ECHO - Connecting the Children's Heart Community

Introducing our patrons, trustees and staff

Our people

Our people are committed to the ECHO community. Everything we do is focused on ensuring that heart children and their families get the best possible support.

Our patrons include highly respected cardiologists, experts in their field at a global level. We are also fortunate to include Ulrika Jonsson, herself the mother of a heart child, as a celebrity patron along with Phil Gallagher, a well-known entertainer on children’s television.

Our staff and trustees have a broad range of professional skills and expertise spanning medical, psychology, finance, social care, charity sector, the NHS, business, marketing and personal CHD. They come from diverse backgrounds but share a deep commitment to helping people touched by congenital heart disease.


Samantha Johnson

Chief Executive

Sam enjoys family, theatre and film! She sings loudly in her car, loves anything vintage and enjoys laughing at her own jokes.

Siobhan Morton

Volunteering & Communications Manager

Siobhan fanaticises about moving to every country she visits, has a cheese obsession, is slowly learning Italian and escapes to her allotment when she can.

07525 833 210
(9am-5pm Tues-Thurs)

Emma Orpin

Administration & Community Manager

Emma is a fun, energetic whirlwind who loves to shop, eat, dance and drink diet coke. Her claim to fame is she can do the “worm”!

07715 208 077
(9am-3pm Mon-Thurs)

Diana Neagu

Cardiac Support Worker

Diana adores children, springtime, ice cream and sometimes coffee, which adds even more to her usual excitement. She is best known for her positivity and strange diets!




Professor Shakeel A Qureshi MB ChB FRCP


Ulrika Jonsson


Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker)



Jane Ward

Chair & Heart Mum

Jane attempts to make sense of very large numbers in her job as an accountant, and otherwise trying to keep track of her 4 children, husband, and cat.

James Pincus

Trustee & Heart Dad

When not working and travelling, James enjoys trying to keep up with his 3 boys, all sports and a mug of tea with plenty of biscuits.

Alex Bicknell

Trustee & Heart Patient

Passionate about disruptive technology and all things entrepreneurial, Alex loves mentoring, playing tennis and tries to go on holiday to warmer climates as much as possible!

Joanna Eyeson

Trustee & Doctor

When not spending a disproportionate amount of time “planning” to exercise, Joanna can be found fiddling on a computer, reading a good book or catching up on sleep!

Mark Kennor


When he’s not playing with his kids, Mark enjoys cycling, fishing, cooking and dinner with friends.

Steve Wood


Steve is very energetic, enjoys music, sport and cooking – mostly Indian food. He has been known to sail in fancy dress and do karaoke.

Sally Williams

Honorary Secretary

Sally’s greatest passion is motorcycling and travelling – usually combined, closely followed by her garden, walking and her family and friends.