Our Trust board

Our Trust board, made up of executive directors and non-executive directors, is responsible for ensuring our organisation:

  • offers safe and effective care
  • complies with relevant duties, standards, and legislation
  • maintains high standards of corporate governance
  • is well led, efficient, and cost-effective
  • is responsive to, and representative of, our community’s needs

Chair and Chief Executive

Sir Amyas Morse, Chair

Sir Amyas Morse Chairman

Sir Amyas Morse joined as Chair on 1 January 2020. He is currently also Chair of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Sir Amyas has a distinguished career in finance in both the private and public sector; recently as Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office, leaving a much respected NAO after his ten year tenure. During his leadership, the NAO produced over 60 reports on the NHS, in a drive to improve services locally and nationally. 

An Oxford graduate, Sir Amyas qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Young, he joined Deloitte as the youngest regional partner and has worked for Coopers & Lybrand, reforming as PricewaterhouseCoopers taking on a global role.  He became a member of their UK and Global boards.  He joined the Ministry of Defence in July 2006 as the Defence Commercial Director, before joining the National Audit Office.

Amyas was also the Chair for the Board of Audit for the United Nations between 2011 and 2017. He currently serves as Finance Committee Chair for the Royal College of Surgeons.

Chris Bown, Chief Executive

Chris Bown, Chief Executive

Chris joined as interim Chief Executive in March 2020.

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in senior board level leadership roles in the UK National Health Service, the last 14 as a CEO. He has practical experience in leading organizations through significant change and service transformation to deliver improvements for patients with a focus on whole system integration, partnership and transformation.

Chris’ work as a permanent and freelance Chief Executive of hospitals in the UK along with advisory assignments for the NHS and in the Caribbean region has equipped him with a wide range of leadership skills that are often put to use in very challenging environments where he has developed a strong track record of success.

Non-executive directors

Dr Vineta Bhalla

Vineta Bhalla

Vineta is a medical doctor and public health expert. Her special interest is in long term conditions and community care. She has held senior roles within the Department of Health and the NHS. She has previously served as the executive director for hospitals at the Singapore Ministry of Health and held positions on various national and international boards. 

Janet Rubin

Janet Rubin non-executive board member

Janet has enjoyed a 40-year business career in the field of HR. Her passion for improving health services led her to take on various HR roles in the health sector. She was an Interim HR Director  for Norfolk and Norwich University Trust, the Oxfordshire PCT and the HR Director for City and Hackney Teaching PCT. She was also a Member of the NHS Pay Review Body and held an Interim Director of HR & OD position at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Janet also has an extensive portfolio career. She is currently a Member of the Remuneration Committee for the General Pharmaceutical Council, as well as being a partner in an executive coaching firm and an investment management business.

Janet has lived/worked in the boroughs of Ealing, Brent and Harrow.

Professor David Taube

David Taube non-executive board member

Professor Taube joined us as a university nominated non-executive director in 2013. He is Professor of Transplantation Medicine at Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre and one of the UK's leading renal physicians. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge universities, Professor Taube has pioneered new models of renal medicine and transplantation and has led the development of the West London Renal and Transplant Centre.

Andrew van Doorn

Andrew van Doorn non-executive board member

Andrew is the chief executive of the Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT), a national innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector. He is the lead for all of HACT’s work on integrating housing and health, working with NHS trusts and housing associations to develop new community based healthcare partnerships.

Andrew has worked nationally and internationally in housing and vulnerable people, supported housing and care, community development and wider social policy and practice for 26 years.

Professor Desmond Johnston

Professor Desmond Johnston

Professor Desmond Johnston is the Head of the Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism section at the Imperial College of London. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he attained his MB ChB. He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton. Professor Johnston joined our Trust as a Non-executive director in 2018. 

In July 2005, he was appointed Director of the Department of Health-sponsored UK Diabetes Research Network (UKDRN) and in 2015 he became Head of Cluster A (Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Kidney Disease and Metabolic and Endocrine Disease) of the NIHR Clinical Research Network. He is also currently co-Chair of the Council of Healthcare Professionals at Diabetes UK.

David Moss

David Moss Non-Executive

David has 40 years’ experience in leadership and operational roles, most recently as Shell’s Retail General Manger for North Europe and Board Director of Shell UK.  He has successfully led a number of large business turnarounds and global projects using his commercial acumen and experience in strategy, marketing, operations and IT. Having worked abroad and travelled extensively he has developed a genuine appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness, putting people and safety first.

Neville Manuel

Neville Manuel

Neville is an accomplished senior executive with over 15 years extensive experience operating at board level in the private, public, and third sectors, in both executive and non-executive roles.

He is a skilled commercial leader with a proven track record in transformational change, developing and executing strategy, setting up joint ventures, launching new businesses and operational, and P&L management in the telecoms, media and technology sectors.

In his corporate career his roles included Vice President of BT’s internet business, director of its TV business, and Group General Manager of Strategy.

Now focussed on non-executive roles, he currently sits on the boards of the West London NHS Trust and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

He is also a founder director of a small independent film production company.

Executive directors

Lisa Knight, Chief Nurse

Chief Nurse of LNWH

Lisa was appointed as chief nurse and director of patient care in May 2019.

She brought a wealth of experience gained from a range of nursing disciplines. Lisa spent the first few years of her career at hospitals in north London. She then spent a year at an acute medical oncology unit in Toronto. On her return to the UK, Lisa pursued her interest in burns and plastic surgery care, working in units at University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.

Before her appointment here, she spent six years as the Chief Nurse of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Lisa's particular interests are in digital transformation, leading quality improvement to improve Care Quality Commission ratings, and improving the experience of our patients.

Dr Martin Kuper, Chief Medical Officer

Martin Kuper, Medical Director

Martin trained at Oxford University Medical School, qualifying in 1993. He subsequently obtained clinical experience and postgraduate qualifications in Medicine (MRCP), Anaesthesia (FRCA) and Intensive Care (EDIC), and obtained dual certification as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in 2007. Between 2007 and 2014, he worked at Whittington Health as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, becoming the Director of Research and Innovation in 2009. In 2012, he was appointed Executive Medical Director at Whittington Health.  In 2014, he became Executive Medical Director, Responsible Officer and Caldicott Guardian at Homerton University Hospital.

Martin was medical lead of a ‘Deteriorating Patient’ quality improvement collaborative to reduce cardiac arrests across 17 ‘UCL Partner’ hospitals in London,  Essex and Hertfordshire, from 2010-16. Martin helped the Whittington to achieve the lowest Summary-level Hospital Mortality Indicator nationally for three years, and the Homerton to achieve the lowest national rate of cardiac arrest occurring on the ward.

Martin led implementation of evidence based  ‘enhanced recovery’ surgical pathways across London, that help patients recover quicker from surgery. In 2009 he was appointed as National Clinical Advisor (Anaesthesia), a role he carried out until 2013. In 2015, he received the Royal College of Anaesthetists ‘Humphrey Davy Award’.

Martin was appointed as Medical Director, Responsible Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for Transformation for London North West University Healthcare in 2018.

Simon Crawford, Director of Strategy and Deputy Chief Executive

Simon Crawford, Director of Strategy

Simon took on the role of director of strategy in October 2015. Prior to this he was finance director and senior responsible officer for the merger of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and North West London Hospital NHS Trust in April 2011.

He started his career in the NHS in Wales in 1985 where he worked for five years on the external audit of the NHS. This role involved undertaking audits of hospitals and health bodies throughout Wales during which time he qualified as an accountant. On qualification he joined East Dyfed Health Authority. He joined Broadmoor Special Health Authority as finance director in 1997 and became finance director of West London Mental Health NHS Trust in 2001. He was appointed chief executive in 2004.

In 2009 Simon joined NHS London in a wider strategic role to support NHS trusts in their progress towards foundation trust status.

Claire Gore, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Claire Gore, Director of People and HR

Claire joined us in 2015 from Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she was director of people for five years. Prior to joining the NHS Claire worked for the Metropolitan Police, where she held a number of human resources positions and the London Borough of Brent as strategic HR manager for corporate services and children and families. Claire holds a post-graduate certificate in strategic HR and training and development and a master of science in sociology and social administration.

Mark Trumper, Director of Estates and Facilities

Mark Trumper, director of estates and facilities

Mark took on the role of Director of Estates and Facilities in February 2019. He joined us from Semperian PPP Investment Partners, a private firm who invest in UK social infrastructure providing essential public services to local communities, mainly in health and education.

As Managing Director, Mark managed £8.5bn of public infrastructure, including 35 hospitals across the UK and Ireland.

Before joining Semperian, Mark spent seven years in the NHS, most recently at Oxford University Hospitals as Director of Estates. He directly supported their successful applications to become both a Foundation Trust and an Academic Health Science Centre.

David Searle, Director of Corporate Affairs

Director of Corporate Affairs, David Searle

David joined the Trust in April 2019. Previously Director of Strategy at Hillingdon Hospitals he led the successful Foundation Trust application and supported the establishment of the Academic Centre for Health Sciences with Brunel University London.

Prior to joining the NHS in 2007 he enjoyed a 20 year career as a Fleet Air Arm pilot in the Royal Navy where senior roles included second in command of a major warship and the Commanding Officer of a Naval Air Squadron.

He subsequently held a number of commercial roles in the aerospace and defence industries. He is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Ellis Pullinger, Chief Operating Officer

Ellis Pullinger, Chief Operating Officer

Ellis joined us in March 2020 from St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where, as Chief Operating Officer, he worked to return the Trust to reporting its 18-week referral to treatment standard.

He began his NHS career in 1996 and has held senior positions across London. Ellis’s previous roles include Divisional Director of Operations and then Assistant Chief Executive at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, leading and managing the successful transition of pathology services to North West London Pathology in 2017.

Ellis has also worked for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Jonathan Reid, Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Reid, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Jonathan joined us as CFO in April 2020. He began his career as a lecturer in finance at Sheffield Hallam University.

In 1998 he joined the National Audit Office as their Principal Auditor, moving to the Audit Commission and then into Brighton and Hove PCT in 2007 as the Deputy Director of Finance and Market Development.

In 2009 he joined Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust as the Deputy Director of Finance, moving in 2012 to join Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust as the Director of Finance, Estates and Deputy Chief Executive.

In 2016 Jonathan moved to East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, an integrated acute and community provider, as their Director of Finance.

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