Directors

Dr David Seamark

Dr David Seamark

I am the Vice President and a Director of the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) and have been involved with the CHA since starting my general practice career in Honiton, Devon in 1990. I have worked in community hospitals for many years and visited many hospitals throughout the UK. I have had a parallel research career and a major area of interest for me has been end of life care in the community and, in particular, the role of community hospitals in end of life and palliative care. I have worked with Birmingham University on a study looking the role and community importance of community hospitals. I have retired as a GP partner but still work as a locum and pursue my research interests.

Richard Hallett MBE

Richard Hallett MBE

I am a Director and Treasurer of the CHA.  I am currently Vice-President of the Friends of Crowborough Hospital, in East Sussex and we were delighted to win a national award from the CHA in recognition of our support for the hospital and staff, and for our funding and management of the Social Day Service.  In 2000 the Friends of Crowborough Hospital contributed matched funding of £1.5 Million to ensure the refurbishment of Crowborough Hospital as a modern 21st Century Community Hospital.   

In the 1990s I led the campaign to create the Crowborough Birth Centre (MLU) which became a successful flagship unit.   I have been proactive in supporting maternity services and birthing units, and as a co-founder of the Midwifery Unit Network UK, was an early advocate nationally for Midwife-led Care as a mainstream choice for women. In 2013 I was appointed MBE for services to midwifery and parents.  With a BSc in Earth Sciences and a Post-graduate Masters degree in Economics, my career developed in the Food Industry in operational roles, in due course as Managing Director of some sizeable business supplying the major UK retailers.  I am a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. I now divide my time between paid Food Industry Consultancy work and voluntary roles working with Social Enterprises and Charities focused on health services. 

Dr Kirsty Protherough

Dr Kirsty Protherough

I am a Director of the CHA.  I am a GP and have worked for the past four years working at Evesham Community Hospital as the Doctor covering Stroke, Palliative Care and Elderly care patients. During this time I have taken my Diploma in geriatric medicine. I have also continued to locum Out of Hours in Hereford and for GP Practices. I have implemented a educational programme for GP trainees in palliative care, geriatrics and stroke rehabilitation. I believe that being part of the CHA will really help me as a GP have a wider perspective and a sounding board regarding issues that I encounter as a Clinical Director, particularly giving informed opinions/advice of strategy. There is a risk that being a GP in a community hospital it can be quite isolating unless you form networks and teams. I am pleased to be part of the CHA and its networks.