Foundation Trust (FT): Trust board

Our Trust is run by a Board of Directors, comprising a Non-Executive Chair and maximum of seven other Non-Executive Directors and maximum of seven Executive Directors, of whom one is the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive leads the Executive Team and is accountable to the Board for the operational delivery of the Trust.

The Non-Executive Directors scrutinise the performance of the Executive Management Team in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor performance. However, the Board is collectively responsible for the performance of the Trust.

The Board meets every two months and its role is to determine the overall corporate and strategic direction of the Trust, overseeing the delivery of the Trust’s goals and targets.

Vacancies for Non-Executive Directors

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust is looking for two Non-Executive Directors, to join our Board. Information about the posts are available on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments and NHS England websites.


Non-executive directors

Non-Executive Team organogram

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Lord Amyas Morse

Lord Amyas Morse was appointed on 1 October 2019. Lord 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 (NAO), leaving a much-respected NAO after his 10-year tenure.

Lord Morse 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. Lord Morse 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. Since January 2020 he has also been Chair of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • Dr Ayesha Akbar
    Non-Executive Director


Linda Burke

Joined the Trust: 2018

Experience: Linda Burke is presently the Director of Education and Quality at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Previously she was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the faculty of Education of Education and Health at the University of Greenwich. She is a nurse by background and was also Head of Strategy and Development at NHS London.

She sits on the Quality and Safety Committee, the Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee. Linda is also the NED link for the Human Resources and Learning and Development. She was appointed as an interim NED on 1st February 2018.

Term of office expires: 10/05/2020


Janet Campbell

Experience: Janet Campbell was appointed 1 August 2019. Janet’s professional experience is in Human Resources management and organisational development, working across a range of public and private sector organisations. Since September 2017, she has been an independent HR consultant / interim HR Director, working with senior leadership teams to develop and implement HR strategy, provide interim leadership to the HR function, as well as coach and advise senior executives on a range of people-related matters.

Prior to this, she was the HR Director at Ofcom (the UK’s communications regulator). Janet has two other non-executive roles, one as the Senior Independent Director on the Board of British Fencing (the governing body for the Olympic sport of fencing) and the other as a Trustee on the Board of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. 


Catherine Jervis

Experience: Catherine’s professional experience is in governance, financial and performance management and change management across a range of public, not-for-profit and private sector organisations. She holds a range of non-executive roles including Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director at First Community Health  and Care (Community Interest Company CiC) Non-Executive Director and SID with Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, and Non-executive Director with Achieving for Children (CiC) and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Prior to this Catherine was Business Development Director and Strategic Advisor to the CEO of Achievement for All  3As (a national education charity set up to transform the lives of vulnerable children) and Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she led the Children’s Services team delivering services across education, health and social care. Catherine is a qualified accountant.


Simon Morris

Simon is a qualified social worker. Until the summer of 2018 Simon was CEO of Jewish Care for 15 years one of the top 100 charities in the UK. Prior to that Simon had worked for Jewish Care for 7 years holding a variety of senior positions. Before joining Jewish Care Simon spent 12 years working for local government - he spent 8 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 has an MBA from Henley/Brunel as well as a degree in Sociology and Applied Social Studies. He recently received an MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours Lists 2020. Simon is Vice-chair of the North London Hospice and a Trustee of Unlocking Potential. In his spare time Simon enjoys walking and watching football especially Spurs.

Richard Whittington

Joined the Trust: 2014

Experience: Richard is a chartered accountant (FCA) who was a Senior Partner at KPMG, where he was latterly in charge of the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Audit Group which provided services to the health and public sectors and building and construction companies. Until May 2016 Richard was a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of ISG Plc, a £1.4 billion turnover international construction services group.

He was also Chairman of the ISG Middle East businesses. Richard is a Director, Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Community Foundation of Surrey, a Trustee of Surrey Care Trust and Chair of the Governors and Director of the Gordon’s School Academy Trust Limited and a Trustee of the Gordon Foundation. He is also a Director of two small property management companies. Richard was installed as High Sheriff of Surrey in April 2016 for twelve months and commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey in December 2017. Richard brings senior financial, audit and corporate governance experience to the Board, together with estates and capital investment expertise. Until early December 2016 Richard was Chair of the Capital Investment Committee (CIC). At that time he became Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and remains in this position. He sits on the Quality and Safety Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Richard is also the NED link for the Estates and Procurement Divisions.

Term of office expires: 30/09/2020.


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Executive directors


Patricia Wright Joined the Trust: 2020
Experience: Patricia was previously Chief Executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and is well known within NWL as a member of the Provider group in the NWL Health and Care System.
She is an experienced CEO and comes with extensive experience within the acute sector having been Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Chief Executive of Kings Lynn FT, Director of Operations at West Middlesex University Hospital and Director of Operations, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust.
  • Jason Seez
    Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy


Jason Seez Joined the Trust: 2019
Experience: With a strong background in strategic development, Jason joined the Trust in February 2019 from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust where he was Executive Director of Strategy, Transformation and Infrastructure. Jason was appointed as a Non-Voting Interim Executive until the end of the financial year.

Gubby Ayida

Joined the Trust: 2020
Experience: With a strong background in NHS management and clinical leadership, Gubby has most recently held the position of Associate Medical Director for Strategic Programmes for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to that she was Divisional Medical Director for Women’s, Children’s, Neonates, HIV/GUM and Dermatology Services across the two acute hospital sites.

Gubby is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and has been that Trust’s BAME Network and Diversity and Board-level Inclusion Advisor. She is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford University and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, London. Gubby is passionate about women’s eduwcation, as well as equality and inclusion in the workplace; she gives talks on the subject at schools, universities and other organisations regularly, and is a school governor.

Jon Bell

Joined the Trust: 2021
Experience: Jon started his career as a trainee accountant working for Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Special Health Authority. With more than 25 years’ experience working across the acute, commissioning and community healthcare sectors in the UK (mostly in North West London) and abroad, including over 12 years as a board director, plus over four years as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen, Jon brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role..

He is currently Head of Programme Management Office (PMO) – Transformation at SEHA (an Abu Dhabi health services company), initially living in Abu Dhabi then working remotely from London since April 2020. Before that, Jon was the Chief Financial Officer of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust for nearly four years. While there, he was the Joint Chair of the NWL FD Group and in this capacity sat on the NWL Provider Board, NWL Programme Board and NWL Recovery Board. Other Finance Director roles include four years at Central London Community Healthcare and two years at Kensington and Chelsea PCT. Since 2016, Jon has also been a Trustee of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. .

Tina Benson

Joined the Trust: 2019
Experience: Tina Benson is a qualified radiographer who got her first clinical job at Hillingdon Hospital. This was followed by time at the Royal Free Hospital in a variety of clinical and managerial roles, London North West Hospitals as a manager and Deputy COO, and then Deputy COO, Hospital Director, at West Middlesex Hospital.  

Tina's strong leadership experience in the NHS will help to build networks both internally and externally and she will also contribute to broader corporate strategy and the long-term vision of the Trust.
  • Melanie van Limborgh
    Director of Nursing
    Melanie's career that spans more than 30 years since early days in the Theatres Team at Hillingdon, and one which goes by way of St Mary’s, Oxford, King’s, Ashford and then 23 years at Chelsea and Westminster where Melanie was variously Theatres Manager, General Manager and Deputy Director of Nursing plus nearly two years at the Department of Health.

Melanie nan Limborgh

Joined the Trust: 2020

 

 

    • Tahir Ahmed
      Director of Estates and Facilities (non-voting)


    Tahir Ahmed

    Joined the Trust: 2019
    Experience: Tahir Ahmed has worked as a Director of Estates and Facilities in multiple London Trust for over 20 years where he managed and delivered numerous large healthcare developments.

    Tahir is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and active ambassador of Knowledge Transfer Partnership between academia and the industry. Tahir’s centre interests lie within complex healthcare construction projects, intelligent buildings and hospital innovation. At the Hillingdon Hospitals, Tahir holds Board level responsibility for Estates, Facilities and Capital Developments, including the future redevelopment of the hospital estate.

  • Sue Smith
    Chief People Officer (non-voting)

    Sue joined the Trust in June 2020 and was previously the Director of HR and OD at Wye Valley Trust.

Sue Smith

Joined the Trust: 2020


Board Terms of Reference documents

  • THHFT Audit and Risk Committee ToR 123 KB (pdf)
  • THHFT Board Remuneration and Nomination Committee-Terms-of-Ref 81 KB (pdf)
  • THHFT Charitable Funds Committee-Terms-of-Ref 75 KB (pdf)
  • THHFT CoGs Remuneration and Nominations Committee-Terms-of-Ref 125 KB (pdf)
  • THHFT Finance and Performance Committee-Terms of Ref 72 KB (pdf)
  • THHFT People and Organisational Development Committee-Terms-of-Ref 53 KB (pdf)
  • THHFT Quality and Safety Committee-Terms of ref 67 KB (pdf)