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Our trustees


Sarah Mullen – Chair of the Board 

Sarah has twenty five years of experience of working in the public sector, in both local government and central government. She has held a number of senior roles leading strategy and policy development and managing change. These have included Director of Spending at HM Treasury and most recently, Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Camden.

Verity Baldry

Verity works for privately-owned investment group Blenheim Chalcot, where she has developed deep experience of business development and product management working across public and private sector markets, most recently in technology start-up Fospha where she led the organisation to develop an online behavioural analytics platform. Verity has been a very active Bliss supporter since the death of her first son who was born ‘too sick’ in 2007.

Martyn Boyd



Martyn has been involved in neonatal care since qualifying as a nurse in 1989, working at all levels including managing a busy NICU for three years. He is currently manager of the Northern Neonatal Network and also Chair of the National Neonatal Network Managers’ and Directors’ Forum.

Alan Edwards

Alan has over 25 years' experience in business to business technology marketing. He has held a number of leadership positions and is currently Senior Vice President for global marketing at AVEVA, a UK headquartered global software business. Alan has developed particular experience in driving transformation and change through marketing.

Caroline Farrar

Caroline Farrar

Caroline has more than 20 years' experience of working in public services, including in the independent sector, local government and the NHS. Currently working in commissioning at Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, she has also held senior roles in policy, performance and service development.

Elizabeth Gray


Elizabeth has a wealth of experience as a former civil servant in both the UK and Scottish Governments. Elizabeth has worked at a senior level in both the public and private sectors across a range of industries, including the UK Treasury and the Scottish Government Health Department.

Dr Jane Hawdon


Jane is a consultant neonatologist and clinical academic group director at Barts Health NHS Trust and was previously the clinical lead for the North Central London Perinatal Network. She is committed to family-centred care within the neonatal service and has clinical interests in infant feeding and chronic lung disease of prematurity. Jane is a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and has been the neonatal member of a number of NICE guideline development groups.

Jane has three school-aged children, the youngest of whom was born preterm.

Andrew Hobbs



Andrew is a Partner at Ernst & Young. He and his team are responsible for addressing key national and international regulatory and policy matters affecting the firm and its clients. This involves regular coordination with government departments, regulators and professional bodies. He also sits on a number of policy-driven committees in the CBI and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Helen Manley



Helen has worked in media for over 20 years, 10 years on the coalface and 10 years at board level running an independent production company, having originally qualified as a chartered accountant. A keen fundraiser, she is passionate about Bliss’ ambition to reach every single baby born needing neonatal care in the UK and their family, having first come into contact with the charity when she had a premature baby herself who was sadly too sick and passed away in 2004.

Philippa Sanderson

Philippa is a qualified accountant and is a Corporate Tax Director at the top four firm KPMG. She has extensive accountancy and finance experience and has been Bliss’ Treasurer since September 2014. Philippa is based in Yorkshire, and is also the mum of a premature baby herself.

Joanne Stewart

Joanne is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has held a number of senior leadership positions in the public and not-for-profit sector. Currently she is Group People Director for Jisc, the organisation responsible for providing digital infrastructure for Universities and Colleges in the UK.

Sarah Woolnough  

Sarah sits on the Board of Cancer Research UK, as Executive Director of Policy and Information, with responsibility for the charity’s advocacy, press, information and patient engagement functions.

She has led several health and science policy campaigns, sits on a number of Government advisory groups and has spent time seconded to the Department of Health to work on the government’s cancer strategy. Sarah also has experience working in other government departments, voluntary sector organisations and for two Members of Parliament. Sarah is a trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

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