Our executive team

Ian Lush OBE Chief Executive

Ian joined the charity as Chief Executive in December 2014, having previously led the Architectural Heritage Fund for 11 years. Following an MA in music at the University of York, Ian started his career as a viola player with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, later moving into arts management, including as Marketing Director at the Barbican Centre, and Managing Director of the London Mozart Players. Ian was Lead Governor of Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust from 2012 to 2015 and also served on its strategy and redevelopment boards. He founded and directed ‘Discovering Places’, one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and was Deputy Chair of the Heritage Alliance from 2005 to 2013. Ian became Chair of NHS Charities Together in March 2020 and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for charitable services to the NHS.

Hayley Pannick Director of Development

Hayley began her career in corporate finance at Ernst & Young and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005. She moved to the charity sector in 2008 and has held leadership roles in fundraising at The Prince’s Trust and Alzheimer’s Society. Appointed Director of Development at Imperial Health Charity in November 2018, Hayley leads on all aspects of fundraising, with her team working across philanthropy, legacies, corporate giving and community activities. Hayley led on the charity’s Covid-19 Relief Fund appeal, launched in March 2020, which raised £3.4 million and funded the charity’s urgent response activities at the peak of the pandemic as well as initiatives supporting staff wellbeing and morale.

Andrew Kaponi Director of Finance

Andrew has been working in the charity health sector for almost two decades as a fellow chartered accountant and former financial auditor. He has held leadership roles at various charities, including at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Appointed as Director of Finance at Imperial Health Charity in February 2020, Andrew leads on all aspects of finance, with his team supporting the wider organisation and providing strategic direction and stewardship of the charity. Andrew played a key role in the charity’s Covid-19 response and has recently formulated a new financial strategy for the organisation. He has been the keynote speaker at national conferences for people with health conditions and is a peer support volunteer at the heart muscle charity Cardiomyopathy UK.

Jack Dixon Head of Communications

Jack began his career in local media after completing a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism at Lambeth College. He worked as a news reporter for a number of titles in the South West and later for Capital Media Newspapers in west London before moving to the charity sector in 2017. As a trustee at Lambeth & Southwark Mind, Jack helped to deliver the charity’s Change Is Possible mental health awareness campaign in partnership with the South London Press. Jack was appointed Head of Communications at the charity in October 2018 and leads on all aspects of communications, marketing and public relations.

Frankie Ferro Head of Grants

After completing a degree in human biology, Frankie has worked in the charity sector since 2010, holding research and grant management roles at Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Prostate Cancer UK. She joined the charity as Head of Grants in June 2017 and is responsible for all aspects of grant-making, including our research fellowships, medical innovation and patient hardship funding programmes. Frankie played a key role in managing the charity’s response to Covid-19, which involved allocating emergency funding to support patients and NHS staff at the peak of the pandemic.

Chris Neal Head of Volunteering

Chris worked as an International Officer at the Scouts before joining the charity in January 2018 to lead the development of our youth volunteering programme and later went on to take up the role of Deputy Head of Volunteering before being appointed as Head of Volunteering in June 2022. He is currently responsible for managing the charity’s volunteering programme across the Trust’s five main hospitals and satellite sites. Chris has an MA in Education and is currently studying for a MSc in Leadership and Management at Henley Business School. He is a governor at the Bridge School – a specialist SEN school in Islington – and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Louise Stephens Head of Office

Louise joined the charity in 2017 as Office Manager and Assistant to the Chief Executive. She has been working in administration for 15 years, beginning her administration career at The Scout Association in 2006. Over the last 10 years Louise has worked closely with senior management teams and trustee boards, supporting operational activity at organisations including WorldSkills UK and the British Council. Louise was appointed Head of Office in 2019. She leads on all aspects of our human resources and office management as well as providing administrative support to the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees.

Lucy Zacaria Head of Arts

Lucy joined the charity as Arts Manager in June 2014. Prior to this she worked at Deutsche Bank for 15 years, managing the UK art collection as well as introducing and running many staff engagement projects. Lucy has a business degree and has studied art history and photography. She is a member of the Association of Women in the Arts. In her role Lucy is responsible for a range of projects, including improvements to the hospital environment, and managing the charity’s art collection and arts engagement programme.