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

Directors in attendance

  • Chris Chaney
  • Emer Delaney
  • Kevin Jarrold
  • Peter Jenkinson
  • Natasha Singh
  • Lindsey Stafford-Scott

Non-executive directors

Executive directors

Lesley Watts CBE—Chief Executive Officer

Lesley is chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was also chief executive of the North West London Integrated Care System (ICS) until November 2021. 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. In December 2022, Lesley was awarded a CBE in His Majesty the King’s New Year Honours for her service to the NHS.

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.  

Robert Bleasdale—Chief Nursing Officer

Robert has joined the Trust in April 2022. He was previously Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at St George’s University Hospital, and has held a number of senior nursing leadership roles in the NHS. He has been instrumental to the Covid-19 response, leading on the vaccination programme to establish one of the first vaccination clinics in the country. He has led on a number of quality improvement programmes, including the development of accreditation systems, which helped raise standards of care and was involved in St George’s exiting CQC special measures. He has proactively promoted partnership working and is passionate on the role of staff and patient involvement in key service decisions.

Robert became Deputy Chief Nurse at St George’s in 2017, having previously held a number of other senior nursing roles at St George’s since 2014. He 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.

Virginia 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)

  • Chris Chaney, Chief Executive Officer CW+
  • Emer Delaney, Director of Communications
  • Kevin Jarrold, Chief Information Officer
  • Peter Jenkinson, Joint Director of Corporate Governance
  • Natasha Singh, Board Adviser, Equality and Diversity
  • Lindsey Stafford-Scott, Chief People Officer

Non-executive directors

Matthew Swindells—Chair

Matthew joined the Trust in April 2022. He has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. He is the former Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for the NHS in England. He also runs his own consultancy, through which he provides strategic advice on digital transformation and global healthcare to a small number of innovative companies. Matthew’s NHS career started as an NHS supplies management trainee and includes a series of operational management roles in the NHS up to Chief Executive at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and as the NHS’s first Chief Information Officer. He then worked in government, firstly as head of the health team in the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Service Reform and then as special policy adviser to the Secretary of State for Health. Matthew is President of the Health Care Supply Association and holds a Visiting Professorship at Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation. Matthew is joint chair, responsible for 12 hospitals across four NHS trusts in north west London: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Steve Gill—Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director

Steve was appointed as a non-executive director (NED) on 1 November 2017. He was Chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee from February 2018 to March 2021. In August 2020 Steve was appointed as Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director (SID). Steve served as Interim Trust Chair from March 2021 to March 2022; in April 2022 he resumed his role as Vice Chair and SID. In March 2021 Steve was appointed as the Board NED Maternity Safety Champion. Steve is currently Chair of the Quality Committee, and of the Nominations & Remunerations Committee. With the implementation of the North West London Acute Provider (NWL APC) governance structure in September 2022 Steve was appointed as Chair of the NWL APC Quality Committee in Common (CiC), he was also appointed to the Board of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (THHT) as a NED, and is a member of the Finance & Performance Committee at THHT. Steve has had an international executive career in the IT industry, including chief financial officer roles in UK, and in Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA); chief operating officer roles in EMEA; Global Sales roles for Asia Pacific; and chief executive roles in the UK, in South Korea, and in China. He has held various NED 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 (ACW) since January 2018, and in September 2023 was appointed Chair of the NWL APC Digital & Data (D&D) Committee.  

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 multidisciplinary 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 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. He is currently working as a consultant for two major developers and is chair of a development company. At Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Aman is the chair for the Audit and Risk Committee, the board Non-Executive Director (NED) for the Freedom to Speak Up Champion and the lead NED for Estates and Facilities. In September, 2022, he was appointed to the board of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as part of his wider duties within the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative.

Carolyn Downs

Carolyn Downs CB is a recently retired Local Authority Chief Executive. Carolyn was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Brent from 2015–23 and prior to that was Chief Executive of the national body for local government, the Local Government Association, for 4 years. She spent 3 years in the civil service as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and as the Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission. Prior to that she was Chief Executive of Shropshire County Council. She has in total worked for almost 40 years in local government in numerous councils.  

Patricia Gallan

Patricia is a Non-Executive Director for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as well as The Trade Remedies Authority.  She is an external member of the Council of Queen Mary, University of London, Chair of Governors at an East London Infant & Junior School and a member of the Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust.   A former chief police officer, she began her police career as a Graduate Entrant in East London rising to Assistant Commissioner Specialist Crime and Operations of the Metropolitan Police Service, retiring in 2018 with over 13 years Executive Board Experience in policing.  Patricia was a Detective, Hostage Negotiator and is a qualified Barrister. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations – Security and Protection) and also Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Professionalism) in the Met.  In addition, she has served in Merseyside Police and the National Crime Squad as a Chief Police Officer as well as completing a secondment to the Home Office. In July 2023, Patricia joined the respective boards of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust within the NHS North West London Acute Provider Collaborative as a Non-Executive Director.

Catherine Jervis

Catherine has held a range of Board level positions, she has worked in the public, not for profit and private sectors and has a broad skills base with recognised strategic insight and financial and governance expertise.  She is currently Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director at Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust. In September, 2022, with the implementation of the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative (NWL APC) she was appointed to the board of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and is the Chair for the NWL APC Finance and Performance Committee. She is also the Non-Executive Director and SID with Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and NED at IOPC ( the Independent Office for Police Conduct). Prior to this Catherine was an executive director and Strategic Advisor to a national education charity established to maximise educational outcomes for children and young people with SEND and Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP leading the Children’s Services Team working across education, health and social care. Catherine is a qualified accountant.

Vineeta Manchanda

Vineeta is Audit Chair of the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a non-executive director of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Her non-executive director and advisory career has spanned the private, public and voluntary sectors covering med-tech, software as a service, local government, adult and children social services, education, debt advice as-well as previous NHS roles. Currently she is audit chair at Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB and RTOP PLC and a member of the audit committee at Worcester College, Oxford University. Vineeta’s executive career was in investment banking where she had experience of working in large multinationals such as Merrill Lynch and Unilever as well as leading the growth of start up emerging market investment banks. She brings extensive experience of helping companies raise funds, financial analysis, stakeholder management, organisational development, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.

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 and invests in social entrepreneurs internationally to increase their regional impact. He has held board-level positions with national and international charities. He was previously a non-executive director of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Ajay is currently chair of the People and Workforce Committee. He also holds the position of Wellbeing Guardian on the Trust Board. Ajay is in his second term of office at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and was appointed to the board of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust as a NED in September, 2022, as part of the wider duties within the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative.

Prof Neena Modi

Prof Neena Modi (MB ChB MD FRCP FRCPCH FFPM FMedSci) is Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Faculty of Medicine Vice-Dean (International Affairs) at Imperial College London, a fellow and member of Council of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, and president-elect of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine. Neena has held a number of previous health leadership roles. She is a past-president of the British Medical Association, UK Medical Women’s Federation, and UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has also headed the research societies, the Neonatal Society and Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland. Neena leads a multidisciplinary neonatal research group focussed on improving the health and life-long wellbeing of infants born preterm or sick. She has published more than 350 peer reviewed original research papers, chapters in textbooks, reports, and other publications. She also leads the award-winning UK National Neonatal Research Database and eNewborn, an International Neonatal Research Database. She is head of the current Imperial Biomedical Research Centre “Pregnancy and Prematurity” theme.

Neena has been a longstanding advocate for the rights of infants, children and women to benefit from biomedical research. She is also committed to championing the values of health equity, social justice, and high quality, publicly provided and delivered healthcare for all. In 2022, she received the US Critical-Path Institute, International Neonatal Consortium Pioneer Award for “contributions to health data research,” and the Medical Women International Association award “to a woman physician who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of women in medicine.”

Syed Mohinuddin

Dr Syed Mohinuddin has worked in the NHS for over 25 years. He is a Consultant Neonatologist and leads the pan-London Neonatal Transfer Service. He graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College, India and was awarded the Colonel Malhotra Memorial Gold Medal in medicine. He subsequently moved to the UK and completed his core and higher specialist training in paediatrics and neonatology. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has a Master's in Medical Leadership from the Bayes Business School and is a Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management group member. Syed is an experienced educator who has held various training and development positions. He has extensive experience in team training, simulation and human factors. He is a digital and innovation enabler and the clinical lead for the NeoMate App that won the NHS Innovation Acorn Award 2015. He is a member of the Harrow Muslim Community and the Seacole Group. He is passionate about improving the quality and safety of NHS care and reducing healthcare inequalities. Syed also chairs the Quality and Safety Committee and is a Non-Executive Director on the London Northwest University Healthcare NHS Trust board.

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