Sir Richard Thompson KCVO
Sir Richard Thompson was educated at Worcester College, Oxford and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, and after research work at King’s College Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, was a physician and gastroenterologist at St Thomas’ 1972-2005. He was physician to HM the Queen, and served on the Boards of King’s Fund, the British Heart Foundation and the Institute of Psychiatry.
From 2010 to 2014 he was President of the Royal College of Physicians. He is an honorary fellow of Worcester College and an honorary associate Nightingale. He was a trustee and now is a patron of the social and therapeutic gardening charity Thrive. He lectures on the benefits of gardening and green spaces on health, stressing that the benefits of gardening, trees and green spaces to mental and physical health are now scientifically established, and should be promoted as a useful and inexpensive treatment to individual patients and prevention to the general population.