AvMA welcomes new trustees

Published: 31 Aug 2023

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Photo of four new trustees. Each woman is looking at the camera, smiling.


We welcome three new trustees and an associate trustee to our board. They bring a wealth of experience to ensure that AvMA, as a charity, fulfils its purpose of campaigning for improvement in patient safety and access to justice when harm occurs during medical treatment.

Dr. Jane Hawdon joins us as a trustee.  Jane is currently a medical director, responsible officer and consultant neonatologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She has previously held consultant and clinical leadership posts at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust, and regional and national educational roles.

Carol Parsons joined us as a trustee. Carol is head of ATE Insurance at DAS UK. Before that, Carol was a Partner at Bristol Law firm Lyons Davidson. Carol brings a wealth of legal and insurance experience to our work in access to justice.

Farrah Pradhan joins us as an Associate Trustee. Farrah is the Head of Safety at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Farrah began her advocacy journey after a traumatic experience when her son was born three months premature. Navigating the uncertainty and challenges of having a sick baby in a neonatal unit led her to support and advocate for other families.

She is firmly committed to ensuring the patient voice and user experience are integral to improving health outcomes and safer services for members of the public and is interested in principles of safety-II (learning from what goes well in healthcare), maternity safety and resilience engineering.

Michele Salter joins us as a trustee. She is currently the Chair of the Sickle Cell Society UK and is passionate about addressing the known health inequalities impacting negatively on people from black African and Caribbean heritage. Sadly, Michele has experienced losing a loved one from clinical negligence and is delighted to support the work of AvMA as a Trustee.