Foundation Trust (FT): Trust board

The Trust is run by a Board of Directors which met on eight occasions during 2019/20. The Board, led by the Chair, sets the vision and values of the Trust and works to promote the success of the organisation. It is responsible for the organisation’s decision-making and performance to ensure the Trust delivers high quality, safe and efficient services.

The Board of Directors comprises a non-executive chair; up to seven other non-executive directors; and up to seven Executive Directors one of which should be the Chief Executive. During the year, the Board agreed to appoint two additional executive directors who attend the Board but who are non-voting members. The Trust Board Secretary is an Officer of the Board, attends all meetings and ensures provision of effective secretariat and governance services.

The Chief Executive leads the Executive Team and is accountable to the Board for the operational delivery of the Trust’s objectives. The Chair leads the Board and ensures its effectiveness. The Chair sets the agenda for Board meetings which includes a patient story, reports from standing committees and integrated quality and performance reports. The Board also regularly invites presentations by other staff to highlight issues of quality, safety and patient experience. ​

Executive and Non-Executive Directors' declarations of interest (11Kb, pdf)

Executive and Non-Executive Directors share equal responsibility for decisions, direction and control of the Trust. All members of the Board have joint responsibility for every decision of the Board regardless of their individual skills or status.

Executive Team organisation chart (click to expand)

Non-executive directors

Sir Amyas Morse

Sir Amyas Morse was appointed on 1 October 2019. Sir 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.

Sir Amyas 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. Sir Amyas was Chair 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.

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. 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.

Lis Paice

Joined the Trust: February 2014

Experience: Lis qualified as a doctor at Trinity College Dublin and Westminster Medical School and trained at Stoke Mandeville and UCH before being appointed Consultant Rheumatologist at the Whittington Hospital and becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. For 15 years Lis was Dean Director of London Deanery, overseeing the postgraduate training of doctors.

Following this, she chaired the Inner and Outer North West London Integrated Care Programmes and led the patient engagement workstream of the North West London Integration Pioneer. Lis now co-chairs the Self Care workstream of North West London. Lis is an active coach and mentor, holds the ILM Diploma in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, and is the author of New Coach: reflections of a learning journey, McGraw Hill 2012. She was named NHS Mentor of the Year 2010. In 2011 she received an OBE for services to Medicine. Lis chairs the Quality and Safety Committee and sits on the Governors Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Additionally she chairs the Lay Strategic Forum and is the NED link for the Medical Division and Learning from Death, End of Life and Freedom to Speak Up.

Term of office expires: 31/01/2020

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.

Executive directors

    >Sarah Tedford
    Chief Executive

Sarah Tedford Joined the Trust: 2018
Experience: Sarah became Chief Executive of Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in March 2018. She spent the 6 months prior to this on secondment to NHSI/ NHSE as Winter Director London to provide assurance on the systems and processes in place to monitor delivery of the National A&E standard across London. She was eager to return to London and have a role that gave her more scope.
For almost three years’ from November 2014 she was Chief Operating Officer at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, helping the Trust to exit ‘Special Measures’. Before this she was at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy Chief Executive, a position she acceded to in May 2011. Sarah spent her formative NHS career at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, initially she had almost 5 years split between two roles; Assistant Director Strategic Development / Modernisation before becoming Hospital Director / General Manager Planned Care. After this she moved to NHS IMAS spending 16 months as Head of Performance / Performance Lead to help improve their cancer waiting times, then until May 2011 she was Director of the Intensive Support Team working with challenged Trusts to deliver access targets. She was appointed on 26th November 2018.
  • Jason Seez
    Interim 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.

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.

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.

Jason Seez

Joined the Trust: 2019
Experience: Cathy was the Deputy Regional Medical Director, NHSI (since October 2017) and was the GIRFT Clinical Ambassador. Her prior experience includes being the Medical Director of North Middlesex University Hospital and Interim Medical Director Great Ormond Street. She is also a Consultant in Pathology / Immunopathology / Immunology, including Paediatrics.

Her areas of strength include clinical quality improvement and strategic experience, NHSI and GIRFT, MD experience in an acute setting with demonstrable experience of clinical governance and risk management. She has an acute awareness of financial management and demonstrates understanding of partnership/system working.

David Meikle

Joined the Trust: 2020
David Meikle joined the Trust in January 2020 to provide support to the Director of Finance and became Interim Director Finance in April 2020.

David is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has over 25 years of experience as a Finance Director in the NHS. He joined the Trust from NHS Kent and Medway where was Turnaround Director. Previously he has worked in a number of organisations in Kent, Sussex and also in the east of England. David also holds an MBA.  He has Board level responsibility for Procurement services, the Trust's Information Services and Information Technology functions and is currently the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner.
  • Sue Smith
    Chief People Officer (non-voting)

Sue Smith

Joined the Trust: 2020

Tahir Ahmed

Joined the Trust: 2019

Experience:Camilla brings a wealth of experience having spent over 30 years in the NHS, including 18 years in our Emergency Department.

She says: "One of my key priorities is to reinforce basic nursing standards, focusing on professionalism and accountability to ensure our patients receive excellent, appropriate and safe nursing care. We also need to focus on the culture of safe medicine management in the Trust, which is a significant risk to patients. In my first few weeks here I have seen staff doing a great job with real dedication to making positive changes."

Other members of the executive

  • Justine McGuinness
    Head of Communications & Engagement

  • Deborah Lawrenson
    Trust Secretary

  • Belinda Norris
    Chief Transformation Officer

Board committees

The Board has established the following committees to assist it in its functions. Click on the name of each committee to download the terms of reference.