As a charity, Group B Strep Support has a Board of Trustees who have overall governance responsibility for our work. This includes making sure we’re focusing on our mission, meeting our objectives, and that we’re spending money wisely.
We are especially interested in people with expertise in
- Influencing Government and NHS policy and practice
- Income Generation / Fundraising
Tim Howe – Acting Chair
“I first became involved with the charity in 2001 when we lost a daughter to Group B Strep within hours of her birth. The charity was brilliant in providing my wife and me with the information and understanding we needed. We have two other daughters and the second (Katie) was born after our loss and was a textbook example of how this infection can be managed to produce a good outcome. We remained in touch over the years doing some fundraising every so often until the charity advertised for another Trustee at a time when I was looking for such opportunities and it seemed like a natural thing to do.
I have a broad commercial background across several sectors and have operated at Board level in a FTSE 100 company. More recently I have run my own consultancy advising small and medium-sized companies on a range of business issues but particularly specialising in dispute resolution, conciliation and advocacy. I have held a number of non-executive posts in small companies and also had an eight year spell as Senior Independent Director at the SE Coast Ambulance Service. I also have a number of other Trustee roles – notably with Age (UK) Sutton and as the recently appointed Chair of Abbeyfield Southern Oaks.
I like the fact that I can work at both ends of the age spectrum and am privileged by the commitment and professionalism of those around me on this Board.”
Dawn Abbotts – Treasurer
“I became involved with the charity a few months after my son, Alex, was born. Previously I had never heard of group B Strep and was extremely worried when I was told I was a carrier shortly after his birth. Alex was on intravenous antibiotics for the first week of his life. I now have a daughter (Francesca) as well and felt a lot more confident knowing that I was a carrier (I took another test to establish this).
What started as voluntary work for Group B Strep Support doing the filing, turned in to a paid administrative role and, when I returned to my pre-baby career (in financial services), evolved again so that I am now Treasurer.”
“I work as a pension consultant. I have experience as a school governor, church treasurer and volunteer adviser for the Pensions Ombudsman. I enjoy music, history and gardening.
Jane and I founded the charity in 1996 after our second child, Theo, died of an infection we’d never heard of. More than 20 years later, there are still too many group B Strep infections in babies. I remain committed to reducing that number.”
“I am a medical negligence solicitor and came across Group B Strep Support when I was instructed in my first Strep B legal claim in 2007. Once I researched the condition and realised how many babies are affected by this, it became important to help as many parents and children as possible whose lives have been changed by this dreadful condition. I hope that by being a Trustee I can play some small part in preventing the infection spreading rather than only assisting those individuals affected after it is too late. The work carried out for so long by GBSS in publicising Strep B, amongst health professionals as well as parents-to-be, has been an extraordinarily worthwhile campaign.
In my spare time I try to combine cycling with bringing up my twin girls.”
“I have a professional background in Asset Management but became involved in GBSS after losing my daughter, Natalie, to a Group B Strep infection in 2017. It was a terrible time for my family, but was made all the more galling with the knowledge that her death would have been avoided if the UK had a universal screening program like most developed nations.
Since then I have endeavoured to help the charity in any way that I can. To date, this has mostly involved awareness campaigns, fundraising and finance.”
Jane Plumb MBE – Chief Executive
Jane is our Chief Exec and founded the charity with her husband, Robert:
“Following our middle child’s group B Strep infection in 1996, Robert and I found few answers to the questions we had. Luckily, we quickly made contact with an expert in the field and, after he explained how preventable most group B Strep infection in newborn babies is – and how so few health professionals at the time were aware of good prevention measures – we decided to set up a charity.
The aims then (and now) were to raise awareness of how to prevent most of these infections in newborn babies both among relevant health professionals and families affected by group B Strep, support families and support research into better prevention and treatment.”
Andrew Harding – Secretary to the Trustees
Andrew spent 40 years working around the world for his own Lloyd’s of London insurance Broker. Serving on the boards of many companies in Roles from Director to Chair. Andrew brings decades of board and secretarial experience to us.