I was born and raised in North West Middlesex. I graduated from Guy’s Hospital Medical School (then part of the University of London) with degrees in Science, Medicine and Surgery. My postgraduate training was at St George’s Hospital where I was introduced to ‘medical politics’. (As a result I was briefly a member of BMA Council and chaired its Hospital Junior Staff Committee.) I became a clinical lecturer in histopathology in the medical school and subsequently completed my training as a tissue pathologist.

I then worked for the medical side of the Department of Health rising to the equivalent of an Under Secretary. From there I became the Chief Medical Officer of a health insurer and then held a series of senior advisory roles in health insurance and independent hospitals. In the later part of my career I returned to my roots in diagnostic tissue pathology and was appointed as a consultant histopathologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. There I held a number of senior managerial roles in particular as a Clinical and then as a Divisional Director. I was the first clinical director of the Trust’s joint venture in pathology. I retired in 2017.

I have a long association with Bethany which started when my son Chris joined the school as a Year 7 boarder in 2002.  My background in education is drawn from the university and postgraduate world but many of the principles translate into secondary education.

As a result of my rather varied career I have a particular interest in risk assessment and management and in systems of governance in both public, commercial and voluntary sectors.

In my ‘spare time’ I enjoy walking, photography, watching rugby and sailing.

Bethany School - Robert Hangartner