My association with Barts Guild, a historic league of friends charity at the famous St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London, began in the autumn of 2014. Initially I assisted the Guild’s administrator on IT-related issues in the office and approximately a year later I was appointed as Membership Secretary.
While undertaking that role it became clear to me that the Guild’s existing website would benefit from improvement, specifically in order to enable the processing of online payments for membership, donations and souvenir sales. I prepared a paper that was approved by the Guild’s Management Committee setting out a method and cost analysis for upgrading the website.
Working with a small implementation team of trustees and volunteers, I prepared invitations to tender that were sent to a number of providers and then recommended a preferred company for the project. Pedalo, a central London web agency, was selected and I was responsible for project managing the design and build phases of the new Guild website. Additionally I undertook the sourcing of photographs and writing all the copy, including this ‘potted’ history of the Guild.
“To act as project manager and deliver the new website with all its new functions was a significant and very successful achievement and I would thoroughly recommend Phil for any similar role.”
Dr Elizabeth Sparrow FBCS FRSA
Court Liveryman and Charity Trustee, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
I have also worked on two other projects, both for the Guild’s Shop at St Bartholomew’s. I helped to select and arrange the installation of a new smart till system, which involved integration with existing Guild bookkeeping and accounts systems, and an internal refit. This necessitated a week-long closure and movement of all the stock, and I established a temporary ‘pop up’ shop within the hospital to maintain the service. The refit has been highly commended and a few months after completion the Guild’s Royal Patron formally opened the Shop.
My major involvement with Barts Guild came to an end in 2019, but I am still a supporter of their work and continue to proofread and typeset their biannual publication Barts Guild News.
“I have found Phil to be both helpful and responsive to the needs of the Guild, always willing to go the extra mile. He has made an impressive and valuable contribution to the work of Barts Guild, both as a consultant and as a volunteer.”
Chairman, The Guild of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew