AvMA welcomes new trustees

Published: 20 Apr 2021

AvMA is delighted to announce that four new trustees and two trainee trustees have joined the board from April 2021. The innovative option to join as a “trainee trustee” was established for those with a keen interest in the charity and qualities to offer who may as yet lack experience of boards, committees, governance etc normally expected of a full trustee as a way of making getting involved as accessible as possible.

Dr Maggie Davies joins us as a trustee. A registered nurse with an extensive career in oncology and palliative care, she is currently Chief Nurse at University Hospitals Sussex. She is passionate about improving patient safety and working with patients and families affected by avoidable harm.

Jocelyn Cornwell joins us as a trustee. After a career spent in and around the NHS, she is the founder of The Point of Care Foundation, an independent not-for profit that works to make healthcare more human, for patients and staff. Her interests lie in transforming the way healthcare organisations treat patients and families who suffer harm and improving support for staff who are involved in such incidents.

Bill Kilvington joins us as a trustee. He is an Operating Department Practitioner, one of the less well known of the 14 Allied Health Professions (AHPs). Becoming a Trustee for AvMA takes forward his commitment to improving healthcare safety standards and ensuring justice and support for patients and their families following harm events.

Janine Collier joins us as a trustee. She is a long standing supporter of AvMA and a specialist medical negligence solicitor, currently Head of the Medical Negligence Department at Tees Law. She has a passion for not only ensuring access to justice for those affected by medical accidents, but improving patient safety so that such accidents are minimised.

Amrat Khorana joins us as a trainee trustee. He is a digital education professional currently working at Great Ormond Street Hospital supporting digital transformation of their education provision for clinicians. He has always been passionate about patient safety and hopes to provide a unique perspective to the board of trustees, shaped by personal experience of avoidable harm and his diverse professional experience.

Mary Smith joins us as a trainee trustee. She is a medical negligence, inquest and human rights lawyer, and currently heads the clinical negligence and inquest department for Novum Law. She has been involved with AvMA since 2008, most recently highlighting the plight of non-COVID patients whose diagnosis and treatment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They join an excellent board of trustees who are passionate about the charity’s mission of patient safety and justice. More details of the full trustee board can be found here.