Director of service development, Nick Hunt
Nick Hunt is director of service development and also site director at Harefield, a role he took on in 2006. He has worked at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust since its inception.
Nick began his career at Regional HQ, the forerunner of Strategic Health Authorities. His subsequent career in NHS management has included both operational and strategic roles at a number of London hospitals.
Director of communications and public affairs, Jo Thomas
Jo Thomas joined the Trust in 2003. She has a background in marketing, publishing and media having spent four years as corporate communications director for the Hearst Corporation’s UK subsidiary, The National Magazine Company and five years in television production.
Immediately before her appointment at the Trust she spent two years at the Department of Health, working closely with the Chief Medical Officer on public health and patient safety projects. Her remit includes marketing and communications strategy, reputation management, marketing communications, website development, public affairs, patient-facing publications and the Trust’s arts programme.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Managing director, private patients, David Shrimpton
David Shrimpton has been with the Trust since May 2008, joining from Citigroup where he was the sales and distribution director at the UK retail bank.
David spent 17 years at Citigroup holding various positions within the wealth management business working in a number of European and Middle East locations.
He has also worked for HSBC and ABN AMRO during the course of his career.
Director of human resources, Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson joined the Trust in August 2008. As well as experience in the commercial sector, she has worked in the NHS, holding the position of HR director for the National Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Carol has considerable experience in the area of change management, gained both in the NHS and at Philips Medical Systems, where she was HR director for some years.
Her experience in other blue chip organisations, including Novartis and a number of international market research organisations, has given her a breadth of experience relevant to the Trust’s strategic vision.
Carol is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Director of planning and strategy, Piers McCleery
Piers McCleery took up the post of director of planning and strategy in November 2009. He joined the Trust from the financial services sector, where he spent time both as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte and also with Cheltenham & Gloucester plc and the West Bromwich Building Society.
Piers also spent 10 years with the Jardine Matheson Group in the US, Middle East and Hong Kong. His background is in strategic development - defining a competitive strategy for an organisation and leading the process through pilot stages to full implementation.
Director of capital projects and development, Joanna Axon
In January 2010, Joanna was appointed director of capital projects and development to lead the refurbishment and redevelopment of both our hospital sites.
She joined the Trust from real estate company Hammerson, where she worked as a project director on the development of mixed-use properties. She has also practised as a chartered surveyor.
Chief information officer, Joanna Smith
Joanna Smith, who has over 20 years’ experience leading IT programmes in the pharmaceutical sector, was appointed to the role of chief information officer in January 2013.
She began her career in the banking sector, before joining Roche. She initially worked in HR, and sales and marketing, before moving into IT and rising to lead corporate information technology business development, and latterly holding the position of head of informatics and global customer support, sales and marketing. She ran her own business from 2005 to 2007 and was headhunted by one of her clients, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, to direct information technology for the European research and development business between 2007 and 2012.
Joanna leads the Trust’s IT and technology strategy, to improve the quality of patient care, knowledge management and research.