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

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

Rosemary Andrews - Bromley

Rosemary Andrews

Born in Scotland, I trained as a nurse and achieved my registration at Greenock Royal Infirmary in 1974. My specialty at that time was Accident and Emergency. I came to London and obtained a post at King’s College Hospital in intensive Care, which proved to be my niche. I completed a one-year course in Social Psychology, amongst many other courses organised by King’s. I have also volunteered at organisations including Childline and St John Ambulance.

I am now retired and still take a keen interest in what is happening with the NHS, and I am privileged to be elected as a Public Governor. I feel this is a great opportunity to serve the community of Bromley.

How to contact Rosemary Andrews

Grace Okoli - Lambeth

Grace Okoli

My name is Grace Okoli, I’ve lived in Lambeth for over 25 years and in that time I have experienced both sides of the NHS, as a patient and as a local GP.

When I was a girl living in Kennington, I always wanted to work in healthcare. Initially, I wanted to be a midwife like my mother but as time passed I developed an interest in general medicine and genetics, though I still wanted to enjoy the privilege of face-to-face contact with patients. So I decided to become a doctor, I studied medicine and went on to complete a PhD in human genetics at Imperial College London. My mother spent her adult life working in the NHS, caring for expectant mothers, she is my greatest inspiration.

Now, as a local GP and public governor for King’s College NHS Trust, I also have a great opportunity to serve my community and contribute to our NHS.

How to contact Grace Okoli

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

Fiona Clark - Lambeth North

Fiona Clark

Born in Marylebone, I have lived both north and south of the river before settling in Lambeth with my family in 1977. My working life was mainly in the book world, as a legal editor, managing two small medical bookshops for the students in St. Thomas’ and Charing Cross Hospital and running the authors’ charity, The Royal Literary Fund, which involved visiting and assisting authors in financial difficulties.

I was a juvenile court magistrate for eighteen years including six years as a Chairman in Lambeth, when I learnt a great deal about life in Lambeth. I am now a volunteer advocate for the elderly, dealing with housing problems, social services care, and sometimes accompanying people to hospital appointments.

As a newly elected Governor for Lambeth North, I am hoping that my knowledge of Lambeth and experience gained from my work, paid and voluntary, will help me make a positive contribution to this role.

How to contact Fiona Clark

Nanda Ratnavel - Lambeth South

Nanda Ratnaval

I am a public governor for Lambeth South having lived in Streatham with my wife and children since 1985. As a family, we have all benefited from the services that King’s provides.

I am a qualified accountant, starting off in manufacturing and commerce but soon switching to the public and not-for-profit sectors. I spent 18 years working in NHS finance including 11 at King’s, then spent 8 years in further education finance and am now back in healthcare as Finance Director at the Royal Hospital for Neuro -disability.

The NHS as ever, faces enormous change and increasing pressures. Knowing King’s and the areas it serves so well gives me a marvellous opportunity to use that knowledge and experience to work with colleagues in helping the Trust play its role to the fullest both locally and nationally.

How to contact Nanda Ratnavel

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

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

Barbara Pattinson - Southwark Central

Barbara Pattinson

I have lived in Camberwell since 1966 and I have always admired and been grateful for King’s College Hospital. As I and my family have benefitted directly from the work of KCH and my community of Camberwell has enjoyed the benefits of this world class teaching hospital in its midst I would like to give something back by serving on the Board of Governors. My contribution would be through my long experience in community activism and contacts forged over the years. I am currently Chair of the SE5 Forum for Camberwell.

How to contact Barbara Pattinson

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

Andrew McCall - Southwark North

Andrew McCall

As a resident of Southwark for more than 20 years, I am proud to play a part in the continuing progress of the borough.

I run a consumer research business based at Tower Bridge working in the fields of shopper behaviour, media, and health.

I hope as a Governor to devote my time and energy to maintain and enhance the service that KCH provides to our community.

Locally I am a director of Southwark Cathedral Enterprises and on the committee of Burgess Park Community Garden. I am a keen amateur singer, singing tenor with Esterhazy Singers and other London choirs.

How to contact Andrew McCall