Published on: 22nd August 2023
The RNOH Charity has appointed Richard Jones as its new Chair. Richard runs his own consulting practice, advising clients in the healthcare services industry. He takes over the role from Dorothy Dalton who is stepping down after three years to focus on her retirement plans.
Richard has been a Trustee of Ambient Support, a leading social care provider for the last six years and was also CEO of Viapath, a pathology services joint venture between Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Serco plc.
Richard has extensive experience in the UK healthcare sector, holding a broad range of executive and board positions including roles in the NHS and private healthcare.
The RNOH Charity supports the work of RNOH which treats patients of all ages suffering from neuro musculoskeletal conditions, including spinal cord injuries, bone cancer, scoliosis, and acute hip and knee problems.
Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: “I am delighted to be taking over as Chair and I am excited by the opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the RNOH Charity and RNOH to transform the hospital’s infrastructure and services for the benefit of RNOH patients, the hospital workforce and wider musculoskeletal service innovation.
“The RNOH Charity is a comparatively small charity with great ambitions for the people and services associated with RNOH. The hospital has a fantastic track record of transforming patients’ lives through the delivery of world-class services and innovation in musculoskeletal care. The Charity’s aim is to work with the hospital to raise much-needed extra funding to ensure we can extend the reach and quality of services for patients.”
Rosie Stolarski, CEO of the RNOH Charity added: “The Charity is very grateful to Dorothy who, as the leading expert in charity governance, has been instrumental in creating a robust governance infrastructure for the Charity. We would like to thank Dorothy for her leading example as Chair; the trustees and I have learned tremendously from her vast experience in governance. We would all like to wish her the very best for the future and thank her for her significant contribution.
“I am really looking forward to working with Richard, excited about the next stage for the Charity, and realising its ambitions to ensure we can make a significant impact to the services provided for patients”.
Professor Paul Fish, Chief Executive Royal National orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust said: “I’d like to thank Dorothy for all her work and support as Chair of the RNOH Charity and am very pleased to welcome Richard as the new Chair. I’m looking forward to working with Richard to drive forward the Charity’s work to support the Trust’s pioneering work and amazing staff. We treat adults and children with a range of nerve, soft tissue and bone conditions, including sarcoma - a rare cancer and spinal injuries. We’ve an ambitious strategy which will see us grow and develop our work in prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and well as continuing to treat some of the most complex and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.”