Board of governors

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 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.

Graham has been a member of Benenden for 25 years, but only took a greater interest with his local branch when he was nearing retirement from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2014.

He started his career in the USA, and then joined TSB which, in all but name, was a mutual organisation owned by local Trustees. He then worked for the Central Office of Information, where he joined Benenden.

After leaving COI, and following a placement with Premier Christian Radio, he joined the Foreign Office.As a home-based officer, Graham worked in departments including liaison with the Security Services, Freedom of Information, and South East Asia.

He had two overseas positions in Germany and West Africa.Graham is married to Margaret. They have three children and eight grandchildren. In addition to being regular babysitters, he enjoys cricket, refereeing, visiting National Trust properties and organising the types of quizzes enjoyed by Andy!

Andy joined the Society ten years ago, and has been Chair of South Central Branch since 2013.

He was a Government Linguist after leaving University. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1981, and served in Africa and Europe, as well as dealing with countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe when working in London. He worked on exchange with the German Foreign Ministry. His senior jobs included Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Alternate Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Nairobi, as well as managing a Change Programme worth £100 million and doing Customer Relation Management across government. He chaired the Diplomatic section of the FDA Union.

He is married, to Judith, a teacher. He loves general knowledge quizzes, and is looking forward to getting a dog again.

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 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.

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