Board members

Board members

Sir David Henshaw, interim chair

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Sir David Henshaw became Chair of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS FT in 2010. He subsequently become Interim Chair of Morecombe Bay Hospitals NHS FT, from 2012 – 2013 and from 2013-14 was Interim Chair at Dorset University Hospital NHS FT.

Prior to his time in the NHS, Sir David was Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool City Council from 1998 – 2005. During this period, in 2004, he was knighted for his services.

Sarah Wilton, deputy chair


Sarah is a qualified chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has held several senior executive positions at Lloyd’s of London, delivering major change programmes including restructuring, outsourcing, efficiency and effectiveness reviews.

Before joining St George’s, Sarah was a non-executive director at NHS Wandsworth where she was chair of the resources committee and a member of the audit committee and children’s trust. Sarah also oversaw the integration of Community Services Wandsworth with St George’s as co-chair of the joint NHS Wandsworth and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation.

Professor Simon Mackenzie, acting chief executive

Dr Simon Mackenzie

Simon qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1983 and was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care in 1992. He was Medical Director of University Hospitals Division on NHS Lothian from 2007-2012 and the Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston 2012-13. On returning to the UK Simon led quality improvement work in Lothian and with Healthcare Improvement Scotland before joining St George’s in January 2015.

Simon’s research work includes improving outcomes from critical illness. He is a former President of the Scottish Intensive Care Society who has advised NICE, the Scottish and UK Governments. Simon is a member of the Health Foundation College of Assessors, a Tribunal Member at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Panellist and honorary Professor of Quality of Care and Patient Safety at St George’s University London.

Jenny Higham, non executive director


Jenny Higham is the newly appointed Principal at St. George's, University of London. She previously had senior roles at Imperial College and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. In addition to managerial roles, she continues clinical practice. She has been named "Mentor of the Year" at the Women of the Future Awards, been awarded a President and Rector's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence and the Imperial College Medal for outstanding leadership.

Stella Pantelides, non executive director


Stella has extensive commercial and human resources experience gained through senior leadership roles in a wide range of organisational settings. She combines the running of a successful consulting company on workforce and organisational strategy with a number of public appointments, including the Judicial Appointments Commission and non-executive director on the Service Personnel Board at the Ministry of Defence.

Ms Jennie Hall, professor, chief nurse / director infection prevention and control


Jennie joined St George's in June 2014 following her post as Programme Director (London) in the National Trust Development Authority. She has worked in the NHS providing strategic leadership to the nursing and midwifery profession in several NHS Trusts including Guys and St Thomas’s Foundation Trust, Bromley Healthcare NHS Trust and South London Healthcare NHS Trust where she was the Deputy CEO / Chief Nurse. Jennie has a successful track record in implementing initiatives to enhance patient safety and the quality of care resulting in reduction of patient harm, improved mortality and patient experience through setting goals and targets to achieve sustainable change. Jennie also has broad experience in operational management including merger and transaction management. She is also a participant on the National NHS Top Leaders Programme.

She is currently working with the South London Health Innovation Network as the Co clinical Director for the South London Patient Safety Collaborative, is a Visiting Professor at Kings College University, and Honorary Clinical Fellow at Kingston University.

Wendy Brewer, director of human resources


Wendy was appointed joint director of human resources at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George's, University of London in February 2012. She has over nine years experience working in human resources roles within the NHS; having previously worked at Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust, Bromley PCT and King's College Hospital NHS Trust. Wendy has also worked in the mental health and charity sectors.

Kate Leach, associate non-executive director


Kate has over 18 years' commercial experience within the pharmaceutical industry, the majority of which spent with GlaxoSmithKline. She has won many GSK and external marketing awards. As a commercial leader, Kate has held director-level positions leading a number of GSK's therapy business units including urology, HIV, vaccines, and respiratory. She has a wealth of experience in commercial excellence, strategic planning, market access, branding and capability development. In addition, Kate has a proven track record launching new brands into multiple therapeutic markets. Having set up Kate Leach Consulting in 2013, she has delivered projects ranging from launching new medicines to marketing excellence programmes, for clients.

Rob Elek, director of strategy


Rob joined the trust as director of strategy in February 2015; prior to this he worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he was the director of strategy and business development. He led the continuing development and implementation of the trust’s strategy, resulting in an expansion to the satellite network from 13 to 23 sites. Rob also directed annual planning and business development activities, managed the performance, information, communications, PR, estates and facilities functions, and was the executive lead for the new hospital project. His key achievements include strengthening relationships with commercial and third sector organisations, and developing new partnership models for the delivery of NHS patient care. Rob also acted as the interim chief operating officer during the autumn of 2013. He recently supported the production of Monitor’s new strategy development toolkit and has held senior roles within the NHS in strategy, major capital projects, business and commercial development; his career before joining the NHS includes management consultancy and recruitment.

Professor Sir Norman Williams, non-executive director


Professor Norman Williams is a leading honorary consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust. He trained in London, Bristol, Leeds and Los Angeles. His main clinical interests are sphincter preservation and reconstructive colorectal surgery, and his scientific interests are concentrated on GI motility and anorectal physiology. As Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovation, he was instrumental in the running of a number of pilots that brought together medical technology companies and the NHS to develop new products and ways to deliver surgical care. One of the most exciting projects he presided over was looking at how to prevent patients needing a permanent colostomy. Professor Sir Norman Williams was President of the Royal College of Surgeons between July 2011 and July 2014. He is also Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovation at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation and Co-Clinical Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Enteric Bowel Function Healthcare Technology Cooperative.

Professor Andrew Rhodes, acting medical director

Dr Andy Rhodes

Andrew trained in Medicine at the St George’s, University of London qualifying in 1990. He underwent specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and became a consultant at St George’s Hospital, London in 1999. He is currently the Chair of the Children's, Women's, Diagnostics, Therapies and Critical Care Division of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the St George’s University of London and the trust's Medical Director.

Andrew has held leadership roles at both a national and an international level. He currently represents the South London Senate to the Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group at NHS England. He is a Council member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and a past president of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). He is the current co-chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and a Director of the Life Priority Foundation.