Board members

Board members

Sarah Wilton, interim chair


Sarah lives in Putney and qualified as a 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 Healthcare Sarah was a non executive director at NHS Wandsworth from April 2007 to December 2010, 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 Healthcare as co-chair of the joint NHS Wandsworth and St George’s Healthcare integration programme board.

Sarah has held 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 and Merton Crossroads – Caring for Carers.

Mike Rappolt, deputy chairman


Mike has 40 years of international management experience including 29 years as a management and IT consultant with PA Consulting Group, where he was a main Board Director for 12 years, chaired the Audit Committee, and from which he retired in 2001. He was a Governor of Contemporary Dance Trust (The Place) for 13 years setting up and chairing the Audit Committee and was also a non-Executive Director of a small quoted IT services company for 5 years.

He is currently chairman of the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust and a committee member of his local residents' association. Mike joined the Board of St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-Executive Director in 2004 and he chairs the Trust's Audit Committee. Mike has two grown up sons and lives in Wimbledon with his wife Mala, a retired doctor, and their Weimaraner dog Kaiser.

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.

Miles Scott, chief executive


Miles was chief executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from August 2005 to November 2011.

Before joining Bradford Teaching Hospitals Miles was chief executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust for four years. He started his NHS career on the General Management Training Scheme in 1988 after graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in History. His career in the NHS has encompassed acute, community and mental health services, the King’s Fund and Trent Regional Office.

Miles is a regular half-marathon runner and recently completed the Great North Run. He and his wife Abbie have two children, Florence and Hugo.

Simon Mackenzie, professor and medical director

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.

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.

Steven Bolam, director of finance, performance and informatics


Steven was appointed director of finance, performance and informatics in September 2012. Steven joined St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCTs. Steven has significant board-level experience, having previously held director-level roles at Hampshire PCT, Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Oxford.

Eric Munro, joint director of estates and facilities

Eric joins St George's Healthcare from West London Mental Health NHS Trust where he was Director of Capital, Estates and Facilities for over 3 years and part of a senior team responsible for the redevelopment of Broadmoor and St Bernard's Hospitals. Eric is a General Practice Chartered Surveyor and has 20 years experience of providing strategic estate, property and development advice to a wide range of public sector organisations including central government, NHS Trusts and universities. His qualifications include a BSc in Land Economics and a Post-graduate Diploma in Management.

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.

Martin Wilson, director of delivery and improvement


Martin started his career as a nurse before moving into general management in the north east of England via the NHS Management Training Scheme. He has undertaken a number of senior roles in the acute sector and in strategic health authorities, including as regional director for flu resilience during the swine flu pandemic and as director of operations, QIPP and transformation at NHS North East. Since 2011 he has worked for McKinsey and Company supporting hospitals, including large London Foundation Trusts, to improve their quality and sustainability. Martin has been a member of the NHS Top Leaders programme and continues to practice clinically as a nurse.

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.

Dr Paula Vasco-Knight CBE, interim chief operating officer


Paula joined St George’s in September 2015 as Interim Chief Operating Officer and began her career as a nurse and still works clinically, committed to making a difference to patients, their families and communities, locally, nationally and internationally, over a 20 year period as a leader in the NHS. Paula has held a number of senior positions in different organisations, including: Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer; Executive Director of Operations and Service Improvement; Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery; Deputy Director of Nursing and Governance; and Senior Nurse Manager.

Paula Vasco-Knight received a CBE in 2014 and honouree doctorate in Law from Exeter University.