Committee Members

The League is managed by an Executive Committee consisting of the following Honorary Officers and 12 elected members. The elected members serve for 3 years with an option to renew for a further 3 years.

President: Professor Maggie Nicol

President: Professor Maggie Nicol

Maggie trained at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and came to Barts in 1977 to attend the Intensive Care Course. Following the course she worked as an ITU Sister elsewhere, then as Senior Sister in ITU at Barts from 1981-84. She moved into Nurse Management at Whipps Cross Hospital, then returned to Barts in 1989 as a lecturer in the School of Nursing, which later became part of City University London. Her specialist area was clinical skills and she has published several books and developed workbooks and video learning resources to help students develop these. She retired in July 2011. Maggie has been a member of the Scholarship Committee since 2007 and was appointed President in October 2012.

Life Vice President: Mrs Catherine Varney

Life Vice President: Mrs Catherine Varney

President of the League from 1999 until 2005.

Life Vice President: Miss Alison Knapp

Life Vice President: Miss Alison Knapp

Alison trained at Barts from 1965-69. After her 4th year she went into Pink on theatres and was promoted to Sister on Theatre G (Surgical Professorial Unit) in 1970. Nine years later she became Head of Nursing Services in Theatres and in 1982 was promoted to Theatre Superintendent. Over the next twelve years the role took on more responsibility and in 1994, on the merger with the Royal London and London Chest Hospitals, Alison was appointed as Director of Nursing at the Royal London and Deputy to the Chief Nurse for the Barts and the London NHS Trust. Whilst in this role she gained an MSc in Executive Management. She retired in 2003. Alison served on the League Executive in the 1970s and on the benevolent Committee in the 1980s. She became the League President in 2005, retiring in 2012.

Life Vice President: Mrs Joan Orford

Life Vice President: Mrs Joan Orford

Joan trained at Barts from 1958-61. In 1964 she became a Pink on the Surgical Unit, then a Night Sister. She was Sister Lawrence (female surgical) from 1965-7, then moved across the corridor to Percivall Pott (male surgical) for 2 years. She is a Director of the family business and has worked with Friends of the Elderly for 30 years, with a particular interest in dementia, finishing in 2010 as Vice-Chairman. Joan served as the Honorary Treasurer from 1981-2013 and was appointed a Life Vice President in 2014.

Vice President: Miss Susan Legg

Vice President: Miss Susan Legg

Susan trained at Barts from 1963-67. She returned to Barts in 1971 as a Night Sister and was Sister Percivall Pott (male surgical) from 1972-85. Following various posts in Nurse Management she was appointed Director of Nursing at Kingston Hospital, where she worked until retirement. Susan served the League as the Honorary Secretary of the Benevolent Fund for 9 years, retiring in 2013.

Vice President: Miss Pru Griffiths

Vice President: Mrs Pru Griffiths

Pru trained at Barts from 1969-73. She worked as a staff nurse on Hogarth (women's orthopaedic) for 18 months and at the Harley Street Clinic for 2 years. Pru was a member of the League Executive for 6 years, during which she was a member of the sub-committee responsible for revamping the website and the one looking into amending the League Constitution.

Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Rosemary Campbell

Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Rosemary Campbell

Rosemary trained at Barts from 1972-76. In 1977 she became a Night Pink, going into Blue on nights 6 months later. After a total of 2 years on night duty she became Sister Bowlby (men's medical) where she remained for 31/2 years. Following 5 months as an Acting Nursing Officer she worked as Sister Harmsworth for 18 months, leaving in December 1984. Rosemary served on the League Executive from 1981-87 and 2004-10 and was a member of the Scholarship Committee from 2006-11. She took over as Honorary Treasurer in October 2013.

Honorary General Secretary: Mrs Alison Harvey

Honorary General Secretary: Mrs Alison Harvey

Alison trained at Barts from 1969-72 and worked as a Staff Nurse on Theatres before returning home to Nottingham. She became a School Nurse in 1983, eventually becoming the Professional Lead for School Nursing in her PCT. As an Executive Committee Member for the Amalgamated School Nurses Association, she represented School Nurses for England at the Department of Health on several working party committees. She joined the League Executive Committee in 2007 and was appointed Honorary General Secretary in October 2011.

Honorary Assistant General Secretary: Mrs Helen Pink

Honorary Assistant General Secretary: Mrs Helen Pink

Helen trained at Bart’s from 1967-71. In 1972 she became a Pink on Bowlby ward until she left Bart’s at the end of that year. She worked in the Cambridgeshire District Nursing Team and completed District Nurse training in 1974. In 1993 Helen took on a Hospital Discharge Planning role and remained there for 15 years, latterly working as lead for NHS Continuing Care as well. In 2008 she retired from full time nursing and worked part time as a Nurse Assessor for the NHS.

Helen has also been involved with the RCN as a Steward, as a member and Chair of the RCN Discharge Planning National Steering Committee and as a member of the RCN Eastern Regional Board. Since 2013 she has worked part time for the Cambridge and Peterborough Community Commissioning Group as a Nurse Assessor in the Retrospective Review Team. She has been a member of the League Executive Committee since 2010.

Honorary Editor, League News: Miss Sally Mears

Honorary Editor, League News: Miss Sally Mears

Sally trained at Bart's from 1961 to 1965 and worked in the operating theatres for 10 years. She took a short service commission with the Queen Alexandra's Royal Navy Nursing Service and served for over 15 years in the Territorial Army (QARNNS). She is now retired and enjoys travelling, outdoor pursuits and gardening. Sally served as a member of the Executive Committee in the 1980s.

Honorary Assistant Editor, League News: Ms Denise Burley

Membership Secretary: Ms Denise Burley

Denise trained at Bart's from 1970-1974. She worked on Rees Mogg ward as a staff nurse and as a 'Pink' before doing her midwifery training. After a short period as a staff midwife she returned to Bart's in 1977 as a Night Sister for a year. She has been a member of the Scholarship Committee since 2010 and the Executive Committee since 2012. In January 2015 Denise took over from Sybil Allen as Honorary Assistant Editor of the League News.

Honorary Secretary, Benevolent Fund: Mrs Hilary Mathews

Honorary Secretary, Benevolent Fund: Mrs Hilary Mathews

Hilary trained at Barts from 1969-73. She worked as a staff nurse in Theatre G (general surgery) and the cardiac theatre, following which she became a relief Pink, covering both general and specialist theatres. From there she moved to Cheltenham General Hospital as a theatre sister, where she stayed for a year. In 1976 she returned to Barts as relief sister on theatres, moving to the cardiac theatre a year later where she remained until 1980. Following this Hilary left the NHS to work in the private sector as Theatre manager, commissioning two new hospital theatre suites, then moving on to general nurse management as Matron, and finally into overall hospital management. She retired at the end of 2011. Hilary has served on both the League Executive and the Benevolent Committee, during which time she was involved with the redesign of the website and a working party looking at the future of the League. She became the Honorary Secretary of the Benevolent Committee in 2013.

Honorary Treasurer, Benevolent Fund: Mrs Elaine Law

Honorary Treasurer, Benevolent Fund: Mrs Elaine Law

A qualified physiotherapist, Elaine trained as a nurse at Barts from 1970-74 and was the Pink on Lawrence Ward (female surgical) until 1975. Following midwifery training she returned to Barts in 1976 as a Night Sister, later becoming Sister Paget (male medical/neurology). She was appointed Head of Nursing Services for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1983. From 1990 onwards she held various senior nurse management posts and became Deputy Director of Nursing in 1994 with Trust-wide responsibilities. She has been the Honorary Treasurer of the League Benevolent Fund since 2005.

Honorary Secretary, Scholarship Funds: Miss Diana Sherlaw

Honorary Secretary, Scholarship Funds: Miss Diana Sherlaw

Diana trained at Barts from 1972-76 and was the Pink on Paget Ward (male general surgery) until 1977. Following a varied nursing career in both South Africa and this country, she returned to Barts as Sister Fleet Street (male surgical) in 1984. Five years later, following closure of the ward, she became Sister Surgical Outpatients until 1990 when she moved to Guys Hospital. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pancreatobiliary Cancers since 2002. She was an Executive Committee member in 1986-1990 and 1998-2002 and was appointed Honorary Secretary of the Scholarship/Education Committee in 2002.

Honorary Treasurer, Scholarship Funds: Mrs Caroline Nesbitt

Honorary Treasurer, Scholarship Funds: Mrs Caroline Nesbitt

Caroline trained at Barts from 1977-81. Following this she specialised in Theatres, working both here and abroad in cottage, district general and teaching hospitals in both the NHS and the private sector. Currently she is working in education, specialising in Leadership Development at University Hospital Southampton where she works with senior members, helping them develop their leadership potential. She joined the League Executive in 2008 and became the Honorary Treasurer of the Scholarship/Education Committee in 2011.

Honorary Website Manager: Mrs Merryl Lawrenson

Honorary Website Manager: Mrs Merryl Lawrenson

Merryl trained at Bart's from 1971 to 1974, following which she became a staff nurse in the operating theatres. In 1976 she became a senior staff nurse in pink in the operating theatres, leaving partway through the year to do a health visitor course. She returned to Bart's in 1977 as a Sister in the operating theatres and became a Clinical Teacher there in 1980, where she stayed for 2 years. After leaving Bart's Merryl worked as a health visitor, first in Carshalton and then in Ashford Kent. During this time she trained as a family planning nurse and then as a specialist nurse in sexual health. As a young persons' sexual health outreach nurse, she set up and led the service in the Canterbury and coastal part of east Kent as part of a Kent wide team, retiring in 2012. Merryl joined the Executive Committee in October 2015 and took over the post of Website Manager in October 2016.

Honorary Website Manager: Mrs Merryl Lawrenson

Honorary Countrywide Network of Friendship Coordinator Benevolent Fund: Mrs Sue Finney

Sue trained at Bart's from April 1963 until June 1967. She worked as a Staff nurse on Kenton children’s ward and the ENT theatre. After bringing up three children she was a Practice nurse, District Nursing Sister and then a School Nurse; all community posts which she loved. She spent time working and living in Nigeria, Liberia and Swaziland, where there is no NHS and only medical care for those who can afford it. She was on the Executive Committee from 2000 - 2002 and the Benevolent Committee from 2001 to the present day. She is now retired and is a Hospice Volunteer.

Do you have time to spare?

Think about offering your services to the Executive Committee, the Benevolent Committee or the Scholarship/Education Committee. The Executive Committee meets for a couple of hours 8 times per year. The other 2 committees each meet for a couple of hours 4 times per year.

Caroline Nesbitt writes: "Even before my first Exec meeting I was made to feel most welcome and that continues as a strong ethos. New blood is welcomed and valued and the League is grateful for whatever contribution or expertise individuals feel able to offer. Travel expenses are met, important for those of us who have left London.

Why did I offer? Have I not already got more than plenty to do? I wanted to give Barts something back - it gave me far more than my SRN qualification, unconditionally. So to still be part of my alma mater, to come back to Barts, to see the Great Hall, the Hogarths, to contribute to Isla Stewart's vision and to be with my own kind, a sorority who all share a common history, is more special and fulfilling than I could ever express.

Do consider whether you could offer to serve - any of the Executive would be delighted to answer any questions you might have."