Staff celebrated at annual members’ meeting

15 September 2021

Royal Free London staff were praised for their courage and commitment over the past year at the trust’s annual member’s meeting.

Mark Lam, chair, and Caroline Clarke, group chief executive, paid tribute to staff for their incredible work during an extraordinary year. 

Addressing attendees, Mark said: “I’m sure you will agree that the response of all our staff and colleagues – and the whole of the NHS – during the past 18 months has been absolutely incredible and phenomenal. On behalf of the board we are really grateful for everything our teams have done for our communities during the biggest healthcare crisis within living memory and our working lives."

"I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the trust to thank all our staff for their outstanding efforts.” 

Caroline added: “Our response across the trust was truly exceptional and I want to pay tribute to every single member of our staff who went above and beyond and defined what happened with their resilience, courage, commitment and extraordinary actions which were often at great personal cost.” 

They also thanked the Royal Free Charity, our communities, members and governors for the support, advice, and encouragement that they have given the trust over the past year.

Our annual members' meetings are led by the trust's Council of Governors. Sneha Bedi, lead governor, opened the event and outlined the key highlights and activities that the council carried out over the last year on behalf of our members. "Despite the covid circumstances, the council has been fully engaged in performing all of its statutory activities which represent your interests. The council of governors have been involved in recruiting the trust's new chair, working with leadership teams to make sure quality accounts have been reviewed and the process to select new auditors." 

During the meeting, Dr Derralynn Hughes, clinical director for research and development, also spoke about the exciting research the trust is involved in and why it is so important. She explained that the trust is in the process of developing its clinical research strategy and urged everyone to get involved and help shape it. You can find out more here.

Read our annual report and accounts 2020/21 and watch a recording of the meeting here