Trustees give their time and expertise at no cost to the charity but with a passion to really make a difference to every patient at the point when they need it most. They take on challenging projects and are visionary about how healthcare can be supported. The patient is always at the heart of their decisions.
Chair of Trustees
Judy joined the Royal Free Charity board in 2018 and was appointed as Chair in May 2019.
Judy had a successful career with a leading stockbroking firm where she ran their European equity business until 2003 when she started treatment for the blood cancer, multiple myeloma. She then focused on improving the treatment and care of myeloma by joining the board of Myeloma UK. Judy is currently President of Myeloma UK, having stepped down from their board at the end of 2018, after 12 years as Chairman. Judy has been treated for myeloma over many years at the Royal Free Hospital. She was elected as a patient governor of the Royal Free London in 2012 and has been lead governor since 2016.
Judy also sits on various boards and advisory groups as a patient representative, such as the UK Amyloidosis PPI Committee, the UCL Experimental Cancer Medicine (ECMC) board and the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation Advisory Group. In 2015 Judy was recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list for charitable and voluntary services to cancer research.
Judy says “I am delighted to be leading the charity as we continue to improve the everyday services provided to patients and to supporting the dedicated and hard-working Royal Free London staff.”
Russell Brooks joined the Board in March 2015, following the merger of the Royal Free with Barnet and Chase Farm which are his local hospitals. In June 2016, Russell joined the London School of Economics and Political Sciences as Deputy Director of Commercial Operations. Prior to this he spent eight years working at Cancer Research UK, where he was part of the team who delivered a successful £100 million capital appeal to fund the charity’s contribution to the construction of the Francis Crick Institute. He previously served as Chair and Trustee of Volunteer Centre Camden.
Liz Cleaver was appointed in September 2011. She is an experienced media professional who left the BBC in 2010 after 26 years in the organisation. Here she fulfilled a variety of roles from radio and television production to launching BBC Knowledge, the forerunner of BBC4, setting up the interactive capability for all factual and learning programmes and as Controller, BBC Learning, responsibility for the BBC’s learning output and activity. She now works as a digital media consultant and is involved with several charities: Chair of The Reading Agency and Interchange Trust and a trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, and Crisis.
Russell Gilbert was appointed in June 2011. He trained as an aeronautical engineer in Bristol and completed a PhD at Cambridge University. For most of his career he worked with Shell, initially in the North Sea and latterly as a project manager in China, Malaysia and Nigeria. He served as a non-executive director of Islington Primary Care Trust, and works with the Cranfield Trust and Developing Technologies, a charity based at City University.
Mike joined Sainsbury’s in 2002 progressing through a number of different buying roles before being promoted to run their pharmacy business leading the Produce category through a global supply base review that culminated in creating a simpler more efficient supply chain. At the start of 2018 Mike moved to a new role of Director of Business Development. Mike joined the board of trustees of the Royal Free Charity in 2018.
Dr Steve Shaw joined the Board in March 2018. Steve is qualified in both medicine and dentistry and has been a consultant in intensive care for more than 20 years. Steve was clinical director for intensive care at the Royal Free Hospital for many years and more recently divisional director for urgent care. He took up the role of chief executive officer at Barnet Hospital in July 2017. Steve is passionate about patient care and has led a number of quality improvement projects that have developed real benefits for patients.