Council of Governors members

Lead Governor

Cathy Maker

Elected Governor Richmond

Cathy is CEO of local independence charity, Ruils and has worked in the Richmond Borough for over 18 years.

Having experienced the compassionate care of Kingston hospital first hand, Cathy was motivated to become a governor to gain a better understanding of the hospital processes and to bring her experience of the voluntary sector to aid greater integration between hospital and community services.

Deputy Lead Governor

Bonnie Green

Elected Governor Richmond

Bonnie has been a Governor since 2015. Bonnie and her family have all experienced great care at Kingston Hospital ranging from having babies (two generations) to successfully being treated for cancer.

Her working and voluntary experience of the healthcare system and the local/national patient partner voice has enabled her to work with the Council of Governors to ensure that the Trust is delivering quality services to patients and that patients are involved in its quality improvement work.

Elected Public Governors

Michelle Deans


Michelle has lived in the Kingston Borough, for 20 years. Her employment and volunteering roles have been focused on working in the charity sector for causes related to health, disability or social care.

As Michelle has worked in roles supporting carers and people with health conditions, she believes passionately in the need for proactive engagement to a wide range of voices in the running of services.

Michelle has a patient first approach as a former lay advisor on medical trials and as a cancer survivor and has worked with organisations that complement the work of hospitals to provide best all round support to patients and their families.

Michelle is currently chair of the Governors’ Quality and Scrutiny Committee.

Catherine Gabela


Catherine has lived in the Kingston Borough for 15 years and was elected Governor in November 2021. She believes that great healthcare is critical to having a thriving local community and considers her role as governor critical in representing the voice of the patients and their families.

She has a business background in the health industry having worked in operations and strategy within the pharmaceutical sector. During the height of the pandemic, she was part of a team advising central NHS/Government on the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Aisling Neil-Gallacher


Aisling (Ash) is a volunteer in the Emergency Department (ED). She wanted to be a governor to look at ways of further improving the overall experience of patients and their accompanying family and friends, particularly in ED.

This position gives Ash the freedom to explore, along with the Council and various Committees, innovative ways of working and collaborating. The pandemic has taught her that when we need to move quickly and make changes, we can.

Raju Pandya


Raju is a Volunteer Hindu Chaplain at the hospital and a Minister of Religion as a Hindu Priest. He has lived in Surbiton for over 50 years and is a community representative for the Indian Elders in the Kingston Borough.

Raju’s experience and skills include strong links with the members of the ethnic minority community, specialising in equality and diversity and working for Kingston Council on the Health Overview Panel as Chairman and as an elected Councillor.

Rebecca Wilkinson


Rebecca was elected in November 2021. As a local Mum, whose children were all born at Kingston Hospital, Rebecca has fond memories of her experience at the hospital. Appreciating the first-hand care she received, she welcomes the opportunity to dedicate her time and efforts to support Kingston Hospital achieve its vision in working together to deliver exceptional, compassionate care – each and every time.

Rebecca brings her professional experience of stakeholder management, board strategy development and liaison with regulatory bodies to her role as a governor. She is also Vice-Chair Governor at a local Academy Trust School within the Kingston borough.

Catherine Okonkwo

Rest of Surrey and Greater London

Birth. Death. Critical illness. All of life’s key events, all witnessed by care staff. I myself was born at Kingston Hospital and witnessed my father pass away there. The care I’ve seen showcased by the staff at Kingston is second to none. I am able to make this assessment as I was a Care Quality Commission hospital inspector and I am acutely aware that the ‘Outstanding’ rating from the CQC that endows Kingston hospital is completely merited.

From my experiences in healthcare, to my will to assist my local community, I am proud to be a governor to offer support, guidance and be a representative for my borough.

Isabella Donnelly


Isabella is a marketing and communications specialist who has worked in the education sector for over 30 years. She is also a trustee of a local multi-academy trust that supports primary and secondary schools across southwest London.

This is Isabella’s second term as an elected governor representing the London Borough of Richmond and she has been a volunteer visitor at the hospital for nearly 5 years, working once a week in the elderly care wards of Blyth and Kennett.

Isabella feels that her governor and volunteering roles have given a real insight into the workings of the Trust, and she is a fervent advocate of Kingston Hospital as she has seen the huge difference it makes to people’s lives in our communities.

Susan Smith


Susan’s professional background is in the leadership of international aid programmes and as Chief Executive of Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau.

For five years, Susan served on the Board of Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group and is now excited to have the opportunity to bring her professional experience, knowledge of the Borough and of health systems, and her passion for joined-up health and well-being services that put the patient first, to help staff and directors make services at Kingston hospital the very best they can be.

Ghazanfar Shaikh


Ghazanfar has over 30 years’ experience in the field of medicine and psychiatry, currently serving in addictions and with a particular interest in complaints management.

Ghazanfar has previously been a senior inspector for the CQC and is affiliated to a number of charities, particularly those working with homeless people and rehabilitating offenders, as well as children’s charities.

In his role as a governor, Ghazanfar hopes to support service improvements across the hospital, drawing on his experience of service design and re-design, including pathways and policies.

Elected Staff Governors

Pravin Menezes

Medical and Dental Practitioner

Jennifer Bunn

Management and Administrative Staff

Jennifer (Jen) has worked at Kingston Hospital since 2010; predominately in admin roles such as a ward clerk, receptionist, admin manager, project manager and currently as a service support manager across physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Jen lives in Teddington and has utilised the hospital’s services for herself, as part of treatment for cervical cancer, and for both her children who were born prematurely and were residents of Kingston’s Neonatal Unit.

Jen is passionate about promoting the value of admin and non-clinical staff and saw the staff governor role as an opportunity to use her voice to champion the hospital’s support staff, whilst also gaining a greater understanding of the ‘inner workings’ of the NHS.

This is Jen’s second term as a staff governor, and she is also an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion, which she finds provides valuable opportunities to engage with a wide range of staff.

Anna Melvin

Allied Health Professionals

Anna is currently a Physiotherapy Operational Lead, looking after the inpatient physiotherapy teams at Kingston Hospital.

Anna is passionate about raising the voice of AHP staff as well as celebrating the work of AHP colleagues.

Having worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS for over 17 years, both in community, acute and rehabilitation settings, Anna has gained a wealth of knowledge about the various AHP groups and their valuable role in the future of NHS services.

Saeed Ur Rehman

Nursing and Midwifery

Saeed has a Masters in strategic management from University of Wales and has been working in the NHS since 2012.

In his professional career, Saeed has undertaken a range of managerial and leadership roles relating to his studies and looks forward to representing colleagues in his role as a staff governor and ensuring their voices are heard.

Appointed Governors

Cllr. Piers Allen

London Borough of Richmond

A local authority councillor in Richmond upon Thames since 2006, Piers is currently lead member for adult social care, health, and public health, and chairs the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board.

A strong advocate for integrating health and care, Piers views Kingston Hospital as a very important partner in the health and care system for Richmond and across South West London. Piers also has governance experience from being a primary and secondary school governor and as a trustee and Non-Executive Director of Richmond Music Trust. He is also an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Associate Member for Young People

Olivia Arney

Associate Member for Young People

Olivia is a student at a local school. She is passionate about debating, as well issues impacting young people.

Olivia was keen to become involved with Kingston Hospital because she wanted to give back to her local community, and hopes that as a young person, she can bring a different perspective to the Board of Governors.

Olivia has volunteered with the youth Healthwatch group ‘Youth Out Loud!’ and is also a member of Kingston and Richmond Youth Council. She uses her experience from these roles to analyse different issues regarding healthcare in Kingston and how they may impact young people.

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