Trust Board Members

Non-Executive Directors

Steve Hitchins - Chair

Steve Hitchins
Steve became Chair of Whittington Health on 1 January 2014. He 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.
Steve 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.

Chair of the Board, Chair of Nominations & Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Workforce Committee and Member of  Charitable Funds Committee.
Lead NED: End of Life care.
Qualifications: MA (Oxon)

Anu Singh - Vice-Chair

Anu Singh
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.
Committees: Chair of the Quality Committee and Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

David Holt - Senior Independent Director

David is a qualified accountant with over 20 years' experience at board level, having worked in senior finance positions in both the UK and overseas, including Unilever Plc, Coats Plc, where he was Chief Auditor, and Land Securities Plc, where he was Group Finance Director. He has significant experience in Audit, corporate governance, risk management and commercial property.
David holds a number of other non-executive positions, including Senior Independent Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS FT, Deputy Chairman at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Board member at the Planning Inspectorate and at Hanover Housing Association.
His term ends in July 2017.
Committees: Chair of the Audit Committee and Member of Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
Lead NED: Maintaining Professional Standards and JV Board.

Yua Haw Yoe - Non-Executive Director

Yua Haw Yoe
Yua Haw has been a member of the NHS for 25 years, in a range of positions as a radiographer at Guys, The National Hospital Queens Square and the Royal Free and in clinical, educational and managerial roles.
Yua Haw has also worked for 16 years in the commercial sector, with GE Healthcare, Fischer Imaging and Volume Interactions in sales, marketing and product development. Latterly, Yua Haw worked at the United Kingdom Accreditation Service as an assessment manager in the healthcare section.
She's currently a member of the Archaeological School volunteer team at the Museum on London.

Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee and Member of Quality Committee.
Lead NED: Freedom to Speak Up and Children's Health.

Tony Rice - Non-Executive Director

Tony Rice
Tony was appointed a Non-Executive Director for an initial two year term from 21 February 2014. 
He was Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless, the international telecoms operator until the end of 2014.  Previously, he was Joint Managing Director and Finance Director for CW and prior to that Chief Executive of Tunstall Healthcare, Europe's largest telecare and telehealth business. 
Tony is currently Chairman of Dechra Plc, the UK's leading animal healthcare company and Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Halma Plc. He is also a Trustee of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. His term with Whittington Health ends 20 February 2018.

Committees: Chair of the Business Development & Finance Committee, Chair of Charitable Funds Committee, Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee and Member of Audit Committee.
Qualifications: BA MBA FCMA FCT

Deborah Harris-Ugbomah - Non-Executive Director

Profile to follow.
Committees: Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee, Member of Audit Committee, Member of Business Development and Finance Committee and Member of Quality Committee.

Professor Graham Hart - Non-Executive Director

Professor Graham Hart
Graham was appointed as a UCL nominated Non-Executive Director for a two year term from 1 September 2014.  This was renewed for a further two years from 1 September 2016.
Professor Graham 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.
Professor Hart is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was until recently a member of the Academyís Council. He is chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) scheme, and of the African Research Leader Scheme which is jointly funded by the MRC and the Department for International Development.

Member of Nominations & Remuneration Committee, Member of Business Development and Finance Committee and Member of Workforce Committee.
Qualifications: BA (SocSci); PhD; FMedSci

Executive Directors

Simon Pleydell - Chief Executive

Simon Pleydell

Simon has 15 years experience as a Chief Executive and 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.

BA (Oxon) IHSM Dip

Siobhan Harrington - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy

Siobhan Harrington

Siobhan 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 Thomasí 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 hospitalís urgent care centre model and completed the commissioning of the day treatment centre.


Carol Gillen - Chief Operating Officer

Carol Gillen

Carol is a registered nurse and has worked in the NHS since becoming a staff nurse in the early 1980s. She has worked in a variety of organisations including acute, community services, PCTs and local authorities. 

She joined Whittington Health when the trust became an Integrated Care Organisation in 2011.  Her substantive role is Director of Operations  and she has been acting Chief Operating Officer since November 2015. 
Carol counts among her skills communication and negotiation, performance management and target delivery and coaching for performance.

Dr Richard Jennings - Executive Medical Director

Dr Richard Jennings
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.


Dr Greg Battle - Medical Director Integrated Care

Dr Greg Battle

Greg 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.


Philippa Davies MBE - Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

Philippa Davies

Philippa 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.


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.
Normaís 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.


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