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CHP Board

The Board at Community Health Partnerships determines and sets the vision and strategy for the Company consistent with the shareholder’s requirement. It then assures itself and the shareholder of successful delivery through robust governance and risk management via subcommittees.

Catherine Mason - CHP Chair

Catherine Mason, Chair

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

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.

Richard Williams, Non Executive Director

Richard has over 30 years of real estate and finance experience, having held a number of executive and non-executive roles for organisations in retail, housing, healthcare and retirement living with companies such as Aldi, McCarthy Stone, Octopus Healthcare and St Andrews Healthcare spanning both the public and private sectors. This has included executive roles in operations, property development, real estate management and finance. He is currently CEO of Brigid Investments, an asset owning business specialising in retirement rental property and also sits on the Boards of BexleyCo and Cognatum Property. Previously he sat on the Board of one of the largest Housing Associations in the South of the Country (Radian).

Eric Guillaume - CHP Board member

Eric Guillaume, Non Executive Director

Eric has over 20 years’ experience developing customer led strategies and has delivered major programmes of digital business transformation at board level. He has worked in both the public and private sectors for companies including Grosvenor Group, ITV and AOL as well as UK Parliament, HMRC and the BBC.  A former sociologist, he brings extensive knowledge in behavioural science and its impact on organisational culture and change management. Eric is the first Chair of the Digital Committee at the Energy Saving Trust alongside being a Non-Executive Director for the Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association.

Pete Cornforth - CHP Board member 2023

Pete Cornforth, Non Executive Director

Pete has spent over 30 years in the real estate investment and development industry and currently holds a range of business appointments, most recently Senior Adviser to global investment house PineBridge Benson Elliot. Prior to this he was a Director at European private equity property fund Benson Elliot for over 10 years. He is a Chartered Valuation Surveyor, holds a BSc in Land Management and is a Fellow of The Royal Society for Arts. Pete is currently a Trustee at Ormiston Trust, a 52 school national provider, and has previously held non-executive Board roles at 2 London social housing providers, an NHS mental health Trust, and been vice-chair of the National Autistic Society, having joined as a volunteer parent member. He currently sits on the Investment Advisory Group for Transport for London’s £2bn wholly owned property subsidiary, Places for London, is a Governor at the John Whitgift Foundation and a Board non-executive at East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Eleanor Mason, Shareholder Representative

Eleanor Mason took on the role of Shareholder Representative Director on the board of Community Health Partnerships (CHP) in 2024. She is currently Deputy Director of Companies and Commercial Projects at the Department of Health and Social Care, bringing vital insights to the board as our teams constantly work to improve the services we offer to customers and managing the Department's land interests. Eleanor has held a variety of senior finance roles within the UK Civil Service and has previously worked for Maryland Medicaid in the United States and at HM Treasury. Eleanor is also a Non-Executive Shareholder Representative Director of NHS Property Services Ltd.

Wendy Farrington-Chadd, Chief Executive Officer

Wendy has extensive CEO and Executive Board level experience within the NHS. She has worked across the complete spectrum of the healthcare system both in hospital providers and in commissioning and has experience in both England and Wales. Wendy joined the NHS through the National Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme in the North West and undertook several senior roles prior to obtaining Finance Director positions, many including Estates and Investment. She has also undertaken several national and regional Chair and leadership roles including: Chairman of the West Midlands HFMA; lead Chief Executive for the National Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance; Interim CEO for the British Academy of Audiology, and Chair of NHS West Midlands Providers. She has worked as a Management Consultant and Executive Coach, and has undertaken many senior interim roles in Turnaround and CEO positions. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS University Foundation Trust.

Nafees Arif, Chief Financial Officer

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.

Malcolm Twite

Malcolm Twite, Executive Director Property and Operations

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.

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