St Vincent’s Nursing Home opened in 2006, however, St Vincent’s has a long history, starting in 1907, as a home for crippled boys in Clapham, London. Please click here for more information.
The charity is run by a Board of Directors who act as trustees for its charitable affairs. The directors receive no monetary gain from the charity but freely give their time to progress the aims of care that have been a part of St Vincent’s for so many years. Being a charity, all monies earned are retained in the charity and are ultimately used for the benefit of the residents and to further the charitable aims.
Currently the Board consists of seven Trustees. They are joined at their quarterly meetings by two members of the Senior Management team and from time to time reports are also received from other professional advisors. The Trustees are selected because of their management experience and the skills gained in senior positions in the professions, business or commerce that they are able to contribute to the Board.
From time to time vacancies arise for new Trustees. Trustees will almost invariably have demonstrated a career record of high achievement in the public and/or private sectors in fields relevant to the management of the St Vincent’s Nursing Home. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Trustee should write to the Chairman of St Vincent’s Nursing Home with a brief explanation of their relevant qualifications and an up to date CV.
The Board of St Vincent’s Charitable Trust currently consists of:
Chairman: Fr. John P Deehan
Fr John’s association with St Vincent’s began in 2008, when he became Parish Priest of the Parish of St Thomas More, Eastcote, in which the Home is located. He very soon became impressed with the high level of care and the friendly service which is so characteristic of the Home, and in late 2015 accepted an invitation to become a Trustee. He became Chair in December 2017.
The role of a Parish Priest is primarily a spiritual and pastoral one, and Fr John’s role as Trustee includes ensuring that the mission and dedicated service of the Daughters of Charity who founded St Vincent’s Charitable Trust, in the framework of the teaching of the Catholic Church, should continue to inspire the ethos of the Home. He also brings to the role a long experience of parish administration, and has been Governor of schools in the State and Independent sector, at both primary and secondary level. For many years he taught Biblical Studies in the Diocesan Seminary for the training of future priests.
When he is not in the public eye he is a ‘full time carer’ for his Yorkshire terrier Ben, and armchair spectator of football and current affairs, and likes nothing more than to travel and cook for his friends when he gets the opportunity.
Dr Pat Black MBE
Pat has been a nurse in the NHS for 51 years and has just recently retired from that aspect of her life. For the last 30 years she set up and led the stoma care department at Hillingdon Hospital and became Nurse Consultant. In 2013 she moved to St Mark’s Hospital as Senior Lecturer in Gastrointestinal Nursing working in conjunction with Birmingham City University where she is now Associate Lecturer.
Pat is nationally and internationally known and has lectured across the world and published in excess of 300 articles and several books, all on stoma care and has been in the media – tv, radio and press. For the last three years she has been working with colorectal surgeons and nurses in Vietnam, training them in stoma care.
Pat has recently completed a doctorate Ph.D and in her spare time enjoys the theatre, opera, embroidery and travel.
Mr Alan Edmondson
Alan Edmondson joined the Board of St Vincent’s Hospital in 1978. He succeeded Ben Turner as Chairman of Trustees in 1985. In 1992, to meet an immediate need, he assumed responsibility for the day to day running of the Hospital as Director and General Manager. This continued until 1996 when a new General Manager was appointed and he resumed membership of the Board. He was very involved with the transition of St Vincent’s from a hospital to nursing home in 2006.
In August 2018 Alan was honoured by the Holy See Pope Francis for active fidelity and love for the Church. Alan for over 40 years has served St Vincent’s faithfully and steadfastly as a General manager and Trustee with great love, energy and passion
Professionally he is a chartered engineer with long experience of operational management and as a company director in the motor industry. He is married with three children and seven grandchildren and now lives in Oxfordshire. He is pleased to continue his long association with St Vincent’s as a member of the Board.
Linda has twenty years’ experience, running a successful business as a florist in the locality.
An active volunteer and supporter of disability integration in the community, Linda regularly supports and fundraises for local charities. She has been an active volunteer for the Michael Sobell Centre in Northwood and joined the Board of St Vincent’s as a Trustee in 2015.
Linda has a 20 year old son, David, who lives in the local area and her hobbies include dancing, baking, and trying new experiences such as clay pigeon shooting! She loves to travel.
Mr Neville Ransley MA, MEd
Neville Ransley comes from outside the health sector. He has had a wide variety of experience in education for over 40 years.
He was involved in teaching and education management both in this country and abroad. He led a local Catholic Sixth Form College for a number of years. He served as an independent director of an adult education development company and has long experience at strategic level. He has many years service as a Governor in Independent and Voluntary Aided schools and sits on a number of educational consultative bodies.
Neville is married and has been on the Board of Trustees of St Vincent’s since January 2010.
Mr John Steinitz
John is recently retired following a successful sales career in the world of IT and communications. He is recently widowed and has two grown up daughters. He is currently a governor at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Pinner having previously spent 10 years as a governor at the Sacred Heart Language College in Wealdstone. He spent 15 years as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police. John is the proud recipient of the Binney award for bravery and an Assistant Commissioners commendation from the police, having come to the aid of one of his neighbours who was badly injured during an attempted burglary. John and his late wife used to run Marriage Preparation courses on behalf of Marriage Care, both in the diocese of Westminster and in Brussels for the local English speaking parish. John is a member of the Catenian Association (motto: Strengthening family life through friendship and faith) and he enjoys playing golf as a member of Northwood Golf Club.
Estates and Facilities: Mr Raymond Plummer
Ray joined St Vincent’s Hospital in August 1995, was General Manager at its close and has remained part of the team through the development, opening and operation of St Vincent’s Nursing Home.
He has worked in Facilities Management for many years, primarily in healthcare settings. His most recent position was as Associate Director Facilities & Estates managing services within estates and hotel services with an annual budget circa £15m. In addition to managing both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ FM services he has undertaken project management of many developments including construction and opening of new buildings and refurbishments. He has experience of both in-house and contracted services. Ray is a past Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management.
In his leisure time Ray enjoys sailing in the Solent and taking part in race organisation for the Island Sailing Club. He is an active member of the ISC Race Committee team and enjoys assisting with club events including Cowes Week and the Round the Island Race.
Matron: Cynthia Kamara
Cynthia’s association with St Vincent’s began in during the 1980s where as a State Registered Nurse she completed her Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate within the training school at St Vincent’s Orthopaedic Hospital and when qualifying became a full time Staff Nurse and progressed to become a Senior Nurse at the hospital where she worked for 16 years.
As part of her professional development Cynthia completed a BA (Hons) in Healthcare Management, Further Education Teachers Certificate, Tissue Viability Nursing Certificate and a Level 3 award in Education & Training.
Following the closure in 1999 of the orthopaedic hospital Cynthia started working at a medical care of the elderly ward at Northwick Park Hospital. In 2007 she continued as a Ward Manager in the Stroke Unit which became one of 8 successful PAN LONDON hyper acute stroke units.
In 2016 Cynthia became the Deputy Matron at St Vincent’s Nursing Home and is now the Matron.
Cynthia was born in Born in Sierra-Leone in 1953, a Methodist Christian and completed high school education in Free Town travelling to England in 1970 and qualifying as a nurse at the West Hertfordshire School of Nursing. Cynthia has worked in various NHS hospitals including the Royal Free, Northwick Park, Mount Vernon and Blackburn Royal Infirmary. She is married and has one daughter, Kadijha and when not working she loves music, reading classical drama and history.
General Manager: Jacquie Scott
Jacquie has been associated with St Vincent’s for many years in differing voluntary roles including Trustee since 2000. She has an extensive background in NHS leadership, management and clinical practice as a registered nurse prior to moving into general management.
Jacquie is now General Manager of the Home.
During her spare time Jacquie loves a project and will often be seen involved in DIY, travelling, craft making, walking her Shih Tzu Dougal or relaxing with a book or film.
To view a copy of the latest Annual Trustees Report, please click here.