Members and Supporters

Learn more about the passionate people and organisations that make up the SHCA.

Lord Sharkey


Lord John Sharkey has been Chair of the SHCA since 2016, leading our important work delivering change for patients and improving the health and care system.

Lord Sharkey is a Liberal Democrat Peer in the House of Lords and has a strong record of active involvement on healthcare issues, including on the recent passage of the Health and Care Act.

Baroness Wheeler

Vice Chair

Baroness Margaret Wheeler is Vice Chair of the SHCA, having been involved since 2013. Baroness Wheeler is a Labour Peer in the House of Lords.

Baroness Wheeler has a longstanding interest in health issues, including social care reform and support for family carers. Baroness Wheeler holds the position of Shadow Labour Spokesperson on Health and Social Care.

Baroness Chisholm

Vice Chair

Baroness Carlyn Chisholm rejoined the SHCA as Vice Chair in March 2022. Baroness Chisholm is a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, having previously worked as a nurse. 

Baroness Chisholm is a member of the COVID-19 Committee, which recently published a report with recommendations on a long-term approach to wellbeing in a COVID world. Baroness Chisholm has a particular interest in the integration of health and social care.

Baroness Sater

Vice Chair

Baroness Amanda Sater joined the SHCA as a Vice Chair in 2023. Baroness Sater is a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords.


Baroness Sater has a keen interest in the importance of sporting activity in promoting good physical and mental health, and is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sport.


SHCA members are charities and patient groups representing people in need of specialised services and care.

Immunodeficiency and Nutrition
Liver, Kidney, Heart and Lung Conditions
Musculoskeletal Conditions
Neurological Conditions
Other Charities and Patient Groups
Paediatric Health
Rare and Genetic Conditions
Skin, Bone and Blood Conditions

Corporate supporters

Corporate supporters are contributing £14,500 each towards the costs of the Alliance for 2023.