Vivien Gunn, Head of Grants

Vivien joined St George's Hospital Charity in March 2019 having worked previously in both the charity and private sectors. In her earlier career, she developed Spanish and German speaking export markets from scratch for a leading IT company, which was awarded the Queen's Award for Export, later going on to build and manage its Customer Services Department of over 20.

After a career break bringing up her children, Vivien set up and managed all aspects of a private family grant making foundation, awarding grants internationally. She then worked for The Queen's Trust at Buckingham Palace on formulating its £25 million spend down plan.

Vivien brings many years of grants management and enjoys building operations to a new level. Vivien loves working at St George's because there is never a dull moment!

Paula Wilkinson, Fund Engagement Manager

Paula’s role is to look after all things related to the Charity’s Special Purpose Funds. These SPFs are pots of money set up to support a specific ward, department or area, and can be used by staff to fund exciting projects to improve the lives of all those connected to our hospitals.

As Fund Engagement Manager, Paula will be working to make sure staff know all about these inspiring funds, to maximise their use and growth. Paula’s so excited to be working at St George’s after receiving amazing care at the Trust, and can’t wait to help give back to the dedicated staff here.

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Stephanie Fisher, Impact and Evaluation Manager

Steph joined the Charity in 2022 having spent over a decade working in the monitoring and evaluation of overseas aid projects, largely for international children’s charities. With an academic background in the medical sciences, she is excited to now be applying those same skills in a healthcare setting rather closer to home.

Her role in the Charity is to ensure that we are capturing the right data in order to better understand and communicate the difference that our grants and other activities are making to the lives of our patients, visitors, staff, and members of the wider community served by the NHS Trust.

This data we can then use to learn and improve, as well as generate further funds to continue the wonderful work that we do. 

Rebecca Clay, Grants Officer

Rebecca joined the charity in May 2022 as Grants Officer. She comes from a fundraising role but has substantial experience in grant-making roles.

Rebecca has previously worked for the Community Foundation for Surrey, processing and assessing grant applications for a wide variety of needs. She has also worked in an international grant-making organisation as a Projects Officer, dealing with requests for assistance from communities suffering faith-based persecution. Rebecca has had several other roles in the voluntary sector including within healthcare settings and is keen to continue to apply her knowledge and skills in this vibrant NHS Trust setting.

Rebecca’s role is to receive grant applications and liaise with Trust staff and grantees. She is available to answer grant-related queries and support applicants through the application process.

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Looking for funding?

No idea is too big or small. If it could improve the lives of our patients, their families or our staff, we'd love to hear about it. 

How to apply