Geraldine, a Brighton resident, has served as a Non-Executive Director of Arch since its inception and has been a key part of the organisation over the past five years. Her professional history also makes her perfectly suited to steer Arch over the next few years and beyond: the company is growing, branching out into new partnerships and ways of working, and is taking a leading role in tackling health inequalities in the city.
Geraldine joined the NHS in 1990 as a public health specialist, developing services in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South London. She has worked in many areas of the NHS since, including establishing the Brighton and Hove CCG in 2012 and is now the Managing Director for Foundry Healthcare in Lewes leading their population health and transformation programme.
Geraldine has a first degree in psychology from York University, a masters in public health sciences from St. George’s Medical School and has recently been awarded an MBA from Cass Business School.
Geraldine has a longstanding interest in health inequalities and advocating for homeless health in particular. She commissioned the Pathway Plus service at the Royal Sussex County Hospital when working in Brighton and it was from there that the vision for an integrated primary care based model of care for the City was realised in the founding of Arch Healthcare in 2017.
Geraldine says, “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on the role of Chair for Arch at such a key time in the organisation’s development. Arch has already achieved so much in terms of delivering outstanding primary care but our vision is to strengthen collaboration with other agencies and provide truly integrated, comprehensive care to our homeless community in Brighton. I’m honoured and excited to be working with such a great team at Arch in taking this vision forward.”
Gary Bishop, CEO of Arch, says, “Geraldine has brought so much to the leadership of Arch as a non-executive director and is the perfect appointment as chair. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with her. Geraldine’s experience, knowledge and expertise is going to help us enormously as we provide the highest quality of care to people who are without a secure home and develop new approaches to addressing health inequalities in the city.”