The St John Ambulance Board of Trustees
Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis CBE KStJ DL
Dr Lionel Jarvis joined the Royal Navy after
training as a doctor, and as a consultant clinical radiologist won
many professional awards, then from 1999-2003 he was Commanding
Officer of Royal Hospital Haslar. He was deployed on operational
activity in a number of conflict areas, receiving operational
medals from UK Government, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of
In 2006, he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to
Her Majesty The Queen, which he held until 2012. As an Admiral he
was Medical Director General of the Royal Navy and Assistant Chief
of the Defence Staff for Health. Before joining St John he was
Chief Executive of the Qatar Heart Hospital.
Dr Jarvis was admitted as Officer Brother of
the Order of St John in 2012 and promoted to Knight of the Order in
May 2016; from June 2016 he was appointed Prior of England and the
Islands of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, and
Chair of St John Ambulance.
Messinger LVO KStJ QPM DL
Michael Messinger had a 40 year career as an officer in the
Metropolitan Police Service. For the latter part of his time in the
Met he was responsible for public event policing, emergency
planning and consequence management policy and delivery across
London. Director of the Metropolitan Police Friendly Society,
Michael has been the Commander of St John Ambulance London since
He became Chief Volunteer for St John Ambulance in April 2012
(having previously carried out the role in an acting capacity). He
has also been a Trustee since June 2010.
He was recently appointed Chancellor (February 2017) and before
that was Chief Volunteer for St John Ambulance from 2012 – Jan 2017
(having previously carried out the role in an acting capacity). He
has also been a Trustee since June 2010.
Reverend Nicholas Frayling CStJ
Nicholas’s ordained ministry has been spent in South London as a
Parish Priest; in Merseyside as Precentor of Liverpool Cathedral
and then as Rector of Liverpool; and in Sussex as Dean of
Chichester Cathedral until 2014. He served for more than 15 years
on the old St John Council for Merseyside.
Prior to ordination, Nicholas trained for retail management, and
was a Welfare Officer at H.M. Prison, Pentonville. His book Pardon
and Peace – a reflection on the making of peace in Ireland, was
published, to much acclaim, in 1995.
Mrs Ann Cable MBE DStJ DL
Appointed as a Trustee in 2017, Ann began her St John life as a
Cadet and has been involved with the organisation ever since.
Having run several successful Cadet Units, she went on to hold
senior operational positions and was appointed the first female
Commissioner for London St John Ambulance in 2008. She led the SJA
volunteer resourcing for all major events in the capital during the
period 2008 - 2013 including HM’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and
Paralympic Games. Ann went on to become National Volunteering
Adviser and in 2017, she was appointed Chief Volunteer for St John
Now retired from her professional life as a Headteacher and
School Inspector, Ann also thoroughly enjoys her role as the
Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of
Ms Margaret Coleman
Margaret joined the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in
April 2015. She holds a number of non-executive roles including
Chair of the Media Centre, a social enterprise in the creative and
digital sector; Chair of Yorkshire Dance, a charity promoting
excellence in dance; Chair of Certa, an awarding body; and until
December 2013 was on the board of the National Council for
Voluntary Organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Arts and the Chartered Management Institute.
Until 2010 she was Regional Director in Yorkshire and the Humber
in the Learning and Skills Council and had responsibility for
education and training including apprenticeships for adults and
young people in schools, colleges and workplaces across the region.
She was also national Third Sector Champion.
She has worked in all the major sectors of post-16 education,
including higher and further education, teacher education, adult
skills and sixth form colleges. Before joining the LSC in 2001,
Margaret was the Principal and Chief Executive of Huddersfield New
Ms Jayne Mee
Jayne is a Human Resources Consultant and
Non-Executive Director with specific experience in Retail, Leisure
& Hospitality, Construction, Healthcare (NHS) and Charity/Not
for Profit. Jayne is passionate about people and has a proven track
record in creating behavioural and cultural change with tangible
business benefits. In her career she has worked with the Boots
Company, Sears, Whitbread, Royal Mail, Punch Taverns, Barratt
Developments, and the NHS. Jayne founded Calabash Limited in 2015
and has been working as a professional advisor to a ‘big four’
Board Advisory Practice, executive coaching in both the private and
public sector, and delivering strategic HR consultancy and board
advisory work in the private, public and ‘not for profit’ sector.
She joined the St John Ambulance Board in April 2015 and chairs the
Remuneration Committee. She is also a Trustee for MEI - Mathematics
in Education and Industry, and a Mentor for Carer’s Trust
Mr Mohan Mansigani
Mohan is a highly commercial and creative finance director with
extensive private equity experience who has played a key leadership
role in establishing Casual Dining Group (previously known as
Tragus) as a major UK restaurant business. He also led the business
through two private equity transactions including the £267m sale to
Blackstone in 2007. Prior to this he was CFO at Costa Coffee and
Mohan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and
serves as a trustee on the Migration Museum Project. Mohan joined
the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in July 2016.
Mr Matthew Stevenson-Dodd
Matt is a respected social entrepreneur with a background in
youth work, employability, enterprise, and sport-based social
impact. Matt joined the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in
July 2016. He is currently Managing Director of Trust Impact, an
impact and transparency consultancy helping charities, social
enterprises, and sports organisations build trust through
innovative impact journeys.
From 2010-2019, Matt was CEO of sport for employment charity
Street League. He helped change its direction and drive growth of
30-40% every year for the past six years. Street League employs 140
full time staff, operates in 14 regions across the UK, and serves
39 local communities.
Prior to Street League, Matt was Chief Executive of Young
Enterprise North West and Founder CEO of the multi-award winning
‘Unique Social Enterprise’ in Newark. In 2014 he was selected by
the RFU to join the 'Try For Change' Legacy Panel of the Rugby
World Cup 2015.
All of this is underpinned by a strong academic record which
includes an MBA with Distinction from Nottingham University and a
scholarship from Harvard Business School.
Professor Sir Keith Porter
Professor Porter was educated at Marlborough College and St
Thomas’s Hospital, London. He was appointed Consultant Trauma
Surgeon at Birmingham Accident Hospital in 1986, a service that is
now delivered at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where he is
Professor of Clinical Traumatology and until June 2018 the Clinical
Director of the Major Trauma Centre.
He is the clinical lead for injured soldiers returning to the UK
for the last decade including both the Iraq and Afghanistan
Professor Porter has been a leader in the development in the new
medical subspecialty of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and in
recent years has been the Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital
Care and also the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Emergency
Medicine. He is Chair of the Trauma Care Council and co-editor of
the journal “Trauma”.
Professor Porter has over 150 peer review publications and has
co-authored/edited numerous books.
For his services to the military he was knighted in the 2010
Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
Mr David Springthorpe
David Springthorpe first became a trustee of St John Ambulance
in September 2015, serving until June 2017. He was subsequently
appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive until the end of
2017, with a handover period that began in July 2017. He returned
as a Trustee in September 2018. David now chairs the Audit &
Risk Committee, having been a member of the Committee since
David has held a number of Senior Executive roles as a Qualified
Chartered Accountant. In the 1990s, he was part of the rapidly
expanding DIY group B&Q. He later joined Virgin Atlantic as
Finance Director. He led the transformational change of the
airline, its finances, and its operating model. In 2004, he joined
Heathrow Airport as Finance Director. Two years later, he became
the Chief Financial Officer of the Heathrow Division. He was
involved with the building of terminal Five and adapting airport
security changes, as well as leading on the CAA Regulatory
Settlement. In 2008, he became the Chief Financial Officer of
Anchor Trust, Britain’s largest charitable provider of care and
housing for older people. David now holds a number of consultancy,
non-executive director, and voluntary roles in the care, housing,
and health sectors.
The Priory Council of Trustees
This is the Board for St John Ambulance’s parent charity, The
Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John:
Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis (Chair) (Please see
above for bio)
Mr Michael Messinger (Please see above
The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling (Please see above for
Stephen is a Chartered Accountant by training and is the senior
partner of a general practice firm of Accountants in Wimborne. He
first became involved with St John Ambulance in 2003 as County
Treasurer for Dorset and continued in this post until June 2010,
when he was appointed as Assistant and then County Commander for
Dorset until the county joined the South West regional structure in
Stephen was appointed as a Lead Trustee, Finance for The Priory
of England & the Islands in 2012. Away from national
responsibilities, Stephen holds an Advanced First Aid qualification
and is a member of the Bournemouth & Poole St John Unit.
Sir David Hempleman-Adams KCVO OBE KStJ
David has been in the chemical manufacturing business all of his
life. An MD and Chairman of Robnorganic Systems, he is also a
Non-Executive Chairman of Global Resins and Chairman of Hempleman
Investment Company, a commercial property company. David is a Non
Executive Director of XP Power, a PLC company based in Singapore
which manufactures in the USA, Europe, China and Vietnam.
David is a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the
Royal Aero Club Trust. David’s hobby is adventure and he has some
notable firsts. He was the first person to achieve the Explorers
Grand Slam by climbing the highest mountain on each continent and
getting to the North and South Magnetic and Geographical Poles. He
has reached the poles a record 16 times, and climbed Everest by the
North and the South sides. He has a Pilot’s licence and has 46
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale ( FAI) World Aviation
records. David has been a Priory Council Trustee since August
Neil Wood MBE
Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and
was for many years an audit partner focussed on the energy and
utilities sector. In 2003, he joined London’s bid for the 2012
Olympics and stayed as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive
Board Member of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and
Paralympic Games (“LOCOG”) until 2013. Neil is a management
consulting partner in one of the UK’s largest professional services
firms and holds a number of other charitable board positions.
Neil was appointed as a Trustee of The Priory of England &
the Islands on the 13 June 2017.
Neil was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year’s honours for his
services to the London 2012 bid.
Janet Gough OBE
Recently the Church of England’s Director of Cathedrals and
Church buildings, Janet worked at Sotheby’s, in the City and other
commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Janet has a MA in
History and History of Art from Cambridge, has published on church
buildings, and guided and lectured at the Victoria & Albert
Museum. She was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in January
2017. She was appointed as a Trustee of the Priory at the beginning
of July 2017.