Public governors

Our public governors represent the local constituencies of Bromley, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and our diverse local community. They provide the Trust with a greater understanding of the issues affecting patients and visitors as well as represent our diverse local community.

David Jeffreys - Bromley

David Jeffreys

Born and raised in Lewisham, I have lived in Bromley for more than 30 years. After training as a Physician at Guy's Hospital, I followed a career in clinical and academic medicine and then worked in senior positions at the Department of Health and it’s agencies in charge of medicines evaluation, safety and medical technology. I am also a Pharmaceutical Physician.

I have a strong interest in patient safety and, as an elected Councillor for Bromley, I want to see much closer integration of social and primary care. As an elected governor at King’s, I see myself as a champion of the patient and want to push for more innovation in health care and its delivery. King’s has a great staff and leadership team which I want to see empowered to meet the challenges and needs of our locality.

How to contact David Jeffreys

Alfred Ekellot - Lambeth

Alfred Ekellot

I graduated with an MSc in International Management from Alma Mater Studiorum University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, where I developed analysis and communication skills that enable me to perceive complex patterns and make reasoned judgements in uncertain conditions. I have worked in various national and international charities where I promoted good quality corporate governance, championed sustainable development, and identified changes that led to higher performance.

As a governor I am keen to hold management to account to ensure they deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment and improve the health and well-being of diverse communities.

How to contact Alfred Ekellot

Barbara Goodhew - Lambeth

Barbara Goodhew, Public Governor

I started my working life at the Continental Telephone Exchange in London, where calls were connected by telephone operators. From there I progressed to become an office manager. I worked at a variety of companies of different sizes, ranging from PR firms, solicitors, architects and surveyors. Finally I worked in a small property management company, where I managed around 100 commercial tenants in 14 office buildings in the City of London, until I retired in 2016.

I am a volunteer in an outpatients department at King’s, and I look forward to contributing to future developments at the Trust in my capacity as a public governor.

How to contact Barbara Goodhew

Marcus Ward - Lambeth

Marcus Ward

I originally studied Law and worked in the commercial sector in finance and general management, including for the Yamaha Corporation. For the last 20 years I have worked exclusively in the charity sector. Initially I was a charity CEO, and then a consultant working with a range of voluntary organisations who work primarily in the health and social care sectors. I am also an approved capacity building consultant, working with major charitable trusts including the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Comic Relief, and for national charities such as Mind.

I have lived in Lambeth for 25 years and my family and I have regularly used King's services. My particular focus will be in representing the public interest of those who live, work and visit Lambeth. I am also interested in supporting the effective management of operations, working in partnership with other connected organisations and helping to maintain a fundamental focus on patient care.

How to contact Marcus Ward

Susan Wise - Lewisham

Susan Wise

I have worked in NHS histopathology laboratories since 1971, beginning straight from school at the London Hospital (now the Royal London Hospital). A born and bred east Londoner, I moved to south London and worked for King's Clinical Neuropathology department between 1978 and 2008. I worked with experts in the neuropathology field and co-authored well received clinical and research papers. For the past 19 years I’ve been a Councillor for Lewisham, and I will bring the policy and scrutiny experience I’ve gained, in the Lewisham Mayor's Cabinet and as a backbencher, to King’s Council of Governors. Having seen how King's works from one side, I’m looking forward to playing my part here as a Governor.

How to contact Susan Wise

Hilary Entwistle - Southwark

Hilary Entwistle

I have lived in Southwark for 35 years and have a long association with King's. I trained at the Trust as a medical student and referred patients for 30 years as a GP. My three children were born at King's. My husband also had heart surgery here, and my mother, who has Alzheimer's, was treated for a broken hip. I also volunteer on Trundle ward on a project to improve the hospital experience of orthopaedic patients with dementia.

As a GP, I was a clinical director on Lewisham CCG with a special interest in long-term conditions, mental health, patient involvement, and integration of health and social care. I am passionate about good quality healthcare, and the involvement of patients and carers in decision-making and in shaping services.

I now do GP locum sessions and volunteer at Freedom from Torture doing medico-legal reports for asylum seekers. I hope to be able to apply my enthusiasm, ability to ask questions and past experience to the governor role.

How to contact Hilary Entwistle

Jane Allberry - Southwark

Jane Allberry, Public Governor

I have lived in Southwark for over 25 years and my family has used a wide range of King's services, from the Emergency Department to Oncology, Maternity, Neurosurgery, Haematology and Orthopaedics. I worked for the Department of Health for over 35 years, and I plan to combine my professional and personal interests and my experience to support King's in providing the best possible services for the community.

How to contact Jane Allberry

Stephanie Harris - Southwark

Stephanie Harris - Public Governor

My association with King’s started with the birth of my sons in the 1990s. In recent years, because of physical and mental health problems of family members, I have had repeated exposure to its services. We have benefited from some exceptional care but in today’s challenging environment, it is more vital than ever to think constructively about better ways of doing things.

For years I worked for BBC News, as a journalist and then as Head of Editorial Compliance and Accountability. In this role, I oversaw complaints handling, trying to ensure that BBC News was accountable, listened to the public, and learned lessons.

As a governor, I will use my experience of representing the views of all stakeholders to help the Trust provide the best possible services. I’m particularly interested in improving patient outcomes and experience through better integration of care of the mind and body.

How to contact Stephanie Harris

Victoria Silvester - Southwark

Victoria Silvester

I have lived in Southwark with my family for 40 years. I was non-executive director of Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust 1993-1997 and public governor of its Foundation Trust 2006-12. I led the Patient Experience committee where we undertook hospital ward inspections and improved the efficiency of telephone and appointment systems for outpatients and day case surgery. I am a governor of the Evelina Hospital School.

My interest is patient care for inpatients and outpatients. I am a member of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2011 and more recently I am a volunteer using my nutrition training and communication skills. I visit a different ward each week with a staff dietician to do a food audit. I meet ward staff and talk to patients about their meals. I intend to continue this work as a governor so that I can regularly meet nursing staff and have face to face conversations with patients.

How to contact Victoria Silvester