Our Board

Our Board includes non-executives, executive directors and partners members from councils and the NHS. 

Other directors of partner representatives attend on a regular basis but are not voting members.

The role of the Board is to make sure NHS Kent and Medway has plans and processes in place to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently, economically and in accordance with principles of good governance and the constitution.

Chair

Cedi has held a number of NHS appointments as part of a 30-year career as a non-executive director in various organisations. His current NHS appointment is Chair of North Middlesex NHS Trust which he leaves at the end of October. He has also been a non-executive director at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Barnet Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust.

Other non-executive roles include various housing associations, St Johns Ambulance, as a Governor (2009-2017) at Canterbury Christchurch University and a Board member of Basketball England.

His professional career includes senior management roles in local authority housing, housing associations and a national social care provider, plus chief executive roles in a mental health charity and Kent based social care provider.

In 2020, Cedi was asked to co-chair the national BAME advisory committee for the social care sector. He is also the co-chair of the Social Care Workforce and Race Equality Standards Committee.

Dame Eillen Sills

Non-Executive Director

Angela has extensive experience at chief executive-level, most recently at Camden and Islington Foundation Trust. Angela has a particular interest in developing positive and inclusive culture in organisations and in strategic leadership and she is a qualified executive coach. Angela will chair the ICB’s remuneration and people committee.

She has been Chief Executive at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, and has worked as Director of Public Health, Delivery and Performance at the Department of Health. Angela also led the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for five years.

Angela was a longstanding member of the Council for the University of Kent and has chaired the Kent and Medway Medical School Partnership Board since its inception.

Non-Executive Director

Hugh is a Consultant Physician with 25 years of clinical management experience. A recent member of the South East England Clinical Senate Council he has contributed to the advancement of evidence-based care through local, national and international clinical guidance and standards and the development of integrated and multidisciplinary care programmes. 

Hugh is the current chair of a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards Committee and is a recent adviser to the NICE Board.

A published speaker, journal, academic and clinical service reconfiguration reviewer, Hugh has a developing interest in innovation in medicine and the intersection between this and philosophy and medical ethics.

Non-Executive Director

Valerie is a Chartered Architect, Town Planner, Development Surveyor and Environmentalist – expert in sustainable development and community regeneration. She is passionate about social justice and helping to tackle health and wider inequalities through good design.

Valerie has been an NHS non-executive on two trust boards and was a Sunday Times National NED of the Year in 2017. In her voluntary career, Valerie has worked with Girlguiding UK delivering community education programmes amongst in severely disadvantaged communities, and has worked with Muslim communities both nationally and internationally, helping girls and women reach their potential.

Valerie lives in Deal with her husband and three daughters. She has been a special needs foster parent and is now an adoptive parent.

Paul Bentley

Chief Executive

Paul Bentley was confirmed as the Chief Executive designate of the NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board in November 2021.

Named as one of the top NHS chief executives in the country by the Health Service Journal in 2021 – Paul previously held the position of chief executive of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust since March 2016.

A father of grown-up triplets, Paul has a wealth of experience of not only NHS healthcare, but has also studied in the US. Prior to joining KCHFT, Paul was Director of Workforce and Communications at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust since 2011.

He has worked in the NHS since 1987 and as an NHS director since 1998 leading on strategy, organisational development and workforce and communications. During this time, he was also interim chief executive in Surrey, director of strategy at Ashford and St Peter’s Trust and held the position of non-executive director for NHS innovations South East.

Dr Kate Langford

Medical Director

Kate is Medical Director for Systems Improvement and Professional Standards at NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI). Kate is an obstetrician by background and trained in hospitals in Kent and London before becoming a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust from 2001 to 2019.

She was clinical chair of the Local Maternity System in south east London and a CCG governing body member in north east London.

Kate is an experienced systems level leader having been medical director for the Centre for Workforce Intelligence. Kate has been supporting the system in Kent and Medway as part of her NHSEI role. 

Interim Chief Nurse

Chief Finance Officer

Ivor has extensive experience of the NHS in Kent and Medway having joined East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust in 1999. Since then he has worked at the local primary care trust and clinical commissioning groups. He also has worked at NHS England as Director of Assurance and Delivery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Non-Executive Director

Gurvinder is chief executive of Kent Equality Cohesion Council and has worked in the in the voluntary sector in Kent since 1999. He established Cohesion Plus in 2008 and is currently its Artistic Director.

Gurvinder has worked extensively across Kent in partnership with community, faith and statutory sectors to promote community cohesion, engagement with diverse communities and to eliminate discrimination. He has worked extensively with Kent Police for over 20 years including roles as Chair of the County Independent Police Advisory Group and an independent member for the Police and Crime Panel.

Gurvinder also sits on a number boards at county level including the Youth Justice Board, Prevent Delivery Board and the Cultural Transformation Board. 

Partner member  Kent County Council

Partner member  community and mental health services

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Non Executive Director

Partner member  Medway Council

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