The Hearts Milk Bank was co-founded by Dr Natalie Shenker and Gillian Weaver.
Dr Natalie Shenker qualified as a doctor from Oxford University and initially trained as a surgeon with a specialist interest in paediatrics. After an MSc in Developmental Biology, she did a PhD in epigenetics and breast cancer risk, which led to a successful collaboration with the milk bank formerly managed by Gillian. Natalie is now passionate about establishing a wide range of ethically-funded research into the optimal uses of milk banking and how breastfeeding affects the health of both mothers and babies.
Gillian Weaver managed the milk bank at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital for over 25 years before leaving to work as a consultant, establishing milk bank services around the world. She now works as an advisor to health ministries internationally. She was a co-founder of the UK Association of Milk Banking (UKAMB), and a former president of the European Milk Banking Association (EMBA). Gillian is committed to ensuring the equity of access to donor milk in hospitals and communities across the UK and worldwide.
The Hearts Milk Bank is also proud to be supported by a host of professionals from different backgrounds through our non-executive board, chaired by Graeme Allinson.
Graeme Allinson has worked for Barclays PLC for over 30 years covering a variety of roles in Risk, Wealth Management and more recently in Corporate Banking where he was the National Head of Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics and Chair of the Industry Strategy Board. His current role is Head of Client Satisfaction for Corporate Banking with a mandate to drive a dramatic improvement in client satisfaction and complaints across all 900,000 clients. Graeme is a member of the UK Corporate Banking Management Committee, the Corporate Council, the People Council and the Corporate Banking Change Board. He is married with two children (23 and 21).