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

Appointed 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, the Council of Governors approved the extension of Pradip’s term in office by a second term to 31 March 2022. In September 2021 an extension to the second term was approved for one year, to 31 March 2023.

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.

Pradip Patel

Bryan Ingleby
Independent non-executive director and Deputy Chairman

Appointed April 2020
Chair of the Audit Committee 

Bryan 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.

Bryan Ingleby

Mike Baxter
Independent non-executive director

Appointed April 2020
Chair of the People Committee

Mike 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.

Mike Baxter

Linda Burke
Independent non-executive director

Appointed April 2022

Linda spent her early nursing career in Sheffield and then London. She held roles at the Department of Health before moving into higher education as Deputy Director of Academic Development at University of Kingston.

She held the role of Head of Strategy and Development for NHS London, before joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Head of Revalidation. She then returned to education as Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich, before taking on the role of Executive Director for Education and Quality for Royal College of Gynaecologists between 2017 and 2019.

Linda is currently Non-Executive Director, Chair of Quality and Safety Committee, Vice-Chair of Trust Finance and Performance Committee and Maternity Board Safety Champion for The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She is a Trustee for Medical Justice and has been Member of Regional Board for Health Education England London and South Education and Training Board, and previous member of national and regional working groups for the Department of Health and Health Education England.

Linda Burke

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

Appointed June 2015
Chair of the Performance and Remuneration 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 the public sector. She is currently a non-executive director at Raven Housing Trust and served with the Northern Ireland Office until October 2020.

Dawn Kenson

Gary McRae
Independent non-executive director

Appointed April 2022

Gary began his career with Ernst and Young in Audit. His earlier career was spent working within a range of finance, investment and mergers and acquisition focussed roles with private sector organisations, including The Scottish Development Agency, The Dowty Group Plc and British Aerospace Defence. He then held the role of Director of Corporate Development & Legal for Laird Plc, and Finance Director of NSC.

Gary has held several Non-Executive Director roles through his recent career, including Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair, and Chair of Finance and Investment Committee for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between 2015-2021, and Non-Executive Director, Trustee and Chair of Audit Committee for William Harvey Research Foundation between 2017-2021.

Currently he is a Non-Executive Director with SAS International,  Aster Group and FAC Technology, Trustee of the SAS International pension fund,  Senior Independent Member of the Court of the University of Aberdeen and is a member of various Board Committees for those organisations.

Gary McRae

Mike O'Donovan
Independent non-executive director

Appointed October 2014
Chair of the Quality Assurance 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.

Mike O'Donovan

John Weaver
Independent non-executive director

Appointed April 2017
Chair of the Finance Investment Committee

John worked for BT plc from 1984 until retiring in March 2019; a career which included such roles as Director of Wholesale Managed Services, Transformation Director for Global Networks and, most recently, Vice President for Contract Design, leading the technical design team within BT’s Global Services business. John also spent two years on secondment to the Board of J-Phone, a leading Japanese mobile phone operator, where he was responsible for the development of all non-voice services.

In addition to his career at BT, John has also been an executive director of the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the CBI South East regional council and a non- executive director for both Hastings Academies Trust and ThirdSpace Ltd, an award winning UK based technology solutions provider.

John Weaver

Neil Dardis
Chief Executive

Appointed March 2018

Neil has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, with extensive Board and senior management experience. He was formerly chief executive at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust from April 2015, having joined as deputy chief executive and chief operating officer in 2013 and prior to this he was director of operations at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Neil graduated from Durham University with a degree in history, has a diploma in health service management and has studied at the London Business School and Cambridge University Judge Business School. He has also been a member of the NHS Top Leaders Programme and worked with the King’s Fund on system leadership.

Neil chairs the Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s clinical innovation and adoption group, and was formerly the Buckinghamshire SRO for the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West’s STP. He also sits as part of the NHS Improvement Chief Executive Advisory Panel.

Neil Dardis

Dan Bradbury
Chief Operating Officer

Appointed 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.

Dan Bradbury

Nigel Foster BA, CPFA
Director of Finance

Appointed August 2017

Nigel qualified as an accountant with Oxfordshire County Council before a spell in the private sector working for the business services firm Liberata, where amongst other things he managed a pan1European shared service centre for a subsidiary of ICI. He has been working in the NHS since 2002.

Before joining us he was Director of Finance for three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in East Berkshire.

In addition to providing financial leadership for the Trust, Nigel also has responsibility for contracting, information, procurement and, as Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO), leads on 30 information governance matters on behalf of the Board. During the year he has also taken on responsibility for estates, including completion of our new Heatherwood Hospital.

He works closely with colleagues across the Frimley Health and Care ICS area and leads the ‘Connected Care’ IT interoperability project for the ICS which is enabling the sharing of patient records between primary, secondary and social care, and provides a platform for advanced analytics.

Nigel Foster

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

Appointed 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.

Dr Timothy Ho

Caroline Hutton
Director of Transformation, Innovation and Digital Services

Appointed 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.

Caroline Hutton

Matt Joint
Director of People

Appointed June 2021

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.

Matt Joint

Lorna Wilkinson
Chief of Nursing and Midwifery

Appointed 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.

Lorna Wilkinson

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 ending 31 December 2022.

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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