Celebrating 700 years of loyal service

Friday 13 December 2013

Long Service Awards

The Trust’s annual Long Service Awards were held on 5 December in Shepherd Hall, St Thomas’ to celebrate more than 700 years of loyal service by staff.

The awards recognise and reward staff who have worked for Guy’s and St Thomas’ for a minimum of 20 years. Many of those recognised last week have provided 25 years of service or more.

A total of 29 staff collected awards from Trust Chairman Sir Hugh Taylor who presented them with gold and silver badges. Both clinical and non-clinical staff were recognised - from community nursing, paediatric cardiology and radiology to reception, catering and security. The following staff were all awarded for 25 years’ service at the Trust:

Catherine Appiah, a community midwife whose career has covered all aspects of midwifery, including antenatal, labour and postnatal care. Over the last decade she has worked in the community providing care for women at two GP practices, where she cares for women in the hospital and at planned homebirths. In 2010 she was voted The British Journal of Midwifery's Community Midwife of the Year.

David Buckland, a dental equipment maintenance manager, joined Guy's Hospital in 1988 as a student medical technical officer. He manages the dental equipment, including the fleet of 264 dental chairs. Dave represented the dental directorate on the Y2K project from 1997-2000 and spent the millennium at Guy's to ensure that there were no technical glitches.  

Samantha Sands, a security department administrator, began her working career at the Trust as a clerical assistant in general and vascular surgery at Guy’s. For the last eight years she has been the backbone of the security department. She is responsible for all its administration, including car parking, lost property and the risk register. 

Lisa Silas, a matron in the living donor team, started her career as a student nurse on the old Astley Cooper Ward at Guy’s Hospital. She is a great patient advocate and strives to ensure that the care they receive from the whole team is of the highest standard. Her work on renal anaemia gained her both a national and international profile. 

Sir Hugh Taylor, Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am incredibly proud that we have so many loyal and long-serving staff. The Long Service Awards are our chance to recognise the hard work and dedication of the people who have shown outstanding commitment to helping our patients in a wide variety of roles – without them our hospitals and community services simply would not function.”

The full list of staff receiving a Long Service Award is as follows:


Catherine Appiah

Community midwife

25 years

Kaye Barclay

Project manager

25 years

Yvonne Bonnici

Cardiac outpatient receptionist

26 years

David Buckland

Dental equipment maintenance manager

25 years

Heather Campbell

Clinical lead and head of community neuro-rehabilitation pathway

25 years

Collette Campbell

Site nurse practitioner

25 years

Janet Carroll

Deputy ward sister

26 years

Sarah Dalton

Medial secretary paediatric cardiology

25 years

Helen Dickie

Renal specialist nurse

25 years

Barbara Dryden

Assistant services manager

25 years

Mary Fairclough-Ashley

Rehabilitation support worker

26 years

Tony Greener

Head of radiotherapy physics

25 years

Sally Griffiths

Service manager – day surgery pre-assessment and surgical admissions

25 years

Lucy Guy

Senior medical secretary

25 years

Dr Victoria Harding

Clinical specialist and research physiotherapist

25 years

Irene Hughes

Clinical administrator

26 years

Shirley Johnson

Catering assistant

25 years

Patricia Kenney

Paediatric cardiology outreach sister

27 years

Anita Macro

Deputy head of nursing, district nursing

27 years

Haroon Malik

IT training administrator

25 years

Susan Mendez

Cardiology outpatient receptionist

25 years

Debra Mundle

Matron, Dialysis Unit

25 years

Millie Quayson

Health visitor specialist practice team

25 years

Janet Ridley

Sister, outpatients department

25 years

Gary Ringshall

Shift engineer

25 years

Samantha Sands

Security administrator

25 years

Lisa Silas

Matron living donor team

25 years

Claire Twist

Senior staff nurse

25 years

Dr Mark Wilkinson

Consultant gastroenterologist

27 years


Last updated: March 2022

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