Trust Board Members

Louise Ashley - CEOLouise is a Registered Adult and Children’s Nurse and has worked clinically as a nurse for the whole of her career. Before coming to DGT in October 2018, she worked as a Chief Nurse and a Chief Operating Officer, across a variety of NHS Trusts. Louise describes her job as the best job in the world as she combines being CEO of a dynamic, forward thinking organisation with that of a practising, registered nurse. This enables her to be the Board lead for infection, prevention and control and also, as she is a children’s nurse, the Board Champion for Children in the organisation.

Louise is committed to the Trust providing the best possible care to the  patients we serve and the best possible work experience to all our staff. Louise joined the Trust on 15 October 2018.

Julie Frake Harris - COOJulie started at the Trust in October 2019 as the Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Operating Officer. Julie comes with a wealth of operational experience from different sectors within the NHS. She has undertaken operational role in the NHS for the last 25 years, starting her managerial career in South West  London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.  Previously Julie was Operational Lead for Specialist Services in Central London where she worked across complex local and national service pathways.  She moved to take up her post at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust from Cambridgeshire where she had been theExecutive Director of Operations for the past 3 years.

Steve FenlonSteve Fenlon joined the executive team at DGT as Medical Director in October 2016. Steve qualified in 1988 from Nottingham University and pursued a career in General Practice before changing to Anaesthesia in 1993. He took up a consultant post at Queen Victoria Hospital in 2000 and held a post  there as consultant anaesthetist and in several medical management roles, including Medical Director from 2013-2016. Steve will continue to hold a clinical role within the Trust in addition to wider external engagement with Commissioners and the Sustainability and Transformation plan for Kent and Medway. Steve lives with his family in Kent and is perhaps not as excited about working near to Bluewater as his children are.

Siobhan CallananSiobhan started her career in nursing as a RGN at the Whittington Hospital in 1984 before going on to work at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1989. She has worked locally at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust since 1995 becoming Associate Director of Nursing for Surgery and Oncology and Private Patients Unit in 2008.

Siobhan started with the Trust as Deputy Nursing Director on 1st January 2017. Siobhan is now the Trust's Chief Nurse.

Alexandra Bode-TunjiPrior to joining the Trust Alexandra was the Executive Director of Human Resources at Buckinghamshire New University [BNU] driving culture changes, employee engagement leadership and management development, workforce planning as well as equality diversity and inclusion. She was also involved with the setup of the Skills Academy in Buckinghamshire, to meet the demand for new nurses and future health roles within the NHS.  

Previously to working at BNU, Alexandra worked at Transport for London for 10 years and her last role was, leading the people transformation programme as part of the ticket office closure programme within London Underground, which resulted in improvements in employee engagement and the customer experience. Alexandra is passionate about leadership, employee engagement,  customer experience and stakeholder engagement.

Jonathan WadeJonathan (John) Wade joined the Trust as Director of Operations in January 2020. He previously worked at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings’ Lynn where he was Chief Operating Officer. In October 2021, Jonathan became our Chief Operating Officer.

He is very committed to supporting staff to ensure the Trust continues to deliver the very best standard of care to our patients.

John is a member of the Executive Team and the Trust Board and believes teamwork throughout the organisation is one of the most important factors in delivering outstanding care for patients. 

Basirat Sadiq

Basirat (Bas) joined the NHS in 2004 as an outpatient receptionist before taking up her  first management post in 2006. Since then she has built up a portfolio as a healthcare director with a breadth of experience in various senior leadership roles across acute, community and primary care sectors including, General Manager for Specialist Neurology services at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery part of University College London Hospitals,  General Manager for Maternity and Neonatal services at Barts Health and Divisional Manager for Specialist Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital.

Bas was Director of Operations at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust before joining the Trust as Director of Improvement in July 2019. She is responsible for leading the Trust’s improvement journey including ensuring the Trust Strategy becomes a successful reality. She is also the director lead for the Trusts external partnerships including Integrated Care Partnerships and the Guy's and St Thomas' Healthcare Alliance.

Bas is passionate about people and the empowerment of front line staff to drive sustainable change. 

Ian O'Connor

Ian started at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in May 2020.  Ian has been a  NHS Finance Director / Chief Finance Officer for the last 18 years and lives just across the bridge in Basildon. 

Ian is an experienced NHS Finance leader having spent time recently at Medway Foundation Trust and Barking Havering and Redbridge Trust.  Ian is committed to both the development of finance professionals into leaders and to the development of high quality healthcare services that lead to the best outcomes for patients alongside the best use of the funds the NHS has available.