As part of our series of interviews getting to know the Trust’s governors, we spoke with Shalu Kanal. Shalu represents the borough of Wandsworth on our council of governors.

The Trust’s governors play an important role in representing the interest of our members and the local communities we serve. If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a member or a governor at the Trust, please visit our website here.

Why did you want to become a governor?

“I believe passionately in the NHS and its founding principles – that good healthcare should be available to all. I am a local resident, parent of two young children, service user of St George’s and a healthcare professional, most recently working with NICE in its communications team.”

Tell us about your connection with St George’s?

“My family has strong ties to the NHS – my father was a GP, and my mother a Nurse. My father also worked at St George’s in the 1970s in the A&E department.”

What do you enjoy about being a governor?

“It is an interesting and meaningful role, which gets behind the teeth of the day-to-day running of this incredible hospital.”

Why do you think local people should become members of the Trust?

“Because it’s a great way to stay connected with St George’s and show practical support for the hospital. Plus it’s quick, easy and free!”

Finally, what are your thoughts on the way St George’s and its staff have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic?

“St George’s and its entire staff has been utterly exceptional in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have been so impressed by their dedication and commitment. However, it has been an extraordinarily difficult time, and there will obviously be lessons to learn, both for St George’s and the NHS as a whole.”