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Sola Afuape

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Sola Afuape was appointed in August 2016. She is a member of QSAC and is co-chair of the Equality and Diversity committee.

Sola has over 15 years’ experience in health and social care advising, designing and implementing national and regional programmes most notably in health inequality improvements and was Chair of a national charity tackling social exclusion and health inequalities with a particular focus on Mental Health, for which she was awarded an MBE. She has held a number of advisory roles across a collaboration of CCGs and worked across government within the Department of Health, Public Health England, Standing Commissioning on Carers and the Arts and more recently HMCT’s London West Advisory  Committee.

She currently runs her own consultancy specialising in Strategy, Workforce & OD and Equalities and conducting independent reviews which she combines with a deep passion for patient, staff and citizen voice, co- production and systems leadership.


Ranjeet Kaile

Director of Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs

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Ranjeet is responsible for leading on Communications, Stakeholder Engagement  and Public Affairs.

Ranjeet has 20 years’ of marketing and communication experience working in some of the country’s most challenging public sector arenas.

Since joining the Trust in 2013, Ranjeet has built an award winning service leading a number of innovations that have directly benefitted patient care. This includes in 2014 leading one of England’s largest mental health reconfiguration consultations as part of our £150m Estate Modernisation Programme. In 2017 the Trust won Silver in the European Digital Impact Awards in the ‘Best use of digital to an internal audience’ category for our intranet. Ranjeet leads the Trust’s culture change programme Making Life Better Together which saw over 1,500 staff, patients and carers come together in 2019 to co-produce our new values and behaviours framework.  In 2020 Ranjeet worked with BBC on the documentary ‘Stacey Dooley on the Psych Ward’, which was filmed at Springfield University Hospital, and gives a true reflection of the care, compassion and dedication of our nurses.

Ranjeet has held a number of senior communication roles throughout his career including as special adviser for the Department of Health working on the provider communications strategy for implementing the 2012 ‘Liberating the NHS’ reforms.  At Lambeth Council Ranjeet was the Head of Communications and led the Council’s successful lobbying campaign for a £220m investment in the Building Schools for the Future programme. He has also spent time working with MPs at the Houses of Parliament and supporting local councillors with community programmes. From 2008-2013 Ranjeet worked for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where he transformed the way the organisation communicated with staff, patients and carers.

Ranjeet is passionate about public services, community engagement and access to services. He is a national advisor to the charity Citizens UK and a Trustee for Alcohol Change UK. Ranjeet is a key figure in NHS communications development and champions the national work on strategic value in communications. Over the next two years he is leading on the development of the NHS communications evaluation framework and NHS evaluation Council. He is also the interim Director of Communications at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust since October 2019.


Jennifer Allan

Chief Operating Officer

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Jennifer joined the Trust in March 2020 to lead the successful operational delivery and performance of all the Trust’s services.

Jennifer joined the Trust following her role as Director of Operations at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust where she led operationally on the Trust’s adult surgical services. Previously Jennifer led the delivery of district nursing, rapid response and rehabilitation services, and worked on empowering staff to work in a more mobile way when at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

David Lee

Trust Secretary 

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David has worked at the Trust since 2016 and in the NHS since 1988.

His first role was an A&C4 post and his initial period in the NHS was 8 years working in community health councils, representing the patient and public interest. He then moved into senior management where his roles have included setting up the first integrated care organisation in London in 2002, Director of Strategy, Foundation Trust Company Secretary, Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Corporate and Business Development, Foundation Trust Programme Director and Director of Planning and Corporate Governance. After 13 years in Camden & Islington he moved to Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, before joining SWLSTG.

David also has extensive social care experience from his time as an elected member in local government when he served five years as a chair of social services.

His qualifications include an MSc in Management in the Public Sector.


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