Simon Cowell is an A&R executive, producer and star of the highest rated television shows in the world. His discerning eye for talent and candid remarks, have made him a household name. In 2002, Simon founded his UK-based media and entertainment production company, Syco, which became a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment in 2010. With Syco, Simon was responsible for creating two of the biggest hit TV formats in the world, in the ‘Got Talent’ and ‘X Factor’ franchises. He has shaped popular culture over the past 10 years through his TV and music business.
Simon has been patron of the Katie Piper Foundation since the charity was set up in 2010, and he is delighted to help raise funds and awareness of the work that Katie and the Foundation does to improve the lives of people living with burns, scars and disfigurement.
Simon is a qualified Surveyor with over 12 years’ experience in the Property Industry. He heads up the Property Development and Investment Portfolio for Scarborough Group International Limited, throughout the UK. Simon is also a Director of Sheffield United Football Club where he has been instrumental in raising club sponsorship and he sits on the Football Executive Board. As a keen charity supporter, Simon has partaken in numerous marathons to raise money for charities including The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Whizz Kidz.
Trustees & Advisors
Mohammad Ali Jawad MBBS FRCSI
Mr Jawad is the leading burns and plastic surgeon who performed Katie’s pioneering surgery. He enjoyed a long-standing and highly successful NHS affiliation at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and is currently devoted to his role as Lead Surgeon at his private practice in London, the Nip Tuck Surgery. Mr Jawad also fulfils regular commitments to a number of international centres across the globe including Scotland’s flagship NHS facility, The Golden Jubilee Hospital and frequently travels to Pakistan where he focuses on victims of acid attacks.
Trustee & Treasurer
Simon has enjoyed a long and successful career in Central Government, including senior roles in the Inland Revenue, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and a lengthly secondment to the Citizens Advice Bureaux. As well as UK tax and its administration, his experience and areas of expertise also cover complaints handling & redress, high level issues of Governance and how the voluntary sector and Government work together.
Currently Executive Producer at Studio Lambert, Ros has been involved in media and TV production for over a decade. Ros has worked closely with the NGO sector for many years, currently also involved with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people and London Street Rescue.
Trustee & Nurse Advisor
Ann has vast experience in healthcare and as a registered nurse and former health minister she has always campaigned to improve the patient experience. Throughout her career in health, Ann has been honored for her work and as well as recently being appointed as a trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, she holds the following positions: Hon Professor Florence Nightingale School of Nursing Midwifery Kings College London, Hon Senior Lecturer Imperial College Institute Global Health Innovation and Hon Doctor of Laws University of Bedfordshire.
Andrew is currently the National Sales Director for Regus UK (the world’s largest Workspace Solutions provider) where he has worked for over four years in a variety of senior roles. Prior to Regus, Andrew worked within General Management for an e-fulfilment company assisting several high street brands to launch their websites online including House of Fraser and Fortnum & Mason. As avid Sheffield United fan, Andrew also has a keen interests in other sports including cricket and Golf.
CEO / Founder
Katie founded the Katie Piper Foundation in December 2009 following her experience as a patient. She continues to work closely with all members of staff, and is also a mentor to many burns survivors.
Outside of her work with the Foundation, Katie continues to work with Channel 4 and is a best-selling author.
Head of Fundraising
Carol joined the Foundation with a decade of fundraising and marketing experience behind her at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Spinal Research and English National Opera. The previous decade was spent with financial services organisation LV where she enjoyed working in communications, branding, marketing and sponsorship activities, including the successful Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge.
Caroline started her career working at the BBC and subsequently spent 17 years in advertising working in PR, as an editor and finally as a commercials producer for TV & Radio.
Ezinna worked with homeless people as a resettlement officer for a number of years. She then trained as a social worker and gained experience in mental health, substance misuse and physical disability services. Her work has involved supporting people in a time of crisis and during their recovery journey.
Clinical Scar Specialist
RuthAnn is a physiotherapist who specialises in burns and plastic surgery. She has extensive clinical, teaching and managerial experience of working in burns within the NHS, the charity sector and internationally. As part of the KPF team, RuthAnn is currently investigating treatments for improving scars.
Karen approached us to offer her help after seeing Katie’s documentaries and joined us in April 2011 to help us tackle our burgeoning “inbox” which contains wonderful pledges of support and fundraising, and many seeking our help and support.
Friends and Volunteers
Forum & social media guru
Currently working full-time as a Mobile Product Manager. Gemma previously worked in the Broadcasting, TV and Theatre industry for over 10 years. She met Katie whilst working in one of her many roles as an MCR Operator. Gemma found her so inspiring and consequently became a volunteer for the great cause!
Daniel is a professional photographer with experience in working with charities. He came on board in late 2011 and currently manages the KPF website.
Nicole joined KPF earlier this year after attending a workshop and receiving treatments through the Foundation. Nicole has 33% burns to her legs, arms, hands and face. Following her experience with KPF, Nicole’s confidence has grown so much that she wants to help other burns survivors by volunteering.