Council of Governors

Members can become more involved by standing for election as Governor and representing their fellow members' views on the Council of Governors.

Find out more about what being a Member or a Governor of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust means.

Patient Governors

Kensington and Chelsea, Sutton and Merton

Armine Afrikian

Armine has been a patient at The Royal Marsden since 2014 and her first-hand experience of staff and patient interaction inspired her to become a Governor. She says: “I am also particularly interested in the quality of care and staff/patient care, which I believe is key to the success of The Royal Marsden. I hope as a Governor I use both my professional experience to help the Trust continue as one of the country’s top health, research and academic institutions and in some way help shape its future.”

Mrs Maggie Harkness

Maggie became a Governor in 2013 and feels that her experience as a nurse and more importantly as a patient since 2009 will equip her to look, listen and comment on various items to do with treatments and being a patient. Maggie is interested in how to improve patient experience throughout the patient journey and in research so that better diagnostics and treatments can be found in the future.

Mr Colin Peel

Colin is in his second term as a Governor. He was previously a cancer patient at The Royal Marsden and underwent surgery and radiotherapy in Sutton and Chelsea. His career culminated in running his own business, working with many NHS hospitals over 17 years. As President and Trustee of a registered charity, he led complex negotiations to secure a £1 million community centre for Sutton and its royal opening in 1993.

Elsewhere in London

Dr Peter Lewins

Peter was a GP in South East London for 24 years. For many years he has been involved in GP education and training and also in the provision of end-of-life care. He has continued this work as a governor working with The Royal Marsden's GP education team and the Coordinate My Care (CMC) team. He is a governor representative on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group, an ambassador for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and is currently lead governor.

Mrs Fiona Stewart

Having been a patient at The Royal Marsden since 2005, and a Governor since 2011, Fiona believes that she knows the hospital well from a patient perspective. She particularly enjoys meeting members and patients of the Trust at Members' events to learn their views. Fiona aims to increase membership of, and obtain more feedback from, her constituency to help further improve patient experience at the hospital.


Elsewhere in England

Dr Andrew Pearson

Professor Andrew Pearson joined the Council of Governors in July 2016, 15 years after being diagnosed with cancer. As a Governor, Andrew, whose background is in medical and academic hospital epidemiology, information technology and infection control, combines his expertise with his experience as a patient. Andrew wishes to play a key role in making recommendations for sustaining and improving the patient experience, which will help support the Board of Directors and Council of Governors in continuing to ensure that the safety, effectiveness and quality experience of patient care is central to all Royal Marsden strategy.

Mr Simon Spevack

Chartered Accountant Simon has been a patient Governor at The Royal Marsden since 2012. Simon first came to The Royal Marsden as a patient in the 1970s when he was diagnosed with cancer. He says: “I became a Governor to give something back to the hospital for all it did for me when I was diagnosed with cancer 40 years ago. This was when chemotherapy was in its infancy and it was common to consider cancer as a death sentence – I am now doing well.”

Carer Governors

Mr Duncan Campbell

Duncan was elected as a Carer Governor in May 2013. He became a Member of the Trust in 2004 when his granddaughter was having treatment in Sutton. As a qualified lawyer Duncan worked for many years as General Counsel and Secretary of a large IT company. Subsequently he became a board member of OPRA, the pension’s regulator, and then legal adviser with the CBI. He now practises as a mediator with CEDR Chambers. 

Mrs Lesley-Ann Gooden

As well as a Carer Governor, Lesley-Ann is also the Deputy Chair of (PCAG) Patient & Carer Advisory Group, a volunteer within Quality Assurance and also belongs to The Friends of The Royal Marsden. She says: "Being surrounded by compassion and empathy made it easy to consider running as Carer Governor. I felt I really wanted to give something back and make a difference."


Public Governors

Mrs Ann Curtis (Elsewhere in England)

Ann worked in the cancer unit at Mount Vernon Hospital as the hospital administrator, liaising with GPs and consultants. Ann believes this gave her an insight into cancer and the effects and problems it can raise for patients. Ann also trained and worked as a Cruse Counsellor and then became a volunteer at Meadow House Hospice in Ealing Hospital, working closely with the Macmillan Bereavement Service and the Macmillan nurses.

Mr Tim Howlett (Sutton and Merton)

Tim became a Governor in May 2016. He has experience of being both a former patient and a member of staff for 35 years. Tim is aware of the challenges and obstacles the Trust faces together with the high standard of care offered. Tim became a Governor as he would like to support the Trust in its pursuit of excellence. He plays an active role in his local community, is involved with his church and is also in the Caravan Club.

Dr Carol Joseph (Kensington and Chelsea)

Carol is a retired consultant public health epidemiologist and was first elected a governor in June 2011. She plays an active role in her local health community as a member of Healthwatch and chair of her general practice patient forum. Being a Governor enables Carol the opportunity to be involved with the Trust and the remarkable work it does to provide safe care and effective care for all its patients.  


Staff Governors

Ms Mo Carruthers (Nurse)

Mo, Divisional Nurse Director, Private Patients, joined The Royal Marsden as a staff nurse in 1999. She worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Matron in Palliative Care before moving to her current role as Divisional Nurse Director. Aside from her clinical role she has undertaken nurse representation for the Committee for Clinical Research, the Employee Partnership Group and the Patient and Carers Advisory group. Mo is also the Freedom to Speak up Champion for the Private Care division.

Dr Jayne Wood (Doctor)

Dr. Wood has been Clinical Lead for Palliative Care at The Royal Marsden since 2013 and was elected as Staff Governor for Doctors in July 2016. Dr Wood says: “I am committed to helping the Trust deliver the best service for its patients and providing the optimal environment for staff to work in. The opportunity to join the Council of Governors was therefore a great chance to further this, along with being able to represent a link between the Board, staff and patients.”

Ms Rachel Nabawanuka (Clinical Professionals)

Rachel is an anaesthetics Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) who works in the anaesthetics team at Chelsea. When asked why she became a Governor, Rachel replies: “I decided to become a Governor because I felt I could bring a certain perspective and level of knowledge to the Council of Governors to help them understand the Trust’s theatre services, the contribution that theatre staff bring to the organisation and the care and treatment we provide our patients.”

Mr Hardev Sagoo (Corporate and Support Services)

Hardev, Assistant Director of Estates, is a Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Hardev works with the Corporate and Support Service staff to look after the critical infrastructure and maintenance of the Trust's buildings and feels extremely privileged and proud to work for The Royal Marsden Trust. He is excited by the opportunity to participate on the Council of Governors as the Corporate and Support Staff representative.


Nominated Governors

Councillor Robert Freeman (Local Authority: Borough of Kensington & Chelsea)
Dr Charmaine Griffiths (The Institute of Cancer Research)
Miss Anne Croudass (Cancer Research UK)
Councillor Simon Wales (Local Authority: Borough of Sutton and Merton)
Dr Chris Elliott (Clinical Commissioning Group)
Dr Phillip Mackney (Clinical Commissioning Group)