Executive Recruitment

Trust Board


June Mulroy, Interim Chair

June joined SLaM in January 2015. She is a chartered accountant with over 35 years’ experience including at main board level in both the private and public sectors in the UK and overseas. For over 15 years June has also served as a non-executive governor/director in higher and further education, and in restorative justice and has been audit chair for most of that time.

June‘s working experience has been principally in financial services in UK, Switzerland, Ireland and France. There have also been substantial projects in the NHS and in UNESCO (Paris). Her 7 year appointment as an executive director in the Pensions Regulator where she was tasked with changing UK Pensions Policy and Regulation, resulted in her being awarded the MBE.

David Bradley, Incoming Chief Executive 

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) is delighted to announce that it has appointed David Bradley to take over as Chief Executive when Dr Matthew Patrick steps down in July.

David has over 30 years’ experience working within the NHS and is a highly experienced Chief Executive. Over the last seven years David has led South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) where he is Chief Executive.  

Since 2012 David has led major transformations in mental health to improve patient care and the quality of services across south west London. This includes securing support for two new state of the art £180m mental health hospitals, improving clinical pathways and creating award-winning alternative services to inpatient admissions like the Lotus Assessment Suite.

Alongside Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust the two mental health trusts already work closely together as part of the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP). The successful partnership has helped to improve services through clinically-led change and has made real progress improving patient outcomes by delivering new models of care in forensic services and child and adolescent mental health.

Beverley Murphy, Acting Chief Operating Officer

Beverley Murphy joined the trust as Director of Nursing in April 2017. She was previously director of nursing at West London Mental Health Trust and before that Chief Nurse at Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Gus Heafield, Chief Financial Officer

Gus is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty 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 CQC compliance.  Gus was instrumental in driving the Trust’s FT application and securing FT status for SLaM in 2006.  Gus is also the project director for the NHSLA level 3 accreditation programme.

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. Gus joined the NHS 19 years ago as a consultant to the NHS Management Executive Trust Unit establishing the financial monitoring regime for the then newly created NHS Trusts.  Following this, he spent three years as Assistant Director at South Thames Regional Office assessing and performance managing NHS Trusts in south London. Gus was asked to take on the role of Acting Chief Executive when the former Chief Executive left the Trust at the end of September 2012, and continued until 14 October 2013. An Oxford chemistry graduate, Gus trained as a Chartered Accountant at Touche Ross working on a number of high profile plc audits as well as consultancy assignments.

Dr Michael Holland, Medical Director

Dr Michael Holland is Medical Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 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 SLaM in 2003, having completed his specialist registrar training within the Trust.

Altaf Kara, Director of Strategy and Commercial

Altaf Kara is Director of Strategy and Commercial – he 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.


Acting Director of Nursing

The Acting Director of Nursing role is in the process of being appointed, as our permanent Director of Nursing is temporarily acting as acting Chief Operating Officer.

Non-Executive Directors

Dr Geraldine Strathdee

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

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.

Béatrice Butsana-Sita

Béatrice brings a wealth of experience in commercial strategy and leadership from a series of high-profile senior roles. She is currently Managing Director at Capita IT & Networks – and has been in the role since May 2016. 

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.

Professor Ian Everall

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 Royal 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 Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and 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.

Mike Franklin

Mike Franklin is a former Commissioner with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He was also HM Assistant Inspector of Constabulary and has acted as a Specialist Assistant Inspector, 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

Duncan Hames was a Member of Parliament from 2010-2015, 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.