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.

Chair – Mohammed Rahman

Oli is the current 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

Trustee Phil Frier

Phil served as 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.

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

Andrew has been a trustee for seven years as General Manager of The Grand Hotel, Brighton, which continues to be a great supporter of the charity as well as host to many of it’s fundraising events such as the annual Rockinghorse Ball.

Andrew has been a hotelier all his working life and thrives on the ‘buzz and spirit’ of the hospitality industry. Some of his proudest career moments include The Grand being awarded a Catey in 2018 – the highest accolade in the hospitality industry.  The Grand is also one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for. Both awards recognise the Grand’s team and employment ethics.

Andrew brings commercial acumen to the Board and his aim is to continue to work with the team and his fellow board members to financially strengthen the charity in order to enable it to give more to the wonderful causes it supports.

Trustee – Sid Sloane

Sid has been an advocate for children’s wellbeing for many years. Along with being one of the original CBeebies presenters, he’s an education coach and has produced healthy eating and exercise, and confidence building educational programmes.

 

His first experienced the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital when he visited the old site to entertain the children before the new Alex was opened. Over the years Sid has supported us at many events, even offering himself as a raffle prize at the Rockinghorse Ball.

 

Sid was shocked to learn that vital equipment and support for the hospital relied on charitable contributions so when he was invited to join the Board in 2014, he gratefully accepted. Sid aims to encourage people to visualise how their vital contributions thread together support for children, families and the community we all serve.

Parent Trustee – Sam Thomas

Sam joined the Rockinghorse Board as our first Parent Trustee at the beginning of 2021 after experiencing support from the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) when his twins Sienna and Luca were born in 2015.

Whilst Sienna was born with no complications, Luca struggled due to a prolapsed cord. Medical staff rushed to help, giving him oxygen and a new ‘cooling mat’ treatment to prevent his brain swelling.

Unfortunately, the family were given the devastating news that Luca may not survive, and even if he did, he was likely to face severe brain damage.

However, due to the dedication and perseverance of the staff at the TMBU, Luca slowly improved. By his fourth week he was able to go home and after two years of testing and monitoring, Luca had reached every milestone alongside his sister.

After that experience Sam made a promise to do as much for Rockinghorse as possible. His aim is to continue to raise awareness through his membership organisation and media publications as well as raising as much money through events and challenges.

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

Ambassador – Michael Burnage MBE

Honorary Patron – Ryan Heal