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.

Non-executive directors:

Executive directors:


  • Maria O'Brien, Board Director of Community Services and Lead Nurse

Non-executive directors

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

Professor Dorothy Griffiths, Non-Executive Director

Professor Dorothy Griffiths, Chair

Appointed 2013

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

Mike Cooke, Non- Executive Director

Mike Cooke

Mike Cooke

Appointed 2019

Background and experience: Mike joined CNWL in 2019 after retiring as Chief Executive of Camden Council, where he had been for seven years. He has extensive experience of partnership working across London, where he led on children’s services and chaired the London Safeguarding Children Board. He has a special interest in health and care integration and was the local authority lead for the north London sustainability and transformation partnership. He is also chair of the national eating disorders charity, BEAT. Before becoming Chief Executive of Camden, Mike was Director of Housing and Adult Social Care in Camden. Mike is an HR professional by background and was an HR Director for eight years in the financial services sector.

Paul Streets, OBE

Paul Streets, OBE

Paul Streets, OBE

Appointed 2019

Background and experience: Paul is Chief Executive of the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation, an independent charity funded by Lloyds Bank, after a career in the voluntary and public sector and work in International development (Sight Savers), Human Rights (Amnesty International), professional and service regulation and health and social care. He was Chief Executive of Diabetes UK; the Health Development Agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Immediately prior to the Foundation he worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health heading up Public and Patient Engagement and Experience. In 2003 he was appointed an OBE for services to people with diabetes. Paul has three children and lives in East Sussex, but hails from North Yorkshire.

David Roberts, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director 


David Roberts, Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2015

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.

Michael Nutt, Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2017

Michael Nutt, Non-Executive Director

Michael Nutt, Non-Executive Director

Background and experience:  Michael has experience in Finance with his previous roles including working for European Investment Bank and as a Non-Executive Director for a tourism business in Canada. Michael is an osteopath with a personal interest in mental health and community issues. He has strong accountancy and communication skills and is intellectually able to manage complexity and contribute across a wide spectrum of interests.

Tom Kibasi, Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair

Appointed 2016 (Joins the Board in June 2016)

Tom Kibesi, Non Executive Director

Tom Kibasi, Non Executive Director

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.

Reva Gudi, Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2018

Background and experience: Reva has been working as a GP in Hillingdon for over 20 years and is currently Senior Partner at the Pine Medical Centre, Hayes.

Reva Gudi, non-executive director

Reva Gudi, non-executive director

She is also the Chairperson and Director of First Care Group Practice, a collaborative entity consisting of five GP practices with a shared goal towards standardising and improving healthcare in the locality.

Prior to joining CNWL, she has been a Commissioner for Hillingdon from 2011 to 2016 , and Vice Chairperson of Hillingdon CCG from 2014 to 2016. In the former role she also chaired the Quality, Safety and Clinical Risk Committee in Hillingdon. Reva is passionate about the delivery of high quality health care , and recognises the importance of working in collaboration with partner organisations in order to implement safe, lean and efficient processes thereby improving the overall patient experience. She has led on a number of projects including those involving clinical redesign of services in Hillingdon, and North West London.

Reva holds an MBA degree from the University of Warwick, and a certificate qualification in Social Sciences from the Open University.

Ian Mansfield, Non-Executive Director

Appointed October 2018

Background and experience: Ian Mansfield has over 35 years of commercial, strategic, operational, supply chain and governance experience across the private and third sectors.

Prior to joining CNWL, Ian held many roles with Baker Hughes, an oil services company, including Operations Director, Materials Director and Commercial Director, during which he was responsible for business transformation projects and technology governance.

Ian Mansfield. Non-Executive Director

Ian Mansfield. Non-Executive Director

He is currently Chair of Richmond CVS, who provide infrastructure support for all charity, community and voluntary activity in Richmond upon Thames, improving local health and wellbeing, and providing leadership on health related initiatives such as Community Independent Living Services and Social Prescribing.

Executive directors

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 (CBE)

Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive

Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive (CBE)

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

Robyn Doran, Director of Operations and Partnerships

Robyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer

Appointed 2008

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


Hannah Witty, Chief Finance Officer

Starting February 2020

Hannah Witty, Chief Finance Officer

Background and experience: Hannah has worked in the private sector and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office.

She has a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.

She is also a non executive at The Spiral Academy Trust (a Multi Academy Trust.)

Dr Cornelius Kelly, Medical Director

Appointed 2015

Dr Con Kelly, Joint Medical Director

Dr Con Kelly, Chief Medical Officer

Background and experience:

Con got his medical qualification in Ireland 30 years ago before moving to train in Psychiatry in London.  He spent eight years as a psychiatrist for Older Adults in City and Hackney, where he also had a number of other roles including Clinical Director for older adult services, Medical Director and Chair of Medical Staff Committee.  For a number of years Con had a close association with the Alzheimer’s Society primarily enabling carers. Since joining CNWL in 2001 he has been Clinical Director for Older Adults and Acute Services, Divisional Medical Director and three years ago became Chief Medical Officer for the Trust.

Con’s qualifications:  MB BCh, BAO, MPhil, FRCPsych


Maria O'Brien, Board Director of Community Services and Lead Nurse

Appointed 2017

Background and experience: Maria trained as a Registered Nurse at Guys Hospital in the 1980's with a specialist focus in Cardiac Nursing and Intensive Care. Maria has held numerous operational and

Maria O'Brien, Board Director of Community Services

Maria O'Brien, Board Director of Community Services

senior management posts, becoming the Director of North West London Cardiac and Stroke Network in 2004. In 2008 she joined the Board of Hillingdon PCT as the Executive Director of Nursing. Maria joined CNWL in 2011, taking responsibility for community services in Camden in 2012. Since February 2014, Maria has been Divisional Director of Operations for Goodall.

Qualifications: Registered Nurse