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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

Trust Board who's who[pdf] 203KB

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

Photo of Pippa Nightingale

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

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.

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.

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.

Executive directors

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.

Dr Jon Baker, Interim 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Associate non-executive directors

Huda As’ad

Huda As'ad

Huda is a chartered civil engineer with over 16 years of experience in the construction and infrastructure market. During her career she has worked on some of the country’s largest infrastructure programmes including the London 2012 Olympics and Thames Tideway Tunnel. At the Olympic Delivery Authority, Huda ran the Risk and Audit team for the Chief Risk Officer and supported the inputs into the Audit Committee.

She currently works as Head of Infrastructure Performance for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which reports jointly to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

Huda is also a construction ambassador and volunteer. In this role she talks to school children about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the opportunities that studying STEM can open-up for anyone.

Kingsley Peter

Kingsley Peter

Kingsley is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA qualified) with over 20 years of senior management experience most recently as Interim Chief Finance Officer at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT).

He has held several non-executive positions including chair of Kush Housing Association, now part of the Places for People Group [PfPG]. PfPG appointed Peter to the Charitable Assurance and Regulation Board [CARB] as chair.

He also served as a NED at ELFT from 2006 to 2018 during which time he chaired the Finance, Business, and Investment Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee.

Kingsley is of Caribbean origin and came over to the UK when he was eighteen years old.

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