Board and Executive Committee

Ian Ellis

Chairman of the Board

Ian Ellis joined NHS Property Services as Chair on 14 March 2016.

Ian brings significant property expertise, having worked in the real estate industry for 42 years. His executive career included an equity partnership in Richard Ellis (now CBRE) where his final role was Head of the Investment Management division, leaving in 1998 to join the founding management team of Trillium, the first integrated real estate, construction and facilities management business in the UK.

Ian then became Chief Executive of Land Securities Trillium following the acquisition of Trillium by Land Securities and was also appointed a main board director of Land Securities plc. Following the sale of Trillium to Telereal in 2009 he took on the role of Executive Chair of Telereal Trillium, becoming a Non Executive Director on that board in 2014. He is also Chair of Arcus Solutions Ltd and an Independent Director of Portman Settled Estates. He sits on the real estate advisory boards of Kings College London and the Natural History Museum.

Elaine Hewitt

Chief Executive Officer

Elaine joined NHS Property Services in February 2015 and is responsible for overseeing a £3 billion asset portfolio, some 4,000 properties, 3,000 employees and an annual income of over £700 million. At a time of increasing demand for the NHS, the company is reducing costs, creating a more fit for purpose estate and generating vital funds to reinvest to support improvements in frontline patient care.

Prior to this role, Elaine had a long and successful career in BT Group plc. As Group Property Director, Elaine managed the largest corporate property portfolio in the UK and real estate across 70 countries. Elaine delivered major portfolio and service transformation over a period of significant business change for BT. She has a strong focus on making change happen, delivering results and taking a commercial but collaborative approach.

As well as having considerable private sector experience, Elaine also spent some time as Crown Representative for Property and Facilities Management for the Cabinet Office.

Julian Pearce

Chief Financial Officer

Julian Pearce joins NHS Property Services from KPMG UK, where he was a Senior Partner with responsibility for corporate finance, transaction services and restructuring advice and support to banking and other financial sector clients. He has advised banking, real estate and infrastructure clients across the globe, including Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Julian also spent over four years at Lloyds Banking Group between 2009 and 2013, where he became Finance Director for their real estate banking business before leading the finance function for the non-core commercial banking business. 


John Westwood

Director of Asset Management

John has over 20 years’ experience in corporate real estate within the pharmaceutical, technology and financial services sectors.

He joined the company from Devonshire Investors International (Fidelity), and has previously held senior roles in Pfizer Inc, Citigroup, BT, IBM and DTZ.

He has a strong track record of successfully delivering major asset programmes, including significant divestment and acquisition of commercial and R&D real estate, cost reduction consolidation strategies, process development and improvement, and workplace transformation initiatives across the globe.

John’s contribution to NHS Property Services will be key in terms of re-shaping the approach to strategic asset management to meet the needs of the NHS going forward and to deliver the strategic business plan. 

Roberta Wheeler

Human Resources Director

Roberta joined the company in June 2016, bringing significant HR experience and a strong track record of designing, delivering and implementing HR strategies across a range of commercial organisations.  This spans all strands of the HR activity across different market sectors, including facilities, catering, property and retail.

Roberta has worked for leading companies including Aramark, Tesco, and Land Securities.  Her functional expertise and leadership skills have consistently added value to managing change and transformation.


Kelly Olsen

Chief Information Officer and Head of Corporate Programmes

Kelly joined NHS Property Services in October 2015 with almost 30 years of experience in business operations and technology.

Her last role was as International Chief Information Officer and Global Head of the Programme Management Office at Cushman & Wakefield, the commercial property and real estate consultancy. She has strong expertise in technology, business transformation, operational excellence and programme management. Her focus at Cushman & Wakefield has been on providing a global asset management and property finance solution, as well as market leading software-as-a-service solution for HR and corporate finance.

Prior to this, Kelly worked for the consulting, technology and outsourcing services firm, Capgemini plc, where she spent four years working with clients such as BAA, the Environment Agency and Rolls-Royce.

Kelly’s role is to oversee delivery of the company’s business systems strategy, lead the IM&T function and develop a new Corporate Programme Management Office. 


Non Executive Directors:

Chris Kane

Non Executive Director

Chris Kane has been a Non Executive Director at NHS Property Services since the company was launched in April 2013.

From 2004 to 2012 Chris was the BBC’s Head of Corporate Real Estate before leading BBC Commercial Projects until early 2015

Under his leadership the BBC delivered a £2bn property transformation to support the move to digital production, modernising 40% of the estate and delivering two million square feet of highly flexible new space. He has a long-term commitment to place making and encouraging new ways of working for an increasingly agile workforce.

Prior to joining the BBC, Chris’s roles included Vice-President of International Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company and Partner in Corporate Real Estate Services at Jones Lang Wootton. Chris graduated from Trinity College Dublin, has an MBA from the Henley Management College, holds a masters in Corporate Real Estate and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He is also a director of Chris Kane Associates Ltd and a Board member of the Network Housing Group.

Martin West

Non Executive Director

Martin West is an independent consultant in strategy, finance and governance. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Management Accountant.

In addition to several years of international engineering consulting experience in Europe, the Arabian Gulf States and South East Asia, Martin was a Partner at Drivers Jonas LLP, the chartered surveyors, for five years, and most recently a Director in the Corporate Finance function at Deloitte LLP. He has held a number of non-executive positions in the healthcare, affordable housing and IT sectors. He is an experienced Chair of Audit (at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) and has been an adviser to, or member of, the audit committee at Ashley House plc, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Network Housing Group.

Martin has been a member of the Department of Health’s Foundation Trust Financing Facility Credit Committee and a Director of the trading subsidiary at a London NHS Foundation Trust.

Neil Sachdev

Non Executive Director

Neil Sachdev was appointed on 23 January 2015, bringing a wealth of experience in leading and delivering change in the property, retail and wider business sector.

Neil joined Tesco plc in 1978, rising to the position of Property Director, before joining J Sainsbury plc as Commercial Director in March 2007. He was subsequently appointed Property Director in June 2010, a position he held until leaving J Sainsbury plc in March 2014.

Neil holds a number of other senior appointments. He is Chairman of Market Tech Limited (Camden Market) and Martins Properties (Chelsea Limited), and is a Non-Executive Director of Intu Properties plc. He was also Chairman of the Institute of Grocery Distribution until April 2014 and worked with Medico-Dental Holdings Limited until 2015.

Neil is a visiting professor at Salford University, sits on the Board of Grantham Institute at Imperial College, London and is a member of the University of Warwick Council. 

Michael Strong

Non Executive Director

Michael was appointed on 1 February 2016, having worked in the property sector for over 40 years and has held a number of high-profile senior leadership roles in international property business.

Michael was most recently Executive Chairman of CBRE’s Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division, a post he held from 2000 until the end of 2015, including seven years as Chief Executive (2005-2012). CBRE (formerly CB Richard Ellis) is one of the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firms and a Fortune 350 business.

A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Michael started his career in the Estates Division of Prudential Assurance Company in 1965, before moving on to Healey Baker (now Cushman & Wakefield). He joined Richard Ellis in 1972, leading on many major UK property developments and the expansion of the business both within the UK and internationally for over 25 years.


Ed Smith

Non Executive Director

Ed Smith was appointed in June 2016. In his current role as Chairman of NHS Improvement – the new organisation set up in April 2016 that brings together Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority – Ed has a unique insight into the priorities and issues facing a large part of NHS Property Services’ customer base.

Prior to this he was Deputy Chairman of NHS England.

Ed has held a number of high-profile senior leadership roles in international business. He had a successful 30-year career with PwC, holding many leading Board and top client roles in the UK and globally: Senior Partner, Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman.

He is currently the lead Non-Executive Director for the Department for Transport, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Birmingham, a member of the Competition and Markets Authority panel and Treasurer of Chatham House.

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Ben Masterson

Shareholder representative Non Executive

Ben Masterson, Deputy Commercial Director and Head of Companies Management at the Department of Health, took up the role of Shareholder Representative Director on the board of NHS Property Services on 31st January 2017.

An accountant by profession, Ben has previously worked in financial planning at the Department of Health and also in the NHS in a variety of accounting and financial management roles. He recently managed the Department’s Property Team and its Construction Procurement Team.

Ben is also a non-executive Director of the Department of Health owned company, Community Health Partnerships Ltd, which manages the Department of Health’s interests in the NHS LIFT Public Private Partnerships and provides property for primary care and community services.