A warm welcome to Alison Rosen, our newly appointed charity CEO.
Alison is an experienced strategic and values driven charity CEO with over twenty years’ senior leadership experience within the voluntary sector, particularly in health, social welfare, and disability charities. Alison’s experience includes leading organisational and transformative change, introducing new and innovative programmes, strategic and business planning, property management, implementing governance frameworks and establishing infrastructure. Alison started her career as a finance director, having qualified as a chartered accountant before moving to the voluntary sector and working at a myriad of charities as financial director, CEO and a consultant. Alison has also worked on consultancy projects for Hertfordshire Probation Area and with Z/Yen management consultants in the public sector.
More recently, Alison held the position of CEO at The Griffin Institute, a leading surgical training and medical research charity based at Northwick Park hospital, working to improve outcomes for patients living with disease and disability. Formally Northwick Park Institute of Medical Research, The Institute converts the best in surgical skills training and scientific research into genuine successes which transform patient care. Under Alison’s leadership the Griffin Institute stayed open during the pandemic and filled a much-needed gap in repatriating surgical training from Europe.
Alison’s a Geordie and is married to teacher and special constable Simon. She has three adult children, all born at Watford General and two grandchildren. Losing both her parents prematurely from cancer makes supporting the NHS particularly meaningful for Alison.
Alison’s immediate focus is to work with the team to create a new strategy so that our hospital charity can support key projects across Watford General, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals.
“I’m absolutely delighted to take on the role as CEO of Raise. I am already overwhelmed by how much Raise achieves from generous donations from grateful patients, charitable trusts, the local community and corporates. I am particularly excited to see the new scanner in place in the new interventional radiology suite being created at Watford General, as we are so close to achieving our appeal target.
I look forward to meeting as many people as possible who support the local NHS and to be able to help support the key areas of the trust which are in need.”Alison Rosen, CEO Raise, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals Charity