Our Trust Board
Our Trust Board is responsible for everything that we do. Our board members:
- set the strategic direction, define objectives and agree plans for the Trust
- monitor performance against objectives and plans
- ensures financial stewardship through financial control and planning
- ensures high-quality, patient-focused services through clinical governance
- appoints, appraises and remunerates executives through corporate governance
- ensures effective dialogue with our community and partners.
How to join our Trust Board meetings
Our Trust Board meets 6 times a year in public and holds an annual general meeting every September.
We’re currently running online meetings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Our next public board meeting will be held on: Wednesday 24 November 2021, 9am
Visit our publications library to find meeting agendas, CEO papers, recent and archived board papers.
Our board of directors
David Highton became Trust Chair in January 2022. Originally a Chartered Accountant, David joined the NHS as a Finance Director in 1990.
David was an NHS Chief Executive from 1991 to 2003, including the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.
He has also worked in the independent health sector, including being director of his own consulting company and heading up Business Development for Medihome Ltd, a successful acute home healthcare provider. David has also been Chair of Sussex Health Care Audiology Ltd, a business delivering age-related hearing assessments in the community in Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire.
David also has a wealth of international experience He was previously Ministerial Advisor on Private Sector Involvement and Public Private Partnership to the Minister of Public Health in Qatar and a Director of Clearview Healthcare, a Delhi-based company providing operator managed equipment services to the growing private hospital market in India. Since 2011 he has been Executive Director of Corporate Development at Hamad Medical Corporation, the main public hospital provider in Qatar. He has also been Chair of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Board since 2017.
Neil started his NHS career in Yorkshire as a National General Management Trainee in 2003, before joining the Trust in 2005. After leaving for a role at the Healthcare Commission and general management positions at Imperial and Guys and St. Thomas’ Trusts, he returned to the organisation in July 2013 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Surgery and Critical Care Division.
He took up the role of Chief Operating Officer in April 2015. Neil became interim Chief Executive Officer in March 2018 and was appointed to the permanent position in January 2019.
He graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford with a modern history degree in 2000 and subsequently completed an MSc in Healthcare Management from the University of Birmingham. He was a member of the 2012 NHS London Emerging Leaders Programme.
Andrew joined BHT in 2004 as a Consultant Surgeon following training in the Oxford Region with a period as a Clinical Lecturer in Surgery with the University of Oxford.
Whilst maintaining a clinical practice, he has held a number of leadership roles in the Trust more recently as Divisional Chair for Surgery & Critical Care for 10 years and as Deputy MD and Cancer Lead since 2017. He has a strong interest in improving clinical pathways focusing on better outcomes for patients.
Karen has extensive experience working in a number of large complex organisations including the Royal Free, St George’s, Barts Healthcare, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Karen has a DiPN, BSc Hons in Nursing and a MSC in Leadership from Kings College University. Before joining the Trust in March 2020 Karen worked at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she worked with NHS England to develop the Trust’s improving fairness plan.
She is a trustee of the Mary Seacole Trust and is a member of the National Workforce Race Equality Standards Advisory Board.
She was highly commended in the Diversity and Inclusion Champion category at the 2019 Nursing Times Workforce Award. Karen also works with Prostate Cancer UK in a volunteering capacity.
Bridget was appointed Chief People Officer in September 2017. She has worked at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust for the past 9 years and during this time, has undertaken a number of roles within the HR team, including the education portfolio, workforce information and planning. She was appointed deputy director in the autumn of 2015.
Bridget brings a wealth of experience to the role. Having studied Chemistry at Durham University and starting her career as a science teacher in Botswana and then London, she went on to work for several years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK and overseas, before specialising in HR 13 years ago. During her time as part of the HR senior leadership team, Bridget has been instrumental in supporting the organisation in its cultural transformation and staff engagement journey.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS, David joined Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in April 2014 and is responsible for business planning, strategy development, service redesign, IT and digital innovation and partnership development. He is passionate about reducing health inequalities in our community and holds the Board level responsibility for this role. David is also the Senior Information Risk Officer for the Trust.
Formerly a Director of Commissioning in Berkshire, David has had previous NHS roles leading community services and primary care groups in London. David has an MBA from Henley Management College.
Barry has a wealth of experience gained in acute, mental health, community and social care settings. He has a strong track record of building and motivating high performing teams, for example, developing new ways of working, quality improvement and transformation at North East London Foundation Trust before joining Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in August 2019.
Gavin is an experienced senior manager and senior nurse with over thirty years NHS experience working in acute hospitals and health systems.
Prior to joining Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, as well as spending time as the Regional Head of Performance for NHS Improvement.
Ali started her career as a mental health nurse, then worked overseas as a British Volunteer setting up small enterprise businesses, before returning to the UK to work in international pharmaceuticals and management consultancy, completing her MBA in 2000. She subsequently co-founded a venture capital funded European healthcare technology company and contributed to changing European legislation on traceability of medicines.
Since 2013, Ali has worked within the NHS in commercial roles as Managing Director for an NHS subsidiary company and latterly Commercial Director for South Devon Community Healthcare Services before joining BHT in December 2018.
Dr. Dipti Amin is currently Director at Maaya Associates Ltd. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Quintiles Transnational Corporation. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Amin has held positions of operational and strategic responsibility within pharmaceutical services at the C-suite level, delivering consistently on growth, quality, customer, employee and process targets.
Her broad and significant experience covers clinical pharmacology, as a Principal Investigator in Phase 1 clinical pharmacology studies, ethical issues in clinical research, drug development, ethics and compliance programmes, as well as leadership and management of large, multi-functional, multi-geography, global groups to deliver value-added, efficient growth and achieving business turnarounds.
Dr Amin has a medical degree from Guy’s & St Thomas’ Medical School, and multiple post-graduate qualifications and clinical experience in:
- Paediatric Medicine (DCH)
- Care of the Elderly Medicine (DGH)
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRCOG)
- Clinical Pharmacology (DCPSA)
- General Practice
- Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP)
- Fellowship of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FFPM).
She is an Honorary Lecturer and Examiner in Clinical Pharmacology at Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals Medical School. Dr Amin served on the Board of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, on the Innovation Board and Medical Expert Network of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, on a Department of Health Multi-centre Research Ethics Committee, as a member of the Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Department of Health, and as a School Governor on the Board of Governors of Heathfield School for Girls (The Girls’ Day School Trust).
John joined the NHS in 2007 following a commercial career in life sciences. He started in virology research and then spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first with AstraZeneca, then with Glaxosmithkline, where he became UK National Business Director. He subsequently was Chief Executive of both listed and privately-held companies. He is a qualified accountant.
In the NHS, he has held executive roles in both hospital Trusts and commissioners, most recently as Chief Executive of EastBerkshireCCG. His non-executive roles have also spanned hospitals and commissioners, and chairing of Fitness to Practise panels for the General Social Care Council.
He lives in Chalfont St Peter with his wife, Debbi; they have two children – one a Junior Doctor; the other about to enter medical school.
Rajiv Jaitly is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced non-executive director who brings specific skills in risk management and business and financial operational controls to the Board.
Rajiv has vast experience in the corporate sector, having worked in senior positions in both Santander and Axa. Rajiv was a member of the Office of Fair Trading’s expert panel on defined contribution pensions in the UK, and was commissioned to write a report on fund costs by the Financial Services Consumer Panel, which was published in 2014.
Tom Roche (MBA) is a senior executive with over 23 years’ extensive experience operating at board level in a variety of executive roles for large, global and complex organisations supporting both the private and public sectors.
Over the past 18 years he has worked with one of the world’s largest IT companies in a number of senior roles. He recently worked as Managing Director of the manufacturing, utilities and services sectors across the UK. Before that he was Vice President of the product business which included the cyber security teams.
Married with 3 children Tom has lived in Amersham for over 24 years where, in addition to family life, he enjoys participating in active sports including cycling, running and swimming as well as gardening and cooking as the children no longer need a chauffeur! His days as a practicing qualified RFU rugby coach are now finished but he still enjoys watching the game.
Tom’s focus will be working alongside the existing Non-Executive Directors to support robust governance. Also to provide a constructive challenge and strategic support to the executive team in relation to finance, strategy and transformation. He also sits on the strategic workforce committee.
Buckinghamshire resident Nicola is a qualified chartered accountant with a proven track record in financial and risk management, business growth and people management.
She holds a number of non-executive positions with organisations including Brighter Futures for Children, the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, Child Bereavement UK and Turning Point – an organisation providing a range of health and wellbeing services for those with drug or alcohol issues, mental health problems or learning disabilities.
After qualifying and taking his first house job in Respiratory, Oncology and Haematology Medicine at the Royal London Hospital in 1993, Adrian decided to pursue a career in General Practice. He completed his training year at Runnymede Medical Practice, where he stayed on, joining as a partner in 1997, and continues to work clinical sessions to this day.
Adrian has taken on various leadership roles throughout his career, including as Medical Director for East Berkshire Out of Hours, locality lead in Berkshire East PCT, and being elected Clinical Chair for Windsor and Ascot Primary Care Group in 2013.
He is passionate about the role of GPs not only in the delivery of healthcare but also in leading Health systems by working to improve the health of populations whilst living within the allocated health resources.
As a board member of the Windsor and Ascot Primary Care Group in 1999, Adrian took on a lead role for Older People’s Services, developing local falls services and working with the local authority on an Older People’s Partnership Board. In 2015 Adrian supported the NHS Confederation’s commission on examining care gaps in urgent care for Older people. In 2019 Adrian was appointed National Clinical Director for Older people and Integrated Person Centred Care, NHS England & NHS Improvement, supporting the clinical team for the Ageing Well Programme.
Mo has a BSc (Hons) in Podiatric Medicine, an MBA in Business Administration, holds membership of the Institute of Directors, is an accredited assessor for Investors in People and is a Special Advisor to the NHS Alliance. He is also an Associate Consultant with the Kings Fund and more recently an Associate Consultant with Health 2020 and Office of Public Management (OPM).
Mo has spent a varied career in NHS Management (ex MTS) starting as a Clinician to being a Chief Executive of the South East London Doctors Co-operative (SELDOC), one of the largest true GP co-operatives in the UK with some 500 principal GP members and covering over a million patients in challenging environment of South London. He continues to advise on businesses on strategy.
Our board affiliate members
Sandra Silva is part of a programme to integrate a frontline healthcare worker onto the Trust Board. Over a period of 12 months Sandra will continue in her role as a physiotherapist and will also work one day a week in a management capacity, attending board meetings and helping develop leadership projects at the Trust.
Sandra’s blog explains a little about this role and highlights work taking place in the Trust.
Dr Mark Johnson is an Internal Medicine Trainee, who has worked clinically at BHT for the last two years. During this time, he’s worked clinically on medical wards and provided operational management, including introducing medical e-rostering to the Trust. He has joined the Trust Board in July 2021 as a Board Affiliate for one year, spending one day per week in a management capacity, attending board meetings and leading the Trainee Leadership Board project.
Outside of his Trust responsibilities, Mark is a keen traveller and cook. He is also the Chairman of India Direct, a charity which runs two children’s homes in Tamil Nadu, South East India.