Board members

In December 2021, we announced our new group executive team to lead the St George’s, Epsom and St Helier hospital group – visit our website here to learn more about the group executive team.

Gillian Norton, Chairman

A portrait shot of Gillian NortonGillian 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. In October 2019, Gillian also became Chaiman of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.


Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive

A portrait of Jacqueline TotterdellJacqueline has been Chief Executive at St George’s since 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 previously 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.

Since joining St George’s, Jacqueline has also been appointed Chair of the South London NIHR Clinical Research Network. She is also Senior Responsible Officer for planned care, ITU, diagnostic and outpatient transformation across south west London; and also regional lead for outpatient transformation.


Non-Executive Directors


Ann Beasley, Non-Executive Director (Deputy Chair)

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 2010 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.

Peter Kane, Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter Kane has a doctorate in economics from the London School of Economics and is a qualified accountant. Throughout his career he has worked in public services, including in the Treasury and Cabinet Office.  His most recent role was the Chamberlain (or Chief Finance Officer) of the City of London Corporation, a job that dates back to 1237.   Peter brings with him a wealth of experience in finance, risk, performance, and of working in partnership to get things done and he is also a non-executive director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Historic England Audit Committee  Peter joined the St George’s Board on 1 October and is Chair of the Audit Committee and holds a similar role at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, Non-Executive Director

Dame Parveen joined St George’s as a Non Executive Director in January 2020. She is a Consultant in Gastroenterology and a General Physician. She is Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London, Queen Mary University of London. Professor Kumar is the co-founder and co-editor of Kumar and Clark’s ‘Clinical Medicine’, and has authored and edited several other medical books. She has held a number of national roles, including as President of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the British Medical Association. She was awarded a CBE for her services to medicine in 2001, and a DBE in 2017.

Dr Pui-Ling Li, Associate Non Executive Director

Dr Li joined St George’s as an Associate Non Executive Director in January 2020. Dr Li is a Consultant in Public Health, with over 20 years of experience in the delivery of health, service improvements and system change. She first trained as a General Practitioner, before completing her training as a public health physician. Dr Li has been a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health since 2001, and has held a number of executive director and Board level roles.

Tim Wright, Non-Executive Director

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


Robert Bleasdale, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Robert became Acting Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at St George’s in February 2020. Robert became Deputy Chief Nurse at St George’s in 2017, having previously held a number of other senior nursing roles at the Trust since joining in 2014. Robert started his nursing career in acute medicine, before moving into emergency care. He is an advanced trauma nursing course instructor, and completed his nursing degree at Oxford Brookes University. He also has a Masters in Senior Healthcare Leadership from Birmingham University.


Anne Brierley, Chief Operating Officer

Anne Brierley joined the Trust as Chief Operating Officer in October 2020. Anne was previously Programme Director for the South West London Acute Provider Collaborative, a role she held for three years. Prior to this, Anne held a number of senior operational management roles across a range of NHS settings.



Paul da Gama, Chief People Officer

Paul da Gama joined St George’s as our Chief People Officer in February 2021. Paul joined the Trust from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he had been Chief People Officer since 2014. Prior to joining West Herts, Paul was Director of Human Resources at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Paul began his career as a teacher, working in Japan and Poland, before joining banking group, HSBC, where he worked for 10 years. He has also worked at Royal Mail Group, where he held a variety of different senior HR roles.


Andrew Grimshaw, Chief Financial Officer/Deputy Chief Executive

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. Andrew was also appointed Deputy Chief Executive in May 2019.


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.


Stephen Jones, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

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, Chief Strategy Officer

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.