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

Matthew Swindells, Joint Chair, north west London acute hospitals

Matthew Swindells has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. He is the former Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for the NHS in England, currently working as an independent consultant.

Matthew joined the NHS from university as a graduate trainee and worked his way up as an IT director, clinical services manager, chief operating officer and hospital chief executive before joining the Department of Health as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and then as the NHS’s first chief information officer.

Matthew is a member of the University Council at Hull University and holds Visiting Professorships at Surrey University and at Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation.

Matthew is joint chair, responsible for 12 hospitals across four NHS trusts in north west London: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and our Trust.

Pippa Nightingale MBE, Chief Executive Officer

Pippa is the most senior executive on our Board. She reports directly to the Chair and the Board, and all members of our executive team report to Pippa.

Pippa is responsible for running all aspects of our Trust’s business, and for proposing and developing our strategy and overall objectives.

Pippa is the accountable officer of our organisation.

About Pippa

Pippa joined our Trust in February 2022 as Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, she was Chief Nurse at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, and for the North West London Integrated Care System.

Pippa first joined the NHS in 1993 as a healthcare assistant.

She qualified as a midwife at the University of Herefordshire in 1998, and practised as a clinical midwife for the next 10 years

From there, Pippa became a consultant midwife in 2007.

She has undertaken several clinical leadership roles in her career, including director of women’s services and clinical director. She has also led complex change programmes, such as the maternity services redesign in north west London.

In 2018, Pippa was named one of 70 most influential nurses and midwives, and subsequently received her MBE in 2019.

Non-executive directors

David Moss, vice chair

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.

Bob Alexander

Bob is a non-executive director at London Ambulance Service.

Until recently he was the independent chair of Sussex Health and Care Partnership ICS. Bob is an associate (advisory) director with CIPFA, a NED and Audit Chair of Community Health Partnerships Ltd, and a trustee and treasurer of the Demelza Children’s Hospice charity.

Until early 2018 he was deputy CEO and executive director of resources at NHS Improvement following the joining of Monitor with the NHS Trust Development Authority where he had held the positions of chief executive and director of finance.

Bob was finance director of NHS South of England SHA cluster in 2012 to 2013 during the implementation of the Health Act reforms.

He was Director of NHS Finance at the Department of Health from 2007 until 2011 where he led on NHS financial policy and performance, as well as being responsible for the national tariff programme, and advising ministers, HMT and other government departments on NHS financial matters.

Bob was a Strategic Health Authority (SHA) finance director from 2002 to 2007, first with Kent and Medway SHA then with South East Coast SHA.

Prior to this Bob held director and senior financial leadership positions in the NHS, police and private sectors.

He has an MBA and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, qualifying while at the London Borough of Wandsworth in 1987, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Loy Lobo

Loy is a seasoned strategist in healthcare and life sciences with over three decades of expertise. A recognised industry thought leader, he combines design thinking, decision science, and digital technology to innovate and solve complex challenges. He has a deep network in these sectors and has an exemplary record in guiding teams to peak performance.

He has recently joined the Northwest London Acute Provider Collaborative as a non-executive director to serve as a board member for London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, where he chairs the Finance and Performance Committee, and at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, where he is a member of the People Committee and the Audit Committee.

Presently, Loy is also a non-executive director at Essex Partnership University NHS Trust, overseeing digital transformation and chairing the Finance and Performance Committee and the regional Unified Electronic Patient Record Programme Board. He also serves on the Mid & South Essex Integrated Care Board’s Finance and Investment Committee.

Loy's consulting roles include devising strategies leveraging disruptive innovation for global life sciences firms and leading digital transformation projects.

His work the NHS involves evaluating reimbursement models, business cases, and advocating for tech's role in healthcare.

Previously at BT Global Health, he pioneered digital health services and orchestrated international expansion strategies.

Loy is deeply involved in mentoring up-and-coming talent, having roles in various health initiatives and educational programs. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine since 2014, he's also played pivotal roles in various educational and accelerator programs, mentoring countless digital health innovators.

Loy holds a BSc in microbiology and an executive MBA from London Business School, where he founded the Life-Sciences Alumni Group and the Forum for Disruptive Innovation with Profs Julian Birkinshaw and Gary Hamel.

Martin Lupton

Martin joins us following a period as an Associate Non-executive Director of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Martin is the Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and leads all of the Faculty of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate activities. He also works as a consultant obstetrician at Chelsea and Westminster Foundation NHS Trust.

Martin has previously been a member and chair of the Ethics Committee for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He continues to work as a joint clinical lead for the Obstetric Cardiac service and for maternal medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and lectures on the Year 5 Obstetrics and Gynaecology course on Medical Ethics.

Ajay Mehta

Ajay is an organisational development specialist supporting the growth and sustainability of civil society organisations globally to increase their social impact.

With significant contributions in the social impact and public sectors, he brings a breadth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, resource mobilisation and sustainability, community engagement, leadership and governance.

Ajay's portfolio of work has ranged from large international institutions to smaller community based organisations, supporting them to review and re-engineer their strategic interventions and maximise impact.

He has particular interests in human and environmental rights, a focus of his company em4, which engages with institutional funders to build the capacities of their grantees and invests in social entrepreneurs international to increase their regional impact. 

He has held board-level positions with national and international charities. He was previously a non-executive director of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dr Syed Mohinuddin

Dr Mohinuddin has worked in the NHS for over 20 years and is a consultant neonatologist, London Neonatal Transfer Service, Barts Health NHS Trust. He is also the training program director, London Specialty School of Paediatrics, Health Education England and innovation and clinical lead, NeoMate smartphone app program.

Dr Mohinuddin has a close connection with the Trust and its local community. He is a member of the Harrow Muslim Community and Harrow Central Mosque and previously worked as a specialist registrar at Northwick Park and Central Middlesex hospitals between 2004 and 2007.

Dr Mohinuddin graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India in 1995 and was awarded the prestigious Colonel Malhotra Memorial Gold Medal in medicine. He subsequently moved to the UK and completed his core and higher specialist training in paediatrics.

Simon Morris MBE

Simon is a qualified social worker.

Until the summer of 2018 Simon was CEO of Jewish Care, one of the top 100 charities in the UK, for 15 years.

Prior to that Simon had worked for Jewish Care for seven years holding a variety of senior positions.

Before joining Jewish Care Simon spent 12 years working for local government, spending eight years working for the London Borough of Hounslow. His last job with them was as a commissioning manager for adult services.

Since leaving Jewish Care Simon is involved in a number of different organisations as a consultant.

Simon was made an MBE in 2020 for services to the community.

Sim Scavazza

Sim is a retail and fashion specialist with 30 years experience in the sector, working in buying and merchandising for some of the leading retailers in the UK including Miss Selfridge, where she was managing director.

Sim is currently deputy chair of the University of the Arts London where she has served as a governor for nine years.

She chairs the people strategy and the remuneration committees, and is the lead governor for equality, diversity, and inclusion.

She supported the establishment of the Centre for Sustainability at London College of Fashion and continues to provide strategic advice on green matters in the fashion sector.

Sim was previously chair of the charity Mentor UK for over 10 years, protecting children and young people from the harms of alcohol and substance misuse.

Sim provides strategic advice on race and is currently working with NHS Providers to help progress the race agenda within the NHS.

Baljit Ubhey OBE

Baljit Ubhey joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as a legal trainee in 1992 later qualifying as a prosecutor in London. Baljit has since held many roles including Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS London. In January 2017, Baljit was appointed as the Director of Prosecution Policy & Inclusion, leading a policy team within the CPS’ operations directorate whilst leading on equality and inclusion across the service. In September 2019 Baljit became the Director of the Strategy and Policy Directorate.

In addition to her career with the CPS, Baljit has held a number of external roles such as non-executive director for BARTS and the Royal London Hospital and has worked with a number of charities.

Executive directors

Simon Crawford, Deputy Chief Executive

Simon is responsible for information management and technology, including information security and information governance.

He also leads on service and quality transformation and improvement.

Simon, along with Pippa, is often the face that you’ll see out and about in our community.

He works very closely with our stakeholders such as our local authorities, the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees, and Local Partnership Boards, to ensure that we listen to the needs of our patients, communities, and stakeholders.

Simon works to shape our long-term plans by working with, and listening to the views of our health and social partners, our communities, and the people with care for.

About Simon

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.

Dr Jon Baker, Chief Medical Officer

Jon is a doctor. He is responsible for our doctors (including consultants, registrars, and junior doctors).

He leads on:

  • medical workforce recruitment plans
  • overseeing the level of training and education we give to our doctors
  • governs the systems to ensure that our doctors remain competent in their job, and the way they care for you.

Jon is responsible for clinical governance, which includes:

  • incident reporting, for when things don’t go to plan
  • investigating incidents
  • learning from incidents so we can reduce the chance of the same thing happening again.

Jon also leads on research and clinical audit. Research is how we find new and better ways to care for you, and clinical audit aims to find out how effective our care is. He’s also the board lead for mortality.

With Lisa, our Chief Nurse, Jon leads on quality and safety.

About Jon

Jon joined the trust in 2018 as a Deputy Medical Director and the Divisional Lead for Emergency Medicine. He'd previously been the deputy medical director at East and North Herts NHS trust for two years.

Jon trained at UCL qualifying in 1996 before working in elderly care medicine and gaining his MRCP.

After that he trained as an emergency physician and still practices one day a week in our emergency department.

Jon's particular interests lie in transforming pathways and patient safety. He also has a degree psychology and a specific interest in mental health and improving care for this group of patients. 

Tracey Connage, Chief People Officer

Tracey is our Chief People Officer. She is responsible for helping our organisation to be one of the best possible places to work in the NHS. She leads on:

  • staff experience
  • staff health and wellbeing
  • staff training and career development.

One of Tracey’s biggest passions is to ensure all teammates experience a compassionate and inclusive culture.

She has a considerable strategic role in planning our future workforce needs, including the development of new and innovative roles.

Tracey works hard to develop our Trust as an anchor institution to provide a wide range of careers for our communities at all levels, including apprenticeships, entry level, qualified level or on a voluntary basis.

About Tracey

Tracey Connage is an experienced and influential People Director with a track record in high profile roles and her head and heart approach to leadership.

In September 2022, Tracey joined the Trust Executive Board as the new Chief People Officer to lead the workforce and organisational development agenda. This immediately followed her time as HR and OD Director for neighbouring borough Harrow Council  navigating during Covid to successfully implement a new Great People strategy. She is keen to promote her slogan of working well together which focuses on multi-disciplinary team work that involves everyone and every part of the organisation coming together to deliver great outcomes for all our people.

Tracey began her professional HR career in training and development discovering what has become her lifelong passion for learning and developing talent and human potential. She has worked for national training and employer organisations and was an UK and EU employer adviser to local government. She went on to lead a successful national improvement programme to build strategic HR and OD capacity in UK local authorities. She has also pioneered HR transformation in various council’s by launching new technology and business models including the introduction of e-HR, online recruitment, talent and performance systems.

Tracey is a past chair of the PPMA (Public Service People Management Association) London Region and a recent co-chair of London Council’s Heads of HR and Large Employers -Tackling Racial Inequality Group. She is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Lisa Knight MBE, Chief Nurse

Lisa is a registered nurse. She is professionally responsible for our nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals (including physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, and occupational therapists).

She is the executive lead for patient experience and safeguarding, and she’s our director of infection prevention and control.

Lisa jointly leads on quality and safety at board level with Jon, our chief medical officer.

About Lisa

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.

Jonathan Reid, Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan is an accountant. He is responsible for leading the financial actions of our Trust that include:

  • tracking cash flow and financial planning
  • analysing our financial strengths and weaknesses
  • proposing corrective actions.

He is also responsible for our estates and facilities team, including our green plan and sustainability work.

About Jonathan

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.

James Walters, Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, James leads our operational teams (the people who look after our services).

He’s responsible for ensuring our care is as accessible as possible, which includes working to reduce our waiting times. This covers:

  • emergency care through our A&E department and our urgent care centre
  • diagnostic tests like scans and x-rays
  • patients who are waiting for elective care, like hip operations.

James is also responsible for ensuring we care for our patients as efficiently as possible. To do so, he works with our clinical teams and with people from other organisations.

For inpatients, James works hard with our borough councils and their social care teams to make sure you can be discharged safely.

James works just as hard with our local GPs, community healthcare providers, and voluntary organisations to make sure you have the right support when you get home.

He also leads on emergency planning to make sure we can continue to care for you, to best of our ability, during a major incident.

About James

James joined the organisation in 2013 having previously worked for Ealing Hospital, community services, and local authority.

He has been the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the Trust since 2016, and has led on many projects including winter and Covid-19 planning, and shaping the Trust's gold response to the pandemic.

He began his NHS career in 2004 as HR Manager at Hillingdon Primary Care Trust, before moving into operational management where he has undertaken several leadership roles across north west London.

Some of James’ early projects at the Trust include leading the development of a brand-new A&E department at Northwick Park Hospital and the opening of a new acute unit. 

James' association with the Trust goes back to 1976 when he was born at Northwick Park Hospital.

Dawn Clift, Director of Corporate Affairs

Dawn is responsible for supporting the Board to comply with our legislative and regulatory duties.

She is the lead advisor on corporate governance matters and supports Pippa in fulfilling her responsibilities as accountable officer.

She leads the Board secretatiat to make sure the Board, its committees, and subgroups work effectively.

Dawn is the lead director for the well-led aspect of the Care Quality Commission framework, and she’s also the lead executive for Freedom to Speak Up.

She also has executive responsibility for the Communications team and portfolio.

Dawn manages the risk management framework, within which our Board and our Trust operates. She works with all of team LNWH to make sure we have effective risk managements arrangements in place.

About Dawn

Dawn brings more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS, in both the acute and mental health sectors across corporate and clinical governance holding Board level positions within the Midlands and also at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She joins us from her work as programme director for the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative, where among other achievements, she helped to develop, establish and implement its governance structure and infrastructure, as well as its committees.

Prior to her work in governance, she was a frontline operational manager.

She is accredited as a Chief Quality Officer through the Boston-based Institute of Healthcare Improvement and uses her quality improvement skills to help improve both the patient and staff experience.

Dawn is passionate about compassionate and respectful leadership, and makes it a cornerstone of her work.