Alain Wolffe is a former Executive Director of Strategy and Governance at Canada Life.
He brings a wealth of corporate governance and strategy development experience to the Board as well as empathy and interest in Starlight Children’s Services as the father of a teenager with cerebral palsy.
Anna Gawn is a senior consultant who advises NGOs, UN agencies, Governments, and others on safeguarding in international development and humanitarian aid. She provides Starlight with invaluable advice on protecting children.
Anna believes that Starlight is particularly ground-breaking in shifting its focus to play within healthcare settings, where it can make real change for a lot of people.
One playful childhood memory she has is making up funny quizzes for the community with her sisters, filled with ridiculous questions it really brought all generations a lot of laughter.
Betsabeh is a global marketer and currently holds the position of non-executive director at Toms Gruppen, Denmark’s largest producer of sweets and chocolates.
She joins as we embed our recently revamped brand identity and new purpose to support children in hospital to experience the power of play to support their mental health and wellbeing. Her experience in building world class brands and especially driving brand relevance for children and parents is of particular importance to us as we plan for growth in awareness, reach and engagement. Equally important is her experience of digital transformation and building digital centric cultures.
For Betsabeh, play is a special moment to relax, to forget about any worries and an opportunity to socially interact and have fun with others. Her fondest childhood memories of play are playing outside and swinging very high on her swing or climbing trees with her cousin.
Dr. Chris Evans is an NHS Paediatric Anaesthetist who has an in depth understanding of the UK health care system and the psychological burden of hospital visits.
This combined with his experience of innovation and digital technology will help Starlight to develop new services directly in response to the research we are doing in to the needs of seriously ill children.
Dr Chris Kelly is a clinician research scientist in the health artificial intelligence team at Google, and a paediatrician at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. He brings experience of children’s services in the NHS, combined with an interest in how technology can improve children’s experience of healthcare.
Starlight was first brought to Chris’ attention whilst working as a paediatrician. He was so grateful for everything Starlight provided, and he witnessed the power of play positively impacting not only patients and families, but also the staff too.
Growing up, play time for Chris meant making models, building little robots, and being outside playing rugby, swimming and tennis.
Ian Harding is the Managing Partner at Arcus Infrastructure Partners and brings with him a wealth of fundraising, financial and governance expertise.
Ian himself doesn’t particularly like hospitals, so really appreciates how the power of play and distraction help to alleviate concerns for children in hospital.
The majority of Ian’s spare time during childhood involved playing football. Using jumpers as goalposts, Ian and his friends would play the days away. Plus, to their parent’s relief, they burnt off a lot of energy!
Alasdair Hadden-Paton is Honorary Chair of Fundraising. In November 2023, he stepped down from the Board of Trustees and his role as Vice Chair, having served since 2001. He will continue in his role as Chair of the Starlight Blenheim Ball Committee, bringing together a talented and creative group of people who’ve successfully organised not one but two balls at Blenheim Palace raising nearly £2 million combined.
Alasdair is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years financial experience in the luxury goods, hotel, property investment and venture capital sectors.
He continues to work with Starlight because it never ceases to amaze him how such simple things can transform a child’s treatment, recovery and mental attitude.
Alasdair loved the characters from the Noddy books growing up and his family gardener, Mr Seamons, made up lots of wonderful stories about him. When Mr Seamons died, Alasdair’s mother told him Noddy was looking after him and they lay flowers at his grave in the shape of Noddy.