A dedicated team, fighting to improve the lives of CHD patients

At The Somerville Foundation, we are proud to have an extraordinary team of people who commit their time, wisdom and skills to help heal broken hearts.

Their contributions – both individually and collectively – support young people and adults born with heart conditions to live longer, full and happy lives.

Find out more about some of our achievements so far.

The Somerville Foundation Team

Professor Jane Somerville

President and Co-founder

Rob Nicoll


Our Trustees

Lewis Barnes


Crispin Somerville


Michael Cumper

Vice President

Joanna Steele


Fiona Kennedy


Leigh Nisbet


Our office staff

Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods

General Manager
Richard Bird

Richard Bird

Mental Health & Wellbeing Counsellor


Charlie Kearsey

Charlie Kearsey

Marketing & Media Co-Ordinator
Sarah Keeble

Sarah Keeble

Admin Assistant
Rebecca Henning

Rebecca Henning

Information & Resources Officer

Do you want to join our heartfelt and passionate team?

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With your help, we’ve helped fund new and improved treatments for congenital heart disease. we opened the UK’s first dedicated Congenital Heart Research Centre. we’ve organised receptions at the House of Lords and House of Commons, a film première, concerts, parachute jumps, marathon runs, annual sponsored walks and masquerade balls. we ensure that adult CHD patients enjoy access to every opportunity, are free from discrimination, and are fully supported throughout their lives. we’ve staged annual conferences, regional patient information days and workshops throughout the UK. we’ve published a range of leaflets for CHD patients on a wide-range of topics. we’ve launched a Freephone patient helpline to provide practical advice, a listening ear, and emotional reassurance at times of stress. we’ve created online networks where congenital heart patients can connect with each other. we successfully applied for a Comic Relief grant to help develop mental health support services. we’ve contributed to adult congenital heart disease nurse training days and taken part in various study days and conferences for medical and health professionals. we’ve established a benevolent fund for members who are in financial hardship. we’ve organised residential weekends and outward bound holidays for teenagers and adults, providing congenital heart patients with the opportunity to meet and gain support from each other.

Just think what else we could do if you donate, fundraise or volunteer for us.


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