London Health Board

The London Health Board (LHB) is a non-statutory group chaired by the Mayor of London comprising elected leaders and key London professional health leads. It was established in March 2015 and meets four times a year, one meeting of which will be given over to an annual conference.


Membership is made up of three parts: 

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, chairs the London Health Board. Read more about the Mayor.

Dr Tom Coffey, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Health Policy

Dr Tom Coffey is Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Health Policy. Read more about Tom here.

Paul Plant, Interim Regional Director Public Health England (London)

Paul Plant, Interim Regional Director Public Health England (London), is the Statutory Health Advisor to the Mayor of London. 

Councillor Raymond Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council

Cllr Ray Puddifoot
Councillor Ray Puddifoot was elected a Councillor in Hillingdon in 1998 and became Leader two years later in 2000. He is the longest serving Hillingdon Council Leader since the borough was created in 1965 and the longest serving Council Leader in London.
As Leader, Ray heads up a Cabinet of six portfolio holders and has overseen the delivery of both improved services and facilities as well as building financial stability. He is the borough's older people's champion and promotes the current and historic association that Hillingdon has with its military service residents.
Ray was appointed MBE in 2012 for services to the community and has consistently challenged the government on Heathrow expansion and HS2.
As well as serving as a Councillor Ray is a Trustee of the Friends of the Battle of Britain Bunker, is an Executive Member of the London Councils with responsibility for Adult Social Care & Health and a Member of the London Health Board.
He is a chartered accountant by profession and has lived in Hillingdon all his life.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council

Cllr Ruth Dombey
Ruth Dombey has been Leader of Sutton Council since 2012.
Ruth is ambitious for Sutton and for the people living and working in the borough. She wants everyone living in Sutton to have the best possible opportunities with good housing, a safe and healthy environment and the possibility to live a fulfilling and happy life with secure employment.
Ruth is one of the Vice-Chairs on the London Councils' Executive and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group. She is also a Vice Chair on the national Local Government Association.
Ruth leads on Health and Skills for the South London Partnership, a formal partnership of the five South-West London boroughs and chairs the joint working group between the boroughs and their Clinical Commissioning Groups. She also chairs the South London Skills and Employment Board.

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council

Biography to follow.

Councillor Richard Watts

Cllr Richard Watts
Councillor Richard Watts has lived in Islington since 1998, representing Tollington Ward in the north of Islington since 2006.
Richard served as Executive Member for Children and Families from May 2010 and Executive Member for Finance and Performance from May 2013 until becoming Council Leader in October 2013. Richard is also the Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, representing the interests of local authorities at a national level and chairs Central London Forward.
Before becoming a full-time member of the Council Executive, Richard ran the Children's Food Campaign, a national campaign to improve children's diets. Previously he worked for a number of different campaigns and a consultancy organisation, which led to some work in Kosovo helping develop the political party that formed out of the KLA guerrilla army.
He graduated with a degree in politics from Durham University and before this worked in the Pretty Polly tights factory in Nottinghamshire.
Richard and his partner have two children.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Biography to follow.

Sir Sam Everington OBE, Chair, London Clinical Commissioning Council

Sam is trained as a Barrister and has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989 in the the Bromley by Bow Partnership. The centre has over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health.. He is now chair of Tower Hamlets CCG, clinical lead of his STP and Chair of the 32 London CCG Chairs. 


Sam is a member of BMA Council and Vice President of the BMA and has received several honours for services to primary care. He is a member of the National NHS Property Board and NHS Resolution and is Fellow and Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and Vice President of the Queen's Nursing Institute. He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet-appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise, Acting Chair of the BMA, adviser to shadow cabinet ministers between 1992 and 1997 and national advisor to NHS England’s New Models of Care project.


Sir David Sloman, NHS Regional Director for London

Biography to follow.

Paul Jenkins, Chair of the Cavendish Square Group

Biography to follow.

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust

Daniel joined the NHS management scheme from university. Much of his early management career was in South West London including at both Epsom and St Helier hospital.
Daniel was Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer at North West London Hospitals, Flu Director for London and most recently he was chief officer for five Clinical Commissioning Groups in North West London. Daniel is the CEO of  Epsom and St Helier having joined the Trust in January 2015.


Terms of Reference

The aim of the Board is to drive improvements in London's health, care and health inequalities where political engagement at this level can uniquely make a difference. The London Health Board seeks to add value to work at local and sub-regional levels in three ways:  

  • Championing and supporting the spread of good practice;
  • Challenging national partners and London’s health and care leadership to deliver improved health and wellbeing and health and care services for Londoners; and
  • Supporting London’s shared ambition for health and care transformation and improvement including through delivering on the currently devolution MOU and exploring further devolution.

See the full Terms of Reference of the Board.


The Board meets four times a year, including hosting an annual engagement event (these are non-public). Please select a date to view each meeting's published agendas and minutes.

Meetings prior to December 2018 are listed below.


London Health Board Conference 2019

On 2 October, the Mayor of London, borough leaders and London’s health and care partners are coming together for the London Health Board Conference. 

The London Health Board Conference is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate a year of progress on the Health Inequalities Strategy, and to showcase inspiring health and care initiatives across London at local, sub-regional and pan-city levels. The Conference will also see the launch of the London Health and Care Vision - an important next step in our shared journey to improve the health of Londoners. 

Conference programme


London Health and Care Devolution

In December 2015 the London Health Board partner organisations secured and signed the London Health and Care Devolution Agreement, meaning that the city will have more control over its healthcare services. They will provide political support as the work develops. Learn more about London Health and Care Devolution.

Better Health for London

The Mayor set up the London Health Commission in 2013 to find ways to improve health and healthcare services in the city - chaired by Professor the Lord Darzi. The commission engaged with over 15,000 Londoners - here are just a few of their thoughts on making London healthier.

The following year, the Commission published the Better Health for London report, which makes a number of recommendations to improve the health of the city. (You can also find out more in the Mayor's response to the London Health Commission.)

The London Health Board partners have been working together to support Better Health London, outlining and actioning their next steps.

In 2015, The LHB partners published Better Health for London: One Year On - celebrating the work that has made London a healthier city. The Board will continue to support the Commission's goals and recommendations for a healthier London.

Below is a short film looking at the work done in London, one year on from the London Health Commission's bid to make the city and our lives healthier.


For any queries relating to the London Health Board please contact:
Gus Wilson, LHB Secretariat Manager by email or tel 020 7983 4120.

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