Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Gillian Norton


Gillian Norton was appointed Chairman in April 2017, having been a Non Executive Director since June 2016. She spent her executive career in local government, serving as Chief Executive for a total of 23 years, the last 17 of which were in London Borough of Richmond. She is also Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Richmond and was awarded OBE for services to local government.


Jacqueline Totterdell

Chief Executive

Jacqueline Totterdell joined St George’s as Chief Executive in May 2017. Jacqueline is an experienced NHS leader, having previously been Chief Executive of West Middlesex University NHS Trust, where she helped steer the organisation through its merger with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has also been Chief Executive of Southend University Hospital NHS Trust, where she spent five years. She has also been Chief Operating Officer at Barts Health and The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust.

Executive Directors


Andrew Grimshaw

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Grimshaw joined St George's as our Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. Andrew was previously Director of Finance at London Ambulance Service, and was also Acting Chief Executive at LAS between January and June 2017. Prior to joining LAS, Andrew worked at a number of teaching, specialist and district general hospitals, having joined the NHS as a trainee accountant in 1989.


Professor Andrew Rhodes

Medical Director

Andrew Rhodes is Medical Director, and a Consultant and Professor in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia. He has research interests in the fields of surgery, sepsis, haemodynamics and outcomes related to Peri-operative and Intensive Care Medicine. He is widely published in these areas and is regularly invited to lecture on these subjects all around the World.

Andrew trained in Medicine at the St George’s, University of London qualifying in 1990. He underwent specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and became a consultant at St George’s in 1999. Before becoming Medical Director, he was Chair of the Children's, Women's, Diagnostics, Therapies and Critical Care Division of St George’s. He is also a Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at St George’s University of London.

Andrew has held leadership roles at both a national and an international level. He is a Council member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM), a past president of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and is the current co-chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.


Avey Bhatia

Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Avey joined St George's as our Chief Nurse in February 2017. Avey was previously Chief Nurse at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, before which she was Deputy Chief Nurse at South London Healthcare NHS Trust from 2010-2013. Avey is also our Director of Infection Prevention and Control.


Harbhajan Singh Brar

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Harbhajan Singh Brar took over as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at St George’s in May 2017. He joined St George’s from Sodexo UK, where he was Director of Human Resources since 2011.Harbhajan has more than 30 years’ experience in human resources, including director roles at a number of healthcare organisations including the Department of Health, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Hospitals Trust. He has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (FCIPD) for more than 20 years, and has held several non-executive appointments including at NHS Employers. In 2016, Harbhajan was listed in the Top 100 Black Asian Minority Ethnic executives across the USA, Ireland and the UK, published in the Financial Times.


Ellis Pullinger

Chief Operating Officer

Ellis started as our Chief Operating Officer in June 2017.

He joined St George’s from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where he was Assistant Chief Executive. Prior to this he was Divisional Director of Operations for the Trust’s Division of Investigative Sciences and Clinical Support.

Before Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Ellis worked at St George’s for four years as General Manager for Cancer, General Surgery and Urology, and also at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as General Manager for Medicine.

Ellis runs day-to-day operations, manages capacity and demand, and ensures we continue to provide quality services for patients. 


James Friend

Director of Delivery, Efficiency and Transformation

James Friend joined as our Director of Delivery, Efficiency and Transformation in April 2017. James joined St George’s from the Department of Health, where he was an advisor to the Secretary of State for Health. James is an experienced NHS and commercial director, having held roles in NHS commissioning, as well as at West Middlesex University NHS Trust, and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

Kevin Howell

Director of Estates and Facilities

Kevin started in post in January 2018. He joined St George’s from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he was Director of Environment from 2014. Kevin has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, and has held a number of senior and executive estates and facilities roles in the London area – including at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Barnet and Chase Farm and North Middlesex University Hospital.

Suzanne Marsello

Director of Strategy

Suzanne joined at St George’s as Director of Strategy in January 2018. Suzanne joined St George’s from neighbouring South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, she was Director of Strategy and Commercial Development from March 2015 to December 2017. Suzanne is no stranger to St George’s, having previously held a number of senior operational and strategic roles within the organisation.

Non-Executive Directors


Ann Beasley

Non-Executive Director (Deputy Chair)

Ann Beasley joined St George’s as a Non-Executive Director in October 2016. She has a background in finance, her most recent role being Director General for the Finance, Assurance and Commercial Group at the Ministry of Justice. Ann has also been Chair of Trustees for the Alzheimer’s Society.


Stephen Collier

Non-Executive Director

Stephen has worked extensively in the private health sector, including a period as Chair of the NHS Partners Network – the trade association for private providers to the NHS. He is also a Trustee of ReSurge Africa, a Scottish medical charity working in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Stephen took up the role of Non-Executive Director in October 2016.


Jenny Higham

Non-Executive Director

Jenny Higham is the newly appointed Principal at St. George's, University of London. She previously had senior roles at Imperial College and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. In addition to managerial roles, she continues clinical practice. She has been named "Mentor of the Year" at the Women of the Future Awards, been awarded a President and Rector's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence and the Imperial College Medal for outstanding leadership.


Professor Sir Norman Williams

Non-Executive Director (Senior Independent Director)

Professor Norman Williams is a leading honorary consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust. He trained in London, Bristol, Leeds and Los Angeles. His main clinical interests are sphincter preservation and reconstructive colorectal surgery, and his scientific interests are concentrated on GI motility and anorectal physiology. As Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovation, he was instrumental in the running of a number of pilots that brought together medical technology companies and the NHS to develop new products and ways to deliver surgical care. One of the most exciting projects he presided over was looking at how to prevent patients needing a permanent colostomy. Professor Sir Norman Williams was President of the Royal College of Surgeons between July 2011 and July 2014. He is also Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovation at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation and Co-Clinical Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Enteric Bowel Function Healthcare Technology Cooperative.


Sarah Wilton

Non-Executive Director

Sarah qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has held several senior executive positions at Lloyd’s of London, delivering major change programmes including restructuring, outsourcing, efficiency and effectiveness reviews.

Before joining St George’s, Sarah was a non-executive director at NHS Wandsworth where she was chair of the resources committee and a member of the audit committee and children’s trust. Sarah also oversaw the integration of Community Services Wandsworth with St George’s as co-chair of the joint NHS Wandsworth and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust integration programme Board.

Sarah has held non-executive director appointments at two Lloyd’s agencies, Capita Managing Agency since 2004 and Hampden Agencies Limited since 2008, chairing the audit and risk committees. She is a Magistrate at Wimbledon Magistrates Court and a Trustee of the Paul D’Auria Cancer Support Centre.


Tim Wright

Non-Executive Director

Tim joined the Department for Education as Chief Information Officer in 2007, a position he held for almost six years. During that time he drove major organisational transformation for the coalition government both within the department and across its new Executive Agencies. His responsibilities expanded with successive changes to the machinery of government to include IT, departmental risk management, estates and facilities management service delivery. Tim also worked across government, with local authorities, the Cabinet Office and the Government Digital Service on Identity Assurance and led some of the earliest pan-government programmes to enable digital services for citizens. 

Prior to joining government Tim worked for 20 years in the oil and gas industry in IT development, consulting and senior IT leadership roles. He spent ten years at BP working on international assignments and subsequently joined the US engineering services giant, Halliburton as Head of IT, Europe & Africa. In 2001 he was appointed Group IT Director at AMEC Foster Wheeler, a position he held for five years. He now runs his own IT consulting business providing strategic and business development advice primarily to IT software and service companies engaging both in the public and private sectors.

Tim is also a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and spent his early career as a Rolling Stock Engineer at London Underground. He made an early transition into IT and was able to combine his engineering background and IT interests when he joined BP. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.