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We believe people make a home. Our staff, the people we care for and our volunteers are all part of the Royal Star & Garter family. The people we care for are at the heart of everything we do.

Former Patron

Queen Elizabeth II


Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, KG, GCVO

Board of Governors

Major General Tim Tyler CB MA


Tim was commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1972. When he was promoted to Major General, he became Deputy Adjutant General, then Director General Land Equipment and Quartermaster General. Tim was appointed Chairman in 2015.

  • Governors

    Francoise Bathews BSc MA (Appointee of The British Red Cross Society)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Maria Byford KHDS MA BDS MFGDP(UK) FRAeS CCMI
  • Stephen Crookbain BA
  • Dr Carolyn Eastwood MBChB, MRCPsych CCST
  • Edward Goodchild BSocSc Chartered FCSI
  • Asoka Karandawala FCA
  • Brigadier (Ret’d) Alison McCourt CBE ARRC
  • Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson BA (Oxon) MSc LLM
  • William Reid BA Chartered FCSI FRSA (Treasurer)
  • Brigadier (Ret’d) Christopher Sexton MA FInstRE FCQI
  • Dr David Staples MBiochem (Oxon) BM BCh(Oxon) FRCP(Edin) MMedSci(ClinED) FCMI CMgr
  • Julie Thain-Smith MSc BSc RN
  • Sarah Warden CMgr MCMI CIWFM
  • Mark Wills BSc FRGS DipAIBD MInstRE Chartered FCSI CWM (Vice-Chair)