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Biographical details of our executive and non-executive board members and non-board directors.

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Executive members


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Robert joined the Trust as chief executive in March 2005 from the William Osler Health Centre, Ontario, Canada, where he was president and chief executive officer.


He has over 40 years international experience in hospital and health services management. 

He is a member of the board of directors of Imperial College Health Partners and the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science. He is also a member of the board of directors of Imperial College Academic Health Sciences Centre.

He is a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovations, Imperial College, and chairman of the Association of UK University Hospitals.


He has previously held positions as:


  • vice president, Health Care and Life Sciences Market Sectors, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young Canada Inc

  • partner, Ernst & Young and at KPMG (Peat Marwick), Toronto

  • vice president, Hilton Universal HospitalsUK Ltd, London

  • vice president, International Services, Extendicare Inc (London and Toronto)

  • executive director of District Health Councils in the Ministry of Health, Ontario

  • treasury board officer, Management Board of Cabinet, Government of Ontario

  • systems engineer, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.


He is a bachelor of applied science in industrial engineering and a master of public administration.

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Robert joined Harefield Hospital in 1995, having previously worked in community and general hospital services.


Following the Trust merger in 1998, he became site director at Harefield and, in 2001, deputy director of operations for the Trust.


Robert has also fulfilled the roles of director of governance and quality (2003 to 2006) and director of planning and strategy (2006 to 2009). In the latter post he was responsible for the Trust’s foundation trust application. 

He was appointed to the role of chief operating officer in 2008 and director of development and partnerships in 2018.

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Nicholas is director of service development for the Trust and also site director at Harefield, a role he took on in 2006. He has worked at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust since its inception.


Mr Hunt began his career at Regional HQ, the forerunner of strategic health authorities. His subsequent career in NHS management has included both operational and strategic roles at a number of London hospitals. 

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Richard joined the Trust as interim director of finance in January 2011 for a six month term. He subsequently rejoined the Trust as associate chief executive - finance and was appointed to the board on 26 October 2011. 

He worked at KPMG, accountants and business advisers, for 40 years, appointed to the partnership in 1986 and retiring in 2010.


In addition to client responsibilities for listed companies and public interest entities, his management roles have included:


  • six years in charge of KPMG UK's infrastructure, government and healthcare division
  • head of markets for KPMG's Europe, Middle East and Africa region
  • executive chair of the global professional indemnity insurance committee, a committee of the international board of KPMG.


Richard continues to provide ad-hoc consultancy services to KPMG.

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Joy is director of nursing and clinical governance at the trust. 

She was a staff nurse and ward sister for 15 years before joining the Trust in 1996 as the senior nurse in surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital. She worked in this position for six years before undertaking a secondment in a clinical planning role for a year.


On completion of the secondment, she was appointed general manager for respiratory medicine and then progressed to become divisional manager for lung services between 2004 and 2015. This role had a broad portfolio that included a number of corporate projects.

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Dr Richard Grocott-Mason has been a consultant cardiologist for over 19 years and was appointed medical director at the Trust in June 2016. 

Dr Grocott-Mason has worked at Hillingdon Hospital and then Harefield Hospital since 1999, combining clinical work with clinical leadership roles, including clinical director for medicine and then joint medical director and responsible officer for The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  He was appointed interim medical director at the Trust in December 2015.

Dr Grocott-Mason completed his initial training at Jesus College, Oxford and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London, qualifying in 1986. He then trained in cardiology and general medicine at numerous hospitals, including:

  • King’s College Hospital
  • The London Chest Hospital
  • Guy’s Hospital,
  • Harefield Hospital
  • the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.

His adult cardiology experience includes assessment of coronary artery disease, valve disease and heart failure. He is an interventional cardiologist performing coronary angioplasty and works with a team of cardiologists to provide the primary angioplasty service at Harefield Hospital's heart attack centre.

Jan McGuinness was appointed chief operating officer in 2018. Prior to this, she took up this newly created post in April 2015 having worked in healthcare over a number of years, including in three international settings, most recently in Canada. She has held numerous senior roles, both clinical and non-clinical. These include director of operations for The Alberta Heart Institute, regional director of cardiac services for Vancouver and Fraser health authorities and at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London where she focused on improving the patient experience. Her particular areas of expertise include quality improvement, patient safety and project management related to design and transformation. 

Jan is responsible for the development and delivery of the patient services strategy at the Trust and works closely with staff, patients and other stakeholders.

Non-executive members


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Baroness Morgan was made a life peer in 2001.  She has served as minister of state in the Cabinet Office, political secretary to the prime minister and director of government relations at 10 Downing Street, Chair of OFSTED and board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

After serving as a local councillor and working as a secondary school teacher, Baroness Morgan worked for Tony Blair when he was leader of the opposition. Following the 1997 general election she was appointed as political secretary to the Prime Minister and head of the Prime Minister's political office. She then served as minister of state in the Cabinet Office before returning to Downing Street as director of government relations. 


Since leaving government in 2005, Baroness Morgan has held a number of appointments in the public and private sector.  She was the Chair of OFSTED, the Office for Standards in Education, from 2011 – 2014 and sat on the board of the Olympic Delivery Authority for its six-year duration. She is currently a member of the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee.


Baroness Morgan has been a lay member of the Council of King’s College London, since 2013, and was appointed vice-chair in September 2016. She is also a member of the Council's Estates Strategy Committee and the Fellowships and Honorary Degrees Committee.


Currently she is Chair of Ambition School Leadership (a UK education charity) and board adviser to Ark, which runs academies in the UK and works internationally in education.  She is a non-executive director of Dixons Carphone PLC and Countryside Properties PLC.



Simon is a chartered accountant and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where his career has spanned more than 30 years. He has extensive experience of finance and audit in healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences settings, leading the firm’s Global Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry Group, and was a member of PwC’s Global Board.



He has a depth of expertise in finance and audit, as well as a thorough understanding of governance across a range of sectors, technical rigour and board experience at the highest level. Simon is also a trustee and treasurer at Jewish Care, a charity providing residential and day care facilities, and governor of a school in north London. He joined Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in August 2017.

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Lesley-Anne was chief executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) from January 2004 until September 2016. Prior to this, she was director of operations for the Peabody Trust and director of housing for the London Borough of Enfield. 

She joined Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust as a non-executive director in February 2013.


Lesley-Anne currently chairs both the UK Vision Strategy Group and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) (ACEVO) (She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2012 birthday honours list in recognition of her services to the voluntary sector.


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Luc brings a wealth of experience in leadership and strategic transformation to the Trust. He spent many years in executive roles with BP plc, including group chief sales and marketing officer, CEO of multiple businesses, and CEO and founder of the ‘strategic accounts’ division. He was a group vice president for 12 years and a member of the BP Downstream ExCo. 

His career in global business leadership spans 30 years and, alongside BP, he has worked for Burmah Castrol, Hoechst and Pechiney groups. 


Since January 2014, he has been chairman of Strategic Partnering Ltd and is the author of ‘Strategic Partnering - remove chance and deliver consistent success’, published in 2013. Luc is an adjunct professor at Imperial College Business School, and has an MBA and qualifications in engineering, political science and finance. 

His appointment as non-executive director was approved by the Council of Governors on 1 June 2015. 

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Mark is a recently retired senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and a chartered accountant. He has broad experience of corporate finance, restructuring, financial services and real estate. He has worked extensively with the UK & Irish Treasury on the restructuring of UK & Irish banking systems through the course of the financial crisis and with a number of other Government departments advising on various restructuring matters. He has many contacts within Government and financial regulatory authorities.


Mark is a non-executive director of Picton Property Income (a UK listed property company) and L&F  Indemnity (a professional indemnity insurer); he is also a senior advisor to UK Government Investments, part of HM Treasury. 

Mark joined Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in November 2017.

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Richard joined the Trust board in February 2014. He is an experienced real estate executive director. He brings extensive expertise in investment and asset performance and management to the board, gained from a long career with Aviva Investors as head of European Life Funds, managing director UK Real Estate and, most recently, managing director of Aviva Clients and Global Asset Management.  


While in this role, he was a member of the Aviva Investors Global Real Estate Board, chair of the Real Estate Operational Management Group and chair of the Real Estate Sustainability Group. 


He is currently a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a non-executive director of the Transport for London Commercial Property Advisory Group.

Kate runs a consulting business advising on change and development in organisations. She retired as vice president executive development at BP in 2005, having worked with the company for 24 years. Her 35 year industry career spanned line management, general human resources work, training and organisational transformation.


Her previous experience was in retail and the public sector. She spent nine years on the board of HM Revenue and Customs, was chair of the Conference Board (Europe) Organisation and Business Council, a member of the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Training and Education Steering Group and a member of the UK Government Risk Review Steering Group.


Ms Owen is currently a governor of Imperial College, a fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust and a non-executive director of Bioss International (executive development).

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Andrew trained as a surgeon in Newcastle upon Tyne but, after holding various positions on the staff of the British Medical Association (BMA), including head of policy development, became group medical director of Bupa in 1995.


Following his retirement from Bupa in 2012, he has taken up a number of non-executive roles. He is chair of the:


  • South West Peninsula Academic Health Science Network
  • Department of Health’s patient reported outcomes stakeholder group.


He joined Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in February 2013.


He has a strong interest in outcome measurement, clinical audit and greater clinical accountability, and is a passionate advocate of patient feedback in service improvement and shared decision making. Andrew studied medicine at Birmingham University, where he recently received an honorary doctorate.

Non-executive member (non-independent)


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Professor Kim Fox is consultant cardiologist at the Trust, as well as professor of clinical cardiology and head of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College.


He is chairman at the Institute for Cardiovascular Medicine and Science (in partnership with Liverpool Heart and chest Hospital) and is the Diana Princess of Wales chair in cardiovascular medicine and science.


He was appointed as non-executive director (non-independent) to the Trust Board on 1 June 2013.

Directors (non-board)

Jo Thomas joined the Trust in 2003. She has a background in marketing, publishing and media having spent four years as corporate communications director for the Hearst Corporation’s UK subsidiary, The National Magazine Company, and five years in television production. 

Immediately before her appointment at the Trust she spent two years at the Department of Health, working closely with the chief medical officer on public health and patient safety projects. Her remit includes marketing and communications strategy, reputation management, marketing communications, website development, public affairs, patient-facing publications and the Trust’s arts programme. 

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine.  

David Shrimpton has been with the Trust since May 2008, joining from Citigroup where he was the sales and distribution director at the UK retail bank.


David spent 17 years at Citigroup holding various positions within the wealth management business working in a number of European and Middle East locations.


He has also worked for HSBC and ABN AMRO during the course of his career. 

Piers McCleery took up the post of director of planning and strategy in November 2009. He joined the Trust from the financial services sector, where he spent time both as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte and also with Cheltenham & Gloucester plc and the West Bromwich Building Society. 

Piers also spent 10 years with the Jardine Matheson Group in the US, Middle East and Hong Kong. His background is in strategic development - defining a competitive strategy for an organisation and leading the process through pilot stages to full implementation.

Lis Allen has been with the Trust since April 2017, joining from BT Global Services where she was human resources vice president (HRVP) for UK, government and health.


Lis spent 17 years at BT in a number of senior positions, in sales and in operations as well as leading the redesign of the Global HR function serving BT people worldwide.

She has a background in major change and transformation projects. These include increasing productivity through cost transformation initiatives, launching complex employee engagement programmes and delivering initiatives designed to grow organisational health.

Lis has also worked with executive leadership teams on people strategy, with a focus on talent acquisition, retention, development and accreditation.

Neil is an experienced company secretary, director of governance and general counsel. He has worked across multiple sectors including FTSE, financial services, healthcare, technology, media, public, private and professional services. His public sector experience includes having been a director of governance, board secretary and general counsel for part of NHS England. Neil is a barrister and holds various senior awards.



Neil has oversight of all matters to do with the Trust board, governors and the members. Further, he is responsible for various Trust external corporate reporting obligations, some freedom of information matters and external legal advice.  

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