Patron and trustees

Our patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


As of December 2018 our trustees* are;

Des Benjamin

Group Chief Executive at SimplyHealth for 13 years, now Chairman of Avanti Group Solutions and President of the Institute of Customer Service.

Deputy Chair & Treasurer
James Gemmell

Former partner and Chairman of the firm now known as Crowe UK, an Honorary Fellow of UCL School of Pharmacy and currently a consultant advising corporate firms and entrepreneurs.

Dr David Mitchell

Medical Director and the Responsible Officer for the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, David was previously Medical Director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Consultant in General and Chest Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital London.

Les Broude

Worked at Mars Snackfoods Europe, Barclays Bank and Premier Foods PLC, then became a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dominic Fairclough

A partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team at Russell-Cooke solicitors, whose expertise includes advising on obstetric and neurological injury claims.

Terry Hanafin CBE

Former Chief Executive of Essex Strategic Health Authority, Croydon Health Authority and the London Borough of Lewisham.

Rt Rev Christopher Herbert

Retired as Bishop of St Albans in 2009; now a respected lecturer in the ethics of end-of-life care, he was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill. He is Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics in the University of Surrey.

Julie Harding

Worked for HSBC (Australia, Brazil, UK) for over 30 years, then was appointed as HR Director at the Co-operative Bank as part of the turnaround team, a role she held for three years.

Anna Marks

A senior audit partner at Deloitte primarily working with global, FTSE 350 corporates.

Deborah Sanders

Group Chief Nurse at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and board member of the Royal Free Hospital Nurses’ Home of Rest Trust.

Dr Yen Foung Tai

A consultant neurologist and honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with a research background in using functional imaging to study the pathogenesis and treatment responses of neuroprotective therapy in neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.


*All RHN trustees are unpaid.