Board members

Board members

Gillian Norton, Chair

Gillian started as Trust Chair in April 2017, having joined St George’s as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016. Until earlier this year, Gillian was Chief Executive of Richmond Council, a role she held since 1999. Gillian started her career as a graduate trainee at the Greater London Council moving to Woking Borough Council as a Chief Officer and then in 1994 to Wokingham Borough Council as Chief Executive, taking it from a district to unitary authority. In addition to her Richmond responsibilities, she led the self-improvement agenda on behalf of the Chief Executives of all 33 London Boroughs for a number of years as well as being lead Chief Executive for health issues on the South London Partnership, an organisation of the local authorities of South West London.

Professor Simon Mackenzie, Chief Executive

Dr Simon Mackenzie

Simon was made chief executive of the trust in May 2016, having previously served as medical director. Before joining St George's, he was medical director at University Hospitals Division NHS Lothian, which provides services from more than ten hospitals and other community settings, and also has close ties with the University of Edinburgh. As a teacher, Simon prioritises work on clinical leadership, improvement and information and data.

Simon has extensive experience in critical and intensive care, both as a practising consultant and as a clinical leader. He has driven quality and safety improvement programmes, as well as having sat on national bodies, including two years as president of the Scottish Intensive Care Society.

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.

Mark Gammage, HR Advisor to the Board

Mark Gammage

Mark Gammage joined as HR advisor to the Trust Board in December 2016. Mark has extensive experience as a HR Director in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a HR Director in the NHS, including at large teaching hospitals like St George’s.

Mark Gordon, Chief Operating Officer

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) at St George’s since August 2016. Mark started his career as a Royal Marine Commando Officer, before moving into operational management. He has held senior management positions at a number of large NHS Trusts, and also has experience of the private healthcare sector.

Richard Hancock, Director of Estates and Facilities

Richard Hancock

Richard leads the trust’s estate, facilities, capital projects, health & safety and medical physics teams.  He is an NHS Improvement accredited director, and has previously completed the successful build, equipping and integration of hospitals within the NHS.  He has held leadership and change roles within HMRC, the Home Office, the BBC and Further Education. He has also held senior roles within the private sector, notably at Lloyds Banking Group and BT.

Diana Lacey, Programme Director for the Elective Care (Data Quality) Recovery Programme

Diana Lacey

Diana joined the Trust in December, and is focused on helping us resolve our data quality problems, and making sure our waiting lists are effectively managed. Diana is a nurse by background, specialising in emergency care, after which she moved into senior management roles. She joins St George’s on secondment from south east London commissioning support unit, having previously held senior operational roles in the acute sector, including at Barts Health, where she led the Clinical and Academic Group for surgery across six hospitals. She was also previously head of performance improvement for London, and worked at the Department of Health in a number of strategic roles.

Iain Lynam, Acting Chief Financial Officer/Chief Restructuring Officer

Iain Lynam

Iain took up the role of chief restructuring officer at St George’s in May 2016, having previously held the position of chief financial officer at the trust. Iain has wide experience in both the private and public sector, including within the NHS. He has previously held turnaround director roles at Dorset Healthcare, NHS North West, as well as University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Iain has worked in the UK, the USA, Sweden, as well as France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Middle East and Japan. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a fellow of the Institute for Turnaround.

Larry Murphy, Chief Information Officer

Larry Murphy

Larry joined St George’s in May 2016, and is responsible for the trust’s IT infrastructure and strategy. Larry has worked in both the NHS and private sectors, including at BT, British Airways and Thomas Cook. He joins St George’s from Solent NHS Trust, where he also served as chief information officer.

Professor Andrew Rhodes, Medical Director

Dr Andy Rhodes

Andrew Rhodes is Medical Director, and a Consultant and Professor in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia. He has research interests in the fields of surgery, sepsis, haemodynamics and outcomes related to Peri-operative and Intensive Care Medicine. He is widely published in these areas and is regularly invited to lecture on these subjects all around the World.

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 in 1999. Before becoming Medical Director, he was Chair of the Children's, Women's, Diagnostics, Therapies and Critical Care Division of St George’s. He is also a Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at St George’s University of London.

Andrew has held leadership roles at both a national and an international level. He is a Council member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM), a past president of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and is the current co-chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Non-Executive Directors

Ann Beasley, Non-Executive Director

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.

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 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.

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.

Sarah Wilton, Non-Executive Director


Sarah 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, 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 Trust 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.