Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
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Trust members - Meet the council of governors

Since January 2008, the shadow council of governors have been meeting monthly as part of their orientation to the hospital and its services. A wide variety of topics have already been discussed in order to begin to develop a shared perspective among members of the council of governors as to how we can work together to best effect. Feedback from members' of the council is clear- they want to make a difference and "hope that the council becomes a vital and useful part of the new foundation trust."

Our council of governors comprises 25 members:


Dominic Dodd

Dominic Dodd is the chair of both the council of governors and the trust board of directors Profile >>
The council of governors with chairman Dominic Dodd and chief executive David Sloman
The council of governors with chairman Dominic Dodd and chief executive David Sloman

Elected members

In addition, there are 6 appointed members from GP consortia, local councils and universities.

Elected members: patient constituency

Peter Atkin Peter Atkin (lead governor)
I was elected a Shadow Governor of RFH in 2008, and have regularly participated in council meetings, working parties and events, working with colleagues to progress to Foundation Trust status. I am a solicitor specialising in international commercial matters, and am familiar with and experienced in dealing with complex and detailed issues, and particularly enjoy dealing with people and assisting them in these areas. The ability to assimilate, understand and explain complicated concepts had enabled me, to use this expertise for the benefit of the Governors, to help achieve our aims. As a Patient Governor familiar with the Hospital and its workings, I will represent the Patient constituency, and will contribute to the council's role alongside the board of directors to critically review, influence and shape RFH's strategic direction, as well as the services it provides. I look forward to serving you all in that role.
Gerry Bacon Gerry Bacon
I would like to thank the patient trust members who voted for me in the recent elections. I consider it an honour to serve this Foundation Trust and to represent you on the council of governors.
Legislation provides governors with statutory responsibilities to help deliver key objectives. Therefore, I intend to use my experience gained in industry and my strength and vigour, to ensure these statutory responsibilities are fulfilled.
As a council of governors we will challenge the board of directors collectively and hold them accountable for the trust performance and particularly in relation to the trusts strategic direction.
These are exciting times with many changes ahead all designed to improve the patients' experience. I look forward to the challenges the Council of Governors and the Board of Directors of the trust face, working together with staff and patients to further improve this remarkable hospital.
Valerie Bynner Valerie Bynner
My professional background is in book publishing and public relations. While raising children I was a governor of two primary and then a local secondary school; sat on the management committee of KIDS in Pond Street; ran the child client group of the Community Health Council and was a member of the ILEA special needs forum. Currently I attend the patient participation group at Kentish Town Health Centre.
As governors we are responsible for feeding back information to patients and the public about the hospital's vision and performance. I shall be looking at how best to do this and how best to listen to people's views and experience.
Judy Dewinter Judy Dewinter
Since 2006 I have been Chairman of the national bone marrow cancer charity Myeloma UK. Myeloma UK campaigns tirelessly on behalf of patients for the very best standards of treatment and care and works hard to ensure patients can access novel treatments through advocating solution-oriented approaches to the way drugs are made available on the NHS.
Prior to this, I was Managing Director of the stockbroking firm Instinet, where I ran their European Equity business, having worked my way up from a junior trader.
In 2003 I was diagnosed with myeloma and had a bone marrow transplant at the Royal Free, and then a second transplant in July 2011.
As a patient governor I can assure you that I am totally dedicated to using my skills and personal experience to help improve the treatment and care of patients.
David Myers David Myers
I have been Chairman and Treasurer of the RFHKPA (Royal Free Hospital Kidney Patients Association), a registered charity, for over four years. My work with the KPA has played a positive role in spreading information, education and social responsibility for kidney patients. I was a dialysis patient for over eight years and received a kidney transplant 12 years ago. I have experienced many aspects of hospital treatment and services and I am a big fan!
I want to ensure that patients receive the high quality of treatment and service that a hospital promoting World Class Care should provide. My endeavour is to make patients feel totally secure and confident in the way in which they are treated at the Royal Free. I set out to use the experience of how I have helped communications improve between consultants and kidney patients, to have the same impact throughout the hospital. I continue to play a role in trying to improve patient transport services.
Sara Shaw Sara Shaw
The patient is the most important person in the hospital.
I am seeking your vote to become a patient governor on the council of governors, because I want to help make a difference for patients, particularly in infection control and use of patient feedback in service developments.
I have a good understanding of the NHS, having worked as a registered nurse for over twenty years, as a manager for the last ten years and as a patient of my local hospital, The Royal Free.
As a patient on the council of governors my priority would be to ensure that the patients' best interests are understood and acted upon.
Peter Woodford Peter Woodford
BA chemistry, Balliol College Oxford 1952; PhD University of Leeds 1955; Honorary DSc University of Salford 1993; FRCPath, FRSC, FIPEM, FACB, FSA. Research sCientist, heart disease 1958-1971, thereafter scientific administrator: editor-in-chief of three international scientific journals, member of staff of Ciba Foundation and Wellcome Trust 1971-1974, director of research institute in handicapping disorders 1974-1977; in charge of clinical chemistry at DoH 1977-1983; managed the founding and construction of school of prosthetics and orthotics at University of Salford while Chief Scientific Officer at DoH dealing with all applications of science in medicine 1984-1993. Patient at Royal Free since 1975, honorary senior lecturer in Department of Clinical Chemistry there since 1993. Hampstead resident since 1972 and Camden historian since 1994. Keen amateur pianist. As elected governor, Royal Free 2008-present, I successfully pressed for upgrading of phlebotomy services and patients' feedback system and worked tirelessly at improving the patient experience generally.

Elected members: public constituency

Barbara Alden Barbara Alden
Having lived in Hampstead for 40 years, I have seen vast changes in the Royal Free from the old Hampstead General Hospital to the present high-facility building, and feel very privileged to have a major London teaching hospital within walking distance.
In addition to concerns for provision of first-class medical care, I am particularly interested in preventive medicine and would like to see the Royal Free becoming more pro-active in this direction.
I hope the hospital will continue to provide its complementary therapies, which can enhance patients' sense of well-being and assist their recovery from illness.
However, well-being depends on dignity, respect and courtesy being shown to everyone by everyone. I would like to see more consistency in this area, notably in Outpatient clinics and especially in the care of elderly and vulnerable patients, where it is all too easy to see just the condition and not the person.
Arthur Brill Arthur Brill
Arthur initially became involved with the Royal Free Hospital as a steering group member of the Panel of Users in 1999. Subsequently his connection has continued through the Chairmanship of the Patients Involvement Forum and then as Chair of the Local Involvement Network (LINK-Camden). In 2013 the LINK will change to Healthwatch, having a wider role including Social Services.
During the last three years his interests have been concentrated on Phlebotomy, Stroke and Diabetes, as well as acting as liaison with the North Central Sector and the hospital through the Director of Nursing.
His other involvement with the Health Service is as a Patient representative on Diabetes Retinal Screening, The Diabetes Pathway and The London Ambulance Service.
Arthur believes that his priority should be helping to improve the Patient Experience and the care of the elderly, but he is open to offers.
Dr Stephen Cameron Dr Stephen Cameron
I am a local resident and recently became a member of the Royal Free Trust. I have lived in the Royal Free catchment area for over 35 years. My family and I have been treated at the hospital on numerous occasions. I have a doctorate in biomedical sciences and significant experience in the treatment of viral diseases and a personal interest in all aspects of medicine. I have built from scratch the largest privately-owned medical communications group in the world and can bring the skills I have developed in building and running a medium-sized international company to the benefit of the Royal Free: I currently work a four-day week and have fiexibility of working hours which would enable me to devote a proportion of my time to role of governor, should I be elected.
Linda Davies Linda Davies
I am a trained journalist who worked for magazines and as a press officer. I also worked in a senior position in a homelessness charity and am now a partner in a media consultancy. I believe passionately in improving the quality of local services. As chair of Governors of a local school I have initiated change, leading a team of governors as critical friends of the school. I have lived in this area all my life and I identify strongly with the needs of local people who appreciate the benefits of having a world-class hospital on their doorstep.
Dr Anthony Isaacs Dr Anthony Isaacs
My aim is for the Royal Free to achieve excellence in providing high quality care to the local population, regional and national specialist services as well as in teaching and research, as part of an integrated NHS. I have lived in Barnet and Camden for the past 40 years, was on the Governing Body of Hendon School for 23 years and Chair from 2002 to 2010. I am a retired physician with experience of working in hospitals, at the Department of Health, for Barnet Health Authority and for the General Medical Council. I have been a patient at the Royal Free, as have family members, including my parents in their 90s. I am concerned that the Government's proposed health reforms will result in privatisation and fragmentation and will endeavour to ensure that the NHS remains an equitable and publicly accountable service, free to all at the point of use.
Richard Lindley Richard Lindley
Richard Lindley is a former television journalist who worked both for ITN, the ITV news service, and at Panorama, for the BBC, where he made a good many programs about different aspects of the NHS. Richard has lived in the area since he came to work in London in 1960 and the Royal Free has always been his local hospital. Richard has been a shadow governor for the last four years and was chosen by his colleagues as lead governor. If for some reason it is not appropriate for the chairman of the Council to carry out his usual role then the lead governor becomes the contact point for the external regulator Monitor. Richard has another voluntary job as chairman of a local housing charity for older people, the St Pancras Almshouses.

Elected members: staff constituency

Dr Alex Clarke Dr Alex Clarke
I am lead clinician for psychology and am standing as a governor because I believe the Royal Free Hospital has the potential to be a first class hospital and centre of excellence. However, in order to deliver high quality research and above all, an excellent patient experience and outcome, this organisation has to invest in its staff.
Psychology is about understanding problems and generating solutions which last. My experience in working with patients to help them manage long term conditions makes me aware of how important it is for us all to manage our lives, whether that relates to symptoms as patients or work demands as staff.
Foundation Trust status gives us more control. I am keen to be part of a significant change and to put staff training and welfare at the heart of plans to be a world class provider of services for our patients.
Jude Bayly Jude Bayly
I have worked at the Royal Free Hospital for 23 years. I am a qualified nurse and midwife and have worked in various midwifery roles at the hospital. I have been in my current role as named midwife for child protection and vulnerable families since 2009. I have a wealth of experience within the trust, progressing from junior staff member to matron.

I am absolutely committed to the organisation's vision of World Class Care, which will help to continue and develop the excellent care for our patients and help improve staff satisfaction and motivation. I hope that my long standing commitment to the Royal Free will enable me to take part and influence the design and development of services.

Nursing and midwifery constitutes one of the largest workforces in the trust and I am honoured and delighted to represent my colleagues in the role as governor.

Dr Michael Jacobs Dr Michael Jacobs
I was first appointed as consultant physician in infectious diseases at the Royal Free in 2000. I am absolutely committed to the organization's vision - to deliver world class care and expertise. I believe that a vibrant, muscular and accountable Board of Governors can give significant support to the Board of Directors in achieving this vision. While I am not a member of the Royal Free 'establishment', my work has given me a considerable understanding of how the organization functions. I am confident, therefore, that I can make an independent-minded and challenging contribution as a governor. I would seek to represent staff strongly through the governing board to ensure that the Directors make the Royal Free an outstanding place to work, in which all members of staff are enabled to deliver an excellent patient experience and the best possible outcomes.
Dr Sheldon Stone Dr Sheldon Stone
Consultant 20 years stroke unit and Department Health Services Elderly People. Senior lecturer, researching hand hygiene & healthcare-associated infection. Wish to ensure trust continues to provide comprehensive services to local Barnet-Camden residents, supported by access to regional-national specialties and underpinned by research improving patient care. Main interests: patient safety, older people, staff satisfaction & reward.
As shadow governor: helped ensure patient privacy, dignity & nutrition chosen as a Governor focus 2012; active on Annual trust Staff Achievement Awards. Lead for Governors to develop more regular uniUdepartmentallevel awards.
This term I wish to achieve three things:
(i) Ensure Governors independently review trust progress in privacy, dignity & nutrition.
(ii) Develop trust award system at uni departmental level for regular recognition of staff who "go the extra mile".
(iii) Introduce system for staff membership to communicate concerns especially staff satisfaction and quality of care to staff Governors.

Dave Thomas Dave Thomas
Having worked in the trust for 24 years, building strong working relationships, I have the experience and knowledge of the trust, and its employees (also being treasurer of the staff recreation club), to make a positive impact as a governor. In helping to set the strategic agenda, governors should ensure that the interests of staff are fully taken account of.
As Operational Manager for Renal services, I am heavily involved in two of the five key strands (Renal and Integrated Care) identified in the trust's 5 year plan.
Breaking down traditional boundaries between primary, secondary, community and social care, working in an integrated way across patient pathways, to provide a high quality patient experience, is the way forward for the NHS. I'd like to influence this direction of travel ensuring that the trust is at the forefront of these changes, securing the future for itself. its staff and its oatients.

Appointed members

Dr Peter Christian
Dr Peter Christian for Enfield, Haringey & Islington CCGs
Helena Hart
Cllr Helena Hart for London Borough of Barnet
Dr Richard Mendall
Dr Richard Mendall for Camden CCG
David Riddle
David Riddle for Barnet CCG
Professor Hans Stauss
Professor Hans Stauss for UCL
Don Williams
Cllr Don Williams for London Borough of Camden

page last reviewed: 18 October 2013