BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jo Scott - Chair of Trustees
Jo’s 15 year old son Ed was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Momentum provided both practical and emotional support to the entire family, and the experience left Jo determined that as many families as possible should be offered the same kind of help.
James Conway - Vice Chair of Trustees
On 11th September 2014 James discovered Momentum and was immediately overcome by the passion and commitment of the team. After visiting Kingston Hospital and seeing for himself the work we do, he wanted to help us do more. Since that day, he has become both a close friend and firm supporter of Momentum. Owner of a successful business in the eyewear industry, James hopes his aptitude for business and love of marketing will prove to be a great resource to us, one he hopes will go some way towards helping us achieve our dreams and aspirations for years to come. He joined the board in May 2016.
Kieron Lynch - Head of Finance
Kieron became a trustee in June 2012 but has been a supporter of Momentum since its foundation in 2004. That was the year that his 17 year old daughter Fiona died from a brain tumour. Fiona received excellent care during her time in hospital but there is no doubt she would have benefitted from the hugely improved facilities for children and teenagers created by Momentum. Kieron has spent his career in the City of London. He is an executive director of JP Morgan and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is also an advisor to the trustees of Holy Cross Prep School in Kingston and Chairman of the 1930 Fund for District Nurses.
Ed Newton - Finance
Ed became a Trustee of Momentum in 2008, having supported the charity from its inception. He runs his own Market Research agency, having previously worked for leading companies including Unilever, SC Johnson and GFK. Ed supports many community activities in and around Kingston, where he lives with his family, including Surrey club rugby and he was a school governor for many years.
Nick Cronin – Finance
Nick has his own IFA business Corporate Financial Resources and advises Momentum on their finances and business plans.
Fiona was first introduced to Momentum in 2005 when her daughter Holly, then aged seven, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Through Momentum, Fiona was able to meet other families facing the same trauma, which she found a huge help both to Holly and to herself. Keen to ensure that other families could benefit in the same way, Fiona started fundraising for Momentum and became a Trustee in late 2005.
Hilary, too, has first hand experience of caring for a child with cancer and spending long periods with them in hospital. Hilary brings many skills and experiences as a Trustee. Currently she is a civil servant in the Department of Communities and Local Government, is a qualified business coach, has been a school governor and also chaired a number of committees.
Wyn’s first son, Thomas, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in October 2012. Despite a very brave fight, together with the excellent efforts of Kingston and Royal Marsden hospitals, Thomas sadly died in August 2013. Wyn’ s working life has been spent in sales, and he lives with his family in Richmond. He became a Trustee having experienced the support Momentum provides to families throughout Thomas's treatment and after he passed away.
Victor de Cruz
Victor is our newest Trustee, joining the board in March 2016.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson
Dame Jacqueline Wilson lives locally in Kingston upon Thames and is a world-renowned, award-winning children’s author, famous for books that tackle challenging themes (such as The Story of Tracy Beaker). She has been a supporter of our charity since 2006 and often comes to Momentum events, to meet the children and sign books.
Christopher Biggins is best known as a popular comedy actor and is always much in demand as a fabulous Pantomime Dame! He was crowned King of the Jungle in 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!' on ITV in 2007. Christopher has has raised many thousands of pounds for charities as an auctioneer, including Momentum's 10th anniversary fundraiser 'Live From Las Vegas' in 2014. He has been a patron since this date.
Amy Hill is an incredibly talented singer and actress who has helped to devise and has appeared in all of Momentum's fundraising shows since our inception in 2004. These include 'Spectacular, Spectacular' at the Cafe de Paris, 'Swingtime in Springtime', 'Sunday Night Fever' and 'Club Tropicana'.
The actress Kim Ismay was Momentum's first Patron and has been a fantastic supporter since the inception of our charity. She appears in all our events and is a truly amazing performer. She is most recently well-known for her role as Tanya in 'Mamma Mia!' in London’s West End.
Michael Simkins is a familiar face both on stage and TV and a familiar voice on Radio 4, in programmes such as Front Row, Off the page, Quote Unquote and BH. He is also a well known author and journalist, having written four best-selling books and he is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph and The Mail On Sunday. As Sir Ian McKellan once said of him, “It’s thrilling Michael is having such success as a writer. Anything to keep him off the stage...”
Jean is an English opera and concert singer. A mezzo-soprano, she is a long-time principal with the English National Opera and has been instrumental in our annual opera fundraising event.
Phil Glenister is an actor, known for his roles in mainstream shows such as Mad Dogs and Outcast. He lives locally in East Sheen and hosts our annual Celebrity Golf Day at Richmond Golf Club, where he is a member of the Stage Golfing Society.
Stephen Harris is the Chorus Master for the Welsh National Opera. Since Momentum's inception in 2004, Stephen has been the creative force behind our annual opera evening at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. He gives his time very generously and each year has directed a moving and memorable concert, as well as helping us raise several thousands of pounds.
Local Kingston boy Tom Holland was recently selected to play Spiderman in the movie due to be released in 2017. Tom has come on board as a Celebrity Ambassador for Momentum, helping us to raise awareness and increase our profile.
Alex is one of the most dynamic and exciting front-row forwards in world rugby and was a standout player for the British & Irish Lions on the 2013 tour to Australia, starting both the 1st and 3rd Test matches as the tourists sealed a historic series win.
Ian, who is famous for his roles in TV series such as Family Affairs, helps to coordinate our Momentum Golf Day with Natalie.
Alison Trigg and Jacqui Coppellotti (Co-founders)
Alison and Jacqui helped to set up Momentum with Bianca. Both their children were being treated for cancer at the time and they realised the difference that small touches could make to families in similar situations.
Jeff and his wife have been supported by Momentum since their daughter, Kiera, started her battle with cancer. Kiera sadly lost that battle nine years ago. Jeff is involved in Momentum Echoes and recently spoke to LBC radio about the support Momentum provided, which you can listen to here.
Tudor has completed a number of fundraising challenges for Momentum including a solo-swim of the English Channel. He now helps to design many of the hospital room refurbishments, as well as visiting schools to talk about Momentum's work.
Ed, son of Trustee Jo, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and is now sharing his story to raise awareness of the work that we do. He most recently spoke at the Classical FM Live event at the Royal Albert Hall, which you can listen to here.
Andrew is a Paediatric Consultant at Kingston Hospital who has helped with establishing Momentum as a charity and continues to support the work that we do.
Jean, famous as an opera and concert singer, has helped to organise and has performed in our Momentum Opera since the first event in 2005.
Hind is a Paediatric Senior Sister at Kingston Hospital, working alongside Bianca Effemey. She has be involved with Momentum over the last ten years . seeing first hand the difference the money raised can change the environment of a hospital setting , making a difference to the children, and families, with cancer.