Key Appointments

Saxton Bampfylde and its global colleagues around the world advise many health leadership roles. We are delighted to share with you a selection of some of the appointments that we have been privileged to work on recently.

Paula Vennells
Imperial College Healthcare, Chair

Paula Vennells CBE became Chair of the new Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in April 2019. She joined the Trust from the Post Office, where she is Group Chief Executive. Paula is an experienced leader in business. She is a Non-executive Director at the Cabinet Office and sits on the Board of Morrisons Plc. Prior to the Post Office, she held senior positions at Whitbread and Argos, beginning her career with Unilever and L’Oreal.


Ed Smith
HCA Healthcare UK, Chair

Ed Smith was appointed Chair of the new HCA Healthcare UK advisory board. The Board was set up to support HCA UK’s agenda around quality care and sector-wide collaboration, and provide strategic insights and guidance to the HCA UK leadership team. Ed brings huge experience to the role, as the former Chair of NHS Improvement and Deputy Chair of NHS England. He is also the former Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


Betsy Bassis
NHS Blood and Transplant, Chief Executive

NHS Blood and Transplant announced the appointment of Betsy Bassis as its new Chief Executive. Betsy has been working as the Chief Operating Officer at Defra for the past four years and has managed wide-ranging and complex transformation programmes, including large scale IT programmes. Prior to joining Defra, Betsy spent twelve years at Centrica/British Gas.


Baroness Julia Neuberger
UCLH, Chair

Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE became the Chair of UCLH in February 2019. Throughout her career, Julia has made an extensive contribution to healthcare policy and management. In the 1990s she was Chair of the Camden and Islington Community Trust and she has been closely involved with national reports on the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Mental Health Act Review.


Professor Karim Brohi
London Ambulance Service, Non-executive Director

London Ambulance Service has announced the appointment of Professor Karim Brohi as Non-executive Director to its Board. Professor Brohi has worked as a consultant in trauma and vascular surgery at Barts Health NHS Trust since 2006 and is the clinical lead for pre-hospital care. Since 2014, he has been the Clinical Director of the London major trauma system, incorporating four specialist trauma centres, and the care of over 15,000 patients a year.


Michele Acton
Royal Society of Medicine, Chief Executive

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) has announced the appointment of Michele Acton as Chief Executive. Michelle will join the RSM from the eye research charity Fight for Sight where she has held the position of Chief Executive since 2006. She is also a Trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better, a member of the What Works Network. She worked previously as Chief Executive at UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation and before that as an investment banker, latterly at HSBC Investment Bank.


Andrea Sutcliffe
Nursing and Midwifery Council, CEO

Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care and joins the NMC from the CQC where she was Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. She joined the CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence where she was Chief Executive 2012. Previously Andrea was Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission and was an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.


Flavio Santoro
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Country Manager, Brazil

The US-based global pharmaceuticals company, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, has appointed Flavio Santoro as Country Manager in Brazil. Flavio brings 26 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Sales, Sales Training & Marketing and joins after 5 years at Biogen Idec as Sales and Marketing Director.


Kevin van den Bosch
Samaritas, USA, COO, Child & Family Services

Samaritas, one of the largest private foster care agencies and provider of refugee services in the US which offers independent and assisted living, rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing centers, has apointed Kevin Van Den Bosch as COO, Child and Family Services. Kevin joins following a long career at Wedgwood where he held the role of COO for four years.


Richard Lee
St. John Ambulance, COO

St John Ambulance has appointed the former Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAST) as Chief Operating Officer in a new role created to drive forward the charity’s vision of building safe and healthy communities. Richard Lee, a registered paramedic and former RAF medical assistant who has worked 25 years in the NHS ambulance sector, joined as COO.


Sally Warren
The King’s Fund, Director of Policy

Sally Warren, current Director of EU Exit Preparedness and Response at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has been appointed as the new Director of Policy at The King’s Fund. Sally has extensive experience of health and care, having previously held positions at the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission, and the Cabinet Office.


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