Meet our board

Executive directors

There are 10 executive directors who make up our senior management group and who are responsible for the operational performance of the trust.

Five of our executive directors are able to vote at trust board meetings (our joint Medical Directors have one vote between them).  Four of them are non-voting board members - this means they attend our board meetings, but do not have a vote.

Daniel Elkeles Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, Board member

Daniel joined the NHS management training scheme from university. Much of his early management career was in South West London including at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

Daniel was Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer at North West London Hospitals, flu director for London and most recently he was the chief officer for five clinical commissioning groups in NW London. Daniel lives locally with his family.

Dr Ruth Charlton Dr Ruth Charlton, Deputy Chief Executive and Joint Medical Director, Board member

Dr Ruth Charlton is a paediatric consultant with specific interests in renal and respiratory medicine.

Having trained in London at hospitals including the Royal Brompton, Great Ormond Street and Guy's, she has been a consultant with the Trust for over 17 years. She is an honorary paediatric consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital

In addition to her clinical role, she is deputises for the Chief Executive and is Joint Director of Medical Standards and Quality Assurance and previously has held roles as Service Director for Child Health, Divisional Director for Family Care and Deputy Medical Director.

Ruth was a member of the Council of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for five years and has represented acute paediatrics on Healthcare for London strategy groups.

Ruth is married and has two daughters. 

You can follow Ruth on Twitter @Med_Dir_ESTH

D James Marsh Dr James Marsh, Deputy Chief Executive and Joint Medical Director, Board member

James has been at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals for more than 11 years, joining as a renal (kidney) consultant in 2003, before being made lead consultant for transplantation and, subsequently, clinical director for renal services. He was appointed as Deputy Medical Director in 2011.

As Joint Medical Director, James is responsible for providing professional leadership and support to our 240 consultants and 400 doctors, overseeing medical education and training, research and development, and clinical governance (the way we maintain and improve the quality of patient care).

Dr Marsh lives in Weybridge and is married with two children.

He graduated with first class honours from the University of Oxford in the mid-1980s, continuing his clinical training at Guy's Hospital where he earned a Distinction in pathology, surgery, pharmacology and therapeutics.

You can follow James on Twitter @Med_Dir_ESTH

Rakesh Patel, Chief Financial Officer, Board member Picture of Rakesh Patel, Chief Financial Officer

Rakesh joined us from Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust in May 2015. Prior to working at Chelsea and Westminster, he was Director of Finance at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. Rakesh has worked in the NHS in London throughout his career, including in acute hospitals and four years in a mental health trust.

Rakesh is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA).

Dan Bradbury, Chief Operating Officer, Board member

Dan Bradbury Dan joined us in October 2017 from University Hospitals Southampton, where he was a Divisional Director of Operations, responsible for Surgery, Theatres and Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Cancer Services. 

He began his career in the Army, training at Sandhurst and holding a variety of command appointments and roles in the Ministry of Defence, culminating in operational planning roles in UK headquarters and command of his Regiment in Germany and overseas. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and joined the NHS in 2014 through the Executive Fast Track Programme, set up in the wake of the Francis Review, where he worked on secondments to senior roles in planned and unscheduled care in acute trusts, a healthcare overseas experience in the Netherlands and immersion in a clinical commissioning group (CCG). He holds a degree in Law and a Masters from Cranfield University.

He is married to a practising Emergency Medicine consultant and lives near Henley on Thames.

Arlene Wellman, Chief Nurse, Board member

Arlene qualified as a general registered nurse in Trinidad and migrated to the UK with the intention of training as a midwife. However she fell in love instantly with elderly care nursing and has more than 20 years’ experience in this speciality. Arlene holds a first degree in Health and Social Care for Older People and a Master’s degree in Clinical Healthcare Practice. She has held various senior nursing roles across acute trusts, including ?Matron, Senior Matron and Divisional Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. She also transformed the delivery of patient care and services as the Clinical Services Lead/Manager and Associate Director of Nursing at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Arlene has completed a Florence Nightingale Leadership Fellowship and is working towards becoming a registered Patient Safety Executive with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Arlene has four grown-up children and seven grandchildren.

Peter Davies Peter Davies, Director of Corporate Services, Board member (non-voting)

Peter’s portfolio encompasses Strategy, Corporate Governance, ICT and informatics (during 2017/18 he also held executive oversight of the People portfolio prior to Debbie Eyitayo becoming a Board member in her own right).

In his strategy role, Peter supports the Trust in developing external relationships with local commissioners and providers across Surrey Heartlands and in South West London.

Peter leads for the Trust on developing our digital strategy, as well as Information Governance and cybersecurity and is the Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO).

Peter is also the Children and Young People’s champion on the Board

Peter was previously policy adviser with the Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a partnership between the world famous Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London. He has also worked for the Ministry of Defence. He holds a Masters degree from the London Business School and his first degree is in Information Systems Engineering.

Peter lives in Kent with his wife and their two children.

Trevor Fitzgerald Trevor Fitzgerald, Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Projects, Board member (non-voting)

Trevor has been working in the NHS since 1989 and started his career as a qualified electrician. Since joining the trust in 2000, he has held a number of roles within the Estates and Facilities directorate.  

The Estates and Facilities directorate provides non-clinical support to our hospitals, including cleaning, catering, patient transport, portering, security, childcare provision, property maintenance, telecommunications, ground and gardens, capital projects, space management and medical devices management. In addition, Trevor is the lead director for non-clinical risk management, fire safety, security, decontamination and medical devices management.

Lisa Thomson, Director of Communications and Patient Experience, Board member (non-voting)    Picture of Lisa Thomson, Director of Communications

Lisa is a highly experienced communications, strategy and corporate affairs director, with a diverse background working in both highly regulated private and public sectors.

Lisa has previous Board director experience at a large foundation trust (circa £620m). She has held corporate governance portfolios as well as leadership delivery of an integrated healthcare business. Lisa has expertise in investor and stakeholder relations, crisis strategy and management, as well as national experience working with Lord Darzi on High Quality Care for All leading the engagement and involvement strategy. Passionate about patient experience, Lisa has developed local programmes encompassing collecting and reporting ‘real time’ feedback and sampling thousands of patients every year.  

Lisa is Board-level lead for communications and engagement, improving patient experience, (including PALS, complaints and our Patient First programme), and volunteering.

Debbie Eyitayo, Director of People, Board member (non-voting)

Debbie joined Epsom and St Helier as Director of People in September 2018 from Hertfordshire Community Trust where she was Director of HR and OD.

Debbie began her career as a Human Resources and Organisational Development professional in the early 1990s initially as a civil servant at the Crown Prosecution Service and then for the NHS from 2000. She has held a number of roles within the acute and community sector as well as integrated care organisations. 

Debbie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She lives locally with her family.

Thirza Sawtell, Executive Director of Integrated Care, Board member (non-voting)

Profile coming soon. 

Chair and non-executive directors

All non-executive directors (NEDs) are members of the trust board and are able to vote at our board meetings. They are appointed to the trust by the Appointments Commission. They serve a term of five years each and their periods of appointment are staggered in order to provide consistency to the board's decision making processes.

Non-executive directors represent the interests of the communities they serve and provide both support and challenge on the trust board. Non-executive directors bring to the board their skills and experience gained from across a number of diverse backgrounds.

Laurence Newman Laurence Newman, Chair

Laurence Newman spent 20 years at the London office of international accountants and consultants KPMG, where he established and directed their Leisure and Tourism Consulting Group. He was a KPMG partner for 13 years. 
Since leaving KPMG, Laurence has been appointed to a number of charity Trustee and commercial non-executive positions. Laurence was a Trustee of Comic Relief between 1997 and 2010, and remains a member of their Investment Committee.

He is a Trustee of Creativity, Culture and Education where he chairs the Resources and Audit Committee. He is also a Trustee of Commonweal, a housing charity.

He is the Chair of the Museum and Attractions Partnership and is a member of the Council of the new Canal and River Trust, the charitable successor to British Waterways.

Finally, Laurence is a Non-Executive Director and Acting Chairman of Grove End Housing Ltd, a property company.

Patricia Baskerville Patricia Baskerville, Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair

After an earlier career in the City, Patricia was a senior civil servant for over 20 years, holding a number of senior positions in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.

Most recently she was responsible within the National Offender Management Service for a range of operational policies in relation to prisons and prisoners, including prisoner safety. She retired from the Civil Service in March 2013.

Patricia has lived in South West London since 1980 and was a magistrate for 25 years in Kingston until the court closed in June 2011, including a term as Chair of the Youth Panel.

Patricia is an Oxford graduate and has an MBA from Kingston University. She is married to a consultant vascular surgeon and lives in Kingston. 


Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop, Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth Bishop is the Director of Finance and Resources at the Cystic Fybrosis Trust.

Prior to taking up her role there, Mrs Bishop, who lives in Oxshott, Surrey, held similar positions at independent think tank The Nuffield Trust, homeless charity Shelter and community charity Tonybee Hall which strive to end poverty in London's East End.


Richard Noble Richard Noble, Non-Executive Director

Richard Noble is Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Nomura International and Head of Natural Resources, Power and Utilities for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is a senior investment banker with more than 20 years’ experience of advising a broad range of UK and international corporate and government clients on strategic mergers, acquisitions and divestments, finance raisings, restructuring and privatisation work.

Richard began his career at Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He lives in Leatherhead.

He brings extensive skills and experience across a broad range of strategic and financial disciplines, and as a local resident takes an active interest in our health service.

Aruna Mehta, Non-Executive Director Aruna Mehta, Associate Non-Executive Director

Aruna Mehta had over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector, specifically in the areas of operational risk and controls management. She was Managing Director and Global Head Of Operational Controls at JP Morgan.

Since leaving JP Morgan, Aruna has been involved in education and social housing. She is currently Chair of Welfare Committee at Trinity School Croydon, Chair of Risk and Audit committee at The Kemnal Academy Trust, and member of Audit, Treasury and Project Approval committees at Affinity Sutton Housing Association.

She has lived in south west London since 1989, her husband is a consultant in medicine, and she has two daughters.

Martin Kirke, Non-Executive Director Martin Kirke, Associate Non-Executive Director

Martin Kirke is Group HR Director at the Post Office. The Post Office, serving customers in the mails, financial services, government services and telecoms markets, has a network of over 11,600 branches. Following successful delivery of the transformation Post Office is now profitable after 17 years of losses.

Martin Kirke has previously held HR director and change director roles at Ericsson, Serco and BP including international roles based in Sweden and the USA. At BP, he was HR Global Operations Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. He also spent five years outside HR as a business director with full profit and loss (P&L) responsibility.

He has worked as a consultant on change programmes including the Cabinet Office/No10 and the NHS as well as working on the London 2012 Olympics with TfL.

Martin is an experienced career coach working particularly with executives and young people in the early stages of their career.

He is a Fellow of the RSA and CIPD and has a first degree in Behavioural Science and a Masters degree in HR Management  from Cardiff University.

Dr Chris Elliot, Associate Non-Executive Director

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