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
Roger Chinn
Rob Hodgkiss
Pippa Nightingale
Virginia Massaro

Directors in attendance

  • Gubby Ayida
  • Chris Chaney
  • Kevin Jarrold
  • Martin Lupton
  • Sue Smith
  • Serena Stirling

Non-executive directors

Steve Gill
Aman Dalvi
Nilkunj Dodhia
Nick Gash
Eliza Hermann
Ajay Mehta

Executive directors

bio lesleyLesley Watts
Chief Executive Officer


Lesley is chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and also chief executive of the North West London Integrated Care System (ICS). A nurse and midwife by training, Lesley has extensive executive managerial experience, having led the Trust since 2015, and was previously chief executive for East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. In 2020, under her leadership, the Trust was awarded a CQC rating of Outstanding for well-led and use of resources.

Roger Chinn
Chief Medical Officer


Roger Chinn was appointed as chief medical officer in Dec 2020. He is a clinical radiologist who has been a consultant with the Trust since 1996. Previously, he has held senior leadership roles as deputy medical director and chief clinical information officer in the Trust and was the medical director at West Middlesex University Hospital for the year prior to its acquisition by the Trust.  


Rob Hodgkiss
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer


Rob was appointed as chief operating officer in Mar 2016. He joined the Trust in Apr 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. Rob is also the interim chief operating officer lead for the North West London Integrated Care System.

bio-pippa.jpgPippa Nightingale
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, director of midwifery and clinical director at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and chief nurse and executive quality lead at the North West London Integrated Care System, responsible for quality, patient safety and safeguarding across the system.

bio-virginia-massaro.jpgVirginia Massaro
Chief Financial Officer


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 worked in finance teams across other NHS organisations in North West London. She has been chief financial officer since Oct 2019 and is a qualified chartered management accountant.

Directors in attendance (non-voting)

  • Gubby Ayida, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Advisor to Board
  • Chris Chaney, Chief Executive Officer CW+
  • Kevin Jarrold, Chief Information Officer
  • Martin Lupton, Associate Dean and Head of Undergraduate Medicine, Imperial College London 
  • Sue Smith, Interim Director of HR & OD
  • Serena Stirling, Director of Corporate Governance and Compliance 

Non-executive directors

bio steve gillSteve Gill
Chairman (interim)

Steve was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 Nov 2017. He was Chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee from Feb 2018 to Mar 2021. In Aug 2020 Steve was appointed as Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director (SID), and in Mar 2021 was appointed as interim Chair. 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 various non-executive director roles including 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 has been the Chair of Trustees of Age Concern (Windsor) since Jan 2018.

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 and 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. Aman is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee.

bio-nilkunj-dodhia.jpgNilkunj Dodhia

Nilkunj, a non-voting Trust Board member since 1 Jul 2014, was appointed as a non-executive director on 27 Nov 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 currently chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and is a member of the Quality 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 of public affairs company Westbrook Strategy. Nick was board chair of West Middlesex University Hospital until the acquisition in 2015, having been a non-executive director and deputy chairman before that. He chairs the North West London advisory panel for national clinical excellence awards and is a lay advisor to Health Education England (London and South East) for medical recruitment and annual reviews of trainee progression. He is 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 chair of the Trustees of Watermans, a multicultural arts centre based in Brentford. Nick currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the People and Organisational Development Committee. Nick is also the non-executive director lead for Freedom to Speak Up, and a trustee of our hospital charity, CW+.

bio-eliza-hermann.jpgEliza Hermann

Eliza was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 Jul 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 18 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 Audit and Risk Committee.

bio-ajay.jpgAjay 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 chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee and member of the Quality Committee.


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