Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees help guide Rockinghorse Children’s Charity and make sure that we are doing all we can to make the most of the funds we raise.

The Board is made up of ten people, all of whom bring a wide range of experience to the role and who are passionate about supporting poorly babies, children and young people within their communities.

ChairmanPhil Frier

Phil has been Chair of Rockinghorse for three years, first coming to know and love the charity when he was Principal and CEO at City College, Brighton (now GBMET).

He has been involved in education all his working life as a teacher, counsellor and for over 20 years as a Principal of three colleges in Kent and Sussex. He now leads the team of Trustees with a range of experience and skills, all involved in the life of Brighton and Sussex communities.

His aim, along with the staff and many volunteers, is for Rockinghorse to continue to provide increasingly essential financial support for the great doctors and nurses and the children they care for throughout Sussex.

Vice Chairman – Mohammed Rahman

Oli is the current Vice Chair of Rockinghorse and has been a Trustee for seven years.

He has been a Paediatric Consultant at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital since 2008. During that he has been part of the team that helped create the dedicated, 24-hour Children’s Emergency Department and is currently the Lead for the Paediatric High Dependency Unit.

He has been a School Governor of a large, local infant school for 10 years and his own children. and their numerous friends. have all experienced the care provided at the hospital.

He became a Trustee because he wanted to genuinely make a difference to this growing population of acutely unwell children and improve the quality of care provided at The Alex.

Treasurer/Trustee – Barry Carden

Company Secretary/Trustee – Rebecca Turnbull-Simpson

Trustee – Gary Gibson

Trustee – Ryan Watkins

Ryan is a Consultant Neonatologist on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton. He is also the Chief of Children and Women’s Services at the hospital including the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.

Ryan has been a Trustee of Rockinghorse for over eight years. The relationship between Rockinghorse and the children’s services at the hospital is fundamental to the success of both. All successful children’s hospitals have a successful charity behind them who are there to support the work of the hospital in everything they do.

Rockinghorse has served that role for 55 years in 2022 and we look forward to a bright future working together on behalf of the children of Sussex.

Trustee – Rose Read

Rose has worked in the people management space for over 25 years in a broad range of sectors, including 14 years spent in professional football and cricket.  Rose is currently employed by Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club as head of people and culture, where she also sits on the women’s football club board and the board of trustees for Albion in the Community.

Rose was delighted to join the trustee board of Rockinghorse in 2018, she is passionate about the numerous projects the charity supports and the ability Rockinghorse has to make a tangible difference to the lives of young people and their families.

Trustee – Scott Marshall

Scott has been a trustee for two year and is a Brightonion at heart being born and educated in the city.  He was formerly Director for Regeneration and Culture at Brighton & Hove City Council and has 30 years direct experience of leading the delivery of multi-million pound regeneration projects across Sussex.

He is passionate about regeneration and in transforming people’s lives and first came across Rockinghorse as a guest at a charity dinner.  His links to the city’s business community allows him to advocate and promote all of Rockinghorse’s inspiring work and fund raising to support children when they most need it.

Trustee – Andrew Mosley

Trustee – Sid Sloane

Parent Trustee – Sam Thomas

Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, KG, GCVO

Ambassador – Michael Burnage MBE