The Board

The Board is made up of representatives from all six partners of the organisation. Ultimately responsible for the work of the Tower Hamlets Together partnership, the Board supports the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which sits at the top of our health and social care partnerships, enabling it to carry out its statutory duties in joining up effective care services for residents.

The Board has a leading role in promoting the health of the population of Tower Hamlets and oversees health and social care integration, including service redesign, transformation and innovation. The ethos of partnership underpins all work areas, with the recognition that, on occasions, difficult decisions maybe required by partners in order to deliver overall improvements for the Tower Hamlets population.

Isabel Hodkinson

Chair

Isabel Hodkinson

Principal GP Clinical Lead (CCG) and Clinical Director (GP Care Group)

Isabel is a trained GP and she became a GP principal in Bow 20 years ago. She continues to work as a part time clinician but has also developed a portfolio career. She works as a GP clinical lead for diabetes, a role which has developed considerably since 2007, with work on the Year of Care project, diabetes care packages and increasing commissioning responsibilities. She is a trusted and respected clinical leader across the local health and social care community.
She became Chair of Tower Hamlets Together board in December 2017.

Mason Fitzgerald

Mason Fitzgerald

Director of Corporate Affairs (ELFT)

Mason is a Barrister, Solicitor and Company Secretary having qualified in New Zealand and America. He joined ELFT in 2002 and was appointed Trust Secretary in 2005 leading the governance work stream of the Trust’s application for Foundation Trust status. In 2009 he was appointed as the Associate Director of Governance playing a major role in the Trust’s acquisition and integration of Newham Community Health Services. In 2012 he became the Director of Governance & Corporate Planning. He is also a member of the Monitor Panel for Advising Governors.

Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones

Corporate Director of Children’s Services (LBTH)

Debbie started her professional career in South London as a practitioner majoring nationally and locally in fostering and adoption, as well as services for disabled children. She has worked across a number of Local Authorities in both unitary and Shire Counties, as well as a spell in Further Education. With a Masters in Public Sector Management, Debbie has held a variety of senior leadership roles including: Assistant Director in Slough, Corporate Director Children and Learning at Luton Council, Interim Director of Children’s services at Stoke on Trent City Council and Acting Director of Social Care and Health for Durham County Council.

Somen Banerjee

Somen Banerjee

Director of Public Health (LBTH)

Somen is Co-Director of Public Health. He has lived and worked in Tower Hamlets while completing his specialist registrar training in public health in Oxford. During his training, he gained experience working in public health with the World Health Organisation, Department of Health, NICE, Public Health observatories and the British Heart Foundation Academic Unit in Oxford University as well as working across a number of primary care trusts (PCTs) in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. He also has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Ralph Coulbeck

Ralph Coulbeck

Director of Strategy (Barts Health)

Ralph began his career on the NHS Management Training Scheme and has worked in the NHS, parliament and government. He was previously director of strategy at the NHS Trust Development Authority and also worked as chief adviser to the NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson. Ralph Coulbeck was appointed director of strategy for the Trust in April 2016.

Tracy Cannell

Tracy Cannell

Chief Operating Officer (GP Care Group)

Tracy has more than 25 years NHS commissioning and operational management experience in primary, community and acute service settings. Along with her colleague, Chris Banks, Tracy has helped establish 15 social enterprise spin-outs from the NHS and local authorities, and numerous tenders for NHS and local authority contracts, all of which are now thriving organisations. In her current role as Tower Hamlets GP Care Group Chief Operating Officer, she has made major contributions to the Group's successful bids for health visiting and community health services. She is also the Alliance Manager of the Alliance Partnership Contract and plays a key system leadership role within the emerging accountable care system.

Richard Fradgley

Vice Chair

Richard Fradgley

Director of Integration (ELFT)

Richard joined the ELFT as Director of Integrated Care in June 2015. He was previously Director of Mental Health and Joint Commissioning at NHS Tower Hamlets CCG where he worked as part of the East London Mental Health Consortium commissioning mental health services across east London. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of commissioning and provider roles. He is a qualified social worker with a degree in English Literature from University College London and an MBA from the University of Warwick.

Simon Hall

Simon Hall

Interim Managing Director (CCG)

Simon Hall was appointed as the CCG’s Managing Director in December 2017, following the appointment of a Single Accountable Officer across the seven CCGs in north east London. Previously, he was the Acting Chief Officer for the CCG since September 2016. Simon is passionate about primary care in particular, and in his recent role in Greenwich CCG set up GP provider networks and led the development of a community hospital. Outside of work Simon has been a Trustee of a hospice, runs his local residents’ association, and is a proud parent of a seven-year-old girl.

Denise Radlely

Denise Radlely

Corporate Director of Health, Adults and Community (LBTH)

Denise Radley’s portfolio includes adult social care, integrated commissioning, public health and community safety. She joined the Council in 2016 having previously worked in Luton, Hertfordshire, Peterborough and three London boroughs. Denise's background is in commissioning (long before it was called commissioning!) and for the last 12 years has worked in senior integrated health and care roles including five years as Director of Adult Social Services and Deputy Chief Executive of a PCT. Denise is also the national commissioning lead for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Jackie Sullivan

Jackie Sullivan

Managing Director, Royal London Hospital (Barts Health)

Chris Banks

Chris Banks

Chief Executive Officer (GP Care Group)

Over the last 25 years, Chris’s career has spanned the health industry, the private sector and the NHS. Along with his colleague, Tracy Cannell, Chris has helped establish 15 social enterprise spin-outs from the NHS and local authorities, and numerous tenders for NHS and local authority contracts. In his current role as CEO of Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, a GP federation, he has helped increase their turnover form £300k to over £23 million in the last 18 months. He is plays a leading role in the emerging accountable care system. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Kirsty Cornell

Kirsty Cornell

Chief Executive Officer (Tower Hamlets CVS)

Kirsty has been CEO of THCVS since March 2015. Kirsty started her career in HR, before taking on more general management roles, and has worked in the private and public sectors. Kirsty also has over 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector, and has worked at both national and local charities.

Are you a Tower Hamlets resident? We would love to hear from you!

If you have any feedback regarding our services, or suggestions of ideas and initiatives that may improve the healthcare and wellbeing of people in Tower Hamlets, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.