Chairman: Dr David Foster 

Dr David Foster is a registered nurse and midwife. He trained in nursing at the Middlesex Hospital, London and in midwifery at Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries, in Scotland.

His extensive career includes both NHS and civil service roles. A former Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, he retired from the civil service in 2016 as Head of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit at the Department of Health. During his eight years at the Department he advised ministers and policy teams on nursing, midwifery and allied health professions issues affecting the health and social care system.

In addition to being FoNS Chairman elect, he is chairman of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, and a trustee of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. He is also a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University, King’s College, London and Manchester Metropolitan University, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University and is a member of the Court of London South Bank University. He also has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Journal of Midwifery and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of MidwivesDavid will take up the chairmanship in autumn 2018.



  Mr Tim Callaghan, BA (Hons), ACMA, CGMA

Currently the Deputy Director of Finance at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Tim has held various roles within finance across several acute/ specialist hospitals since joining the NHS on the Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2001.  In his current role, Tim is responsible for the professional leadership and management to the finance function and staff, promoting the highest professional standards throughout the department and taking ownership for all aspects of financial reporting within the Trust.

Tim joined FONS as a Trustee (Treasurer) in March 2014.


   Mr Anthony Impey MBE

Anthony Impey is a technology entrepreneur with extensive experience in building and operating ambitious, fast-growth organisations.  He is the founder of Optimity, a company that is pioneering a wireless alternative to fibre optics.  He is also managing director of Tech House, a specialist in cabling infrastructure, and Inception, an IT services company. He also started an initiative called Tech City Stars, a not-for-profit venture that offers local young people who have had a tough start to life career opportunities in the technology sector. He has been involved in Young Enterprise, City University’s internship program and University of East London’s Business Advisory Board. He actively participated in the Richard Review of Apprenticeships and sat on the Holt Report Implementation Advisory Board at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. He uses his experience in business strategy, operations and development in his role as a FoNS trustee.

  Jonny Landau

Jonny is a Partner of the law firm DAC Beachcroft, specialising in health and social care law.

Jonny advises health and social care providers, both in the public and independent sectors, on CQC regulation, safeguarding investigations and health and safety investigations and prosecutions. He also advises providers in connection with complex fee recovery cases, mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, mental health law and social care assessments and eligibility, including disputes about the identity of the responsible authority. He regularly publishes and speaks about these topics. He was formerly a principal legal advisor for CSCI, the forerunner to CQC.

Jonny initially qualified as a barrister and retains his rights of audience in all courts in England and Wales. He regularly appears as an advocate at inquests.  

Outside work, Jonny has been a volunteer for the Free Representation Unit (advising individuals appealing social security decisions), Amicus (assisting American lawyers defending people facing the death penalty), the Public Law Project (advising on public law claims) and was for several years a housing law advisor for Crisis at Christmas.


  Dr Ann McMahon, PhD RMN RGN

Ann has worked in research and innovation for the best part of thirty years. As a general and mental health graduate nurse Ann specialised in cancer nursing with a keen interest in the mental health and wellbeing of people diagnosed with cancer. Working as a clinical nurse specialist in a research rich environment (the Christie Hospital in Manchester) fuelled Ann’s interest in and commitment to research and furthering the nursing contribution to improving patient care through research and development. Her Master’s degree dissertation explored the potential of cognitive behavioural therapies as a means of relieving anticipatory nausea and vomiting in patients receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy. From Manchester Ann moved to Stafford to take up post as an Assistant Director of Nursing Services where she was responsible for research, development, quality and informatics. Here she led a team of nurses supporting the development of practice through research and quality improvement.    

Ann took up her position as R&D Adviser at the Royal College of Nursing in 1994 where she has worked with RCN members to champion research and innovation in nursing. Her PhD thesis offers critical insight into the conditions in which innovations in health care flourish. Ann is currently the RCN lead for innovation and is working with the Office for Public Management, building the capability of nurses leading service innovations in economic assessment, supported by a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Ann is an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited trainer, a Visiting Research Fellow at Glasgow University and Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Research in Nursing – the nursing journal which purposefully sets out to connect research, policy and practice. 

   Dr Caroline Shuldham, OBE

Order of the British Empire; PhD, MSc, RGN, RNT, PGCEA; 

Caroline is an experienced nurse director with a clinical background in cardiac nursing, intensive care and nurse education. She is a member of the research team undertaking an NIHR funded national evaluation of Schwartz Rounds and is a Specialist Clinical Advisor for the Care Quality Commission.

As director of nursing she was responsible for all aspects of nursing – clinical, education and research. Her governance responsibilities covered every discipline and included patient safety, patient experience, clinical effectiveness and risk management. Caroline was Trust lead for patient advice and liaison services, patient and public involvement and safeguarding children and adults. 

She supervises on an MSc programme and established collaborations enabling nurses to study for a PhD. She has published over 70 papers and editorials, many in peer reviewed journals, and has contributed to conferences in the UK and abroad. She is co-author of several systematic reviews with the Cochrane Airways Group and has contributed to research, peer review of papers and applications for research and scholarship funding. Caroline is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing and is a Trustee of the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS). She was awarded an OBE in 2009.

    Professor Deborah Sturdy, OBE

Deborah has worked with older people throughout her career. She has held a number of positions including posts in practice, research, management and policy. Her clinical practice and management experience extends from rehabilitation, acute care, day hospitals, dementia services, primary care and Care Homes. Following completion of her MSc, she took up a Research Nurse post at the University of Kent working on assessment of older people in long- term care and was part of an international collaborative research effort. Subsequently she was appointed jointly between primary health and social care to develop improved pathways of access for older people using health and social services. Deborah held the position of Nurse Advisor for Older People at the Department of Health in national government for 10 years. She led on all health and social care policy issues relating to nursing older people. As the lead nurse, she contributed to major policy development in this area including the National Service Framework for Older People and National Dementia Strategy.  She has developed the first national network for Consultant Nurses and developed for the first time leadership programmes for Nurses working with Older People. She holds an honouree lecture post at City University London. She is a passionate advocate for older people and has been instrumental in developing a number of initiatives to promote good care practices across the speciality. She has written numerous publications in a wide range of professional journals and spoken at national and international meetings.

Deborah is working as an Independent Consultant working with a number of organisations and working on a national project. She combines this with a role with supporting a new venture Red & Yellow Care to develop a different and integrated approach to care for people with dementia.



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