Board of governors

Roy Mawford

Roy was appointed as an independent member of the Board of Governors in August 2012. He is a senior executive with extensive experience gained in local government and the health service; also in management consultancy, the transport sector and financial services.

Roy was a management consultant with an international accountancy firm, Coopers & Lybrand, before moving to the NHS. There he held director positions at hospital, health authority and regional levels for 12 years; most recently as an executive director at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, from 1991 to 1998. He was then Chief Executive of Hastings Borough Council for 14 years, and heavily involved in the town’s regeneration programme, until deciding to set up his own consultancy business in April 2012. He is now a managing consultant with clients including the Financial Ombudsman Service, for whom he is a fee-paid senior ombudsman.

Roy is an economist, transport planner and manager by training. He is married and lives in East Sussex.

John Jackson

John Jackson first had experience of Benenden Hospital as a patient recently and was very impressed with the service he experienced from the team. He is a former FTSE Chief Executive and Operations Director with extensive governance, commercial and customer operations experience derived in the oil and gas, telecommunications, outsourcing and health sectors. He previously managed various businesses in Western Europe, worked in the UK Cabinet Office and is also experienced in leading turnaround and substantial change.

John also works as an Interim Manager and Consultant and has successfully completed several assignments in the NHS. This has included a planned merger of hospitals in Bristol and working in Switzerland with a major international supplier of healthcare equipment. He has completed assignments in integrated care with a GP consortium in South London and with an aspirant FT in Essex.

John lives in East Sussex, is married with three grown-up children and lists vintage cars, studying Italian and running amongst his interests.

Alan Pilgrim

Alan was educated at Cheshunt Grammar School and obtained his BSc in Statistics at University College London. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young and left the profession while on secondment in Australia and entered the healthcare services sector with HCA who were acquiring private hospitals there.

Alan's executive career has spanned many aspects of healthcare management including hospitals, care homes, staffing and medical imaging. He was CEO of Community Hospitals Group plc which owned and operated 21 private hospitals and Alliance Medical Ltd. Europe's largest medical imaging services group. Recently he has been Chairman of several healthcare businesses including Cancer Partners UK which provided cancer treatment services.

Alan has also had a long standing interest in education and is Chairman of the Governors of Haileybury and a Governor of two schools in Kazakhstan. He has been married to Jenny for 39 years and has three sons. His other interests are in several sports, primarily cricket, hockey, squash and golf and he travels extensively.

Gwenda Binks MBE

Having been a Civil Servant all my working life (Valuation Office Agency, HMRC Executive Agency) and a Benenden member too, I am delighted to return to the Hospital Board of Governors and particularly proud to be elected as the chairwoman.

In 2013 following my retirement from full time employment I was elected as a branch nominated member of the Benenden Healthcare Society Board of Directors and now serve as the Vice Chairwoman.

I bring a broad range of transferable skills to Benenden Hospital Trust gained over my working life countrywide. Previously I was on the TUC General Council where I represented members in the UK and internationally. Currently I sit as a panel member for the Employment Tribunal Service (HMCTS) in the South East region.

I try to be authentic in everything I do and along with my inquisitive nature and holistic approach to work will do all I can to ensure that our Hospital Trust is as good as it can be.

I am passionate about health and wellbeing and will always strive to ensure that our well led, outstanding, infection free hospital is sustainable into the future, fully utilising our beautifully redeveloped hospital and dedicated workforce to best advantage and for the benefit of everyone.


Deryck Lewis

Deryck has been a Branch-nominated member of the CoM since 2015 and a member of the Board of Governors of Benenden Hospital. Deryck has 16 years’ Civil Service experience, with over 10 years’ experience using Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to deliver national project and build capability within the organisation. Business skills include operations management, project planning and stakeholder management, leadership, performance management and data analysis using Continuous Improvement principles.

Louise Fowler

Louise Fowler is a successful business leader with 25+ years senior experience in consumer services, leading brands from First Direct and the Co-operative Group to British Airways and Barclays.

At BA she launched the Executive Club and introduced the world’s first beds on a plane revolutionising business travel, and then went on to redefine Barclays’ business banking proposition. More recently she has delivered marketing and digital transformation as Chief Marketing Officer for First Direct, the UK’s most recommended bank, and runs Davenport Strategy, advising clients on their strategic customer proposition.

Louise is currently leading a major Customer and Digital Transformation Programme at the Post Office, and sits on a number of boards across business, the arts and education.

Bob Andrews

A former CEO, Bob brings a wealth of experience at main Board level. Bob was most recently the CEO at Capital Home Loans Ltd/Landmark Mortgages Ltd.

Previously Bob held roles leading large operational, support and customer focussed teams across a number of regulated financial service organisations.

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