Council of Governors members


Lead Governor

Frances Kitson

Elected Governor Kingston

Frances is a government lawyer and has been active for many years in the community as a hospital governor and trustee of two local charities.

Frances decided to be a governor so she could contribute to the healthcare of her local community, utilising her experience as a public sector lawyer and understanding the need for good governance. She also participates in our PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog scheme, helping with her canine companion Max to bring joy to our patients and staff on the wards.

Deputy 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.

Elected Public Governors

CJ Kim

Elmbridge

CJ volunteered at Kingston Hospital for many years before standing as Governor. He enjoys helping in the community, history and culture.

CJ wanted to be more involved in Kingston Hospital after being a volunteer, so took the decision to stand as a Governor. As a volunteer, former patient, and a former educator, he found that he could use the different skills and knowledge he has developed in his previous roles to help in his role as Governor. CJ has also helped to raise funds for the hospital charity.

Jack Saltman

Elmbridge

Jack was previously a print, then a TV journalist, and a director, producer, then programme editor for both the BBC and Thames Television.

Since retiring, Jack has worked on many medical committees and helped to start a Friends Association at his local practice. Jack brings detailed knowledge of the media, close contacts with patients, and experience of dealing with the public, to the role of governor.

Geoffrey Shorter

Merton

Geoff is an elected representative for Merton and has lived in Raynes Park for 30 years.

He has a keen interest in mental health issues and chairs a charity, Being Alongside, in Merton. Geoff brings his experience from both the non-profit and private sector to his role with the Council of Governors, championing mental health issues and helping the council achieve its common goals.

Anne Blanche

Kingston

Anne has had 49 years of NHS experience at all levels (including District HR director and Patient Services Director), has been an unpaid carer from 1953 and is a Volunteer Ambassador for Carers UK.

Anne has interests in equality, diversity, communication. Presently working on Partnerships and brings a vast knowledge, experience and understanding of the NHS and the care sector to her role. She also has a wealth of experience working with non-profit healthcare organisations.

James Giles

Kingston

Michelle Deans

Kingston

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.

Richard Allen

Kingston

Richard became a Governor of KHFT having been born at the Hospital and subsequently having his life saved by the actions of a junior doctor at Kingston Hospital.

Richard has experience of the private, public and charitable sectors and is currently Chairman of the national charity RALPHH, which has the key aim of preventing heart and circulatory damage. He is keenly interested in Kingston-areal health issues and first became a Governor in 2012, subsequently being elected on three occasions as Lead Governor of the Trust.

Aisling (Ash) Neil-Gallagher

Kingston

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

Kingston

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.

Catherine Okonkwo

Rest of Surrey and Greater London

Bonnie Green

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.

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

Isabella Donnelly

Richmond

Over the last two years, Isabella has been volunteering with various local and national charities, including being a volunteer visitor in Blyth Ward at Kingston Hospital. She has also been appointed as a Trustee to a Multi-Academy Trust that currently runs three secondary schools in Kingston and Richmond.

Isabella is passionate about Kingston Hospital and about effecting change and ensuring positive outcomes. She brings a broad range of experience to the role of governor. Isabella is a Trustee for a national deaf charity and a Non-Executive Director of an international recruitment agency. She is passionate about giving back and making a difference through action and words.

Susan Smith

Richmond

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.

Felicity Merz

Wandsworth

Elected Staff Governors

Pravin Menezes

Medical and Dental Practitioner

Jennifer Bunn

Management and Administrative Staff

Jennifer (Jen) has worked at the Trust since 2009; working as a Ward Clerk, a Physiotherapy Assistant and Receptionist and now managing the admin team in Physiotherapy Outpatients.

Jen felt becoming a staff governor was a great opportunity to boost the profile of our hardworking admin, management and non-clinical support staff and is keen to provide a voice for these staff groups.

Jen has a passion for providing a positive experience for our patients, as well as a drive for supporting our staff, especially post-Covid, by improving staff health and well-being services.

Diane Taboada

Nursing and Midwifery

Diane trained as a nurse in the Philippines and came over to United Kingdom in January 2000. She has worked at Kingston Hospital for 21 years, 15 years in the Cardiology ward of the Trust and 6 years as Matron for Cardiology, Respiratory, and Gastroenterology service lines.

Diane decided to be a staff governor for the Nursing and Midwifery staffing group to bring the perspective of a trained nurse from a BAME background.

The skills and experience Diane has gained as a nurse, a manager, and a matron allows her to view strategies and plans from a patient care and safety perspective. She is also passionate about Staff Health and Well-being.

Alison Dicks

Allied Health Professionals

Alison has worked at the trust for the past twelve and a half years as an Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner, and more recently has taken up the role of Outpatient Physiotherapy Team Lead.

Alison represents allied health professionals and clinical support staff and is passionate about promoting the contribution this group make to the delivery of healthcare.

As a member of staff, working in both clinical and management roles, Alison has first-hand experience of frontline patient care, and a basic understanding of the challenges faced in trying to meet our local population’s health care needs.

Alison’s experience of working through the pandemic has provided her greater insight into being mindful of staff’s health and well-being, and the negative impact of the health inequalities faced by many local people.

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.

Cllr. Rowena Bass

Royal Borough of Kingston

Cllr. Margaret Thompson

Royal Borough of Kingston

Margaret was a senior paediatric nurse before becoming a local councillor and was appointed to sit on the Governing Body ten years ago. Her nursing background and councillor role combine to enable her to offer a range of perspectives to the Governing Body.

Cllr. Drew Heffernan

London Borough of Sutton for Sutton and Merton Borough Councils

Dr. Julia Gale

Kingston University

Julia is the Head of School of Nursing at Kingston University. She provides strategic leadership for nurse education at executive level.

Representing Kingston University, Julia brings experience of healthcare education, strategic planning at executive level and leadership of higher education as a Head of School.

Cllr. George Crivelli

Wandsworth Borough Council

George has been a borough councillor in Wandsworth since 2014. He is currently the chairman of the Education and Children’s Services overview and scrutiny committee and works as a lawyer specialising in criminal law.

George became a governor as his experience in local government consolidated his views on how important the relationship is between local authorities, the NHS and the need for collaborative working across organisations. This has been emphasised during the COVID-19 pandemic.

George is currently a governor of Greenmead school in Wandsworth, a maintained special day school which educates children with profound learning & physical disabilities as well as complex health needs.

Dr. Naz Jivani

SW London CCG

Naz has been a local GP for the past 25 years, and the Chair of Kingston CCG since its inception in 2012. He has a specialist interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine and holds several positions at a South West London Level.

He was appointed to the Council of Governors as the Chair of Kingston CCG and is proud of the way the Trust has become an FT and grown in standing over the years.

His commissioning experience on the Council of Governors has provided him an insight into the Local, Regional and National direction of travel for the NHS.

Associate Member for Young People

Olivia Arney

Associate Member for Young People

Olivia is 16 years old and 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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