Edwin Ndlovu, Director of Operations 

Edwin Ndlovu graduated from City University of London in 1999 with a mental health nurse qualification. Edwin has worked in adult mental health, learning disability services and the secure mental health service within east London for the past 20 years. He was appointed Borough Director for Mental Health Services in Tower Hamlets in 2016. He became Director of Operations in December 2019. Edwin also holds a MPA and is a Nye Bevan Programme graduate.

Dean Henderson, Borough Director for City and Hackney

Dean Henderson joined the Trust from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, where he was General Manager, Service Development.  He had previously been the Locality Manager for the Trust in Bath & North East Somerset. Dean has spent most of his career working in mental health. He qualified as a Social Worker in 1984, in New Zealand, and worked there for 10 years before coming to the UK with his family in 1994. On arriving in the UK and settling in Bristol, he trained  as an Approved Social Worker. He went on to hold various local authority management roles and continued practicing as an Approved Social Worker, until transferring to the NHS, when NHS and Local Authority Mental Health services in Bath & North East Somerset integrated in 2001.

Dr Philip Baker, Interim Head of Forensic Services

Dr Baker undertook medical training at Oxford University and University College London, qualifying in 2001. He completed psychiatric training in North and East London, gaining Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005 and has worked as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist since 2009 at the John Howard Centre, predominantly within female secure and community forensic services.

He is a keen educator and also examines for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has an interest in Healthcare Governance, having led on Clinical Audit within the forensic service for many years.  Dr Baker was an early adopter of QI, leading and sponsoring projects across the directorate.He has represented ELFT on regional committees and within reference groups at NHS England.  He undertakes Peer Reviews as part of the Royal College’s Quality Network, contributing to service improvements in the wider NHS.

Dr Baker sat on the Local Negotiating Committee representing doctors’ interests at Trust for several years, most notably increasing consultant presence at weekends whilst ensuring safeguards for doctors’ work-life balance. He was appointed Associate Clinical Director for the John Howard Centre in 2016, and became Interim Head of Service in 2017. 

Gill Williams, Borough Director - Newham

Gill qualified as a social worker in 1980 and apart from a brief period in child protection services, she has spent her working life in mental health services, initially as a hospital based social worker and then in integrated mental health care. She has practised as an Approved Social Worker (now AMHP) throughout this time.

Gill has worked for various local authorities before joining Newham in 2000 as Practice Development Manager. She moved to  City and Hackney as Deputy Borough Director in 2012 and held this post for three years until returning to Newham as Borough Director. Gill was awarded an MSc in Health Management in 2008.

Borough Director for Tower Hamlets

Currently vacant

John Hill, Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Development

John joined the Trust in January 2007 as Deputy Director and was promoted to Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Development in April 2011. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and following a two year spell in the NHS at Newham General Hospital (1984-1986), he went to Saudi Arabia for a year to commission a new general hospital for the Saudi Health care system. He then spent the next 7.5 years in Australia working on both healthcare and private sector projects. John returned to England in 1994 as the Estates Manager at St Georges Hospital, Redbridge and then joined Barts and the London NHS Trust as the Head of Estates and Facilities in 1999 before joining the Trust in 2007.

Michael McGhee, Service Director Newham Community Services, Bedfordshire Community Health Services and Mental Health Care for Older People

Michael McGhee was appointed to the Older People's Services Directorate in November 2009. Prior to this, he was the Service Manager for Mental Health Care of Older People Services in Newham. His background is in social work. He has previously worked for South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and has worked for several local authorities across London.

Sarah Wilson, Director of Specialist Services 

Sarah joined the Trust in August 2008. Her recent experience was in the South West, in performance management at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust. Prior to this she led Bristol's Drug Strategy team for 3 years. Sarah started her NHS career in East London, in a range of HR roles, before moving into operational management with Specialist Addiction Services.

Eugene Jones, Director of Service Transformation

Eugene is a registered nurse and has extensive mental health clinical and management experience, having worked in a variety of posts for different trusts. He joined ELFT in 2016 from his role as Locality Director for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Michelle Bradley, Director for Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

Michelle is a registered nurse and has extensive mental health commissioning experience as well as having clinical experience of working in Learning Disability services for Bedfordshire. Michelle lives in and has detailed knowledge of Bedfordshire. She joined the Trust in 2016 from her role as Associate Director, Mental Health and Integrated Care Commissioning, for the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


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