Meet the board

The Board of Trustees of The London Clinic acts as its board of directors, overseeing and directing the activities of the charity. The Executive Board manages the day-to-day operations and the strategy of the hospital.


About the board

We are governed by board members and patrons, who share our values and commitment to delivering exceptional patient care. Together they inspire us and help to guide our decisions, and we are grateful for their support. 

We use a dual management system to run our charity and hospital. The Board of Trustees oversees and directs the activities of the charity, while the Executive Board manages day-to-day running of the hospital and planning for its future development. 

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The Duchess of Devonshire.

Members of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees' main responsibility is to support and ensure the future of The London Clinic. They do this by ensuring that it is well managed, financially secure and continues to meet the highest standards of patient care.

  • Mr Hamish Leslie Melville - Chairman
  • Mr Manish Chande
  • Professor John Gribben
  • Mrs Philippa Hardwick
  • Ms Claire Holmes
  • Commodore Inga Kennedy
  • Mr Nicholas Melhuish
  • Dr Michael Sinclair

The Executive Board

The London Clinic’s Executive Board manage the day to day running of the hospital and develop plans for its future development.

The Chief Executive is supported by nine directors, each with a focused role to ensure the Clinic delivers exceptional quality of care:

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Al joined The London Clinic as Interim CEO in September 2017 having previously been a Trustee.

He was confirmed as permanent Chief Executive in February 2018.

Al has a background that has primarily been in telecommunications.

At Vodafone, Al led an £800 million business, and ran operations that handled interactions with 10 million customers.

Al’s leadership at The London Clinic focuses on establishing some common sense principles that have generated powerful and fast results for him in the past.

These principles are to create a spirit that encourages collaborative working without boundaries, a clear and consistently communicated vision and strategy, underpinned by very structured execution.

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To drive clinical innovation, supporting the charitable purpose and revenue growth. To continue the development of the consultant base to support strategic pathways, while also maintaining outstanding levels of safety.

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Tonya joined The London Clinic in January 2022.

She joined from King Edward VII’s Hospital where she held senior roles for a number of years, most recently as Director of Nursing. 

The Director of Nursing leads our nursing teams to deliver the highest standards of care.

Her responsibilities include that of CQC Registered Manager, Safeguarding Lead, and Director of Infection and Prevention Control.

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Jonathan was appointed as Property Director after joining us in December 2016 on an initial interim basis.

In June 2018 he became our Property and Strategic Programmes Director. This role expansion recognises the valuable contribution that Jonathan has made in driving the timely and effective execution of our strategy.

Jonathan is now responsible for central planning and resources to achieve our goals with the plan. Jonathan will continue to lead the Clinic’s Estates function. 

The Estates team is responsible for the development and maintenance of our buildings, ensuring we meet statutory and regulatory requirements as well as preventing and solving problems. 

Jonathan’s team has worked on many projects aimed at improving the performance and service provided by our hospital.

This includes our new Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Minimally Invasive Treatment Unit (MITU) refurbishment and ongoing Park Square West upgrade.

Jonathan brings with him enormous experience and has managed significant capital planning projects such as the new Birmingham City Library and the South Stand at Twickenham Rugby Stadium refurbishment.

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Responsible for ensuring high levels of staff engagement and wellbeing through leadership of our Human Resources, Learning & Development and Health & Safety functions.

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Mark Hawken leads all commercial activities, including the successful delivery of strong revenue growth through the development of the UK and international markets, specialities and partnerships. He also focuses on growing the private practices of our consultants, by building and managing successful commercial relationships. 
He joined from Aspen Healthcare, where he spent 10 years as Commercial Director and two years as Hospital Director for Highgate Private Hospital in North London, as part of a strategic turnaround. During his time as Aspen Healthcare’s Commercial Director, Mark was responsible for all business development activities across the group, leading on the acquisition of five hospitals and ambulatory centres, and the introduction of four new joint venture partnerships with consultants.
Prior to that, he spent ten years working for Bupa, with six years in senior hospital management roles, and four years as a senior commercial negotiator in Bupa’s Insurance team negotiating key central London contracts. 

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Gerard arrived at The London Clinic from Sermo, a global social network for physicians focused on improving patient outcomes. 

Gerard previously held international CFO positions within a variety of industries, including at Easynet (BskyB), Acxiom and Dell.

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Gina joined The London Clinic in September 2011 and was appointed as Company Secretary in April 2018.

Gina’s primary role as Company Secretary is to support the Chairman and the Board of Trustees in meeting their legal obligations in respect of regulatory and charity compliance.

As well as being responsible for corporate and charity governance, the Corporate Services team provide legal services for the hospital. We are also home to the Patient Experience Manager and Medical Records team.

Gina is the Whistleblowing/Raising Concerns lead for The London Clinic and has a reporting line directly into the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive.

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James has previously held a number of senior leadership positions within IT including at the Institute of Directors and most recently at Oxford University Press.

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Sophie is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Clinical Services (Imaging, Pharmacy, Pathology, Therapies and Outpatients). Having worked in a number of roles and levels within the organisation, she is passionate about the hospital and its incredible people.

Sophie has helped to develop strong teams who collectively drive innovation and service improvements for our patients and Consultants.

Her vision is built around a strong belief in delivering high quality care to all patients through integrated patient pathways.

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Responsible for the hospital’s operational running and ensuring we have a market-leading service experience for all our stakeholders. Provides strong leadership to drive customer service, productivity, efficiency and lean processes.


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