Patient governors

Lisa Addison

As a recent, happy 2021 patient of Chelsea and Westminster, with ongoing monitoring here for several years to come, it is my privilege and passion to work on behalf of Chelsea and Westminster patients to drive greater patient experiences, treatment success, clarity of communications and an holistically positive patient journey. To impart that with the Chelsea and Westminster kindness is also my affinity and endeavour!

My mindset is that we are always on an upwards journey to improvements. With first-hand knowledge of several departments, I have a sharp focus from the patient’s lens, with an eager eye on efficiencies, systems and process effectiveness, personal interactions and patient communications. As a mentor, advisor and consultant to several technology and professional service businesses – with a focus on product and customer success – I am responsible for highly-tuned service provision, precise execution of plans, and honouring and superseding our service commitments.
I believe we must elate and enamour our customers to retain their respect and custom!

My skills include strategy, board liaison, stakeholder management and engagement, as well as ethics, compliance, risk management and overall growth trajectories to success – this across private and public sector organisations.

Hailing from Richmond-Upon-Thames, where I have lived for 26 years, I have spent much of that time in Chelsea and Kensington for business, and for social and cultural life. I am a benefactor to local causes, charities and the arts, and have strong entrepreneurial, artistic and sporting connections here, as a keen sportsperson too. My healthcare interests include new technologies and how they improve the patient’s life – pre, during and post-care, human interactivity and the science advancements that benefit us all.

I look forward to contributing to this cosmopolitan, multicultural, vibrant and always entertaining London community! I hope to meet more patients, and to hear your valuable voices soon.

Jeremy Booth

I was the first Director of Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Chelsea and Westminster when it was founded in 1993. I continued to work in the speciality of Emergency Medicine for many years until my retirement from the NHS. I have had a long-time interest in those who find access to healthcare difficult or impossible, particularly those with mental health issues. I have been an advisor to the Department for International Development.

I have spent all my medical professional life at Chelsea and Westminster, and have always considered it an outstanding hospital, and I would hope to make to make a contribution to its future development.

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What do you do?
I am an award winning lawyer, businessman and disability rights champion. I have won recognition for my work from UNICEF, Liberty, Justice and the Lord Chief Justice. My youngest son William is severely disabled so I understand the vital importance of good healthcare. I have been a trustee of charities like Scope and Contact a Family and a governor of a special school. I am a trustee of Victim Support and the Law Society Charity.

Why did you become a Governor?
I want to give back to the hospital to benefit its patients and staff. I understand the concerns of nurses having represented a nursing agency providing staff to the NHS. I intend to use my skill and experience as a lawyer to be an effective voice for patients.

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Lead Governor

What do you do?
My professional background is in Pharmacology and Medical Research. I was formerly Clinical Research Manager at The Royal Marsden Hospital and Senior Research Manager in the Directorate of Health & Social Care for London. For the last 13 years I have been working in the Department of Health and have more lately been responsible for a part of Emergency Preparedness in the Department.

Why did you become a governor?
I put myself forward as Patient Governor as I am a firm believer in the NHS being run by the people for the people and am a regular user of Chelsea and Westminster services, in the Kobler Centre. I am passionate in the drive to improve public health and improve healthcare when a visit to the hospital is necessary. I share the values of openness, honesty and integrity in my professional and personal life. 

Minna Korjonen

What do you do?
I am a professional working in education and the consultation field, and volunteering in our communities across the borough.

Why did you became a governor?
My passion lies with those most vulnerable—disabled, children and elderly. These people have always been the driving factor for me. That passion has taken me to represent them to various committees and boards in both health and social care and housing sector locally and nationally—and now extensively as a Governor of the Council of Governors of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. I have advocated and represented vulnerable people for the past years and together we have achieved improvements and changes to the services, also ensured their voice is heard around the tables where the decisions are made. This work continues, and I warmly welcome you to participate in my team—please get in touch with me via the Board Governance Manager at 020 3315 6716 and you are in! And also have your say and input to your and other people’s care and services in our hospitals and its clinics.

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I became a patient governor so that I can represent the members and our local community. I live in Ealing, and want to contribute to the future development of the Trust and to support the continued delivery of high quality care that is accessible to everyone in our community. I am passionate about improving public understanding and engagement with health services and raising the patient voice.

I became a volunteer at West Middlesex in April 2020. I volunteered because I wanted to support my local hospital and its staff through the unprecedented difficulties of the pandemic. Since then I have worked in different volunteering roles. Currently I am working in the volunteering hub where I am supported the future development of the service by recruiting new volunteers. I was honoured with a PROUD award in recognition of my contribution. Through my volunteering I have developed a deeper engagement with the Trust, it’s staff and the future opportunities and challenges.

I have worked in the NHS for seven years but for the last 12 years I was a Director at Medical Royal College, with a remit for postgraduate medical education, professional standards and workforce planning. My specialist experience includes postgraduate and continuing medical education, accredited clinical guideline production, quality improvement and patient safety. I also bring leadership skills and a knowledge of strategic planning, governance, recruitment, communication and influencing. I have board level experience and was Governor at an Academy school in Ealing until 2019. I am currently a lay representative for Health Education England and a member of the Board of Trustees at The CHIRP Charitable Trust (The Confidential Human Factors Reporting Programme for Aviation and Maritime) and run my own business. 

My passion for this Trust and the patient voice combined with my professional skills means that I aim to be a great ambassador for patients  and for the Trust.

David Phillips

What do you do?
Many years in public relations and advertising. Now semi-retired and an associate lecturer at the University of the Arts, London.

Why did you become a governor?
Over the years I have received first class treatment at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. I have seen it expand into the excellent and patient-friendly hospital it is today. I am aware of the enormous financial pressures it is under like so many NHS trusts and the impact that can have on services. I am determined to see the high standard of patient care is maintained and where necessary, improved and that the hospital continues to provide an excellent service to patients in the widening community it serves.

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