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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. 

Anthony Marshall, Hon Treasurer

Anthony MarshallAnthony Marshall was appointed a Trustee in June 2012. A chartered accountant with 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, he was previously the Treasurer of Shooting Star CHASE children’s hospices and was an adviser to Cooltan Arts, a mental health charity in South London. He has lived in South West London for 40 years and both his grandsons were born at St George’s.


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 Mantell has two decades’ experience of charity communications and marketing, with particular expertise in digital communications and integrated communications strategies. She has worked for 13 years at The King’s Fund, and also sits on the Fundraising and Communications Sub Committee of the Mental Health Foundation. Katie now lives in Dorking but 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 Married with two grown-up daughters, 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 multi-national company both in the UK and abroad, he now undertakes project consultancy.  He serves as the Lay Member for Audit and Governance at NHS Sutton CCG and is Chair of Sutton and Merton CCG’s Charitable Funds. Paul was appointed a Trustee as of September 2017. 


Schellion Horn

Schellion Horn has almost 20 years’ experience as a professional economist, including advising the healthcare sector. She is currently employed in the NHS as Programme Director for the National Urgent and Emergency Care initiative. Prior to this she was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and before this a Director at Deloitte LLP where she worked with CCGs, Trusts, Local Authorities and National Bodies on transformation and integration initiatives. Schellion has lived locally in Balham for 13 years and both her children were born at St George's Hospital.  


Kathy Tyler

Zeynep Meric-Smith

Kathy lives in Balham. She worked at St George’s from 2012 until recently as the Director of the SW London Academic Health and Social Care System; a network funded by the health service trusts and commissioners, the universities and local authorities in south west London to support collaboration and innovation in health and care. She has broad experience in the health sector at national, regional and local levels and has interest and expertise in cross sector working and workforce development.

Kathy is currently Programme Director, Capacity Building for the south London Health Innovation Network – working with members and partners to support the spread and adoption of innovation in health care and the delivery of the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans.


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.

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