Appointments to the South East London Integrated Care Board (ICB) 

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It is with huge pleasure that we are able to announce the following appointments to the new south east London integrated care board (ICB). 

Each individual remains designate in role upon their arrival until the 1 July 2022, and current leadership arrangements remain until then both for the CCG and the ICS.

Announcements on further appointments will be made in May 2022 and specific updates when appointees officially start in role.

This page has been updated since 7 April to include all subsequent appointments to the NHS South East London Integrated Care Board. See below for a full list of confirmed appointments as of 7 June 2022. 

ICB Directors and Senior Responsible Officers (SROs)

Having held several senior roles at the Department of Health and been a member of its Board, Richard is extremely familiar with how Government works at the highest levels. Before his retirement in April 2015, he was responsible for ensuring that the department itself, along with the health service, managed their finances effectively; and for this role, Richard was accountable to parliament. He also had primary responsibility for NHS policy and the government’s relationship with the NHS and from 2011 to 2014 was also Head of the Government Finance profession.

Andrew has performed the role of ICS lead for South East London since April 2018 and is currently the accountable officer for NHS South East London CCG.  He has worked as a leader within the south east London system for the last 12 years.  As ICS lead, he has convened and led a system response to Covid-19 and the vaccination programme. In addition to his south east London roles, Andrew is the primary care transformation lead for London and hosts London’s ICS Network.

Non-Executive Directors  

Peter has been an Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Economic Regeneration at London Borough of Hounslow.  He was previously Director of Housing, and Assistant Director, Housing, Leisure and Public Health.  Before joining local government, Peter spent 22 years in Whitehall, holding Division Director roles including for climate change and sustainable buildings; home buying and selling reform; local development and renewal; and liveability and sustainable communities

Paul is the former chief executive of Ealing Council (until December 2021) where he led the Future Ealing transformation programme.  He was previously acting chief executive and chief executive of Harrow and Bolton Councils respectively.  His experience of partnership working includes leading for SOLACE on health and social care, regeneration for the West London Alliance, and adult services for London Councils.  He is the CEO lead for Thrive LDN, London’s initiative to promote mental health wellbeing.  He the Audit Commission’s head of policy and was part of the central government team that drafted ‘Every Child Matters’ which has transformed England’s children services nationally.

Anu is a Board level local government and health leader, working across government and other agencies.  She has been a statutory Director of Adult Social Care and Chaired an Integrated Care NHS Trust.  Anu is passionate about person centred care and community empowerment; and has led on new relationships with communities for the NHS at national level, County Councils and Metropolitan Councils.  For the last year Anu has been the Independent Chair for Partnership Southwark, working with our vibrant communities to drive place-based health and care. 

Executive Directors

Sarah has worked in the NHS in south east London for the last 30 years.

During this time, she has worked in a variety of commissioning and system management roles, from borough through to south east London level and spanning all areas of service provision from primary care through to specialised services, including her current role as director of planning and commissioning for the NHS South East London CCG.

Tosca has a wealth of board experience covering public and voluntary sectors. She was appointed to South East London ICB from NHS Improvement and NHS England – East of England Region where she was the Regional Director of Intensive Support and Delivery Director for Equality and Health Inequalities. Prior to that she was the Assistant Chief Executive Officer at North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust, having previously worked at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) as Director of Governance and Communications after successfully leading on the governance and legal architecture for the merger and acquisition of Burton Hospitals by Derby hospitals creating one of England’s big hospitals with 12,500+ staff and £850million turnover. Tosca was subsequently conferred the first ever internationally recognised award to an NHS organisation and NHS employee by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators winning against FTSE listed companies in the Governance of the Year Project (2018). Tosca is a former Chair of Show Racism the Red Card and an Alumni of the first cohort of the Cabinet Office’s Accelerate Chief Executive Programme by the National Leadership Centre having been identified as one of 20 highest performing ethnic minorities across the public sector (2021).

Mike began his NHS career as part of the National Graduate Training Scheme graduating in 2002.

Having worked in several large London hospital trusts, Mike joined Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) in 2012 as the Deputy Director of Finance fulfilling this role and the role of Director of Resources and Performance before being appointed as Director of Finance Performance and Contracting in December 2016. 

Angela has 40 years’ experience in the NHS having trained as a nurse in Exeter and a midwife at King’s College Hospital, London.

Her previous role was as chief nurse, chief operating officer for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, having previously held senior leadership roles in acute providers, a Strategic Health Authority and NHS Improvement.

Toby has been a consultant rheumatologist at Guy’s at St Thomas’ NHS Hospital Foundation Trust since 2009.  He trained at Guys and St Thomas’ and undertook much if his specialist training in South East London.  He has been a clinical director at the Trust since 2018 and helped to lead the Trust’s response to the pandemic in outpatient care.

He completed a PhD in 2009 and has maintained research interests in imaging of arthritis and service design.  He is one of the leads for ambulatory care transformation at GSTT and has led a number of innovative projects in digital health which have recently achieved national recognition. He has particular interests in user-centred design as applied to healthcare, population health and value-based healthcare.

Jonty is a practicing GP whose ongoing work on the frontline of primary care allows him to retain perspective on both the challenges facing healthcare providers and the needs of patients.  He has had a career that spans education and the media and has worked as a system leader in south east London for over ten years. In 2017 Jonty was appointed medical director for primary care and digital transformation for the London region of NHS England. Currently he is the clinical chair of NHS South East London CCG and in 2019 joined Imperial College Health Partners as Executive Clinical Director – a role that enables him to pursue his passion for digital innovation, data driven population health improvement, and public involvement in the work of the NHS.

Beverley is chief digital Information officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, a dual board-level role. Previously, she has held various posts in the NHS and in industry, including as director of digital technology at NHS England, leading national initiatives including Tech Funds and Patient Online post the NPfIT era. 

Ranjeet has over 20 years of communication and engagement experience working in the NHS, local, and central government, including six years at board level. He has significant experience in leading award-winning teams and managing large scale programmes to improve services for staff, patients, carers and local communities. Currently Ranjeet is the executive director of communications, public affairs and stakeholder engagement at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Julie Screaton joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ as chief people officer in 2017, having previously been regional director for London and the South East for Health Education England. She has worked in a range of workforce roles at local, regional and national level over the course of her career.

Angela, a public health doctor, is currently the CCG’s place-based director for Bromley.  In her new role, she is looking forward to working with all local partners to build on the successes of the One Bromley partnership. Her particular focus will be on the system adopting a population health management approach to tackling problems in health and reducing variation in outcomes

Andrew is an experienced NHS system leader committed to working in partnership to improve the health of communities and secure high-quality care in South London for over 30 years.  

As strategic director for integrated health and care for both Lambeth Council and for NHS South East London CCG, he been responsible for taking forward the Lambeth Together place partnership, as part of the South East London Integrated Care System.

Stuart has over 42 years’ experience in health and social care, which has included health and social care roles as joint commissioner at senior level.  He has been a director of adult social services (DASS) for 14 years and has led health and social care integration in his previous role in Berkshire West and for the past five years in Bexley.  

He was appointed to the joint role of DASS (Bexley Council) and borough director (for the CCG) in July 2020.

Sarah is Director of Health and Adult Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Deputy Chief Executive of the Council.  She joined Royal Greenwich in 2019 from Camden Council where she was Executive Director for Communities.  She has 30 years’ experience in Local Government, working in several London Boroughs, including senior roles in commissioning and operational delivery, covering a wide range of Council services. 

Sarah led national policy for mental health, dementia and disabilities at the Department of Health, responsible for the introduction of mental health access standards, Transforming Care programme and the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. Sarah has held regional Association of Directors Adult Social Services (ADASS) roles, was a member of the London Clinical Senate and is President Elect of ADASS.

We can also announce that the Greenwich Place Executive Director will be supported by Neil Kennett-Brown as the Place Chief Operating Officer for the borough.

Ceri Jacob started her career in the NHS as a nurse working in both acute and primary care. She left clinical practice in 2000 and has worked in senior management roles across health and care including PCTs, CCGs, NHS England and a Local Authority.  

She has long been an advocate of collaborative and integrated planning and delivery on the basis that it leads to better outcomes for the local population, a better working environment for staff and a more sustainable health and care system.  She has implemented this way of working in both Hillingdon CCG and the three outer North East London boroughs of North East London CCG. Clinical and professional leadership, supported by great managers, has been key to the successes this approach has delivered.

Partner Members

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. David is Chair of the Cavendish Square Group, which provides a collective voice for the providers of NHS mental health services in London, and for the broader mental health community including clinicians and patients.

Before joining the Trust, David was Chief Executive at South West London and St George’s 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.

Dr Ify Okocha is Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which provides community health, mental health and learning disability services across south east London. He qualified in medicine in 1985 and, after training in psychiatry, obtained his membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1992. He is on the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Ify has worked in health services locally for several decades and was Medical Director at Oxleas before becoming Chief Executive in 2021.

Improving the lives of our patients and their families is Ify’s key focus. He achieves this through working with partners to develop high quality and innovative clinical services, implementing evidence based clinical practice and research and supporting teams to deliver the best care possible.

Professor Clive Kay joined King’s College Hospital NHS FT as Chief Executive in April 2019.  Clive has extensive clinical and leadership experience, and prior to taking up his position at King’s he was Chief Executive at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from January 2015.  

Previously he was Clinical Director of Radiology (2001-2006) and subsequently the Medical Director (2006-2014) at Bradford.  Prior to working at Bradford, Clive was a Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Member of Council of the Royal College of Radiologists, and former Chairman of both the Royal College of Radiologist’s Scientific Programme Committee and the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology.  He is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Debbie qualified as an accountant in 1980 and has over 35 years of experience working in local government finance.

Starting as a trainee accountant at the age of 18, she has worked at all levels within the Council, with almost 10 years as Director of Finance, 2 years of which included the role of Deputy Chief Executive, and currently Chief Executive since 1st August 2017.

As the Council’s Chief Executive she is responsible for the following matters:

• Results – setting the Council’s management arrangements and practices to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services through well organised and motivated staff
• Strategic Direction – ensuring that the Council’s priorities and goals can be implemented through focused strategies, projects and programmes
• Partnerships – leading and developing effective partnerships at management level with other public agencies, private companies and local community organisations to achieve better public services and improved results for local people
• Operational Management – ensuring that the Council has the highest standards of achievement in financial and budgetary management; the management of service performance; the management of emergencies and risks generally; the management of suppliers; and the overall management of change and improvement within the Council.

Dr George Verghese has been a General Practitioner in Lambeth since 2010. As GP partner in Waterloo Health Centre, he had the privilege of providing care to a vibrant, economically and ethnically diverse registered patient list in the Waterloo area. In 2019 he became clinical director of the North Lambeth Primary Care Network of GP practices. Later, he codeveloped and co-chaired the Lambeth GP clinical cabinet, a collaborative forum that enabled a coherent and united primary care voice into the Lambeth health and social care system. These organisations were major players in Lambeth’s COVID pandemic response, and he was clinical lead in one of England’s first GP COVID vaccine centres. All of Dr George Verghese’s roles have fostered his appreciation for neighbourhood and place-based working. He is totally committed to the better join up of care around people and communities of south east London. Dr George Verghese is passionate about the health and social care system working closely together to better understand the communities they care for and to co-produce services to support them to thrive

*These ICB roles will be held alongside the individual’s current role and performed on a part-time basis

On 1 July 2022, pending the legislation currently making its way through Parliament, Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) will be established in England.  Preparations for this in south east London are well progressed following our designation as London’s first Integrated Care System in 2019 and building upon our experience as a partnership throughout the pandemic.

Each Partner Member will remain designate members of the future Board until its legal establishment in July this year. Current leadership arrangements remain until that point both for both NHS South East London CCG and ICS.

Announcements on further appointments, including partner members representing primary care and local government, will be made in the next few weeks, and specific messages will be provided as and when appointees officially start in role. In the meantime, I am sure you will join us in both congratulating our new team members and welcoming them to NHS South East London.