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.

Meet three of our governors in this film.

Please find below brief biographies of each of our governors. You can also download our who's who in the Council of Governors (PDF 237Kb).

To contact any of the governors, please email

Patient constituency

  • Devon Allison: re-elected July 2016

    Devon Allison

    I 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.
  • Anita Campolini: re-elected June 2015

    Anita CampoliniBefore I had my children I worked in the family business and then spent 30 years in local government in education and democratic services. I am now a part-time trainer and help look after my grandchildren. In 2011 I had a spinal operation at Guy’s and became a governor a year later.  

  • John Duncan: elected June 2015

    John Duncan - patient constituencyFormerly an economics research fellow, I have held senior positions in city trading institutions and software firms and has also served as a non-executive director. I am currently involved in my own software start-up and advisory consultancy.

    I have benefited as a patient of the Trust and would like to see it continue to deliver excellent patient care. 

  • Jonathan Farley: elected June 2015

    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. 

  • Darren Oldfield: elected June 2015

    Darren OldfieldI have been attending the Trust for over 30 years and attend the genetics clinic and dermatology department. I have taken part in some of the research trials that have been developed over the years and I am keen to take part in new trials that are taking place at the Trust in gene therapy.

    I work as a CNC Precision engineer, making high end precision components for the medical industry, medical science, aerospace and deep sea exploration, working with the same company for over 30 years.

    I am married and have five children. I have benefitted from the Trust immensely over the years and will be forever grateful for the hard work of all the staff. I am looking forward to serving as a patient governor and being involved with the Trust and its members.

  • Giuseppe Sollazzo: elected October 2017

    Giuseppe Sollazzo

    I 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.

  • Giles Taylor: elected June 2015

    Giles TaylorI work in the Lloyd’s insurance market specialising in international regulatory matters and advice on trading worldwide.  I am married with three children and have lived in Pimlico for 20 years. I have been a patient of Guy’s and St Thomas’ throughout that time. 

Public constituency

  • Prof Kevin Burnand: re-elected June 2015

    Kevin BurnandI was born and grew up in south London and went as a medical student to St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1962.

    I held a number of junior posts at St Thomas' where I carried out research for my thesis before being appointed consultant to the academic department of surgery in 1982.

    I became professor of surgery and chairman of surgery and anaesthesia at Guy's, King's and St Thomas’ Medical School in 1992 and retired in 2009.

    I am a non executive director of a medical equipment company and still take an active interest in 'wound healing' research.

    Both my children were born at St Thomas’ where my wife is 'The matron in charge of theatres'. We have lived less than one mile from the hospital for the last 12 years.

    I am a trustee of the 'old operating theatre' and chairman elect of 'the Veterans' .I am also chairman of our local neighbourhood committee.

    I would like to continue to contribute to the Trust with which I have such a close attachment and which I now depend upon for any future care.

  • Yvonne Craig Inskip: re-elected June 2015

    Yvonne CraigSocial anthropologist and author. Lived in north Lambeth since 1985. My campaigning days included fighting for the right of parents to visit their children in hospital; legislation to stop the sale of unsafe toys which injured children; and Every Child a Wanted Child – in other words the provision of free contraceptive advice as and when and where it was needed. We thought this would mean no more abortions or child poverty…

    When I retired I was deputy general secretary to the Church of England Board of Education, and adult education and lay development adviser. Over the years I’ve been a magistrate, a city and county councillor, a TV presenter, a school governor, a student counsellor, journalist, a college lecturer and tutor, an obituary editor, speaker at international conferences, an exhibition curator, president of Newnham College Cambridge Alumnae - and I’m still a wife, mother and grandmother.

  • Kate Griffiths-Lambeth: elected June 2015   

    Kate Griffiths LambethI was born in Lambeth and now live in Stockwell with my husband and two sons.

    A lawyer by initial training, many of my family have medical backgrounds, with firm connections to both Guy’s and St Thomas’, so I have felt an affinity to both since childhood.

    I've experienced the hospitals as a patient and when escorting family members and friends. Hence I have a personal appreciation for what the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust does for us and the wider community.

    I've always been concerned about people and their care. I appreciate and value the diversity we have within Lambeth. I have been an elected member of my local residents’ association for many years and work to enhance services and our surroundings.

    I work in London as an Executive Director and Global Head of Human Resources for Stonehage, the leading multi family office. I am also involved with a number of charities. I am an urban bee keeper and care deeply about the environment in which we live and the legacy we are creating for future generations.

  • Tom Hoffman: re-elected June 2015

    Tom HoffmanI am an international banker, City of London Common Councilman and Member of the City’s finance, investment, and planning committees, chairman of Gresham Committee and a Member of Gresham College Council, a Governor of the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London, and the City of London School for Girls.

    I am also a Trustee of the City of London Festival, and the Stour Music Festival in Kent, and the Corporation of the Sons & Friends of the Clergy.

    Until recently, I was also Chairman of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a Member of Governing Boards of the University of Exeter, Birkbeck University of London, Christ’s Hospital Foundation, and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and was Deputy Governor of The Honourable The Irish Society.

  • James Palmer: elected July 2016

    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.

  • Prof 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.

  • Jenny Stiles: re-elected July 2016

    Jenny Stiles

    I 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.

Staff constituency 

  • Prof John Chambers: elected June 2015

    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.

  • Noreen Ging: elected February 2017

    Noreen Ging

    This is my 2nd term of office as staff Governor. I would like to continue to contribute to the trust and support all disciplines of staff having worked in the Trust for a number of years.

    I have clinical expertise obtained from both paediatric and adult field of nursing spanning over two-decades within the NHS. I am a sister in the intensive care units working across site at Guys & St Thomas’ where my primary interest is delivering /maintaining and improving the quality of care and patient experience. I also spend a large part of my time as a recruitment lead within Critical care services.

    I remain passionate about contributing positively on the Council of Governors continuing to use my knowledge and experience of both front line care and staff management to benefit the whole hospital community and to champion best practice.

  • Tony Hulse: elected June 2015

    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 Bangura

    I 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 

  • 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 primary care in 2004.

    I have been a GP in Southwark for 11 years. I am a partner at Albion Street Health Centre and have also worked at Surrey Docks Health Centre.

    I am passionate about the provision of high quality, joined up 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.

  • Prof 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.

  • Mohammed Seedat: appointed May 2016

    Cllr Mohammed Seedat Biography to follow.

  • 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.

  • Prof 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.

  • Bill Williams: appointed June 2016

    Bill WilliamsI am a Labour councillor for Rotherhithe Ward in the London Borough of Southwark. I am the current chair of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council, assistant whip for the Labour group and a member of the health scrutiny committee as well as a member of the six-borough joint health scrutiny committee.

    I have worked in the voluntary sector for most of my adult life and currently I am the employment, training and education services manager for a central London homeless organisation.

    I have extensive experience in both operational and strategic management and have brought together agencies from across the private, public and voluntary sectors to form regional, national and international partnerships to help solve the issues of homelessness. I am also a school governor.

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."