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Pradip Patel B.Pharm (Hons.), MBA, CDiAF, CBAdmin, FCIM, MRPharmS

Pradeep PatelAppointed as Chairman of the Board and Council of Governors April 2016

Pradip was appointed to the Trust as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Council of Governors in April 2016. In May 2018, following a recommendation from the Non-Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee, the Council of Governors approved the extension of Pradip’s term in office by a second term to 31 March 2022.

Pradip is an accomplished senior executive with a wealth of experience in complex and regulated organisations. He started his career as a pharmacist in 1977 in Boots and has gone on to hold senior roles in marketing, property and planning, sales and operations, HR and strategy.

Between 1999 and 2010 Pradip held various director roles on a regional and national level. This included Director of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Superintendent;  Managing Director for Boots Opticians and Executive Chairman for that business following its merger with Dollond & Aitcheson.

He was also Director of Healthcare Strategy at Walgreens Boots Alliance from 2012. Before he joined Frimley Health, Pradip was a non-executive director at Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London for four and a half years, serving as both Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the London School of Pharmacy and a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Neil Dardis
Chief Executive

Neil DardisAppointed March 2018

Neil joined Frimley Health after more than 20 years in the NHS, including extensive board and managerial experience.

At his previous post as CEO at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust he led a rapid transformation of the quality of care, staff engagement and the development of sustainable service strategies.

He also led the way in developing system-wide change across Buckinghamshire, working in partnership with other health and care organisations and leading to the system being one of the vanguard Integrated Care Systems.

Before joining BHT, Neil was director of operations at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust leading their operational turnaround and acute reconfiguration of services. He held a number of service management roles at the Royal Free London NHS Trust and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.

Neil has a degree in history from Durham University and has studied at the London Business School and Cambridge University Judge Business School. He was a member of the NHS Top Leaders Programme and worked with the Kings Fund on system leadership.

Mike Baxter
Independent non-executive director

Appointed April 2020

Mike BaxterMike grew up in Guildford and completed a BSc and PhD in biochemistry at the University of Birmingham. He studied medicine at Nottingham University and was appointed consultant in diabetology, endocrinology and general physician at St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey in 1992 where went on to be Clinical Director of Medicine, then Medical Director for 10 years, including five years as Deputy CEO. During this time he was involved in the successful merger with Ashford Hospital in Middlesex and the associated remodelling of services, and in the Trust’s successful application for foundation trust status.

He was the secondary care clinician on several local clinical commissioning groups, including Slough CCG, during their set-up phase. He is currently in private clinical practice in Surrey, specialising in diabetic and endocrine problems. He is a medical therapy expert in diabetes for Sanofi, working with the global UK and Japanese affiliates, and is a non-executive director at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS FT. He was recently appointed as an honorary professor of medicine at the University of Swansea.

Bryan Ingleby
Independent non-executive director

Appointed April 2020

Bryan InglebyBryan is a Chartered Accountant and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Business and Finance Professional. He worked at the National Audit Office (NAO) for many years, scrutinising public expenditure in many sectors on behalf of Parliament and the taxpayer.

He left the NAO in 2014 to concentrate on non-executive roles across the public and third sectors. In addition to his role with Frimley Health, he has board-level roles with an NHS community provider, a housing association, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and an education-based IT company. He also chairs the Surrey County Council independent remuneration panel. Prior to joining Frimley Health, Bryan was lay member at West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dawn Kenson BSc Hons, ACII, Dip PFS
Independent non-executive director and Senior Independent Director

Dawn KensonAppointed June 2015

Chair of the Audit Committee.

Dawn spent over 20 years in financial advisory services predominantly with The Woolwich and then, following its takeover, with Barclays Bank.

She was Managing Director of Woolwich Independent Financial Advisory Services before becoming Director of Independent Financial Advice Operations for Barclays where she had responsibility for the bank's combined regulated advisory forces.

She left Barclays in 2005 to concentrate on non-executive work in, and supporting, the public sector and currently holds positions with the Northern Ireland Office and Raven Housing Association.

Mike O'Donovan
Independent non-executive director

Mike O'DonovanAppointed October 2014

Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and member of the Audit Committee.

Mike spent 30 years in the consumer healthcare industry holding managing director positions in the UK and overseas as well as global corporate roles. In 2002 he left industry to become chief executive of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a position he held until 2006.

Since then he has held several non-executive director and trustee positions including co-chair of National Voices, the leading patient service user advocacy group, member of the management board of the European Medicines Agency and chair of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

In October 2012 he was appointed chairman of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and played a key role in its successful acquisition by neighbouring Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to form Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Mike is a member of the MS Society and a Trustee of the South Hill Park Arts Centre.

Rob Pike ACIB
Independent non-executive director and Deputy Chairman

Rob PikeAppointed April 2011

Chair of the Financial Assurance Committee and member of the Commercial Development and Investment Committee.

Rob retired in 2009 after a 40 year career in financial services which culminated in a role as Director of Operations for Europe & Middle East for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He was previously Director of Operations in the UK where he had responsibility for more than 5,000 employees, running a network of operations at the time of the Royal Bank of Scotland acquisition of Natwest Bank.

Rob was heavily involved in the subsequent integration of the two networks of operational banking centres, managing the major IT and transformation integration and was heavily involved in the post-acquisition HR and systems integration within those operations.

Having successfully undertaken several senior customer facing roles he was invited to join the board of the Customer Contact Association (CCA) in 2004 where he served until 2016.

He chaired the CCA Industry Council from 2006-2008 and the CCA Global Standards Council from 2008-2016.

John Weaver
Independent non-executive director

John WeaverAppointed April 2017

John has worked for BT since 1984, becoming director of managed services in 2008, generating £900m income. He spent two years as director of transformation reporting to the managing director of global networks, leading a unit transformation of 3,000 staff. Since 2013 he has been vice president for contract design, with 1,100 skilled engineers.

Since 2008 John has also had other roles including helping set up and being an executive director on the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the CBI South East, and a non-executive director for Hastings Academies Trust. 

Dan Bradbury
Chief Operating Officer

Dan BradburyAppointed October 2019

Dan oversees the day-to-day delivery of services across Frimley Health, with a particular focus on emergency access, cancer and referral to treatment. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust in south-west London.

Prior to that he was a Divisional Director of Operations at University Hospitals Southampton where he was responsible for surgery, theatres and anaesthetics, critical care and cancer services.

He retired from his career in the Army and joined the NHS in 2014 through the Executive Fast Track Programme. He was subsequently seconded to senior roles in planned and unscheduled care in a number of acute trusts.

Dan holds a degree in law and a master’s from Cranfield University.

Nigel Foster BA, CPFA
Director of Finance and Information Management and Technology

Nigel FosterAppointed August 2017

Nigel was previously Director of Finance and Performance for three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in East Berkshire and has been working for the NHS since 2002, originally with Wokingham PCT and then NHS Berkshire West, where he held a variety of senior finance roles. From March 2012 he led the formation of Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit and became its Chief Finance Officer. He joined the CCGs in East Berkshire in November 2013.

Nigel also has responsibility for contracting and information, procurement, and business development functions within the Trust and, as the Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO), leads on information governance matters on behalf of the Board. He is involved in working with colleagues across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) area and leads the 'Connected Care' IT interoperability project in East Berkshire which is enabling the sharing of patient records between primary, secondary and social care. In addition to his role with the Trust, he holds an honorary contract with the East Berkshire CCGs to continue as their Director of Finance.

Dr Timothy Ho MBE, PhD, SFFMLM, FRCP 
Medical Director

Dr Timothy HoAppointed December 2013

Tim graduated in medicine with distinction from St. George's, University of London. He trained in respiratory and intensive care medicine in London. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust training fellowship and subsequently completed a PhD in molecular microbiology at Imperial College.

Tim has been a consultant chest physician at Frimley Park Hospital since 2004. During this time he has developed a number of key services including a regional diagnostic service for lung cancer (EBUS), the medical acute dependency unit, and a large obstructive sleep apnoea service. Most recently he has served as the clinical director for medicine and care of the elderly and as the centre director for the Frimley Park adult cystic fibrosis service before becoming the trust's Medical Director.

In 2018 he became a founding senior fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
For his services to the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic he was awarded the MBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours.

Tim is the professional lead for the doctors and is responsible for the trust's quality and clinical governance framework.

Matt Joint
Director of People

Appointed June 2021Matt Joint

Matthew leads our ongoing work to support, cherish and develop our staff.

He joined Frimley Health from University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Director of People for four years.

Matthew has previously held senior corporate roles in human resources at Centrica and Amey Plc. In previous years he has held the post of HR Director at Royal Mail Group, where he was responsible more than 40,000 staff. He has extensive experience of implementing major change initiatives in large organisations and has particular expertise in talent management, leadership, and development.

Matthew trained as a research psychologist and held a research fellowship at Leeds University. He also has an MSc in Civil Engineering.

Lorna Wilkinson
Chief of Nursing and Midwifery

Lorna WilkinsonAppointed June 2020

Lorna is a highly experienced and respected nursing leader. She joined us from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust where she was Director of Nursing for six years.

Lorna completed her nurse training in London in 1989 and progressed through a number of clinical roles in the capital in specialist units including liver, cardiac surgery and intensive care. She later moved into senior nursing and quality roles, serving as Deputy Director of Nursing at Salisbury and at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Lorna has had a long held interest in patient safety, patient experience, and quality improvement.

She is the professional lead for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists.

Caroline Hutton
Director of Transformation, Innovation and Digital Services

Caroline Hutton, Interim Director of Transformation, Innovation and Digital ServicesAppointed September 2020

Caroline is our executive lead for digital services and continuous quality improvement and leads many of our key change programmes.

She began her career in nursing and has many years of operational, transformation and digital experience in senior positions across the NHS.

Prior to joining Frimley Health Caroline was Head of Outpatient Transformation at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

She was previously at Milton Keynes University Hospital where she held two executive roles: Director of Clinical Services and Director of Service Improvement.

This new board position at Frimley Health reflects the importance of transformation in achieving our ambition of delivering exceptional services for our communities.


Frimley Health is taking part in the NExT Director Scheme, a development programme designed to help find and support the next generation of talented people from underrepresented groups on NHS boards into non-executive roles. The following individuals are placements on the Frimley Health board from the scheme starting 1 May 2021.

Debbie Raven

Having qualified as a nurse 30 years ago, Debbie’s clinical career specialised in community and palliative care nursing. She has also held various senior leadership roles across the NHS, Independent and Charity sector.

Her current role is Chief Executive of Thames Hospice in Windsor, where she leads an exceptional palliative and end of life care service serving the population of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.

Debbie has a wide range of experience as an Executive Board member and has also been involved in Governor and Advisory Board roles. She is a passionate advocate of excellence and transparency, believing that all good organisations are underpinned by strong, evidence based governance, compassion and integrity.

Pooja Dewan

Pooja has been working as an Investment Banker for the past 10 years at HSBC, and prior to that at UBS.  At HSBC she is responsible for advising investors on European and Asian listed businesses.

She also works with global corporates to assist them raise capital.  Alongside this, she is a Director of a care home and sheltered accommodation business.  Pooja graduated with an Economics degree from The University of Cambridge in 2009 and pursued a Law degree following this from BPP and The College of Law, London.



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