Non-executive directors

  1. Joe Fielder, Chair

    Joe Fielder, Chair

    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. 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. 

  3. Jackie Westaway, Vice chair

    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.

  4. Tom Phillips, Audit Chair and Senior Independent Director

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Lesley Seary CBE, Chair People and Culture Committee

    Lesley Seary CBE, Chair People and Culture Committee

    Lesley has more than 30 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in local government, including spending the last 8 years as Chief Executive of Islington Council. During this time she has led a workforce of 4,500, managed a range of successful services and developed considerable experience of partnership working with both statutory and non-statutory organisations.

    Lesley has worked extensively with local health partners in north central London at both STP and borough level, including the hospital trusts, CCG, GP Federation and GPs. She has worked with health partners on health and social care integration as well as developing a strong approach to prevention and early intervention.

    Lesley has a strong commitment to public services and to combatting health inequalities and delivering excellence in health and care and is delighted to have the opportunity to use the skills and experience she has gained in the public sector in the area where she has lived for 26 years.

  7. Sue Lees, Chair Finance and Investment Committee

    Sue Lees, Chair Finance and Investment Committee

    Sue was appointed in August 2019. She was previously a Non-Executive Advisor to our Trust, having been appointed to that role in October 2017.

    She is a qualified chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors including periods working within the NHS and local government. She has led large capital programmes, including the delivery of a number of new health care facilities within Barking, Dagenham, Havering and Brentwood.

    She is currently the Chief Executive of Elevate East London, providing IT, finance and customer services to local government. She has expertise in transformation of services, capital delivery, cost reduction and leading disparate teams.

    Sue is also a Trustee of Studio 3 Arts, a locally based arts charity.

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