Meet the governors

Our governors

Our governors and members help to make us a successful NHS foundation trust by making sure we meet the needs and expectations of our patients.

Please find below brief biographies of each of our governors.

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

Patient constituency

  • Devon Allison: re-elected July 2016

    Devon AllisonI have a master’s degree in finance, and have worked in the communications industry. My volunteer work has been mainly with children, as a reading tutor and a school governor in Lambeth primary schools.

    I'm interested in how children’s experience of hospital can be made as happy as possible.

    Having benefited from excellent care, I hope to contribute to efforts to improve patient experience at the great hospitals that serve me, my family, and my neighbours.

  • Heather Byron: elected July 2016

    Heather ByronWith 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.
  • Jonathan Farley: re-elected July 2018

    Jonathan FarleyI worked in the field of higher naval education for thirty years mainly teaching contemporary history and international affairs to successive courses of serving naval officers. I am also a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

    I have been a patient of the Trust for the past seven years and always been well served and well considered. In becoming a governor, I want to contribute something back in appreciation of what I have received. 

  • William Moses: elected July 2018

    William MosesI am an experienced business manager with proven, successful operational and commercial experience and also chairman of a large counselling charity and two chambers of commerce. I was awarded a Member of the British Empire medal by Her Majesty the Queen in 2008 for services to shipping business and charitable work and gained an MA and PhD from the University of Greenwich in 2001 and 2011 respectively.

  • Placida Uzoamaka Ojinnaka: elected July 2018

    Placida OjinnakaI am dual qualified as both a social worker (adult mental health & 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.

  • Giuseppe Sollazzo: elected October 2017

    Giuseppe SollazzoI am a technologist and civic activist. I lead an IT and research systems team at St George’s Hospital Medical School.

    Having started my career in software innovation in clinical labs, I advised the Cabinet Office on Open Data and was a member of the Health and Social Care Transparency Panel at the Department of Health.

    I am the author of a widely circulated report on Open Data in the Health Sector commissioned by NHS England, and co-founded UK Health Camp, an event bringing together clinicians and digital experts to discuss innovation in healthcare.

  • Mary Stirling: elected July 2018

    I 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. 

  • Yu Tan: elected July 2018

    Yu Simon TanHaving worked in health research in the public sector and managed projects at the NHS National Institute for Health Research, I have good understanding of the well-being of patients and I care deeply about patients.

    I chair 3 voluntary organisations that serves the local communities, providing support to a large group of patients and helping them with various complex difficulties, including advocacy and representation. I am here to support the patients with my professional experiences from the health sector, which span two decades.

Public constituency

  • Marcia Da Costa: elected July 2018

    My 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 centered services are at the forefront of the planning and implementation of policies, procedures and service delivery. 

  • Annabel Fiddian-Green: elected July 2018

    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.

  • Margaret McEvoy: elected July 2018

    Photograph and biography to follow.

  • James Palmer: re-elected July 2018

    James PalmerI currently live in Lewisham, having lived in Southwark and Lambeth for the past nine years since moving from Somerset for university. I studied Biomedical Science at King's College London and have been close to the Trust throughout, first in an academic capacity. More recently, I have been a patient at Guy's Hospital and continue to use the Trust's excellent community services.

     I work for Network Rail as a Project Manager, having enjoyed five years in the industry to date. I act as a diversity and inclusion advocate within the company and have a notable interest in technology. With my enthusiasm for the Trust, I hope to support it and its members by contributing a younger/LGBT voice to the council and providing effective scrutiny of the board.

  • Professor John Porter: re-elected July 2016

    John PorterI live with my wife near the Oval in south London and our three children and seven grandchildren also live locally. By profession I am a chartered engineer, working in government and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University.

    Since retiring I have been chair of governors of a new university as well as chairman of a successful health and safety company.

    I hope to support Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in its development whilst being a voice for the local community, in particular, the older section of the population.

  • Samantha Quaye: elected July 2018

    Photograph and biography to follow.

  • Jenny Stiles: re-elected July 2016

    Jenny StilesI have lived in Waterloo since 1981 and have been involved in community initiatives there since 1971. I have postgraduate qualifications in social policy development, social work and social administration. 

    My professional background is in social work, community work, and training and management, mainly in the voluntary sector. This included being Chief Executive of Southwark's Council of Voluntary Service, development of a national charity for the welfare of older people in homes and managing the policy officers at Help the Aged. I have been on many national policy bodies, particularly in later years, on the health and well-being of older people. Since retirement, I have continued to be involved with Waterloo Action Centre, Blackfriars Settlement and other community projects in Lambeth and Southwark. I am keen to promote much fuller integration of community organisations, voluntary organisations and statutory provision.

  • Peter Yeh: elected July 2018

    I live in Southwark with my wife and two young children. Having graduated from Cambridge medical school and having worked in the NHS since then all my life, first as a junior doctor and now as a NHS consultant obstetrician in another NHS trust. Currently I am also Secretary of the British Intrapartum Care Society, which aims to promote excellent in intrapartum care.

    My interests are in patient care and experience, maternity, medical information digital technology and governance within NHS organisations.

    My duty as a public governor is to represent the interests of the public and would welcome your views.

Staff constituency 

  • Dr Tahzeeb Bhagat: elected July 2018

    Tahzeeb BhagatI have been a consultant anaesthetist since 2008 with special interest in paediatric anaesthesia. In my Educational supervisor role I support trainees to enhance their skills in the ever-changing NHS environment as I encourage learning through simulation and multidisciplinary teamwork. I hope to support key front line staff working together to provide better patient experience. 

  • Professor John Chambers: re-elected July 2018

    John Chambers - stakeholder constituency

    I am a consultant cardiologist and professor of clinical cardiology at Guy's and St Thomas' and was appointed in 1991. I have a particular experience of multidisciplinary pilot projects bridging the artificial divide between community and hospital. I am involved in national and international committees to set standards in echocardiography and valve disease.

  • Tony Hulse: re-elected July 2018

    Tony Hulse - staff constituencyI have been a children's consultant (paediatrician) since 1988, moving to the Evelina London in 2007 to develop children’s diabetes and endocrine services. I live in Lambeth and have been a patient too.

    I am keen to promote the further development of children’s services, the integration of hospital and community services but also to provide additional communication channels for staff in a large organisation.

  • Anita Macro: elected September 2017

    Thelma BanguraI am a longstanding district nurse having worked in Lambeth and Southwark in various posts in and around community nursing for 28 years. I am currently a deputy head of nursing and lead for our district nursing service in Guy's and St Thomas'.

    I have significant experience in staff management, leadership and in implementing change, having seen a significant amount of change across health and social care over the years. I have a keen interest in staff welfare and getting a good working experience for staff working in community services. Where staff are happy and fulfilled in their roles it follows that patients are happy with their care and standards are high. I enjoy working in a role where I can make a positive difference to patients’ lives.

    In my spare time I grow my own food and flowers, am treasurer to two allotment organisations, run an allotment site with four other people and actively promote allotment and leisure gardening in the borough of Croydon.

  • Vicky Rogers: elected July 2016

    Vicky RogersBiography to follow. 

  • Bryn Williams: re-elected July 2016

    Bryn WilliamsEducated at City of London School for Boys, I achieved a first in Philosophy at Cardiff University before returning to London to continue my studies for an M.Phil and PhD at King’s College London.

    In the late 1990s, while working as an editor for Philosophy Now magazine, I began organising philosophy debates in central London pubs and cafés and campaigned actively for the recognition of philosophical discussion as a social activity and not just an academic discipline.

    I joined Guy's and St Thomas' Trust in 2005, providing surveillance support for the infection control team, and helping to develop systems and tools to support the collection and analysis of clinical data.

    More recently, I have been part of the Trust’s health informatics department, and am particularly interested in the role social media can play in developing and enhancing communications between staff, patients and the wider community. You can follow me on twitter or read my blog.

Stakeholder constituency 

  • Cllr Jacqui Dyer: appointed June 2018

    Photograph and biography to follow.

  • Cllr Alice Macdonald: appointed July 2018

    Photograph and biography to follow.

  • 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.

  • Dr Jane Fryer: appointed October 2015

    Jane FryerI am NHS England’s medical director for south London.

  • Dr Matthew Patrick: appointed November 2013

    matthew patrickI am Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and joined the Trust in October 2013.

    I trained as an adult psychiatrist at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals and for many years combined clinical work and developmental research. Over the past four years I have contributed to national mental health policy and strategy, including the development of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme; the development of the New Horizons mental health policy; and the government's Mental Health Strategy, No Health Without Mental Health.

    More recently, I have worked on the development of e-mental health and been actively involved in the development of mental health within Academic Health Science Centres.

  • 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.

  • Sue Slipman: appointed December 2015

    Sue SlipmanI was the founding Chief Executive of the Foundation Trust Network, the national trades associations for authorised and aspirant foundation trusts in the NHS. I was also Director of the campaigning charity The National Council for One Parent Families, and ran the Gas Consumers Council.

    I was an Executive Director at Camelot where I held the role of Director of Corporate Responsibility before becoming Director of Communications.

    I have been Chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service, have held a number of non-executive positions in public life and am currently a trustee of NEST Corporation, the pension scheme set up by government to support auto-enrolment.

  • Professor Warren Turner: appointed August 2014

    Warren Turner

    Dean 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.

Governor quote

"We supported the decision to make community health services in Lambeth and Southwark part of the Trust as this will help us to break down the barriers between hospital and community services."