Our trustees

Tim Atack
Tim AtackTim is the Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He started his career in the field of IT, working for both NHS and commercial providers. With a growing interest in using information and IT to transform and improve healthcare, he moved into the hospital sector, holding various roles before becoming Director of ICT at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals. In this role he took on more development and operational responsibilities, ultimately becoming Chief Operating Officer. Tim took a similar role in Coventry before being appointed as the Director of Performance and ICT at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2010, and was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in September 2012. As a parent of three children who have been treated by BCH, Tim is passionate about working smarter to improve the service to every child we care for. Tim was appointed a Trustee of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in April 2015.


Neil Edginton
Neil EdgintonNeil is a qualified property professional and runs his own property company in Birmingham. He has been instrumental in changing the landscape of Birmingham, having been involved in major regeneration projects such as The Cube, The Mailbox and Fort Dunlop. Neil has been honoured by Birmingham City University for his services to enterprise and innovation. Through his business activities, Neil has been a keen supporter and fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital for many years and was appointed a Trustee in 2013. Neil is Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Paul Faulkner
Paul FaulknerPaul took over as CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in June 2015, having previously been CEO of Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa. A history graduate from Cambridge University, Paul began his career at MBNA Bank, completing the Bank’s Graduate Management Scheme and working in a variety of roles across the organisation in both the UK and the US. Following a period working as a consultant, Paul returned to live in the US in 2005 when he accepted a role working for Randy Lerner and the Lerner family’s private office. In 2006 Paul was an integral part of Randy Lerner’s purchase of Aston Villa, and relocated to Birmingham to work at the club, initially as COO and then as CEO from 2010 to 2014. Locally, in addition to his role at the Chamber Paul is also Chair of Sport Birmingham and the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry, an Associate Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia, Town Hall Symphony Hall, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity. He lives in Sutton Coldfield and is married with two young sons. Paul was appointed a Trustee of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in April 2015.


Matt Ferguson
Matt FergusonMatt is the Chief Development Officer at King's College London and King's Health Partners where he leads on King’s relationships with top global philanthropists. He has secured over £40 million, including £20 million to create The Dickson Poon School of Law, £7 million to create The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre of Politics, Philosophy and Law, and £6 million to create the Lau China Institute. Matt has worked with senior volunteers and university leaders to develop transformative fundraising strategies. He previously led a team that specialised in securing transformative philanthropic gifts in support of the World questions|King’s answers campaign to raise £600 million. Matt is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was appointed a Trustee of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in December 2016.


Keith Jecks
Keth JecksKeith is an actuary who has specialised in providing investment advice to institutional investors for over 30 years, having held senior positions in a number of the leading City investment firms. He retired from full time work in 2012 and is currently Chairman of The Investment Advisory Committee of the Red Cross Society and an investment subcommittee member of The British Red Cross Pension Fund. He is also Chairman of Woldingham Parish Council, a member of Tandridge District Council and Vice Chairman of its Planning Policy Committee. Keith was appointed a Trustee of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in January 2015 and chairs the Charity’s Investment Advisory Committee.


Christina Michalos
Christina MichalosChristina is a leading media and intellectual property law barrister. She is the author of The Law of Photography & Digital Images (Sweet & Maxwell). During 2011, she was regularly seen on television during the Leveson Inquiry in which she acted as Counsel for one of the core participants. Christina is appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel authorised to act on behalf of government departments. From 2010 to 2014, Christina was the Chairman of Radio Lollipop London. In 2015, she was elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn. Christina chairs the Charity’s Fundraising Committee.


Rob Nagra
Rob NagraRob is a risk management professional in the Financial Services sector where he has worked for over 15 years. Rob lives in Birmingham with his family and divides his working week between Birmingham and the City of London. He was appointed a Trustee of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in January 2015 and chairs the Charity’s Finance & Risk Committee.


Jeremy Roper
Jeremy RoperJeremy studied at the University of Birmingham in the early 1970s and has lived in the West Midlands ever since. He has recently retired as a partner in an international law firm which has one of the largest healthcare practices in the UK. He spent much of the last 20 years advising the NHS locally and nationally on a wide range of commercial issues ranging from capital projects and acquisitions of entire hospitals to procurement of IT systems and medical equipment. Jeremy was appointed a Trustee of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in 2013 and is the current Deputy Chairman.


Dr Peter Weller
Peter WellerPeter was appointed a Consultant at Birmingham Children's Hospital in 1980 with additional clinical responsibilities at City Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic. He established services for Paediatric Respiratory Medicine across the West Midlands with research interests particularly in Cystic Fibrosis. Peter was a Clinical Director at the Hospital for 5 years, finally retiring in November 2010. He chaired the Charity’s Research Foundation for 6 years stepping down in October 2011 when appointed a Trustee. Peter chairs the Trustees’ Grant Making Committee.