Our Board

The Board of Directors comprises executive directors and non-executive directors. It is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the trust and overseeing organisational performance. Ultimately, the Board is accountable for ensuring that the trust delivers safe, high-quality care and a positive experience for patients.

Executive directors

Directors in attendance

  • Chris Chaney
  • Kevin Jarrold
  • Martin Lupton
  • Peter Jenkinson

Non-executive directors

Executive directors

bio lesleyLesley Watts—Chief Executive Officer


Lesley is chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was also chief executive of the North West London Integrated Care System (ICS) until November 2021. A nurse and midwife by training, Lesley has extensive executive managerial experience, having led the Trust since 2015, and was previously chief executive for East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. In 2020, under her leadership, the Trust was awarded a CQC rating of Outstanding for well-led and use of resources.

roger.jpgRoger Chinn—Chief Medical Officer


Roger Chinn was appointed as chief medical officer in Dec 2020. He is a clinical radiologist who has been a consultant with the Trust since 1996. Previously, he has held senior leadership roles as deputy medical director and chief clinical information officer in the Trust and was the medical director at West Middlesex University Hospital for the year prior to its acquisition by the Trust.  


Rob Hodgkiss—Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer


Rob was appointed as chief operating officer in Mar 2016. He joined the Trust in Apr 2012 as divisional director of operations for women, neonatal, children and young people, HIV/GUM and dermatology services. Rob joined the NHS in 1992, initially working as a healthcare assistant before moving on to various junior, middle, senior management roles across London and the Midlands. Rob has a great deal of experience in understanding the complexities of the modern NHS including emergency planning and response, and is the organisation’s accountable emergency officer. Rob is also the interim chief operating officer lead for the North West London Integrated Care System.

robert.jpgRobert Bleasdale—Chief Nursing Officer


Robert has joined the Trust in April 2022. He was previously Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at St George’s University Hospital, and has held a number of senior nursing leadership roles in the NHS. He has been instrumental to the Covid-19 response, leading on the vaccination programme to establish one of the first vaccination clinics in the country. He has led on a number of quality improvement programmes, including the development of accreditation systems, which helped raise standards of care and was involved in St George’s exiting CQC special measures. He has proactively promoted partnership working and is passionate on the role of staff and patient involvement in key service decisions.

Robert became Deputy Chief Nurse at St George’s in 2017, having previously held a number of other senior nursing roles at St George’s since 2014. He started his nursing career in acute medicine, before moving into emergency care. He is an advanced trauma nursing course instructor, and completed his nursing degree at Oxford Brookes University. He also has a Masters in Senior Healthcare Leadership from Birmingham University.

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Virginia joined the Trust in 2010 as head of financial planning before progressing to assistant director of finance and deputy director of finance, having previously worked in finance teams across other NHS organisations in North West London. She has been chief financial officer since Oct 2019 and is a qualified chartered management accountant.

Directors in attendance (non-voting)

  • Chris Chaney, Chief Executive Officer CW+
  • Kevin Jarrold, Chief Information Officer
  • Martin Lupton, Associate Dean and Head of Undergraduate Medicine, Imperial College London 
  • Peter Jenkinson, Joint Director of Corporate Governance

Non-executive directors

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Matthew joined the Trust 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.

bio steve gillSteve Gill—Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director

Steve was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 Nov 2017. He was Chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee from Feb 2018 to Mar 2021. In Aug 2020 Steve was appointed as Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director (SID), and in Mar 2021 was appointed as interim Chair. 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.

Andy Bush

Professor Andrew Bush is professor of paediatrics and paediatric respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, and consultant paediatric chest physician, Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals. He is a non-executive director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His research interests are in the field of paediatric respiratory medicine, especially invasive and non-invasive assessment of airway inflammation in asthma and cystic fibrosis and clinical respiratory physiology. He was the chief investigator leading the recently awarded £4.64 million Wellcome Trust Strategic Award (“Breathing Together”). He has supervised 47 MD and PhD degrees, authored nearly 650 papers in peer review journals, and has written more than 130 chapters in books and monographs. He has been deputy editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (the highest impact factor respiratory journal, the only deputy editor from outside North America), and head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society. He was the joint editor-in-chief of Thorax, then the second-ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, the first paediatrician to hold this post. He has served as chair of the Publications Committee of the European Respiratory Society, and is currently guidelines director elect of the same society.

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Aman Dalvi has worked at very senior levels for many years and has been a chief executive of three organisations where he has led multidisciplinary teams. Aman has extensive experience in planning and regeneration and, in his career, he was executive director of development and renewal in a major local authority. Aman was also a ministerial appointee on the boards of English Partnerships and the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Aman has also served as a chair of a number of organisations which include the Anchor Trust and PA Housing. In addition, Aman Dalvi has been a statutory appointment on a number of large and diverse organisations. Aman Dalvi is currently working as a consultant for two major developers and is chair of a development company. Aman is the chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Nilkunj, a non-voting Trust Board member since 1 Jul 2014, was appointed as a non-executive director on 27 Nov 2015. He 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. Nilkunj is currently chair of the Finance and Performance Committee.

Peter Goldsbrough

Peter is a senior leader experienced in the private and public sectors. He was a managing director at the Boston Consulting Group and is now a senior advisor to the firm. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College. He has previously served as a non-executive director with NHS London. He has many years’ experience working with healthcare, pharmaceutical and academic organisations as well as substantial financial management expertise. Peter advises senior leaders of major organisations in a variety of industrial and service sectors on strategic direction and operational performance. He has specialised in the leadership of large-scale operational and organisational change. His geographic experience covers the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and Australasia. He was educated at Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School.

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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 director roles including vice chair at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 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.

Neville Manuel

Neville is an accomplished senior executive with more than 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.

bio-ajay.jpgAjay Mehta

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. Ajay 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. Ajay is currently chair of the People and Workforce Committee. He also holds the position of Wellbeing Guardian on the Trust Board. Ajay is in his first term of office and was appointed in November 2019.

Syed Mohinuddin

Dr Syed 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 programme director, London Specialty School of Paediatrics, Health Education England and Innovation and clinical lead, NeoMate smartphone app programme. Dr Mohinuddin is an existing non-executive director on the board of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust. 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.


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