Help lead our Friends of the RUH charity

A new Chair and three other enthusiastic and dedicated people are being sought to join the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the RUH charity.

The new appointees will join the eight trustees already in post. The appointments coincide with the Friends of the RUH transferring to a new charitable incorporated organisation or CIO – Charity No 1176686 on 1 October 2019.

The charity was established more than 60 years ago with the aim of providing amenities and support services for patients that would not otherwise be provided by the NHS or the other statutory bodies.

The trustees oversee the charity’s two retail operations, the Friends’ convenience shop in the atrium and the coffee shop, as well as the management of the volunteer workforce of some 350 people who provide much appreciated support to the hospital in more than 20 areas. Volunteers’ activities include serving drinks on the wards, guiding patients and visitors around the hospital, repairing walking aids and maintaining the courtyard gardens around the hospital estate.

Bernard Rymer, Assistant Treasurer & Trustee, said: “For our new Chair we are looking for someone with strategic management experience, leadership skills and vision, someone who can help take forward the important work we do in partnership with the management of the Royal United Hospitals.

To strengthen the governance of the Charity we want to appoint three other trustees who can bring knowledge and expertise to the Board and to set and monitor the Charity’s strategic direction. We especially want to hear from people with expertise in charity governance, information technology, marketing and communications and retail management.”

For more information about the role of Chair or Trustee with the Friends of the RUH, please contact Bernard Rymer, Assistant Treasurer & Trustee, on 01225 427377 or by email –

To apply, please send your c.v. to Bernard Rymer at the email address above.

Meet some of the Board of trustees

Staff members from various wards and Departments submit requests to the Friends of the RUH for financial support in areas the hospital is unable to fund.

This can range from equipment or patient amenities, to arts and crafts supplies for the Children’s Ward. Individual Trustees are assigned a request, which they investigate before reporting to the Board for a decision.

The Trustees meet monthly to consider requests and allocate funding. Hospital representatives are also present at these meetings to discuss and advise. Trustees are volunteers and there are vacancies on the board.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee contact Marion Gillett on 1225 824046

Jane Rymer – Treasurer

Jane has been a Trustee for more than 8 years and leader of the volunteer Gardening Team for 10 years.  Jane’s career spanned more than 35 years, and during that time she worked for a number of local authorities and housing associations in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.  Jane ended her career as Chief Accountant to a large housing association in Cirencester. 

In her role of Treasurer Jane is answerable to the Board for all aspects of the Charity’s finances.  Jane wants to ensure that during her tenure the Charity has robust financial systems and procedures in place, and through the staff and volunteers, is doing all possible to raise funds for the benefit of the patients of the hospital.

Bernard Rymer – Assistant Treasurer

Bernard joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 having been a volunteer with the Charity for more than 10 years.  Prior to retirement, Bernard spent more than 30 years working in local government finance rising to be of Head of Corporate Services with particular interest in systems and change management.

Bernard was until recently Treasurer to a major environmental charity in Gloucestershire.  During his time large sums were raised to improve and develop the on-site infrastructure.  Bernard’s has been responsible for installing an on-line accounting system and, along with the Treasurer, is revising the Charity’s financial practices and procedures.

Graham Hart

Over a period of some 50 years I have had involvement with various charitable bodies, in particular, The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Christmas appeal for under -privileged  children , missions to seafarers, parish councillor, advisor with Citizens Advice Bureau and a trustee of my institute’s annual award at the City of Bristol College. I am now close to completing 40 years of Lions Clubs international.

On reaching early retirement and having little a time to spare I offered my services to the Friends of the RUH. Consequently I am now into my 19th year as a guide, the last 5 years with the added role as a trustee. My guiding duties are confined to a Wednesday morning which means that of the over three hundred volunteers I know very few of you .Should you happen to see me when the trustee duties require my attendance in the RUH I would be pleased if you could make yourself known to me.

Pat Ost

I have been a ward volunteer for 11 years and a Trustee of the Friends for 9 years. I had a long career as a partner in the Bath Law firm Withy King (now Royds Withy King) specialising in Property matters and other Private Client work.