Our Board

The Board of Directors comprises executive directors and non-executive directors. It is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the trust and overseeing organisational performance. Ultimately, the Board is accountable for ensuring that the trust delivers safe, high-quality care and a positive experience for patients.

Executive Directors

Lesley Watts
Zoë Penn
Rob Hodgkiss
Virginia Massaro
Thomas Simons
Pippa Nightingale

Directors in attendance
(non voting)

  • Roger Chinn
  • Kevin Jarrold
  • Chris Chaney
  • Martin Lupton

Non-Executive Directors

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Aman Dalvi
Nilkunj Dodhia
Nick Gash
Steve Gill
Eliza Hermann

Jeremy Jensen
Dr Andrew Jones
Ajay Mehta

Executive Directors

bio lesleyLesley Watts
Chief Executive

Lesley is chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the North West London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). A nurse and midwife by training, Lesley has executive managerial experience at the highest level, having been a chair of a health authority. Prior to her appointment as chief executive, Lesley was accountable officer (chief executive) for East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. In 2018 Lesley was awarded the prestigious NHS CEO of the Year at the HSJ Awards.

bio-zoe-penn.jpgZoë Penn
Chief Medical Officer

Zoë Penn was appointed as medical director in March 2013. She was previously divisional medical director for women, neonatal, children and young people, HIV, GUM and dermatology services and is a consultant obstetrician by background. Miss Penn has been a consultant with the Trust since 1996, during which time she has held a number of positions including clinical lead for gynaecology and clinical director for women’s and children’s services. She is also a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel of the Department of Health since May 2018.

bio-rob.jpgRob Hodgkiss
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Rob was appointed as chief operating officer in March 2016. He joined the Trust in April 2012 as divisional director of operations for women, neonatal, children and young people, HIV, GUM and dermatology services. Rob joined the NHS in 1992, initially working as a healthcare assistant before moving on to various junior, middle, senior management roles across London and the Midlands. Rob has a great deal of experience in understanding the complexities of the modern NHS including emergency planning and response, and is the organisation’s accountable emergency officer.

bio-virginia-massaro.jpgVirginia Massaro
Chief Financial Officer (Acting)

Virginia joined the Trust in 2010 as Head of Financial Planning before progressing to Assistant Director of Finance and Deputy Director of Finance, having previously working in finance teams across other NHS organisations in North West London. She has been acting Chief Financial Officer since October 2019 and is a qualified chartered management accountant.

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Director of HR and OD

Tom joined the Trust as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in March 2019. Previously he held the Chief People Officer role at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and took a leading role in the merger of Barts Health NHS Trust. Prior to joining the NHS, Tom had a range of HR roles within retail and consulting. Tom has a wealth of experience in delivering large scale change, service transformation and improvement in transactional HR services. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).

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Chief Nursing Officer

Pippa joined the NHS in 1994, originally working as a maternity support worker. She qualified in 1998 and worked clinically for 10 years in maternity and neonates. On completion of her MSc in advanced clinical practice in 2007 she undertook a clinical academic role at the University of Hertfordshire. Pippa entered back into the acute setting as a matron and then as a consultant midwife. She has undertaken numerous professional leadership roles including deputy director of midwifery at Imperial Hospital, and director of midwifery and clinical director at Chelsea and Westminster.

Pippa has experience at leading large-scale, complex health system reorganisations and led the transition of maternity services in North West London—this ensured that safe care was delivered to 33,000 women by standardising maternity services across six acute providers. Pippa is committed to ensuring healthcare services provide high-quality, safe and personalised care to users and their families, and supports staff to develop and progress their careers. Pippa also has responsibility for quality, including our assurance systems and processes.

Directors in attendance (non voting)

  • Roger Chinn, Deputy Medical Director
  • Iain Eaves, Director of Improvement 
  • Kevin Jarrold, Chief Information Officer
  • Chris Chaney, Chief Executive Officer CW+
  • Martin Lupton, Imperial College London

Non-Executive Directors

bio-sir-tom.jpgSir Thomas Hughes-Hallett (Chairman)

Sir Tom is cofounder (with his friend Paul Marshall) and chair of the Marshall Institute within the London School of Economics and Political Science, chair of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and founder and chair of Helpforce. He is a trustee on the Board of the Westminster Abbey Foundation.

He has been appointed a professor in practice at the London School of Economics. Sir Tom has served the Department of Health as a chair and member of a number of advisory boards. He has held senior leadership positions within investment banking and the voluntary sector, including chair of Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, English Churches Housing Group, chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, among others.

Sir Tom has chaired commissions both for the government and independently on healthcare broadly, end-of-life care and philanthropy. In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to philanthropy, in 2013 a beacon fellowship for philanthropic advocacy, a US Ferrari lifetime lectureship by Houston Methodist Medical School and an honorary degree by Anglia Ruskin University. Sir Thomas is married to Juliet, the founder and chair of the charity Smart Works, and his great passions are choral music and family life.

Aman Dalvi

Aman Dalvi has worked at very senior levels for many years and has been a Chief Executive of three organisations where he has led multi-disciplinary teams. Aman has extensive experience in Planning and Regeneration and in his career, he was Executive Director of Development & Renewal in a major Local Authority. Aman Dalvi was also a Ministerial appointee on the Boards of English Partnerships and the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Aman has also served as a Chair of a number of organisations which include the Anchor Trust and PA Housing. In addition Aman Dalvi has been a statutory appointment on a number of large and diverse organisations. Aman Dalvi is currently working as a consultant for two major developers and is Chair of a Development Company.

bio-nilkunj-dodhia.jpgNilkunj Dodhia

Nilkunj, a non-voting Trust Board member since 1 July 2014, was appointed as a non-executive director on 27 November 2015. He has diverse experience as an executive and non-executive director with interests in telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. Nilkunj was previously with McKinsey & Company and also served as chairman of the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) and as non-executive director of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Nilkunj has an MBA from INSEAD and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Nilkunj is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee.

bio-nick.jpgNick Gash

Nick works as a consultant offering communications, policy and political advice and training to a wide range of clients. He is an associate director of public affairs company Interel Consulting UK. Nick was Chairman at WMUH until the acquisition in 2015, having been a non-executive director and deputy chairman before that. He is Chairman of the North West London assessment panel for national clinical excellence awards and a Lay Advisor to Health Education England (London and South East) for medical recruitment and annual reviews of trainee progression. He has also been appointed as a lay member of the School Board of the London School of Anaesthetics. Until 2004 Nick was the chief executive of the National Union of Students having previously been director of development and training. Nick was for nine years chairman of the trustees of Watermans, a multicultural arts centre based in Brentford. Nick is currently chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the People and Organisational Development Committee. Nick is also a trustee of hospital charity CW+.

Steve Gillbio steve gill

Steve was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 November 2017 for a three-year term. On 1 Feb 2018 he was appointed as chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee. Steve has had an international executive career in the IT industry, including chief executive roles with Hewlett-Packard in the UK, Korea and China. He has held non-executive director roles advising the UK government on IT in education. Steve qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, talent and succession planning, organisational development, risk management and disaster recovery. Steve is chair of trustees of Age Concern, Windsor. Steve is currently chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee. 

bio-eliza-hermann.jpgEliza Hermann

Eliza was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 July 2014. She spent 25 years in the oil and gas industry working for Amoco and BP on projects all over the world. She held commercial and strategy development roles and, for the last decade of her career, she was a vice president of human resources at BP’s headquarters in London. Over the past 15 years Eliza has served as a non-executive director on the boards of various private and public sector organisations. These include a NASDAQ-listed global logistics company, two UK arms-length public bodies, a charity, and NHS Hertfordshire which was, at the time, the second largest NHS commissioning body in England. She has chaired numerous board committees and is currently the chair of the Quality Committee and a member of the People and Organisational Development Committee.

bio-jeremy-jensen.jpgJeremy Jensen

Jeremy was reappointed as a non-executive director on 1 July 2017 for a further period of three years. Jeremy is an experienced financial and managerial troubleshooter with a strong track record of success in rescuing and turning around large complex organisations with multiple stakeholder groups. He has comprehensive experience in both operational roles and as a non-executive director in a wide range of sectors. He is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in economics and economic history from the London School of Economics. In addition to chairing the Finance and Investment Committee, Jeremy is vice chairman of the Trust and its senior independent director.

bio-andrew-jones.jpgDr Andrew Jones

Dr Jones was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 July 2014. He is currently chief executive officer at Ramsay Health Care UK and a member of the Ramsay Global Executive Board. A GP by background, he was formerly chief operating officer and, prior to this, managing director of the wellbeing division and medical director at Nuffield Health. Dr Jones has also been an independent advisor to the Department of Health and has a wide range of clinical and strategic executive experience. He studied medicine at Leeds and an MBA at Cambridge. Dr Jones is currently a member of the Quality Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ajay Mehta

Ajay is an organisational development specialist supporting the growth and sustainability of civil society organisations globally to increase their social impact. With significant contributions in the social impact and public sectors, he brings a breadth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, resource mobilisation and sustainability, community engagement, leadership and governance. Ajay's portfolio of work has ranged from large international institutions to smaller community based organisations, supporting them to review and re-engineer their strategic interventions and maximise impact. Ajay has particular interests in human and environmental rights, a focus of his company em4, which engages with institutional funders to build the capacities of their grantees.

He has held Board-level positions with national and international charities, and was until recently a Non-Executive Director of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. He currently heads up a charitable foundation that invests in the development of healthcare workers in communities, clinics and healthcare facilities across sub-Saharan Africa. Ajay is currently a member of the Quality Committee and the People and Organisational Development Committee.


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