Our People

BARONESS JULIA CUMBERLEGE CBE

Julia Cumberlege comes from a medical family.  Having chaired the Brighton Health Authority and subsequently the South West Thames Regional Health Authority, in 1992 Julia was appointed a Junior Health Minister and for five years covered all health and social services matters in the House of Lords.

When leaving Government, Julia sought to “close the loop” between politicians and NHS leaders, devising the highly successful Westminster Experience, and in April 2001 she launched Cumberlege Connections.

Julia chairs a number of charities and Parliamentary Groups. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, a Trustee of Leeds Castle and Patron of the National Childbirth Trust.  From 2000 until 2005 Julia chaired the Council of St. George’s University of London, a leading medical school. In 2001 Julia joined the board of Huntsworth plc where she was a Non-Executive Director for 3 years.

In October 2007 Julia was appointed Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Prior to this, Julia was a Trustee of Cancer Research UK for ten years.

Julia chaired a Royal College of Physicians working party examining medical professionalism.  The report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005. In 2010, she chaired another working party for the RCP looking at the future role and needs of the medical profession.  The Report “Future Physicians: Changing Doctors in a Changing World” was published in May 2010. Julia was a Commissioner on the Marmot Review whose report, “Fair Society, Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post-2010” was published in February 2010.

During 2015, Julia is chairing a National Review of Maternity Services for NHS England.

CATHERINE EDEN

Catherine started her career in local government before spending three years working as the political and constituency manager for a Member of the European Parliament in London and Brussels. She then worked for a UK-wide health charity as their Parliamentary Relations Manager. As part of her role, she managed an All-Party Parliamentary Group through which she met Julia Cumberlege. After six years with the charity, she moved from London to Dorset where she worked as a PCT manager focussing on patient and public engagement.

In 2010, Julia Cumberlege asked Catherine to join her company as Cumberlege Connections’ Director of Programmes and Business Development during which time, she had operational responsibility for the running of the business and ensuring delivery of all projects. Catherine specialises in translating concept to reality; taking a client brief, developing an approach, and working with the client to ensure all expectations are met, and as far as possible exceeded.

In April 2013, Catherine  entered into partnership with Julia, and Cumberlege Eden & Partners was born. As a Director of the company, Catherine will continue to lead on all aspects of the business.

LIZ LAWLOR

As Project Manager, Liz is involved with all aspects of the courses run by Cumberlege Eden & Partners including liaison with contributors and participants, organisation of venues and co-ordination of all materials. Liz also helps with the delivery of courses.

Liz has worked with Cumberlege Eden & Partners helping to deliver courses since 2010 and has been Project Manager since July 2015.

LYNN LASHBROOK

Lynn is the financial controller / accountant and joined the team in January 2014. Her accounting experience is varied across industry sectors and continents from PwC in South Africa to DHL in the Cayman Islands and BT in London. After giving up corporate life to be at home with her lovely daughters, Lynn has loved working for the past few years part time for smaller, more personal companies where she can be involved in the entire business.

Lynn is married with three daughters, is a keen tennis player and is happiest pottering in her kitchen.

VIKI ELLINGER

Viki joined Cumberlege Eden & Partners in January 2015 as Office Manager and also as Personal Assistant to Baroness Cumberlege, responsible for the day-to-day smooth running of the office and providing support to Baroness Cumberlege, including diary management.

Viki has spent the last eight years working for a Consultant Psychiatrist producing medico legal reports for the Court and becoming involved in mental health issues with individuals. She would like to see much better services and facilities for mental health patients in the future.