Meet our Trust Board


Non-Executive Directors

Executive Directors


Elizabeth Butler - Chair

Elizabeth Butler, Chair portrait Elizabeth graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in mathematics, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant 3 years later. She then moved to Price Waterhouse, where she worked in audit, running, among other clients, the world-wide British Gas audit. After a period in the insolvency department, she established an accountancy practice, specialising in small business start-up.

Elizabeth still practices as an accountant, but since 1994 has had a series of non-executive roles, starting as a NED at Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust, where she became Chair in 2000. She was also chair of NHS Bromley for 5 years before taking up her current role, as Chair of the Trust, in January 2011.

In addition, Liz is also independent Chair of the Audit Committee of the Electoral Commission, is an independent member of the Audit Commission of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and is Chair of the Audit Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Non-Executive Directors

John Bullard - Non-Executive Director

John Bullard, Non-Executive Director portrait John was appointed as a non executive director in October 2013, having been an associate non-executive director since April 2013. John had a wide ranging career in the civil service before taking on a number of non-executive roles in the public and private sectors. Government departments included Transport, Environment, Treasury and Social Security, dealing with subjects as diverse as housing, planning, pensions, the overseas aid programme and regional development. Roles ran from Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Environment to four years as Finance Director for the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Trustee for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity for 11 years including 3 years as Chairman. Non-executive Director Queen Elizabeth NHS Trust and then South London Healthcare assuming role of Acting Chair 2011-12.


Val Davison - Non-Executive Director

Val Davison, Non-Executive Director portrait Val was appointed non-executive director in October 2014. Val is a graduate of the University of London, Brunel University and Henley Management College. She trained as a Registered Nurse at the London Hospital and enjoyed a successful career in cardiothoracic and intensive care nursing working in several London Teaching Hospitals. Moving in to NHS management, Val worked initially for the Department of Health as a performance manager and subsequently was Director of Service Development at the Kent & Sussex Weald NHS Trust and then Director of Operations at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust following merger of the predecessor trusts.

For the last ten years Val has worked independently for a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector including the DH Commercial Directorate, Monitor, Strategic Health Authorities and NHS trusts. Val has extensive experience of policy implementation, clinical services procurement, foundation trust applications, board development and managing service change.


Sukhviner Kaur-Stubbs - Non-Executive Director

Sukhviner Kaur-Stubbs, Non-Executive Director Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in June 2015.

Sukhvinder has extensive experience working with a range of organisations including social action charities as well as board appointments at a range of public and private bodies.

In the last 10 years, Sukhvinder has consolidated her experience across health, housing and social care. She chairs the Audit and Risk Committee at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and is Director at Swan Housing Group, a housing association which manages over 10,000 homes in Essex and East London.

Additionally Sukhvinder is MD of ‘Engage-Building Networks of Trust’ which works in partnership with organisations to re-orientate their governance and operations to prioritise the people they serve.


Julia Mundy - Non-Executive Director

Julia Mundy, Non-Executive Director portrait

Julia was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016. She leads the research group at the Centre for Governance, Risk & Accountability at the Business School, University of Greenwich, where she conducts research into performance measurement and management, risk, corporate governance, remuneration, and accountability. She lectures and supervises students of accounting and finance, and has worked at the University since obtaining her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2003. Her particular interests in higher education include employability, curriculum design, and assessment. Prior to entering higher education, Julia worked in the financial services industry, initially as an equity analyst and then, after completing an MBA in Finance at Cass Business School, with American Express Europe Limited, where she qualified as a Company Secretary.


Other external roles held by Julia include Honorary Secretary of the Management Control Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and committee member of the Research Advisory Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).


Veronika Simons - Non-Executive Director

Veronika Simons, Non-Executive Director portrait Veronika was appointed as Non-Executive Director in May 2010.  She is Chair of the Trust’s Integrated Governance Committee and of the Safeguarding Committee, a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees and of the Francis Inquiry Working Group.

Veronika qualified as a social worker at the London School of Economics and specialised in Child Protection before moving into the management of local authority social services for all client groups. She has served on the Boards of NHS Lewisham, Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust (as interim chair), NHS South East London and the Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich Health Authority.  Over the past ten years she has worked independently, undertaking case reviews, service evaluations and management projects for health and social care agencies. Her qualifications include an MSc. in Social Research and a Diploma in Public Service Management.

Executive Directors

Tim Higginson - Chief Executive

Tim Higginson, Chief Executive portrait Tim joined the West Lambeth Health Authority in 1986 and became a senior member of the management team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ from 1993.  He came to Lewisham in March 2008 from his role as Director of Strategy at Guy’s and took up his substantive appointment as Chief Executive in January 2009. Tim was appointed Chief Executive Designate of the integrated Trust in November 2012 before becoming Chief Executive of the newly formed Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust on 1st October 2013.




Elizabeth Aitken - Medical Director

Elizabeth Aitken, Medical Director portrait Dr Aitken trained at King’s College Hospital University of London and in 1997 was appointed to the post of Consultant Physician in General and Elderly Medicine at University Hospital Lewisham. 

Her clinical interests include orthogeriatrics, falls, osteoporosis and intermediate care including ensuring that older patients have the best care in the right setting.

She has previously held various posts within the Trust, including Clinical Director for Older People, and Director of Service for Acute and Elderly Medicine, and most recently Deputy Medical Director for Quality and Safety.

Outside the Trust, Liz has worked with the National Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the Department of Health working group on Falls and Fractures.

Claire Champion - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality

Claire Champion , Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality portrait

Claire joined the Trust in April 2006 and is the Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality, Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC), and Deputy Chief Executive. This role integrates the professional leadership of all clinical and non-clinical staff (excluding medical staff) and leadership of the corporate nursing, patient experience, quality improvement and clinical governance services of the Trust.  The Directorate of Nursing and Clinical Quality supports clinical divisions to deliver safe, effective, high quality patient care, and that a positive patient experience is maintained and continuously improved, including learning from when things go wrong. 

Claire qualified as a nurse in New Zealand in 1985 and came to the UK in 1987. She has enjoyed a career in cardiac and intensive care nursing and management, working in several tertiary organisations, progressing from a clinical background to director level nursing and general management roles. Claire is focused on delivering a positive patient experience and supporting carers and families to be involved in care, and also in providing a work environment that staff enjoy and feel empowered to deliver excellent patient care within.


John Hennessey - Director of Finance and Information

John Hennessey - Director of Finance and Information John has been an NHS Finance Director for over 16 years, including the last 6 years at Lewisham.

He is a Certified Public Accountant (US) and has an MBA with a specialisation in Management Information Systems.  John worked for 9 years with Deloitte’s in the USA and London offices before joining the NHS in 1993.  John has been a Finance Director for a Community Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and was Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the NHS National Clinical Assessment Authority.  During John’s career, he has also been seconded into the Department of Health and spent time working for a healthcare start-up business in London.

John is a member of the Executive Committee of the London branch of the Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA).


Keith Howard (co-opted) - Director of Estates and Facilities

Keith Howard (co-opted), Director of Estates and Facilities portrait Keith started his career with the Central Electricity Generating Board working on large electro mechanical systems.  After a short spell in operational management in the NHS he spent over 20 years working in the private sector, initially in contracting and then in consulting. He started his own company employing some 30 staff delivering engineering solutions to the process sector, with input to building services including the health sector.

Keith joined the Phase 3 development team at Lewisham in 2004 in a consultancy capacity to act as a technical interface between the Phase 3 (Riverside) construction and the Trust; he continued to support the Trust operationally and was appointed as Director of Estates & Facilities in 2008.

Keith is responsible for delivery of all hard and soft facilities services, utility and energy services, driving sustainability, working to meet the Trust carbon reduction commitment and ensuring all Trust decontamination responsibilities are fully met so ensuring the hospital and community premises operate efficiently and deliver safe compliant services within and around the built environment. For Lewisham hospital this includes directing an estates team along with a significant soft services Contract and the Riverside PFI building; for the Queen Elizabeth hospital, a full PFI site, Keith is responsible for ensuring the Contract requirements are being met efficiently through the PFI supply chain; for the Community premises the Trust occupy to ensure compliant facilities management services are delivered. In addition Keith is responsible for developing the combined estate strategy and delivering capital projects (including the highly successful Urgent Care Centre and integrated Emergency Department scheme at Lewisham), commissioned as part of the estate development control plan across Lewisham, Queen Elizabeth and the Community premises.


Janet Lynch (co-opted) - Director of Workforce & Education

Janet Lynch (co-opted), Director of Workforce & Education portrait Janet took up post as Director of Workforce and Education in July 2013.

Having started her career through an NHS personnel management training scheme, Janet worked in a range of NHS settings and roles before gaining her first HR director post in 2000 at Riverside Community Healthcare NHS Trust, in West London.  Since then she has worked in similar roles at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (2002 – 2007) and at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (2007 – 2010).  Before joining Lewisham Healthcare, she was Director of HR and Communications for Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2010 – 2013).


Lee McPhail - Director of Service Delivery

Lee McPhail - Director of Service Delivery Lee McPhail has joined the Trust as the new Director of Service Delivery. He moves to us from Barts Health NHS Trust, where he was Director of Operations, and brings with him over 15 years management experience in London NHS services.

Lee will be responsible for ensuring the Trust delivers high quality, sustainable patient centred services.






Lynn Saunders (co-opted) - Director of Strategy, Business and Communications

Lynn Saunders (co-opted) - Director of Strategy, Business and Communications Lynn joined the trust as Director of Business Development in 2010.  In her role, she leads on strategy, business development and planning, relationship management and marketing.  Lynn has the lead in the Trust’s Foundation Trust application and has more recently been the Senior Responsible Officer for the integration of Lewisham Healthcare with Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Lynn has worked in south east London for a number of years and was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich where she was a Board member for nine years.  Lynn’s career in health service management has included senior level roles in strategy and service development, business planning, service improvement and information.  Lynn has Diploma in Healthcare Management and a Master’s Degree in Organisational Leadership.

Board Secretary

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Ann Ferreira

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Next Board Meeting

Date: 14th March 2017

Time: 9am

Location: University Hospital Lewisham

Room: Lecture Theatre, Owen Centre