CHP BoardCHP's Board draws expertise from business and healthcare and has a nominated Department of Health and Social Care representation

Community Health Partnerships Board

CHP is governed by the Board of Directors, who meet every two months and sets the overall strategy for the company, agrees operational targets and monitors progress.

The Board draws expertise from the commercial and healthcare sectors and senior management representation from the Department of Health and Social Care.



Non Executive Directors


Executive Directors


Catherine Mason, Chair

Catherine Mason joined CHP as Chair in September 2019.  Catherine is also Chair of the Solent NHS Trust, a community and mental health trust in the south of England, and an independent member of the Network Rail System Operator Advisory Board.

She has a broad range of experience, including as Managing Director of NATS (National Air Traffic Services) Services division, the leading provider of air traffic control services at the largest airports in the UK, and previously worked in Northern Ireland as Group Chief Executive of Translink, a public corporation providing all of the public transport in the province, including rail infrastructure, bus and coach services, plus car parks, parcels and a tours holiday business.  She has also worked for Arriva and United Biscuits.

Non Executive Directors

Bernadette Conroy, Non Executive Director 

Bernadette Conroy has over 20 years' experience of senior roles in the corporate and investment banking sectors, latterley as Global Head of Strategy and Planning at HSBC.

At a non-executive level, Bernadette has worked in the health, housing, property and regeneration sectors including roles with Barnet CCG, North London Estates Partnerships and Poplar Harca.

Bernadette is the current Chair of Building and Space Management at University of Cambridge.   Bernadette has an MA in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and an MBA.

Bernadette is Chair of CHPs Property Committee.

Bob Alexander, Non Excutive Director 

Bob Alexander is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) with Board experience within the public and independent sectors at national, regional and local level. He is currently the Independent Chair of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, a Trustee in the hospice and education sectors and an adviser to CIPFA on health and integration matters. Prior to this, Bob was Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Improvement that incorporated the responsibilities of the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) where he had been Finance Director and subsequently Chief Executive. Prior to joining the TDA, Bob was the Finance Director of NHS South of England and the Director of NHS Finance at the Department of Health from 2007.

Cha Patel, Non Executive Director 

 Cha Patel has held senior positions, in a variety of sectors including healthcare, commercial, not-for-profit and social. She currently runs her own corporate finance consultancy, is the Deputy Chair of Bromley Healthcare and Non-Executive Director at Gateway Housing Association.  Cha has been involved in the rationalisation and upgrading of the estates and facilities in the NHS in Camden and Islington; and in the integration of community healthcare services in Bromley, working closely with GPs, and using Big Data to significantly improve efficiency and deliver more for less.  She has a strong focus on governance, finance, risk and performance, and a passion for achieving effective improvement.

Geraldine Strathdee CBE, Non Executive Director 

Geraldine Strathdee CBE was the National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, providing leadership for England’s transformational mental health and integrated care policy, and population health approach. She has held senior roles in health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels. She has led transformational programmes, moving services from hospital based, to 24/7 home, and primary care models, and advises internationally on service design and quality improvement. She is committed to therapeutic design estates that enable staff to provide access to safe, high quality care for patients. Geraldine is a Non-Executive Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, a cofounder of the Zero Suicide Alliance and a Vice Patron of the Poppy Factory. She is passionate about the development of leadership competencies and using information to enable informed decision-making. 

Claire Hewitt, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) nominate Non Executive Director

Claire Hewitt is Senior Commercial Strategy Manager at the Department of Health and Social Care, which involves performing the shareholder function on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health.  Claire is an accountant by background, having trained with one of the “Big 4” specialising in public sector organisations, and has also worked in the NHS.

 In addition to her work in the private sector, Claire has over 14 years working with the DHSC alongside CHP, and is now the Shareholder Representative on the Board.

Executive Directors

Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director 

Dr Sue O'Connell is a Medical Practioner  and a graduate of Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London.  She spent five years in hospital medicine and then followed a career in family medicine, working as a Principal in General Practice for 18 years.

During this time, she became aware of a need for a new approach to improving the health of local communitities and in 2001, became involved in strategic service and estate planning. 

In 2003-2004, Sue led a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project through procurement to financial close.

Sue joined CHP as a member of the Board in January 2005 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2006, leading the Company and delivering its £2bn property and investment portfolio in partnership with the private sector. 

Sue's focus is to bring together the resources, innovation and skills of the private sector with the commercial knowledge, assets and understanding of the NHS to the ongoing benefit of healthy communities and patients.

Mark Day, Chief Operating Officer

Mark Day joined Community Health Partnerships following a career in the NHS spanning more than twenty years. A finance specialist by training, Mark was a Finance Director for ten years and for much of that time was also Deputy Chief Executive leading on general management challenges as diverse as contract and performance management, developing prison health care, patient and public involvement, and IT Shared Services.

Mark has participated in international work via comparative study and consultancy work in Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Poland, the Irish Republic, and Canada. He has held teaching appointments at two Universities and is very active in professional bodies recently being elected to the Council of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and chairing its Health Panel.

He has a first degree in Public Administration, Masters Degrees in Computing & Information Systems and Business Administration and a diploma in Health Economics. He is Chartered Public Finance Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts.

Gillian Hunt, Chief Finance Officer 

Gillian is ACA qualified and a member of ICAEW and has a wealth of finance and accounting experience across both the public and private sector. 

Malcolm Twite, Chief Commercial Officer 

Malcolm has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate real estate, asset management and estate management, working across diverse property portfolios. 

Prior to joining CHP, Malcolm head the position of Head of Group Property at the Department for Transport, having worked on high-profile areas across the DfT Group, such as HS2, Highways England and the DVLA, as well as in cross cutting government initiatives.

A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), Malcolm was also previously Head of Corporate Real Estate at Network Rail. 

He is also a Non Executive Director of the Shepherds Bush Housing Group.