Our Executive Leadership Team

Our day-to-day operations are overseen by our executive leadership team. They are 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. 

Chief Executive - Martin Houghton-Brown

Martin Houghton-BrownMartin joined St John Ambulance as Chief Executive in January 2018. He has a strong track record in leading the development of public service delivery and in policy change with a focus on giving people – especially young people – the chance to fulfil their potential through volunteering, education and training. He comes to St John Ambulance from Depaul UK, where he was chief executive for five years. While at the charity Missing People, he successfully campaigned for a new missing persons law and launched the new national telephone number for missing people. He has also held roles at the Children’s Society and served as Chair of the  YMCA England & Wales board of trustees.

In June 2019, Martin was appointed as Chair of the Centre For Youth Impact which reflects his long-term commitment and dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of young adults and children.  

Chief Operating Officer - Richard Lee

Director of Fundraising - Rebecca Mauger

Director of People and Organisation - Steve Foster

Director of Priory and International Affairs - Sarah Duthie

Director of Strategy and Communications - James Radford

Director of Training and Enterprise - Mel Fox

Our trustees

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

St John Ambulance Board of Trustees

Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis CBE DL KStJ (Chair)

Dr Lionel Jarvis joined the Royal Navy after training as a doctor. As a consultant clinical radiologist, he won many professional awards. From 1999-2003, he was Commanding Officer of Royal Hospital Haslar. He was deployed on operational activity in a number of conflict areas, receiving operational medals from UK Government, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the State of Kuwait.

In 2006, he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty The Queen, which he held until 2012. As an Admiral he was Medical Director General of the Royal Navy and Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Health. Before joining St John, he was Chief Executive of the Qatar Heart Hospital.

Dr Jarvis was admitted as Officer Brother of the Order of St John in 2012 and promoted to Knight of the Order in May 2016. From June 2016, he was appointed Prior of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, and Chair of St John Ambulance.

Mr Michael Messinger LVO KStJ QPM DL

Michael Messinger had a 40-year career as an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service. For the latter part of his time in the Met he was responsible for public event policing, emergency planning, and consequence management policy and delivery across London. As Director of the Metropolitan Police Friendly Society, Michael has been the Commander of St John Ambulance London since 2007.

He was appointed Chancellor in February 2017 having previously been Chief Volunteer for St John Ambulance from 2012 – January 2017. He has also been a Trustee since June 2010.

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling CStJ

Nicholas’ ordained ministry has been spent in South London as a Parish Priest, in Merseyside as Precentor of Liverpool Cathedral, and then as Rector of Liverpool, and in Sussex as Dean of Chichester Cathedral until 2014. He served for more than 15 years on the old St John Council for Merseyside.

Prior to ordination, Nicholas trained for retail management, and was a Welfare Officer at H.M. Prison, Pentonville. His book Pardon and Peace – a reflection on the making of peace in Ireland, was published in 1995, to much acclaim.

Mrs Ann Cable MBE DStJ DL

Appointed as a Trustee in 2017, Ann 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 HM’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and Paralympic Games. Ann 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.

Ms Margaret Coleman

Margaret 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 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.

She 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, Margaret was the Principal and Chief Executive of Huddersfield New College.

Ms Jayne Mee

Jayne is a Human Resources Consultant and Non-Executive Director with specific experience in retail, leisure and hospitality, construction, healthcare (NHS) and charity/not-for-profit. Jayne is passionate about people and has a proven track record in creating behavioural and cultural change with tangible business benefits. In her career she has worked with the Boots Company, Sears, Whitbread, Royal Mail, Punch Taverns, Barratt Developments, and the NHS. Jayne founded Calabash Limited in 2015 and has been working as a professional advisor to a ‘big four’ Board Advisory Practice, executive coaching in both the private and public sector, and delivering strategic HR consultancy and board advisory work in the private, public, and not-for-profit sector.

She joined the St John Ambulance Board in April 2015 and chairs the Remuneration Committee. She is also a Trustee for MEI - Mathematics in Education and Industry, and a Mentor for Carer’s Trust CEO’s.

Mr Mohan Mansigani

Mohan is a highly commercial and creative finance director with extensive private equity experience who has played a key leadership role in establishing Casual Dining Group (previously known as Tragus) as a major UK restaurant business. He also led the business through two private equity transactions including the £267m sale to Blackstone in 2007. Prior to this he was CFO at Costa Coffee and TGI Friday’s.

Mohan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and serves as a trustee on the Migration Museum Project. Mohan joined the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in July 2016.

Mr Matthew Stevenson-Dodd

Matt is a respected social entrepreneur with a background in youth work, employability, enterprise, and sport-based social impact. Matt joined the St John Ambulance Board as a Trustee in July 2016. He is currently Managing Director of Trust Impact, an impact and transparency consultancy helping charities, social enterprises, and sports organisations build trust through innovative impact journeys.

From 2010-2019, Matt was CEO of sport for employment charity Street League. He helped change its direction and drive growth of 30-40% every year for the past six years. Street League employs 140 full time staff, operates in 14 regions across the UK, and serves 39 local communities.

Prior to Street League, Matt was Chief Executive of Young Enterprise North West and Founder CEO of the multi-award winning ‘Unique Social Enterprise’ in Newark. In 2014 he was selected by the RFU to join the 'Try For Change' Legacy Panel of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

All of this is underpinned by a strong academic record which includes an MBA with Distinction from Nottingham University and a scholarship from Harvard Business School.

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor Porter was educated at Marlborough College and St Thomas’s Hospital, London. He was appointed Consultant Trauma Surgeon at Birmingham Accident Hospital in 1986, a service that is now delivered at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where he is Professor of Clinical Traumatology, and until June 2018 the Clinical Director of the Major Trauma Centre. He has been the clinical lead for injured soldiers returning to the UK for the last decade, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Professor Porter has been a leader in the development of the new medical subspecialty of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. In recent years, he has been the Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and also the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Emergency Medicine. He is Chair of the Trauma Care Council and co-editor of the journal 'Trauma'.

For his services to the military, he was knighted in the 2010 Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Mr David Springthorpe

David Springthorpe first became a trustee of St John Ambulance in September 2015, serving until June 2017. He was subsequently appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive until the end of 2017, with a handover period that began in July 2017. He returned as a Trustee in September 2018. David now chairs the Audit & Risk Committee, having been a member of the Committee since 2015.

David has held a number of Senior Executive roles as a Qualified Chartered Accountant. In the 1990s, he was part of the rapidly expanding DIY group B&Q. He later joined Virgin Atlantic as Finance Director. He led the transformational change of the airline, its finances, and its operating model. In 2004, he joined Heathrow Airport as Finance Director. Two years later, he became the Chief Financial Officer of the Heathrow Division. He was involved with the building of terminal Five and adapting airport security changes, as well as leading on the CAA Regulatory Settlement. In 2008, he became the Chief Financial Officer of Anchor Trust, Britain’s largest charitable provider of care and housing for older people. David now holds a number of consultancy, non-executive director, and voluntary roles in the care, housing, and health sectors.

Mr David Reeves

David is a technology and marketing specialist with almost 40 years’ experience in the UK and internationally. Following a series of successful roles in the marketing sector, his experience includes 15 years in senior management positions with Sony. He was President and CEO of Sony PlayStation in London for six years, overseeing a turnover of over £3 billion. He currently runs his own company, David Reeves Consulting.

He is a trustee for Autistica (UK), Sense (UK), and St John Ambulance as well as Senior Independent Director of Keywords International, PLC, and RED Entertainment (Dubai). He is also a Consultant at the Quantic Group and an accredited Growth Accelerator Coach for UK companies. David is fluent in German, Japanese, and French. He also holds an MBA in Marketing, a BSc in Chemical Sciences, and a PhD in Chemical Physics and Astrophysics.

The Priory Council of Trustees

Find out more

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.