This page provides information about each of our non executive directors.
Sir Hugh Taylor, Chairman
Sir Hugh TaylorSir 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.
His most recent appointment before joining the Trust was as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, from which he retired in July 2010.
Sir Hugh chairs the Cancer Services, Corporate Management and Remuneration Committees as well as the Board. Sir Hugh is also interim chair of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is a resident of Southwark.
Dr Felicity Harvey CBE
Newly appointed Non-Executive Director Dr Felicity HarveyFelicity has considerable senior leadership and strategic planning experience. She was director general for public and international health, until her retirement from the civil service at the end of 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, Dr Harvey completed an International MBA before taking on a series of positions working at the highest levels of Government.
Her previous roles include private secretary to the chief medical officer, head of quality management at NHS Executive, director of prison health and a member of the HM Prison Service board at HM Prison Service and head of medicines, Pharmacy and Industry Group at the Department of Health. She is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
Girda NilesGirda is a local social business coach specialising in strategy for social businesses and those who want to make a social difference.
She has extensive experience in strategy 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 chairs the Adult Local Services Committee.
John PellyJohn Pelly qualified as an accountant in 1978 and spent the early part of his career in the commercial sector, notably with Rank Xerox Ltd where he held a number of financial management and marketing positions.
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 two hospitals’ merger in 1993. John was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in 1998, where he remained until 2004 when he took up the position of Chief Executive of Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust in south London.
After four years there John was appointed Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in early 2008, a position he held until his retirement from the NHS in November 2015. John was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
John joined the Board in January 2017.
Professor Reza Razavi
Reza RazaviProfessor Reza Razavi is Vice President and Vice Principal of Research at King’s College, London, and also Director of Research at King’s Health Partners. He is Director of the Medical Engineering Centre of Research Excellence at King’s College, funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC, one of four such Centre’s 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 has 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 May 2016.
Dr Priya Singh 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 around the world.
Priya joined the Board in November 2015.
Dr Sheila Shribman is a non executive director of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustDr Sheila Shribman CBE 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. She led the successful integration of children’s services in hospital, community and mental health settings, working closely with the local authority.
Sheila is Vice Chairman and also chairs the Evelina London Board.
Steve WeinerSteve Weiner lives locally in Southwark. He has spent most of his career in finance with international consumer goods group, Unilever. He recently retired from his role as Global Controller and part of Unilever's finance leadership team.
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 chairs the Audit Committee.