Board of directors
The board of directors is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the Trust.
It is made up of non-executive directors and executive directors and is chaired by Professor Dorothy Griffiths. Board meetings are held every two months and are open to the public.
- Professor Dorothy Griffiths, Chair
- Helen Edwards, Senior Independent Director
- David Walker, Deputy Chair
- Laks Khangura
- Amanda Rowlatt
- David Roberts
- Ian Peters
- Tom Kibasi
- Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive
- Robyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer
- Andy Mattin, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality
- John Vaughan, Executive Director of Strategy and Performance
- Hardev Virdee, Chief Finance Officer
- Dr Cornelius Kelly, Medical Director
- Jane McVey, Director of People and Organisational Development
The non-executive directors are not employees of the Trust and are not involved in the day-to-day running of CNWL. They provide valuable external insight to scrutinise and challenge the Trust's processes. Non-executive directors hold other senior positions outside of the Trust and bring knowledge, experience and expertise from other fields, such as accounting, management and organisations outside of the NHS.
Their responsibilities also include measuring performance against goals, evaluating risk, appointing the senior management, and contributing to the development of the Trust’s strategic plans.
Professor Dorothy Griffiths, Chair
Background and experience: Professor Griffiths has been a non-executive director of CNWL since 2000. She has degrees in sociology from London and Bath Universities. Prior to joining CNWL she was Dean of the Imperial College Business School and Professor of Human Resource Management. She has consulted widely in the areas of human resource management for many major organisations and has a long been interested in the position of women in management, science and technology. She helped establish and is now Chair of the Feminist Review Trust which funds projects to support the empowerment of women across the globe. As part of her commitment to public service she is chair of the governing body of a primary school and is on the governing body of a secondary school close to where she lives. In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for services to higher education
Qualifications: BSc, MSc
Helen Edwards, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director
Background and experience: Helen is a member of the Ministry of Justice Corporate Management Board. Her previous experience includes Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Board, Director General of the Home Office Communities Group and Director of the Active Communities Directorate in the Home Office. Before joining the Civil Service, Helen worked at NACRO, the national crime reduction charity, for 18 years, where she spent the last five years as Chief Executive. She originally trained as a social worker for East Sussex County Council and has also worked for Save the Children.
Qualifications: Masters, CBE
David Walker, Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair
Background and experience: David Walker is a communications professional with experience in journalism, research, public affairs and marketing. He is currently chair of Understanding Society (the UK household longitudinal study) and contributing editor of the Guardian's Public Leaders Network. Until 2010 he was Managing Director, Communications and Public Reporting at the Audit Commission.
Laks Khangura, Non-Executive Director
Laks Khangura has extensive commercial experience across healthcare, telecoms, consultancy and aviation. He has a mix of public and private sector experience and is currently Commercial Director for Radiology Reporting Online. Previous roles include Finance Director of Community Dental Service, Strategy and Commercial Director of DMC Healthcare, Non-Executive Director of NHS Hillingdon Primary Care Trust, Chair of Hillingdon Community Health Services Provider Board, Non Co opted Governor Thames Valley University, Divisional Finance Controller for Speedwing International (British Airways) and Group Finance Director of the Affini Group. He originally trained as an accountant with Southern Electric PLC.
Amanda Rowlatt, Non-Executive Director
Background and experience: Amanda brings knowledge and expertise from many fields. She is currently Chief Analyst and Strategy Director at the Department for Transport, having previously been Chief Analyst at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). She has been Director for Families and Child Poverty at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Chief Economist at DWP, the Competition Commission (CC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and a policy director at the Department for International Development (DFID).
David Roberts, Non-Executive Director
Background and experience: David Roberts has over 35 years experience in strategic and financial roles in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining CNWL, David was head of the Remedies, Business and Financial Analysis division in the Competition Commission and its successor body the Competition & Markets Authority. In these roles he advised on a wide variety of investigations including several in the healthcare sector. David also worked for Sainsbury's for 19 years where his roles included Group Treasurer and Director of Corporate Finance. He has been active in the voluntary sector as a council member of Livability and the Shaftesbury Society. David originally trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.
Ian Peters, Non-Executive Director
Background and experience: Ian Peters is currently Director of Customer Facing Strategy at Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas, covering its activities in North America, UK and Ireland. He will be retiring from there at the end of 2015. Ian joined Centrica in 2002 as Managing Director of Goldfish Bank, where he led the financial turnaround of the business, and its eventual sale. Other roles at Centrica included Managing Director of British Gas Business in 2005/6 before moving to Residential Energy as Chief Operating Officer in 2007 and Managing Director of British Gas from 2010 to 2014. Ian has been Chairman of British Gas Services Limited since 2009. Prior to Centrica, Ian was at Marsh, the world's leading insurance brokers and held various marketing, operational MD strategy roles in 18 years at NatWest Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Ian holds an MA in Social Anthropology from Cambridge, an MBA from Warwick Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has been a Trustee and Treasurer of Carers UK since 2003, and now chairs Employers for Carers. He also chairs Family Mosaic, one of London’s largest Housing Associations, and is a member of Business in the Community's Skills leadership group.
Tom Kibasi, Non-Executive Director
Appointed 2016 (Joins the Board in June 2016)
Background and experience: Tom is the newly-appointed Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a leading progressive thinktank with a strong programme of policy development in health. Prior to joining IPPR, Tom spent more than a decade at McKinsey and Company where he held leadership roles in the healthcare practice in both London and New York. He is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London, where he has collaborated with Lord Darzi for many years, including on the landmark report High Quality Care for All and Better Health for London, the report of the London Health Commission.
Tom is passionate about improving health services, and has worked on integrated care programmes across north-west London with both providers and commissioners.
The executive directors are full-time employees of the Trust and are the most senior managers responsible for its day-to-day running. They decide the future strategy and direction of the Trust, are accountable to independent regulators, and are responsible for ensuring clinical and corporate effectiveness.
Every NHS trust board must include a medical doctor and a nurse at executive level. Each executive director has their own area of responsibility.
Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive
Appointed January 2007
Background and experience: Over 20 years NHS experience holding various clinical and managerial posts in inner London mental health services. Claire has played a key role in planning new models of service and contracting. She has broad experience in partnership and professional development work.
Qualifications: Registered mental health nurse, honours degree in social policy
Robyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer
Background and experience: In November 2013 Robyn was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer, following five years as Director of Operations and Partnerships. Robyn qualified as a psychiatric nurse in New Zealand in 1983. She has held a number of positions in management of various mental health, addiction and learning disabilities services in New Zealand, Australia and England. Robyn started working for CNWL in 1988, and has worked in most directorates across the Trust. In 2005 she completed her MSc in Change Agent Skills at Surrey University.
Qualifications: Psychiatric nurse, MSc in Change Agent Skills
Andy Mattin, Executive Director of Nursing & Quality
Background and experience: Andy has worked in the NHS since 1983, holding various nursing and management posts in London and the East of England. He has a wide range of experience in health and social care organisations. Andy has held roles in the commissioning, providing and performance management of services. He has a particular interest in service user and carer experience.
Qualifications: Registered Nurse - Mental Health, Registered Nurse - Adult, BA (Hons) Healthcare Management
John Vaughan, Executive Director of Strategy and Performance
Background and experience: Nurse management, management posts in voluntary sector mental health organisations, general management in NHS including commissioning, Head of Mental Health at North West London Strategic Health Authority.
Qualifications: Registered general nurse, registered mental health nurse, MA in leadership
Hardev Virdee, Chief Finance Officer
Background and experience: Hardev began his NHS career as part of the National Graduate Training Scheme. Hardev joins CNWL having been the Chief Financial Officer for Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group. Hardev will plan the Trust’s finances over a long period to ensure the Trust has enough money to deliver high quality services.
Dr Cornelius Kelly, Joint Medical Director
Background and experience: Con qualified in Ireland 30 years ago before moving to train in psychiatry in London. Since joining CNWL in 2001 he has been Clinical Director for Older Adults and Acute Services, Divisional Medical Director and recently has taken up the post of Joint medical Director for the Trust.
Jane McVey, Director of People and Organisational Development
Background and experience: Jane headed up the HR team for Milton Keynes Community Health Services, which transferred into CNWL in 2013. She was appointed as Director of People and Organisational Development in November 2015. She is responsible for the management and development of the Trust’s workforce. This includes recruiting the very best staff, and then developing their skills. She ensures policies are in place to support managers in getting the very best from their teams.