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.


Staff

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)

Hayley Winter

Fundraising & Development Officer


Hayley has the loudest laugh and loves a joke. She’s been known to throw shapes on the dancefloor and has a weird fascination about superman.

07715 027 259

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!

Patrons

Dr Owen I Miller FRACP FCSANZ FRCPCH

Patron


Professor Shakeel A Qureshi MB ChB FRCP

Patron


Ulrika Jonsson

Patron


Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker)

Patron


Trustees

David Philpott

Chairman, and Heart Granddad


David often disappears for days for his regular ‘strategic walkabouts’, pounding the streets of foreign cities or taking on long distance footpaths.

Jane Ward

Treasurer & 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

Trustee


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

Steve Wood

Trustee


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.