Management Team

HCA Joint Ventures Executive Management Team

Claire Smith's professional bio

As Chief Executive Officer, Claire is committed to taking the Joint Ventures division forward as a network of leading private healthcare services. She is responsible for multiple partnership healthcare facilities across the UK, many of which are in collaboration with top teaching hospitals. Claire has been in the healthcare sector for 20 years; in nursing for 13 years before moving to senior management roles. She has been with the HCA Joint Ventures division since its inception in 2006, initially as Clinical Services Manager before progressing through the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director.

Claire is passionate about delivering the highest level of care to all patients at all times by working with the UK’s leading specialists and through the ongoing development of staff. She says, ‘I am incredibly proud of the work we do through our joint partnership with NHS Trusts. Since opening Harley Street at Queen’s we have developed a comprehensive service across a number of specialities. Providing private patient services to the local community. This is down to the dedication and commitment of our staff, doctors and our forward thinking partners.’

Sharn Manku 's professional bio

Having joined HCA in 2011, Sharn has had a number of HR roles across the group and joined the HCA Joint Ventures division in 2014 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Sharn works with the executive team and heads of departments to support the patient pathway across all HCA Joint Ventures facilities, ensuring all members of staff are equipped to provide consistently high standards of care. Sharn oversees all people-related policies and procedures and ensures these are applied fairly and consistently.

Oliver Randell 's professional bio

Oliver joined the HCA Joint Ventures division in October 2015. Oliver has been in the finance sector for 13 years and previously worked as Commercial Finance Manager at BMI healthcare. Oliver oversees all financial aspects of our joint venture facilities.

Harley Street at Queen's Senior Management Team

Denise Flannery 's professional bio

Denise Flannery has been part of the Harley Street at Queen’s management team since the facility was formed in 2009. Denise initially joined the facility as Matron and, after successfully managing the day to day clinical activity, was promoted to General Manager in 2014. Denise oversees all clinical activity, service line development, and the day to day running of all non clinical services.

Sana Abraham's professional bio

Sana Abraham joined the Harley Street at Queen’s team in 2009 and has since been promoted to the role of Matron. Sana leads the nursing team and is responsible for the day to day clinical management of the facility.

Laurél Hird 's professional bio

Laurél Hird joined the HCA Joint Ventures division in September 2012 as Head of Governance and Risk. Laurél started her healthcare career in nursing in 1991 before moving into midwifery in 1993; she then moved into governance in 2001, before joining HCA from Ealing Provider Services, where she was Associate Director of Governance. Laurél’s role covers all aspects of quality assurance and risk including policy development, risk management and patient experience. Laurél is also the accountable officer for controlled drugs.

Dr Sherif Raouf MB BCh FRCR's professional bio

Dr Raouf joined Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust as a consultant clinical oncologist in 2005. He has a special interest in the use of chemotherapy and radiation, and is very experienced in the use of modern targeted therapy in cancer. Dr Raouf is involved in clinical trials in cancer and has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of metastatic colorectal cancers.

Dr Raouf has played a pivotal role in the development of Harley Street at Queen’s and provides leadership for clinical standards across the facility. His role as Clinical Director ensures safety of practice across the multiple specialties at Harley Street at Queen’s.

Dr Eliot Sims MA MD MRCP FRCR's professional bio

Dr Sims is a clinical oncologist with a specialist interest in breast and brain cancers. Having qualified at Cambridge and trained at Saint Bartholomew’s and the Middlesex Hospitals, he completed post graduate research for his MD at London University. Dr Sims regularly teaches on both the Royal College of Radiologists Oncology (FRCR) and Whipps Cross Higher Surgical (FRCS) exit courses.

Dr Sims is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Harley Street at Queen’s. The Medical Advisory Committee meets quarterly to review activity at Harley Street at Queen’s, including clinical audits, patient experience, and incident reporting and learning. This committee is also responsible for granting practising privileges to consultants who would like to treat their patients with us.

Mr Dip Mukherjee FRCS's professional bio

Since being appointed as a consultant surgeon in 2003, Mr Mukherjee has established his practice predominantly as an oesophagogastric and laparoscopic surgeon, carrying out major oesophagogastric and colon cancer resections, as well as complex laparoscopic surgery. He is an experienced surgeon, having performed a substantial number of upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopies, and, when appropriate, provides emergency surgical services.

In his role as Consultant Governance Lead, Mr Mukherjee  is responsible for assuring continuous quality improvement of the directorate governance group by engaging with fellow consultants to raise standards, and underpin safety and quality improvement.