Our Trust board

Our board

Our Board, made up of our executive directors and non-executive directors, oversees the running of our hospitals, including:

  • Setting the strategic direction of our Trust
  • Ensuring the provision of high quality care in our hospitals
  • Overseeing financial stewardship 

Download our Board of directors structure chart 

Our six clinical divisions report to the Board through our Chief Operating Officer. Read more about our divisions in our structure.

Meet our board of directors

Non-executive directors

  1. Joe Fielder, Chair

    Joe Fielder

    Joe joined North East London Foundation Trust as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013 where he served on the Quality & Safety, Performance and Audit committees. He was appointed Chair of NELFT in April 2016 and alongside this role, was appointed Chair at Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust with effect from November 2017.

    Prior to his NHS roles, Joe gained a number of years’ experience at Board level within BT, having served on both south west and south east regional boards. He was previously Sales & Marketing Director of BT Fleet Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Plc.

    Joe has a track record in delivering transformational change programmes for cost improvement and in driving business growth in a variety of senior sales, marketing and operational roles. He worked previously in the international market with the Danish Great Nordic Group and was Deputy Managing Director of their UK business. 

  2. Eric Sorensen, Senior Independent Director, Chair of Finance and Investment Comittee

    Eric Sorensen, Senior Independent Director and Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

    Eric Sorenson was appointed in July 2014. Following his earlier civil service career, Eric has worked for many years to promote regeneration and development, particularly in East London.

    He is Chair of a local community regeneration trust in Tower Hamlets, of a grant-giving trust in Newham, and of an Islington primary school.

    Eric is an experienced NHS non-executive director having held posts at Homerton Hospital and at South East London Healthcare Trust.

  3. Mark Lam, Chair of People and Culture Committee

    Mark Lam, Chair of People and Culture Committee

    Mark Lam was appointed in September 2014.

    A senior corporate executive and digital technologist, Mark is deeply committed to public healthcare and is currently Chairman of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. He is also a non-executive board director at the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, and a trustee of the University of Essex.

    Mark has retired from a career in technology, but retains a keen interest in digital transformation. He began his technology career during the dotcom boom, working for web start-ups before taking up management positions at The Carphone Warehouse and Siemens. His longest association was with BT Group, where he held a number of senior executive positions, including as Chief Technology and Information Officer for Openreach.

    Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds a degree in literature from Oxford University.

  4. Anthony Warrens

    Anthony Warrens

    Anthony Warrens was appointed in June 2011.

    A qualified doctor with a clinical practice in renal medicine and based principally at Barts Health NHS Trust, Anthony has a particular interest in transplantation medicine.

    He recently completed his term as President of the British Transplantation Society.

    Since 2010 he has been Dean for Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he has reorganised educational structures within the School and improved basic science teaching. 

  5. Jackie Westaway

    Jackie Westaway, Non-Executive Director

    Jackie is a charismatic and energetic senior leader with experience of delivering commercial success within the tightly regulated environment of the Pharmaceutical Industry. She is highly experienced in change management and UK and Global marketing leadership. She has a strong customer focus with a track record of effectively working alongside the NHS.

    Jackie led the compliance function for the  European Pharmaceutical Business of her company and has worked alongside audit teams to implement changes. Jackie is a Non Executive Director of the British School of Osteopathy, a Director of Healthwatch Bucks and a Trustee of an Academy Trust in East London.

  6. Tom Phillips, Audit Chair

    Tom Phillips, Non-Executive Director

    Tom was appointed to the Board in April 2017. He has previously held senior Board roles as Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Group Finance Director in commercial multi-site retail operations within the pharmacy, transportation and leisure sectors.

    Most notably Tom spent 15 years as an executive board member of the Tote and served on the tripartite working group comprising HM Treasury, Home Office and the Tote looking at future options for the Tote.

    Tom is a Non-Executive Director for three other companies including at an international language school charity and at Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust where he is also currently its Audit Chair. Tom has now taken over as the Chairman of the BHRUT Audit Committee.

  7. Joan Saddler OBE

    Joan Saddler OBE was appointed in September 2014.

    Joan spent five years as the National Director of Patient and Public Affairs at the Department of Health, and is now responsible for national policy and practice in public and patient involvement at the NHS Confederation.

    She previously served as the Chair of Waltham Forest PCT.

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  1. Chris Bown, interim Chief Executive

    Chris Bown, interim Chief Executive

    Chris Bown was appointed interim Chief Executive in August 2018. He performed the same role for our Trust for a short period in 2017.

    Chris has more than twenty-five years of experience of working in senior leadership roles in the NHS and has helped to transform several Trusts that have experienced financial and organisational difficulties. Before joining us, Chris was leading the work of twenty-one partner organisations that make up the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). 

  2. Shelagh Smith, Interim Chief Operating Officer

    Shelagh Smith,  Interim Chief Operating Officer

    Shelagh Smith joined our Trust as Divisional Manager for Clinical Support Services in 2007.

    Then worked as Divisional Manager for Emergency Care and Medicine and the Women and Child health. More recently she was Director of Operations for King George Hospital, then the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Emergency Care until the recent appointment as Interim Chief Operating Officer.

    Prior to working at our Trust, Shelagh worked at the Royal Marsden as General Manager which followed on from a 20 year career as a diagnostic radiographer, seven of those years were at Harold Wood and Oldchurch Hospitals

    Tweet Shelagh: @ShelaghSmith

  3. Kathryn Halford, Chief Nurse

    Kathryn Halford, Chief Nurse

    Kathryn joined our Trust in January 2016 from Walsall Healthcare where she was the Director of Nursing.

    She qualified as a registered nurse in 1984 and then as a registered sick children’s nurse in 1987.

    Since that time she has held a number of senior nursing roles within secondary and tertiary care settings and has led a number of national programmes including a focus on new roles and an independent review into children’s palliative care whilst working at the Department of Health.

    Tweet Kathryn: @HalfordKathryn

  4. Deborah Tarrant, Director of People and Organisational Development

    Deborah Tarrant, Deborah Tarrant BA (Hons) MCIPD, Director of People and Organisational Development

    Deborah joined us in May 2014 having previously worked at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Director of Workforce and Corporate Affairs.

    Prior to that, she spent four and a half years at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

    Deborah is President of the Healthcare People Management Association.

    Tweet Deborah: @minideb26

  5. Jason Seez, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure

    Jason Seez, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure

    Jason Seez joined our Trust as the Director of Planning and Governance in December 2014. 

    With a strong background in strategic development, Jason joined us from Medway NHS Foundation Trust where he was Executive Director of Strategy and Infrastructure, Human Resources and Organisational Development, and Communications. 

    Prior to that, he worked for Barts Health NHS Trust.

    Tweet Jason: @jasonseez


  6. Peter Hunt, Director of Communications and Engagement

    Peter Hunt

    Peter joined us in November 2017 after a career as a BBC correspondent and presenter where he was at the forefront of the organisation’s news coverage.  As one of the BBC’s most senior journalists, he covered international and national events, politics and the royal family.  

    Tweet Peter: @PeterDGPHunt

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  7. Dr Magda Smith, Acting Medical Director

    Dr Magda Smith, Acting Medical Director

    Dr Magda Smith has been a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for more than twenty years.

    She has combined her consultant role with a number of leadership positions including Clinical Divisional Director and Associate Medical Director.

    She is passionate about delivering good care to patients, developing teams that combine the best skills of all their members and ensuring that the voice of the patient is always listened to.

  8. Nick Swift, Chief Financial Officer

    Nick Swift, Chief Financial Officer

    After studying engineering at Exeter University, Nick qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1988 and then spent five years in New Zealand in both practice and commerce before starting a family and returning to the UK.

    Nick brings over 20 years of board experience in a variety of international finance roles, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for British Airways, from 2010 until 2016.

    Since then, Nick has studied part-time for an MSc in Health and Medical Science at University College London, was a non-executive director at East and North Herts NHS Trust and is a trustee at the girls education charity Camfed.

     Nick lives in Hatfield with his wife Jude and their two daughters.

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