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The Council of Governors

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

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

What do governors do?

Governors are the eyes and ears of our public, patients and staff. They help us understand and respond to what patients and local people expect from us by:

  • representing the interests of our members and partner organisations
  • giving recommendations on our long-term strategy
  • providing advice and support to the Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall management of the Trust
  • appointing the Chair and the Non-Executive Directors of the Board of Directors
  • helping the Trust focus on important matters, for example equality, diversity and inclusion.

All governors are volunteers and are unpaid, apart from some expenses. They are not part of our operational management.

Governors are representatives, bringing a unique and independent view to our operations.

There is more about the benefits of being a governor on our Council of Governors election page.

Who are the governors?

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust has now merged with Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

The Council of Governors of the newly merged Trust is made up of 10 public, 12 patient, 8 staff, 13 partnership governors and 6 associate governors.

To contact any of the governors, please email governors@gstt.nhs.uk.

Patient constituency

  • Heather Byron: lead governor (from January 2020)
    re-elected July 2019

    Heather ByronHeather was made lead governor in January 2020.

    With a career business consulting, I have supported many organisations develop strategies, overcome challenges and deliver customer-focused services.  I previously chaired The Children’s Society fundraising committee and bring a mix of skills, experience and a strong drive to all my roles, which I execute with focus and passion.

  • John Knight: elected July 2019

    John-Knight2My career has spanned the voluntary and statutory sectors including the Department of Health, Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Commission for Public Appointments. During this time I also held National Board level directorships of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (now part of the Care Quality Commission); the Charity Commission and the General Social Care Council. I was previously a Governor of another London NHS Foundation Trust.

    In addition to my role at Guy’s and St Thomas’ John is currently also a Governor of an Adult Education Institute and on the Board of a national Housing Association as well being an advisor on disability issues to the Board of the Civil Service Commission. I bring a wide range of Board level governance and high level recruitment and selection experience together with a practical knowledge of disability equalities and patient engagement to the Council of Governors.

  • Betula Nelson: elected July 2019

    Betula Nelson, patient governorAs a long-term patient of the Trust I have built a strong respect and trust in its functioning and staff.

    In the last eight years it has made a difference to my life and I feel a kind of affinity to the organisation. I am quite excited by the development of its new cancer centre which deserves all the support it needs.

    I have a long history of connection with the health service as I worked as a psychiatric social worker for many years. I was a part-time senior social worker in the early 2000s in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, a sister trust to Guy's and St Thomas', of which I am a member.

    I have sound knowledge of patient care and the values which are essential for the delivery of holistic care alongside of the medical interventions. I am able to view patient care from both a staff and patient perspective.

    As a retired person I have time and energy to contribute to the system and am conscious of my civic duties. I feel that the combination of the above experiences and qualities enable me to work as a governor and help improve the work of the Trust.

  • John Powell: elected July 2019

    John Powell, member of the Council of Governors Health management rightly heads the public agenda, and I want to help in guiding the Trust toward delivering a world-class health service. My senior management background entailing public accountability and achieving statutory performance targets enables me to offer unique oversight as a Governor.

    My experience as a patient, at one time seriously ill, has given me insight into the Trust's 'front line', furthering my desire to be involved in guiding and developing its future. Over many years I have seen first-hand how the absence of adequate health services can negatively impact on communities and the social environment. I want to help in ensuring against just that.

  • Mary Stirling: re-elected July 2021

    Mary Stirling, patient governorI am a qualified and experienced teacher with a background in education and health.

    I was an Oxleas governor for 6 years and a school governor for 3 years.

    Many years ago (1976) I worked at Guy’s hospital so I feel that I already have a connection with this great hospital.

    I have recently used both Guy’s and St Thomas’ services and would like to give something back. I feel that I have the passion, skills and experience to make a positive difference. 

  • Christine Yorke: elected July 2019

    Christine Yorke, patient governorI was treated for cancer in 2018 and would like to help improve facilities at Guy's Hospital.

    I have experience of being a member of a board of governors as I was the teacher governor for many years at the school where I taught, and I think that I could make an active contribution to meetings.

  • Michael Bryan: elected July 2021

    Michael BryanAs a patient, volunteer, and emergency service partner to the Trust, I hope to draw on the experience of helping to coordinate the Metropolitan Police's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Having worked alongside paramedics on emergency response, I advised on major incidents before investigating serious and complex crime.

    I also draw on experience of developing biotechnology. After losing my dad to Parkinson's disease, I identified sufferers would appear distant when they would laugh and smile. I developed a tool that uses facial recognition to diagnose and monitor the condition.

    I stood for election because I have benefited from unparalleled support, from the care given to my dad to the emergency operation I successfully overcame, it is an enormous privilege to become a governor. I want to tackle staff burnout, cancelled elective surgeries, comorbidities left untreated, and the prevalence of long-COVID. I will champion the importance of patient voice and staff wellbeing as well as the opportunities afforded by technology, service interoperability, and supported outreach.

  • Victoria Borwick: elected July 2021

    victoria borwickI am a long-time supporter of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals. 2 of my children are patients at Royal Brompton. My eldest child had many major heart operations and was in intensive care for almost a year.

    My family has continued its relationship with the hospital, establishing a charity to fund research and extra training for nurses. My husband is chairman of the Brompton Fountain.

    I am an active campaigner in Kensington and Chelsea, having served as a local councillor, a Member of the Greater London Authority and the MP for Kensington.

  • John Bradbury: elected July 2021

    john bradburyIn August 2017 I was fortunate enough to receive a heart transplant at Harefield Hospital. It is this experience (including the months spent in hospital before the operation and the outpatient care) that prompted me to become a patient governor.

    I am qualified and practiced as a solicitor but for the past 18 years I have worked in regulatory compliance. I have been the chair of governors of a primary school as well as chair of a company pension fund.

    As a governor I will focus on the interests of patients. From my own experience, this includes information on treatment options, clarity on clinical roles, hospital inpatient services, the role of allied health professionals and outpatient clinic administration.

    As a patient governor representing the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, I hope to make sure that their world-leading work in cardiac and respiratory medicine and surgery continues.

  • Leah Mansfield: elected July 2021

    leah mansfieldI am a lawyer with over 20 years' experience of advocacy working for a positive change with national governments (in the UK and internationally), NGOs, and the private and public sectors. I have represented a wide range of individuals and groups. I advise extensively on strategic planning and corporate governance issues through my work and as a trustee advocating for rare diseases, disability awareness, medical research grants, designated specialist nurses and the provision of key medical services. I have many years of board level experience including chairing committees, project managing, as well as designing and leading innovative programmes for sustainable positive outcomes.

    I have been a lung patient at Royal Brompton for many years, developing a strong affinity with the hospital through receiving excellent care. I am an active member of the patient and public engagement group, getting involved in major patient programmes for improved services, writing the terms of reference for key groups and volunteering for the peer leadership development programme. Through this, I maintain close links with other patients and keep up to date with current issues. I understand the needs of vulnerable patients and end of life issues from caring for my father, an Alzheimer's and cardiac patient.

    My combined personal and professional experiences enable me to advocate passionately for the interests of patients at Royal Brompton and Harefield and to make sure that it remains a world-class leading centre of excellence. 

  • Trudy Nickels: elected July 2021

    trudy nickelsI have been leading an independent charity that supports children, young adults and parents for over 10 years. In this time, I have met thousands of people and have listened to their stories and shared their journeys. My 14-year-old son also has a complex and life limiting congenital heart condition. He has undergone 4 open heart surgeries, as well as many other operations and procedures.

    I know the medical world well, from a carer and professional point of view, and work hard to keep up to date on current events.

    I sit on several boards and NHS committees and have led public campaigns representing the views of parents and carers.

    I believe passionately in advocating for patients and their families, being a voice for anyone who finds it hard to speak, and helping to make change where needed.

  • Placida Ojinnaka: re-elected July 2021

    Placida OjinnakaI am dual qualified as both a social worker (adult mental health and substance misuse) and solicitor, volunteering and advocating across areas including social work, housing, education, employment and disability issues. I am also a graduate of the Jo Cox leadership programme 2018.

    In my recent past I have been politically active, working closely with my local Labour party to provide equal access and positively raise the profile of people with disabilities.

    I am a committee member of the Law Society's lawyers with disabilities division. My most recent achievements include a successful campaign to persuade the Law Society to go purple in November and December this year in as part of the Disability Confident campaign.

    I am honoured to have been listed in the 2018 Power 100 List of the most influential disabled people in Britain by the Shaw Trust. My interest as a patient governor, is to review and improve the experiences that all vulnerable people may face.

Public constituency

  • Martin Bailey: elected July 2019

    Martin Bailey, member of the Council of GovernorsI have lived in Kennington since 2012, am a local school governor and a lay trustee of a nearby university students' union since 2014. Professionally I am a civil servant.

    I wanted to be a Governor at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital because I have been a patient here a number of times since I moved to London.

    With ever increasing complexities and issues arising, I am able to bring over a decade of trustee board and non-executive director committee experience to this governing body, as well as being able to better champion the voices and needs of parts of our local community that can be lacking.

    I am extremely excited about taking on this role, I love living in Lambeth and the different pockets of communities that all co-exist and intertwine with each other, and the opportunity to ensure we are best serving them usually at their biggest time of need is truly humbling but exhilarating.

  • Marcia Da Costa: re-elected July 2021

    Marcia Da Costa headshotMy professional background is in the social work profession; having practiced adult, children and families social work and safeguarding since the 1970’s. I worked to senior management and specialist level. I hold a CQSW and MSc degree. My voluntary experience goes back many decades, while working full time. For 15 years I pioneered a 'not-for-profit' organisation in Waterloo providing services for the homeless, now supporting some living in their home, and aid their rehabilitation. I work with organisations supporting young people to divert them from gun, knife crime and gangs. I also support elderly Caribbean WWII war veterans.

    I enjoy being a new public governor for Guy’s and St Thomas’. As a people’s person I listen to service users. Also wanting to support the Directors and hard working hospital staff, by ensuring excellent patient-centred services are at the forefront of the planning and implementation of policies, procedures and service delivery. 

  • Annabel Fiddian-Green: re-elected July 2021

    Annabel Fiddian-GreenA healthcare communications consultant for much of my working life, I have worked closely with major pharmaceutical companies, physicians and patients/patient groups. 

    Throughout my career, I developed a deep respect for those involved in front line healthcare provision.  I’m looking forward to working with the Foundation Trust and hope that my professional experience will be of benefit to the governors.

    On a personal front, I have lived locally for over 30 years, both of my (now adult) children were born in St Thomas’ and over many years we have all been – and continue to be – patients of the Foundation Trust.

  • Paula Lewis-Franklin: elected July 2019

    Paula Lewis-Franklin, member of the Council of GovernorsMy areas of passion and experience are patient welfare and quality of care, budgeting and finance and fundraising.

    I have gained a wide range of experience and skills whilst sitting on three boards at Lewisham Hospital, including the patient welfare board and finance board.

    I am trained in policy and bid writing and am able to analyse hospital budgets, income and expenditure in layman's terms.

    As a Governor, my priorities are:

    • to become part of an innovative hospital, ensuring a first-class service for patients whilst not compromising on quality of care
    • to help strategise where and how to save money whilst not compromising patient welfare
    • to participate in hospital rollouts such as the 'medical tourism' rollout I was happy to be a part of
    • to offer support, governance and guidance where needed.
  • Margaret McEvoy: re-elected July 2021

    margaret-mcevoyWith experience of NHS staff remuneration and workforce issues and having recently retired from the senior civil service I have the time, enthusiasm, and skills needed to represent the interests of members and support the board in delivering top-quality healthcare to local communities.

  • Marianna Masters: elected July 2021

    Mariana MastersI was born at St Thomas' Hospital and have lived in Lambeth all my life. I have a strong connection to the Trust as I have received outpatient treatment at both Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals for nearly 30 years.

    Professionally, I have held many senior positions within global financial institutions over 25 years. While at Thomson Reuters I was co-chair of the black employees network. My interest in community issues has led to a career in politics. Elected a Lambeth Councillor in 2018, I am currently vice-chair of overview and scrutiny, leading on health and adult social care, chair of a scrutiny committee on Lambeth Hospital's redevelopment, and vice-chair of our healthier south east London joint health overview and scrutiny, a cross-party 6 London borough committee. These positions have all required an understanding of race, racism and socio-economic factors in health inequalities.

    I am excited to be elected a governor at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and increase the opportunities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic voices to shape the design and delivery of health services.

  • Sonia Winifred: elected July 2021

    sonia winifredI am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I manage my private practice and I am employed by Fegans Charity, managing a team of counsellors supporting children in primary and secondary schools in Lambeth.

    I am also a local ward councillor and the cabinet member for equalities and culture in the London Borough of Lambeth, with responsibility for the strategic approach to Lambeth's rich and diverse cultural and tourism sectors. I work with community groups to support the thriving arts and cultural communities. I am responsible for Lambeth's library services and for maintaining our fantastic parks and open spaces.

    I am a community champion for Diabetes UK, supporting both young and older people in the community living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. I set up the first Lambeth and Southwark young person's diabetes support group.

  • Jordan Abdi: elected July 2021

    jordan abdiI am a medical doctor and have been working in health technology for the past 9 years between the UK and Chinese markets.

    I am a Schwarzman Scholar and World Economic Forum global shaper and have experience of making change in challenging environments.

    I am a co-founder and former chair of the London Forum of Science Policy, a think tank bridging the gap between academia and policy.

    I also founded PocketNurse, an award-winning company that was inspired by the flaws within the current clinical education system. 

    I believe that health technology has the potential to completely transform how we interact with healthcare and look after ourselves and that patient safety and trust need to remain at the centre of innovation.

    Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust is a global health technology leader and I hope to use my experience and skills to make sure the Trust continues to engage with patients.

Staff constituency 

  • Laura James: elected August 2019

    Laura James, staff governorI am a graphic design and communications specialist in the Essentia marketing and engagement team, having originally joined on an administration placement organised by the Prince's Trust.

    My passion is getting the experiences of non-clinical staff represented and I am a member of the wellbeing, communications and Women in Essentia staff networks.

    Getting it right for our patients means getting it right for our staff, too. I will act as a trusted and ethical voice speaking on behalf of my extensive network of non-clinical colleagues.

  • Rachel Williams: elected August 2019

    Rachel Williams, staff governorI joined the Trust in 2015 and have since worked my way up to become a senior health records officer. I am also a 'Speaking Up Advocate', inclusion agent, reverse mentor and proud wearer of the NHS rainbow badge.

    I have always been passionate about team work and making people feel included and want to represent those who are not normally heard and promote more diversity at the top.

    As a governor, I aim to inspire others to speak up about equality and inclusion and how different issues within the Trust affect our diverse team in different ways.

  • Serina Aboim: elected July 2021

    serina aboimI am a nurse practitioner in the health inclusion team, a part of the integrated local services directorate in the community.

    I specialise in marginalised groups, such as the homeless, with an interest in public health.

    I have a background in the emergency department and cardiology and have worked in the community since 2011. Recognising the importance of public health, primary care and the role of health prevention is key to the patient journey.

    As a nightingale nurse and joint lead of a street nursing service, I have experience in project development, staff management and leadership. I have an interest in staff development and believe that developing the knowledge and skills of others will deliver better patient care. I advocate for equality and inclusiveness for all staff and patients.

    I enjoy growing rare, international tropical plants because I find it relaxing to be around nature.

  • Mark Boothroyd: elected July 2021

     

  • Elfy Chevretton: elected July 2021

    Elfy Chevretton, consultant ENT surgeonI am a consultant ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon who has worked at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust since 1993. In 1997 I developed a dedicated multidisciplinary voice service. This developed into a specialised laryngology unit supported by speech and language therapists specialising in voice, airway, cough and dysphagia. I was lead clinician of the service until 2019.

    I qualified from St George's Hospital, London in 1978 with an intercalated Honours BSc in pharmacology at King's College. I completed a Master of Surgery in 1989 as a lecturer and honorary registrar at The Royal London Hospital and as a research assistant in the department of experimental pathology at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London. I received the Zimmer Fellowship Prize in 1991 for my master of surgery research.

    I have published over 40 articles in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals, as well as a large number of abstracts, and authored 3 book chapters about ENT. I encourage junior doctors to engage in audit and research to advance the speciality.

    I am an honorary senior lecturer in the department of surgery. I take an active part in the teaching and training of undergraduate students. I was the lead in ENT education at the Trust for 23 years and a clinical advisor to the Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine. I train postgraduate doctors and I am both a clinical and educational supervisor engaging in the ISCP process. I am an MRCS examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons.  I ran a biannual national ENT clinical meeting called the 'Semon' Club for 23 years, one of the oldest and a prestigious national meeting for trainees. I am an active member of the British Laryngological Association and was one of its founding members.

  • Raksa Tupprasoot: elected July 2021

    Raksa TupprasootI joined Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2018 as a consultant anaesthetist with a specialist interest in children's anaesthesia. I work mostly at the Evelina London Children's Hospital. My area of interest is children's airway and I am currently the airway lead for the department of paediatric anaesthesia as well as lead for equipment and remote sites.

    Born and raised in London, and having worked in several inner city London hospitals during my training, I believe that I am well placed to represent the views and interests of our large diverse workforce and communities of patients and their families. I am excited at the prospect of advocating for children's services, particularly as Evelina London is expanding. The global pandemic has demonstrated the importance of staff wellbeing and I am keen to make a meaningful contribution for my colleagues as well.

  • Rishi Pabary: elected July 2021

    Rishi PabaryI joined Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust as a children's respiratory consultant in 2017. Before this, I spent 3 years at Great Ormond Street Hospital where I worked in areas including children's sleep and lung transplantation.

    I started my PhD thesis at the Trust in 2011 and I am an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London.

    Working in children's services across London in many different hospitals for almost 2 decades, has made me aware of what makes this Trust unique in what it offers to patients. I am looking forward to representing children's services on the council of governors and making sure we support the interests of young people and their families.

  • Sian Flynn: elected July 2021

    sian flynnI have worked for Royal Bromford and Harefield Hospitals since March 2006. First working in recruitment and general human resources, I moved into occupational health in May 2014.

    I am also an apprentice mindfulness-based cognitive therapy teacher and have been studying with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre for many years.

    During the pandemic my role changed and I focused on wellbeing in the occupational health service. I trained as a mental health first aider and peer facilitator as well as delivering mindful meditations. 

    I have been involved in the very successful 'track and trace' programme and the staff vaccination clinics at Harefield.

Partnership constituency

  • Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke: appointed February 2021

    sarah addenbrookeI have a background in business following a 30-year career in international trade. I was elected to The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council in 2016. From 2018 until recently I was the cabinet member for adult social care and public health leading the Council's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, working closely with the NHS and other statutory and voluntary sector providers. Before that, I chaired the Family and Children's Services Scrutiny Committee.  I have a particular interest in the transition from children's to adult services, reducing health inequalities, mental health, and the health and wellbeing of patients and staff together with a focus on providing good quality integrated healthcare.

  • Cllr Evelyn Akoto: appointed October 2020

    elena-spiteriI have been cabinet member for community safety and public health since 2018. I was first elected to Southwark Council in 2014 and served as deputy cabinet member in 2016. I lead on the Council's public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and work with statutory bodies to reduce health inequalities, including tackling obesity, providing quality drug and alcohol services and support for mental health issues. I also lead on the delivery of the Council's community safety work on tackling antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse and youth violence, including knife and gun crime.

    I established and chaired Southwark's cross-party panel on serious youth violence which investigated local concerns, the root causes of youth violence and explored solutions. As deputy cabinet member, I worked on campaigns to raise aspirations for young people and help young people with careers through providing work opportunities for students.

    I sit on the council of governors at Guy's and St Thomas' and also a sub-group co-chair of the south London COVID-19 preventing mental-ill health taskforce, led by SLAM. I have over 15 years experience working in local government and over four years in the health sector.

  • Dr John Balazs: appointed December 2015

    John BalazsI am currently one of the Vice Clinical Chairs of the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) and a GP Partner at the Binfield Road Surgery in Stockwell where I have worked since 1990.

    I have lived in Lambeth for most of my life and love its diversity and vibrancy. I currently live and work in Stockwell. During my career I have developed an interest in joint working with hospital consultant colleagues, the prevention of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease, and gut and liver disease. I have a strong background in commissioning and was Lambeth PCT PEC Chair for seven years until 2009.

    The inspiration for all of my commissioning work is the regular contact I have with patients in Lambeth. I am convinced that working across organisational and professional boundaries to design services results in real improvements to patients. My personal experience over many years has confirmed this. The Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group is working on a number of clinical pathways that will significantly improve patient care.

    My LCCG portfolio includes reviewing quality and care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and long term conditions (chronic disease).

  • Dr Robert Davidson: appointed November 2015

    Robert DavidsonI graduated from St George's Hospital Medical School in 1998. I started training as a paediatrician before switching to a career in primary care in 2004.

    I have been a GP in Southwark for 13 years. I was a partner at Albion Street Health Centre and have also worked at Surrey Docks Health Centre. I currently work at Southwark's North locality extended access primary care service.

    I am passionate about the provision of high quality integrated healthcare. My main medical interests are in the development of innovative and accessible healthcare services for children and young people.

    In addition to these roles and interests I am an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and enjoy mentoring the doctors of tomorrow.

  • Cllr John Hensley: appointed February 2021

    Cllr John HensleyI am a chartered mechanical engineer, chartered electrical engineer and a chartered metallurgist. I have been involved in engineering technology from being a student apprentice and postgraduate of Brunel University. In 2015 I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Brunel University.

    I have held many positions both in further education (FE) and higher education (HE), being a head of department of engineering then principal/head of technical training of the REME Army College. For the last 19 years I have been a councillor in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

  • Jennifer Owen: appointed September 2020

    jennifer-owenI am the Associate Director of Commercial at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I have worked at the Trust since March 2018. I have previously worked at St George's Universities NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having worked in roles covering both operational and corporate services.

    I am passionate about ensuring that patients' mental health is considered across both the acute and mental health sectors, and that there should be appropriate seamless care. 

    I have been resident of Lambeth for 15 years so have a keen interest in the health provision within the borough.

  • Professor Lucilla Poston: appointed January 2017

    Prof Lucilla PostonI am Head of the Division of Women’s Health at King's College London and hold the Tommy’s Charity Chair of Maternal and Fetal Health. 

    I direct a multidisciplinary team of health professionals based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. My own team focuses on maternal obesity and gestational diabetes and the longer term consequences for the child.

    I am an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

  • Professor Ajay Shah: appointed February 2021

    Professor Ajay ShahI am the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor of Cardiology and interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King's College London; James Black Professor of Medicine; Director of the King's BHF Centre of Research Excellence; and Hon. Consultant Cardiologist at King's College Hospital.

    I trained in medicine and cardiology at the University of Wales, undertook doctoral research training in Wales and Belgium, and was a postdoctoral scientist at the National Institutes of Health in the USA in the early 1990s. Prior to my appointment to the Chair of Cardiology at KCL in 1998, I was a Medical Research Council senior clinical fellow in Cardiff.

    My main research interests are in the pathophysiology of heart failure. My group has undertaken seminal studies on how hearts adapt to disease stresses, discovering enzymes called NADPH oxidases that have a protective role in the heart and working on nitric oxide which is a chemical signal in the body. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have led a team focusing on working out how a patient's ethnic background affects their risk of severe disease and death. I have published approximately 400 peer-reviewed papers and have a H index of 100.

    I am a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the International Society for Heart Research, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. I am associate editor of the American Journal of Physiology (heart and circulation), consulting editor for Cardiovascular Research, and on the editorial boards of Circulation and the European Heart Journal.

  • Professor Warren Turner: appointed August 2014

    Warren TurnerDean for the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

    I trained as a podiatrist, qualifying in 1989. Since then I have worked as a podiatrist in the NHS and in private practice, eventually specialising in the care of patients with diabetes and people with sports/musculoskeletal injuries of the lower limbs. I moved into academia in 1992, working at the University of Northampton School of Podiatry, becoming Head of School in 1995.

    In 1998 I took a sabbatical to work in New Zealand where I undertook work towards my PhD investigating the efficacy of lasers in treating common conditions of the feet. I have helped to establish diabetic foot specialist centres in Ukraine.

    I became Assistant Dean of the health faculty at the University of Derby in 2001 and moved to London South Bank University as Pro Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care in 2009.

    I am currently also an adviser to Boots Ltd in respect of product development for Boots’ high street foot care range and have assisted with the development of a number of new product lines. I have co-authored three podiatry text books and authored/ co-authored several journal articles and presented papers at international conferences.

  • Professor Jadwiga (Wisia) Wedzicha: appointed February 2021

    Professor Wisia Wedzicha, governor at Guy's and St ThomasI am professor of respiratory medicine, head of the respiratory division at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College and honorary consultant at Royal Brompton and Harefield. I qualified from Somerville College, Oxford University and St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College. I was elected as fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) and am a fellow both of the American Thoracic Society (ATSF) and European Respiratory Society (FERS). I received the Helmholtz International Fellow Award in 2014 and delivered the Samuel Gee lecture at the Royal College of Physicians in 2016.

    My major interest is the causes, mechanisms, impact and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations, and in the role of bacterial and viral infection in COPD exacerbations. I direct an active research group specialising in COPD exacerbations, and have published extensively on this topic.

    I previously chaired the English department of the health home oxygen clinical user group, and was a member of the guideline development group for the revision of the National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence COPD guidelines.

    I was editor-in-chief of Thorax from 2002 to 2010 and am currently editor-in-chief for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. I was the Lancet Ombudsman until 2014, publications director for the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and have also previously been ERS guidelines director.

  • Cllr Timothy Windle: appointed July 2020

    Tim WindleI am Chief Whip of Lambeth Council, representing Larkhall ward.

    I work for the BioIndustry Association, coordinating its work around Brexit and COVID-19. I have over eight years’ experience working in health policy and public affairs. Before joining the BIA I worked as a policy manager at Prostate Cancer UK leading on work around access to treatments and supporting clinicians with best practice guidance.

Associate governors

  • Helena Bridgman

    helena-bridgmanIn 2014, Helena was admitted to her local hospital with pneumonia but when she developed sepsis, the ECMO retrieval team from Royal Brompton had her transferred for more specialist care. For her, it was the coordination of care and communication from her referral through to her rehabilitation that undoubtedly saved her life. She also saw, throughout her care, the priority that was given to her family's psychological wellbeing, so that they would be better equipped in aiding her recovery.

    Helena has worked as a nurse in the NHS since 1977, and before her illness was the clinical lead for cancer services at Salisbury District Hospital. She was able to share her knowledge and experience with the ECMO team through her recovery period. This gave her the opportunity to present with Hospital to Home and establish the ECMO web-based pathway and referral system, as well as to help with evaluations of families and their wellbeing with patients suffering from acute respiratory failure. Helena is committed to using her skills and knowledge to help shape each patient's experience and longer term outcomes through strong hospital partnerships. She is also committed to maintaining staff resilience to support them to deliver responsive care to each patient's needs. 

  • Revd Patrick Davies

    revd-patrick-daviesPatrick was born with a congenital heart which needs life-long treatment and support. As a result, the work of Royal Brompton Hospital has always been close to his heart.

    Having witnessed congenital cardiology's rapid change from being a part of general cardiology to the specialism it is today, Patrick is a committed supporter of pioneering doctors, surgeons, parents and patients.

    As an advocate of effective communication to ensure patients receive excellent care, Patrick also promotes the need for more adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) nurses, and better ways for patients to leave messages and receive a response. He also believes that there should be easier ways to access psychology services.

    Patrick's ambition is to improve patient access to the support of social workers and benefit advisors because it is something they often find too complicated to deal with when they are unwell. 

  • Ryan Fletcher

    ryan-fletcherRyan has been a cardiac patient at Royal Brompton Hospital for 27 years. Having spent a large part of his life as an inpatient at the hospital, he has an intimate understanding of what matters to patients and is passionate about using his experience to ensure that they and their families receive the highest standard of care and achieve the best possible outcome. 

  • Elizabeth Henderson

    Elizabeth HendersonElizabeth has worked at Royal Brompton Hospital since 1997. She manages Friends of Royal Brompton, a charity which has supported the work of the hospital since the 1960s. Part of her role is salaried and remaining time is given on a voluntary basis.

    Through her work with the charity, Elizabeth is in regular contact with many people at the Trust – patients and their families, staff and volunteers. She engages with different departments and members of staff, understanding the work they do and how their areas function, and communication that she has with patients, their families and friends offers a balanced overview of the care the hospital delivers.

    Elizabeth is very conscious that many people are dependent on the Trust being able to continue to provide a first-rate service.

  • Rt Hon Michael Mates

    rt-hon-michael-matesMichael received care as a patient at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

    As a governor, he brings with him skills as a committee member (he chaired two select committees in the House of Commons over a period of 14 years), and his experience of working with successive governments.

    Michael has good knowledge of the Department of Health and Social Care and has a good idea of how it operates. As the former finance minister in Northern Ireland, he was responsible for a budget of around £8 billion, so understands how budgets work and how best to use scarce resources. At its February 2020 meeting, the Council of Governors elected Michael as lead governor, unopposed. 

  • Pravin Shah

    pravin-shahPravin has been a community pharmacist for over 35 years and runs his own pharmacy in High Wycombe. He has a keen interest in finance and a strong understanding of the performance and management of businesses.

    Since having a heart bypass operation at Royal Brompton Hospital five years ago, he has received annual care at Harefield Hospital. Pravin supports the care Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals offer during surgery, and after.

    His work in both healthcare and business has not gone unrecognised over the years, with Pravin winning three marketing awards for his commitment. He joined our Council of Governors in January 2019. 

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Tel: 020 7188 7346
Email: members@gstt.nhs.uk

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’.