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The swinfen charitable trust is a uk registered non-profit continuously in operation since 1998.

PATRON

HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL - since 2013

TEAM

THE RIGHT HON. LORD SWINFEN, MBE - DIRECTOR/Chairman

Member of the House of Lords, Upper House of the United Kingdom Parliament, (elected hereditary peer)

Takes an active interest in the work of Parliament, and now sits on Hybrid Bills Committee of the House of Lords, and Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, United Kingdom Parliament 2010.

Founded the Swinfen Charitable Trust, Reg.Charity no. 1077879 in 1998 and is a Director of the Trust, with his wife.

Hon. research fellow of the Centre for Online Health (COH), the University of Queensland, Australia. 2002-2010

Co-author of a number of papers on telemedicine in the developing world.

Member of the steering committee of the Catastrophes and Conflicts section of the Royal Society of Medicine, London. 2001- 2012

Member of the first MOET team (Management of Obstetric Emergency Trauma Team ) to visit Iraq in April 2004.

Member of the board of directors of the American Telemedicine Association 2009-to date

Member of the SIG (Special Interest Group [telemedicine outreach] of the American Telemedicine Association) 2008-to date

United Kingdom patron of World Orthopaedic Concern.

United Kingdom patron of the KunDe Foundation.

United Kingdom patron of Char Bhanjyang Tamu Samaj UK.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

THE LADY SWINFEN, MBE - DIRECTOR/Systems Operator, UK 

Registered nurse  (Retired)

Co-founder and Director of the Swinfen Charitable Trust. Systems Operator.

Member of the steering committee of the Catastrophes and Conflicts section of the Royal Society of Medicine, London. 2001- 2012

Hon. research fellow of the Centre for Online Health (COH), the University of Queensland, Australia. 2002-2011

Co-author of a number of papers on telemedicine in the developing world.

Member of the first MOET team (Management of Obstetric Emergency Trauma Team ) to visit Iraq in April 2004.

Member of the SIG (Special Interest Group [telemedicine outreach] of the American Telemedicine Association) 2008-to date

Awarded membership of the order of the British Empire  (MBE) in the new year honours list, 2006  for services to Telemedicine overseas.

United Kingdom Patron of the KunDe Foundation.

United Kingdom Patron of Char Bhanjyang Tamu Samaj.

HUGH J BARDELL, MBE, FRGS. - TRUSTEE, UK

Hugh Bardell was born into a military family in 1954 and educated at Wellington College and RMA Sandhurst.

He enjoyed a thirty seven year career in the Army, serving with the Royal Signals and the Brigade of Gurkhas.  Latterly he has spent four years programming and resourcing a major upgrade programme for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Signal Corps. 

He has travelled extensively and particularly enjoys trekking, sailing and skiing.

He is an Executive Advisor to the Char Bhanjyang Tamu Samaj (UK) with whom he has been involved since its inception.  This organisation assists a number of villages in the West of Nepal in the development of their healthcare, education and basic utility programme

MR BEN C GOSS. OBE - TRUSTEE, UK

Mr Ben Goss is a retired Economics teacher, Founder of ‘Give Them a Sporting Chance’ (GTaSC) in 1990, Founder of The Chaffinch Trust in 2010 and a Rotarian for over 30 years. He was a keen rugby player in years gone by and a slow runner who even managed to complete the London Marathon and the Highland Cross.

Trying to support those with disabilities and their carers through GTaSC, it is also his vision to see even more collaboration and cooperation between charities serving those who live in the less advantaged of areas, through The Chaffinch Trust. In 2016 he was appointed an OBE for services to the disabled, carers and for encouraging charities to work together.

The Hon. Mrs ARABELLA V E S MAYO - TRUSTEE, UK

 

LT. COL. CHARLES E A MAYO - TRUSTEE, UK

Lt.Col Chalie Mayo retired as a Lt Col in the British Army after 27 yrs having worked throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During the latter part of his service he was the head of media operations and spokesman for UK and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the Army he worked in the Offshore Oil &Gas industry, a FTSE 250 Facilities Management company and more recently the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

PROFESSOR KAREN RHEUBAN - TRUSTEE/Paediatric cardiology Consultant, USA

Dr. Karen Schulder Rheuban serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia.  As a pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Rheuban provides care to patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association.  She is listed in the "Best Doctors in America" database, and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine's exhibit "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians."

Dr. Rheuban is a past President of the American Telemedicine Association, a board member of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and she is the board chair of the Virginia Telehealth Network. She is a member of the Virginia Board of Medicine ad-hoc working group on telemedicine.   Dr. Rheuban, along with Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski, is the co-editor of the 2017 McGraw Hill textbook, Understanding Telehealth.    She serves on the advisory board of Tytocare.

Dr. Rheuban is the PI on the HRSA funded Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center grant serving 8states and the District of Columbia.  In 2012, she chaired the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Telehealth.  Dr. Rheuban currently serves on the AMA Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group.    She was nominated by the Medical Society of Virginia and appointed to serve on the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), which she currently chairs.   In 2017, the University of Virginia awarded Dr. Rheuban the Thomas Jefferson Award.

MISS SHARON CHECKSFIELD - FUNDRAISER/ADMINISTRATOR

Sharon joined Swinfen Telemedicine team as a Fundraiser in 2007. Previously she was a fundraiser for Banardos Children’s Charity for 10 years and before that Retail management, having a break in-between to raise her two children.

As well as Fundraising for the Trust Sharon is also the Administrator dealing with the day-to-day tasks and problems in the office, sourcing news and producing the biannual Swinfen Newsletter, deals with social media and keeping the website up-to-date.    

MRS ROBYN CARR RN - SYSTEM OPERATOR, New Zealand

Robyn spent the first two thirds of her professional career working in cardio-thoracic theatres in two of New Zealand’s major cities. In her latter theatre years she was heavily involved in the country’s (then) fledgling heart transplant programme.

For the final decade of her hospital involvement she switched from clinical work to the start-up phase of the computer becoming a major customer service support feature of measuring and supplementing the work of clinicians. It was during this phase that she became involved with the start-up of the Nursing Informatics New Zealand. Representing that organisation for a long period in the international arena she held several roles with IMIA-NI – the nursing sector of the Internal Medical Informatics Association. For three years she was the World Chair of IMIA-NI.

Robyn was recruited six years ago by Swinfen to operate the daily 12 hour administrator role while the northern hemisphere is closed for business.

 

PROFESSOR BRIAN ELLIS. MB FRCS - SYSTEM OPERATOR/Urology CONSULTANT, UK

Brian joined Swinfen Telemedicine as a volunteer Systems Operator in the Autumn of 2015 but has been a Volunteer Consultant in Urology since the Autumn of 2007. Educated at Harrow School and St Mary’s Hospital worked, as a trainee, at Paddington General Hospital, Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, Ashford Hospital, the QE11 Hopsital in Welwyn and St Mary's.  He was appointed as Consultant in General Surgery and Urology at Ashford Hospital Middlesex.  After ten years he became a ‘pure’ Urological Surgeon at the then combined Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.   He also enjoys writing having editing two volumes of Hamilton Bailey’s ‘Emergency Surgery’, several journals, has also written many academic papers as well as an illustrated book on his and Loveday’s travels in South America.  

MRS LOVEDAY ELLIS. MB - SYSTEM OPERATOR, UK

Loveday joined Swinfen Telemedicine as a volunteer Systems Operator in the Autumn of 2015. She trained as a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital in London. She also worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, The Wellington Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, where she met her husband Brian.  She later worked at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey and finally as a Practice Nurse in a GP Surgery in Ottershaw.

MRS LYNDA BARDELL (QARANC) - SYSTEMS OPORATOR, UK

Lynda commenced nurse education in the NHS in 1976. She Commissioned into the Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) in 1982. Deployments and postings to austere overseas environments allowed Lynda the opportunity to witness, and sometimes be involved with, local health care in remote areas. Whilst serving in Nepal in the late 1990’s she was able to assist the Swinfen Charitable Trust in setting up or maintaining the equipment required to send referrals. Lynda retired from the Army in 2012, remaining on the Nurse Register and still practicing in a clinical manager role. She became a volunteer systems operator for Swinfen Telemedicine in 2017

 

ASSOCIATES

www.americantelemed.org

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading source and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology.

www.chaffinchtrust.com

The Chaffinch Trust has been established to develop initiatives and projects that support and encourage the disadvantaged to meet the challenges they face because of poverty and lack of opportunity. The Trust brings organisations together to address the issues of specific projects. It builds on the energy and commitment of those in existing organisations to create even more local, national and international partnerships in order to encourage greater opportunity.

Char Bhanjyang Tamu Samaj UK

www.cbtsuk.org

CBTS (UK) is an organisation of people from Bhangara, Dadra, Lamme and Thanamaula Parbat Nepal, who are currently residing in the UK. They were established in 2007 with the motive of providing welfare and pursuing social and cultural values to the members of the association.

www.ipath-network.com

iPath is a case based collaboration platform which is used in telemedicine application to share information within a distributed group of people. It is being used in the domains of "consultation", "teaching" and "research".

www.viginia.edu

At UVA, we bring together all that medicine has to offer – Expertise, Technology, Teamwork – to give the best care possible anywhere.

 

 

For additional information about us contact us or call us on 01227 721001.

Contact Details

01227 721001

telemed@swinfentrust.org

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