Trust Board

Executive Directors

Simon PleydellSimon Pleydell
Chief executive 

Simon Pleydell - who has 15 years experience as a chief executive - joined Whittington Health on 1 April 2014.
He was chief executive at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for nine years until 2012. He led the trust through financial turnaround to foundation trust status while maintaining a reputation for high quality care and safe services. He also led the integration of community and hospital services in Teeside. Most recently he has been working at the NHS Confederation as an associate director leading on innovation, improvement and change policy.
He was the NHS Employers policy board chair between 2008 and 2012. He is also on the council of Newcastle University.
Qualifications: BA (Oxon) IHSM Dip

Siobhan HarringtonSiobhan Harrington
Deputy chief executive and director of strategy

Siobhan Harrington joined Whittington Health in 2006 as director of primary care. Following a 20 month secondment as programme director for the implementation of the clinical strategy for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, she returned in an executive role in April 2014.

A nurse by background, she completed her training in London at St Thomas’ Hospital and held a number of hospital nursing posts before moving into practice nursing. Siobhan has extensive healthcare experience at national, regional and local level. She has held positions with the Department of Health, the national primary care development team and was the lead for improving access to primary care across London. Siobhan was director of primary care at Haringey Primary Care Trust prior to coming to Whittington Health.

At Whittington Health she has successfully led the transaction for integrating community and hospital services across Islington and Haringey, led the development of services outside the hospital, developed the hospital’s urgent care centre model and completed the commissioning of the day treatment centre.

Qualifications: BSc MSc RGN

Lee MartinLee Martin
Chief operating officer
Lee became chief operating officer (COO) at Whittington Health in May 2013, previously he was acting chief operating officer and deputy COO. He has extensive experience in healthcare senior management within the NHS and Australian healthcare system. His previous roles have included deputy director general, executive director leading clinical services and transformation, collaborative director for state and national collaborative programmes and lead for the Clinical Innovation Agency in Australia.
He has studied at Leeds, Leicester and Harvard Universities and has a Master of Science in Innovation and Service Improvement. He has further qualifications in leadership, counselling, training and development, and management. Lee has led emergency planning for major events including Heads of State and VIP visits and specialises in innovation and change. Lee completed the NHS Top Leaders programme in 2014 and the Defence Strategic Leadership programme in 2015. In 2015, Lee became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Lee is presently studying to become an executive coach.

Qualifications: MSc, FCMI, FInstLM

Dr Richard JenningsDr Richard Jennings
Executive medical director

After qualifying in medicine, Richard specialised in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and did a PhD in the molecular immunology of malaria at the National Institute for Medical Research and in the Medical Research Council laboratories in The Gambia, west Africa.
He was appointed as a consultant at The Whittington Hospital in 2006, specialising in infection and acute medicine, and went on to hold the posts of clinical director for medicine and then deputy medical director. When the Trust became an integrated care organisation in April 2011 he was appointed divisional director for integrated care and acute medicine. He became executive medical director in June 2014.

As clinical director Richard built up the acute medicine service at The Whittington Hospital, which now encompasses the ambulatory care centre - a service that pioneers novel approaches to integrated care. He developed the provision of safe, consultant-led care out of hours, as the NHS continues to move towards full provision of care seven days a week. He also led the development of an improved, networked tuberculosis service for north central London.

Qualifications: MBChB, MRCP, DTM&H, MSc, PhD

Dr Greg BattleDr Greg Battle
Medical director integrated care
Dr Gregory Battle has worked as a GP in Islington for 20 years and continues to do so. Outside his clinical practice he has held leadership roles in Islington for 15 years including PCG Chair North Islington, PEC Chair Islington PCT, PBC Chair Central Islington and prescribing lead GP Islington.

He trained at UCLH and worked as a junior doctor at UCLH and the Royal Free hospitals. He was primary care advisor to the Whittington Hospital 10 years ago and is now bringing his primary care clinical and leadership experience to Whittington Health to ensure delivery of the best possible integrated care for the local population.

Qualifications: MSc MBBS DRCOG GP VTS

Philippa DaviesPhilippa Davies
Director of nursing and patient experience

Philippa Davies joined Whittington Health on 1 August 2014 as director of nursing and patient experience. Prior to this she was deputy director of nursing at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and for a period of 8 months, acting director of nursing and director of infection prevention and control.

Philippa qualified as a registered nurse in 1985 and as a registered midwife in 1987. She has held a number of senior nurse roles and has led pathway redesign and service improvement. In addition, she has extensive experience in operational management and holds a masters degree in leadership and management in the public sector.

She is committed to fostering a culture of excellence, professionalism and collaborative working to improve safety, patient and carer experience and quality outcomes.

Qualifications: RGN RM BSc MSc

Stephen Bloomer
Chief finance officer

Steve joined Whittington Health in June 2015, bringing with him 11 years of NHS experience. Most recently he was director of finance for contracting, commercials and programmes at Barts Health NHS Trust. Previously he was director of finance and deputy chief executive at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

He has led a number of organisational change programmes and is committed to ensuring service quality and outcomes are at the heart of financial improvement.

Qualifications: FCCA

Norma French
Director of workforce

Norma has spent her entire career in the NHS and has been a director of workforce for 15 years. She joined Whittington Health in June 2015 and brings experience and skills in both strategic and operational areas of management within acute settings. Recently she has been employed at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Barts Health and Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Norma’s particular expertise lie in the development and implementation of innovative human resources interventions, to achieve organisational goals and enable the integration of leading human resources policies into all aspects of service delivery.

She is qualified to administer Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Tests Step 1 and 2, is an executive coach and a specialist adviser supporting new wave Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.

Qualifications: MA MCIPD

Non-Executive Directors

Steve HitchinsSteve Hitchins

Chair of the Board
Chair of Nominations & Remuneration Committee
Chair of Council of Governors 

Steve became Chair of Whittington Health on 1 January 2014.

Steve has extensive experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors and, until his appointment at Whittington Health, was a commissioner of the Care Quality Commission.

He has run a manufacturing engineering company, been vice chair of Islington Primary Care Trust and chair of the Haringey and Islington Provider Community Services Board, which led to the formation of Whittington Health. Steve was also leader of Islington Council for six years. In preparation for London 2012, he was a Board member of the London Development Agency, assembling the land for the Olympic sites. He is currently vice-chair of the Newlon Housing Trust, a charitable housing association.

Contracting type 1 diabetes more than 40 years ago, he has first-hand experience of receiving NHS care.

Qualifications: MA (Oxon)

Anita CharlesworthAnita Charlesworth
Non-executive director


Member of the Quality Committee
Member of the Finance and Development Committee
Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee for executive appointments only.

Anita joined Whittington Health on 1 April 2011, previously she was a non-executive director of NHS Islington from 2007.

She is chief economist at The Health Foundation, a charity for improving the quality of healthcare in the UK. Previously she was chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, a charity which undertakes research and policy analysis in healthcare. Anita has spent a large part of her career as a civil servant. She started her career working at the Department of Health and also worked at the Treasury. Anita worked for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals in the 1990s based in the UK and USA. Before Anita joined the Nuffield Trust she was chief analyst and chief scientist for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. She is a trustee of Tommy's, the baby charity.

Her term ends 1 April 2015.

Qualifications: BA MSc

Paul LowenbergPaul Lowenberg
Non-executive director

Chair of the Finance and Development Committee
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee for executive appointments only.

Paul Lowenberg was appointed a non-executive director for a four year term from 1 May 2012.

He is currently chairman of Ascham Homes, a housing company managing over 12,000 homes, and providing homelessness and housing advice services in North East London. Paul also runs a management consultancy practice specialising in developing best value public services through in-house service transformation, strategic partnering, procurement and effective contract management. He has worked in local government as a senior manager in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Paul is a trustee of LASA, a London based charity providing strategic advice and information services using IT and digital platforms for third sector organisations. He lives in Tufnell Park.

His term ends 30 April 2016.

Qualifications: BSc Business and Economics, Juris Doctor, Member of California Bar, MIOB

Tony RiceTony Rice
Non-executive director

Chair of the Finance and Business Development Committee

Tony Rice was appointed a non-executive director for a two year term from 21 February 2014. 

He was chief executive of Cable & Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) up until January this year. Previously, he was joint managing director and finance director for CWC and chief executive of Tunstall Healthcare. He served as non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of CWC from 2003 to 2006. Tony is currently non-executive director and senior independent non-executive director of Spirit Pub Company and a trustee of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.

His term ends 20 February 2016.

Qualifications: BA MBA FCMA FCT

Anu SinghAnu Singh
Non-executive director

Anu Singh was appointed a non-executive director for a two year term from 14 April 2014. 

Anu is currently head of business improvement for Staffordshire County Council where she is responsible for the commissioning of mental health, social care, community safety and education. She was previously head of development and improvement at the London Borough of Harrow and head of development and programmes, learning and culture at Birmingham City Council.

Her term ends 13 April 2016.

Professor Graham HartProfessor Graham Hart
Non-executive director

Professor Graham Hart FMedSci was appointed as a UCL nominated non-executive director for a two year term from 1 September 2014.

Professor Hart is Dean of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences. From 1986 he was a lecturer in medical sociology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (subsequently UCL Medical School) and from 1994 he was associate director of the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. He returned to UCL in 2006 as Professor of Sexual Health and HIV Research.

His research interests include sexual risk behaviour and the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. He has worked with a wide range of populations at risk, both nationally and internationally, and made major contributions to health policy and promotion.

Professor Hart is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was recently voted on to the Academy’s Council. He is chair of a National Institute for Health Research Programme (NIHR) Grants for Applied Research panel, and of the African Research Leader Scheme which is jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Department for International Development.

His term ends 31 August 2016.

David Holt
Non-executive director

Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Finance and Business Development Committee
Member of Nominations and Remuneration Committee

David Holt was appointed a non-executive director for a two year term from 13 July 2015.

He is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience at board level, both as an executive and non-executive director. David has held a number of senior finance positions in a range of industries in the UK and overseas. He has significant skills and experience in audit, corporate governance and risk management. David is also non-executive director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

His term ends 12 July 2017.