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, Keith Howard, Sarah Higgins.


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.



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, 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.


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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. 


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Meera Nair is currently Director of Workforce and Quality Improvement at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, where she has worked since January 2018. 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. She 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 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.



Keith HowardKeith Howard joined Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust as director of estates and facilities in 2008. 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.

Keith is providing executive leadership to the development of the Trust’s our plans for extensive site redevelopment across the Trust’s sites.


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 as the Director of Integrated Care Development at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust/SE London STP, having worked previously as the Deputy Chief Executive at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, and prior to that as a portfolio manager at the Trust Development Agency.  

Jim has extensive working across South East London systems and will provide executive leadership to the Trust’s strategy and planning functions, co-ordinating the development of the Trust’s clinical and trust wide strategies.



John Ballard John Ballard 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.


Profile image of Julia Mundy Julia Mundy 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 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 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 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.