Chair: Professor Emeritus Charles Anthony (Tony) Butterworth CBE

Commander of the British Empire (CBE); Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci); Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN); Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute (FQNI); Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych); Fellowship, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society (USA); Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Huddersfield.

Following an extensive clinical and teaching career, Tony became the inaugural Queens Nursing Institute Professor of Community Nursing at the University of Manchester in 1987 where he undertook original and ground breaking research into clinical supervision for nurses and in the development of psychosocial education for people with schizophrenia. He was invited by the UK Secretary of State for Health to lead a Government review of mental health nursing in 1994 and became General Secretary for the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centres for Nursing in 1997.  

Following periods as a Head of Department and Dean of School, he became a Pro-Vice Chancellor for external affairs for the University of Manchester in 1998. He was elected by his academic peers to be the first Chair of the Council of Deans of Health in 1997. He returned to an appointment in the NHS as Chief Executive for Trent Workforce Confederation in 2001 and became Director of a Research Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation at the University of Lincoln in 2005. He and his team led the UKCRC review of Clinical Academic Careers for nursing and the health professions. 

A Non-Executive Director of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement from its inception, he was invited by the Secretary of State for Health to be Chairman until its closure in 2013.

Tony has supervised 23 PhDs to successful completion, authored or co-authored 6 text books and writes extensively in peer reviewed and professional journals. His h-index is 13.

He is presently Chair of the Foundation for Nursing Studies, Chairman of the Social Care Improvement Group Advisory Board and a Trustee of the RCN Foundation a Charity that supports nurses in need. He is Chairman of the Charity’s Benevolent Committee.

Tony holds visiting academic appointments to Waterford Institute in Ireland and the University of Maribor in Slovenia and has worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe.


  Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Lisa is a values driven experienced transformational leader with a significant track-record in pre-registration nurse education, initiating and embedding improvements in nursing and care worker practices to protect patients, the public and the reputation of the nursing profession.

As the current Director of Nursing and Board Member of Health Education England, Lisa is responsible for leading national policy, workforce planning, and multi professional education and training commissioning, for the non-medical healthcare workforce.

Lisa’s high-profile achievements in this role include the establishment of The Shape of Caring Review of the education and training of nurses and care assistants, development of the Care Certificate, piloting of pre-degree care experience and the creation of a three tiered dementia education and training framework.  



 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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