This page provides information about each of our non-executive directors.
Sir Hugh Taylor, Chairman
Sir Hugh was appointed as Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in February 2011. He had a long and distinguished career in the civil service which included senior roles in the Department of Health and NHS Executive, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office.
Before joining the Trust he was Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, from which he retired in July 2010.
Hugh chairs the Cancer Services, Strategy and Partnerships and Remuneration Committees as well as the Board. He lives in Southwark.
He was appointed interim Chair of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2019.
Dr Felicity Harvey CBE
Felicity has considerable senior leadership and strategic planning experience. She was Director General for Public and International Health, until her retirement from the civil service in June 2016. Prior to that, she was director of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.
After qualifying in medicine in 1980 at St Bartholomew’s Medical College, London, she completed an International MBA.
Her previous roles include private secretary to the Chief Medical Officer and Head of Medicines, Pharmacy and Industry Group at the Department of Health.
Felicity joined the Board in September 2016.
Girda is a local social business coach specialising in strategy for social businesses and those who want to make a social difference. She has extensive strategic experience in the community and voluntary sectors, social enterprise, financial management and training. Through her previous role as a non-executive director of Lambeth Primary Care Trust, she has a thorough understanding of how health and social care systems work.
Girda joined the Board in January 2012 and chaired the Adult Local Services Committee until March 2019. She now chairs the Integrated Care Board.
John Pelly OBE
John qualified as an accountant in 1978 and spent the early part of his career in the commercial sector.
He joined the NHS in 1990 as Finance Director of West Lambeth Health Authority, becoming Finance Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust on the merger of the two hospitals in 1993. John was subsequently Chief Operating Officer of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust until he took up the position of Chief Executive of Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust in south London.
In 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a position he held until his retirement from the NHS in November 2015.
John joined the Board in January 2017 and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Reza Razavi
Reza is Vice President and Vice-Principal of Research at King’s College London (KCL), and also Director of Research at King’s Health Partners. He is Director of the Medical Engineering Centre of Research Excellence at KCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, one of four such centres within the UK. Reza is also a children’s cardiologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
His research focus is on imaging and biomedical engineering related to cardiovascular disease. Reza helped to establish the Trust’s cardiovascular MRI service and developed the world’s first cardiovascular MRI cardiac catheterisation programme.
Reza joined the Board in 2016.
Dr Priya Singh
Priya was formerly an Executive Director at the Medical Protection Society and has a background in general practice. She brings substantial medico-legal, risk and strategic experience to her role on the Board.
Priya’s career at the Medical Protection Society spanned more than 20 years and she was responsible for the provision of professional services to 290,000 doctors, dentists and other health professionals.
Priya joined the Board in November 2015 and chairs the Quality and Performance Committee.
Dr Sheila Shribman CBE, Vice-Chair
Sheila was the Department of Health’s National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Maternity for seven years until March 2013.
She was a consultant paediatrician for more than 25 years and was Medical Director of Northampton General Hospital for 11 years where she led the successful integration of children’s hospital, community and mental health services, working closely with the local authority.
Sheila joined the Board in June 2013 and chairs the Evelina London Board.
Steve lives locally in Southwark. He has spent most of his career in finance with international consumer goods group, Unilever. He retired from his role as Global Controller and part of Unilever’s finance leadership team in 2018.
He has extensive experience in making operational and commercial decisions involving large budgets and complex financial constraints and in leading and developing multicultural teams.
Steve joined the Board in July 2014 and chaired the Audit Committee until the end of 2018. He chairs the Transformation and Major Programme Committee.