David joined South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in July 2019. He has extensive NHS operational experience in mental health, acute and community services. David began his career in the NHS in 1980 and has over 20 years’ experience at board level across different NHS trusts in London, Oxford and Surrey including nine years as a Chief Executive Officer. He is a board member of King’s Health Partners, a Trustee on Maudsley Charity (the largest mental health charity in the UK) and on the advisory board of Mindful Healthcare. David is Chair of the Cavendish Square Group, which provides a collective voice for the providers of NHS mental health services in London, and for the broader mental health community including clinicians and patients.
Before joining the Trust, David was Chief Executive at South West London and St George’s NHS Trust. Through several award-winning change programmes, he transformed the organisation, improving the quality of services and care provided to patients. He led one of London’s most significant successful mental health development schemes with a new £180m state of the art hospital and overall £1bn redevelopment of the existing site.
David is one of the founders of the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, a unique partnership of three London NHS trusts that, after being established in 2017, has transformed outcomes for people with specialist, often complex mental health problems.