Rest of England: Raymond Warburton

I became a Public Governor representing our Public members who live in England (outside the boroughs or Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) in 2020.

About me

I have worked in the health and care sector since leaving university in 1972 in four different roles: researcher, planner, regulator and policy maker. I have undertaken these roles for two academic institutions, three local authority social services departments, and the Department of Health. On leaving the Department of Health in early 2012, I briefly did voluntary work with Lewisham LINK, before becoming a lay member with NHS Lewisham CCG in October 2012. With the CCG, I chaired both the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee, and I was the lead Governing Body member for governance and (guarding against) conflicts of interest. As lay deputy Chair of the CCG, I chaired several meetings of the Governing Body in the clinical chair's absence. When I stepped down from the CCG, I became an independent lay member of the SE London NHS Commissioning Alliance. I chaired the System Reform Delivery Group; the Integrated Governance and (acute) Performance Committee; and an Equality Task & Finish Group. I stepped down from this role in April 2020.

My paid occupation is currently as an accredited art lecturer. In this role, I deliver art lectures to local art societies and groups in the UK and overseas. My lectures range from Joseph Wright of Derby to Banksy.

Why I became a Governor

I became a Governor as I believe that I can bring my skills, experience and knowledge of working in the local, regional and national health service to bear on the service and workforce priorities of, and challenges - including Covid-19 - facing, Oxleas. In particular, I am committed to an NHS that works effectively across the whole of South East London, and I would like to help Oxleas to continue to play a major regional role, sometimes setting the pace and sometimes learning from other regional partners, about which I have good knowledge. I know that Oxleas is fully committed to equality and inclusion, and I hope that my work in these areas will be of use.

Over the course of my year's work as an Oxleas Governor, I am looking forward to many highlights, which I will happily share when I step down in November 2021.

My interests and hobbies

I am a volunteer guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, and take visitors around the public collections and exhibitions at both art galleries. I play the piano and guitar, and have played in bands in the UK and in West Africa. I play tennis and enjoy cycling. I have travelled to many different parts of the world; but now I love visiting the Dorset coast.

Contact me

You can contact me by:

  • emailing
  • 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.