Royal Free Hampstead NHS 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 37 members:


Dominic Dodd

Dominic Dodd is the chair of both the council of governors and the trust board of directors Profile >>

Elected members

Elected members: public constituency

Nicky Begent
Nicky Begent
Nicky is the chairman of the Friends of the Royal Free Hospital and a co-opted member of the board of the Royal Free Charity. Her background is in medical research.
M Bucknall
Madeline Bucknall
Madeline, briefly a staff nurse, took an MA in Adult and Continuing Education and spent her main career in education and training. She taught for many years for the Open University and was until recently training director for a mental health and social care enterprise.
M Don
Marjorie Don
Marjorie is a retired barrister and for the past three years has been a member of the trust’s patient and public involvement forum.
A Brill
Arthur Brill
Arthur is a member of the Local Involvement Network (LINks). His is also a member of the trust’s panel of users’ steering committee.
Gina Mason
Gina Mason
Retired international civil servant and currently a member of the Camden Quality of Life Panel for Older People and co-chair of its Core Members' Group. She is also a member of its Older People's Reference Group and has lived in Hampstead for over 25 years.
R Lindley
Richard Lindley

Richard was elected lead governor in April 2010. Richard is a former broadcast journalist and is currently the chairman of the St Pancras Almshouses.

Barbara Alden
Barbara Alden
Barbara Alden is a musician/singing teacher. She has lived in Hampstead for over 30 years, during which time she has attended several out-patient clinics at the Royal Free and visited numerous in-patient friends & relatives.
P Woodford
Peter Woodford
Peter was the chief scientific officer at the Department of Health. On retirement, he was made a distinguished visitor of the Royal Free and University College Medical School’s department of clinical biochemistry. He is an active member of the Camden History Society.

A Zagon
Aniko Zagon
Aniko Zagon is the Founder-Director of Entelliz Limited, the business startup consultancy, and a member of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.

Elected members: staff constituency

D Jackson
Dr Duncan Jackson
Consultant anaesthetist
A Roche
Andrew Roche
ICU nurse
M Galloway
Dr Malcolm Galloway
Consultant neuropathologist
K Price
Kathy Price
Clinical nurse specialist
S Stone
Dr Sheldon Stone
Senior lecturer and consultant stroke physician

Elected members: patient constituency

R Chapman
Rachel Chapman
Rachel is a corporate solicitor with particular expertise in life sciences and IT. She has been a patient of the Royal Free for over 10 years and lives in Highgate.

M Ryan
Michael Ryan
Michael spent a year on dialysis before having a successful kidney transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in 1992. He is a chartered engineer and spent most of his career with IBM. He has been a patient representative on several committees at the Royal Free.
P Atkin
Peter Atkin
Peter is a solicitor and a patient of the trust.
S Shaw
Sara Shaw
Sara is a patient of the trust. Sara worked as an intensive care nurse for 17 years and is now a senior manager at a neighbouring trust.
D Winstock
Donald Winstock
Donald is a retired surgeon (Middlesex and Barts Hospitals) and has been a patient at the trust for many years. He is chairman of the Hendon and Edgware BMA branch and is also a member of the London Regional Council of the BMA.
A Yarullina
Alfiya Yarullina
Alfiya gave birth at the Royal Free Hospital in 2006. Her last job was as a plastic surgeon.

Appointed members

  • 12 organisations that we work closely with each appoint one member to the council of governors:

Professor Tony Goldstone
Professor Goldstone is a senior haematology specialist with over 30 years' experience. A consultant at University College Hospital (UCH) since 1976 and director of the North London Cancer Network for the past seven years, he has an interest in leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and chemotherapy. He is also director of clinical services at Harley Street at UCH, a new partnership between the Harley Street clinic and UCH.

Bryan Harrison
A non-executive director and vice chair of Barnet Primary Care Trust, Bryan worked at the Department of Health and then in the NHS - in and around north London - so he is familiar with the Royal Free. His eldest daughter studied at our medical school.

Joe Harrison
Appointed as deputy chief executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in October 2007, Joe previously worked at University College London Hospitals Trust as director of performance and planning. He has also held senior positions at Barts & The London, Northwick Park & St Marks Hospital and the Central Middlesex Hospital.

Councillor Helena Hart
Cabinet member for public health, a dental practice manager for 38 years and with a strong health background, Helena's role is to represent the health needs and aspirations of Barnet residents. She has a long association with the Royal Free, both her late parents having been patients and her son Colin a research fellow here.

Deborah Oakley
After working in the city for 20 years as a fund manager and company director, Deborah resigned in 2006 to seek a public service position and spend more time with her two young sons. She is now a non-executive director of both Camden PCT and the Health Protection Agency.

Susan Sorenson
A qualified accountant, Susan joined the NHS in 1983 and has been director of strategy and performance at the Whittington Hospital since August 2006. Before that she was director of finance. A resident of Islington for over 30 years, her daughter has been a patient at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital for many years. Susan is currently taking part in a clinical trial at the Royal Free.

Jan Williams
As dean of health and social sciences at Middlesex University, Jan is committed to enhancing the quality of education of health professionals. The university has a strong history of working with the Royal Free, where some of Jan's staff and students are based. She was formerly a lecturer in nursing and health studies.

Don Williams
for Camden Local Authority.

Organisations with no current representative:

  • Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Enfield, Haringey and Islington PCTs
  • Local Medical Committees for Barnet and Camden
  • University College London

page last reviewed: 01 October 2010