About us


Trust Board

The Trust Board is accountable for setting the strategic direction of the Trust, monitoring performance against objectives, ensuring high standards of corporate governance and helping to promote links between the Trust and the local community.

The Board has 12 members – the Chairman, the Chief Executive, four full-time executive directors and six part-time non-executive directors.

Responsibilities of the Trust Board

The Board is held accountable by the NHS Executive on behalf of the Secretary of State, for the following key functions:

  • To set the strategic direction of the Trust within the overall policies and priorities of the Government and the NHS, define the Trust’s annual and longer term objectives and agree plans to achieve them
  • To oversee the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against objectives and ensuring corrective action is taken where necessary
  • To ensure effective financial stewardship through value for money, financial control and financial planning and strategy
  • To ensure those high standards of corporate governance and personal behaviour are maintained in the conduct of the business of the Trust
  • To appoint, appraise and remunerate senior executives
  • To ensure that there is effective dialogue between the Trust and the local community on its plans and performance and that these are responsive to the community’s needs.

Trust Board meetings

Public meetings of the Trust Board are held regularly and provide the opportunity for staff, patients and the public to attend and to ask questions.

In addition, the Trust’s Annual Report is presented at the Annual Public Meeting in September.

Forthcoming Trust Board meetings for 2006

Wednesday 27 September, 4.30pm - Annual Public Meeting. West Wing Conference Suite, St Bartholomew's Hospital. All welcome. Refreshments provided in the Peggy Turner Room, North Wing, St Bartholomew's Hospital from 4pm. Annual Public Meeting Agenda, 27 September 2006 

Wednesday 25 October, 11.30am - West Wing Conference Suite, St Bartholomew's Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 13 December, 11.30am - The Old Library, The Royal London Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Forthcoming Trust Board meetings for 2007

Wednesday 31 January, 11.30am - West Wing Conference Suite, St Bartholomew's Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 28 March, 11.30am - Main Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, The London Chest Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 30 May, 11.30am - Rooms 1 and 2, Ground Floor, Prescot Street. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 25 July, 11.30am - Main Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, The London Chest Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 26 September, 4.30pm - Annual Public Meeting. Venue to be confirmed.

Wednesday 31 October, 11.30am - West Wing Conference Suite, St Bartholomew's Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 12 december, 11.30am - Old Library, The Royal London Hospital. All welcome. Lunch provided.

Please note that dates, times or venues of Board meetings may change at short notice, although every effort is made to avoid such changes. If you are planning to attend, please check the website or contact the Trust Office on tel 020 7377 7493.

The agendas of Trust Board meetings and copies of the minutes are made available on the website at the earliest opportunity.

Agendas and minutes

27 September 2006 (Annual Public Meeting) Agenda  
6 September 2006 (Extraordinary Meeting) Agenda  
26 July 2006 Agenda Minutes
31 May 2006 Agenda Minutes
29 March 2006 Agenda Minutes
25 January 2006 Agenda Minutes
7 December 2005 Agenda Minutes
19 October 2005 Agenda Minutes
28 September 2005 (Annual Public Meeting) Agenda Minutes
27 July 2005 Agenda Minutes
25 May 2005 Agenda Minutes
30 March 2005 Agenda Minutes
26 January 2005 Agenda Minutes
15 December 2004 Agenda Minutes
27 October 2004 Agenda Minutes
29 September 2004 (Annual Public Meeting) Agenda Minutes
28 July 2004 Agenda Minutes
28 April 2004 Agenda Minutes
31 March 2004 Agenda Minutes
28 January 2004 Agenda Minutes


John Ashworth, Chairman Dr John Ashworth

John Ashworth joined Barts and The London as Chairman in April 2003. He was trained as a scientist with degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. John is a former Non-executive Director of the North East London Strategic Health Authority and previously he held the posts of Chairman of the British Library Board, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Metropolitan Affairs of the University of London. Prior to that he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford and Chief Scientist of the Central Policy Review Staff in the Cabinet Office where he advised prime ministers Callaghan and Thatcher.

Chief Executive

Paul White, Chief Executive Mr Paul White
Chief Executive

Paul White has been CEO of Barts and The London since 2001.  He serves on a number of national and London bodies, including the Advisory Council of Partnerships UK, and works internationally for the Department of Health and Health Quality Services (formerly King’s Fund).

He has held a number of CEO and senior managerial posts including in Scotland where he was a member of the Ministerial Modernisation Forum, advising on the Scottish Health Plan ‘Our National Health’, Chairman of the National Acute Trust Chief Executives’ Group; and a member of a number of Scottish National Health Service Groups and Working Parties.

Non-Executive Directors

John Adshead, Non-Executive Director Mr John Adshead
Non-executive Director and Vice Chairman

John Adshead has a degree in Economics and Politics from Exeter University and a MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He has spent his career in commerce and industry, starting as a graduate trainee in industrial relations at the Ford Motor Company in 1968. He joined the Bank of America in 1976 and became Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Information Technology and Administration for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He joined J Sainsbury plc in 1989, where he was Group Human Resources and Information Technology Director until 2004.

Mary Elford, Non-Executive Director Ms Mary Elford
Non-executive Director

Mary Elford is currently Foundation Director of the London North East Community Foundation – a charitable trust that promotes and supports voluntary and community activity across north-east London. She is also a trustee of the Camden Society which provides services to people with learning disabilities in eight London boroughs. Mary has an extensive background in retail management having worked for the John Lewis Partnership for nearly 15 years. She began as a graduate trainee and held a wide range of managerial positions before becoming Development Manager for the department stores. During this time she gained experience in a number of areas including communications, building and planning, and customer service.

Valarie Owen Non-executive Director Mrs Valerie Owen
Non-executive Director

Valerie Owen is managing director of a consultancy which advises organisations on social and economic regeneration and sustainable development. She was previously managing director of London First, a business organisation working to improve and promote London. Her professional background is as a chartered architect, surveyor and town planner. Valerie chairs the Sustainable Development Taskforce for London First, is a non-executive director of a large housing association and holds board directorships with the Royal Institute of British Architects and the National Forest Company. She lives in Tower Hamlets, where she is involved in community work, and was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to architecture and to the community in east London.

Lutfur Rahman, Non-executive Director Mr Lutfur Rahman
Non-executive Director

Lutfur Rahman is head of family and civil law in a firm of solicitors in Tower Hamlets, having previously spent eight years in an established City law firm. As well as his professional expertise, Mr Rahman has many years of experience of working within the local community. He serves on the board of a number of voluntary and community organisations, including the Tower Hamlets Law Centre and the Poplar and Leaside Regeneration Project, which oversees a budget of 23 million, to be spent on community regeneration activities over a seven-year period. Mr Rahman is an active member of the Labour Party, and is a prospective Labour candidate for Spitalfields and Banglatown Ward in Tower Hamlets.

Baljit Ubhey, Non Executive Director Ms Baljit Ubhey
Non-executive Director

Baljit Ubhey is a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service. Following the completion of her legal training with the CPS, Baljit prosecuted a broad range of cases before going on to become a legal adviser in the CPS' Policy Directorate, then their first national Diversity Manager. She currently manages a team of lawyers and administrators responsible for advising the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General and other Government departments. A former Non-executive Director for the East London and The City Health Authority, previous involvement in local charities and community groups includes chairing a charity in east London which provides counselling services for children and young people and membership of the Newham Asian Women's Project which helps women suffering from domestic violence.

Professor Nick Wright, Non-Executive Director Professor Nick Wright
Non-executive Director

Professor Nick Wright is currently Warden of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Vice Principal of Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Wright studied Medicine at Durham University and went on to train in Histopathology at Newcastle and Oxford universities gaining his PhD in 1975. He is the Head of the Histopathology Unit at Cancer Research (UK) Ltd, President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and President of the Royal Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Executive Directors

Gail Beer, Director of Performance Management and Planning Mrs Gail Beer
Director of Operations

Gail Beer is the Director of Operations. Gail trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and worked in a number of London teaching hospitals before moving into management in 1992. Gail has held a number of posts since then within the Trust across a variety of services including the Cardiac and Renal Directorate.

Katherine Fenton, Director of Nursing and Quality Ms Katherine Fenton
Director of Nursing and Quality - Healthcare Governance

Katherine Fenton joined the Trust as the new Director of Nursing and Quality at the beginning of February 2004; previously she was Director of Nursing and Patient Services at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust. The new post of Director of Nursing and Quality includes responsibility for managing the Trust’s Healthcare Governance Department, as well as providing leadership and strategic direction for nurses and nursing in the Trust.

Katherine has significant experience as a director of nursing in large teaching hospitals in a nursing and midwifery career spanning 30  years. After qualifying as a nurse at Airedale General Hospital, West Yorkshire, in 1977, she trained as a midwife, before specialising further in neonatal care. Her career has included posts at St James University Hospital in Leeds, University Hospital Birmingham and the Airedale Hospital NHS Trust.

Katherine’s national roles include chairing the University Trust Nurse Executive Forum, executive council member for the Nurse Directors Association. She is also editor of the Nursing Management Journal. 

John Goulston, Director of Finance and IM&T Mr John Goulston
Director of Finance and Investment and Deputy Chief Executive

John Goulston joined Barts and The London as Finance Director in September 2002. After graduating in economics at Hull University, John joined the NHS Southeast Thames Regional Health Authority's finance training scheme. Once qualified as an accountant, he joined accountancy firm Coopers and Lybrand, where he spent three years in public sector audit and another three in health consultancy. He returned to the NHS in 1992 - working first as Finance Director of the former Crawley and Horsham Trust for three years, and then as Finance Director of Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust for seven years.

Charles Gutteridge, Medical Director Dr Charles Gutteridge
Medical Director - Healthcare Governance

Charles Gutteridge has been Medical Director of Barts and The London NHS Trust since January 2002.  He trained at Cambridge University and The London Hospital Medical College.  He has worked in east London for many years, initially as a doctor in training and then as a consultant haematologist at Newham Healthcare Trust where he was also Medical Director.  He maintains his interest in medical research and education through his position as a Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.