Royal Free London elects new council

6 October 2014

Following recent governor elections, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust congratulates and welcomes new governors to its council.  As a foundation trust the Royal Free London has a membership and a council of governors that provide a direct link to the communities it serves by actively involving patients, public and staff.

The council represents the views of the trust’s 23,000 members, appoints the trust chairman and non-executive directors and plays an advisory role in planning the trust’s future direction. 

Elections take place every two to three years allowing members to run for governorship and make up 22 of the 31 seats on the council, with nine seats for governors appointed by partner organisations.  

The elected governors on the council of governors are as follows:  

Patient constituency (8 seats)

  • Peter Atkin 
  • Frances Blunden
  • Valerie Bynner
  • Montgomery Cole
  • Judy Dewinter
  • Vanessa Gearson
  • David Myers
  • Sara Shaw

Public constituency covering Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Herts (7 seats) 

  • David Brown
  • Sue Cullinan
  • Derek French
  • Anthony Isaacs
  • Richard Lindley
  • Richard Stock
  • Morvarid Woollacott

Public constituency - rest of England  (1 seat)

  • Aivet Phiri

Staff constituency (6 seats)

  • Jude Bayly
  • Becky Lawson
  • Patrick McGowan
  • Gary Watts
  • Frances White
  • Tony Wolff

Dominic Dodd, chairman of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to congratulate all those who have been elected to the council and in particular to welcome our new governors.  The council of governors has a vital role to play: to ensure that the voices of the public, patients, staff and partner organisations across our many locations are heard and are used to shape our decisions. That way we can ensure that we deliver the best possible care for patients.”


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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare. 

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. 

More information about the governor elections and being a member of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust can be found on our council of governors pages.