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The Priory Council of Trustees

The Priory Council of Trustees

This is the Board for St John Ambulance’s parent charity, The Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John:

Mr Stuart Shilson LVO GCStJ DL

Stuart Shilson is Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John, and Chair of St John Ambulance. He is a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order and was previously a member of its worldwide governing body. As Sub-Prior of the Order internationally, he helped establish an innovative maternal and neonatal care programme in sub-Saharan Africa. He retired as Trustee of British Red Cross recently and is a serving Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.

In his professional life, Stuart is a senior partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focusing on economic and social infrastructure. During a long and illustrious career, he has worked as a commercial barrister and senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office – and spent three years as Assistant Private Secretary to HM The Queen, our Sovereign Head.

Mr Michael Messinger LVO KStJ QPM DL

Michael Messinger’s professional life was in the Metropolitan Police Service where he served for 40 years working in various posts in south and central London before retiring in 2006. For the latter part of his career, he was responsible for public event policing, emergency planning and consequence management policy and delivery across London. Since 2016, he has been a Trustee of the Police Memorial Trust.

Michael joined St John Ambulance in London in 2007 as the Commander for London, before being appointed Chief Volunteer in 2012 – the charity’s most senior uniformed volunteer. He has been a Trustee of St John Ambulance since June 2010 and was appointed to Priory Council in 2017. He was appointed Chancellor of the Priory of England and the Islands in 2017 and Prior (Acting) in November 2021.

When not volunteering he enjoys watching sport, reading and walking.

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall KCVO CStJ

Dr John Hall was the 38th Dean of Westminster from 2006 until November 2019. As Dean, he led the ministry and mission of Westminster Abbey. He chaired the governors of Westminster School and of Harris Westminster Sixth Form.

After a gap year in Kenya and university in Durham, he taught for two years in Hull before training for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1975 and worked in parishes in south London, later serving as diocesan director of education in Lancashire. Then for eight years he served as the Church of England’s chief education officer, overseeing, amongst other responsibilities, almost 5,000 Church of England schools and eleven Anglican universities.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. He has honorary doctorates from four universities and was for eight years a Pro Chancellor of the University of Roehampton. In October 2019, The Queen appointed him a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

He chairs the Council of the Royal School of Church Music and is a trustee of two groups of academies and independent schools, the Woodard Corporation and United Learning. He lives in Chichester, where he is a Prebendary (honorary canon) of the Cathedral. He is Dean Emeritus of Westminster.

Mrs Ann Cable MBE DStJ DL

Mrs Ann Cable MBE DStJ DLAppointed as a Trustee in 2017, Ann began her St John life as a Cadet and has been involved with the organisation ever since. Having run several successful Cadet Units, she went on to hold senior operational positions and was appointed the first female Commissioner for London St John Ambulance in 2008. She led the SJA volunteer resourcing for all major events in the capital during the period 2008 – 2013 including HM’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympic Games. Ann went on to become National Volunteering Adviser and in 2017, she was appointed Chief Volunteer for St John Ambulance. In June 2019, she became St John Ambulance’s Chief Commissioner, with responsibility for leading our 25,000 volunteers and providing strategic oversight in this area for the charity.

Now retired from her professional life as a Headteacher and School Inspector, Ann also thoroughly enjoys her role as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Enfield.

Dr Ros Smith CStJ

Dr Ros Smith had been involved with St John since becoming a first aider in 1984, and has most recently trained as a St John volunteer vaccinator. She has been a trustee of a number of charities and is currently Chairman of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, supporting Cambridge University Hospitals, as well as being a trustee of a grant-making charity concentrating on education and social mobility.

Dr Smith’s business background was in the software industry, where she was one of the founders, and COO, of Geneva Technology which achieved a valuation of $700 million when it merged with Convergys Corporation in 2001. She now runs a multi asset class investment organisation, and in 2019 founded Friargrove, a fund of funds focused on funding businesses working on initiatives and innovations that have a positive environmental, social or medical impact.

In 2021 Dr Smith was awarded the Life Saving Medal of the Order of St John, in silver, for her part in assisting two climbers in poor weather conditions on Mt Blanc.

Mr Ashley Sweetland MBE CStJ

Ashley Sweetland began his St John volunteering aged 8 and has been involved with the organisation ever since. He was our National Cadet of the Year 2000 and has held several senior operational roles. Most notably, Ashley has played an instrumental role for over 15 years in the formation, development and leadership of Cycle Response Units across the country, including supporting the concept in other parts of St John internationally. He has been a member of Priory Chapter since 2016 and is currently Chair of the Board’s Fundraising Committee.

Professionally, Ashley is Head of Global Communications, Engagement and ESG at Convatec Group Plc, a leading international medical products and technologies company. He joined them in 2021, having spent almost five years as Head of Global Internal Communications at InterContinental Hotels Group Plc. He has worked across sectors in a range of strategic communications and corporate responsibility roles, including at CBRE, Lloyds Banking Group, BT, London 2012 and the Department for Education.

Ashley has previously held a variety of Board level roles with the UK Youth Parliament, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and Russell Commission on youth volunteering. He was awarded the MBE for services to young people in 2012, the Freedom of the City of London in 2014 and promoted to Commander in the Order of St John in 2020.


The St John Ambulance Board of Trustees

Mr Stuart Shilson LVO GCStJ DL (See full bio above)

Mr Michael Messinger LVO KStJ QPM DL (See full bio above)

The Very Reverend John Hall KCVO CStJ (See full bio above)

Mrs Ann Cable MBE DStJ DL (See full bio above)

Ms Margaret Coleman OStJ

Ms Margaret ColemanMargaret joined the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in April 2015. She holds a number of non-executive roles including Chair of the Media Centre, a social enterprise in the creative and digital sector; Chair of Yorkshire Dance, a charity promoting excellence in dance; Chair of Certa, an awarding body; and until December 2013 was on the board of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Management Institute.

Until 2010 she was Regional Director in Yorkshire and the Humber in the Learning and Skills Council and had responsibility for education and training including apprenticeships for adults and young people in schools, colleges and workplaces across the region. She was also national Third Sector Champion.

She has worked in all the major sectors of post-16 education, including higher and further education, teacher education, adult skills and sixth form colleges. Before joining the LSC in 2001, Margaret was the Principal and Chief Executive of Huddersfield New College.

Mr Mohan Mansigani OBE OStJ

Mr Mohan MansiganiMohan is a highly commercial and creative finance director with extensive private equity experience who has played a key leadership role in establishing Casual Dining Group (previously known as Tragus) as a major UK restaurant business. He also led the business through two private equity transactions including the £267m sale to Blackstone in 2007. Prior to this he was CFO at Costa Coffee and TGI Friday’s.

Mohan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and serves as a trustee on the Migration Museum Project. Mohan joined the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in July 2016.

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor Sir Keith PorterProfessor Sir Keith Porter was educated at Marlborough College and St Thomas’s Hospital, London. He was appointed Consultant Trauma Surgeon at Birmingham Accident Hospital in 1986, a service that is now delivered at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where he is Professor of Clinical Traumatology and until June 2018 the Clinical Director of the Major Trauma Centre.

He is the clinical lead for injured soldiers returning to the UK for the last decade including both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Professor Porter has been a leader in the development in the new medical subspecialty of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and in recent years has been the Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and also the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Emergency Medicine. He is Chair of the Trauma Care Council and co-editor of the journal “Trauma”.

Professor Porter has over 150 peer review publications and has co-authored/edited numerous books.

For his services to the military he was knighted in the 2010 Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Miss Mariam Ibrahim

Mariam Ibrahim joined St John Ambulance as a Cadet in December 2013. She was elected to the London Region Youth Board as the West London Representative in 2015 and won her District’s Cadet of the Year competition later that year. In January 2016, she was elected as Chair of the London Region Youth Board for two years, later expanding it to become the London and South Regional Youth Forum. The combination of these roles meant that she gained experience in representing young people at a district, regional and national level. She was an early member of the Cadet Programme Review team, represented St John Ambulance in Parliament at All-Party Parliamentary Group meetings and worked with YMCA England & Wales on a mental health project.

Mariam has also gained experience in championing youth voice outside of St. John Ambulance. She was a member of the NHS England Health Cadets Steering Group, part of her University’s JCR Executive Committee and is currently working with the NSPCC as part of a focus group reviewing youth volunteering opportunities.

Mr Bob Harayda

Bob Harayda has held a broad range of senior management positions in the hospitality and energy sectors, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.  Over the course of his 35-year corporate career, he had assignments in the USA, UK, and Thailand as well as Singapore.

He is an Independent Director of the International Tennis Integrity Agency, the anti-corruption body covering professional tennis globally. He also serves as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of a multinational education charity based in London.

Bob has a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in California and an MBA in Finance from Cornell University in New York.

He joined the St John Ambulance Board in January 2021 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms Ingrid Waterfield

Ingrid Waterfield is an HR executive and is currently Chief People Strategy & Culture Officer for KPMG EMA (Europe, Middle East & Africa).  Prior to this, she was the Executive HR Director responsible for implementing the people strategy and the change management programme for KPMG South Africa. In 2017 she spent a year working with KPMG’s Global Leadership on the most important strategic questions facing the global firm at that time.

Ingrid originally trained as a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years of experience both as an external HR adviser, and as part of KPMG’s HR leadership, on interventions to increase organisation performance and improve employee motivation and engagement.  An important aspect of her work has been focussed on diversity and inclusion strategies and developing agile workforces to enable businesses to adapt to the fast-moving world around them.

Ingrid is passionate about supporting young people to enable them to belong, contribute and thrive in their communities, in education and in the work place.  She is Vice-Chair of YMCA Downslink Group, part of the International YMCA Federation across Surrey and Sussex that supports over 15,000 young people every year.

Mrs Harpreet Kondel

A senior fundraiser with nearly 30 years’ experience within the charitable sector, Harpreet has acquired her experience within agencies and charities. During her career she has provided strategic and practical leadership to grow income for a number of organisations, including the British Red Cross and Barnardo’s.

She has managed income in excess of £35 million per year and teams of up to 100. Since 2017, she has been providing interim fundraising support and consultancy to a range of charities, including Diabetes UK, Christian Aid, Mencap, Age UK, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Animals Asia.


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Prepared by GTS (UK) Ltd: DC / DJJ
14 August 2014
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