Angela McCafferty

Acting Chair

Angela is Head of Loan Sales and Asset Management (SLC). She's Head of Service with over 20 years’ experience of successfully leading complex change across multi-disciplined teams to deliver and embed new ways of working in Financial, Energy, Government and Charity sector organisations across the UK and Australia.

Angela is experienced in the role as Chair and Vice-Chair of board of trustees at UK Sands. Leading trustees to develop; good governance practices, strategic plans, objectives, key performance indicators and supporting operational business plans and budgets to deliver 2020 Strategy outcomes aligned to Sands aims.

Angela's son Aaron was stillborn in April 2005.

Michael Smith


Following the stillbirth of his son Dhillon in 2004, Michael and his wife trained as befrienders for Leicestershire & Rutland Sands and eventually went on to run the group, with Michael taking on the role of treasurer.  His involvement with Sands has grown over the years and, until his appointment to the Board, he was Sands East Network Convenor.  Michael is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Michael has been one of our Trustees and Treasurer since December 2013.

Sarah- Jane Evans


Sarah-Jane runs her own consultancy and has more than 20 years’ experience in the digital industry, having developed digital strategies for JK Rowling and Her Majesty the Queen.  She became involved with Sands following the death of her daughter Aby, who died after only 50 minutes of life in 2010, and was integral in developing the first stages of Sands digital and branding strategies. 

Sarah- Jane has been one of our Trustees since November 2013. 

Edward Ford


Edward became involved with Sands following the death of his daughter, Carys in February 2010. He is currently the Head of Donor Services (West) for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services, having previously worked for NHSBT as an area manager, and has held a management position within various organisations for the past 20 years. Edward is passionate about improving the quality of bereavement care available to parents and families who have lost a baby as well as helping the charity to achieve the highest standards of governance.

Edward has been one of our Trustees since November 2013. 

Stephanie Frearson


Stephanie is a qualified Registered Nurse (RN) who works within NHS Ayrshire and Arran as a Clinical Improvement Practitioner.  Prior to that she worked as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, Crosshouse Hospital.  Following the stillbirth of her daughter Gracie in 2008, Stephanie became involved with Ayrshire Sands where she remains an active committee member with a particular interest in fundraising events.

Stephanie has been one of our Trustees since November 2013. 

Derek Jenkins


Derek is Chief Executive of St John’s Chambers in Bristol, and has extensive experience in healthcare law.  He has been a supporter of Sands for the past eight years, and will bring his business, charity and healthcare experience to his role as a Sands Trustee.

Derek has been one of our Trustees since December 2013. 

Zoe Renton


Zoe has been one of our trustees since October 2014.

She learned about the work of Sands in 2011, following the death of her son, Isaac, shortly after his birth.

Zoe has over ten years’ experience in the charity sector, influencing public policy affecting children and families.

She is now Policy Manager for Children and Young People at the Money Advice Service.

Catherine Roberts


Cath is a nurse/midwife whose current role is Specialist Matron Infection Prevention in North Wales.  Her previous role was to set up and lead the very successful National Maternity Improvement Programme within Wales.  The Welsh Initiative for Stillbirth Reduction (WISR) was a significant part of the programme.  Cath has built up an in-depth knowledge of the stillbirth agenda within the United Kingdom and truly believes there is so much more to reduce the number of families who experience this awful event.

Cath has been one of our Trustees since October 2014.

Susanna Speirs


Susanna is a Senior Legal Counsel at a global FMCG company, with strong experience in company, commercial, charity and intellectual property law.  Following the stillbirth of her daughter, Ava, in 2012, Susanna became involved in Surrey Sands, and remains an active member.  Susanna passionately hopes that, through her role as a trustee, she can help Sands to reduce the rate of stillbirth in the UK so fewer people have to suffer through this tragedy.

Susanna was elected as Trustee in October 2016.