The RNOH will remain the UK’s leading specialist orthopaedic hospital, further enhancing its international profile for outstanding patient care, research and education

Meet the Board

RNOH Trust Board Members:

Professor Anthony Goldstone

Portrait of Professor Anthony Goldstone
Chairman
Voting member
In post since:
February 2011
Trust Roles:
Chair: Trust Board, Remuneration Committee, Quality Committee and Strategy & Sustainability Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Redevelopment Programme Board, Transformation Programme Board and Children’s Services Strategy Sub-Committee
Other Roles: Transformation Lead, Quality Lead, New Hospital Design Champion
Experience:
Joined the NHS in 1969.
Consultant Haematologist at University College London Hospital (UCLH) from1976 to 2011.
Worked for UCLH in a clinical, academic and managerial capacity initially developing the leukaemia and transplant unit at UCLH, which is internationally recognised.
Medical Director of UCLH from 1992 to 2000.
Central figure in the planning, redevelopment and rebuild of the new UCLH hospital in Euston Road.
Directed the North London Cancer Network from 2000 to 2009 taking considerable responsibility for developing and rationalising super specialist activity and making many contacts across the North Central London region.
Published more than 330 papers.
Appointed as a personal Chair in Haematology at University College London in 1999.
Awarded a CBE for academic, clinical and managerial contributions to healthcare in June 2008.

Rob Hurd

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Chief Executive
Voting member
In post since:
August 2008
Trust Roles:
Chair: Executive Committee, Redevelopment Programme Board, Private Patient Development Sub-Committee, Fundraising Sub-Committee, Transformation Programme Board and Royal Free Partnership Programme Board
Member: Trust Board, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, Quality Committee, Finance Committee, Joint Academic Committee and Information Management and Technology Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Committee: Audit Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Clinical Quality and Governance Sub-Committee
Experience:
September 2005 until August 2008: Director of Finance at the RNOH.
1992: Joined NHS on the NHS Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme and worked at Southampton University Hospitals.
Previously worked as Deputy Finance Director at UCLH where he was finance lead for the wave 1 UCLH Foundation Trust application. He has experience of leading on the financial aspects of major capital developments, including a £30m scheme at the Whittington and a £422m scheme at UCLH.
CPFA Qualified (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).
Over two decades of experience in NHS management at senior management level.
2008: Completed the NHS London Chief Executive Succession Programme.
NHS experience includes financial leadership on a successful Foundation Trust application and two major new hospital development PFI schemes. He has led on establishing new hospital charities and part of his training included a placement in a top five accountancy firm.
Chair: Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance, a collaboration of major specialist orthopaedic centres, which has a membership of 12 specialist orthopaedic units from across the UK. He is developing the RNOH’s contribution to the International Society of Orthopaedic Centres.
Qualifications include: BSc (Social Science) Economics, CPFA Qualified (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).

Councillor Joe Carlebach

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Vice Chairman
Voting member
In post since:
January 2014
Trust Roles:
Chair: Workforce and Organisational Development Committee and Information Management and Technology Committee
Member: Trust Board, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Sub-Committee: Fundraising Sub-Committee
Other Roles: Fundraising Lead RNOH, RNOH Charity Link, Workforce and Organisational Development Lead, Trustee of Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charitable Trust
Experience:
A graduate of Newcastle University currently serving on the University Court. Past Chairman of the University's Faculty of Biomedical Sciences Development Committee.
Previous Executive and general management experience:
Nortel Networks - responsible for Nortel’s business in half of Western Europe, Panduit Corporation - Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wideyes AB - Chief Executive Officer. Served as non-executive director on a number of boards and as Chairman of the leading Savile Row tailor Henry Huntsman and Sons, Chairman of Myacom; a telecoms manufacturing business. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Present roles include:
Councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Member of the Adult Social Care and Health a scrutiny committee. A member of the Corporate Parenting Board. Trustee of Arthritis Research UK, and the Hammersmith and Fulham Citizens Advice, Vice Chair of the Wormwood Scrubs Common Charitable Trust, a Trustee of the Royal National Orthopaedic Charitable Trust and an Ambassador for Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap.

Bertie Leigh

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Non-Executive Director
Voting member
In post since:
November 2015
Trust Roles:
Senior Independent Director
Member: Trust Board, Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, Remuneration Committee, and Quality Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Clinical Quality and Governance Sub-Committee
Experience:
Bertie is a qualified solicitor who joined Hempsons in 1973 as a trainee. He qualified in 1976 and was made Partner a year later. He became a Senior Partner in 1995 and Solicitor Advocate in 2005. He stepped down as Partner at the end of June 2015, but will continue to act for Hempsons in a consultancy capacity. Bertie has specialised in medical law throughout his career, handling over 2,500 cases. Outside of medicine he has also acted for the NSPCC, the Law Society. In addition he has lectured extensively on many aspects of law, medical ethics and risk management.
Outside of his full time role as a solicitor, Bertie is currently President of the Society for Ethics in Law and Medicine (SELM) and Chair of the following bodies: Clinical Disputes Forum, National Confidential Enquiry in Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), SELM and St Christopher School Governors.
He is also a Trustee of Charm UK. He is a past Governor of City Lit Adult Education College, a former President of the Medico-Legal Society and a former Trustee of Core (Gastroenterology).

Professor David Isenberg

Portrait of Professor David Isenberg
Non-executive Director
Voting member
In post since:
June 2011
Trust Roles:
Chair: Joint Academic Committee
Member: Trust Board, Remuneration Committee, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, and Quality Committee
Other Roles: Academic Link Lead
Experience:
Since 1991: Academic Director of Rheumatology at UCL. He has co-authored approximately 700 scientific manuscripts and 17 books.
Since 1996: Arthritis Research UK Diamond Jubilee Professor of Rheumatology at University College London Medical School.
Since 2008: Chair of the Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease clinical trials sub-committee for Arthritis Research UK.
2004 to 2006: President of the British Society for Rheumatology.
2006 to 2011: Chair of the British Society for Rheumatology's Biologics Register Committee.
1998 to 2004: Chair of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics Group .
Chair: British Isles Lupus Group.
Member: Centre of North London Clinical Trials Network Board.

Isabel Dolan

Portrait of Isabel Dolan
Non-Executive Director
Voting member
In post since:
November 2015
Trust Roles:
Chair: Audit Committee and Finance Committee
Member: Trust Board, Strategic and Sustainability Committee, and Remuneration Committee
Experience:
Founder and Managing Director of Intuity Limited, which provides outsourcing services to medium sized, venture capital backed businesses.
Operations Partner at Albion Ventures; heading up a team which provided outsourced accounting and fundraising administration to London Stock Exchange quoted VCTs, and other investment companies.
Finance Director for privately owned businesses in fundraising and turnaround situations.
Portfolio Director for 3i plc, leading a team managing 400 SME investments in London and the South East.
Head of Recoveries for UK at Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Moore Stephens, and spent time in their corporate finance department.
Member of the Association of Investment Companies, VCT Technical Committee, and member of the SORP working party 2013 and 2009.
Qualifications: BSc Biochemistry with Pharmacology (Southampton University), MBA (London Business School), FCA (Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

Mr Aresh Hashemi-Nejad

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Medical Director
Voting member
In post since:
January 2017
Trust Roles:
Co-Chair: Clinical and Quality Governance Sub-Committee
Member: Trust Board, Strategic and Sustainability Committee, Finance Committee, Quality Committee, Joint Academic Committee, Information Management and Technology Committee and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Redevelopment Programme Board, Private Patient Development Sub-Committee and Co-Chair: Information Quality & Governance Steering Sub-Committee
Experience:
Aresh has worked at the RNOH as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon since 1997 and has played a significant role in the developments that have taken place at the Trust in recent years.
He has taken on a number of leadership posts during this time, including Clinical Lead of the Paediatric Surgical Unit (2003-7), Clinical Director for the Division of Surgery (2007-12) and President of the British Society of Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery (2014-16).

Professor Paul Fish

Portrait of Professor Paul Fish
Director of Nursing, Quality & Patient Experience
Voting member
In post since:
February 2015
Trust Roles:
Co-Chair: Clinical and Quality Governance Sub-Committee
Member: Trust Board, Strategic and Sustainability Committee, Quality Committee, Finance Committee, Information Management and Technology Committee and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Transformation Programme Board, Redevelopment Programme Board, Health Safety and Environment Sub-Committee, Workforce and Organisational Development Committee, and Children's Services Strategy Sub-Committee
Other Roles:
Director of Quality, Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC), Accountable Officer for Controlled Drugs, Accountable Emergency Officer / Director for Emergency Planning, Executive Lead for Safeguarding, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Human Tissue Authority Executive Lead
Experience:
Paul has worked in a variety of nursing roles in both the North of England and London. His clinical background is in critical care and emergency nursing in addition to working as a Nurse Consultant with a focus on improving practice.
Paul's senior leadership roles have included being an Associate Director of Nursing at a large integrated foundation trust, where he took a particular lead on clinical standards and practice development issues before moving to London to be Deputy Chief Nurse at University College London Hospitals. Paul has experience of providing operational leadership in large specialist hospitals and has an interest in/expertise in nursing workforce issues, research, education, leadership and practice improvement.
Paul is a Virginia Mason Certified Leader and has first and higher degree's in nursing practice. He is a visiting professor in nursing leadership at London Southbank University.

Lucy Davies

Portrait of Lucy Davies
Chief Operating Officer
Voting member
In post since:
May 2015
Trust Roles:
Executive Director for Operational Performance
Member: Trust Board, Strategic and Sustainability Committee, Quality Committee, Finance Committee, Information Management and Technology Committee and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Transformation Programme Board, Workforce & Organisational Development Committee, Health Safety and Environment Sub-Committee, Children's Services Strategy Sub-Committee, Cancer Strategy Sub-Committee, and Clinical Quality and Governance Sub-Committee
Other Roles: Trust lead for Decontamination
Experience:
Lucy joined the NHS as a General Management Trainee, and then worked at Morriston Hospital NHS Trust in Swansea before moving to Milton Keynes General NHS Trust as a Services Manager.
In 1997 Lucy joined the Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Trust, where she has been ever since, firstly as a Directorate Manager of the Surgery Division, and as General Manager of the Division.
Six years later, she became Head of Performance, and subsequently Head of Modernisation, delivering the 18 week target two months early.
In 2010, she took on the Divisional General Manager role of the Heart and Critical Care division, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and managing a budget of £92 million.
She was also the senior operational manager for the Harefield site, one of the two specialist hospitals within the Trust.
Lucy holds a first class BA honours degree in French and an MBA with distinction.

Hannah Witty

Portrait of Hannah Witty
Director of Finance
Voting member
In post since:
September 2016
Trust Roles:
Member: Trust Board, Strategic and Sustainability Committee, Finance Committee, Access Improvement Programme Board and Executive Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Committee: Audit committee Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Redevelopment Programme Board, Transformation Programme Board and Private Patient Development Sub-Committee
Experience:
February 2016 until August 2016; Acting Director of Finance and Estates at the Home Office.
Hannah’s previous roles were Head of Financial Planning (Home Office), Head of Corporate Services (Committee on Climate Change), and Head of Governance and Assurance (Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service). She also has worked in the private sector, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, FCA (Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales).

Robin Whitby

Portrait of Robin Whitby
Associate Non-Executive Director
Non-voting member
In post since:
September 2013
Trust Roles:
Member: Trust Board and Strategy and Sustainability Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Sub-Committee: Redevelopment Programme Board
Other Roles: Redevelopment Lead
Experience:
Robin is a Chartered Builder previously employed as a Bid Director and SPC Director with one of the UK’s largest construction and engineering contractors. He is currently providing consultancy services to both public and private sector clients and maintains an active interest in the development of healthcare facilities.
Robin’s experience, in excess of 30 years in property development and construction, spans most elements of public and private sector property development with particular emphasis on preconstruction project development and project procurement. During the last 10 years, Robin’s experience includes leadership on many successful awards winning major hospital developments/redevelopments for the private sector on behalf of the NHS, as well as being a Director of Special Purpose Company Boards providing ongoing services to the NHS.

Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald

Portrait of Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald
Associate Non-Executive Director
Non-voting member
In post since:
September 2013
Trust Roles:
Member: Trust Board, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, and Information Management and Technology Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Private Patient Development Sub-Committee
Other Roles: Private Patients Development Lead, Safeguarding Lead
Experience:
Natalie-Jane qualified as a doctor in Glasgow in 1984. She trained in General Medicine and undertook a clinical research post in cardiovascular risk factor modification, before becoming a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at Glasgow Western Infirmary.
Natalie-Jane joined the BMA as Head of Medical Ethics in 1990, where she also worked with health care associations internationally. She spent a year on sabbatical in Thailand during that time.
Natalie-Jane joined Bupa in 1995 as Clinical Director of the hospital division. She subsequently held a number of roles in the group, including in commissioning and provision.
Between 2008 and 2013 Natalie-Jane was managing director of Bupa’s UK business. Since 2013 Natalie-Jane has been CEO of Acorn Care and Education, a group which provides special education, fostering and residential care to 2,500 children.
Natalie-Jane has been a Trustee of Which?, the consumers association.

Dr Gabrielle Silver

Portrait of Dr Gabrielle Silver
Associate Non-Executive Director
Non-voting member
In post since:
November 2015
Trust Roles:
Member: Trust Board, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, and Workforce and Organisational Development Committee
Attendance at the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Workforce and Organisational Development Sub-Committee, and Transformation Programme Board
Experience:
Gabrielle is a qualified doctor. In that capacity, she spent her early career from 1998 to 2001 as House Physician at the Royal Free Hospital in London, House Surgeon at the Lister Hospital in Hertfordshire, Senior House Officer at Northwick Park Hospital and the Royal Free and UCL School of Anaesthesia.
In 2001 she moved into the commercial sector as Senior Euopean Medical Advisor Eisai Europe.
From 2005 to 2006 she worked for pharmaceutical company, Bristol Myers Squibb as Therapeutic Area Director, Neuroscience. She then returned to Eisai as Director of CNS Franchise. She joined GE Healthcare in 2010.
Within GE she also holds a voluntary appointment as EMEA Women’s Network Commercial Leader and she is a supporter of the Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors Charity.

Mr John Skinner

Portrait of
Director of Research and Innovation Centre
Non-voting member
In post since:
January 2017
Trust Roles:
Member: Trust Board, Joint Academic Committee, Strategy & Sustainability Committee and Executive Committee
Other Roles: Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCL and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Specialist interest: revision hip surgery
Experience:
John Skinner has now been a Consultant at Stanmore since 1999, initially as Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the UCL Institute of Musculoskeletal Science, with an Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon contract at the RNOH since 2003.
He has collaborated and published with more than 200 co-authors worldwide and mentored and supervised several MD theses and supervised research projects for trainees, medical students and other researchers.
John has also contributed to work at the RNOH by taking various leadership roles, such as chairing the Infection Control Committee for 11 years and the Medical Staff Committee for five years.
Nationally, he chairs the Joint BOA –MHRA Expert Advisory Group on Metal Bearing Hips and has been President of the British Hip Society.
He is on the council of the British Orthopaedic Association and the Editorial Board of the Bone and Joint Journal.

Dr Zilla Huma

Portrait of Dr Zilla Huma
Director of Children’s Services
Non-voting member
In post since:
September 2015
Trust Roles:
Chair: Children’s Services Operational Sub-Committee
Member: Trust Board, Quality Committee, Strategy & Sustainability Committee and Executive Committee
Experience:
Zilla graduated from Medicine at Glasgow University and very quickly concentrated her efforts on working with children at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, then at Manchester, followed by the Westminster Children's Hospital in London.
After gaining her MRCP, in 1990, she moved to Cornell University / the New York Hospital to undertake a post-doctoral fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology with the then President of the Endocrine Society. After two years as a fellow she became an Assistant Professor and focused her research on genetic conditions leading to disorders of sexual differentiation.
In 1996, she returned to the NHS and became a Consultant Paediatrician at Wexham Park and the John Radcliffe Hospitals in Oxford. Over the next 18 years she became Regional Advisor for Oxford Deanery, Undergraduate Tutor, Clinical Director and continued her work as a Paediatric Endocrinologist.
In September 2015, Zilla moved to become the Director of Children's Services at the RNOH and hopes to develop an Endocrine service around metabolic bone disease and disorders of growth, as well as promoting excellence in the care of children throughout the Trust.
Zilla is on the Board of the Cure2Children charity which performs hundreds of bone marrow transplants in children all over the developing world every year.

Dr Saroj Patel

Portrait of
Director of IM&T and Innovation
Non-voting member
In post since:
March 2005
Trust Roles:
Member: Trust Board, Strategy and Sustainability Committee, Information Management and Technology Committee, and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Transformation Programme Board
Experience:
2003: Joined the NHS. More than 20 years IT industry experience in both private and public sectors including development of ICT strategies, programme management, process transformation and solutions delivery.
Since 2005: Director of IM&T.
2009: Appointed the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO).
October 2011: Appointed a Trustee of Aspire (Spinal Injury Charity) based at Stanmore, Middlesex.
2011: Role extended to include Workforce and Corporate Affairs and as a subsequence became a voting member of the Trust Board.
Qualifications include: BSc Statistics and MSc Computer Science (University of London), MBA, Diploma in Marketing, PhD (Cranfield School of Management) and MSP Practitioner.

Mark Masters

Portrait of Mark Masters
Director of Estates and Facilities
Non-voting member
In post since:
November 2003
Trust Roles:
Chair: Health Safety and Environment Sub-Committee
Member: Trust Board, Quality Committee, Strategy & Sustainability Committee, and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Redevelopment Programme Board
Experience:
25 years management experience in estates and facilities having worked both for the NHS and the Private Sector.
MSc in Planning Buildings for Healthcare.
B.Eng (Honours) Degree in Building Services Engineering.
PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner.
Chartered Engineer.
Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

Tom Nettel

Portrait of Tom Nettel
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development
Non-voting member
In post since:
April 2015
Trust Roles:
Member: Joint Academic Committee and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Workforce and Organisational Development Committee, Redevelopment Programme Board, Transformation Programme Board, Private Patient Development Sub-Committee, Health, Safety & Environment Sub-Committee, and Finance Committee
Experience:
Tom joined the NHS as a Management Trainee across East Kent. He then worked at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust before moving to North West London Hospitals NHS Trust in 2009.
Tom became Assistant Director of Human Resources at North West London and was responsible for the effective running of all operational HR services in the Trust. He was also responsible for delivering a significant element of the Trust’s cost saving and transformation plans.
In February 2013, he joined the RNOH as the Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. In March 2016 he became Director of Workforce and Organisational Development.
Tom holds a BA honours degree in English Literature from Durham University, an MA in Human Resources Management and is a qualified member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Frank Hennessy

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Director of Redevelopment Programme
Non-voting member
In post since:
July 2015
Trust Roles:
Member: Strategy & Sustainability Committee and Executive Committee
Member of the following Trust Board Sub-Committees: Redevelopment Programme Board and Private Patient Development Sub-Committee
Experience:
Frank, a Chartered Building Surveyor (FRICS), brings 35 years Healthcare Property and Facilities Management experience to RNOH’s Redevelopment Programme objectives for a redeveloped Hospital and Academic Campus in Stanmore.
His experience spans the management of Healthcare buildings facilities and engineering services for the ongoing safe and efficient delivery of healthcare services to wholesale redevelopment of hospital estates.
Frank worked in the Public and Private Healthcare Sectors across the UK and for a three year period in Australia.

Daryl Lutchmaya

Portrait of Daryl Lutchmaya
Trust Secretary / Head of Corporate Affairs
Non-voting member
In post since:
November 2015
Trust Roles:
Attendance at the following: Trust Board, Quality Committee, Strategy & Sustainability Committee, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, and Executive Committee
Co-Chair: Information Quality & Governance Steering Sub-Committee
Senior Information Risk Owner
Experience:
Daryl’s career experience been gained from working in a wide variety of sectors including having worked for Government Executive Agencies, International Organisations, private sector businesses and a Professional Membership Body.
Daryl graduated from the Royal Holloway College, University of London with a degree in Economics and Public Administration, and also studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where he gained his MBA focusing on the management and governance of International Organisations.
Daryl is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and member of the Institute of Risk Management (MIRM).

Should you wish to contact any of our Board Members, please email: TrustSecretariat@rnoh.nhs.uk

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