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Board of Trustees

St George’s Hospital Charity has nine Trustees. They hold quarterly meetings at which they decide which grants to award St George’s Healthcare and when they review fundraising and communications and the Charity’s financial position.

Anna Walker CB, Chair

Anna Walker

Anna Walker joined the charity as trustee on 13 June 2016 and took up the post of Chair when the current Chair, Dr Stephen Hickey, retired in September after serving his two terms. Anna brings a wealth of experience at a national level, having served as CEO of the Healthcare Commission ( the predecessor of the Care Quality Commission); Chair at Young Epilepsy; Chair at the Office of Rail and Road; is a Non-Executive Director at Welsh Water; and serves as a Council member of consumer watchdog, Which?  In addition she has served as Director General, Land Use and Rural Affairs in the Dept. of Food and Rural Affairs; Director General, Energy at the Dept. of Trade and Industry; and Deputy Director General, Office of Telecommunications. Living locally in Balham, Anna and her family have all benefitted from excellent care at both St George’s and Queen Mary’s hospitals on many occasions. 

Zeynep Meric-Smith

Zeynep Meric-SmithIn Zeynep’s professional life she  is Business Development Director for EY's Wealth & Asset Management practice. She is a member of the EMEIA Hedge Fund Steering Committee and is a regular speaker at industry events and often quoted in the industry press. Zeynep lives in Tooting with her family, including her son Baran who was born at St George's. Zeynep became a Trustee in May 2013.

 Mike Rappolt

Mike Rappolt

Mike has 40 years of international management experience including 29 years as a management and IT consultant with PA Consulting Group, where he was a main Board Director for 12 years, chaired the Audit Committee, and from which he retired in 2001. He was a Governor of Contemporary Dance Trust (The Place) for 13 years setting up and chairing the Audit Committee and was also a non-Executive Director of a small quoted IT services company for 5 years.

From January 2004 until January 2014 he chaired the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust, a local charity based in the London Borough of Merton, which facilitates exciting and innovative performing arts based education projects for the local community focussing on children and young people those of secondary school age, those with special needs and those experiencing economic disadvantage. He is also a committee member of his local residents association. 


Katie Mantell

Katie Mantell

Katie has more than 20 years’ experience of charity communications and marketing, with particular expertise in digital communications and integrated communications strategies. Katie is currently Director of Communications and Engagement at UCLPartners, a social enterprise that harnesses research and innovation for better patient care and healthier communities. Her previous experience includes more than a decade at The King's Fund health thinktank and communications roles at charities focused on scientific research and social issues. Katie has a strong personal connection with St George’s, having received care at the hospital, along with other family members, during eight years living in Tooting and Streatham.


Paul Sarfaty

Paul Sarfaty Paul was educated at Emanuel School and has lived in South West London for most of his life.  Following a finance career of more than 30 years with a US Fortune 500 multi-national company both in the UK and abroad, he now undertakes project consultancy.  He served as a Board Lay Member at NHS Sutton CCG and as Chair of Sutton and Merton CCG’s Charitable Funds between 2013 and 2019.


Schellion Horn

Schellion has over 20 years’ experience as a professional economist, including advising the healthcare sector. She is currently employed as a Managing Director in Alvarez and Marsal’s economic consulting practice and brings an understanding of the NHS from previous employment as Director for NHSI’s National Urgent and Emergency Care Programme and COO for Healthy London Partnership (NHS health and care transformation unit). Schellion has worked with STPs, CCGs, Trusts, Local Authorities and National Bodies on transformation and integration initiatives across health and care settings. Schellion has lived locally in Balham for 15 years and both her children were born at St George's Hospital. Her daughter continues to receive treatment at St George’s Hospital and so she experiences first hand the work of the hospital and the difference that St George’s Hospital Charity can make to patient care and experience.


Tim Wright

Tim joined the Department for Education as Chief Information Officer in 2007, a position he held for almost six years. He also worked across government, with local authorities, the Cabinet Office and the Government Digital Service. Prior to joining government, Tim worked for 20 years in the oil and gas industry in IT development, consulting and senior IT leadership roles. He now runs his own IT advisory and consulting business undertaking assignments for both public and private sector clients. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Tim is also a Non Executive Director of St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Sarah Wilton

Sarah joined the board as a trustee in April 2020, and was appointed honorary treasurer of the charity in May 2020 on the retirement of Anthony Chambers. From 2011 until January 2020 Sarah was a non-executive director of St George’s Hospitals University Trust, most recently as chair of the Trust’s Audit Committee. Previously Sarah had been a non-executive director of NHS Wandsworth (formerly Wandsworth PCT) where she chaired the Finance & Resources Committee.

Following qualification as a chartered accountant, Sarah’s professional career focussed on corporate finance, change management and financial services: she is currently non-executive chair of the board of two companies in the Lloyd’s insurance market.

Within the community, Sarah was chair of governors of a Putney primary school for five years, and has been a longstanding trustee of Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, in Battersea. She sits as a magistrate in the adult and family courts.

Sarah and her family have lived in Putney for over thirty years and have benefitted in many ways over that time from the excellent care and expertise provided at both Queen Mary’s and St George’s Hospitals.

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