Meet The Team


Mike Nightingale

Mike Nightingale, Dip Arch (Oxford Brookes) RIBA FRSA

South African-born, Mike is an architect and specialises in healthcare design. In 1989, he founded Nightingale Associates with the prime objective of promoting design excellence as the way to best satisfy client needs. The award winning firm now has a staff of 250, working from six UK studios and one in Cape Town. Nightingale Associates is part of the IBI Group, a worldwide practice based on commissions in urban planning, architecture, transport and communications technology.

Mike was a founder member of Architects for Health and the RIBA Health Client Forum. He was the author of Better by Design, distributed as a design guide to all UK healthcare Trusts in 1994. He was the external examiner for the Medical Architectural Research Unit at South Bank University, London for three years, and a DoH Design Review panellist.

Mike leads Nightingale THiNK, the firm’s research, development and innovation service, dedicated to finding and promoting new design solutions in the fields of healthcare, education and science. The key focus points for THiNK are: sustainability; adaptable and flexible design; the application of new technologies to design and collaborative research to improve outcomes for patients, pupils and scientists.

As a committee member for the International Academy of Design and Health, Mike is very interested in promoting fruitful collaboration between people facing similar healthcare challenges around the world. The Mike Nightingale Fellowship has recently been established as a vehicle to act as a catalyst between the UK and South Africa in this respect.

Margherita Pierini

Margherita Pierini, SRN (Leeds General Infirmary) Dip Fine Arts AAM

Margherita is a registered nurse and started her working life at Leeds General Infirmary where she specialised in cancer care. She also worked at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, where she gained experience in paediatric care. After the birth of her two children, she elected to work part-time with children in playgroups and as a supply nurse for the private health market.

When she was able to return to fuller employment, she worked at Oxford Scientific Films for seven years, a small but creative company making Natural History Films. She was responsible for the computerisation of their picture library.

As a school matron at Wood Green School in Witney, Oxfordshire, she gained first-hand experience managing the health of 700 pupils. Her interest in natural medicine came to the fore at this time, and she trained in homoeopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy, subsequently setting up as a private practitioner.

She attended North Oxfordshire School of Art and Design as a mature student and gained a Diploma on the Art Foundation Course.

Margherita is a trustee of the Mike Nightingale Fellowship, and, as a frequent visitor to South Africa with a wide acquaintance, is looking forward to participating in the developing programme.

Nigel Draper

Nigel Draper, BSc (LSE) Dip HSM

Nigel is a very experienced health planner, specialising in facilitating the preparation of health facility design briefs, procurement process (especially PPP/ PFI and partnering solutions) and the development and evaluation of design solutions.

He worked in the UK and Australian health services before becoming a consultant some 25 years ago, where he was a director at, successively, Llewelyn-Davies, Secta and Tribal. Nigel has worked, and advised on all sectors of health services and all types of health buildings, and has undertaken assignments in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North America.


David Chevins

David Chevins BA (Hons) CPFA

David is a qualified accountant, with extensive healthcare experience, in the public and private sectors, as an entrepreneur, management consultant, senior manager and non-executive director. Following 10 years in NHS finance, he became a management consultant with Deloitte. He established Secta in 1990 which grew into a leading specialist healthcare consulting business before being acquired in 2002 by Tribal Group plc.

From 2003 to 2006, David was Chief Executive of Tribal’s consulting division, and has subsequently worked as a freelance consultant, a programme director for Circle Health and most recently for Finnamore. He focuses on strategic advice to Boards, together with the development and implementation of corporate strategy.

He is now Executive Chairman and a founding Director of Hygeian, and a non-executive director of management consultancy Prospectus in Ireland.


Cherry Draper

Cherry Draper MA BA PGCE

Cherry started her career as a bi-lingual secretary and was employed by various companies including the British Tourist Authority. She then moved to work for the charity Save the Children Fund where she had responsibility for a programme sponsoring children in Southern India.

Cherry retrained as a teacher and became a lecturer at an inner London further education college. Initially she taught business and secretarial subjects to students aged 16+, many of whom had English as a second language. With the introduction of National Vocation Qualifications she developed and ran vocational programmes in business administration.

After living in London for many years, Cherry moved to Oxfordshire and managed the Vocational Qualifications Centre at the Open University assessing and training candidates from employers as diverse as Virgin Trains, the Army and general practitioners surgeries.