KIMS Hospital Executive Team

Peter Goddard Executive Chairman

Peter qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in 1981 and worked worldwide in the oil industry before returning home to the UK in 1987. Since then he has worked in the Private Healthcare Sector, managing a number of hospitals across the UK including The Harley Street Clinic, where he opened the first private cancer unit in London. More recently and before joining KIMS Hospital, Peter worked for BMI Healthcare as the Regional Director for London, responsible for 15 hospitals. Peter is a Board Member of The Red Cross Medical & Scientific Division, which raises money for worldwide projects and is also a Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People.

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Peter takes part in several ‘outdoor pursuits’ to include Fly Fishing, Deer Stalking and Cycling, however, his real passion is Golf, he is a member of The Richmond Golf Club and his ambition is to get down to a single figure handicap within the next 12 months.

Simon James Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined KIMS Hospital from Nuffield Health, where he was Hospital Director for the flagship 64 bed Manor Hospital, in Oxford. Simon is a well-rounded business leader with 15 years of MD level experience in UK healthcare, having worked as both a successful entrepreneur and for large corporations running hospitals and multisite organisations providing mission critical, regulated hospital support services to the NHS and private providers.

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Simon is a keen ultra-runner and mountaineer. He is currently climbing all 282 of the Scottish Munros – a 20 year odyssey. In early 2018 he and Marcus ran the 53 mile Highland Fling, and they are now training for the TP100 (mile) race in May 2019 . In 2017, he took on the Three Peaks Challenge with members of his hospital team where they climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scarfell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales within 24 hours, raising over £5,000 for charity.

Ros Daitshell HR Director

Ros is a commercially focused, chartered senior HR professional with extensive HR management experience across the independent healthcare sector. Ros has broad experience across complex change management and strategic projects that add commercial value in a business environment. She is experienced at leading, influencing and coaching. A customer focused individual with the ability to quickly get to the heart of an issue, build relationships and deliver creative, pragmatic solutions. Ros has worked for many of the independent health providers including BUPA and Nuffield, she led the HR work streams on five hospital start-ups on the Independent Sector Treatment Centre programme and most recently managed the HR function in a hospital in the Middle East.

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Ros attended art classes whilst working at a hospital in the Middle East. The image she is holding is of one of the guest service staff members. Ros thought this kind and often smiling lady captured the spirit of the hospital and was compelled to paint her portrait. Ros still attends art classes today and has even had her work exhibited in a gallery in Whitstable.

Mark Griffiths Commercial Director

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in business development and sales roles. Before moving into healthcare he was an Area Director with Royal Bank of Scotland Group, looking after small to medium-sized businesses and a team of 20 Development Managers. In 2009 he moved into private healthcare with Spire in East Kent, as part of the senior management team. In his time at Spire he increased revenue by 40 per cent, through developing effective relationships with consultants, GPs and key stakeholders.

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Football and Tennis play a huge part in Mark and his family’s lives. Mark and his two sons are avid Gunners (Arsenal Football Club) fans and never turn down an opportunity to watch them play at the Emirates Stadium or on TV! His youngest son plays football in the Kent league and his eldest son coaches tennis in Sydney Australia.

Jackie Groom Chief Nurse

Jackie is a highly-experienced clinical leader specialising in the management and development of nursing teams and allied health professionals. She has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience of the public and private sectors, with proven expertise in the creation and delivery of education and training programmes.

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Superstar Arts are an organisation who have, for many years, supported the development of and provided social interaction opportunities to one of Jackie’s sons, Charlie. Charlie has Downs Syndrome and so the work that Superstar Arts do with people with both physical and learning difficulties is amazing. Charlie has been on many trips and holidays with the group, which have developed his independence skills exponentially. Jackie’s family have all benefited from the support these amazing people give to Charlie!

Mr Ron Hoile Medical Director

Mr Hoile has worked in Kent as a Consultant General Surgeon with an interest in Vascular Surgery at the Medway NHS Trust for 24 years (1983-2007). During that time he held several managerial roles including Royal College of Surgeons Tutor and Clinical Director for Surgery. He was the Principal Surgical Coordinator for NCEPOD and author of reports for 15 years. He has published widely and has gone on to develop a portfolio of clinical surgery, clinical governance and management roles within both the private sector and the NHS. He has served as Non-Executive Director for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Hoile holds a Certificate of Teaching Experience and was previously a member of the RCS faculty for ‘Training the Trainers’. He teaches on the Christchurch University, Canterbury Surgical Masters course as well as a module on the M Ed course in Surgical Education at Imperial College. Mr Hoile is a current member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (examining in Communication Skills & Anatomy) and, until March 2013, was a panel member for GMC Fitness to Practise Tribunals, serving for 12 years. He is a trained medical appraiser and also a Responsible Officer for Medical Revalidation for several Independent Sector organisations.

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Ron is a part-time artist. He rediscovered his love for painting in 2001 and has not stopped since. He has raised over £28,000 for various different charities in the last 10 years by selling his work and donating the profit. He is now passing on his skills through the art class he runs for KIMS Hospital team members.

Simon Rust Finance Director

A graduate of the City University Business School, Simon trained with a local firm of accountants before moving into industry. He has held directorships in a number of private clinics and diagnostic imaging centres and brings a wealth of private healthcare experience to the KIMS Hospital Senior Management Team having worked in the sector for more than twenty eight years.

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When Simon is not at his desk crunching numbers, he can often be seen at the side of the roller rink supporting his teenage daughters. Rosie and Kati, aged 17 and 14, are both British artistic roller skating champions in their respective age categories. They have won ten national and international titles between them and regularly represent Team GB at competitions abroad.

Caroline Southwood Communications & Marketing Director

Caroline is a results driven communications professional, with extensive experience at Board level in healthcare and financial services. Experienced in organisational change, protecting and promoting organisation reputations to drive business results, Caroline has worked for some of the leading private healthcare providers. Most recently Nuffield Health, Bupa and Vitality. Caroline has also worked on a consultancy basis in both the charity sector and NHS. Strong leadership skills, a team player with high levels of energy and integrity. An excellent written and verbal communicator with experience of adapting to different cultures to influencing stakeholders. An expert in employee and leader communications with a passion for health & wellbeing.

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Caroline’s passion is walking and scrambling up mountains. So far her adventures have taken her to South America and various mountain ranges across Europe, the most recent been the Tour du Mont-Blanc. However, Caroline is most at home taking on the challenges of the mountains in the Lake District National Park and Snowdonia. In 2017, Caroline was a member of the KIMS Hospital team to complete the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice.

Marcus Whiteley Chief Operating Officer

Marcus Whiteley, from Staplehurst in Kent brings with him over 30 years’ hospitality experience from the independent healthcare sector and luxury hotels. Most recently, Marcus was Director of Operations at the prestigious King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, prior to which he held senior management positions at the Harley Street Clinic and London Clinic. Earlier in his career, Marcus served in operational roles at a number of five star hotels including the Ritz Hotel London, the Conrad International Hotel in Hong Kong and Claridges, London.

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Marcus took up running nearly 10 years ago having done no exercise for over 20 years. He now sets himself regular challenges, last year running the Highland Fling Ultramarathon to raise money for the Samaritans. Marcus is a volunteer and trustee for his local Samaritans branch in Kent, a cause that he feels very passionately about.

Our Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Finance Director are Director’s of and regularly attend KIMS Hospital’s Main Board, on which our investors sit including the hospital’s main institutional investor, Magnetar.