Reg Bailey CBE


Reg is an independent reviewer and adviser to government on the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.  He was the Chief Executive of Mothers' Union, an international charity working with children and families until he retired in 2015.  Reg and his wife Alison lost their daughter Hannah at 9 days of age in 1979.  He believes passionately that his background and experience will assist Sands to make the best possible impact and to model good governance to supporters and members.

Reg has been one of our Trustees since 2014 and was elected as Chair in November 2016.


Angela McCafferty


Angela’s son Aaron was stillborn in 2005.  Since then Angela has been a member of the Committee of Glasgow Sands including a term as Chair.  Angela has more than 14 years’ experience in delivering business transformation within the financial, banking, Government and oil and gas sectors.

Angela has been one of our Trustees since 2013 and was elected as Vice-Chair in November 2016.

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, more than six years ago.  He was previously an area manager within the National Blood Service, and has held a management position within various organisations for the past ten years.  Edward is passionate about helping Sands to improve care and resources for bereaved parents.

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. 

Alyson Hunter


Alyson is a Consultant Obstetrician and sub specialist in maternal and fetal medicine in Belfast.  She first became aware of Sands after one of its courses run for health professionals on the loss of a baby in pregnancy.  The nature of her work in complex pregnancies brings her in contact with many parents who have been tragically bereaved.  Through her research, audit and committee work she is dedicated to try and reduce stillbirth and neonatal death.

Alyson has been one of our Trustees since October 2014.

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. 

Joel Mitchell


Joel is the Delivery Director at c2c Rail. Joel holds an MA in Management Learning & Leadership from Lancaster in addition to degrees in Railway Operations & Sport & Business.

Joel first learnt about Sands following the stillbirth of his first child, Maisie in 2008. He enjoys cycling and entering fun runs after taking up jogging to raise money for Sands back in 2008 in memory of Maisie. Joel will be running the 2018 London Marathon for Sands. He is particularly interested in leadership, business process improvement and organisational sustainability.

Joel has been one of our Trustees since October 2014.

Zoe Renton


Zoe learned about the work of Sands in 2011, following the death of her son, Isaac, shortly after his birth.  She is Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Information at a national children’s charity, and is the policy review editor for the journal Children & Society.  

Zoe has been one of our Trustees since October 2014.

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.