Our Team at FMCH UK

Board of Trustees

Barbara Jayson MBEFounder and Co Chair

Barbara is the Founder of the Foundation for Mother & Child Health (FMCH) family. A registered nurse who trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, she graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Surrey and gained her Masters in Advanced Practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visitor, from King's College London.

Responding to the serious financial and political crisis in Indonesia during 2001, Barbara worked with a team of Indonesian and expatriate healthcare professionals to establish the first FMCH charity in Jakarta. Known locally as Yayasan Balita Sehat, it has grown to become FMCH Indonesia. 

In 2006, Barbara supported her colleague Leena Godiwala as she set up FMCH India. Spearheaded by Dorothy Wagle since 2011, FMCH India has become a specialist NGO in the field of child malnutrition.

After two years working on behalf of FMCH with expatriate mothers and UNHCR registered refugees in Azerbaijan, Barbara returned with her family to the UK.

FMCH programmes have expanded greatly since the inauguration of the first FMCH charity in Indonesia, and Barbara remains closely involved in supporting and advising on maternal and child health. During the current COVID pandemic she is working part time as a health visitor in the UK.

Barbara was awarded an MBE for services to women and children in Indonesia in 2004 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Rosie Penrhyn-Jones, Co-Chair

Rosie qualified as a nurse at St.Mary's Hospital, London in 1983 and went on to specialise in Accident and Emergency and Intensive Care nursing.

She helped establish the original FMCH charity (Yayasan Balita Sehat) in Indonesia in 2001. She also founded a well baby clinic in Egypt.

Wishing to continue the work she had started in Indonesia, Rosie joined the Board of Trustees of the newly established Foundation for Mother & Child Health in the UK in 2007, where she has played an instrumental role in the development of the organisation.

Moving to India in 2011, she worked closely with Dottie Wagle, the FMCH India committee and local staff, providing support, programme development and fundraising expertise. Now based in the UK, she continues to support the organisation's work.

Hugh Penrhyn Jones, Secretary

Hugh, a barrister, worked as a lawyer in the energy industry for many years before moving into commercial law. FMCH was established whilst his family were based in Indonesia and he subsequently maintained an interest in the development of FMCH India whilst he was based in Mumbai. Now retired in the UK,  he has became Secretary of FMCH UK.


Kate Compton, Trustee

Kate lived in Jakarta between 2002-2005 and whilst there worked on the British Women’s Association monthly magazine as its Deputy editor. She helped support the original FMCH in Jakarta, Yayasan Balita Sehat, by writing articles publicizing the charity’s programmes for women and children and helping with fundraising events.

In 2007, when back in the UK, she became one of the founding Trustees of FMCH UK alongside Barbara and is now helping pull a fundraising team together to help support new programmes in the UK and abroad.


Lou Simpson, Trustee

We were delighted to welcome Lou onto the FMCH-UK Board of Trustees in Jan 2017. Lou was Chair of FMCH-Indonesia from 2011 until 2016 and supported the team in areas of strategic direction, organisational development, communication, marketing, fundraising and financial management. During this time, she developed a strong commitment to FMCH and its work, both in Indonesia and globally.

Prior to working with FMCH, she built a solid reputation over the past 25 years as a senior manager and strategic consultant with a portfolio of clients that include leading UK and international NGOs and cultural institutions. She is now delighted to use her extensive knowledge of fundraising and marketing to support FMCH-UK’s goals.