Our Trustees

We’re proud and honoured to have such a passionate board, committed to ensuring babies with serious heart conditions get the best start in life.

Find out more about our wonderful trustees.

Paul Schofield

Chairman

Paul Schofield

Paul joined Tiny Tickers as Chairman in August 2018.

Paul has spent the last 20 years managing global equity portfolios at Allianz Global Investors where he specialises in socially responsible investment – managing funds that are designed to generate financial returns whilst also having a positive and measurable impact on society. Paul’s job takes him around the world and he is a regular speaker at financial industry events on the topic of Responsible Investment and ESG Investing. With a grown up family, Paul is keen to use his skills to benefit others through his voluntary trustee role at Tiny Tickers.

In his spare time Paul is a ‘fair weather’ sailor and big sports fan, particularly football, rugby and cricket. He splits his time between London and the New Forest where he lives with his wife and son.

Read more about Paul here.

Gwen Young

Company Secretary/Treasurer 

Gwen started her professional career running her own successful antiques business, Black Lion Antiques. After the birth of her daughter Esme, she started working for Lord Winston, running his charity Genesis Research Trust.

Gwen worked for Genesis for 29 years, helping to raise over £70m to fund vital research into improving the health of women and babies. She also cycled over 5000km raising thousands of pounds for the Charity.

In 2012 Gwen was appointed Company Secretary and Treasurer to Tiny Tickers.  She is committed to helping them achieve their aims and objectives to improve the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions and to give these babies a better start in life.

Gwen enjoys cycling, travel, reading, theatre and her granddaughter Renee.

Professor Alan D Cameron MD FRCOG FRCP (Glas)

Alan Cameron

Alan was a Consultant Obstetrician in Glasgow for 28 years. He retired from the NHS at the beginning of 2019. He undertook his sub speciality training in Maternal Fetal Medicine in the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After this, he was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Glasgow. He received an Honorary Professorship from the University of Glasgow in 2007. His main research interests are in prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. He was the Scottish Members representative on RCOG Council from 1996-2002 and was President of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society from 2005-08.

As a former chair of the RCR/RCOG standing joint committee, he helped develop the current RCOG ultrasound training modules. He chaired the Scottish Committee of the RCOG from 2009-13. He is a member of the UK National Screening Committee. He was also the local President when the European Board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology took place in Glasgow in 2014 and remains involved with EBCOG, as the chairman of the Scientific Committee for the EBCOG Congress in Bergen, Norway in May 2020.

From 2013–16 he was Vice President for Clinical Quality at the RCOG. He is the co-principal investigator of the flagship RCOG project ‘Each Baby Counts’. Alan was the chair of the scientific committee of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)/International Society for the study and
prevention of perinatal and infant death (ISPID) which held its bi annual world conference in Glasgow in June 2018. In 2020 Alan will be the local conference president when the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) holds its world conference in Glasgow.

In 2019 he was appointed as the national clinical lead for obstetrics to the Maternity section of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. This work is predominately around stillbirth reduction, neonatal mortality and post partum haemorrhage. In this role, Alan works closely with the other clinical leads in midwifery and neonatology.

In 2020, Alan was appointed as a clinical adviser to the Healthcare Safety Investigation branch and is currently an obstetric adviser to Welsh Government.

Allan Jones

Allan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in the financial services sector for the past 12 years. He is currently a Director at KPMG.  He became a trustee of Tiny Tickers in 2016.

He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children, the eldest of whom was diagnosed with a heart defect in 2008 at the 20 week scan.

Jane Fisher

Jane Fisher

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) is a UK-wide charity providing independent, non-directive information and support to women and couples throughout antenatal testing and when a prenatal diagnosis is made. Help is offered for as long as is needed whatever decision is made about the future of the pregnancy. ARC also runs a well-established training programme for health professionals working in the field. Jane Fisher joined ARC in 2001 as Support Co-ordinator and became Director in 2004.

As well as managing the charity, Jane is also involved in directly supporting women and their partners, training health professionals, research, policy and media work. She represents service users on the UK National Screening Committee, Fetal Maternal and Child Health Group of the UK NSC and is a member of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme Advisory group. She is also a Patient and Public Voice Representative on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Women’s Services.

Sonia Beard

Sonia was born with congenital heart defect, aortic stenosis, and was diagnosed at 18 months old. She underwent open heart surgery and received a donor heart valve to fix the stenosis in 2015. Since then, she has graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature and has used her experience of heart surgery to become a tissue donation ambassador for NHS Blood and Transplant and join the NHS England National Youth Forum. As a health advocate, Sonia has worked on a variety of national projects including writing a report to the UK Government on the United Nation Conventions of the Rights of the Child, creating written and visual government COVID-19 guidance catered specifically to children and young people and working with the British Heart Foundation on a series of wellbeing material for young cardiac patients.

As a trustee for Tiny Tickers, Sonia hopes to bring the voice and experiences of young cardiac patients to the board and offer insight into the lived experience of congenital heart disease (CHD), both as a child and an adult. She is excited to take the next step in her volunteering journey in becoming a trustee and hopes to use it as an opportunity to advocate for more organisations to appoint young people to their boards. Due to personal experience, Sonia is also interested in working with women who are diagnosed with CHD themselves and supporting them through pregnancy if their condition is genetic.

Julie Davidson

Julie is an advanced practitioner sonographer with 28 years post qualification experience, currently working in Alder Hey Children’s hospital and Aintree Hospital, where she performs and reports a wide range of diagnostic ultrasound examinations including paediatric intracranial, hip and small parts, plus general abdominal, gynae and obstetric scans.
Previous to this, she did ten years of radiography, five in the children’s hospital including diagnostic cardiac catheters.

Outside of work she loves meeting up with friends, getting away on holiday, being engrossed in a good book and relaxing with friends on nothing more strenuous than a spa day!

Sally Insley

Sally has been a professional fundraiser for the last ten years, predominantly within the hospice sector. A committee member with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising in the West Midlands since 2014, Sally is passionate about supporting other fundraisers.

Sally’s daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart block during her 20 week scan. Having experienced the importance of patient care throughout the remainder of her pregnancy, Sally is delighted to play a small part, with the team at Tiny Tickers, championing better outcomes for heart babies and their families.

She’s a lifelong Birmingham City FC supporter and lover of music – especially 70’s rock n roll! David Bowie, early Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, etc. She’s also never far from a chocolate bar…And she shares the Tiny Tickers team’s love of stationery – her must-have stationery item is a Sharpie.

Nick Flanagan

Nick has been a barrister since 2004 and remains in full-time practice, based in Manchester.  He has a mixed practice, specialising in Employment Law and Inquests, as well as undertaking criminal work, on behalf the prosecution and defence.  He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2012, an Assistant Coroner in 2015 and a Legally Qualified Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in 2017

Nick became a trustee of Tiny Tickers in 2016 and lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children; one of whom was born with an aortopulmonary window, requiring open-heart surgery at eight months of age. He is an avid cyclist, having competed the Ride 100, for Tiny Tickers  in 2017 and 2018.