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Catherine Mason

Catherine Mason

Chair of Community Health Partnerships

Catherine Mason joined CHP as Chair in September 2019. Catherine is also Chair of the Solent NHS Trust, a community and mental health trust in the south of England, and an independent member of the Network Rail System Operator Advisory Board.

She has a broad range of experience, including as Managing Director of NATS (National Air Traffic Services) Services division, the leading provider of air traffic control services at the largest airports in the UK, and previously worked in Northern Ireland as Group Chief Executive of Translink, a public corporation providing all of the public transport in the province, including rail infrastructure, bus and coach services, plus car parks, parcels and a tours holiday business. She has also worked for Arriva and United Biscuits.

Bernadette Conroy

Bernadette Conroy

Non-Executive Director

Bernadette Conroy has over 20 years’ experience of senior roles in the corporate and investment banking sectors, latterly as Global Head of Strategy and Planning at HSBC.

At a non-executive level, Bernadette has worked in the health, housing, property and regeneration sectors including roles with Barnet CCG, North London Estates Partnerships and Poplar Harca. Bernadette is the current Chair of Building and Space Management at University of Cambridge.

Bernadette has an MA in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and an MBA.

Bernadette is also the Chair of CHP’s Property and Tenant Management Committee.

Bob Alexander

Bob Alexander

Non-Executive Director

Bob Alexander is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) with Board experience within the public and independent sectors at national, regional and local level.

He is currently the Independent Chair of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, a Trustee in the hospice and education sectors and an adviser to CIPFA on health and integration matters. Prior to this, Bob was Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Improvement that incorporated the responsibilities of the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) where he had been Finance Director and subsequently Chief Executive.

Prior to joining the TDA, Bob was the Finance Director of NHS South of England and the Director of NHS Finance at the Department of Health from 2007.

Bob is also the Chair of CHP’s Audit Committee.

Cha Patel

Cha Patel

Non-Executive Director

Cha Patel has held senior positions, in a variety of sectors including healthcare, commercial, not-for-profit and social. She currently runs her own corporate finance consultancy, is the Deputy Chair of Bromley Healthcare and Non-Executive Director at Gateway Housing Association

Cha has been involved in the rationalisation and upgrading of the estates and facilities in the NHS in Camden and Islington; and in the integration of community healthcare services in Bromley, working closely with GPs, and using Big Data to significantly improve efficiency and deliver more for less.

She has a strong focus on governance, finance, risk and performance, and a passion for achieving effective improvement.

Cha is also the Chair of CHP’s Finance, Investment and Systems Committee.

Geraldine Strathdee

Geraldine Strathdee

Non-Executive Director

Geraldine Strathdee CBE was the National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, providing leadership for England’s transformational mental health and integrated care policy, and population health approach. She has held senior roles in health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels. She has led transformational programmes, moving services from hospital based, to 24/7 home, and primary care models, and advises internationally on service design and quality improvement.

She is committed to therapeutic design estates that enable staff to provide access to safe, high quality care for patients. Geraldine is a Non-Executive Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, a co-founder of the Zero Suicide Alliance and a Vice Patron of the Poppy Factory. She is passionate about the development of leadership competencies and using information to enable informed decision-making.

Geraldine is also the Chair of CHP’s People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.

Claire Hewitt

Claire Hewitt

Non-Executive Director (Department of Health and Social Care nominee)

Claire Hewitt is Senior Commercial Strategy Manager at the Department of Health and Social Care, which involves performing the shareholder function on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health.

Claire is an accountant by background, having trained with one of the “Big 4” specialising in public sector organisations, and has also worked in the NHS.

In addition to her work in the private sector, Claire has over 14 years working with the DHSC alongside CHP, and is now the Shareholder Representative on the Board.

Dr Sue O'Connell

Dr Sue O'Connell

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Sue O’Connell is a Medical Practioner  and a graduate of Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London. She spent five years in hospital medicine and then followed a career in family medicine, working as a Principal in General Practice for 18 years.

During this time, she became aware of a need for a new approach to improving the health of local communities and in 2001, became involved in strategic service and estate planning. In 2003-2004, Sue led a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project through procurement to financial close. Sue joined CHP in January 2004 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2006, leading the Company and managing its £2.5bn property and investment portfolio.

Sue’s focus has always been to work with the NHS to provide the estate needed to deliver high quality  multidisciplinary services and contribute to the development of healthy communities

Malcolm Twite

Malcolm Twite

Chief Commercial Director and Interim Director of Property

Malcolm has 30 years’ experience in corporate real estate, asset management, property development and estate management, working across large and diverse property portfolios.

Prior to joining CHP, Malcolm held the position of Head of Group Property at the Department for Transport, having worked on high-profile areas across the DfT Group, such as HS2, Highways England and the DVLA, as well as in the delivery of cross cutting central government initiatives.

A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), Malcolm was also previously Head of Corporate Real Estate at Network Rail. He is also the Non-Executive Vice Chair of the Shepherds Bush Housing Group.

Nafees Arif

Nafees Arif

Executive Director of Investment Management

Nafees has a broad range of experience spanning 25 years. After training as an accountant, he worked for several investment banks and other large corporate organisations.

Nafees has previously held roles at CHP’s private sector partner Fulcrum, where he worked on NHS LIFT projects, followed by a number of complex PFI projects involving demand risk, bond financing and the management of multiple funders and investors.

After leaving Fulcrum, Nafees joined the West Midland Combined Authority to work on the Midland Metro extension programme. During his time there, he covered many roles, including leading a team of finance, commercial and Project Management Office professionals, and delivering new finance and funding strategies.

He was also the Finance Director for the Midland Metro operating company and a member of the transport for West Midlands Senior Leadership Team.

Nafees is passionate about making a real difference to communities, he is also Chair of Governors of Minet Infant School in West London.