Self Help UK

Board of trustees

Self Help UK governance and management team

Self Help UK has a highly experienced, skilled and competent Chief Executive and Board of Trustees/Directors.  They provide strategic leadership and direction for the organisation.  They carry out business and strategic planning, anticipating changing needs and emerging trends in self-care and identifying the role and function of self help groups, both locally and nationally.  They set our priorities for the future.  

Our Board of trustees meets monthly.  Minutes are available on request (Contact:

Our trustees

Nina Ennis - Chair of the Board of Trustees

Nina retired from the NHS in the summer of 2021. Having trained as an Occupational Therapist, after some years of clinical practice she moved into managerial roles. She held a number of posts including Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire PCT, and more recently Associate Director of Planned Care and Joint Commissioning. 

Since retirement she has taken on a number of additional voluntary roles including supporting the COVID vaccination programme in Derby and providing additional support to children who need extra support with reading.

Nina lives in South Derbyshire. She enjoys walking, cooking and reading.

Nigel Cordier - Trustee

Nigel trained as a Manufacturing Engineer but is now retired after spending his career working for a large multinational automotive component manufacturer. He held a number of senior posts including Project Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, and at the time of retiring, Global Manufacturing Technology Transfer and Quality Manager.

Since retiring Nigel has moved from the South of England to north Nottinghamshire and has become a volunteer for the Beyond Diagnosis Gateway. He enjoys walking, fishing, gardening and winemaking.

Suzanna van Schaick - Trustee

Suzanna is a retired doctor with 33 years experience as a GP and over 20 years involvement in health education projects for a wide range of audiences. She was a volunteer in health promotion and behaviour change with VSO in Cambodia & South Sudan (2008-2011). She volunteered with Self Help UK on community projects aimed at improving self-management in chronic conditions prior to becoming a member of the Board. She also chairs the Management Committee of Water Works, a charity which works to help improve hygiene and sanitation in rural Malawi.

David Maruta - Trustee

David has 10 years’ experience in business strategy development, digital transformation, and operations management in both the public and private sector. He was Chief Information Officer at Royal Veterinary College, and more recently at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest providers of mental healthcare and support to people with learning disabilities. David lives in Cambridge and enjoys hiking, tennis, and learning languages. 

Hayley Allison - Trustee

Hayley joined the Self Help UK Board of Trustees’ in 2021, and has a wealth of experience spanning 30 years within the NHS. Hayley lives in Nottinghamshire. 

Hayley has worked in many sectors of the NHS, including managing a hospital within an acute provider setting, as commissioner for the voluntary sector, commissioner for children, primary care commissioner, transformation lead within an ambulance provider, and her current role within NHS England is that of Assistant Director of Strategic Transformation working with two Integrated Care Systems within the West Midlands.

Hayley is passionate about transformation within health and care to improve outcomes for the population. 

In her spare time, she enjoys interior design, travel and tennis.

John Moore

John Moore - Trustee

Join our Board!

We are looking to expand the range of expertise and experience of our Board and are looking to recruit additional Trustees, with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Experience of attending or leading a self-help group or other peer support activities
  • Financial management
  • Fund raising / social investment
  • HR, people management and organisation development
  • Communications and marketing

Trustees are required to attend four board meetings per year plus the AGM, away days and any sub-committee meetings they are involved in. Most meetings will remain virtual but there will from time to time be a need to attend key meetings and events in Nottingham. The time commitment is approximately 6-10 hours per month, but there may be occasions when more time is required for a short period. Trustee positions are unremunerated, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

We are committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive community. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. Much of our work has a focus on improving equality of access, opportunity, and care, and we particularly welcome applications from individuals whose experience of inequalities might enlighten our future work.

Fore more details, please contact Nina Ennis