Patient governors

Six patient governors represent the Trust’s patients outside of the Trust constituency. As current and former patients, they share their own experiences of King’s to improve services and patient care.

Craig Jacobs

Craig Jacobs - Patient Governor

I am a King’s Haematology patient (since 2012) and had a stem cell transplant. During my treatment I experienced exceptional care in numerous King’s departments. I know many patients and King’s team members and will expand and merge that understanding with my experiences to make a positive and constructive contribution to this exceptional institution as a Patient Governor.

I commercialise environmental innovations. My management career has spanned the Beverage, Paper and Consumer Electronics Industries. I was Regional Head/Managing Director and have served on an Advisory Board.

My first interest in medical management and institutions was sparked during an Executive Leadership Program (Columbia University 2011). We considered strategic learning, leadership, team building, diversity, technology and innovation in medicine. I am a Committee Member of MDS UK Patient Support Group, a rare blood cancer charity. As a King’s Patient Governor I will focus on patient experience, strategy, leadership, integration, innovation and sustainability.

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Derek St Clair Cattrall

Derek St Clair Cattrall

I was a Senior Executive with BT for 35 years where I led teams in the research, development and promotion of video communications; a Magistrate for 17 years, served in the TA, and I am the Chairman of 31 Signals Regimental Association.

I have been a patient in a number of NHS hospitals where I have observed first hand staff patient interaction. This has inspired me in supporting this Trust. I will strive to help advance the care our hospitals provide to our patients and staff.

I am particularly interested in the quality of care, and the staff/patient experience which I believe is key. I would now like to use my professional experience to help KCH continue its place as one of London’s top health and academic institutions. I have time, enthusiasm and a wide range of work experience to help shape the future of KCH.

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Fungisai Chirochangu

Fungisai Chirochangu

My family has benefited from the excellent services provided by King’s, primarily at Princess Royal University Hospital. I am a pharmacist by profession, and my motivation to become a governor stems from my commitment to excellent patient care and continuous improvement. I look forward to being a valuable addition to the Council of Governors and to my constituency. Thank you to all the hard working staff at King’s for your commitment to improving patient lives.

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Helen Ahmet

Helen Ahmet

I was introduced to King's College Hospital Trust three years ago. My child was rushed to King's for life saving neurosurgery. There followed a long period of rehabilitation and frequent visits to various departments within the hospital.

Words cannot accurately reflect my indebtedness to the excellent staff, their skill and professionalism. However these are difficult times for any hospital trust.

I have worked as a Solicitor –Advocate for over 20 years and have communicated views, opinions and crucial arguments in various tribunals all over the country. Similarly I wish to advocate for essential allocation of funding, and overall improvement of our services. I hope to be an effective mouthpiece for others.

I am well versed with regulation, committee procedures and I have managed the finances of my own law firm. It is an honour and a privilege for me to undertake the role of patient governor.

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Nicola Bates

Nicola Bates

My family and I have been patients at King’s a number of times, primarily for maternity care. King’s is world-leading, and we have felt the relief of being in the hands of such a professional, caring team.

I am Board Director of a high-growth recruitment company for communications professionals. I work with companies, charities and professional bodies, drawing on my prior experience in the field of communications.

I am also a campaigner for equality of access to treatment, and have founded national groups to campaign for and advise on access to fertility services.

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Pida Ripley

Pida Ripley, Patient Governor

For over 50 years I have suffered serious health challenges and have received substantial support from caring professionals within the NHS. Unsurprisingly I am deeply committed to the principles enshrined in the National Health Service and, in appreciation, have sought ways to make a personal contribution. A former post-graduate of King’s College London, I felt extremely privileged to be elected as a governor of King’s College Hospital during 2009-2011 and am delighted to once again be representing patients on the governing council. Recently I have served on several NHS networks and policy groups including the Patient Liaison Group of the British Orthopaedic Association. I served as a governor of the Royal Marsden Hospital and have implemented healthcare projects in several countries.

I am a passionate advocate for continuous improvement of patient safety, dignity of care and service quality. The views of patients will play an important role as KCH management meets the challenges presented by its recent transformation into a large multi-site organisation - challenges additional to the existing difficult financial constraints and national policy changes.

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