Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success

At The Guardian Service, we believe that teamwork is the key to true success....

This is why we work closely with individuals every level of your organization, right up to Directors and Chair Members. Our team consists of specialists from a wide range of industries, offering unlimited 24/7 access to anyone who may require our liaison services.

June-Anne Murray

June-Anne is the General Manger of the Guardian Service and takes responsibility for the day-to-day operations of our operations. June-Anne acts as lead Guardian for UCLH and supports a number of additional trusts as a back-up Guardian. June-Anne is a highly qualified and experienced HR professional with 10 years plus in the provision of HR services. Eight of the last ten years has been in the Healthcare sector. June-Anne is a Chartered member of CIPD, is a trained mediator and has completed post graduate programmes in career counselling, bullying and harassment, emotional resilience and equality and diversity. June-Anne has a track record of supporting Senior Management in strategic HR issues as well as leading a HR function to deliver operational excellence. June- Anne enjoys a reputation as an effective communicator, with demonstrable attributes in terms of empathy and objective but non-judgemental approach to staff engagement.

Mary Walsh

Mary is the lead Guardian for East London and its environs. Barts Health is a key area of responsibility for Mary supporting 15,000 staff members and she also acts as a guardian at Barking Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust. Mary is a diversity and inclusion specialist with over 20 years’ experience in both D&I and HR. Mary led the D&I strategy for HSBC Retail Bank’s 53,000 UK employees with a particular emphasis on access to services for the disabled people. Working at Board level Mary has a strong record in influencing at a senior level, managing and mediating often complex and challenging issues between the bank and customers. Mary brings a wealth of experience to the role of Guardian with demonstrable attributes in empathy and objective, but non-judgemental approach to staff engagement.

Wayne Walker

Wayne is the lead Guardian for the south west located in Exeter. Wayne has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS and has been an internal Guardian since January 2016 having completed 12 months as an internal Guardian. Wayne’s experiences as an internal Guardian are diarised in a set of blogs on NHS Employers website. Wayne helped the development of the concept and role from the outset. Endorsed by the National Guardian Office in a LinkedIn Discussion Group, Wayne works nationally with the National Guardian Office promoting and organising presentations as well as attending national training events.  He is the Regional Lead for the FTSU Southwest Group, which support, advise and train the network of guardians around the country. Wayne has 10 years’ experience as a union representative providing him with a comprehensive insight and understanding of policies and procedures and people concerns in the NHS. He chaired many committees and forums and worked with Trust boards and senior NHS staff in relation to employment law issues and other support elements for staff.


In joining The Guardian Service, Wayne is one of a few Guardians who has experienced both the Internal and the External independent approach of the role.

Lincoln Murray

Lincoln is the lead Guardian for West London and is an experienced and dedicated manager with 20 years of experience in motivating and mentoring staff at the Department of Works and Pensions. He has effective interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated through presentation delivery and staff engagement. Lincoln is competent in HR processes and procedures, including providing advice and counselling to staff at all levels. Lincoln has demonstrable attributes in empathy and objective, but non-judgemental approach to staff engagement.

Ashley Brooks

The Guardian Service was founded by Ashley in 2013. With the experience of receiving world class care by the NHS in his treatment for leukaemia, Ashley has dedicated the last twelve years to supporting the NHS, staff and patients. In 2010, he was appointed by the Department of Health as the National NHS Patient Champion with a remit encompassing all NHS organisations, staff and patients. Since his appointment he has become the country’s most trusted independent staff and patient advocate. Ashley is the lead Guardian at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospital and acts as a support Guardian for a number of other Trusts.

Dr. Simon Mac Rory

Simon joined Ashley in partnership in the Guardian Service in 2014. Simon is the acting CEO for the Guardian Service and takes responsibility for strategic direction and corporate affairs. Simon is an expert in employment law and organisational development with over 30 years’ experience in these areas. He has extensive experience in managing in-depth Investigations into claims of Bullying and Harassment in healthcare organisations and has led strategic culture change projects in the NHS and other sectors. He is the Visiting Research Fellow at Nottingham Business School, where he continues his research in organisational development and is a director of studies for Doctor of Business Administration degree programme, supervising PhD and DBA students through their degree cycle.

Patricia Simmons

Patricia is the lead guardian for Mid Essex Hospital Trust and backup Guardian for Basildon and Thurrock University Trust. Patricia has over thirty years’ experience in managing staff teams and services in local authorities and charities, most recently for a London Hospice.   She has also held the post of HR Manager where she led on the full range of HR business operations as well as policy development to meet changing employment law regulations and to achieve best practice. In many of her roles she led on change programs which involved the restructuring of teams.  She has a post graduate degree in public services management and an MSC in management consultancy and organisational change.

Patricia is friendly and approachable when engaging with staff and is non-judgemental and pragmatic in her approach to resolving staffing issues and concerns.

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