Having lived in Milford since 1975, the RSCH has provided the backbone to my family’s healthcare from the birth of our children, the repair of broken tendons and my overcoming cancer. Through this I have witnessed and experienced the dedication and professionalism of staff at all levels at the RSCH with gratitude.
Having initially served with the royal marines for ten years, I first worked in Godalming becoming Managing Director of a local company before setting up my own specialist engineering company with a local partner. Also based in Godalming we developed extensive international sales employing in excess of 30 staff and were awarded the Exporter of the Year Award. After selling the company to a US corporation in 2000, I continued my work as a consultant working from London.
In 2007 I became a Trustee of the Fountain Centre (FC), an independent charity that provides a wide range of complementary therapies and advice to cancer patients. The FC is based in the RSCH and in 2009 I accepted the post of Chairman which I continue to hold. Through this position, liaising closely with the RSCH within the NHS environment, I have experienced not only the dedication of the staff but also the complexities of the NHS organisation with its frustrations and inefficiencies.
As Governor I have been privileged to represent Waverley for the last year and a half, and am a member of and regularly attend:
- Nominations Committee – involved in recruiting non executive board members.
- Patient Experience Committee – working towards optimising hospital services for patients.
- Membership and Engagement Committee – working to optimise membership and community involvement.
- Performance Working Group – monitors and comments on the executive and clinical performance
I wish to help the continued development of a compassionate cost effective and efficient service at the RSCH in support of our local community, and to assist towards sympathetic changes that may be required in accommodating evolving needs, resources and available technologies.