Council of Governors




Nasir Akhtar

I have been a resident of Merton for the last 18 years and my family and I have benefited from the vital services offered by St George’s. I am passionate about the NHS service as I believe it plays a vital role in shaping the social fabric of our society. I have strong experience in industry, working with board members in companies to develop strategy and have also been a volunteer for over 20 years supporting local community members.


Anneke de Boer

I have been a Merton resident for 20 years and my family has often used the services at both St George’s in Tooting and Queen Mary’s in Roehampton. With two teenage children and ill and aging family, we have experienced the best and worst of public and private care in the UK, US and Netherlands. I want to bring my breadth of experience to improve standards of care for all local residents.


Hilary Harland

I grew up in Merton and have now lived in the Borough for a very long time. Qualifying at Guy’s Hospital, my career has been spent as an NHS dentist and partner in a large well-regarded practice. I have always been interested in the quality of patient care as well as using limited resources wisely. A dental practice is tiny compared with a huge Trust like St George’s but many of the problems are similar. It is a great privilege having a world-class institute like St George’s here in our community, and I am very proud to be a member of its Council of Governors.


Nasir Javed Khan

Having lived locally for over 42 years I have a strong connection with St George’s, both as a patient and volunteer involved in many health awareness programmes such as St George’s Heart Failure awareness programme. I have experience of working in a number of UK organisations including Head of Human Resources and Compliance of an international charity, Ambassador for Peace, member Merton interfaith group, Merton Voluntary Service Council and Governor of Richard Lodge High School Merton.


Rest of England

Mia Bayles

I was elected Governor  when  St George’s became a Foundation Trust and have served on the Nominations and Remuneration and Membership and Engagement Committees. I served on focus groups contributing to the selection of our non-executive Directors.

Formerly I was a Tourist Guide, Language Teacher, Surrey County Councillor, Director of SE England Tourist Board and SE England Museums Council. 

I was a Conference Organiser mainly with the aim of promoting Women into Public Life, including Public Speaking, handling the Press and the Single Currency. I achieved a BA Hons in History and Politics as a mature student at Kingston University.


Sandhya Drew

I was born in St George’s Hospital when it was in Hyde Park. I was ‘re-born’ in St George’s Hospital in Tooting in January 2016 when my life was saved through 11 hours of risky and complicated brain stem surgery. Thanks to the skill and care of staff, I have emerged unscathed and healthier than before my operation. I am tremendously proud to be a Public Governor of St Georges. I have a particular interest in the safety and well-being of all people who work at St George’s. I am also interested in the development and greater security of the NHS  after all its work against Covid-19.   I am a barrister and academic at City Law School specialising in employment and public law. 


Damien Quinn

Like many, I have first-hand experience of the excellent skill and dedication of the staff at St. George’s and my focus would be on the patient experience and developing the buildings and facilities to allow the best possible care. I have relevant business experience in owning a construction consultancy. I also hold a master’s degree in business administration, so I understand the corporate and financial pressures the non-executive directors face in working with senior management. Professionally, I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Stephen Sambrook

Now in my second term as Governor, my first-hand experience of St. George’s was initially poor. On two occasions in A&E broken bones were missed. As a career Civil Servant I was prepared for bureaucratic intricacies. I decided to volunteer at the Trust and started in 2009. I provide feedback on what I observe whilst at work.



Dr Afzal Ashraf

I am proud of Wandsworth’s health facilities including the outstanding hospitals and other services provided by the Trust – which were superb on the rare occasions when my family have needed them. However, this complex and dispersed organisation needs high governance standards, particularly to improve value for money and engagement with patients and Trust members.  My diverse career background and experiences have a couple of consistent themes: service to the country and leadership. I hope these qualities will help me make a positive contribution to the governance of an already praiseworthy organisation.


Nick de Bellaigue

I am passionate about the work St George’s does. This is from my long association as a patient and a relative of patients. The staff care deeply and whenever my family have received care this has always impressed me. However sometimes the quality of care falls below the standard expected but rarely is this down to a single individual.


John Hallmark

A local resident for 25 years, I have experience of St George’s as both an inpatient and A&E attendee. My professional background is in communications and marketing having worked in the Civil Service for many years and at the RSPCA’s Head Office. I now have my own company specialising in press, public relations and Parliamentary Affairs. I was previously a Wandsworth Councillor for 16 years.


Basheer Khan

I was born in one of the Trust’s hospitals. I have cared for and ben treated by the Trust’s doctors and nurses and the Trust has cared for my loved ones during their final moments. I understand how integral the Trust is to the lives of local residents. I have worked on health policy for almost a decade, with a track record of delivering real improvements in the health and wellbeing of people.


Doulla Manolas

I have been a long term outpatient at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals and find the service wonderful. Whilst they may get stretched at times in providing their excellent service, this does not stop them from being compassionate, smiling and spending time with their patients to help them understand whet they are and may choose to go through. Thank you St George’s!


Ataul Qadir Tahir

I have been a resident of Wandsworth for over 40 years and have held various positions of authority in the local community. Following a heart attack I received great medical care from St George’s and would like to help other people by contributing my ideas and knowledge to improve their experience. I regularly work with UK and international charities including fundraising for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and Humanity First amongst others.


South West Lambeth

Richard Mycroft

Me and my family have lived locally for 40 years. I have good reasons to want to give back to St George’s. It does an amazing job but needs all our support. I wanted to help using my experience as an HR Director in big organisations facing financial, business and political pressures. Being a Governor is about caring about what the Hospital does for its communities. We bring fresh pairs of eyes and different viewpoints. All Governors want to make sure people are treated with care and skill and that their voices are heard when big decisions are made.


Staff Governors

Jenni Doman, Non-Clinical

Deputy Director for Estates & Facilities, local resident and user of Trust’s services. I have worked for the Trust for 15 years and represent non-clinical and partner staff on all the Trust sites who provide services to the Trust’s Patients, Visitors and Staff in having a voice in the future of St. George’s.



Dr Anup Sharma, Medical and Dental

A Consultant General Surgeon at the Trust for 20 years. Lead of the Breast and Endocrine Unit. In 2005, elected to the Court of Examiners for the RCS England and became club doctor for AFC Wimbledon (unpaid), both continuing to date.



Bassey Williams, Allied Health Professional and other Clinical and Technical

Worked in the health service for over 30 years, previously as a Biomedical Scientist and now as a Transfusion Practitioner. This involves working Trust-wide with staff from all relevant disciplines to promote safe, appropriate and economic use of blood components, ensuring that patients requiring, or refusing, transfusion receive the highest standard of safe and effective care.


Marlene Johnson, Nursing & Midwifery

I have been a nurse at St George’s for over three years and I am currently Head of Nursing for Renal, Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care Services. I am extremely proud of all the areas I manage and the achievements of all my staff. I am totally committed to the Trust and the nursing staff I represent. Putting our patients first to receive outstanding care every time is the standard I encourage in all my teams.


Appointed Governors

Alfredo Benedicto, Healthwatch Merton

Member of the Operational Committee of Healthwatch Merton. Alfredo had a long corporate career in Consumer and Financial services in several locations in Europe and America. Upon his retirement he has devoted his time and energy to the voluntary sector. On top of his role in Healthwatch Merton, he is part of the steering group of Adults First, a programme of Merton Mencap, and of the PEG of the Merton CCG. A Merton resident for the past 26 years and a carer of daughter with learning disabilities.


Donald Roy, Healthwatch Wandsworth

Board member of Healthwatch Wandsworth and previously Chair.




Dr Val Collington, Kingston University

Dr Valentina Collington has now retired from her role as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. She has held a range of education management and leadership roles for over 16 years and is highly experienced in planning, implementing and evaluating midwifery education, as well as other health and social care education programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She still holds a consultancy contract with the Faculty. Her work entailed close collaboration with NHS organisations, hence she has good appreciation of relevant policies and strategy. Particular interest is in the interface between academia and professional practice.



Cllr Rebecca Lanning, Merton Council

Cllr Rebecca Lanning is the labour councillor for Cricket Green ward in Merton.




Dr Frances Gibson, St George’s, University of London

Dr Frances Gibson became Course Director for the St George’s Biomedical Science BSc in 2012, a Reader in Biomedical Sciences in 2013, and the Head of the Centre for Biomedical Education in 2014.



Dr Sangeeta Patel, Wandsworth & Merton Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Patel is a GP and senior partner at the Balham Park Surgery in Wandsworth and represents the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group.



Cllr Sarah McDermott, Wandsworth Council

Cllr Sarah McDermott, Wandsworth Council. Sarah McDermott is a Conservative councillor for Nightingale ward in Wandsworth and is the Chairman of the Community Services and Open Spaces Overview and Scrutiny Committee. She is also the Chairman of Governors at the Wandsworth Pupil Referral Unit and Chairman of the Virtual School Board. Sarah is an admitted solicitor and was an Ofsted school inspector for over 20 years.