MEET THE TEAM
The people behind the vision.
Founder and Chair
A Registered Nurse, postgraduate midwifery student and RAF Medical Reservist with a background in critical care, Natalie began her career in London where she also studied for the Diploma in Tropical Nursing. She has worked overseas in resource-poor settings, most recently in a challenging humanitarian role serving the forcibly displaced Rohingya population. Natalie has witnessed the negative mental health implications for front-line staff working in high pressure environments, both in the UK and abroad. Determined, and driven by the belief that challenges should be faced together, she brings a vision of creating community through peer-support.
Co-Founder and Secretary
Keira brings 10 years' experience of working within the charitable sector. With a background in emergency and critical care nursing she is all too aware of the fundamental need to improve support services for the nursing and midwifery workforce, and has helped to implement several staff wellbeing projects. Keira relishes a challenge and is motivated to bring about change, coordinating and participating in numerous fundraising initiatives over the years. In her spare time, you may find her walking her dog and sipping a G&T, although usually not at the same time.
As a senior Primary Care Nurse with an ED background, Sahar brings extensive experience of caring for high risk vulnerable populations within Central London, most recently in her challenging role as a homeless health nurse practitioner providing outreach services to rough sleeping persons during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has previously volunteered with several charities, including Samaritans, and is acutely aware of the importance of providing support and encouragement to colleagues. Sahar is a fluent Farsi speaker with an adventurous spirit. A winning combination.
Dan joined the team in early 2021 as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees. In Dan’s day job, he’s CFO of Doctor Care Anywhere, a digital healthcare provider with a mission to improve people’s lives, serving over 2m patients across the UK. Dan joined Nurse Lifeline because of his desire to give something back to those on the frontline of supporting those most in need across the UK.
PROFESSOR DICKON WEIR-HUGHES
A Graduate of the Florence Nightingale School and LSHTM, Sarah is a dual Registered Nurse and Midwife. Navigating acute emergencies within her NHS role, she is keen to promote a new narrative around mental and emotional health and is an advocate for those facing difficulties. In addition to her passion for healthcare Sarah is a published author of books for young people, through which she has assisted in several charitable projects and received multiple awards. Pandemics aside, when she's not writing, Sarah may be found walking by the sea, reading and travelling, often in the name of research.
Trustee and Governance Lead
Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes' clinical background is in neurosciences and flight nursing, and he subsequently served as CNO and Deputy CEO at The Royal Marsden, Professor of nursing leadership at London South Bank University, CEO of the NMC and at Oxford University Hospitals. He has over 30 years of leadership experience from the ‘wards to the Board’ and currently also serves as President of the NANDA Foundation and as an International Ambassador for the DAISY Foundation. He was Chair of Clinical Governance for DoctorCareAnywhere from 2019-2021. He is a visiting academic in Estonia and New Zealand and amongst other areas of consultancy is a leadership development facilitator. When he's not working or on a plane, Dickon can be found in SW France renovating (another) old barn or trying to keep his over enthusiastic rescue dog from dashing onto the rugby pitch to 'help' the village team!