Patient and Carer Governors (and Lead Governor)

We asked our patient and carer governors what they hope to achieve in their new or re elected role.

Patients from outside London

Faiza Yasin

Faiza Yasin


Alice Rath

Why did you stand for election?
I was a Gastroenterology patient at GOSH for 12 years, during which time I became really engaged with patient experience and providing constructive feedback. The primary reason I decided to stand in the election so I could continue to improve patient experiences, especially for young adults.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
I am particularly interested in working on transition from paediatric to adult services. This is often a daunting and difficult time for patients, and I feel it's imperative as a councillor to assist to make transitioning to adult services as streamlined as possible.

Alice Rath


Patients from London

Elena-May Reading

Why did you stand for election? 
I stood for election because as an ex-patient I feel very strongly that one should not feel held back because of their rare disease/genetic condition and that everything is possible. Great Ormond Street Hospital helped to shape the woman that I’ve become today, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I wanted to use my experience with GOSH to help positively impact other patient experiences within the hospital.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
In my position, I would like to make the patient experience as smooth as possible, for the child and their families while they are in the hospital. I would also like to make their communication more accessible.

Elena-May Reading


Zoe Bacon

Why did you stand for election?
Having been a patient at GOSH, I have had experience of the hospital in many areas and therefore, it is important to me that other families receive the same level of support that my family did throughout my care. I want to give something back to the GOSH community and help to further develop the positive aspects of the hospital.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
I hope to be the voice that young people may not feel confident to have in their hospital. I also wish to improve the integration of both physical and mental health services to ensure that both are able to work effectively together- not as separate entities. 

Zoe Bacon


Parents and carers from London

Stephanie Nash

Stephanie Nash


Mariam Ali (Lead Governor)

Why did you stand for election? 
My daughter is an existing outpatient visiting several clinics at GOSH. GOSH is a world renowned centre for its quality of care, its innovation and expertise and we are grateful for all the support we have received so far. I stood for election to help to continue to improve some of the experiences for children/ parents/ carers and to repay in some small way, shape or form GOSH for the care provided.

What do you hope to achieve in your role? 
I hope to improve the navigation for children/ parents/ carers between different services, whether it’s within GOSH or with community GPs, nurses and other medical teams.

Mariam Ali


Emily Shaw

Emily Shaw


Parents and carers from outside London

Lisa Allera

Lisa Allera


Claire Cooper-Jones

Claire Cooper-Jones