Chairman: Merry Burrows
Merry has been a member of the Foundation since 1990 and served as a Trustee and as Treasurer prior to being elected as Chairman in 2015. Before taking up a role on the board, Merry worked for more than thirty years in the IT Industry. She has two adult children, Matt and Katy (who has Williams Syndrome and lives independently in her own flat in Southsea).
Vice Chairman: Patrick Taylor
Patrick is married with two children; Owen, born 1994, has Williams Syndrome.
Patrick is assistant Headteacher and teacher of Design and Technology at a Secondary school in St Albans, Herts.
Treasurer: Sandra Harte
Sandra is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in a variety of different industries over the years including Pharmaceuticals and Beauty products operating in both commercial and financial roles. She is married with two grown up children and is Godmother to Katy who has Williams Syndrome.
Secretary: Jon Lovell
Married to Laura and living near Manchester, Jon has two sons, the youngest of whom, Winston, has Williams Syndrome. Jon has spent most of his career as an advisor to business, government and campaign bodies on corporate responsibility and sustainability. He recently co-founded a new training and consultancy business called Hillbreak, having previously been a Director at the global professional services firm, Deloitte. Jon represents the Williams Syndrome Foundation on FEWS, the European Federation of WS associations.
Tim has a younger sister, Clare, who was one of the first children in the UK to be diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. Their parents, George and Cynthia, later set up the Williams Syndrome Foundation. Tim, a freelance journalist, lives in the London Borough of Hackney. He is married with two children.
Louise was appointed as a Trustee having been a member of the Foundation since her son, Ethan, was diagnosed. With a background in Public Relations, Louise specialises in helping companies raise awareness via the media and other key influencers. She has run notable campaigns for companies such as BT and Bonusprint, amongst others, and is currently Head of Global PR for Logica, a business and technology service company. She is married with two young sons, Charlie and Ethan. Ethan was diagnosed with WS when he was 13 weeks old.
Liz has been a Foundation member since her daughter Evie's diagnosis in 2007, shortly before her 3rd birthday. Liz and her husband Gareth became the Regional Contacts for the Midlands later that year.
Neil has been associated with the Williams Syndrome Foundation since his original research into the biochemical abnormalities associated with the syndrome when training at the London Hospital in 1982. He was subsequently appointed as consultant paediatrician/neonatologist in East Kent in 1987 and has maintained his links with the Foundation as medical adviser and now Chairman of the Professional Advisory Panel. He continued his research interests producing the UK growth charts for Williams Syndrome with Wendy Smith his research nurse. He has recently agreed to become a Trustee of the Foundation.
Chief Executive: Elizabeth Hurst
Elizabeth, a former Trustee and Children's Representative for the Foundation, was appointed Chief Executive of the Foundation in August 2011. She has a son who was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at the age of 10 months. Elizabeth is a solicitor by profession and now dedicates her time to the Foundation.
Office And Communications Manager: Natalie Lee
Natalie Lee joined the Williams Syndrome Foundation staff in March 2016, having been a regional contact for the foundation for two years. Her daughter Lilia was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome in 2013 shortly before her first birthday. Natalie has a background in accounts within the property sector and rugby industry. She enjoys nothing more than days out with Lilia, travelling & music.