Meet your governors 

Our Council of Governors represents the interests of members and partner organisations in the local health economy. The majority of governors are elected by a membership of local people, patients and staff and through this Body members have a say in how the trust operates.

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Maggie Gormley

Maggie Gormley
Public governor

Maggie was elected in 2016. I have lived and worked in the area of UCLH for 50 years. I trained as a nurse at The Middlesex Hospital and then worked as a specialist nurse in sexual and reproductive health in local clinics. I also helped medical students at UCL in their professional development. Since retiring 2 years ago I have worked as a volunteer at the hospital and also as a Trustee of the Friends. I have many friends and family who use the hospital. As a governor I hope to offer my support to the staff, both medical and administrative as the hospital faces unprecedented pressures and strains to maintain standards while dealing with the financial constraints. The patient experience in every form is also of great importance to me and I hope that with my background that I can help to optimise that.

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Isaac Kohn
Public governor

I live in Hackney, am married and have children who were born at UCLH. I have many years of experience in the field of Education as a teacher and now work on an advisory basis in schools within the London area.

As part of my Special Educational Needs remit, I worked with children of all ages, which enabled me to support the weak and vulnerable students and their families.

Since 2004 I have been volunteering in hospitals throughout Greater London. These years of caring for patients and their carers, families and visitors gave me a deep appreciation of their needs.

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Frances Lefford

Frances Lefford
Public governor

I have just been elected Public Governor in 2015 and am looking forward to my new role.

I am a Camden resident and have a long association with UCL and UCLH.  Using my experience as a teacher, researcher, and part-time Camden GP I hope to make a useful contribution to future developments at UCLH in patient care, particularly working across professional boundaries which involve patients moving into different care settings. I shall endeavour to ensure that the patient voice from the multiplicity of sources in London is heard and listened to at all levels within the organisation.

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Brian Steve Potter
Public governor

I have lived in Islington all my life, and consequently, frequently used UCLH services in connection with a wide variety of health issues.

As a Research Scientist (Crystallographer) I fully appreciate the value of the research undertaken within UCLH and intend to champion its continuous advancement as a foremost priority.

Currently, my main concerns are related to problems associated with The Patient Experience, concerning primarily, appointments; waiting times; and subsequent treatment satisfaction.

Having previously served for many years as a Governor at the Whittington Hospital, I am acutely aware of services that often need careful scrutiny, and will draw upon past experience in order to maximise positive satisfactory levels in these vulnerable areas.

I will also be drawing upon many years of both public housing and legal training, in order to monitor UCLH’s future proposals in relation to contracts; purchasing; and employment issues.

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Veronica Beechey

Veronica Beechey
Patient governor

I live in Hackney and worked professionally as an academic sociologist at universities in Britain and the USA. Unfortunately I became ill and had to give up my job 20 years ago, since when I have suffered from chronic illnesses and disability.

I was a UCLH governor from 2004/11. As Lead Governor I helped to develop a strong and independent-minded governing body. I am passionate about improving patient care and campaigned about quality issues on many fronts.

I am delighted to have been re-elected as a governor and will continue to work to improve the quality of care, collaborate with colleagues to hold the board to account, and ensure that the Trust listens to the views of its patients, members and local communities.

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John Bird

John Bird
Patient governor

John was elected as a patient Governor in 2012, I have been a patient at University College for the last ten years, as has my wife. Between us we have had experience of four different medical specialist areas with varied degrees of satisfaction. My background was in the field of sales and marketing and then in general management in large international companies.
Having had eight years as a governor at Moorfields Eye Hospital I decided that I would like to help to improve the patient experience at UCLH as a means of ensuring that the quality and efficiency of our NHS is continuously enhanced.

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Leslie Brantingham

Leslie Brantingham
Patient governor

A native of the North East of England, I lived in London for 35 years and now live in Wiltshire.  I have over the years been a patient of UCLH and recently became a member after receiving treatment at the RNTNEH.  I was elected this year as a Non-London governor.  I work in construction and am also a member of Gray’s Inn.  An active kayaker and sailor, my time is otherwise spent with family, friends, building, singing and gardening.

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Graham Cooper

Graham Cooper
Patient governor

Having been both a patient and a carer in recent years, I would like to use this experience to try to improve things for others. I believe patient feedback can contribute to the Trust’s goal of delivering top-quality care, and that patients’ complaints should be dealt with efficiently and considerately.

Since 2014, I have volunteered as a patient representative on the UCLH Clinical Integration Programme Board which has given me a good understanding of the complex task of coordinating healthcare and social care and the importance of clear and timely communication between patients, GPs and hospitals.

My other interests include:

  • care of the elderly;
  • mental health; and
  • research & education.

I have lived in Islington for 30 years and am a scientist by training. My career in publishing has given me valuable experience in questioning senior executives and specialists and getting them to explain things in plain English.

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Adam Elliott

Adam Elliott
Patient governor

In my day to day life I am currently one of two Senior Regulatory Lawyers for a national healthcare regulator, having worked in healthcare regulation for over 15 years. During that time I have:
  • been a head of department leading a large number of teams (across multiple sites/cities);
  • managed multi-million pound budgets, been responsible for risk management, recruitment and external relationships at a directorate wide level;
  • designed, developed and project managed organisation-wide training, reform, improvement and change programmes;
My family have all been patients of UCH and ever since our daughter was born there in 2014 I have wanted to take a more active role within the wider UCLH community. Having previously been a Governor of another trust, I knew the opportunities available to represent patients and support the staff team. Accordingly, I was delighted to have been elected and so afforded the opportunity to continue help make the trust a model organisation and market leader.

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Ann Fahey
Patient governor

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John Green

John Green
Patient governor

I’ve lived in London for 50 years and worked as a civil servant in the City of London dealing with insuring and financing overseas projects.

My late wife and I were patients of UCLH for many years and I continue to attend regularly as an outpatient. 
In 2004 I was elected as patient governor at Moorfields Eye Hospital for 5 years. In 2010 I was elected as governor at UCLH for 3 years, and delighted to have been re-elected in 2014.

My areas of interest are: food, pain control, communication, involving patients in decisions about their care; medication side effects and waiting times. 

With my experience I feel able to make further contributions to improve patient care, treatment and safety.

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Annabel Kanabus

Annabel Kanabus
Patient governor

I was elected a patient governor in 2014 having been a volunteer for several years with the UCLH Patient Experience Board. I am currently a patient at three of the Trust hospitals having been treated for cancer and a spinal problem as well as chronic pain.

I have worked at St. Thomas’s and the Royal London hospitals, and I have been the Chief Executive of the charity AVERT.

I believe passionately that the patient voice can contribute to improved patient services, and I hope to make a difference in as many ways as possible. To contact me you can email me directly at a.kanabus@btinternet.com.

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John Knight

John Knight
Patient governor

John has had a 25 year career across the statutory and voluntary sectors. After working at the Department of Health he subsequently headed the Policy and Campaigns Department at Leonard Cheshire Disability for 16 years, becoming a Director of the charity. He advised Ministers and lobbied governments on the development of disability and social care policy.  He is a Board Member of the Charity Commission and a member of an Honours Advisory Committee.  John has previously held Board level positions on national regulatory agencies - the Commission for Social Care Inspection and General Social Care Council.

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Christine Mackenzie

Christine Mackenzie
Patient governor

A previous governor form 2004-11, I will continue to do my best to ensure all patients get the very best treatment and the highest quality care in these challenging times. 
I have lived in the vicinity of UCLH all my life and have watched the hospital grow.  My mother was a nurse at UCH, as a child I attended UCH and my five children and husband likewise.  It is our ‘local’ hospital.   Before retiring I worked as an academic research health psychologist.  Professional experience makes me strongly advocate listening to patients’ stories in order to understand good and poor care.

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Vacant
Patient governor

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Jo Wagerman

Jo Wagerman
Patient governor

Jo was elected as a Governor in 2016. I’m a born and bred Londoner. I was the Head Teacher of a large very successful London Comprehensive. I was awarded an OBE for services to Education on the recommendation of my ex-students. I believe large organisations must take particular care to preserve their humanity, and never forget they are there to serve a vulnerable group of people.

I have worked as a Volunteer in Queens Square, and found this both rewarding and revealing. I have been able to work with nursing staff to assist with some of their difficulties.

I am particularly interested in Improving the Patient Experience. I also believe we should be exploring following up on vulnerable patients after their discharge as I saw in America. This is a basic continuation of care, particularly for vulnerable patients. It can also be a useful tool in our drive to increase Membership.

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Martha Wiseman
Patient governor

bio to follow.

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Javed Ahmed
Staff governor

I have been working for the UCLH hospital for approximately nine years. In my current role I am working to improve patient experience in cancer services. This is a very exciting role which involves working with patients and the public to shape our services around the people we serve. I want to develop a network with other hospitals across the country to share positive and negative ideas around this. Non clinical staffs play a vital role in the UCLH and it is my desire to make sure that our views are taken into account. There will be many challenges facing the NHS in the next couple of years so it is of prime importance that we work together in overcoming any future issues.

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Donna Beck
Staff governor

Bio to follow

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Janet Clarke

Janet Clarke
Staff governor

I was elected in 2016. Having worked in UCLH since 1995, in areas such as Women’s Health and Outpatients, I have seen many changes within the trust. With many challenging times ahead, I feel my background and experience will enable me to make a good contribution to the Council of Governors. I strongly believe that communication is paramount and not only does it help to keep staff informed; it in turn gives staff a voice when working together to make sure the quality of care given to our patients is maintained and is kept at the forefront of any future developments.

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Caroline Dux

Caroline Dux
Staff governor

I am a registered nurse, midwife and educator, with experience in many different areas of nursing. I have worked on the Neonatal Unit in the EGA Wing since 1996, as a Neonatal Sister and Nurse Educator. My experience has given me an awareness of many of the challenges and pressures that are important to staff, patients and visitors. I have, together with my husband and children, also been a patient at UCLH. It is a very different experience from being a care provider. I feel seeing both sides of our work further helps me to understand our patients and their families.

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Jessica Lipman

Jessica Lipman
Staff governor

I am a physiotherapist who started at UCLH about 8 years ago after working at a number of other London trusts. Since joining I have had the opportunity to experience a variety of clinical and managerial roles collaborating with a wide range of professionals from different UCLH sites. Through this and my clinical work I have been part of several different teams advocating for patients and staff to ensure that UCLH aims to deliver top quality patient care.

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Katie Coleman
Appointed stakeholder governor

Dr Katie Coleman is the Vice Chair (clinical) of Islington CCG and the Clinical Lead for Primary Care and care closer to home across North London. She works as a GP in Islington, having established the practice in 1999 in collaboration with Dr Josephine Sauvage, Chair of Islington CCG. Together they developed the organisation into a thriving inner city training practice. Her lead areas for Islington CCG include Patient and Public Participation, Integrated Care as it interfaces with general practice, actively developing enhanced Primary Health Care Team across all practices in Islington. She is also the Chief Clinical Information Officer and has lead on the development of Islington’s Integrated Digital Care Record. As Clinical lead for primary care and care closer to home in North London, she provides the strategic clinical leadership to support the development of Care and Health Integration Networks (CHINs) and Quality Improvement Support Teams (QISTs) across the five boroughs of North London. In addition she supports the delivery of self-management support and social prescribing that will be central to supporting people take a more active role in their own care.

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Kate Hall
Appointed stakeholder governor

Kate Hall is the Director of Capability Development at UCLPartners with a focus on leadership development, quality improvement, patient involvement and trust development. She also leads the UCLPartners Patient Safety Programme. She is passionate about people and organisations building leadership and quality improvement capability to support the delivery of high quality, efficient health care.

Kate joined UCLPartners in August 2013, after working part time within the strategy team at Monitor on foundation trust board development. This role involved leading on service-line management, value and cost improvement, quality governance, patient safety and clinical leadership development. The other half of her time was spent supporting the setup of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network where she was the interim Managing Director.

Kate started her NHS career in 1996 as a ward clerk on an acute admissions medical ward whilst studying and since then she has worked within and managed many hospital services. She has an extensive background as a senior manager having worked in a number of senior operational roles. Prior to joining Monitor, she was at the NHS Institute of Improvement and Innovation working nationally on pathways of care and sustainability of change.

She has an MSc in comparative health policy from the London School of Economics, is a Fellow of the Improvement Faculty for Patient Safety and Quality and a Leadership Fellow with The Health Foundation.

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Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna
Appointed stakeholder governor

University College London
 
Professor Michael Hanna is a Professor in Clinical Neurology & Director of the UCL Institute of Neurology overseeing an annual budget of £60m and a research staff of over 600. He is Director of the MRC Centre for translational research in neuromuscular disease which was established in 2008 with a £3.4m grant from the MRC, and recently led a successful renewal bid from 2013-2018 for £3m. He leads an active research programme and has published 200+ peer reviewed original research papers including New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. He raised over £6m external research funding in the last four years in genetic and clinical research including in neurological channelopathies and in mitochondrial disease. 
 
From a clinical perspective Professor Hanna has been committed to developing better services for patients and successfully lead a major fundraising initiative delivering a £2m state of the art neuromuscular clinical and trials Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at Queen Square; which is the hub of all neuromuscular patients service and clinical trials activity. He recently lead an initiative to develop a Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre at Queen Square opening in late 2013 to provide more responsive services to patients and reduce avoidable unplanned admissions. He runs two nationally commissioned services funded directly by the Department of Health £1.5m pa for mitochondrial disease and for neurological channelopathies.   

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Rishi Madlani
Appointed stakeholder governor

Rishi Madlani serves as an elected Councillor in the London Borough of Camden, representing Bloomsbury ward, the home of UCLH. Rishi has had a long affinity to UCLH as a former patient, neighbour and proud uncle of babies born in the maternity ward! Rishi holds an economics degree from the London School of Economics where he serves on the Court of Governors. He is also a council member at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Outside the office, Rishi is a trustee of Opening Doors London, the older people's LGBT charity looking to help older people across London.

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Diarmid Ogilvy
Appointed stakeholder governor

Diarmid has over 20 years’ investment experience in both the public and private equity markets. He is a Founding Director of an FCA regulated Investment Advisory boutique and also leads a number of investments into young and fast-growing companies across a variety of sectors. Following a severe road accident, Diarmid was keen to give something back. He became a Trustee and subsequently Treasurer of The National Brain Appeal, a UCLH charity that supports the work of The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

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Warren Turner
Appointed stakeholder governor

London South Bank University

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Vacant
Appointed stakeholder governor

NHS England (London)

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Vacant
Appointed stakeholder governor

Camden Clinical Commissioning Group

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Claudia Webbe

Claudia Webbe
Appointed stakeholder governor

Islington London Borough Council

Elected in May 2010, Claudia is a Councillor (Labour Party) for the London Borough of Islington. Claudia is the appointed member on the Council’s Fostering Panel and a Commissioner on the Council’s ‘Fairness Commission’. She is also a member of the Communities Review Committee; the Licensing Committee; the Health Review Committee and the Overview Committee, which coordinates the Council’s scrutiny review and plays a critical role in holding the Council’s executive to account. With a professional background in equality and diversity, Claudia is the Council’s Equality Champion.

Claudia is a trustee of The Children’s Society and has a background as a former Principle Training Officer for a large local authority children services department; Claudia was responsible for implementing training on the Children Act and the coordination and delivery of training on the Joint Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse.

Claudia is one of the founders and current Chairperson of the Trident Independent Advisory Group working with the police to tackle gun and violent crime across London.

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Claire Williams

Claire Williams
Appointed stakeholder governor

Friends of UCLH

I have been an active member of the Friends of UCLH since 2005. For 10 years, I was a Friends of UCLH trustee, helping the charity provide equipment and resources that are not available from the NHS for patients and staff at UCL Hospitals.  After secondary school in Camden, I studied geography at university then qualified as a solicitor.  I worked in a City firm until my son was born (at the former UCH Obstetric Hospital).  I have also been a lay member of an advisory panel on the appointment of magistrates in Shropshire and a trustee of the Friends of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital.

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