Meet the team 2017-06-06T08:37:41+00:00

Meet the team

Nick Fox Director of Imperial Private Healthcare

Mr Nick Fox
Director of private healthcare

Nick Fox joined Imperial Private Healthcare as the director in October 2016.

Nick moved in to healthcare after senior director roles in a variety of different companies, both in the UK and internationally. His career began in marketing for one of the biggest global brands at the time, before moving into business management and working for Nuffield Health, helping them redevelop and grow one of their flagship hospitals and working on their strategic plans around health and wellbeing.

Prior to joining Imperial Private Healthcare Nick worked for BMI, the largest independent group of hospitals in the UK.

Nick firmly believes in putting patients at the heart of everything that we do and in empowering staff to take ownership in being the very best that they care be for the benefit of the people in our care. He is delighted to be part of such a well respected Trust, managing a fantastic brand with a great future.


Professor Alun Davies
Clinical director

Professor Davies is the clinical director of Imperial Private Healthcare and professor of vascular surgery at Imperial College, London. He trained at Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and Harvard and runs a very productive academic department. He has worked in private healthcare within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for over 20 years.

He has a wide experience in health care with previous roles as head of clinical governance for surgery and anaesthesia in the Trust, NICE committees, advisor to NHS England, advisor to BUPA, private practice representative for ASGBI and Venous Forum and member of FIPO. He also advises internationally on issues of healthcare to governments, independent societies and commercial bodies.

Professor Davies believes that Imperial Private Healthcare can offer the optimal care to private patients within the setting of an NHS institution. The collaboration between the NHS and its private arm enables all patients to benefit with respect to improved outcomes and experience.


Tracey Howson
Head of operations

Tracey’s operational management of our private facilities ensures that Imperial Private Healthcare achieves its commercial, clinical and quality objectives. She has over seventeen years of experience within the Trust, firstly as a nurse (progressing to senior nurse) and more recently as the service manager of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s. She therefore understands the issues that both our clinical and operational teams face, having had experience of both throughout her career.

Offering our patients safe and personalised care delivered in an environment that has the comfort of a hotel is top of Tracey’s agenda.


Louise McCarthy 
Head of programmes/Deputy head of operations

As head of programmes, Louise is responsible for ensuring that any new services we offer to patients are implemented as seamlessly as possible, as well as ensuring that any changes to the existing services are managed smoothly. Louise also ensures that our facilities are of an exceptional quality and leads the team in any facility improvement projects.

Louise has worked for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 1985, initially as a clinic receptionist, but more recently as the service manager for the private services at Hammersmith Hospital. Her positive attitude, hard work and dedication to Imperial Private Healthcare ensures that standards are always high.

Jane Boyle head of business development Imperial Private Healthcare

Jane Boyle
Head of business development

As head of business development, Jane is responsible for liaising with internal stakeholders and external business partners to build the Imperial Private Healthcare business. She also manages the international team and embassy relations; a growing part of the private market.

Jane joined Imperial Private Healthcare in May 2015 after several years in a leading NHS private patient unit working in business and projects. She is a CIMA qualified accountant who as worked in healthcare since 2006, both in the NHS and in a major accounting firm supporting the healthcare sector.

Jane believes that Imperial Private healthcare can offer excellent clinical care to private patients because it is part of a leading NHS Trust. She also believes that offering private healthcare benefits the whole organisation as funds are reinvested to develop and support the Trust as a whole.

Portrait of Teresa McHugh, Head of Nursing at Imperial Private Healthcare

Teresa McHugh
Head of nursing

Teresa has many years of experience as a senior nurse. She has held a number of managerial posts including service manager for ambulatory care and theatre at the Whittington Hospital and head of nursing at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals. She was also deputy director of nursing at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals, before taking on the role of deputy nursing director in the division of investigative sciences at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Teresa trained as a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital and following this spent a significant part of her career working within intensive care and theatre at a variety of hospitals.

Teresa brings a tremendous amount of experience to Imperial Private Healthcare, building on the existing skills within our team.

She is passionate about nursing leadership and ensuring that our nursing team do the best for our patients, their friends and their families.

Lead nurse Itziar Atucha Charing Cross Imperial Private Healthcare

Itziar Atucha
Lead nurse (Charing Cross and Hammersmith)

Itzi’s role is to provide leadership to the nursing team The Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Wing at Hammersmith and The Thames View at Charing Cross. She manages the matrons at both sites and champions high quality care and customer service for all our patients.

Itziar qualified as a nurse in 2000 at the Ramon Llull University in Spain. She has over 15 years’ experience within the NHS, most recently as a senior nurse at Kings’ College Hospital. Prior to that, she spent six years working in cancer services. She has spent time as a clinical nurse specialist in Upper GI and has worked with patients with lung cancer and metastatic spinal cord compression as well as spending some of her career in acute oncology. She has also previously worked as an oncology matron for the NHS at Charing Cross Hospital.

She is proud to be working for Imperial Private Healthcare and recognises the outstanding reputation that the Trust has for both NHS and private care for its patients.

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Tim Leak
Lead nurse (Lindo Wing)

Tim has over a decade of nursing experience which includes a period of time as a ward manager on a large elective orthopaedic ward and then on a busy London polytrauma ward. He also has considerable experience looking after emergency surgical, urology and medical patients.
Tim believes that nursing should be epitomised by its focus on patient care. He supports the nursing staff to deliver a personalised approach giving patients the confidence to know that they are safe in the caring hands of Imperial Private Healthcare.

Luisa Sweeney modern matron maternity, The Lindo Wing

Luisa Sweeney
Modern matron (Lindo Maternity)

Luisa Sweeney is our modern matron in the Lindo midwifery team. She  has over 25 years’ experience as a registered midwife, both privately and in the NHS, including as a maternity matron.

Luisa joined Imperial Private Healthcare in May 2016.


Kim Gregory
Commercial manager

As commercial manager, Kim is the main point of contact for insurers and embassies around all financial issues.

Kim has worked within the Trust for many years in a wide variety of roles, spending time in theatres, A&E and psychiatry before joining private healthcare in 1992.

She believes that patients should choose Imperial Private Healthcare because of the high level of support from specialist services within the wider Trust and the excellent skill mix of our nurses at all sites.

Shaan Malhotra customer services manager Imperial Private Healthcare

Shaan Malhotra
Customer service manager

Shaan Malhotra is responsible for ensuring that an excellent standard of hotel and customer service is provided to all our patients by benchmarking, setting and monitoring standards for all non-clinical aspects of patient care.

Shaan graduated from West London University with a degree in Psychology. Before proceeding to his postgraduate studies, he worked for British Airways where he progressed quickly from check-in agent through to customer service trainer/mentor for new entrants. He then spent much of his time at BA working with the prestigious Concorde team.

Shaan’s first healthcare role was with the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Initially as a bereavement officer, he progressed to Trust bereavement service manager & PALS coordinator where he managed and delivered the very highest standard service, supported by clinical team. Shaan was also the key trainer for the bereavement, PALS and complaints services.

Shaan’s vision is that Imperial Private Healthcare exceeds all expectations and becomes an exemplary beacon for private healthcare within an NHS hospital.

Dr Talha Elyas Imperial Private Healthcare

Dr Mohammed Talha Elyas
International patient office manager

Dr Elyas graduated from Albert Szent-Györgyi University School of Medicine, Hungary, in 1999. He trained, volunteered and worked at John Peter Smith Hospital (The World Relief Organization, Fort Worth, Texas), St Josef Hospital (London, Ontario, Canada), Cedars Sinai Hospital (LA, California) and St Sebestyen Clinic (Budapest Hungary). He then joined the PhD school at the Semmelweis Medical University (Budapest, Hungary) where he worked at the National Institute of Dermato-Venorology and trained at the Human Virology laboratory.

Dr Elyas moved to London in 2003 where he initially worked for the United Arab Emirates Embassy medical department for 6 years as interpreter, medical coordinator and visiting doctor. He then worked for 7 years for the Royal Marsden Hospital as an advocate, clinical liaison doctor and advocate manager where he received a staff achievement award in 2013 for his exceptional work.