Our Chair

John Anderson

John  is a former civil servant who has lived in Richmond for over 25 years. He worked in a variety of policy roles in the Department of Health including in primary care and has had responsibilities for negotiating with nurses, midwives and professions allied to medicine.

He also worked at a senior level for Ealing Council including the social services department where he worked with NHS colleagues on the primary care trust and Health and Well Being Board. He has been Chair of the Environment Trust for a number of years, and active in areas affecting the local voluntary sector including encouraging interest in social enterprise.


Our Board

Julie Risley

After graduating with a BA Hons degree in French from the University of London, Julie entered the home civil service and worked in various policy and negotiation roles in the Department of Health and Social Security and as a Course Director at the Civil Service College.

Since 1988 she has held senior roles in the NHS in acute, mental health, learning disability and community health services organisations and as a commissioner of care. From 1999 to 2012 Julie was CEO of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor organisations, managing a budget of £265 million, providing a full range of local and specialist mental health and community health services over a wide geographical area. For several years she was chair of the regional committee which oversaw graduate training schemes for South Central NHS. She also took a leading role in health education and training for the region.

Since retiring from Oxford Health NHS FT in 2012 she has held office as chair of the West Surrey branch of a national charity and undertaken an ILM qualification in executive coaching. She now coaches a number of senior NHS staff in the south of England. 

Robin Jowit

Robin has been a resident of Kew for 26 years, and has been closely involved in community work both here and abroad. An engineer and ex-RAF national service pilot, he has worked for a range of companies throughout the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Angola and Mozambique. Whilst in Portugal he set up a retirement home for the British Community. Returning to the UK in 1990 he set up his own high tech engineering company finally retiring in 2008.

As a local councillor in Richmond, he was Chairman of Audit and Scrutiny and for a year Mayor of Richmond. He has been a governor of three schools and, as a governor of Richmond Adult Community College, he was Chairman of Audit. He is currently a Governor of the Turing School in Richmond, Patron of INS (Integrated Neurological Services) and a Trustee of The Countess of Derby Charity in Kew.

Kathy Sheldon

Kathy has been a Richmond resident for 36 years and has been a regular user of NHS services in the area. She worked as Patient Affairs Officer at Barnes Hospital for 8 years before becoming a Trustee of the Friends of Barnes Hospital, and has been chairman since 2000. Kathy was a member of Richmond Community Health Council from 1996 and was the first chair of Richmond Patients and Public Involvement Forum that replaced it and has extensive experience with a variety of Richmond health committees. She has been involved in monitoring and evaluating hospitals including being a panel member for 5 CCG on-site assessments.

She has been a non-voting member of various NHS Trust Boards and is currently a Healthwatch representative on Queen Marys Hospital (Roehampton) Commissioning Board and SW London & St Georges Mental Health Trust Foundation Trust Steering Committee. She is also very involved in the governance, community, social and fundraising activities of her local church.

Sian Rees

Sian is a qualified Banker. She also has a PhD in modern history. Sian spent much of her career with Barclays Bank PLC. Roles include Group Head of Corporate Finance, Director Financial Strategy, Assistant Director Sovereign and Country Risk as well as relationship management of multinationals, major financial institutions and charitable organisations. 

She is currently a Director of InterExec a Global Career Management Company where she focuses upon the financial and professional services sectors placing clients into senior executive positions within sector or into other sectors including Not for Profit (NFP) organisations. Hence she has experience of both the financial and recruitment sides of the NFP sector.

As a resident of Richmond she also has a personal commitment to the area and has substantial experience of signing off the accounts of small (local resident companies) as well as larger company accounts. She has similarly acted as a Director of small and large companies.

Mary McNulty

Mary has been a Richmond resident for nearly 50 years, and has been retired from paid work for some 30 years. She has an MSc. in Social Policy and professionally, trained social workers and community workers at, what is now, Brunel University. She has nearly 30 years’ experience as a Carer of older ladies, both relatives and friends, which has informed her work in various local groups, especially as chair of Richmond Users and Carers. She is also secretary to the Friends of Barnes Hospital. With advancing age she has found herself an active user of healthcare services. She was a member of Richmond LINk's Steering Group from the beginning and hopes to be fully involved in the Healthwatch Richmond Engagement group, with her interest in older people and mental health. 

Dugald Miller

Dugald was born at Hampton Court and has been a Richmond resident all his life. Dugald trained as a social worker after a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He spent forty years in the care sector including in Hounslow, Wandsworth, Hillingdon, Wiltshire and Slough. Responsibilities included service delivery and commissioning, and he specialised in integrated approaches across health and social care.

He has a strong commitment to the importance of the patient voice in planning and monitoring services. He sat on three government working groups on Quality and on End of Life care. He began his career working for a refugee charity and other charity work includes being a Trustee of local charity INS.

James Hunt

James moved to the area in the Summer of 2015 and currently resides in Twickenham. He initially joined Healthwatch Richmond Governance Committee before becoming a member of the Board. James does not have any direct experience within the world of Health & Social Care but with his background in HR and his work studying towards an MSc in Psychology, James will bring a different perspective to the Board.