Board members

Board members

Gillian Norton, Chairman

Gillian Norton was appointed Chairman in April 2017, having been a Non Executive Director since June 2016. She spent her executive career in local government, serving as Chief Executive for a total of 23 years, the last 17 of which were in London Borough of Richmond. She is also Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Richmond and was awarded OBE for services to local government.

Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive

Jacqueline Totterdell

Jacqueline Totterdell joined St George’s as Chief Executive in May 2017. Jacqueline is an experienced NHS leader, having previously been Chief Executive of West Middlesex University NHS Trust, where she helped steer the organisation through its merger with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has also been Chief Executive of Southend University Hospital NHS Trust, where she spent five years. She has also been Chief Operating Officer at Barts Health and The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust.

Non-Executive Directors

Ann Beasley, Non-Executive Director (Deputy Chair)

Ann Beasley

Ann Beasley joined St George’s as a Non-Executive Director in October 2016. She has a background in finance, her most recent role being Director General for the Finance, Assurance and Commercial Group at the Ministry of Justice. Ann has also been Chair of Trustees for the Alzheimer’s Society. Ann was awarded a CBE in 2009 and in September 2018 was appointed as Chairman of South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust.

Stephen Collier, Non-Executive Director


Stephen has worked extensively in the private health sector, including a period as Chair of the NHS Partners Network – the trade association for private providers to the NHS. He is also a Trustee of ReSurge Africa, a Scottish medical charity working in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Stephen took up the role of Non-Executive Director in October 2016.

Jenny Higham, Non-Executive Director

Jenny Higham is 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.

Professor Sir Norman Williams, Non-Executive Director (Senior Independent Director)


Professor Norman Williams is a leading honorary consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust. He 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.

Sarah Wilton, Non-Executive Director

Sarah Wilton

Sarah qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has held several senior executive positions at Lloyd’s of London, as well as has non-executive director appointments at two Lloyd’s agencies, Capita Managing Agency since 2004 and Hampden Agencies Limited since 2008, chairing the audit and risk committees. She is a Magistrate at Wimbledon Magistrates Court and a Trustee of the Paul D’Auria Cancer Support Centre.

Tim Wright, Non-Executive Director

Tim Wright

Tim joined the Department for Education as Chief Information Officer in 2007, a position he held for almost six years. Tim also worked across government, with local authorities, the Cabinet Office and the Government Digital. Prior to joining government, Tim worked for 20 years in the oil and gas industry in IT development, consulting and senior IT leadership roles. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Executive Directors

Avey Bhatia, Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Avey Bhatia

Avey joined St George's as our Chief Nurse in February 2017. Avey was previously Chief Nurse at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, before which she was Deputy Chief Nurse at South London Healthcare NHS Trust from 2010-2013. Avey is also our Director of Infection Prevention and Control. Prior to joining South London Healthcare, Avey held senior nursing and management positions at St George’s.

Harbhajan Singh Brar, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Harbhajan Singh Brar

Harbhajan Singh Brar has been Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at St George’s since May 2017. He joined St George’s from Sodexo UK, where he was Director of Human Resources from 2011. Harbhajan has also held roles at the Department of Health, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Hospitals Trust. In 2016, Harbhajan was listed in the Top 100 Black Asian Minority Ethnic executives across the USA, Ireland and the UK, published in the Financial Times.

James Friend, Director of Delivery, Efficiency and Transformation


James Friend joined as our Director of Delivery, Efficiency and Transformation in April 2017. James joined St George’s from the Department of Health, where he was an advisor to the Secretary of State for Health. James is an experienced NHS and commercial director, having held roles in NHS commissioning, as well as at West Middlesex University NHS Trust, and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew Grimshaw, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Grimshaw

Andrew Grimshaw joined St George's as our Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. Andrew was previously Director of Finance at London Ambulance Service, and was also Acting Chief Executive at LAS between January and June 2017. Prior to joining LAS, Andrew worked at a number of teaching, specialist and district general hospitals, having joined the NHS as a trainee accountant in 1989.

Kevin Howell, Director of Estates and Facilities


Kevin started in post in January 2018. He joined St George’s from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he was Director of Environment from 2014. Kevin has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, and has held a number of senior and executive estates and facilities roles in the London area – including at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Barnet and Chase Farm and North Middlesex University Hospital.

Stephen Jones, Director of Corporate Affairs

Stephen Jones

Stephen joined the Trust as Director of Corporate Affairs in March 2018. Stephen was previously Chief of Staff and executive lead for corporate governance at the General Medical Council. Prior to this, Stephen worked as Stakeholder Engagement Director on Co-operation and Competition policy at Monitor (now NHS Improvement). He also held a number of senior policy roles within the Department of Health, including on provider policy, the NHS Constitution and legislative reform, and served as Senior Private Secretary to the Minister for Quality.

Suzanne Marsello, Director of Strategy


Suzanne joined at St George’s as Director of Strategy in January 2018. Suzanne joined St George’s from neighbouring South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, she was Director of Strategy and Commercial Development from March 2015 to December 2017. Suzanne is no stranger to St George’s, having previously held a number of senior operational and strategic roles within the organisation.

Ellis Pullinger, Chief Operating Officer

Ellis started as our Chief Operating Officer in June 2017. He joined St George’s from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where he was Assistant Chief Executive. Prior to this he was Divisional Director of Operations for the Trust’s Division of Investigative Sciences and Clinical Support. Ellis runs day-to-day operations, manages capacity and demand, and ensures we continue to provide quality services for patients.

Dr Richard Jennings, Chief Medical Officer

Dr Richard Jennings joined the Trust in December 2018 as our Chief Medical Officer. Richard joined St George’s from Whittington Health NHS Trust, where he had been Executive Medical Director for four years. Dr Jennings specialises in infection and acute medicine, and underwent his training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before becoming Executive Medical Director at the Whittington, he held the posts of Clinical Director for medicine and then Deputy Medical Director.