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Trust Board

The Mayday Healthcare Trust Board has a number of key responsibilities, including setting our strategic direction, monitoring and controlling our performance and ensuring effective operation of the NHS Trust’s services.

The Board is chaired by the Trust Chairman, and comprises the Chief Executive and a group of Directors some of whom are Executive and some Non-Executive. 

Trust Chairman - Brian Phillpott

Brian was appointed chair of Mayday on January 1st 2006. He was Deputy Chairman of Epsom & St. Helier NHS Trust for 6 years and was previously a non- executive director with Epsom Healthcare Trust between 1996 and 1999. Retiring from the Metropolitan Police as a Divisional Commander after 31 years service in 1997.

Chief Executive - Nick Hulme

Nick Hulme joined the Trust as CEO on 6 July 2009.

Nick has worked in health and social care throughout his career. After a variety of posts including working in psychiatry and social services, he spent 10 years working in sexual health as a health advisor, and then moved into management in the early '90s. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at Buckinghamshire Hospitals and Director of Operations at both Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals and North West London Hospitals.


Director of Operations - Tony Leonard (acting)

Tony Leonard is the Trust's substantive Director of Finance and is currently covering the Director of Operations role while the Trust recruits to this vacancy.

Tony joined the Trust in September 2006 on an interim basis, and was appointed substantively in November 2006. 

Tony is experienced in financial turnaround and NHS management having joined the NHS as a finance trainee in 1979 and has been working in Trusts in south London for many years.


Director of Nursing – Denise Chaffer

Denise is a Registered Nurse, Midwife and qualified health care lecturer. She has Board responsibility for standards of quality and patient care, clinical governance and the health care associated infections.

Her qualifications include BA (Hons), MA, RGN, RM, Dip N (London)

Denise qualified as a registered nurse in 1981, and then as a midwife in 1987. She has held various clinical roles, including surgical, gynaecological, midwifery and community nursing. She has worked as a lecturer/ practitioner within higher education, held the role of National Education advisor for the Royal College of Nursing, was Director of Nursing Education and Deputy Director of Nursing at St George’s.  Most recently she held the post of Director of Nursing at Worthing and Southlands Hospital NHS Trust for the last 5 years and took up her post at Mayday in October 2007.


Director of Finance and Information -Chrisha Algaratnam (acting)
Director of Strategy  -  Sally Smith

Sally has been the Director of Strategy & Service Improvement since March 2008. She entered the NHS in 1979 and an early career in nursing & midwifery led to a variety of senior management appointments, mainly in the South East area. These included Senior General Manager, Deputy Director of Service Delivery and Interim Director of Service Development.

Gaining a Masters degree in Health Service Management in 1999, she has since taught a number managerial & quality modules, in Sussex.


Medical Director - Gavin Marsh

Gavin is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Mayday and has Board responsibility for medical issues, strategy and clinical governance.

He also has an honorary contract with St.George’s Hospital as a spinal surgeon. He has been Chairman of Surgical Division, Clinical Lead for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and chaired the Junior doctors' new deal implementation group.

Qualifications include MB BS (University of London,  St.Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School); FRCS, FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery). 


Director of Facilities and Estates - Mike Ralph

Formerly Director of Estates and Facilities at Great Ormond Street, Mike joined Mayday on 1st April 2009. He Is a Chartered mechanical engineer and a fellow of the ImechE and IHEEM. He has been in the health service for 20 years and has worked at regional and national level on various engineering and estates based initiatives.

He leads the work to maintain and improve our physical assets. He is executive lead for Fire, Health and Safety, and Security.


Director of Human Resources & Organisation Development - Annette Gately

Annette joined Mayday in August 2007 from Kingston Hospital, where she was Deputy Director of HR.  She has worked in the NHS for 9 years in both PCT and Acute settings, and also has experience of working in the private sector.

Annette has an MSc in Human Resource Leadership and Chartered FCIPD status.  She has also completed the NHS National Leadership Through Effective Human Resource Management programme. 


Independent Non- Executive Directors:

David Jordan

David became a Non-Executive Director in November 2000 after two years as an Associate Director of the Trust. David retired as Chairman and Managing Director of Philips in the UK after almost 40 years service, in December 2003. He was the founding president of Intellect, the electronics industry’s principal trade association, was the chairman of the CBI’s Technology and Innovation Committee and was chairman of the Executive of the Information Age Partnership.

In addition to his work at Mayday, David is chairman of the Philips UK Pension Fund, is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and is a Trustee of Sight Savers International and chairman of their Audit Committee.

David was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list in January 2004 for services to the electronics industry. He has a B.Sc. in Physics from Bristol University, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He is married with two daughters.

David Jones
David joined Mayday in October 2003 following retirement from the newspaper industry. His 40-year career included being managing director of both the Croydon Advertiser Group Ltd.and Newsquest (South London) Ltd., publishers of the Croydon Guardian.  
In addition to his role in Mayday he has held a number of non-executive directorships in South London and is currently Chairman of Status Employment, a charity operating throughout Croydon and Lambeth, which aims to assist disabled people in finding and retaining paid employment. He also serves as a magistrate.

He is married with two children and two grandchildren - one of whom was born at Mayday.

Jeevan Gunaratnam
Jeevan is UK Service Manager for MedTel UK Ltd, a private teleradiology company.  He has 16 years experience as a senior manager and engineer in the medical imaging industries. 
He was born at Mayday and attended the Broadmead Schools in Croydon before attending Dulwich College and gaining an Engineering Degree at Imperial College.
He undertakes considerable charitable work, particularly in projects connected with Sri Lanka. 
Nero Ughwujabo

Nero is the Director of Croydon BME Forum, the umbrella organisation for Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations; playing a coordinating role in the involvement of BME communities in decision-making and working for the long term sustainability of member organisations. He is also a Senior Partner with Olde Oak – Consultancy for Management.  

Nero is also Chair of the South London BME Partnership and Chair of MiNet ChangeUp BME VCS Infrastructure Modernisation Project.  He is also a board member at Thames Housing Association, a board member of Croydon Business Venture, a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust and fellow of the Millennium Commission.  He is also the Chair of the Croydon Strategic Partnership’s Chief Executives Group and a member of the Stronger Communities Partnership in Croydon.  He was recently appointed as a Trustee for the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA).

Karen Jones

Karen, who lives in Croydon, joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director on the 1 May 2009


Karen has extensive knowledge and expertise in marketing, sales and business development.  She has experience of helping disadvantaged groups and working with support services, focussing on collaborative working in the community and raising World Class Commissioning standards



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