Who we are
Mildmay has been at the forefront of specialist HIV care and service provision since 1988
Mildmay began as a charitable institution over one 160 years ago, specialising in HIV for over thirty, delivering quality care and treatment, prevention work, rehabilitation, training, education and health strengthening in the UK and East Africa.
Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
(UK and international)
Dr Simon Rackstraw
Clinical Lead Nurse
Registered & Compliance Manager
Day Therapy Lead & Lead Occupational Therapist
Dr Camilla Hawkins
Human Resources Manager
Estates and Facilities Manager
Sister Bernie Devine
Chief Executive Officer: Geoff Coleman MIHM DMS MA MBA
Geoff joined Mildmay as CEO in June 2018. He has a wealth of experience of leadership both within the health service and the charity sector. For the past ten years he has headed two charities as CEO, at Crossroads Care South Central a social care charity focused on supporting carers and prior to that leading Options for Life in the West Midlands, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.
He spent twenty years working within the NHS, most recently as an NHS Director at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, where he was responsible for a wide range of clinical services. He was also Director of Informatics for all NHS services across Oxfordshire.
Geoff is married with five children (three girls and two boys) and both he and his wife play an active part in their local community church in Chipping Norton.
His interests are mountain climbing (he has completed the Three-Peaks-Challenge on many occasions), and sailing.
President: The Rt Hon the Lord Fowler
After serving as Shadow Minister of Transport, Lord Fowler was appointed Minister of Transport in 1979, being responsible for making seat belts compulsory. Later, as Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, he drew public attention to the dangers of AIDS. He resigned from the cabinet as Employment Secretary, and was knighted in 1990.
Fowler was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1994, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1997–98 and Shadow Home Secretary in 1998–99. In 2001, he was created a Conservative Life Peer. He was elected Lord Speaker in September 2016.
Chair: The Very Revd John Richardson
John is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Canterbury and joined the Board of Mildmay in 2004. He became chairman in 2007 after several visits to HIV and AIDS projects in Uganda, London and across the Pennines where he worked with doctors and other health professionals in hospices, hospitals and surgeries. Since 2009 John has been working in partnership with statutory and regional authorities on the frontiers of church and community life in Margate, one of the most deprived parishes in the South East of England. Through church and community centre open seven days a week thousands of people of all ages seek wholeness and well being as well as spiritual succour and counsel related to their own situation.
Naggib is a certified executive coach, international speaker and leadership trainer. A seasoned finance and corporate strategy professional, Naggib spent the last 20 years consulting with, or as part of the management team of various multinational corporations in the UK, USA, Central Asia, Japan and Africa. Naggib trained as a Certified Accountant in the UK, and holds an MBA from Surrey Business School.
Anthony runs Quex Park which is a country estate in Kent. The estate grows wheat, oilseed rape, oats, beans, potatoes and maize silage, contract farms and has 60 hectares under environmental schemes. He believes passionately that farming and conservation must have a joint approach and it is essential for the future that the public of all ages need to be informed and enthused about the countryside and its importance for food production and wildlife.
Dr. Rosalind Furlong
Ros is a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS with many years of clinical and management experience. She has served on the Mildmay Board as a trustee since 2004 and has a particular interest in clinical care and training, both in the UK and in sub-Saharan Africa where she has connections with both Uganda and Sierra Leone.
Christabel works at NAZ as the HIV support and African Communities Services Manager. She has duel responsibility for the NAZ African Communities portfolio and is part of the senior management team. Prior to joining Naz, Christabel worked for the African Health Policy Network and THT.
Lorna is a retired Executive Headteacher and National Leader of Education. Since 2015 she has been supporting Aquila, a Church of England Multi Academy Trust, as a School Improvement Advisor.
Lorna has been working with the NHS for five years as a lay assessor and representative for the Royal College of General Practitioner’s and chairs meetings for Health Education England.
She also sits on the South East Thames faculty board which supports over 2000 general practitioners, associates and fellows across London and the south east.
Carol has dedicated almost four decades of her life to nursing. She retired as the chief executive of the Ellenor Lions Hospice in 2014 after 26 years, a role she loved.
Carol grew up in Plymouth, where she became a member of St John’s Ambulance at the age of eight. She always felt nursing was her calling “There was nothing more that I wanted to do than help other people” Once she left school, Carol worked as a chambermaid at King’s College Hospital in London for four years, training as a health visitor and a community nurse.She married in 1978 and had two children, both boys, and now has two grandchildren.
Carol became the senior nurse specialist at what was then the Ellenor Foundation in 1988, eventually moving to nursing director and finally CEO. At her time at the hospice, she introduced respite care in the area, and established the charity’s specialist home service children’s hospice, Chyps. Carol also assisted with the merger of the Ellenor Foundation with the Lions Hospice in 2007, and helped Graham Perolls set up Romanian hospice Casa Sperantei in 1993.
Carol temporarily stepped down from her Trustee role at Mildmay to act as interim Chief Executive at the beginning of 2018 until June, when our new Chief Executive Geoff Coleman joined Mildmay.
The Prebendary Ronald Swan
Ron is an Anglican priest who has served on the Board since 2008. He is also chairman of the executive council of the Friends of Mildmay, a position he has held for the last 10 years. He has a long association and concern for pastoral care which has found expression in chaplaincy work and training of clergy.
Andrew is the entrepreneurial co-founder of Audax Foundations, an innovative provider assisting young people with semi-independent living, education and employment.
His career over the last 30 years has led him to work in various sectors (armed forces, communications, education, social care, media, among others) with a marked interest for innovation and transformation plus a real enthusiasm to help people.
Patrons and Ambassadors
Dame Judi Dench
"Long-term HIV care is proving more challenging and complex than we ever imagined. Mildmay helps to bring new hope to thousands caught up in the continuing HIV crisis. Not only does it provide the UK with a facility for specialist rehabilitation and capacity-building training, but also supports inspiring treatment and education programmes across East Africa. I urge you to join me in supporting their vital work." Dame Judi Dench
Sir Cliff Richard
"Just as Jesus reached out to the man with leprosy and healed him, Mildmay stands in the midst of men, women and children with HIV and AIDS and offers them a lifeline." Sir Cliff Richard
Anita Dobson is a film and television actor and singer. She is known for her role from 1985 to 1988 as Angie Watts in Eastenders. In 1986, she reached number four in the UK singles chart with ‘Anyone can fall in Love’. Her other TV roles have included ITV Split Ends, and she was nominated for an Olivier Award for the National Theatre production of Frozen. She has starred in countless west end productions including as Mama Morton in Chicago, Gertrude in Hamlet and the RSC Merry Wives Of Windsor. Film credits include Darkness Falls and London Road.
She is married to founder member of Queen Brian May and they have three children.
Anthony Furlong now works as a consultant architect for Sheppard Robson after 30 years as a partner in the practice. He is also president of the City Property Association. Anthony is one of Mildmay International’s newest patrons but has been aware of our work for some time through one of Mildmay’s trustees, Dr Ros Furlong, who is his wife.
Lord McColl is a British surgeon, professor, politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords. Lord McColl was made a Life Peer for his work for disabled people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1989. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1994-97. Lord McColl is also a trustee of the charity Mercy Ships and has been become an advocate against human trafficking.
Humphrey retired from Barclays Bank in 1993 as a vice-chairman and has since taken on several posts at not-for-profit organisations. As well as being one of Mildmay International’s patrons, he is also chairman of Premier Christian Media Trust and a trustee of the Lambeth Fund. Humphrey, a father of four grown-up children, is married to Frances and they are both active members of their local Anglican church.
Linda Robson is an actor, best known for Birds Of A Feather, Loose Women, Shine on Harvey Moon, Celebrity Masterchef and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! In November 2014, Linda was a part of Gareth Malone’s ‘All Star Choir’ who released a cover version of Wake Me Up to raise money for Children In Need. The single reached No.1 on the Official UK Singles Chart.
Linda joined Mildmay for their appearance at The Lord Mayors Show in London in 2016, which was part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. In spite of the unceasing rain she joined the team to walk alongside their float, waving at the gathered crowds and helping to promote Mildmay’s work and raise HIV awareness.
Linda has three children and two grandchildren.
Canon Roger Royle
Canon Roger Royle, is an Anglican priest, broadcaster, writer and a Patron of Mildmay. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1962 and his first curacy was in Portsea, Portsmouth. During his career he served as Conduct and Senior Chaplain of Eton College. Roger believed he had two vocations, one was to be a priest and the other to be a communicator. On leaving Eton in 1979 he became a freelance broadcaster, speaker and journalist working mainly for BBC radio and television and IPC magazines, while serving as a non-stipendiary priest. He also began working as a promoter of the preventative medicine campaign for Save the Children.
As well as presenting his own television series he has hosted BBC’s Songs of Praise and been a regular contributor to radio including: Pause for Thought, Stop the Week, The John Dunn Show and Start the Week.
In 1990 he was honoured by the Archbishop of Canterbury with a Lambeth Degree in recognition for his work in media. He is now a Canon Emeritus of Southwark Cathedral and in November 2016 he became Hon. Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London.
Sally Harrison is a long time supporter of Mildmay and became an Ambassador in 2016 during our 150th anniversary year. Sally is a soprano and a specialist in the music of Hans Werner Henze, has sung Minette The English Cat in Berlin, Gütersloh, London and at the Montepulciano Festival, Cantata della fiaba estrema with the Scharoun Ensemble of Berlin, Novae de infinito laudes with the London Sinfonietta and Whispers of Heavenly Death with the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt.
Her recordings include Mercédès Carmen for Chandos and Sultana Rose-in-Bloom The Rose of Persia for CPO. Her broadcasts include Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2 and Marek’s Mother We Are Klang for BBC Three.
Sally has supported Mildmay by performing at various events including all of our Christmas carol Concerts from 2013 to 2018 and performed at our event to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales.
We are delighted that Sally has agreed to become an Ambassador and help to raise awareness and support for our vital work.
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