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.

Joh Bates – Treasurer   Joh Bates is a landscape architect and Director at Farrer Huxley Associates. On joining FHA she quickly won the regard of the team and Directors, progressing to Director herself in December 2017. She is now leading FHA’s largest and most complex project and oversees operations and staff development, delivering support and clear direction for staff and projects alike. Her approach is steeped in a profound care for people and passion for empowering others. Fundamental to her practice is a belief that everyone has a right to beauty and a quality of environment. Having been approached by co-founders Niamh and Tim to enhance the courtyard space at the Phoenix Unit, Joh saw the transformational power of their work on patients and staff alike. She joined as a founding Trustee and Treasurer and actively seeks to find sustainable, long-term support for the charity.

Joh Bates – Treasurer

Joh Bates is a landscape architect and Director at Farrer Huxley Associates. On joining FHA she quickly won the regard of the team and Directors, progressing to Director herself in December 2017. She is now leading FHA’s largest and most complex project and oversees operations and staff development, delivering support and clear direction for staff and projects alike. Her approach is steeped in a profound care for people and passion for empowering others. Fundamental to her practice is a belief that everyone has a right to beauty and a quality of environment. Having been approached by co-founders Niamh and Tim to enhance the courtyard space at the Phoenix Unit, Joh saw the transformational power of their work on patients and staff alike. She joined as a founding Trustee and Treasurer and actively seeks to find sustainable, long-term support for the charity.

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 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.

Dr Faisil Sethi   Dr Sethi is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatric Intensive Care at the Maudsley Hospital and Service Director for the Croydon and Behavioural & Developmental Psychiatry Directorate at the Bethlem Royal Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). Dr Sethi is on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU) and 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 and Service Director for the Croydon and Behavioural & Developmental Psychiatry Directorate at the Bethlem Royal Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). Dr Sethi is on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU) and 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