Non-Executive Recruitment

Trust Board

Sir Norman Lamb


A long-standing and active campaigner for mental health, Sir Norman Lamb has worked to challenge stigma around mental health and to ensure people with mental health issues are treated with the same priority as patients with physical health needs.

A former health minister from 2012 to 2015, Sir Norman introduced the first access and waiting time standards in mental health care for the treatment of mental health problems like depression and anxiety, and for patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Prior to this he was also a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In 2019, Sir Norman Lamb received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours for his public and political service, notably his contribution to mental health.

David Bradley

Chief Executive

David joined South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in July 2019. He has extensive NHS operational experience in mental health, acute and community services. David began his career in the NHS in 1980 and has over 20 years’ experience at board level across different NHS trusts in London, Oxford and Surrey including nine years as a Chief Executive Officer. He is a board member of King's Health Partners, a Trustee on Maudsley Charity (the largest mental health charity in the UK) and on the advisory board of Mindful Healthcare.
Before joining the Trust, David was Chief Executive at South West London and St Georges NHS Trust. Through several award-winning change programmes, he transformed the organisation, improving the quality of services and care provided to patients. He led one of London’s most significant successful mental health development schemes with a new £180m state of the art hospital and overall £1bn redevelopment of the existing site.
David is one of the founders of the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, a unique partnership of three London NHS trusts that, after being established in 2017, has transformed outcomes for people with specialist, often complex mental health problems. This was one of the first effective provider collaboratives to be set up in the NHS and redesigned services that have resulted in over £9m of savings reinvested in new services. The model regarded is widely regarded as a national blueprint for partnership working at a system level.
David completed his MBA at Henley Business School in 2001 and was selected to be on the NHS Top Leaders programme in 2011. He is passionate about tackling deep-rooted health inequalities and providing the best care for the people who use mental health services.

James Lowell

Chief Operating Officer

James Lowell joined us as Chief Operating Officer in January 2021. James has worked in a range of director-level roles within the NHS and has over 24 years’ experience of working in health, most recently leading the co-ordination of the Kent and Medway system recovery from Wave 1 of the Covid-19 pandemic.

His previous roles include Director of System Transformation for the Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership and Director of Planning and Partnerships at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. He has also managed clinical and patient support services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Béatrice Butsana-Sita

Non-executive director

Béatrice Butsana-Sita brings a wealth of experience in commercial strategy and leadership from a series of high-profile senior roles. She was Managing Director at Capita IT and Networks until late 2018. She is currently CEO of Greenhouse Sports, is a London-based charity that uses sport to engage young people and improve their life chances.

She began her career at KPMG in Belgium, then moved to New York to pursue her career in consultancy. Her roles have also included running her own software business and working as a managing director at British Telecom (BT).

Béatrice has previous experience as a non-executive director in the NHS, at Newham Primary Care Trust in London. She represented BT at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2014 and appeared on the list of the 100 women to watch published by Cranfield University.

Helen Edwards

Non-executive director

Helen Edwards is Chair at Recovery Focus, a national partnership of charities operating nationwide to provide mental health and substance misuse, and is also a board member and trustee of Peabody Housing Trust and Social Finance. Helen was a non-executive director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation.

From 2013 to 2016 Helen held the position of Deputy Permanent Secretary/Director General of Local Government and Public Services and was previously Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and the CEO of National Offender Manager Management Services at the Home Office.

Helen was also Chief Executive at NACRO, the national crime reduction agency where she received a CBE for her services to offenders, and was awarded the honour of Companion of the Order of the Bath for her contribution in the field of justice and offender management in 2012.

Professor Ian Everall

Non-executive director

Professor Ian Everall was appointed Executive Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) in September 2017. He has been the forefront of research into cellular, molecular and genetic changes in the brain in major psychiatric disorders for more than 20 years.

Professor Everall trained in psychiatry at the Bethlem and Maudsley hospitals. Previously Cato Chair of Psychiatry and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, he obtained his MBChB at Leicester University School of Medicine.

In 1989 he obtained membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a MRC clinical research training fellowship, followed in 1992 by an advanced MRC clinician scientist fellowship in the Department of Neuropathology, Institute of Psychiatry.

Professor Everall gained his PhD in 1992 and in 1993 was appointed as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. He was appointed Professor of Experimental Neuropathology at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1999 and in 2004 became Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Mary Foulkes

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Mary Foulkes OBE is Director of Human Resources (HR) and Organisational Development (OD), a role shared between South West London and St George's and South London and Maudsley.

Mary is a highly experienced HR Director who has worked at senior levels for over 20 years in a range of different sectors including manufacturing, banking, third sector and the NHS. She has worked in single site hospitals through to European wide HR operations. During her time at HSBC Global Investment Banking she was responsible for global HR operations for a business unit of around 100,000 people across a broad diversity of cultures.

Mary has been a local councillor in Southwark, and received the OBE in 2003 for her charitable work and services to diversity. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mike Franklin

Non-executive director

Mike Franklin is a former commissioner with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He was also Her Majesty's Assistant Inspector of Constabulary and has acted as a specialist assistant inspector for race and diversity across 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Mike was Chair of the Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth and also served on the TUC race relations committee. Having grown up in Lambeth and Southwark, Mike is passionate about engaging with diverse local communities. He was also a non-executive at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Duncan Hames

Non-executive director

Duncan Hames was a Member of Parliament from 2010 to 2015, during which time he served as the parliamentary aide to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, attending the Government’s weekly Cabinet. He was also a board member of the Great Britain China Centre and a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation.

Duncan is a chartered management accountant and has over 10 years of experience as a management consultant. Before entering Parliament, he also served on the board of the South West of England Regional Development Agency, chairing its audit committee.

Gus Heafield

Chief Financial Officer

Gus is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience across both the private and public sectors. He has been the Director of Finance and Corporate Governance at the South London and Maudsley since 1999, a role which he has developed over the years to go far beyond that of a traditional finance role.

As well as providing financial and governance advice to the board, professional leadership for the finance and corporate governance and IT teams, ensuring high standards of integrated planning and probity and managing the development and implementation of the Trust's governance framework, Gus is also a champion for nursing quality and takes an active role in ensuring Care Quality Commission (CQC) compliance. Gus was instrumental in driving the Trust’s foundation trust (FT) application and securing FT status in 2006.

As part of Gus’ wider role in the NHS across London, he sits on the Commercial Board and is a member of the London Procurement Programme Steering Group.

Dr Michael Holland

Medical Director

Dr Michael Holland is our Medical Director and works as a liaison psychiatrist at Guy’s Hospital. He was previously Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer, leading the Trust’s implementation of revalidation.

A non-executive director at Recovery Focus, Dr Holland is also a visiting senior fellow at London School of Economics where he teaches a course on quality management in healthcare. He was a fellow at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. He has also worked as an improvement advisor to the improvement programmes delivered in NHS South West and NHS South.

Dr Holland was first appointed as a consultant psychiatrist in rehabilitation at the Trust in 2003, having completed his specialist registrar training within the Trust.

Altaf Kara

Director of Strategy and Commercial

Altaf Kara joined South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in June 2016 and was appointed to the Trust’s board in November 2017.

Prior to joining the Trust, he was a partner in corporate finance at Deloitte where he specialised in hospital turnarounds, operational impact and health economy restructuring within the NHS.

With over 20 years’ experience in professional services covering a range of issues in the public and private sector, including retail, consumer products, media and entertainment and healthcare, Altaf brings a depth of commercial and strategic experience and skills to the Trust both in the UK and overseas.

Apart from responsibility for commercial and strategic activities, he has board responsibility for estates, communications and external partnerships.

Ranjeet Kaile

Director of Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs

Ranjeet is responsible for leading on Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs.

Ranjeet has 20 years of communication experience working in some of the country's most dynamic public sector arenas.

Before joining South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Ranjeet has held several senior communication roles throughout his career, including as special adviser for the Department of Health working on the provider communications strategy for implementing the 2012 'Liberating the NHS' reforms. At Lambeth Council, Ranjeet was the Head of Communications and led the Council's successful lobbying campaign for a £220m investment in the Building Schools for the Future programme. He has also spent time working with MPs at the Houses of Parliament and supporting local councillors with community programmes. From 2008-2013 Ranjeet worked for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the largest mental health trust in the south of England, where he transformed how the organisation communicated with staff, patients, carers and communities.

From 2013-2021, Ranjeet built an award-winning service at South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust leading a number of innovations that have directly benefitted patient care. He led one of England's most extensive mental health reconfiguration consultations as part of a £180m Estate Modernisation Programme. Ranjeet led the trust's culture change programme Making Life Better Together, which saw over 1,500 staff, patients, and carers come together in 2019 to co-produce the organisation's new values and behaviours framework. He also led the trust's transformation programme for a single point of access, helping to reduce an average patient call wait time of nine minutes down to 27 seconds. Ranjeet was the lead for the successful 2019-2021 BBC documentary series 'Stacey Dooley on the Psych Ward', which shone a light on mental health services. He has also pioneered the NHS Communications Trainee programme that supports young people from diverse backgrounds into a career within the NHS.

Vanessa Smith

Chief Nurse

Vanessa Smith was appointed as Chief Nurse in April 2021. She has worked at the trust for 30 years and began her career here as a student nurse.

As Service Director for the Psychological Medicine and Older Adults (PMOA) directorate she oversaw significant achievements in patient safety, experience and involvement, and strengthened quality governance and assurance.

In March 2019 Vanessa was appointed as Deputy Director of Nursing and became Director of Nursing (Interim) in July 2019.

Charlotte Hudson

Director of Corporate Affairs

Charlotte joined the Trust in 2017 and was appointed to the Trust Board as a non-voting member in 2020. She has responsibility for corporate governance, is the Trust Secretary and works closely with the Board of Directors and Council of Governors. 

Prior to joining the Trust, Charlotte’s career was mostly spent in the justice system, initially at the Crown Prosecution Service and then as Head of Business Performance and Governance for the Bar Council of England and Wales.

Geraldine Strathdee

Non-Executive Director

Geraldine’s roles have included NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health and consultant psychiatrist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust from 2013-2016.

For over 20 years Geraldine has held senior roles in mental health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels, and advises internationally on mental health service design and quality improvement, while working as a practising clinician.

Clinically, Geraldine has worked in a wide range of primary care, inpatient and community services, and latterly with people with complex and multiple needs, as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the Bromley Assertive Community Treatment team in Oxleas.

Geraldine’s research interests have included the fields of primary care mental health, evaluation of community services and dual diagnosis. Current research interests include the evaluation of competency based leadership programmes and clinical networks to drive transformational improvements, and high impact educational programmes.

Anna Walker

Non-executive director

Anna Walker brings a wealth of expertise in regulation and governance relevant to safety and quality. She was Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation until December 2015 and is currently Chair of Young Epilepsy.

She is a Non-Executive on the Board of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and a member of the Council of Trustees of Which? She was formerly Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission, a Director General at the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Deputy Director General of the Office of Telecommunications.