Richard Diment, London Borough of Bexley & Lead Governor

I became a Public Governor representing our Public members who live in the Bexley borough in 2012.  I became an Appointed Governor representing the London Borough of Bexley on 23 May 2018.

I became Lead Governor on 26 September 2018.

Governor: Richard Diment, Lead Governor
Appointed Governor and Lead Governor, Richard Diment

About me

I have lived in Bexley for 27 years and have been a member of the trust since 2006. 

I run a small trade association in the construction industry providing specialist skills in lead work. We consult on a wide range of projects all over the country – everything from St Paul’s to small builds. 

Why I became a Governor

I became a member of Oxleas about ten years ago when I wanted to find out more about how a Foundation Trust operated to help inform the work I was doing at the time as CEO of the National Association of NHS Ambulance Trusts. I’ve remained a member ever since and three years ago received an invitation inviting members to put themselves forward for election to the governing body.

Since then I‘ve discovered just what complex and wide-ranging services the trust offers. It’s almost impossible to understand everything but as a governor you can pick areas of interest and become more involved in them. I’m on the Membership Committee and have volunteered to sit on the group responsible for appointing new trust auditors. One of my biggest challenges was working as part of the group looking at the business case for the Queen Mary’s Hospital project. Oxleas has been running Queen Mary’s in Sidcup for a couple of years now with a number of NHS providers delivering important services on site – including a new cancer care unit set to open in 2016.

I’ve recently been elected to serve a second term and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead. I’ve learned you have to be proactive as a volunteer if you want to get the most out of it.

My interests and hobbies

I’m fascinated by local history and industrial archaeology. I’m a member of the Bexley Historical Society and am part of a group working to keep a 60 year old double-decker bus on the road!

Contact me

You can contact me by:

  • emailing oxl-tr.governors@nhs.net
  • or you can call the Trust Secretary's office on 01322 625752 - they will pass a message on to me.
  • you can also write to me c/o the Trust Secretary's Office, Pinewood House, Pinewood Place, Dartford DA2 7WG.