Our Trustees

Eoghan White – Chairman   Eoghan is Head of Recruitment for City based technology recruitment and headhunting firm Client Server. He is responsible for the overall running and operations of the multi-million pound turnover firm having climbed the ranks since joining as a trainee in 2007. He is now a board member and shareholder.  Eoghan joined the Hospital Rooms board as one of the founding Trustees at its inception and has been a dedicated promoter of the charity ever since.

Eoghan White – Chairman

Eoghan is Head of Recruitment for City based technology recruitment and headhunting firm Client Server. He is responsible for the overall running and operations of the multi-million pound turnover firm having climbed the ranks since joining as a trainee in 2007. He is now a board member and shareholder.

Eoghan joined the Hospital Rooms board as one of the founding Trustees at its inception and has been a dedicated promoter of the charity ever since.

Dr Emma Whicher   Emma is a consultant psychiatrist who has held multiple leadership roles across the NHS. She is currently the London Regional Medical Director at NHS Improvement and between 2012-16 was the Medical Director at South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust. Furthermore in 2016-17 she was Co-Chair of London Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health determining the clinical direction for mental health in London. She trained as a general adult psychiatrist and has always been passionate about improving the care for people with mental illness in partnership with the service users, cares and the wider community. She started working with Hospital Rooms in 2015 on their first project at Springfield University Hospital and through her experience clinically leading the public consultation on the redevelopment of Springfield Hospital she has developed an interest on the impact of hospital environments on people with mental health problems and how art can both engage and support recovery.

Dr Emma Whicher

Emma is a consultant psychiatrist who has held multiple leadership roles across the NHS. She is currently the London Regional Medical Director at NHS Improvement and between 2012-16 was the Medical Director at South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust. Furthermore in 2016-17 she was Co-Chair of London Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health determining the clinical direction for mental health in London. She trained as a general adult psychiatrist and has always been passionate about improving the care for people with mental illness in partnership with the service users, cares and the wider community. She started working with Hospital Rooms in 2015 on their first project at Springfield University Hospital and through her experience clinically leading the public consultation on the redevelopment of Springfield Hospital she has developed an interest on the impact of hospital environments on people with mental health problems and how art can both engage and support recovery.

 
Rachel Simkin – Secretary   Rachel Simkin has a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Her childhood was spent actively volunteering with various charities and since 2009 she has pursued a career in the sector. A passionate fundraiser, she has specialised in community, mass participation and major donor events. Rachel is also experienced in individual giving and tribute funds. Aware of the importance that an environment can have on improving wellbeing, she was excited by the potential she saw in Hospital Rooms and eager to be involved and become a founding Trustee.

Rachel Simkin – Secretary

Rachel Simkin has a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Her childhood was spent actively volunteering with various charities and since 2009 she has pursued a career in the sector. A passionate fundraiser, she has specialised in community, mass participation and major donor events. Rachel is also experienced in individual giving and tribute funds. Aware of the importance that an environment can have on improving wellbeing, she was excited by the potential she saw in Hospital Rooms and eager to be involved and become a founding Trustee.

Dr Faisil Sethi   Dr Sethi is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatric Intensive Care at the Maudsley Hospital; recently he was the Service Director for the Croydon and Behavioural & Developmental Psychiatry Directorate at the Bethlem Royal Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). Dr Sethi was a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU), and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care. He was the past Vice Chair of National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU), and a past Elected Member of the General Adult Psychiatry Faculty Executive in the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Sethi’s clinical, quality improvement and research interests include: clinical leadership; PICU clinical standards; the management of acute disturbance; personality disorder; art and mental health; mental health law and the criminal justice interface.

Dr Faisil Sethi

Dr Sethi is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatric Intensive Care at the Maudsley Hospital; recently he was the Service Director for the Croydon and Behavioural & Developmental Psychiatry Directorate at the Bethlem Royal Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). Dr Sethi was a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU), and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care. He was the past Vice Chair of National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU), and a past Elected Member of the General Adult Psychiatry Faculty Executive in the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Sethi’s clinical, quality improvement and research interests include: clinical leadership; PICU clinical standards; the management of acute disturbance; personality disorder; art and mental health; mental health law and the criminal justice interface.

The charity brings extraordinary art to people that are cared for in mental health hospitals. We continue to be the only organisation that commissions world class artists to work with mental health patients and staff to radically transform challenging clinical environments making them thought provoking and community spaces.

The units are intensely managed environments caring for the most vulnerable and often isolated people in society. This means there is often very little access to arts, culture and open space and interiors can be run-down, sterile and clinical. The severity of these environments prompted one of the Consultant Psychiatrists we have worked with to say the projects ‘shouldn’t be possible’.

However, we have continued to exceed expectations and over the past year have been noted for Outstanding Practice by the CQC for both the environments created and patient involvement, nominated for a Design in Mental Health Award and visited by Jeremy Corbyn.
— Eoghan White - Chairman