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.

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Dr Junaid Bajwa, non-executive director

Dr Junaid Bajwa 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 Merck Sharp and Dohme as the Global Executive Director for Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, within their Digital Accelerator.

Declarations of interest:

Essential Guides UK Limited (Shareholder, GP locum services and educational work), Merck Sharp and Dohme (Shareholder and  employee in the Global Digital Centre of Excellence), NHS England (GP appraiser)

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Dr Jane Collins , non-executive director

Dr Jane Collins 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. Her external roles include co-chairing the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care group.

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Althea Efunshile

Althea Efunshile CBE, non-executive director

Althea Efunshile was appointed as a non-executive director in May 2016. She 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 is a member of the audit, remuneration and quality and safety committees.
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 trained at UCLH. She 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.

Declarations of interest:

  • Taran Asset Management (property owning company)
  • Hurley Innovations (Shareholder)
  • Hurley Group (Shareholder),
  • British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Trustee)

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David Lomas

Prof David Lomas, non-executive director

David Lomas joined the Board in September 2015, he 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 UCLH quality and safety committee and is a member of the remuneration committee.

Declaration of interests: 

  • Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council 1.1.17-31.3.18
  • Medical Trustee of the British Heart Foundation from 1.11.16
  • President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, 2017-18
  • 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

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Dr Rima Makarem

Dr Rima Makarem, non-executive director

Rima Makarem joined the Board in July 2013 as a non-executive director and was appointed as chair of the audit committee in 2014. She was reappointed for a further three years to 31 December 2019. Rima has extensive experience in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. She currently runs her own interim management and consultancy business and holds a portfolio of non-executive positions. Rima has significant experience as an audit chair. She was previously audit chair at NHS London and NHS Haringey before that, and is currently audit chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Previously, Rima was Director of Competitive Excellence at GlaxoSmithKline and prior to that, a management consultant. Rima holds a PhD in biochemistry and an MBA from INSEAD Business School. Rima is a member of the remuneration committee.

Declaration of interests:
  • Director and owner, Healthpeak Limited
  • Non-executive director, Anchor Trust
  • Trustee, UCLH Charity
  • Chair, National Travel Health Network and Centre
  • Independent Member of Council at St. George’s, University of London.
  • Audit Chair, National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE)
  • Non-Executive Director, House of Commons Commission

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Adam Sharples, non-executive director

Adam joined the board 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 is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee, 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.

Conflicts of Interest:

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

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Mr Caspar Woolley

Caspar Woolley, non-executive director

Caspar Woolley joined UCLH as a non-executive director in January 2015 and was reappointed for a second term until January 2021. Caspar is a Cambridge University graduate who started his career as a design engineer. He founded and is a Board member at Hailo Network Ltd, the taxi app. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of E-Courier (UK) Ltd and led the management team. He was also Vice President for Fleet at Avis. Previously, he served as the Head of Business Development for The John Lewis Partnership. He served as Vice President of Operations at (UK) Ltd. He has been an independent non-executive director of GAME Digital plc since 16 May 2014. He has also been a governor at a foundation trust. Caspar is a member of the finance and investment, and remuneration committees.
Declaration of interests:
  • Director, HNH Group Limited
  • Director, Sifted (EU) Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director, Mater Private Group, Ireland

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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 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)

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Professor Tony Mundy

Professor Tony Mundy, corporate medical director

Tony Mundy has been a Medical Director since 2001. Since November 2006 he has been the Corporate Medical Director with UCLH-wide responsibility for quality and safety and for research and development. He is the UCLH responsible officer for the revalidation of doctors under the GMC registration regulations. He was previously Clinical Director of Urology and Nephrology and then Medical Director for Medicine and Surgery from 2001 to 2006. Tony is a professor of urology at the University of London and Director of the Institute of Urology.

Declaration of Interests:

  • No interests to declare.

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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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This post is currently vacant.

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Other directors who attend the Board
Mr Ben Morrin

Ben Morrin, Workforce director

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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