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.

Jane Clark

Biography to follow.

How to contact Jane Clark

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

Diana Coutts-Pauling - Bromley

Diana Coutts-Pauling

I have been a Bromley resident for 40 years. I worked for seven years as a Chaplain at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, then eight years as Lead Chaplain. When the hospital became part of South London Healthcare Trust, I worked across Queen Mary’s, the Princess Royal University Hospital, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital as Senior Chaplain and Trust lead for Women and Children’s Services. I retired in 2013. I am also a qualified teacher, counsellor and life-coach, and have a BA (Hons) in Ordained Ministry.

I am aware of the challenges facing the NHS and the effect this can have on patient care. My passion is for supporting individuals at their point of need, particularly the weak and vulnerable. This has developed through working closely with patients and staff from diverse backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a Governor, I will use my skills and understanding to support those I represent.

How to contact Diana Coutts-Pauling

Penny Dale - Bromley

Penny Dale, King's Public Governor, Bromley area

I have been a Physiotherapist for 45 years working at The Royal London Hospital and in local NHS and private hospitals. It has been my privilege to work with some amazing colleagues and patients who have helped me to develop my knowledge and interest in patient care.

I completed the NEBOSH course in Occupational Health and Safety in 2002 which, with my clinical experience, qualified me to become the Risk Manager at a local private hospital for 4 years until my retirement. I have worked with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in achieving compliance with hospital inspections.

My family and I have benefited, over many years, from the services of King’s and of hospitals in the Bromley area.

After enjoying a few years of retirement, pursuing my hobbies, I feel ready to serve as a Governor with an interest in quality of care and experience for all users of our services.

How to contact Penny Dale

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

Chris North - Lambeth North

Christopher North

I have been a Lambeth resident since 1981 and King’s College Hospital has treated my family over the years since then. I am a professional communications consultant with some 30 years board level advisory experience in corporate communications, engagement, branding, internal communications, reporting and change programmes. In 1991 I was one of the original eight shareholding members and directors of Fishburn Hedges, which is now a top five UK PR company and consistently ranked one of the UK’s top 25 best places to work (EU/Financial Times surveys 2002-2011).

I established and ran the Fishburn Hedges design and branding business. I am particularly interested in the higher education and healthcare sectors and have worked for clients such as King's Health Partners, King's College London, OFSTED, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and the General Medical Council. I am a graduate of Oxford University.

How to contact Chris North

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

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

Pam Cohen - Southwark Central

Pam Cohen

I have lived in Southwark for over 30 years and started and finished my career as a social worker in the borough. I am hoping that what I learnt in my working life can inform what I can do as a governor. I specialised in working with older people and especially those with dementia.

As part of my role as governor I would like to make sure that the voices of this group of people who cannot now speak for themselves are heard. This is also a time when legislation and economics mean that the health and the care sectors must work closer together. This goal has been close to my heart for many years and I hope I am well placed to help in this process.

How to contact Pam Cohen