Foundation Trust (FT): Trust board

The four acute NHS trusts in north west London are to come together under a single board in common from autumn 2022. The first meeting of the Board in Common is on 18 October 2022.

The four trusts will remain independent organisations, working closely with their local authorities, patient groups and other partners. They will each create a committee of their own board directors who will come together to form the new board in common. It will meet four times a year in public, while individual trust boards will continue to meet in public at least once a year.

The Chair, Trust chief executives and vice chairs will also meet as a cabinet to consider key decisions between board meetings.

Board subcommittees will take place within individual trusts and their reports will be presented at board in common meetings, along with those from the new cabinet.

For more information please see: Acute NHS trusts strengthen partnership working to improve patient care


Non-executive directors

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Matthew Swindells

Matthew was appointed as Chair in Common in April 2022. He 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 London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dr Vinetta 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.
Vineta is a primary care and public health physician with a career spanning policy development and implementation across the healthcare sector. She is considered a leading national expert in community and out of hospital care. Besides working in national strategic and regulatory roles, Vineta values her front-line clinical and operational management experience. She is passionate about patient-centred care and reducing variation in healthcare delivery. She has extensive experience in healthcare IT development and adoption.
  • Linda Burke
    Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director


Linda Burke 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.

Janet Campbell

Nilkunj has has diverse experience as an executive and non-executive director with interests in telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. Nilkunj was previously with McKinsey & Company and also served as chairman of the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) and as non-executive director of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Nilkunj has an MBA from INSEAD and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Steve Gill Steve has had an international executive career in the IT industry, including chief executive roles with Hewlett-Packard in the UK, Korea and China. He has held various non-executive director roles including advising the UK government on IT in education. Steve qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, talent and succession planning, organisational development, risk management and disaster recovery. Steve has been the Chair of Trustees of Age Concern (Windsor) since Jan 2018.

Catherine Jervis

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.

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. 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.

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 nonexecutive 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.

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 seven years holding a variety of senior positions. Before joining Jewish Care Simon spent 12 years working for local government - he spent 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 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.

Executive Team organogram

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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, Director of Strategy and Senior Responsible Officer, Hospital Redevelopment Programme


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.

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 nan Limborgh

Joined the Trust: 2020

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.

  • Sue Smith
    Chief People Officer (non-voting)

Sue Smith

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

  • David Searle
    Director of Corporate Affairs (non-voting)


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)
  • Divisional structure


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