Foundation Past Master
Frances is currently working as Non -Executive Director at CSH Surrey. She trained as a Registered Nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital School of Nursing following which she qualified as Registered Midwife. Fran’s clinical career has included experience across primary, secondary and tertiary care as a District Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist in breast cancer and as a clinical and operational manager in various Trusts in London.
She also spent two years within the charitable sector managing a large community workforce delivering end of life care. Most recently Frances has worked in London for NHS Improvement as a Quality Improvement Director which involved working closely with London trusts to support their quality agenda.
During her career she successfully completed a first and second degree, the latter focusing on cancer nursing. As part of her studies she obtained a scholarship to travel to Canada to research their approach to patient engagement and experience in cancer care.
Frances is a Founder Warden, Master of The Company of Nurses and a trustee of The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust.
Julia is currently a lecturer at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London.
She has worked in London throughout her career, training firstly at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and then at The Royal London Hospital. She has worked in clinical practice, in both Adult and Mental Health Services, within hospital and community environments and has fulfilled a number of practice and academic roles, notably at St Bartholomew’s as a clinical teacher and tutor in the St Bartholomew’s School of Nursing and The Royal College of Nursing.
Within the Nursing and Midwifery Faculty in Kings College London she teaches across the undergraduate and post graduate curricula. One key responsibility is to focus on leadership for healthcare professionals. She leads a number of courses which focus upon leadership development and has a particular interest in the emotional wellbeing and resilience of healthcare teams. She also works within the Postgraduate Life Sciences and Medicine Faculty providing leadership development within a number of programmes. Recognising the importance of inter-professional working in healthcare environments Julia contributes to the multi-professional communication education programme within the University .Julia also works within a number of London NHS Trusts providing coaching and supervision for senior leaders and teams.
Julia is a Founder Warden, Upper Warden of The Company of Nurses and Chair of the Educational and Development Committee.
Janet is currently employed as the Head of Care and Deputy Manager in a nursing and residential home in Wiltshire. Janet trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital School of Nursing and, after qualifying, she worked there in the Coronary Care Unit and then as a Research Nurse in the Endocrine Unit.
Janet married an Army Officer and life in the military entailed moving many times at home and abroad, particularly in Europe. When he was stationed in the UK, Janet worked as a Nurse in a number of places including the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley. This enabled her to gain experience in a wide range of nursing specialties, including Accident and Emergency, Gynaecology, Outpatients and Care of the Elderly.
Janet is a Founder Warden and Middle Warden of The Company of Nurses.
Brenda trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital School of Nursing and has spent most of her clinical career in London. She was a Ward Sister at Barts Hospital, Senior Nurse Manager at Guys and she then joined the Occupational Health Unit at the Royal Free Hospital where she was Nurse Adviser for the Medical Students Health Service. She was appointed as an Independent Member of Hertfordshire Police Authority in 2003, a position she held until the Authority’s abolition in 2012. During that time she represented the national body on the reference group for Inspections of Police Custody and the Strategic Health and Safety Forum of the Association of Chief Police Officers. She served on the Home Office Police Advisory Board for England and Wales Substance Misuse Review Working Party. Brenda was a Non-Executive Director of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust which delivers community health services in Hertfordshire.
Brenda has been appointed as a Trustee Governor of the Voluntary Board of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. This is an independent charity dating back to Henry VIII, regulated by the Charity Commission and it supports patients and staff. Brenda chairs the Company’s associated charity – The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust.
Brenda is a Founder Warden and the Foundation Past Master of The Guild of Nurses.
Shirley is currently a Health Visitor working for Hertfordshire Community Health NHS Trust.
She trained as a general nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital School of Nursing and went on to qualify as a Midwife at Cambridge Maternity Hospital.
Shirley returned to general nursing at the Royal Free Hospital before returning to St Bartholomew's Hospital firstly, as a Staff Nurse and then Sister in the Oncology Unit.
She trained as a Health Visitor at the North East London Polytechnic and worked as a Health Visitor in Hackney before moving out of London to work in Hertfordshire until the present day.
Shirley is a Founder Warden and Court Assistant of The Company of Nurses.
Anne Milton served as Member of Parliament for Guildford from 2005 – 2019, stood as an Independent Candidate at the 2019 general election and also served as a borough councillor from 1999 – 2004. She now gives consultancy advice to organisations working in the further education sector.
She spent all her nursing career working in London having trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital School of Nursing, where she also worked as a research nurse working in respiratory medicine. She was a District Nursing Sister in Hackney, London, pioneered a scheme to discharge people early from hospital and started a support scheme for people newly diagnosed with cancer. Before entering politics Anne gave medical advice to social housing providers including the City of London.
Anne had a number of roles as an MP in Parliament both in Opposition and Government including: sitting on the Health Select Committee; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health; Government Deputy Chief Whip (Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household); Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships; and Minister for Women. In 2015 she was appointed to the Privy Council.
Anne is a Founder Warden, Court Assistant of The Company of Nurses and Chair of the Communications Committee.
Helen worked as a Health Visitor for children with special needs for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and is now retired. She trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital School of Nursing where she worked as a Staff Nurse. After completing her midwifery training in Sussex, she returned to Barts and became Sister of the Oncology Unit.
Helen then studied at the South Bank University to qualify as a Health Visitor and has worked as such (both generic and specialist) in several Community Trusts in London whilst completing a degree in Professional Practice (Nursing) at Greenwich University.
Helen is a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
Helen is a Founder Warden, Past Master of The Guild of Nurses and a trustee of The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust.
Liz trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital School of Nursing and subsequently worked at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel as a Relief Sister. Having completed the post-graduate course in Urological and Renal Nursing at St Peter’s Hospitals in Covent Garden, she became Clinical Teacher at the School of Nursing. Following a period of time in Toronto, Liz returned to St Pancras Hospital, responsible for in-service training and also working in the community as a continence advisor.
After moving to Brighton in 1986, she worked as Education Officer for a children’s charity, teaching Fire Safety and Burn Prevention in schools and has written a children’s book highlighting the dangers of scalding. As part of this work, Liz was Chair of a committee actively involved with the rehabilitation of paediatric burns survivors from Peanut ward at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. She continues to work as a volunteer in her local community and with the U3A.
Liz is a lifetime Foundation Freeman, a Past Master and a trustee of The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust for The Company of Nurses.