Meet some of the incredible people whose passion keeps our Charity going and makes sure we can help families in our Houses, 365 days a year.
Jeff Fergus joined the international advertising agency Leo Burnett, where he then spent the majority of his career. He was Chief Executive of the London office from 1986 until 1993 when he moved to Hong Kong to oversee the network’s Asia Pacific operations.
Since retiring from the advertising industry, Jeff has worked as a marketing consultant for the Unipart Group and has also been a member of the board of governors of the University of Strathclyde. He continues to advise the University on fundraising and is also a Board member of the Scottish Ensemble orchestra.
Dr Anu Ohrling
Anu became a Trustee of the Charity in 2011. She is a Consultant in Paediatrics with plenty of experience in both inpatient as well as outpatient care for children. She is currently employed by a Clinical Research Organisation as a Medical Director specialising in clinical trials in children and infectious diseases. In addition, she attends a paediatric outpatient clinic regularly.
Anu is a keen supporter of the charity as she witnesses the need for parent accommodation for families whose children are hospitalised in her role as a paediatrician.
Dr Simon Fradd
Simon is retired from General Practice in Nottingham and London having trained at Westminster Hospital, where he met his wife. She was responsible for the neonatal ward with some very long stay patients. There was however no parental accommodation and the rate of marital breakdowns was enormous. In his career Simon was only too aware of the family problems and pressures of having a child in hospital. Simon believes the ambition of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK should be to have family accommodation included in the statutory specifications for hospitals that have a paediatric unit.
Simon has been an independent Trustee since 2008 and has been particularly involved in the development of strategic planning of the charity. He was closely involved with the merger and creation of the new Evelina London House at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust, and the re-organisation of fund raising for all of the RMHC Houses. He was formerly Director of Marketing at British Gas and a Managing Director of Centrica.
Afia Sirkhot is a McDonald’s franchisee and has been in the business for 17 years. She currently owns and operates six restaurants around the Birmingham and Kidderminster area. As well as being a Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, Afia is also the fundraising chair of the Birmingham House and has been an active fundraiser since the House was built.
Afia is married to a fellow franchisee and has two children. In her spare time she plays golf and is an avid supporter of Arsenal football team.
Sydney has extensive knowledge and expertise in finance, operations, and the commercial sector at a global level. She has spent her entire career in the advertising and marketing industry, holding C level positions at DDB (Omnicom Group), Razorfish and, most recently, at Vivaki (Publicis Groupe), where she was the Chief Financial Officer acting as the lead commercial and operational partner for all Publicis media and digital agencies throughout EMEA. She was previously involved with RMHC in the US for over 10 years where she held the position of President of the Board of Governors for Ronald McDonald House Charities – Western Washington & Alaska.
Sydney is Principal of SKH Consultants and has two grown children living in the Seattle area. She enjoys hiking, tennis, kayaking and sailing.
Mike has been Chief Executive of Red Consultancy since 2004, one of the UK’s leading communications and public relations agencies. Based in Soho, the agency has world class companies among its clients, such as; Samsung, Boots, McDonald’s, Johnson & Johnson. The agency has been a long-term supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.
Brought up in the North West, Mike now lives in North London. He is a long suffering Evertonian, married with a teen daughter and son.
Henry Trickey joined McDonald’s UK in July 2008 as Vice President for Development. Henry is responsible for the asset management of McDonald’s property portfolio, leading the deployment of construction-based rollout projects and increasing restaurant openings. Henry joined the Board of Trustees at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK in 2015.
Henry is married with four children. He enjoys skiing, water sports, golf and cricket.
In a previous life, Ron worked as a Dairy Farmer but after visiting a Franchising Fair in 1998, he became interested in venturing out as a McDonald’s Franchisee. Ron has always been interested in supporting his local communities and so it’s with great excitement that he has decided to join our Board of Trustees in 2016 at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.
In his spare time Ron is an avid season ticket holding Manchester United fan, cyclist and a keen sports watcher. He is also a bit of a petrol head.
Jason is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer for McDonald’s UK and Ireland, with responsibility for franchising and operational excellence across the McDonald’s business – incorporating company owned and franchised restaurants.
In recent years, he has been instrumental in the realisation of McDonald’s multimillion pound restaurant transformation programme, Experience of the Future, to introduce self-order kiosks, table service, new restaurant designs as well as capabilities for delivery and mobile click and collect.
Jason has enjoyed more than 30 years with McDonald’s, starting as a crew member in 1986.
Alistair is formerly SVP Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for McDonald’s UK business and was recently promoted to a senior global marketing role based in London. Alistair joined McDonald’s in July 2007 as UK marketing director and was named The Marketing Society’s Marketing Leader of the Year in June 2016.
Alistair is married and lives with his wife and daughter in Essex.
Smita is Senior Partner of Forsters LLP a leading law firm based in Mayfair, which focuses principally upon the real estate and private client sectors. She is a real estate lawyer and has many years of experience in acting for clients with diverse property interests, ranging from developers, investors, funders and occupiers. Smita was one of the founding partners of the firm and was Head of the Commercial Real Estate group from 1998 until 2003. She became Senior Partner of the firm in 2014.
Kate joined McDonald’s as a Franchisee in February 2004. Prior to joining McDonald’s Kate had a very successful career in marketing and advertising. Kate owns seven restaurants across Glasgow, East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Motherwell and Bellshill. She opened the first double-decker restaurant in Scotland when Rutherglen opened at the end of 2015.
Kate is part of the McDonald’s marketing Co-op and also part of their Promo team. She was recently elected as the president of the Co-op and is now enjoying all aspects the role brings with it.
Kate has also been a long term supporter and advocate of the Charity and has been involved with spreading awareness in Scotland as well as getting involved with many different fundraising activities and events.
Our Senior Leadership Team
Jon has a degree from Leeds University in Linguistics and the Study of Communication. He comes from a business background, having previously worked with McDonald’s restaurants for 22 years where he led a business consultancy team. In 2007, Jon was appointed to the post of Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK at a time when the Charity needed a clearer business focus in order to grow. Over time he has overseen the near trebling of the Charity’s income. One of his key objectives has been to drive forward the essential building of further Houses. Jon’s vision is that every child in hospital should have the right to have their family nearby.
HEAD OF UK DEVELOPMENT
Anne manages all aspects of the Ronald McDonald House programme, working closely with NHS Trusts and a professional design team to develop new locations as well as overseeing the ongoing operational requirements of our existing Houses. In her spare time, Anne is an enthusiastic runner and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
HEAD OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Lauren has responsibility for raising awareness of the Charity and oversees the Marketing and Communications department. Whether it’s planning campaigns or conducting research into target audiences, Lauren develops strategies to reach existing and new supporters. In her spare time, Lauren likes playing the piano, watching films and discovering new restaurants.
HEAD OF INCOME GENERATION
Tony is our Head of Income Generation, meaning he covers all aspects of fundraising including regional, community and corporate, event teams, national challenge events, and individual giving. He also manages the McDonalds relationship team who look after our major corporate support, McDonald’s Restaurants. Tony admits to not having much free time, but always seeming to find some when Manchester City are playing! He can also be found swinging a golf club now and then.
HEAD OF FUNDRAISING
Nicola is responsible for overseeing national fundraising plans to grow income across various challenges. This involves supporting teams in the development and delivery of their strategy and vision to engage new and existing donors. In her spare time Nicola enjoys spending time with family, in particular introducing her daughter to swimming and the great outdoors!
HEAD OF UK OPERATIONS
Sonya is the Charity’s Head of UK Operations and has responsibility for the operational and financial running of existing Ronald McDonald Houses. Sonya works with Anne Ward establishing and building new Ronald McDonald Houses, working closely with National Health Trusts to identify new sites for accommodation projects. In her spare time Sonya is an active netball player. She is also a keen cook and enjoys spending time with her family.
HEAD OF FINANCE AND DATA
Isabel has responsibility for the financial health of the Charity. Through managing the Finance Team there are robust financial controls and reporting in place to provide financial security. Additionally, with the growing importance of data and insights, Isabel manages the Information and Data team to provide further vital support to the Charity.
In her spare time, Isabel is becoming well acquainted with gymnastics, through her daughter’s aspiring gymnastics career!