Our Executive Committee

The Executive Leadership Team of St John Ambulance is responsible for delivering our ambitious "2019 – 2022 strategy: Serving your communities" led by our boards of trustees.

Ahead of creating our new strategy St John Ambulance moved to a new leadership structure in January 2022. Our Executive Committee (ExCo) is composed of the senior executives who report directly to the CEO. The team has responsibility for defining and executing the charity’s strategic pathway and for supervising the various specialist functions within the charity. 

While ExCo focuses on future strategy and public leadership, our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) of directors ensures operational delivery. 

ExCo is responsible to the boards of Trustees of the charity, St John Ambulance, and its parent charity, the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John.


Ben Freeman - Interim CEO

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Ben qualified at KPMG and developed a career in property where he became the Finance Director at M&G Real Estate. He then chose to move into an Interim Career in 2007 to refocus his career within organisations going through significant change. This has given him very varied experience that has included working as the CFO within several Housing Associations, Charities and Property organisations. Sometimes these roles will focus on rebuilding the finance team and on other occasions he will support an organisation through a significant change such as a merger or an IPO.

Ben’s last role was COO within CDP, an international Global Climate Change Organisation which was
going through a significant turnaround.

Ben previously worked at St John Ambulance during the Covid pandemic in 2020. At this time, training had stopped trading completely and Ben worked with the Executive Committee to navigate the Board and Finance Team through this period.

Ben is married and lives in Surrey with three children.

Chief Commissioner - Kevin Munday

Chief Business Officer - George Woods

Chief Experience Officer - Vicki Sellick

Chief Information Officer - Joanne Todd

Our Trustees

Our trustees ensure the smooth running of both charities. The Prior, the Dean, the Chief Commissioner, and the Chancellor are ex officio members of both governing bodies. 

St John Ambulance Board of Trustees

Meet St John Ambulance’s Board of Trustees 

The Prior - Stuart Shilson LVO GCStJ DL 

Stuart Shilson is Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John, and Chair of St John Ambulance. He is a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order and was previously a member of its worldwide governing body. As Sub-Prior of the Order internationally, he helped establish an innovative maternal and neonatal care programme in sub-Saharan Africa. He retired as Trustee of British Red Cross recently and is a serving Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London. 

In his professional life, Stuart is a senior partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focusing on economic and social infrastructure. During a long and illustrious career, he has worked as a commercial barrister and senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office – and spent three years as Assistant Private Secretary to HM Queen Elizabeth II.


The Chancellor – Rear Admiral Simon Williams CB CVO
As Chancellor, Simon provides governance and strategic oversight of The Priory in support of The
Prior. He is a member of both Boards of Trustees where he works collectively to ensure that the principles of the Order inform the work of St John. He is part of two other Orders of Chivalry: as a Companion of the Order of the Bath and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. He joined St John as Registrar of The Priory in 2021 and has been so impressed with the people, volunteers, and paid members alike, that he jumped at the opportunity to take a more leading role with his fellow Trustees. In his professional life, Simon remains a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, now working part-time after a very successful career. He has commanded three warships, operating all around the world where he hunted mines, arrested drug smugglers in the Caribbean and conducted counter-terrorist operations in the Mediterranean. He commanded all new entry training for the Navy, including the Leadership Academy, and later also the volunteer Reserve. Like The Prior, he spent three years working for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth before his last full-time role as the People Director of the Royal Navy. In semi-retirement, he takes Appeals for internal Royal Navy Service Complaints and is the Chairman of two Royal Navy Charities.


Acting Dean - The Reverend Canon Dr Paul Williams CStJ

Paul was born in Chatham, Kent and has attended the universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. He trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House.

After being appointed Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Paul served a curacy at St Stephen, Chatham and an incumbency at St Augustine, Gillingham, before becoming Personal Chaplain to the Bishop of Rochester. He moved to Tewkesbury in 2003, where he was Vicar of the Abbey, Area Dean and Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. Paul was appointed Rector of the Sandringham Group of Churches in September 2022.

As Acting Vice Dean of the Priory, he is closely associated with St John Ambulance, is a Commander of the Order and Secretary to the Pro Fide Committee of Grand Council.

Paul is a published author, and is married to Catherine, who is also a priest. They have two adult children, Alice and Harry.


Chief Commissioner - Ann Cable MBE GCStJ DL 

Appointed a Trustee in 2017, Ann Cable began her St John life as a Cadet and has been involved with the organisation ever since. Having run several successful Cadet Units, she went on to hold senior operational positions and was appointed the first female Commissioner for London St John Ambulance in 2008. She led the St John Ambulance volunteer resourcing for all major events in the capital during the period 2008 - 2013. This included Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and Paralympic Games. Mrs Cable went on to become National Volunteering Adviser and, in 2017, she was appointed Chief Volunteer. In June 2019, she became St John Ambulance's Chief Commissioner, with responsibility for leading our 25,000 volunteers and providing strategic oversight in this area for the charity. 

Now retired from her professional life as a headteacher and school inspector, Ann also thoroughly enjoys her role as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Enfield. 


Margaret Coleman OStJ 

Margaret Coleman joined the St. John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in April 2015. She holds a number of non-executive roles including Chair of the Media Centre, a social enterprise in the creative and digital sector; Chair of Yorkshire Dance, a charity promoting excellence in dance; Chair of Certa, an awarding body; and until December 2013 was on the board of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Chartered Management Institute. 

Until 2010, she was Regional Director in Yorkshire and the Humber in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). She had responsibility for education and training, including apprenticeships for adults and young people in schools, colleges, and workplaces across the region. She was also national Third Sector Champion. 

Margaret has worked in all the major sectors of post-16 education, including higher and further education, teacher education, adult skills, and sixth form colleges. Before joining the LSC in 2001, she was the Principal and Chief Executive of Huddersfield New College. 


Mariam Ibrahim 

Mariam Ibrahim joined St John Ambulance as a Cadet in December 2013. She was elected to the London Region Youth Board as the West London Representative in 2015 and won her District’s Cadet of the Year competition later that year. In January 2016, she was elected as Chair of the London Region Youth Board for two years, later expanding it to become the London and South Regional Youth Forum. The combination of these roles meant that she gained experience in representing young people at a district, regional and national level. She was an early member of the Cadet Programme Review team, represented St. John Ambulance in Parliament at All-Party Parliamentary Group meetings and worked with YMCA England & Wales on a mental health project. 

Mariam has also gained experience in championing youth voice outside of St. John Ambulance. She was a member of the NHS England Health Cadets Steering Group, part of her University’s JCR Executive Committee and is currently working with the NSPCC as part of a focus group reviewing youth volunteering opportunities. 


Ingrid Waterfield 

Ingrid Waterfield is an HR executive and is currently Chief People Strategy & Culture Officer for KPMG EMA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). Prior to this, she was the Executive HR Director responsible for implementing the people strategy and the change management programme for KPMG South Africa. In 2017 she spent a year working with KPMG’s Global Leadership on the most important strategic questions facing the global firm at that time. 

Ingrid originally trained as a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years of experience both as an external HR adviser, and as part of KPMG’s HR leadership, on interventions to increase organisation performance and improve employee motivation and engagement. An important aspect of her work has been focussed on diversity and inclusion strategies and developing agile workforces to enable businesses to adapt to the fast-moving world around them. 

Ingrid is passionate about supporting young people to enable them to belong, contribute and thrive in their communities, in education and in the work place. She is Vice-Chair of YMCA Downslink Group, part of the International YMCA Federation across Surrey and Sussex that supports over 15,000 young people every year. 


Harpreet Kondel 

A senior fundraiser with nearly 30 years’ experience within the charitable sector, Harpreet Kondel has acquired her experience within agencies and charities. During her career she has provided strategic and practical leadership to grow income for a number of organisations, including the British Red Cross and Barnardo’s. She has managed income in excess of £35 million per year and teams of up to 100. 

Since 2017, she has been providing interim fundraising support and consultancy to a range of charities, including Diabetes UK, Christian Aid, Mencap, Age UK, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Animals Asia. 


Dr Annette Doherty OBE FRSC

Annette joined the St. John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in January 2023. She has 35 years of international experience working within the pharmaceutical sector, including at Warner-Lambert, Pfizer and most recently GSK where she was Senior Vice President, Global Head of Product Development and Clinical Supply. She has been directly involved in the research, development and launch of over 30 new medicines in respiratory, infectious diseases, and inflammatory conditions.

She is currently Senior Advisor at Frazier Life Sciences, a team investing in and building companies developing and commercializing novel therapeutics. She has served on the Boards of various research, educational and charitable organizations. She currently holds various non-executive positions including at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Addenbrookes Hospital Charitable Trust (ACT), The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) charity and Member of the Tonbridge Grammar School Academy Trust.

Annette has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

She has recently been elected as the next President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a charity focussing on education and research in chemical sciences.

In 2009, Annette was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to the pharmaceutical sector.


Julie Gooderham CIIA

Julie Gooderham became a St John Ambulance Board Trustee in 2023 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She joined St John Ambulance as an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2021. Julie has over twenty five years experience leading, advising and transforming enterprise risk management, internal audit, governance, compliance, operational and crisis management teams working across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
Julie is currently Director, Internal Audit and Risk at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK. Prior to joining the Partnership, she worked in professional services across telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer products, energy, chemicals, utilities, financial services industries and in government.

The Priory Council of Trustees

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Our clinical team

Our clinical team ensures the first aid advice we give is accurate, and maintains standards of clinical practice throughout the organisation.

Our sister organisations

Find out more about St John International, the St John Fellowship, and our sister organisations based across the UK.

Our history and heritage

St John Ambulance is a modern and dynamic charity, but we are privileged to have a long and diverse heritage underpinning our vital work.