Mike Bell, Chair
Since joining Croydon Health Services in 2013, Mike Bell has helped shape the Trust’s vision and, alongside its senior management team, has seen the organisation deliver continued improvements in care and performance.
The Trust has formed new alliances with the local authority, commissioners, GPs, mental health services and the voluntary sector to make services more joined up for patients.
Mike has held a number of senior positions across the NHS, including chair of the London Mental Health & Employment Partnership and vice chair of NHS London.
He is the director of a consultancy company, MBARC Ltd, which works with central and local government and various NHS bodies on issues relating to both social exclusion and quality assurance.
Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive
Matthew Kershaw joined the Trust in October 2018 and has over 25 years of NHS experience.
Before joining Croydon Health Services he was a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, a health think-tank, where he has played a key role in its work with health and care organisations to develop integrated care that better meets the needs of patients and service-users. He has also held a number of senior leadership roles, most recently as Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust where he led the Trust out of Quality Special Measures.
Prior to this, Matthew was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for three years and building on work already progressed helped to secure and plan for the £500m capital investment to redevelop the Sussex County Hospital. He has worked nationally at the Department of Health, including developing the delivery plan for the 18-week waiting time target and being the first trust special administrator.
His career has also seen him work with the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, and the Kent Cancer Alliance, where he chaired the Kent Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network.
Dr Nnenna Osuji, Deputy Chief Executive and Medical Director
With more than 20 years’ experience within the NHS, Nnenna has been the Medical Director at Croydon Health Services since September 2015 and prior to that was Associate Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director. The Medical Director is the most senior medical position at an NHS Trust, sitting on the Board to provide a clinician’s voice on all management decisions.
Nnenna oversees the Trust’s medical workforce providing professional leadership, support and accountability. Together with the Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Nnenna leads on delivery of continuous quality and safety improvements at Croydon Health Services. Nnenna also leads on promoting Research and Development and is the Caldicott guardian for the Trust, providing senior advice and direction on the ethical and correct use of information.
Nnenna joined the Trust as a Consultant Haematologist in 2005. She is an active member of the National Clinical Research Network for Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacy Advisory Service Committee. She was also an associate lecturer and consultant for the Mary Seacole Programme run by the NHS Leadership Academy, Open University and Hay Group, which develops leadership across the health service.
Elaine Clancy, Joint Chief Nurse
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) appointed Elaine as Joint Chief Nurse, working across both organisations – the first shared executive post between the Trust and CCG.
Elaine Clancy is a trained A&E nurse by background and has 30 years of experience within the NHS this year. She has held senior nursing and managerial roles at various London teaching hospitals, including previously being the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Croydon Health Services.
Azara Mukhtar, Director of Finance
Azara Mukhtar was instrumental in the Trust’s exit from NHS Improvement’s financial special measures after only seven months in February 2017. The Trust’s recovery plan was carefully developed with close inclusion of senior clinicians.
A qualified accountant, Azara joined the NHS in 1995 and held a number of senior finance roles at NHS London, Barts and The London and Guy’s & St Thomas’. Azara joined the Croydon Health Services as our Director of Finance in 2013.
Michael Burden, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
Michael first joined the Trust in 2011 and has diverse experience of nursing and human resources management in healthcare.
He was trained as a general nurse at St Helier Hospital and then as a registered mental health nurse before moving into human resource management in a number of healthcare settings followed by a period at the Royal College of Nursing.
His HR team has worked hard to ensure staff feel supported and recognised – for example through our Croydon Stars Awards.
Dr James Gillgrass, Non-executive Director
Dr James Gillgrass became Non-Executive Director in January 2014 following a long medical career. He worked in various hospitals including Croydon University Hospital before becoming a GP in Croydon in 1983.
In addition to establishing a medical practice, Dr Gillgrass has held a number of leadership positions in local GP organisations including Chairman of the Croydon Local Medical Committee, Chief Executive of Surrey and Sussex Local Medical Committees and Chairman of the Practice Based Commissioning Group in Croydon. He was also the Surrey and Croydon representative on the British Medical Association’s GP committee between 2004 and 2009.
Dr Gilgrass has chaired the Trust’s Appointments Advisory Committee since March 2014, which has overseen the appointment of more than 10 consultants in 2016/17.
Godfrey Allen, Non-executive Director
Godfrey Allen joined Croydon Health Services in January 2013 and chairs the Trust’s Quality & Clinical Governance Committee. The Committee has oversight of the Quality, Experience and Safety Programme (QESP) – the Trust’s blueprint for further improving care and acting on the findings of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection. Godfrey completes an executive walk-round of services every month to speak to patients, staff and visitors about our care.
He is a former Chief Executive in the public, private and charitable sectors and served as a non-executive director for Wandsworth PCT
Richard Oirschot, Non-executive Director
Richard is a member of the Institute for Turnaround, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He has a wealth of experience gained from over 25 years of turnaround, restructuring and recovery work across a broad range of business sectors.
Richard’s career has included specialised lending at HSBC, a partnership at Smith and Williamson and roles with Hacker Young and PKF. He built a successful investment portfolio for Barclays Ventures, completing over 35 investments, working closely with Boards to implement restructures and turnaround strategies.
Now focusing on turnaround and Non Executive Director (NED) assignments, Richard’s current roles include: Insolvency Service - Non-executive board member; MHS Homes – member of the Finance, Risk and Audit committee
Louise Cretton, Non-executive Director
Louise Cretton took up this position in 2014 and brings a wealth of knowledge about markets, research and strategy.
She has been a lecturer at undergraduate and post graduate levels and conducted various research projects for the NHS, including a pilot project aligning staff engagement with improving patient experience.
Louise is a member of The Market Research Society and sits on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Market Research.
Louise chairs the Trust’s Finance & Performance Committee to provide additional scrutiny and oversight, which supported the Trust’s exit from Financial Special Measures and continued improvements in operational performance.
Mike Bailey, Non-executive Director
Mike Bailey took up this position in May 2015, having been an Associate NonExecutive Director since July 2014.
Mike’s role is to bring experience and expertise to ensure the training that doctors and other healthcare professionals receive at Croydon Health Services delivers the best possible care to our patients, and supports the ongoing career development of our clinical staff.
He worked in the NHS for more than 40 years including 28 as a consultant urologist, and was the Medical Director at St George’s and Epsom Hospital. Mike was also the joint Medical Director for the ‘Better Services, Better Value’ health service improvement programme that examined the configuration of the NHS in South West London from 2011 to 2014. He has previously been a council member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.
Steven Corbishley, Non-executive Director
Steven joined the Trust in April 2013 and Chairs the Trust’s Audit Committee.
A chartered accountant by trade, he has worked at the National Audit Office since 1987 and, during his career so far, has audited a wide range of central government departments and their arm’s length bodies, including the Department of Health.
He has also held senior non-executive roles at NHS South East London Joint Primary Care Trusts Boards and NHS Lewisham.
In his role as Chair of the Audit Committee, he has worked to strengthen our governance arrangements, embed risk management within the Trust, ensure sound financial reporting, and has supported the way the Trust navigated its way through Financial Special Measures.
Hannah Miller, Non-executive Director
A social worker by profession, Hannah Miller has managed a range of housing and social services across the borough.
Previously Hannah was the Executive Director Adult Services, Health & Housing, and the Deputy Chief Executive of Croydon Council.
She was awarded an OBE for services to the welfare of children in 2009. She is a Senior Associate at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and a NED at L&Q Living,a care and support housing association. Hannah is a member of the Trust’s Finance & Performance Committee, which played a significant part in the Trust’s exit from Financial Special Measures. She also forms part of the Trust’s Remuneration Committee which is responsible for determining the policy of executive pay.
Jamal Butt, Associate Non-executive Director
Jamal brings valued commercial and pharmacy experience, having spent more than 20 years in a variety of senior and commercial roles within Boots UK.
Trained at UCL, London School of Pharmacy and also at Oxford University Said Business School, he has experience and expertise in leading large healthcare transformation programmes across the UK, as well as an extensive network of relationships within the NHS and private organisations.
Over recent years, Jamal has headed up the UK Healthcare services wing at Celesio UK, which supports the creation of innovative integrated services across primary, secondary and social care and has also previously been Head of Pharmacy for Boots UK.
Jamal is currently the Commercial Director for MedAdvisor, one of the world's largest digital medicines management platforms, whose goal is to help people make the best use of their medication. Jamal also advises several digital start up companies from Cambridge University.