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

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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

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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

Janet Rubin, Vice Chair

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 and worked in the boroughs of Ealing, Brent and Harrow.

Bob Alexander

Bob Alexander NED

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.

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 Mehta NED

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

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 Smart Phone 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 Morris MBE, NED

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.

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.

Sim Scavazza

Sim Scavazza NED

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

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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 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.

Dr Jon Baker, Chief Medical Officer

Jon Baker, chief medical officer

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

Portrait image of Tracey Connage Chief people officer at LNWH

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

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.

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.

James Walters, Chief Operating Officer

James Walters, Chief Operating Officer

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

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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.