Board Members

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

You can find also view or download a poster of the Trust Board, September 2018 - pdf 280KB


Non-Executive Directors

Executive Directors

Please note the following are co-opted / non-voting members of the Trust board: Kate Anderson, Keith Howard, Lynn Saunders, Nigel Kee, Sarah Higgins.

Val Davison

Val Davison 2019 Val 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 - Chief Executive

Ben Travis_3614 Ben 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.





John Ballard

John Ballard 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.



Julia Mundy

Profile image of Julia Mundy 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).

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs 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.


Binka Layton

Binka Layton Binka 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 Harry 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 Katherine was appointed as a non-executive director in April 2018.  Katherine is a risk management professional with expertise in governance, risk management, internal control and transformation change management in large, complex organisations.  As well as being a non-executive director of the Trust, she is Chief Risk Adviser of BT Consumer at BT Plc, overseeing enterprise risk management activities across the BT consumer brands.  She has previously held roles internationally in a number of private and public sector organisations.

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




Sarah Higgins

Sarah Higgins February 2019 Sarah 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.

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Dr Elizabeth Aitken - Medical Director

Dr Elizabeth Aitken 2019 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, Elizabeth has worked with the National Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the Department of Health working group on Falls and Fractures.

Lynn Saunders - Director of Strategy, Business and Communications

Lynn SaundersLynn joined the Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust as Director of Business Development in 2010.  In her role, she leads on strategy, business development and planning, relationship management and marketing.  Lynn was the senior responsible officer for the integration of Lewisham Healthcare and Queen Elizabeth Hospital to form Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust in 2013.

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.


Keith Howard - Director of Redevelopment

Keith HowardKeith joined Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust as director of estates and facilities in 2008. He was appointed director of redevelopment in 2018. Keith had previously supported the development of the Riverside building at University Hospital Lewisham on a consultancy basis. Before joining the Trust, he spent over 20 years in the private sector in contracting and consultancy. He started his career with the  Central Electricity Generating Board working on large electro mechanical systems.





Angela Helleur, Chief Nurse

Angela Helleur 2

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. 



Kate Anderson, Director of Corporate Affairs 

Kate Anderson 2019Kate is a qualified accountant.  Prior to joining the Trust in June 2015, Kate spent 14 years working 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.





Nigel Kee, Director of Service Delivery 

Nigel Kee

Nigel joins us from Whittington Health NHS Trust where he was the Director of Operations for Emergency and Integrated Medicine. He has many years of invaluable NHS experience as a chief operating officer and chief nurse.

Nigel oversees the day-to-day running of our services – working closely with Edmund King our Associate Director of Performance






Seb Nai, Interim Chief Financial Officer 

Seb Nai portrait cropSeb joined the Trust in February 2019 from NHS Improvement where he had been supporting a wide range of providers around the UK to improve their financial positions. He had previously led the regulatory support work for the mergers of two sets of NHS Trusts: Frimley NHS Trust with Heatherwood and Wrexham Park, Peterborough and Hinchbrook.

Prior to joining the NHS Seb had worked with Barclays Capital and Pricewaterhouse Coopers where he trained as a chartered accountant.