Until October 2008, Richard was Chair of the Child Support Agency, where he was brought in to help turn around the organisation. Since he was appointed Chair in 2006, the backlog of assessments was cut by 70% and the number of children benefiting increased substantially.
Richard was Leader of the London Borough of Camden from 1993 to 2000. During this period, improvements in service led to the Council receiving awards for seven "beacon services" and 18 Chartermarks. The Council was awarded Council of the Year in 2001 and rated as "excellent" in the government's Comprehensive Performance Assessment. Between 1991 and 1993, Richard was Chair of Camden Social Services. Richard was elected as a Councillor in Camden for a total period of 17 years.
Richard has previously served on the Audit Commission and the Housing Corporation and has been Vice Chair of both the Association of London Government and the Central London Partnership.
Richard has also held a number of positions in the commercial and venture capital sectors.
Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years board level and senior management experience in large and complex organisations. He was Chief Financial Officer of the global consumer healthcare division at SmithKline Beecham Plc, with revenues in excess of £2 billion.
Richard is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chairs the Audit & Valuations Committee of a listed private equity investment trust, Hg Capital Trust plc. Since 1988, he has also been the Deputy Chair, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc. He has recently been appointed to the Board of SVM
Sarah has had over 30 years of business experience both as a management consultant and a senior business executive. She is currently principal of her own business advisory practice focusing on practical strategies for business growth. She is also a Partner in Blueground, a board advisory consultancy and The Chambers, a retail consulting network. Prior to establishing her own practice, Sarah was a Partner at KPMG, the global audit and advisory firm, for 16 years.
Previous business experience includes roles at PepsiCo, Pizza Hut International and Accenture.
Sarah has been a
John is an experienced human resources and change management expert with over 27 years corporate and consulting experience in both the private and public sectors in the
Mrs. Cha Patel is a Camden resident and a member of the Trust. She has lived locally for over 20 years and has substantial experience of local NHS services as a carer for members of her family. She has over 20 years of senior corporate finance experience in a number of sectors, primarily in banking. This includes time at Rover Group, Abbey National, Toronto Dominion Bank and Grant Thornton.
Cha is a trustee of Careers Development Group a charity providing welfare to work services. Cha is a Non-Executive Director of the Gateway Housing and is Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee of their Board. Since 2003, Cha Patel has been director of her own consultancy (Igloo Consultants) providing strategic advice to companies and undertaking specific projects.
Cha served as a Non-Executive Director at Amicus Horizon Housing Association from 2004-2007, where she chaired the Audit Committee.
Sue has worked extensively with local authorities, health organisations and partnerships on service improvement and, as a programme lead for Total Place, explored the potential for service redesign across agencies and user-led support systems for families with complex needs. Recently she has been worked on the LGA "Ageing Well programme", drawing on the 'assets' and energy of older people to create networks that enable them to live independent and fulfilled lives.
Sue's very first job was as a housing advisor in a tiny housing charity in Deptford, south London, but after a few years she went back to the University of Sussex to do a doctorate in political science, and her career has involved working in politics, the community and voluntary sector and as an academic. She has previous experience as both an executive and non-executive board member, as a board member of OPM, the Chair of Charter 88, the chair of the Commission on Active Citizenship and Public Services and a non-executive board member for the Guinness Trust.
Sue has lived in Islington for five years now and is keen to get involved in the local community.
Wendy has worked in the NHS and social care for over thirty years, primarily in mental health and learning disabilities. Wendy was appointed CEO in December 2005 and led the Trust to Foundation status in early 2008 and Excellent/ Excellent CQC rating in 2009. Prior to becoming CEO she was Director of Islington mental health services in the Trust, where she led the opening of Highgate Mental Health Centre. She was formerly an Assistant Director at London NHS Executive and a Director at Bromley Primary Care Trust. Wendy's background is as a clinical psychologist; she has particular skills in interagency working and governance, and has worked extensively with social care. She has worked in a wide range of community services.
David Wragg joined the Trust in October 2012 and has responsibility for estates and facilities management, and information and communications technology (ICT), as well as the Trust's finances. Prior to joining Camden and Islington, the first Foundation Trust he has worked for, he gained thirteen years of board level experience as Finance Director in two other London Trusts. He has also worked in management consultancy and external audit, but always with NHS and other health bodies. He has contributed to expert NHS committees and has been a director in an NHS owned joint venture company. He is a professionally qualified accountant, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and is a former resident of both the boroughs of Camden and Islington.
Claire worked in a range of clinical nursing and teaching roles before joining the Royal College of Nursing. She has also worked in nurse workforce planning. Claire has an MSc in nursing research and served as the nurse advisor to the Caring for People DH support force. She recently joined the editorial board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Journal 'NMC Review' and is currently co-editing a book on contemporary mental health in practice.
Sylvia has been Medical Director at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust since 2006. She is a Consultant Psychiatrist on the assessment ward at Highgate Mental Health Centre, Caldicott Guardian, Accountable officer for controlled drugs, Responsible Officer for Revalidation of doctors and Director for R&D. In 2012 she became Deputy Chief Executive taking on responsibilities for annual planning, corporate governance, programme management and communication. She is an advisor to CARIS bereavement service in Islington. She teaches medical students and trains GP and psychiatric trainees.
The following members of the Foundation Trust executive also attend Board meetings:
Prior to his appointment, Colin was Acting Assistant Director of Camden Social Services and the Care Trust's Locality Director for South Camden. Colin joined Camden in 1997 as a Principal Officer and prior to that had worked for a number of years in a range of fieldwork and management posts in Social Services.