SSNAP was formed in 1982 by a group of parents who recognised the need to assist with fundraising for additional resources for the Newborn Care Unit or SCBU as it was then called.

In collaboration with Professor Tizard they set about forming a core group of supporters and gradually the charity grew. It is now extremely well recognised and supported across the Thames Valley and beyond. SSNAP transferred to Limited liability status in 2012 and is based in the main Maternity building (Women’s Centre) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Lady Lavender Patten


Lady Patten worked initially in law related posts in publishing and in the courts. From 1973 with the arrival of children she stayed at home caring for them and was involved in voluntary and then part time work until her youngest child was eight. In 1988 she returned to full time employment, doing her pupillage at the Bar and then practising family law in chambers in London.

In 1992 she accompanied her husband, Chris Patten, to Hong Kong. In addition to her many official duties as wife of the Governor, she became Patron of over sixty charitable and other organisations ranging from women’s and children’s welfare, health, disability, law, sport and the arts, promoting their work and their ideas.

Since returning to London, she has retrained as a mediator dealing with family disputes.She is the Chairman of the governing body of the Godolphin and Latymer School, an independent girls’ school in West London. She is also on the International Committee of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, a charity that works for the disabled, she is a patron of Hope for Children (a small charity that helps poor children in the developing world).

She enjoys tennis, golf and walking her dogs, the arts, and spending time with her family, now expanding with the addition of baby grand daughters.

Andrew Lewin


Andy Lewin joined SSNAP as a Director in May 2012.  He lives in Oxford with his family of four children. His first son was born at the John Radcliffe hospital prematurely which is how he became aware of the NCU and of SSNAP. Andy grew up in Oxfordshire, studied biochemistry at Oxford University and worked in cancer research before moving into the Biotech industry. Andy is currently Vice President of business development for a leading international biotechnology services company.

SSNAP Directors

Kerri Knibbs (Deputy Chairman/Company Secretary)

As a daughter of a serving member of the British Royal Navy Kerri moved around the country living in most of the coastal areas. Since arriving in this county in 1996 with her husband, Simon, she immediately felt at home. Kerri Knibbs is a Geography teacher in a secondary school. She states “I feel very privileged having such an amazing hospital, The John Radcliffe, where I live. This became apparent following the rather difficult birth of my eldest son Tom in 2001 and yet again following the premature birth of our second son, Alex”. Kerri has been involved with the charity since 2002 as a Parent Help Volunteer and since 2009 she has been a Director of SSNAP.

Rachel Hatfield (Treasurer)

Rachel Hatfield read law at King’s College, London and the University of Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters in 1989. She spent 20 years in practice and was a partner at White & Case where she focused on finance transactions.  Rachel is married with 3 children and lives in Hertfordshire where she is a governor of St Clement Danes School.  She became a Director of SSNAP in 2012.

Caroline Pepys

Caroline Pepys worked on the Newborn Care Unit in Oxford from 1975 – 2003. She was a Staff Nurse, Sister and then Senior Sister before she retired.  Caroline has been a committee member and Director of SSNAP since her retirement.  She has also been a school governor, church warden and is currently involved in voluntary work with the elderly in Oxford.

Steven Relton

Steve was born 1964 in Blackpool  and currently lives in Little Milton. He works as a self employed gardener/garden designer and joined SSNAP as a Director in 2006 after his son was born at just over 30 weeks and spent 2 months in the NICU. Steve has also organised some successful charity events for SSNAP over the years and his son is now a healthy boy with a love of pirates and Lego.

Christopher Horn

Chris is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from Oxford Brookes University and has a commercial background with over 20 years sales and management experience in the field of engineering software sales. Since 2006 he has jointly owned and run a very successful Computer Aided Design software company based in Oxfordshire called New Technology CADCAM Ltd. He moved away from sales in 2009 and is now Managing Director of the same company. He has been a Director of SSNAP since 2012.

Paul Vincent

Paul Vincent has worked in education for 43 years as a Teacher and Headteacher, specialising in the nursery, early years and special educational needs sectors.He continues to work as an Educational Consultant and Governor of Ivy Lane School in Wiltshire.Paul’s Granddaughter, Connie was born in the Silver Star Unit at 28 weeks in 2008 and thanks to the skill and dedication of all in the unit is a lively, healthy child. Wishing to acknowledge the help and support his family received he became a member of SSNAP in 2009 and then a Director.

Charles de Viggiani

Charles is a certified accountant. Having worked for several commercial companies in London he now has his own business interests and is a keen supporter of local charities and SSNAP.