Welcome to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

About us

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is one of the top centres in the world for the treatment of many complex orthopaedic conditions, including acute spinal injuries, bone cancer, and congenital limb deformities. As a national and international centre of excellence, we treat over 120,000 patients annually, from all over the world. More than 30% of the hospital’s work is for children, who undergo surgical procedures ranging from spinal correction to the lifesaving removal of cancerous tumours.

The RNOH Charity is a vital partner in the way the RNOH delivers care. Since its inception in 1997 it has received and administered millions of pounds’ worth of donations, which have funded improvements to hospital facilities, supported pioneering research, funded staff training, and assisted in numerous other essential projects.

The charity's primary focus is to help the hospital to provide world-class care for all its patients and support the hospital's pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education.


Meet the Board of the RNOH Charity

Dorothy Dalton, Chair

Dorothy is a leading expert on governance who has been a trustee of many charities, large and small. A former head teacher, she has been a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue and chief executive of ACEVO, the association of chief executives of voluntary organisations. She also founded the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt), the Network of Women Chairs, and Groundbreakers: Voluntary Sector Women Leaders.

Richard Linskell, Vice Chair

Richard Linskell is a solicitor specialising in employment law since 1994.  He has been a partner in a number of City law firms including Dawsons and Speechly Bircham, set up the UK office of a US law firm and now works for national firm gunnercooke. Richard's clients are employers and senior executives across a number of sectors including pharma, financial services and professional services.

Richard was a member of the Management Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association, which represents 6000 employment lawyers, for 9 years and is a past Deputy Chair.  He remains on the editorial Board of the Association's respected journal.

Richard was appointed as a Trustee of the RNOH Charity in 2016 and joined the Finance Committee in 2017.  Richard grew up in and now lives in Stanmore.

Anju Jaggi 

Anju has worked at the RNOH for over 20 years, managing complex shoulder dysfunction. She lectures internationally and has published work in the field of rehabilitation of the shoulder. She is leading and developing research for allied health professionals within her organisation, collaborating with commercial and academic partners. She was President of the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) from 2012-2015 and is currently a member of council for the British Shoulder & Elbow Society. She is passionate about treating patients holistically and delivering the best evidence-based care to facilitate both their physical and mental wellbeing.

Hitesh Thakrar 

Hitesh Thakrar has spent over 25 years investing in public equities in the life sciences, information technology and innovation sectors. He currently holds senior advisory positions within Syncona (one of Europe’s largest life science investors), the Francis Crick Institute, the Alan Turing Institute and Newable Ventures. He previously held a position as Innovation Fellow at the University of Cambridge and is also an advisor to UKRI’s Science and Technology Funding Council.

Sarah Bedingfield Shutt

Sarah Bedingfield Shutt is a Global Brand Director specialising in Luxury Goods and Art. With an international career background, Sarah is currently with luxury accessories label Strathberry, having most recently held senior Communications positions at Heidi Klein, Mimi Holliday and the White Rabbit Gallery. Sarah has served on multiple Board Committees, including the Australia Chamber Orchestra, Lifeline Australia, as Chair of the British Council’s inaugural Fundraising & Gala Committee, and presently on the Fundraising & Marketing Committee for Women for Women UK.

Matt Lee

Matt joined Greene King as Group Financial Controller in 2018, responsible for all internal and external reporting and for business integration. He joined Greene King from TalkTalk Group Plc, where he held a number of senior finance roles over a period of six years. Prior to TalkTalk Matt started his career at Deloitte London, where he spent his time predominantly in the telecoms sector both in the UK and Middle East.


Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth Klein is CEO & Founder of Klein-Edmonds Associates, advising organisations in the biotechnology sector such as The BioIndustry Association and Biotech & Money, and small businesses (Angel to pre-IPO) on corporate and investment strategy, including at Board Level. In addition, she is a CFA UK Women’s Network committee member and works for CFA UK to support the Women’s Network’s efforts, and recently became a Trustee at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity.

Prior to founding her own consultancy, Elizabeth was an award-winning and highly-rated senior research analyst focused on the Life Sciences and IP Commercialisation sectors. Over 15 years at N+1 Singer, Teathers, Bridgewell, R.W. Baird and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson she developed an extensive network of client relationships and worked closely with a number of businesses in these sectors.

Elizabeth has a Master’s degree in Medicine Science & Society (History of Medicine), Merit at Birkbeck, University of London, an MBA (Specialising in Innovation) from Imperial College London Business School and a First class Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Applied Biology with Genetics degree from University of Liverpool.

John Magnier

John has over thirty years' experience in the procurement of clinical devices, supplies and services for organisations providing acute healthcare.

John has worked for a number of key NHS providers and within the private health sector. John believes that with his knowledge of strong clinical procurement, coupled with commercial insight, which it will assist in assessing the critical funding requests that will be required for the future success and performance of RNOH, as it enters this most exciting phase of long overdue redevelopment. John is married to Adele and with their twins of 14yrs old, live in Watford.

Rob Hurd

Rob was  appointed as a Trustee of the RNOH Charity in January 2020.

Rob joined the NHS in 1992 on the NHS Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme and worked at Southampton University Hospitals.

Rob has 26 years NHS Senior Management experience, including 13 years at Board level and ten years as Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

As Chief Executive, Rob has led the turnaround of the RNOH from a "double weak" rated Trust (2008) to nine outstanding ratings from the CQC (2014). The internal culture and external engagement of the organisation has also been transformed.



Our values sit at the heart of who we are as an organisation and underpin everything we do, and how we do it, from our creative approach to fundraising through to the enthusiasm we show our supporters, RNOH patients and their families, at the hospital.

Creative – we have high standards and make sure we are commercially astute in our approach to raising funds and processing donations. We are creative, take measured risks, embrace new ideas and work in a dynamic, forward thinking and resourceful way. We are confident to try new things and learn from our mistakes so that we can continually improve how we work.

Respectful – We genuinely value people and work in a very respectful environment. Everyone is treated fairly - contributions and insights are valued - we work as a team and are supportive of one another.

Excellence – in all that we fund and deliver. We strive for excellence and always ensure we work to the highest possible standards.

Enthusiasm – we are proud that we work for such an incredible organisation and are inspired to achieve our best. We are motivated and committed to achieving the goals and aspirations of the Charity.

Integrity – we act responsibly, ethically and professionally, ensuring transparency and demonstrating integrity. We strive to achieve the highest standards through honest communication, being accountable and always acting in the best interests of the Charity.

Collaborative – we work together within the Charity, with the Trust and other charities, through open and clear communication. We value the relationships inside and outside of our organisation and maximise our contribution through collaboration. We embrace the value of networking and build strong relationships based on trust and collaboration.