Public constituency

We asked our Public constituency councillors what they hope to achieve in their roles either as new or re-elected councillors.

North London and surrounding area

Simon Hawtrey-Woore
Simon Hawtrey Woore

Why did you stand for election? As a parent of a 10 year old with disabilities I am a strong believer in the effectiveness of having a shared purpose and responsibility with her supporting healthcare and I am inspired to step up my involvement with GOSH into the role of Councillor on the Members’ Council.

What do you hope to achieve in your role? Through the Members' Council I want to actively help grow the membership, improve patient and parent engagement and act as a critical friend to the Non Executive Directors who, in turn, are keeping the Board true to the vision and values of GOSH- the child first and always.

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Rebecca Broadhurst (née Miller) 

Why did you stand for election? I'm a regular visitor to Great Ormond Street with my daughter Imogen.

The hospital is a wonderful help to us and I applied to be a Councillor to give some help back to the hospital.

What do you hope to achieve in your role? In this role I hope to be a useful link between GOSH members from North London and the hospital's management and to be part of a dialogue to improve and assist the hospital however we can.

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Teskeen Gilani

Why did you stand for election? At the tender age of eight, I first glimpsed the groundbreaking work carried out by GOSH. My little sister suffers from a rare congenital endocrine condition, which without immediate treatment, is fatal. Today, she is as normal as any other smartphone-obsessed 11 year old – something my family and I owe to the world-class team behind GOSH. As a student pursuing a career in biomedical science, and due to my sheer gratitude, I became a member of the Trust. Unfortunately, I am aware that many families are not as lucky as mine – something I am determined to change. Now at the age of 19, I am eager to advance my membership with the Trust as a Members’ Councillor.

As a specialist children’s hospital, the Trust endeavours to put the ‘child first and always’ – a vision that requires understanding of the children’s perspective. My age, I believe, allows me this advantage, enabling me to act as a medium to relay the views of the children GOSH treats, alongside the views of their parents and carers and the membership, to advance the hospital in innovative ways. I’d like to not only listen, but proactively implement and translate the constituency’s views into something visible and concrete.
What do you hope to achieve in your role? In the Trust’s new chapter, I believe that increasing members’ input is fundamental to our work. I hope to be able to narrow the divide between members and the board, act as an advisor to the executive directors and help preserve the values that make GOSH truly exceptional – putting the 'child first and always'.

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South London and surrounding area

Gillian Smith
Gillian Smith

Why did you stand for election? As a parent of a former patient at GOSH, I care deeply about the hospital. I have been a hospital volunteer for the last 9 years, and I felt it was time to use my experience to be more fully involved in ensuring the future of the hospital continues to be shaped with patients, parents, carers and communities in mind.

What do you hope to achieve in your new role? I genuinely want to represent my constituency, which is difficult because members of the public who are Foundation Trust members rarely, if ever, visit the hospital. I am keen to get involved on the Membership and Engagement Committee to work on new ways to keep in touch and seek views. I hope that my personal experience and the skills I have developed through my work, will be valuable to the Board.

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The rest of England and Wales

Stuart Player

Why did you stand for election? In 1972, as a young baby, I received life-saving heart surgery at GOSH which has allowed me to live my life to the full, become a successful businessman in IT, a professionally qualified diver and a father to three great kids. Now it is time to give something back.

What do you hope to achieve in your role? My aim is to act on behalf of all the Public Foundation Trust members and bring my business and IT experience to the role as well as my experience as a patient who was successfully treated at GOSH, but who still deals with the long-term effects of a heart condition.

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David Rose 
David Rose

Why did you stand for election? I want to give back my time, expertise and energy to GOSH, after the hospital has saved my life multiple times as a child.

What do you hope to achieve in your new role? I aim to build strong communication networks between my constituency and the hospital. It's vital that the voice of GOSH stakeholders is heard for the hospital to grow from strength to strength.

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