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Esther Kirby

Fifth Sense Trustee
I am delighted and honoured to have joined the Board of Trustees in November 2020, and become part of a dedicated and passionate team whose aim is to educate and support people with are affected by smell and taste disorders, senses I have always taken for granted.


I came across the charity and its work by following the Chair, Director of Development and Operations and the charity on social media. have to admit, initially I knew very little about smell and taste disorders, but from family and friends being impacted in this way by  Covid 19, I am now acutely aware of their importance and how they provide fundamental enjoyment in everyday life.  

I am a Registered Nurse with over three decades of working in healthcare at various levels from clinical practice to management positions.  Prior to retiring in 2018 I was a Chief Nurse in the NHS.  I am a Kings Fund Top Managers Programme Alumni and have up until recently, worked in health education transformation at Health Education England.

I am a Queens Nurse (QNI) a title given to recognise work and achievements in community nursing. I bring a wealth of experience in governance and quality and have a particular interest in patient experiences of health services and the effectiveness of interventions and treatments. I am very keen to use my experience to help Fifth Sense to grow and to use my professional experience to develop and support the work we do in whatever way I can. 

I am a trustee of two other charities, both offering vital support and help to families affected by terminal illnesses and suicide. I live in the Lake District and enjoy fell walking, cycling and holidays.