Executive Recruitment

Our Board


Professor Stephen K Smith, Chair

Professor Stephen K Smith is a clinician scientist having held senior positions in Academic Medicine and the NHS at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London and most recently the University of Melbourne. He currently serves on various health and health technology Boards including those of Netscientific Plc. and is a Trustee of Pancreatic Cancer UK and Cochrane Innovations.

Prof Smith led the formation of the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and was its first CEO. A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. He was awarded his Doctor of Science in 2001 for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue.

He has served on the Boards of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the National Healthcare Group, Singapore and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He was founder/director of GNI Group Plc that achieved IPO on the TSE in 2007.

Susan Acott, Chief Executive

Susan was previously CEO at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust for 8 years.  Susan started her career from the NHS's General Management Training Scheme, having graduated from Birmingham University. She has long standing experience in the NHS and has worked in a variety of posts in Manchester, Merseyside, York and London. Her Board level experience includes Operational, Strategic, Performance and Transformation portfolios. 

Dr Rebecca Martin, Chief Medical Officer

Rebecca graduated from the University of Nottingham and completed her specialist training at the Nottingham and East Midlands School of Anaesthesia.

Rebecca was Consultant in Burns Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Mid Essex Hospitals, Chelmsford in 2003.

She was the Clinical Lead for Burns ITU and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Burn Association, the National Organiser and Course Director for the ‘Emergency Management of Severe Burns’ course and a member of the Clinical Reference Group for Burns.

Siobhan Jordan, Interim Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience and Quality

Siobhan Jordan joined the Trust in December 2020 as Interim Chief Nurse and Director of Quality and Safety and has more than 25 years’ experience in nursing leadership.

Siobhan has held the position of Director of Nursing, Quality & Midwifery (Chief Nurse) in three Acute Trusts and a large Integrated Care Trust. She has experience in Primary Care, Mental Healthcare, Commissioning, The Independent Sector and The Ambulance Service as well as being the first Head of Hospital Inspection (London), with the Care Quality Commission.

Liz Shutler, Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Strategic Development and Capital Planning

Previous Board level positions as a commissioner of acute, community, primary care and mental health services

BSc (Hons) Economics (Management Studies and Social Policy) University of Wales College Cardiff

HND Public Administration - Southampton Institute of Higher Education

Barry Wilding, Senior Independent Director

A qualified accountant and banker he has extensive senior management experience, largely in the insurance and healthcare sector. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of West Kent PCT, Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director of Kent Community Health NHS Trust, and a member of the Council of People Living with Diabetes for The Charity Diabetes UK.

Philip Cave Director of Finance and Performance

Most recently Executive Director of Finance/ Deputy Chief Executive at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership and before that Executive Director of Finance at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Philip has over 19 years of experience in the NHS having worked the majority of his career in the Acute Setting, most recently and Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust.

Andrea Ashman, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Andrea joined the Trust on 10 July 2017 as the Deputy Director of Human Resources and was appointed as the Trust's permanent Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development on 1 September 2019.

Rebecca Carlton, Acting Chief Operating Officer

Biography to follow

Dr Sara Mumford, Interim Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Awaiting biog

Non-Executive Directors

Sunny Adeusi

Sunny specialises in driving sustainable cost competitiveness across end-to-end value chains, generation of new profitable revenue streams, and embedding continuous improvement culture in healthcare and life sciences sectors. He served as lead director for hospital and healthcare provider transformation in the healthcare practice of a Big4 professional services firm. In early career, he spent over 20 years in supply chain, operations and commercial roles with increasing responsibilities at global life sciences and fast moving consumer goods (fmcg) corporations.

Sunny holds a Master of Science (MS) degree from MIT, Boston, USA (Sloan Fellow) and MBA from Imperial College London (Lord Sainsbury Fellow in Life Sciences).

Nigel Mansley

Nigel is an Accountant by profession. He has been a self-employed management consultant, specialising in corporate finance and change management. His experience as a management consultant is enhanced by his senior board-level executive experience gained with major UK businesses such as BUPA and Road Chef PLC where he was Head of Finance and Group Finance Director respectively.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He also brings experience from performance improvement consultancy work within NHS England over a number of years.  He was a Non-Executive Director of the South Eastern HSC Trust from 1 April 2007 until 31 December 2016. Prior to that, he was a Non-Executive Director of the Sperrin Lakeland HSC Trust.

Chris Corrigan

Biography to follow

Jane Ollis

Jane offers 25 years of diverse business experience from interning at NASA to sitting on and advising boards of global companies, charities and government bodies. She is a medical biochemist and environmental scientist by training with a particular interest in how science and technology can shape tomorrow’s world. She is also an alumni of Sydney's prestigious social leadership programme, a former Non-Executive Director of the Wentworth Area Health Service (Sydney) and a business fellow of Oxford University.

Last year she joined Quvium UK, a med-tech start up that has developed a personalised early warning system for people with a respiratory disease. She also took up the role of Kent Chairman of the Institute of Directors and brings connections, inspiration, know-how and first-hand experience of what is takes to be successful in business.

Professor Chris Holland

Professor Chris Holland has had an extensive career in medicine and medical education, working with the national education bodies, the General Medical Council (GMC) and Local Enterprise Partnerships. He was awarded his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997 and went on to gain a Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the University of Warwick. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at King’s College London, his thesis is on Leadership in Education. He has previously researched student motivation after failure, simulation training, inter-professional education and the experiences of medical students from backgrounds less well represented in medicine during their time at university. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care, and the Academy of Medical Educators. He was an elected member of the National Council of the Academy of Medical Educators until 2018 and led the Academy’s Faculty Development and Equality and Diversity Groups.

Sarah Dunnet

Biography to follow

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