Meet the directors 

The names of our Trust board members are detailed below, together with a declaration of their relevant interests.

Non-executive directors

Baroness Julia Neuberger, Chair

Baroness Neuberger became UCLH chair on 25 February 2019.

Throughout her career, Julia has made an extensive contribution to healthcare policy and management. In the 1990s she was chair of the Camden and Islington Community Trust and she has been closely involved with national reports on the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Mental Health Act Review. She is a local resident.

Declaration of interests:

  • Chair of Whittington Health from 1 April 2020

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Dr Junaid Bajwa, non-executive director

Dr Junaid Bajwa became a non-executive director at UCLH in September 2018. He was born at UCLH and is a practising GP with experience of serving a deprived London community. He has been interested in the use of technology and data to improve patient outcomes for many years, and has worked with NHS England on projects involving AI and data analytics. In addition he also works for Microsoft Research as their Chief Medical Scientist. Junaid chairs the research and innovation committee and is a member of the quality and safety committee and the remuneration committee.

Declarations of interest:

  • NHS England (GP appraiser)
  • Essential Guides UK Limited (Shareholder, GP locum services and educational work)
  • Microsoft (Shareholder and employee of Microsoft Research)
  • Associate non-executive director at Whittington Health NHS Trust from 1 July 2020
  • Trustee of the UCLH Charity

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Dr Jane Collins , non-executive director - vice chair

Dr Jane Collins became a non-executive director at UCLH in November 2018. She was appointed vice chair in November 2019.

Jane qualified in medicine at Birmingham University and later became a consultant paediatric neurologist at Guy's Hospital. She was appointed chief executive of both Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity in 2001. From 2012 until early 2019 she was chief executive of Marie Curie. Jane was on the advisory board of the King’s Fund from 2013 until 2017 before becoming a board member. She was chairman of the London Clinical Senate Council between 2013 and 2018. She is an honorary fellow of UCL and the Institute of Child Health, UCL. Jane chairs the audit committee and is a member of the finance and investment committee, the workforce committee and the remuneration committee.

Declaration of Interests:

  • Co-chair of the Ambitions for the Palliative and End of Life Care group
  • Appointed as a NED and vice chair of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital from 17 February 2020.

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Althea Efunshile

Althea Efunshile CBE, non-executive director - senior independent director

Althea Efunshile was appointed as a non-executive director in May 2016. She became the senior independent director in November 2019.

Althea has had a 30-year career in local and central government, during which she gained extensive senior management experience. She was Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England where she was responsible for the national investment strategy, corporate governance and operational delivery. Prior to that she held a number of director level posts within the Department for Education all of which were concerned with improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people. She has been the Executive Director for Education and Culture in the London Borough of Lewisham, and Assistant Director of Education in the London Borough of Merton. Althea was awarded a CBE for services to art and culture in the 2016 Queen’s birthday honours. Althea chairs the workforce committee and is a member of the quality and safety committee and the remuneration committee.

Althea was awarded a CBE for services to art and culture in the 2016 Queen’s birthday honours.

Declaration of interests:

  • Board member, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Chair of the National College for Cultural and Creative Industries

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Dr Clare Gerada, non-executive director

Dr Clare Gerada was appointed as a non-executive director in September 2018. She trained at UCLH and is senior partner at the Hurley Group practice in Lambeth serving 100,000 patients. She has also trained in psychiatry and set up the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, an organisation which supports doctors with mental health issues. She has a national reputation and significant experience of integrated care. She is interested in how digital transformation can support clinicians. She was the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Clare is a member of the quality and safety committee, the workforce committee and the remuneration committee.

Declarations of interest:

  • Tower Assets Management
  • Hurley Innovations (Shareholder)
  • Hurley Group NHS GP Partnership
  • Chair, Doctors in Distress (registered charity)
  • Medical Director, NHS Practitioner Health
  • Clinical Chair of the NHS Assembly

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Martin Jacobs, non-executive director

Martin Jacobs joined UCLH as a non-executive director on 1 January 2020. He spent 20 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was a Partner within the Corporate Finance division. He provided corporate finance advice to both public and private sector clients. In particular he provided financial advice and brought commercial skills to a number of government departments including the Department of Health. He was Leader of Industry for Central Government.

Prior to his time at PwC Martin worked in banking for Samuel Montagu Ltd and HSBC. Martin now runs a plural career as a non-executive director and trustee.

Martin is a member of the audit committee, the finance and investment committee and the remuneration committee and he chairs the arts and heritage committee.

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David Lomas

Prof David Lomas, non-executive director

David Lomas joined the Board in September 2015 and was reappointed for a second term until September 2021. He is UCL Vice-Provost (Health), Head of the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, head of UCL Medical School, Academic Director of the UCLP Academic Health Sciences Centre and works as a respiratory physician at UCLH. He received his medical degree from the University of Nottingham and undertook his PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a Medical Research Council (MRC) clinician scientist, university lecturer and Professor of Respiratory Biology in Cambridge before moving to UCL in 2013 to be Chair of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is Deputy Chief Executive at the Medical Research Council and previously chaired the Respiratory Therapy Area Unit Board at GlaxoSmithKline. He is also a senior investigator for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). David chairs the quality and safety committee and is a member of the remuneration committee.

Declaration of interests: 

  • Medical Trustee of the British Heart Foundation from 1.11.16
  • UCL Stakeholder representative on Imanova Board
  • UCL representative and Director of the KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) Grants Advisory Committee
  • Patron, Alpha1 Awareness UK
  • Honorary Senior Treasurer, National Student Association of Medical Research
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Genomics England
  • Chair, UK Respiratory Research Collaborative
  • GSK COPD Disease Model Steering Group
  • Member, Expert Advisory Group, Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review for the Minister of Life Sciences.
  • Founders Board, Francis Crick Institute
  • Board member, UCLPartners
  • Director, GMEC Management Company Ltd
  • Non-executive director at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust from 1 September 2020
  • Member of the research and innovation committee

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Simon Porter

Simon Porter joined UCLH as a non-executive director on 1 April 2020. He is a chartered accountant whose executive career at the London office of Ernst & Young ranged across audit, corporate finance and risk management. He mostly specialised in transaction support, advising corporate and private equity clients on the financial aspects of mergers, acquisitions, disposals, buy-outs and IPOs. He now has a small portfolio of non-executive roles and was non-executive director of University Hospital Southampton from 2011 until January 2020.

Simon is a member of the audit committee, the finance and investment committee and the remuneration committee.

Declaration of interests:

  • Former partner Ernst & Young LLP
  • Board member Octavia Housing
  • Board member Radian Group

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Adam Sharples, non-executive director

Adam Sharples joined the board as a non-executive director in September 2019. He was a civil servant for nearly 25 years, holding a range of posts in HM Treasury, including Director for Public Spending, and in the Department for Work and Pensions where as a Director General he advised Ministers on welfare reform, labour market policies and commissioning employment programmes. 

Prior to joining the UCLH Board, Adam was a lay member of the Governing Body of Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group for five years, and chaired the Audit Committee of the five North Central London CCGs. He has also been Chair of the Ixion Group, a not-for-profit business delivering skills, employment and business start-up support; and a Trustee of the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise.

Adam chairs the finance and investment committee and is a member of the audit committee and the remuneration committee.

Adam has an MSc in Economics and lives in north London. He was made Companion of the Bath in 2007.

Declarations of Interest:

  • Chair of the Money Advice Trust, a national debt advice charity
  • Governor of Anglia Ruskin University

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Robert Vincent

Rob Vincent became an associate non-executive director at UCLH on 14 October 2020 and lives in Islington.
Rob was the Chief Executive of Kirklees in West Yorkshire until 2010, and then the Secretary of State 's appointee as chief executive to lead an intervention at Doncaster Council, then in special measures.

He left Doncaster at the end of 2011 and has since been:

  • a NED on the board of the Department of Communities and Local Government
  • adviser to the Department of Health, and then PHE, over the implementation of the Lansley Act
  • lead chief executive for a number of engagements with local authorities recovering from critical reports
    deputy chair of a Mental Health Trust
  • chair of local cultural organisations
  • a regional coordinator for the COVID Contain strategy

He is currently:

  • a NED and Audit Chair for the Whittington Health Trust
  • an Electoral Commissioner

Declaration of interests:

  • Non-executive director and Audit Chair at Whittington Health Trust

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Executive directors
Marcel Levi

Professor Marcel Levi, chief executive

Marcel joined UCLH as chief executive in January 2017. Marcel has had a distinguished career as a clinician, academic, educator and clinical leader. Prior to joining UCLH he was chairman of the executive board of the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, for six years and before that, he was chairman of its Department of Medicine and Division of Medical Specialisms for ten years. Marcel is a practising consultant physician at UCLH, specialising in haemostasis, thrombosis and vascular medicine. He was named the best specialist in internal medicine in the Netherlands for three consecutive years. Marcel obtained his PhD in 1991 and was appointed a Fellow by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science. He continues to lead an active research programme and has had more than 500 research papers published in international journals. Marcel was named Dutchman of the Year 2016 by a leading magazine in the Netherlands in recognition of his professional success.

Declarations of interest:

  • Board Member, UCLPartners
  • Professor in Medicine, University College London
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • Chief Medical advisor of the National Society of Patients with Hereditary Angioedema
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
  • Member of the Clinical Guideline Committee of the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis
  • Honorary Professor in Medicine of the University of Amsterdam
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Science, the Netherlands
  • Non-executive Member of the Board Netherlands Cancer Institute

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Prof Geoff Bellingan

Professor Geoff Bellingan, medical director, surgery and cancer board

Geoff Bellingan was appointed Medical Director in September 2009. He previously held posts as Clinical Director and Divisional Clinical Director between 2006 and 2009. He trained as a chest physician and then in intensive care in which he has been a consultant at UCLH since 1997. He was appointed as a professor in intensive care medicine at UCL in 2015. As Medical Director for Surgery and Cancer, Geoff has a particular interest in cancer care across North and East London and West Essex, working closely with London Cancer, Macmillan and a number of other major partners. This led to the successful UCLH Cancer Collaborative application and the award of the national Cancer Vanguard in partnership with Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation and Royal Marsden Partners. Geoff is also the senior responsible officer for the development which incorporates one of the UK’s first two NHS Proton Beam Therapy units, and a short stay surgical centre.

Declaration of interests:
  • Co-director, London Intensive Care Ltd
  • Board member, London Cancer
  • Board member, London Clinical Senate
  • Member, Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group
  • Member of Medical Advisory Committee, London Clinic
  • Member, Patient Safety Committee, Royal College of Physicians
  • Member, Medical Equivalence Committee, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

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Dr Gill Gaskin

Dr Gill Gaskin, medical director, digital healthcare

Gill was appointed as medical director, digital healthcare, in October 2019. This is a new position and highlights the strategic importance of digital healthcare at UCLH. Prior to this, Gill had been medical director, specialist hospitals board since 2010. Gill graduated from Cambridge and trained in renal and general medicine at Hammersmith Hospital and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, completing a PhD on the biology of systemic vasculitis. Between 1995 and 2010 she held consultant-level posts at Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospitals and Imperial College Healthcare Trusts, with additional responsibilities as Director of Postgraduate Medical Education and Professional Development, Clinical Director and latterly Director for the Medicine Clinical Programme Group. Gill is a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

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Dr Tim Hodgson, medical director, specialist hospitals board

Tim Hodgson, Consultant in Oral Medicine and Honorary Associate Professor, was appointed Medical Director of the Specialist Hospitals Board UCLH Foundation NHS Trust in November 2019 and joined the Board as an Executive Director in January 2020. He was previously the Divisional Clinical Director of the Eastman Dental Hospital for six years and successfully led the merger and move of the RNTNEH and the Eastman to a bespoke new building in October 2019.

Tim is dually qualified in medicine and dentistry. He has been a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and a fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 1998. He was appointed specialist registrar in Oral Medicine at the Eastman in 1999 and subsequently spent further periods in Malawi, Africa studying HHV8 and CMV transmission. He became a consultant in Oral Medicine in 2003. He has an active research profile with 90 citations in peer reviewed journals. He was awarded an honorary FGDP(UK) ad eundem in March 2008 in recognition of developing Structured Clinical Reasoning for the new MJDF examination an innovative assessment tool of applied understanding in dentistry. He was awarded the AJ Herman fellowship by the University of Western Australia in 2017.

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Dr Charles House

Dr Charles House, medical director, medicine board

Charles House was appointed Medical Director in July 2017 having previously been the interim Medical Director since March 2016. He studied medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and trained in radiology at UCLH, being appointed here as consultant radiologist in 2005, with subspecialist interests in bone and soft tissue sarcoma, myeloma and orthopaedic imaging. After spells as College Tutor for the UCLH radiology training scheme and clinical lead in radiology, Charles had previously held posts as Divisional Clinical Director of Imaging and Associate Medical Director. Charles has a keen interest in clinical leadership and evolving models of healthcare, with focus on collaboration between organisations and across sectors.
Declaration of interests:
  • Non-executive Director, Radiology reporting Online

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Tim Jaggard

Tim Jaggard, chief financial officer

Tim Jaggard was appointed Finance Director in April 2016 having previously held the posts of Interim Finance Director and Deputy Finance Director at UCLH. He joined from the Whittington in 2010 where he was Deputy Finance Director for two years. Prior to this Tim held senior finance positions in service line reporting, patient level costing, commissioning and financial management. He graduated from the NHS graduate training scheme in 2006. He has a degree in Psychology from Cambridge which was followed by further study at the Judge Business School. As of September 2019, Tim is now chief financial officer.

Declaration of interests:
  • MY UCLH Ltd (Director)
  • HSL Board member
  • Finance lead for North Central London STP/ICS.

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Flo Panel-Coates

Flo Panel-Coates, chief nurse

Flo Panel-Coates was appointed UCLH Chief Nurse in April 2015, coming to the organisation from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust where she was Chief Nurse for two and a half years. Prior to that she was Director of Nursing and Quality at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust from August 2008 until September 2012. She also held positions of Director of Nursing and Midwifery, and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust from September 2005 to August 2008. She has a keen interest in organisational culture and in creating different ways of working to release more time to care.
Declaration of Interests:
  • Non-executive director of NHS Innovations South East, since January 2012, and chair of its finance committee
  • Invited Member, London Leadership Academy Reference Group
  • Member (and Chair from August 2015), The Executive Nursing Network

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Other directors who attend the Board
Mr Ben Morrin

Ben Morrin, Workforce director

On secondment from 27 March 2020. Liz O’Hara is the Interim Director of Workforce.

Ben Morrin joined UCLH as the Director of Workforce in September 2014. In the preceding decade, he worked across the Department of Health and within the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Ben is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. At UCLH, Ben leads on workforce, education and communications. In 2018, he was awarded a unique scholarship by Harvard to join their flagship leadership programme.

Declaration of Interests:

  • Wife is a civil servant employed at the Department of Health and Social Care and Trustee of Cruse

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Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams is Chair of Medicine at University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL and UCLH National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre. He is a Consultant Physician at UCLH and a NIHR Senior Investigator. Bryan joined the Board in December 2017 to enable UCLH to forge closer links with UCL research activities.

Declarations of Interest:

  • Director, Sanandco Limited
  • Steering committee member for global clinical trials with Novartis, Relypsa and Vascular Dynamics
  • Trustee of Blood Pressure UK
  • Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology; Council on Hypertension
  • Member of the NICE Hypertension Guidelines Committee
  • Expert advisor panel for NICE

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