THT Executive Board

The THT Executive 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 THT Executive 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.

Amy Gibbs

Amy Gibbs

Independent Chair

Amy is a health and social policy expert, community campaigner and senior leader, with experience in national charities, local government and Parliament. She has played an active role in Tower Hamlets since moving here in 2006, including 5 years as Vice-Chair of East End CAB and 8 years as an elected Councillor for Bethnal Green. Amy was privileged to serve in the Council's Cabinet from 2015-18, as Lead for Health & Adults Services and Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board, and then Lead for Education & Children's Services.

Amy is CEO of the education charity Tutors United (from January 2023) and was Chief Executive of Birthrights, the charity promoting human rights in maternity care, from 2018-2022. Previously, she held senior roles at Mind, The Children's Society and Unicef UK, and non-Executive positions including Governor of East London Mental Health Foundation Trust, Board Member for Tower Hamlets Homes and Member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. Amy has an MSc in European Public Policy and MA in English Literature and German. She also has lived experience of using local services as a queer woman and co-parent to two boys.

Warwick Tomsett

Warwick Tomsett

Joint Director of Integrated Commissioning (LBTH/NHS NEL)

Warwick has worked in the public sector for over 30 years and is a qualified social worker.He began his career working with young people in youth justice and then spent many years working as a community based social worker with young people and their families. Warwick has also spent time working in a community mental health team for adults, and on a young person’s inpatient mental health ward. Prior to joining Tower Hamlets in May 2018, he led the joint commissioning arrangements for children in Lewisham, which was a joint team across the local authority and the CCG, working across the children’s partnership and across SE London. Warwick champions good quality services and effective commissioning as he has seen the real difference this can make to people’s lives and experiences.

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.

Peter Okali

Peter Okali

Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services

Peter is Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services (THCVS). He joined THCVS in March 2019 following Chief Executive positions with Greenwich Housing Rights, Age UK Hillingdon and CaVSA (Hammersmith & Fulham CVS).
Peter has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30 years as a volunteer, Trustee, employee and senior manager, with charities providing housing/homelessness and adult social care/health support services. He has a Masters in Management Consultancy and Organisational Change at Birkbeck University, specialising in collaboration and formal partnerships between community based organisations.

Matthew Adrien

Matthew Adrien

Service Director at Healthwatch Tower Hamlets

Prior to joining Healthwatch, Matthew worked for a Housing Association and various local and county councils including Newham, Essex, Lewisham, Hackney, and Oxfordshire.

He has a background in leading, developing and implementing changes in the areas of complaints management, service improvement, training, operational and business processes. Matthew also worked as an independent investigator and panel member for children’s complaints for an independent company some years ago.

Khyati Bakhai

Khyati Bakhai

Tower Hamlets Primary Care Development Lead

Dr Khyati Bakhai has been GP Partner in Tower Hamlets since 2013, at Bromley by Bow health, centre which looks after over 10% of the Tower Hamlets population and has 2 CQC ‘Outstanding’ rated practices. Here, amongst other things, she takes a lead on organisational development, quality improvement and teaching and training.
Khyati enjoys working in diverse teams to address health system problems and has developed the 'DIY Health' programme, bringing together general practice teams with children's centres, schools, health visitors and patients, to empower parents by giving them confidence in managing minor ailments in their young children.
She works with the Royal College of GPs in developing e-learning material and works with the Tower Hamlets training hub to develop and deliver training to clinical and non-clinical staff across North East London. Khyati is a GP trainer and a director for the education and training arm of Greenlight@GP, which supports practice pharmacists.
She has previously worked as a governing board member for Tower Hamlets CCG, leading on 'Primary care transformation' and 'Prescribing', and as Primary care clinical lead for Tower Hamlets.

Richard Fradgley

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 MPA from the University of Warwick.

Denise Radley

Denise Radley

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).

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.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Director of Children and Culture (LBTH)

James is a Social Worker by profession and spent the first half of his career in frontline child protection roles. Now a highly experienced Director of Children’s Services with a track record of leading local education systems as well as delivering social care and early help. Previous leadership roles have included Interim Chief Executive for Children First Northamptonshire; Interim Director of Children’s Services for Richmond Council and for Tameside Council; Director of Children’s Services and Community Neighbourhoods for Newham Council; and Director of Family Services for Westminster City Council and the tri-borough partnership. In that time, James has led Children’s Social Care to achieve Outstanding Ofsted judgements as well as out of intervention. He is also the lead for the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) on Safeguarding Reform and sits on the national Safeguarding Reform Delivery Board; on the London Safeguarding Children Partnership Executive; and as a Non-Executive Director for the Innovation Unit.

Roberto Tamsanguan

Roberto Tamsanguan

GP and Tower Hamlets Place Clinical Director

Roberto is a local General Practitioner in Tower Hamlets, and is Clinical Director for Tower Hamlets Together. He has worked across North East London across hospital and community settings for many years, and has led on transformation programmes at national and local level since 2018. He is also a Clinical Advisor at NHS England. He has completed the Health Education England Darzi Fellowship in Clinical Leadership. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a Member of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Dr Neil Ashman

Dr Neil Ashman

Chief Executive Officer - Royal London and Mile End Hospitals

Dr Ashman has been associated with The Royal London Hospital for most of his medical career. Before beginning his position as chief executive in September 2022, he was deputy chief executive from 2017-19 and group director of clinical transformation for Barts Health from 2019 – 2022. Dr Ashman specialised at The Royal London before being appointed as a consultant nephrologist – specialising in diseases of the kidney – almost 20 years ago. Since then he has held a variety of key roles including chair of the medicine board, national clinical advisor for the NHSE Renal Service Transformation Programme, and London clinical lead for outpatients within the elective recovery programme. He was deputy CEO for the period in which The Royal London team achieved a Good rating from the Care Quality Commission, and was influential in setting up key partnerships in Tower Hamlets with community services, GPs and the local authority.

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