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

Richard Jones, Chair (as of 05/07/23)

Richard is an experienced healthcare executive and business consultant who has held management positions with the NHS, BUPA, and Spire Healthcare, including leadership roles as CEO, COO and Commercial Director.  He now runs a consulting practice supporting healthcare providers to achieve their business growth and transformation objectives.  He is also a trustee with Ambient Support, a charitable social care provider.

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 is a Consultant Physiotherapist & Clinical director of Therapies at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOHT). She has over 25 years experience managing shoulder & elbow disorders with a specific interest in complex atraumatic shoulder instability. She has lectured internationally, published work in the field of shoulder rehabilitation, led and collaborated on numerous research projects. She holds a clinical teaching fellow post at University College London (UCL). She was President of the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) from 2012-2015, served on a NICE Committee 2018-2020, AHP representative  on the British Shoulder & Elbow Society (BESS) Council (2018-2021). She was awarded the BESS Copeland fellowship in 2020.  She has a passion for promoting evidence based care as well as globally promoting physical therapy and rehabilitation.

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 is currently a Finance Director at Greene King where, since April 2023, he has been responsible for the financial performance of the largest trading division within the group of c. 900 Managed pubs. He initially 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.

Professor John Skinner

Professor John Skinner is an RNOH Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of the hospital's Research and Innovation Centre.




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 and brings decades of experience, having joined the NHS in 1992 on the NHS Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme and is now Chief Executive of NHS North West London Integrated Care System.

Most recently Rob worked at North Central London (NCL) ICS where he was on secondment from his role as Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH).  At RNOH, Rob led the high profile national programme ‘Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)’ as part of the National Clinical Efficiency Programme for NHS England

Kathryn Hardwidge

Kathryn is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), specialising in internal audit. She is currently leading the internal audit function for Jisc, the post-16 education sector’s not-for-profit organisation for digital transformation. Kathryn has extensive experience in risk, internal and external audit through her work in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  Kathryn uses this experience in her voluntary roles of trustee and audit committee member for different organisations, including GEANT, the European association of national research & education networks and Danes Educational Trust, a multi-academy Trust. 




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.