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_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.



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.


Jo Peck Jo Peck has been the Deputy Chief Nurse and Site Director of Nursing for University Hospital Lewisham and Lewisham Community since November 2018. She did a Batchelor of Nursing degree at Liverpool University and post-qualifying worked within the acute medical unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital In Oxford.  She joined University Hospital Lewisham in December 2001 as the Unit Manager for the new Medical Admissions Unit.




Photo of Rachel Backler Rachael 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.



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.


Spencer Prosser Spencer 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.



Kate Anderson 2019 Kate 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. 

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 and partnerships.  He also takes the executive lead on the digital and estates agendas and on plans for site redevelopment.


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.


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. 


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.



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.




Edleen John Edleen John joined the Board as a non-executive director in March 2021. She is the International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director at The Football Association. She grew up in Lewisham and is a multi-award-winning diversity, inclusion, belonging and culture speaker, expert and consultant.

Besides her day job, Edleen is a school governor at a community special school for young people with severe and profound disabilities (Greenvale School), a Director of The Tech Talent Charter, an International Trustee for the Restless Development Charity and sits on the DIAL Global Advisory Board and the McKenzie-Delis Packer Review Committee. 

Aside from successful career milestones such as being the youngest person to be promoted to Vice President within HR EMEA at Morgan Stanley or being the youngest and only Black Director in the People function in the time she was at KPMG, Edleen has a number of accolades to her name including being a ‘We Are The City’ Rising Star in HR and Recruitment ; a Yahoo! Finance EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leader; a Top Ten BAME Inspirational Leader and a shortlisted National Diversity Award winner for a Positive Age Role model.


Allan Young Professor Allan Young MB, ChB, MPhil, PhD, FRCP (Edin), FRCPC joined the Trust Board as a non-executive director in March 2021. He is Chair of Mood Disorders and Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, where he is also Head of School and Vice-Dean for Academic Psychiatry.

Professor Young is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Cluster and Theme Lead in the Translational Therapeutics Cluster. He is the clinical academic lead in the Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care Clinical Academic Group in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, where he is also Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of the Affective Disorders Service.

Professor Young’s research interests focus on the cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders. He has received research grants from several funding agencies and has over 500 peer-reviewed publications, including several books about psychopharmacology and affective disorders.