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The Council of Governors

Be outstanding

Become a governor and help us improve local health services by having your say.

Watch our lead governor, Devon Allison, explain why she decided to become a governor and how important the Council of Governors is to the Trust.

  • Meet the Governor – video transcript

    Hello my name is Devon Allison, I'm the lead governor at Guy's and St Thomas'.

    Living in south London, my family, my friends, all my neighbours, we've all been treated at Guy's, St Thomas' or Evelina London Children's Hospital.

    I ran to be a governor because I wanted to give something back to these wonderful hospitals. As a parent and a former school governor I also wanted to make sure that children's voices were heard when the Trust makes decisions.

    The role of a governor can be hard to describe but in a way it's really simple. If you care about the hospitals and what they do in the communities, and if you care about making sure that the people that are treated at the hospital have their voices heard inside the hospital when decisions are being made, then you would understand what a governor does.

    The Council of Governors is 31 people. We come from all walks of life and parts of London, we're a welcoming group.

    The Trust is very interested in what we have to say because we bring outside perspective, fresh pairs of eyes and ears to help them understand what people need and want and how the Trust is performing in our communities. If you're interested in getting involved you'll be very welcome.

    We do feel that the work we do makes a difference in the Trust. It helps influence the agenda of the hospitals and I think, with the NHS, we're all in it together. All of us have a role to play in helping keep our wonderful hospitals strong and fit for the future.


Most of our governors are elected by our members. Some are nominated from our local partners.

Together, they: 

  • represent the interests of our members and partner organisations
  • give recommendations on our long-term strategy
  • provide advice and support to the Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall management of the Trust.
  • appoint the Chair and the Non-Executive Directors of the Board of Directors.

Who are the governors?

The Council of Governors is made up of nine patient, eight public, six staff and nine stakeholder governors.

Eight public members

These are people who live in Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth, Lewisham and Westminster.

    • Martin Bailey
    • Elaine Burns
    • Marcia Da Costa
    • Annabel Fiddian-Green
    • Paula Lewis-Franklin
    • Margaret McEvoy
    • Samantha Quaye
    • Peter Yeh

Eight patient members

People who have been a patient at Guy's and St Thomas' within the last five years.

    • Heather Byron
    • John Knight
    • Betula Nelson
    • John Powell
    • Mary Stirling
    • Placida Uzoamaka Ojinnaka
    • Christine Yorke
    • Simon Yu Tan

Six staff members

Three clinical, two non-clinical and one from the community directorate.

  • Staff – clinical constituency:

    • Dr Tahzeeb Bhagat
    • Professor John Chambers
    • Tony Hulse
  • Staff – non-clinical constituency:

    • Laura James
    • Rachel Williams
  • Staff – community constituency:

    • Anita Macro

Nine stakeholders

People representing local organisations.

  • Lambeth Council: Timothy Windle
  • Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group: John Balazs
  • Southwark Council: Evelyn Akoto
  • Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group: Robert Davidson
  • NHS England: Jane Fryer
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Sue Slipman
  • London South Bank University: Prof Warren Turner
  • King's College London: Prof Lucilla Poston
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: Jennifer Owen 

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Tel: 020 7188 7346

Governor quote

"For me it is all about getting involved and being in a position to support and influence our Trust’s strategic objectives, while representing the staff who work so hard to make the real difference in everything that we do for our patients."

Listening line

Listening Line is a new forum where we will be hearing from you, the members of Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Governors answer questions

Read the governors answers to members' questions (Word 14Kb)