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Our Team

The Executive Team come with many years’ experience in Medicine, Nursing, Finance, Governance and Fundraising, and run our successful, forward-thinking and safe hospital. The team are committed to delivering the Hospital’s strategic plan: to ensure a sustainable business and charitable future, with patients put before profit, and outstanding healthcare at the heart of everything we do.

Professor Justin Vale

Chief Executive

Professor Justin Vale started as Medical Director in March 2018. His clinical background is in urology, with sub-specialist interests in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for kidney and prostate cancer. He has held a number of senior clinical leadership positions in the NHS including Clinical Programme Director for Cancer and Surgery at Imperial College Healthcare 2008-2013, managing an annual budget of £80m, and Deputy Medical Director for Safety and Effectiveness and Professional Development 2014-2018. Justin is passionate about Safety and Quality in healthcare and has led a number of successful Quality Improvement initiatives. He brings immense clinical governance experience to King Edward VII’s Hospital, coupled with the vision and ambition to help the Hospital grow its market share and charitable goals.

Rebecca Sumner

Director of Operations

Rebecca joined the organisation in July 2019 as the Head of Outpatients, leading the opening of our new outpatient centre and more recently as Deputy Director of Operations. Prior to joining KEVII she spent twelve years at University College London Hospital in various operational leadership roles. She graduated from Loughborough University with a first class degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and has published articles related to her work in relevant journals. With a passion for operational excellence and commitment to patient centred care, Rebecca’s focus is on productivity and efficiency across the organisation whilst working closely with the Directors of Nursing and Governance to insure the hospital continues to deliver out-standing patient care.

Emmett Steed-Mundin

Chief Nursing Officer

Emmett Steed-Mundin joined King Edward VII’s Hospital in 2007 as a Senior Staff Nurse, working his way up to become Director of Nursing (CNO), starting in December 2021. Having previously held the roles of Deputy Director of Nursing and Head of Nursing, within the hospital, he brings with him a wealth of clinical leadership experience, and a deep commitment to continue driving forward the standards of excellent care, for which King Edward VII’s hospital is renowned. Graduating from Homerton College, Cambridge, in 2000, he has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, working initially within the NHS and specialising in Urology. Alongside nursing qualifications, he holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership and a CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice. Emmett is immensely proud to lead such a dedicated clinical team who put patient care at the heart of everything they do. He believes passionately in supporting, developing, and investing in the clinical workforce to create a culture of learning where nurses are truly empowered to deliver world leading care and outstanding patient experience. Emmett will ensure a dynamic and forward-thinking clinical leadership team, considered in their approach, but committed to implementing continuous improvement and developing clinical services in line with the best new methods, technologies, and innovations.

Miss Siân Allen

Medical Director

Siân Allen was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at UCLH (University College London Hospital) in 2015, where she has a tertiary referral practice in Endourology and Complex Urinary Tract Stone disease. She also has a specialist interest in patients suffering with recurrent urinary tract infections. She remains the lead for the Urgent Urology Unit at UCLH, having also been lead for the Urology Surgical Admissions Unit at UCH at Westmoreland Street, where she operated on emergency and acute patients throughout the Covid pandemic. During this period, Siân also had a strategic role as the clinical lead on the advisory panel for Endourology as part of the London elective surgery recovery and transformation programme. Siân is passionate about patient safety and clinical excellence and was one of the key authors of the National GIRFT (“Getting it Right First Time”) Acute Colic Pathway for the best practice for acute ureteric colic patients. She is also a keen teacher and trainer and sits on the BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons) Educational Committee as part of her role as the National Co-Lead for Specialist Registrars’ Education. Her reputation as an experienced complex stone surgeon / endourologist has led to her giving regular plenary lectures and being invited to take part in expert panel discussions of challenging cases at national and international urology conferences. Amongst all these roles, Siân is primarily a “front line clinician”, and is delighted to have been appointed as the Medical Director of King Edward VII’s Hospital, where she will be able to support the consultant and clinical staff to continue to strive for the highest standards of clinical care and patient safety.

Alex Le Vey

Director of Philanthropy, Veterans’ Health & Brand

Alex joined King Edward VII in January 2022 from Mental Health Innovations, where he was Director of Income. Prior to this, Alex worked in politics as a Director at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), and in the charity sector where he held senior fundraising positions at a number of organisations over the previous 10 years. He is also a Trustee at Fight for Peace. At KEVII, Alex is responsible for growing the Centre for Veterans’ Health and delivering the hospital’s capital fundraising campaign.

Neil King

Director of Human Resources

Neil joined King Edward VII in 2021 from the Royal Institution of Great Britain where they were the Director of HR and Organisational Development. Initially training as a nurse and teacher before moving into HR, they have held senior HR roles in the care and education sector. Neil is experienced in leading and delivering cultural and organisational change through employee engagement, and leadership development, and is passionate about ensuring that all employees have the opportunities to be the best they can be.

Owen Brady

Interim IT Director

Owen has over 30 years senior experience of working within a range of organisations. This includes organisations from start-ups, large corporates, healthcare (both public and private), charities, third sector and both local and central government. He has held many senior positions up to board level. Additionally, he has held a number of strategic advisory and consultancy roles. He has led multiple end-to-end turnaround and transformation programmes that have delivered significant benefits and efficiencies. This has included implementing new technologies, introducing good departmental and organisational governance, creating and leading high performing teams and working with people at all levels to deliver strategic objectives. Owen has worked with many leading healthcare organisations in the UK and abroad, including Nuffield Health, Nations Healthcare, Radiology Reporting Online, Whipps Cross NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust and BUPA.

The Board

Trustees and Advisory Board

President

  • HRH The Duke of Kent (President)

Board of Trustees

  • Sir Richard Sykes, FRS FMedSci HonFREng Chair
  • Professor Roger Kirby MA MD FRCS(Urol)
  • Mrs Alison Parkhouse
  • The Rt. Hon. Professor Lord Ajay Kakkar BSc PhD FRCS
  • Sir Stuart Lipton
  • Mr Paul Biddle
  • Miss Fiona Driscoll
  • Mr Sanjay Shah

Advisory Board

  • Sir Richard Sykes, FRS FMedSci HonFREng Chair
  • Mr Andrew Graham
  • Dr Martin CM Bricknell CB OStJ
  • Dame Lesley Regan DBE