Our Board of Directors

Our Board is chaired by Andy Trotter and is made up of non-executive and executive directors. There are up to 15 voting members. They are:

Non-executive directors         Executive directors

Andrew George - Chair            Ify Okocha - Chief Executive

Steve Dilworth - Vice Chair        Iain Dimond - Chief Operating Officer

Jo Stimpson                                    Abi Fadipe - Medical Director

Nina Hingorani-Crain             Jane Wells - Director of Nursing

Suzanne Shale                  Neil Springham - Director of Therapies

Jim Shaikh                      Rachel Evans - Director of Strategy and People

Sophy Proctor                     Azara Mukhtar - Finance Director

Muneeza Aumir

Our Senior Independent Director is Jo Stimpson.

We aim for our Board of Directors to reflect the population we serve and, as vacancies arise, we review the make-up of the board to ensure we have the right balance of skills and experience.

The Board of Directors and Council of Governors work closely together. The directors run the trust’s services and develop strategies and plans for the future. Directors are accountable for meeting national standards, performance targets and financial requirements. They report to the membership through the Council of Governors on the running and performance of the trust.

The governors agree the strategic direction of the trust and represent the views of the trust’s members. A report from the Council of Governors is a standing item on the Board of Directors’ agenda and the Chair of the trust chairs both the Council of Governors and the Board of Directors.

Board members bring a wide range of skills and experience to benefit our organisation – meet them here.

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Prof Andrew George | Chair

Andrew George is an immunologist who has worked in Southampton, USA and Imperial College London. He held several roles at Imperial, including Director of the Graduate School. He moved to Brunel University London to be Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education and International. While there he led developments and improvements in employability, international partnerships, recruitment and curriculum.

Andrew works in healthcare, ethics and education as well as being a non-executive coach. He is co-chair of the UK Committee on Research Integrity, and Deputy Chair of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

He has an interest in workforce issues and serves on the NHS England Workforce, Training and Education Committee.  Andrew has played a key role in leading research ethics in the NHS and currently is on the Board of the Health Research Authority. He was awarded an MBE for services to research participants and research ethics.

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