Board members

Board members

Christopher Smallwood, chairman

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Christopher has extensive NHS experience having previously been chair of Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and prior to that, chair of NHS Hounslow. He is a policy adviser to The Prince’s Charities and until 2005, was economic adviser to Barclays plc, following several years as a partner at the City consultancy Makinson Cowell. Christopher has also worked at TSB Group as strategic development director and chief economist. He was economics editor of The Sunday Times and chief economist and head of financial strategy and planning for BP. He has been an economic adviser to HM Treasury and a special adviser at the Cabinet Office. He was also, until recently, a member of the Competition Commission.

Mike Rappolt, deputy chairman

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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 NHS 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.

Peter Kopelman, non executive director

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Peter graduated from St George’s in 1974 and undertook most of his junior doctor training at St George’s Hospital. He was Vice-Principal, Queen Mary, University of London, and Deputy Warden of the Medical and Dental School (2001-06) and Dean of the Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia (2006-08).

He has been closely involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and chairs the Clinical Examining Board of the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) and the NIHR Academic Careers Panel; he is a member of the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee.

Professor Kopelman has a long-standing interest in diabetes care, nutrition and obesity, with a major research interest in obesity. He is a member of the UK Department of Health and Food Standards Agency Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, the Department of Health Expert Panel on Obesity, and is Science Advisor to the Office of Science and Innovations Foresight Obesity Project. Additionally, he is a member of the national and international committees on nutrition and academic affairs.

Judith Hulf, non executive director

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Judith is the responsible officer and senior medical adviser to the General Medical Council. Prior to this she was a consultant general and cardiothoracic anaesthetist at University College London Hospital until 2009 and President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists 2006-2009. Judith has chaired many important taskforces including the Swine Flu (H1N1) Critical Care Clinical Group for the Department of Health and the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) sub-group. She was awarded a CBE in June 2009.

Stella Pantelides, non executive director

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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.

Sarah Wilton, non executive director

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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.



Miles Scott, chief executive

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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.

Dr Simon Mackenzie, medical director

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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.


His previous role is medical director, University Hospitals Division NHS Lothian. NHS Lothian, which provides services from more than ten hospitals and other community settings, also has close ties with the University of Edinburgh. As a teacher, Simon prioritises work on clinical leadership, improvement and information and data.

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

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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 for 30 years and has provided 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. In 2012/13 she led the transaction programme required for the dissolution of South London Healthcare NHS Trust which included the design and implementation of a quality and safety handover process for all corporate and clinical services. Jennie is a registered nurse. She also holds an MSC in Nursing Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies. She was Burdett Leadership Scholar in 2011 with the Florence Nightingale Foundation undertaking a strategic leadership programme and is also a participant of the National NHS Top Leaders Programme.

She is currently working with the South London Health Innovation Network as the clinical lead for the establishment of the South London Patient Safety Collaborative during 2014.

Steven Bolam, director of finance, performance and informatics

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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 the trust and university from West London Mental Health NHS Trust, where he was responsible for the large-scale redevelopment of the Broadmoor Hospital and St Bernard’s Hospital. Eric has significant experience in the higher education environment as well as in the NHS.

Peter Jenkinson, director of corporate affairs

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Peter joined St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Trust Secretary in June 2009 and has responsibility for corporate governance, including the corporate office, risk management and membership functions. Prior to taking up this post he was at Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust for seven years, holding a variety of roles including Company secretary, Head of Corporate Services and Head of Governance. Prior to joining the NHS in 2002, Peter gained experience working in various departments of central government and in the IT industry.

Wendy Brewer, director of human resources

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Wendy was appointed joint director of human resources at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NHS 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

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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

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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

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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.