Board Members

Below you will find a list of all of our executive and non-executive board members.


Non-Executive Directors

Executive Directors

Please note the following are co-opted / non-voting members of the Trust board: Kate Anderson, Jim Lusby, Sarah Higgins, Rachael Backler.


Val Davison 2019 Val Davison  was appointed as a non-executive director in October 2014 and became Chair in June 2017. 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.


Ben Travis_3614Ben Travis was appointed chief executive with effect from April 2018. He was formerly chief executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Under his leadership, Oxleas achieved an impressive CQC rating of good or outstanding across every single service domain while remaining in financial balance.

Prior to his role as chief executive, he was acting chief executive officer at Oxleas and before that he was director of finance for four years. he has held previous senior positions within both the NHS and the business services sector.

In August 2019, Ben recorded this message to staff, reflecting on the last 12 months and looking at developments and initiatives planned for 2019/20.


Dr Elizabeth Aitken 2019 Dr Elizabeth 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, 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, Elizabeth has worked with the National Institute for Innovation and Improvement as clinical lead on service improvement for hip fracture care.


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Angela Helleur was appointed as chief nurse of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust with effect from April 2018.

Angela was previously Improvement Director at NHS Improvement, and spent some time at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust on secondment, delivering the Trust’s quality and safety plan.

Angela undertook her clinical training in London and worked as a nurse and midwife in large teaching hospitals before becoming Director of Midwifery and then a General Manager at St George’s Healthcare. She led on a range of improvement projects before returning to roles in clinical leadership. More recently, Angela was London Midwifery Officer for the Local Supervising Authority and held senior positions at NHS London, NHS England and NHSI. 




Photo of Rachel BacklerRachael Backler joined Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in December 2019 as Director of Performance. 

Rachael has held a number of senior positions in healthcare transformation, finance and strategy. Most recently, she was a Deputy Director in the Primary Care and System Transformation Group at NHS England, where she played a key role in the development of Integrated Care Systems.  Rachael is a chartered accountant and has many years of consultancy experience, helping NHS organisations with financial, operational and strategic improvements.   

In her current role, Rachael will be focusing on performance standards and improvements plans, working closely with the divisional teams and our Chief Operating Officer.


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Meera Nair is Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust's Chief People Officer. She came to us from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Director of Workforce and Quality Improvement. Before this, she held senior roles at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, University College London NHS Foundation Trust and Basildon and Thurrock NHS Foundation Trust. Meera has over 15 years’ NHS experience, and previously worked in the private sector as Head of Human Resources for various organisations in India and the US.

You can see an interview with Meera from August 2018 on our YouTube channel.


Spencer ProsserSpencer Prosser joins the Trust in August 2019 as an experienced Chief Finance Officer who has operated at Board level for 17 years with extensive understanding of governance and legal compliance.   Spencer has previously acted as the finance lead for large STP, and is comfortable with system working and balance between pursuing organisational and system goals.

Spencer brings a wealth of experience to the role having been a CFO at a number of high profile providers (including Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust), and has most recently worked as the Regional Finance Director at NHSI for the South region.

You can see an interview with Spencer from August 2019 on our YouTube channel.




Kate Anderson 2019Kate Anderson joined the Trust’s finance team in June 2015, Kate spent 14 years working as a qualified accountant in KPMG’s Public Sector Audit team working with NHS organisations in both audit and advisory capacity.  Kate is skilled in financial and governance matters and is pleased to bringing this expertise to the Trust as its Director of Corporate Affairs.

In her current role Kate will drive forward the Trust’s arrangements for ensuring effective corporate governance, and will also take on responsibility for the Trust’s communication and emergency planning teams.


Jim Lusby

Jim Lusby joined the Trust in November 2018 from Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust where he was Deputy Chief Executive for three years. 

Jim has extensive experience working across provider organisations as well as regionally and nationally.  He provides executive leadership to the Trust’s strategy and planning functions, coordinating the development of the Trust’s clinical and Trust wide strategies.  He also takes the executive lead on the digital agenda.



Julia Mundy pic Sep 2019 Julia Mundy (Senior Independent Director)

Julia was appointed as a non-executive director in June 2016 and as SID in 2019. She leads the research group at the Centre for Governance, Risk & Accountability at the Business School, University of Greenwich, where her research interests include organisational efficiency and effectiveness, risk, corporate governance, and accountability. She has worked at the University since obtaining her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2003. 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: Independent Member, Audit & Risk Assurance Committee, UK Statistics Authority; Member, Financial Services Consumer Panel.


  Sukhvinder Kaur Stubbs December 2019 Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs (Vice Chair). Sukhvinder 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.


Binka Layton Binka Layton is a qualified accountant, having spent over 10 years in the private sector. She is skilled in financial and commercial matters and is pleased to bringing this expertise to the Trust.

Her main interests are in technical accounting and tax issues, having worked as an auditor in various roles. Binka also spent the last 8 years working as a Lay Member in the Chartered Institute of Taxation, looking at public complaints against members of the Institute.



Harry Bright Harry Bright was appointed as a non-executive director in January 2018.  He is Head of Global Debt Financing UK at Santander Global Corporate Banking in London.

Harry has nearly forty years banking experience starting his career at Nat West and in recent years has held a number of senior executive positions at Santander including responsibility for its European Corporate and Investment banking business during an eighteen month posting to Madrid. 

He has been involved in the financing of critical UK infrastructure since 1994. Harry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial Services from London Guildhall University. 


Katherine Yeung Katherine Yeung was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2018. Katherine is Group Head of Risk & Assurance at WorldRemit.

Prior to WorldRemit, Katherine was BT Consumer Chief Risk Adviser at BT Plc, responsible for overseeing enterprise risk management across the BT consumer brands. She had led risk management of major transformation programmes including the acquisition of EE. She has previously held roles in a number of private and public sector organisations internationally. 

Katherine holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School and a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Warwick.  


Sarah Higgins February 2019 Sarah Higgins is associate non-executive director for patient experience. Sarah joined the Lewisham and Greenwich Trust board in April 2018 having served as a volunteer on the Patient Welfare Forum since 2016, a grass roots team dedicated to supporting patients and staff at Lewisham Hospital.    
Outside of her work for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Sarah runs media relations for the European exchange traded fund business of State Street Global Advisors, an international asset manager.  Prior to joining SSGA, Sarah spent twelve years at Russell Investments, where she held a variety of roles spanning public relations, marketing and communications. Sarah has an MA in modern European languages (French and German) from the University of Cambridge.


Ian Norman Ian Norman is Professor of Mental Health & the Executive Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London and an Assistant Principal at King’s with responsibility for supporting academic performance. Ian Norman was appointed as a non-executive director in June 2019. Ian holds degrees from the universities of Edinburgh, Keele and London. He is a qualified mental health nurse, general nurse and learning disability nurse and social worker. He is also an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, with recent clinical experience of working within an NHS outpatient service for people suffering from complex mental health difficulties.

Ian’s research programme is concerned primarily with the study of education and training initiatives for improving the delivery of health and social care. He has been a member of several research grant funding bodies in the Europe and the UK and his research programme has led to over 100 conference papers, over 250 publications in academic and clinical journals, and several books.  Ian is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Ian was awarded a Fellowship of the UK Royal College of Nursing in 2009, an International Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012 and a Fellowship of King’s College London in 2015.

Steve James NED Steve James was appointed as a NED in June 2020. A qualified social worker, he worked for Lewisham and Southwark local authorities before becoming Chief Executive of the Avenues Group, a leading provider of social care from which he has recently retired.

Steve is currently a NED at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. His particular interest is encouraging improved joint working between the Health and Social Care systems.