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 family.

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. Programmes have expanded greatly since, and Barbara remains closely involved in supporting and advising on maternal and child health.

The Asian tsunami in 2004 prompted her and a friend from Jakarta, Jenny de Montfort, to co-edit a charity cookbook: ‘East meets West’, to raise funds to support children affected by the crisis. Funds raised allowed for seven pre-schools to be set up in the refugee camps in Aceh by FMCH Indonesia. 

In 2006, Barbara visited Mumbai to offer support to her colleague, Leena Godiwala as she set up FMCH India. Spearheaded by Dorothy Wagle since 2011, FMCH India has become a specialist NGO in this field.

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

A registered nurse who trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, she subsequently graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Surrey and gained her Masters in Advanced Practice in Health Visiting from Kings College London. She works for the NHS in London, UK as a Specialist Nurse.

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

As co-chair, along with Barbara Jayson, of the the Foundation for Mother & Child Health in the UK (FMCH-UK), Rosie has played an instrumental role in the establishment of the organization and helped establish the original FMCH charity in Indonesia in 2001, Yayasan Balita Sehat. She  also helped found 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, becoming co-Chair in 2010. Moving to India in 2011, she worked closely with Dottie Wagle and the FMCH India committee providing a huge amount of support, programme development and fundraising expertise until she left for Tanzania in 2014.

In November 2014, Rosie began networking as a delegate at the Economist Conference on the Future of Healthcare in Africa and since then has been forging relationships with suitable NGOs already working in Tanzania, with a view to establishing future partnerships with FMCH. She is also involved with a nutrition project for children at the Children’s Cancer Centre at Muhimbili Hospital – the aim being to help children maintain healthy growth and immunity during their treatment for cancer. A collaboration with HIPZ in Zanzibar should also result in a community nutrition programme in the near future.

Rosie has two children. She 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.


Julia Edwards, Secretary

Julia Edwards is a consulting Finance Manager with over 20 years financial control experience in the private sector. She became involved with FMCH India when her husband was relocated to Mumbai between 2012 and 2014.  Initially engaged for three months to write a Community Support Volunteer programme, Julia started contributing to other areas of the organisation; quickly becoming a member of the Managing Committee.

During her two year volunteering stint for FMCH India, Julia introduced internal controls and financial reporting, as well as a three year strategic plan to help the organisation to extend its reach.

Now back in the South West of England, we welcome Julia on board as Secretary and Treasurer for 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 has 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.

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