Our Charity

Dedicated to helping our hospitals treat and beat heart and lung disease.

About us

At the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, we believe that everyone who enters our hospitals should receive the best specialist care in the most comfortable environment possible. To help ensure this, we fundraise for specific projects at the hospitals that the NHS is unable to fund. Through our appeals, we are committed to helping hospital staff treat and beat heart and lung disease.

The Charity gained independence from the NHS in 2012, and has since been headquartered at offices based on the Kings Road, Chelsea. Charity Hubs located at each of the hospitals ensure we have a presence within the hospitals as well.

Our Chief Executive Gill Raikes, MBE, joined the Charity in July 2012. Gill heads up a team of xx members of staff, working across both sites at Royal Brompton Hospital, Chelsea, and Harefield Hospital, Hillingdon. Strategic management of the Charity is provided by our Trustee Board, made up of individuals with extensive skills and experiences.

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity is generously supported by a dedicated group of corporate partners and sponsors.

Executive Team
Fundraising
Marketing & Communications
Finance Team
Property Team
Executive Team
Gill Raikes MBE

Gill Raikes MBE

Chief Executive

My role as CEO is broad, ranging from developing the long-term strategic plans for the Charity, to overseeing its day-to-day operational management. I have a particular focus on the development of long-standing donor relationships. I work closely with the hospitals’ senior staff to ensure that the Charity is supporting key development areas.

Denise Hawkes

Denise Hawkes

P.A. to Chief Executive

I joined the Charity in January 2016. My role is to provide support to our Chief Executive and assist in the smooth running of the office. I became interested in the charitable sector in my last job, while working for the sub-committee of a large membership association that dealt with charitable and pastoral care.

Tel: 020 7351 8613

Fundraising
Ashley Westpfel

Ashley Westpfel

Community and Corporate Fundraising Manager

My role is to support the community fundraising teams at both hospitals to deliver events and support to our fantastic volunteers and supporters. I also provide support for our corporate partners. I have worked within the charity sector for 18 years for a range of charities, and love the variety of my job and meeting the amazing people that support our charity.

Tel: 0207 798 8882

Alice Eastwood

Alice Eastwood

Royal Brompton Community Fundraiser

Hello! I’m based at Royal Brompton Hospital’s Charity Hub. I organise the hospital’s community events, which include our annual Carol Concert and London Bridges Walk. I’m also here to give fundraising advice and support to anyone who wants to put on a quiz night, run a marathon or abseil down a building for our hospitals! However you would like to fund raise, I’m here to help.

Tel: 020 7351 8866

Joe Dunster

Joe Dunster

Harefield Hospital Community Fundraiser

Hello! I am the newest member of the Community Fundraising team and am based at Harefield Hospital’s Charity Hub. I help and support our fantastic fundraisers, whether they are jumping out of a plane at 10,000ft, taking part in a triathlon or organising their own event. I also run some of our own special fundraising events, like the Charity Golf Day and annual Harefield Fun Run & Family Day. We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic donors and volunteers to help at our events and fundraise for us, so if you’re keen to get involved, pop by the Hub and come say hi!

Tel: 01895 828820

Sallinder Rai

Sallinder Rai

Community Events & Fundraising Officer

I’m here to assist with all the wonderful community fundraising events that our amazing supporters put on for Harefield Hospital. From vintage afternoon teas and school bake sales, to beard shaves and skydives – the list of fundraising activities is endless. We also have lots of supporters taking part in many challenge events and I’m here to give lots of support and advice before and after the event. I’m also responsible for processing incoming donations and coordinating our amazing volunteers.

Tel: 01895 828820 

Maria Kuzak

Maria Kuzak

Trust & Foundations Fundraising Manager

Having seen first-hand the difference the hospitals and Charity make to patients, I am passionate about helping to expand their amazing work. My role sees me raising grants for some of the Charity’s most ambitious and innovative projects across both hospitals. I am excited to be supporting fundraising for projects that make an enormous difference to the lives of people needing specialist heart and lung treatment.

Tel: 020 7351 8613

Tohura Ullah

Tohura Ullah

Database Officer

My role as Database Officer is to develop our database to become the main information portal for the Charity. I am working towards building the resilience of our database to ensure it is correctly and consistently used by other members of the team. I also train and oversee individuals in their day-to-day use of our system. I look forward to making Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity’s database as robust and efficient as possible.

Rosie Pope

Rosie Pope

Special Events Fundraiser

Having got to know the fantastic Charity team as a volunteer over the past few years, I was delighted to join in an official capacity in this new and exciting role. My job is to add some larger-scale and less frequent events to the charity’s busy calendar. We have some exciting plans for the coming months and I hope there will be something that will appeal to everyone.

Marketing & Communications
Joanna Lewin

Joanna Lewin

Marketing & Communications Manager

I joined the Charity team in June 2016. I previously worked at a creative agency, where I was writer and editor of two magazines. I bring commercial editorial skills and a design eye to the table, to help better spread the message of the hospitals’ fantastic work. I manage and write the Charity’s press releases, patient leaflets, newsletters, e-bulletins, social media posts and website content, and am responsible for the Charity’s branding. I also work with the Finance Team to create the Charity’s annual report.

Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens

Digital Media Intern

I joined the Charity team in July 2015, and since then I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first role in the charitable sector. Some of my duties include updating and maintaining the Charity’s social media channels, as well as developing the website and making sure it’s up-to-date. Some of my other duties include various design tasks, video production and assisting the fundraising team in spreading awareness of the Charity’s good work.

Finance Team
Nirmal Chahal

Nirmal Chahal

Director of Finance

I have overall responsibility for the financial administration of the Charity, and ensure that it complies with all aspects of relevant legislation. I am responsible for producing the statutory annual accounts and the annual report. I also support the board of trustees in their meetings, handle day-to-day management accounts and provide business analysis across all Charity departments.

Tel: 020 7352 8879

Balmee Hunumunt

Balmee Hunumunt

Charity Finance Manager

Among other things, I am responsible for the production of the Charity’s management accounts and annual budget. I prepare the statutory annual accounts and assist in the production of the annual report. In order to ensure that these are delivered accurately and in a timely manner, I maintain a robust financial accounting system, and carry out monthly reconciliation of the control accounts.

Tel: 020 7352 8880

Minaxi Thakore

Minaxi Thakore

Charity Finance Officer

Having worked in the banking sector for 23 years, I bring finance experience to the Charity, which I joined in 2015. My role is to manage day-to-day banking, card payments, donation receipts and rental properties, and to provide financial support to the Charity and Property teams.

Tel: 020 7351 4274

Property Team
Stewart Butcher

Stewart Butcher

Head of Charity Property

My role is varied and challenging. Every day brings surprises and varies from a company not paying rent, to a member of staff complaining about the rubbish not being collected from their house. The Charity owns and manages a number of commercial and residential properties within SW3, namely Fulham Road, King’s Road and Onslow Gardens, and I’m ultimately responsible for these addresses. My objective in this role is to maximise property assets owned by the Charity, ensuring a strong endowment to support worthy projects funded by the Charity.

Tel: 020 7351 8047

Karen Higgs

Karen Higgs

Operations Manager

I joined the Charity in 2014 and support the Chief Executive in all of her activities. I also help co-ordinate our Board of Trustees. Before joining the charity, I worked for NHS London and prior to that as a Practice Manager in the NHS.

Tel: 020 7351 8613

Governance
Richard Hunting

Richard Hunting

Chief Executive

Richard is Chairman of Hunting PLC, a group of companies working in the engineering and oil industries. Since 2007, he has been a non-executive director of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and is also a member of the Charity’s Property and Investment Committee and Fundraising committee. He was awarded the CBE in 2010 for services to the arts and to heritage.

Lord Jamie Borwick

Lord Jamie Borwick

Jamie has for many years been interested in disability rights and access. He previously served as Chief Executive of Manganese Bronze, which manufactures London taxis. During his long career, he has played a huge role in developing new products for the disabled people, including access to public transport. Jamie became interested in Royal Brompton Hospital after two of his sons were cured of congenital heart malformations. Jamie is a member of the Trust’s Property and Investment Committee, as well as a member of the House of Lords.

Prof. Duncan Geddes CBE

Prof. Duncan Geddes CBE

Duncan Geddes is a Consultant Physician and Head of Lungs at Royal Brompton Hospital, Professor in Respiratory Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, and Honorary Consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Professor Geddes has also had several roles within the National Asthma Campaign (now Asthma UK) and has been a Trustee of the Garfield Western Charitable Trust since 2000. Duncan is a member of the Trust’s Property and Investment Committee.

Prof. Timothy W Evans

Prof. Timothy W Evans

As an expert in intensive care, thoracic medicine, clinical pre-operative assessment, vascular biology of the critically ill and research into the acute respiratory distress syndrome, Professor Evans is in demand internationally as a lecturer and visiting professor. He also holds multiple positions on national committees and advisory panels relating to his areas of expertise.

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Trust, which she joined in 2003. She has a background in marketing, publishing and television production and spent two years at the Department of Health, working closely with the Chief Medical Officer on public health and patient safety projects.

Jo brings expertise in marketing, communications and public affairs strategy, arts in health interventions and patient-facing publications to the Charity’s board.

Caroline Greenhalgh

Caroline Greenhalgh

A previous Governor of the RBH Foundation Trust, Caroline has extensive knowledge of Royal Brompton Hospital. She and Helen Putter chaired the Gala Committee, which helped to raise over £250,000 in 2014. She is also a member of the Disability Rights Division Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch and a ‘Pilot Lighter’, providing mentoring in management and fundraising to charities.

Caroline Bault

Caroline Bault

Caroline Bault is Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners, a specialist hedge fund research and alternative investment consultancy. She has over 25 years’ experience in financial services and capital markets. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a member of the CFA Institute. Caroline served as Chair of the Education Committee of 100 Women in Hedge Funds in London and currently co-chairs 100WHFs’ Women on Boards Initiative in Europe. She also holds positions on a number of boards and within funds and trusts.

Sarah Newitt

Sarah Newitt

Sarah is a copy writing specialist and supports the charity through editing and proofreading, as well as providing a wealth of commercial marketing expertise.

Raj Shah

Raj Shah

Raj joined Nordic Capital in May 2015, with a focus on healthcare investments. Prior to joining the Charity, Raj was Co-Head of European Healthcare Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. Raj originally trained as a cardiac surgeon and holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees from University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and London Business School. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.