon was named one of Marketing Week’s ‘Top 100 most effective marketers in the UK’. He is also an experienced trustee, having served on several children’s charity boards prior to joining Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.



Hilary was 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 a 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.

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, Audit, Risk and Governance’ subcommittees.

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 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.

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.



James is a Managing Director and Head of Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Investment Banking EMEA at Jefferies Group, a multinational independent investment bank and financial services company. James is a seasoned investment banker in the gaming, lodging and leisure sector, with significant prior experience in healthcare services and financial services. Previously, he was a senior banker and Head of Gaming, Lodging and Leisure at Deutsche Bank and Moelis & Company. He qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC in Australia. James is a father of two, and believes passionately in the work undertaken by Noah’s Ark.  


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.