Meet our board of directors

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 

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

Executive Directors

Tony Chambers, Chief Executive

Tony Chambers Tony Chambers was appointed Chief Executive in January 2020.

Tony is a highly experienced leader with a strong track record of managing large scale acute hospital services. He joined the NHS as a nurse in Bolton before moving into health management and he has held senior roles in hospitals in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire and in a large integrated health board in South Wales.

For six years he was Chief Executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Most recently, he has been working at the Northern Care Alliance in Salford.

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Ben Morrin, Deputy Chief Executive

Ben Morrin

Ben Morrin joined us as our Deputy Chief Executive in January 2021 from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). In 2020, he worked as part of the NHS England and Improvement’s London executive. From 2014-19, Ben was UCLH’s responsible director for workforce, education and communications.

In the preceding decade, he worked across the Department of Health and within the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Ben is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

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Shelagh Smith, Chief Operating Officer

Shelagh Smith

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

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Kathryn Halford OBE, Chief Nurse

Kathryn Halford 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.

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Nick Swift, Chief Financial Officer

Nick Swift

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.

David Amos, Interim Director of People and Organisational Development

David Amos

David Amos works as a healthcare HR and public services management consultant with a wide range of NHS and other organisations. He has had an extensive career in healthcare human resources leadership and general management. 

After ten years in hospital general management, he was the HR director at St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust and the Workforce Director at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  

Between the two HR director roles, he spent five years at the Department of Health, which included being the Deputy Director of HR for the NHS, responsible for recruitment and retention. 

He spent a year at the Cabinet Office leading a project to promote jobs and skills across the public services during the economic downturn.

Dr Magda Smith, Chief Medical Officer

Magda Smith

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.

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.  

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Non-executive directors

  1. Mike Bell, Chair

    Mike Bell, Chair

    Mike joined our Trust in December 2020. His central vision is to lead our Board on its improvement journey towards providing services that are effective, efficient and ethical.

    He wants to develop borough-based partnerships that offer the very best joined up care. He is keen to work with our partners across north east London to deliver these services efficiently and ensure there is a relentless focus on tackling the health inequalities that scar our communities.

    Mike is also Chair of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. He has held this position since 2013 and there he has championed place-based integration in health and social care and collaborative ventures with other providers across south west London. These alliances have meant services are better able to meet the needs of Croydon’s diverse population and have created fresh opportunities for employees.

    Mike has more than 20 years of NHS board-level experience and has held many senior roles including Chair of the London Mental Health & Employment Partnership and Vice Chair of NHS London. He is also director of the consultancy firm, MBARC Ltd, which works with central and local government and various NHS bodies on issues relating to both social exclusion and quality assurance.

  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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Joan Saddler OBE

    Joan Saddler

    Joan Saddler returned to our Trust in January 2021, after a six-year term with us that ended in the autumn of the previous year. 

    Joan has considerable NHS experience. She is director of partnerships and equality at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector. She was awarded an OBE for services to health and diversity in 2007.

    Joan spent five years as the National Director of Patient and Public Affairs at the Department of Health and she previously served as the Chair of Waltham Forest PCT.

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