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There are four directors in St Martins’ senior management team.

Interim Managing Director of Operations Dr Louise Bell PhD, BSc (Hons), RMN Louise comes to St. Martins with over 34 years experience with the NHS and Private Health sector. Early on in her career she worked as a psychiatric nurse, CPN and Matron at Runwell Hospital in Essex. Louise was a Fellow at the Chartered Quality Institute and a Chartered Quality Professional for 15 years, as well as a member of the CQI's Standards Board for 3 years. She has worked as an external consultant for the past 10 years, where she has worked in acute hospitals often in special measures, supporting a range of service developments. Louise has worked on developing quality and standards at an international level as part of the UK delegation to the International Standards Organisation. She has also acted as a Caldicott Guardian, professional safeguarding lead, and CQC lead. Louise obtained a research based PhD from Canterbury Business School at the University of Kent, a 1st degree in nursing and a list of peer reviewed articles on quality management/ safeguarding in international journals.
Director of Finance and Company Secretary Philip Bowles FCA Philip is a Chartered Accountant and worked in group finance for property development and investment companies, including listed property group Bilton plc before becoming Finance Director of an IT development group. He joined St Martins as Director of Finance & Resources in 2001 and is responsible for the Association's financial strategy, IT and corporate risk management. Philip recently completed a six year term sitting on the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the National Housing Federation.
Director of Operations Dr. Vimala Uttarkar BSc, MA, MPhil, PhD Vimala is a qualified social worker, with extensive experience of managing statutory mental health services having specialised in rehabilitation and forensic services for over 15 years before moving to St Martins in 2005. She is an expert mental health advisor with the Care Quality Commission, reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Practice, Chair of Aid A Woman and a Trustee with Camden Canals and Narrow Boats Association. She holds a doctorate from the University of East London and is a visiting lecturer for the Doctoral Programme at the Tavistock Centre, where she mentors and supervises research students.
Director of Development and Property Services Jon Mumford BSc, Dip.Arch Jon is a qualified architect who has worked for various local authorities, as an Associate in a private architectural practice and in retail development. Moving into the voluntary sector in 1991, he joined Providence Row HA as Development Director and during his 10 years at PRHA developed over 400 bedspaces for homeless people. In 2002 he moved on to Cara Irish HA, before joining St Martins in 2009. Jon is a Trustee of Providence Row Charity and a Board Member of Rickmansworth Churches HA.

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