The Board of Trustees at St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group are responsible for providing governance and leadership.
The CEO and Senior Management Team are located across East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and London. They lead their teams to make our mission and cause possible.
The Lord Vestey KCVO, Memorial Patron
The Lord Vestey was the Patron of the Hospital. He is former Lord Prior of the Order of St John. He was Chairman of The Vestey Group and Master of the Horse to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Professor Mark Compton AM GCStJ, Lord Prior
Mark is an experienced Non-Executive Director and CEO, predominantly in healthcare and life sciences organisations including the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed companies. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow Australasian College of Health Services Management; Fellow Australian Institute of Management and Fellow of the Royal Society (NSW). Mark is Adjunct Professor in management at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and spent 8 years on the board of Macquarie University Private Hospital, integral to establishing MQ Health, Australia’s first academic health sciences centre.
Mark is Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Sonic Healthcare Limited (ASX: SHL), a global medical diagnostics and healthcare organisation. He is also a non-executive director on the board of Next Science Limited a medical technology company and Chairman of St Luke’s Care a not for profit health and aged care organisation.
Mark is an active volunteer firefighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. He has volunteered with St John Ambulance for over 45 years.
Board of Trustees
Sir Andrew Cash OBE KStJ, Chairman of the Board
Sir Andrew joined the NHS as a fast track graduate management trainee and has been a chief executive for more than 20 years. He has worked at the local, regional and national level. He has worked by invite at the Department of Health Whitehall on a number of occasions.
He is a visiting Professor in Leadership Development at the Universities of York and Sheffield. Sir Andrew was Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2004 to 2018 and is currently the part time Chief Executive of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System. He joined the SJEHG Board as Chair in September 2018.
Mr David H Verity, MD, MA (Oxon), BM BCh, FRCOphth, KStJ, Order Hospitaller
Mr David Verity was appointed to the Board in 2016, and became
the Order’s Hospitaller in 2018. He is a surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the President of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, the Treasurer for the European Society (ESOPRS), and immediate past Editor in-Chief of the international journal ‘ORBIT’. In 2015, with the ophthalmic Hospitallers of the Order, he founded the St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA), a professional organisation dedicated to the postgraduate work of SJEHG. The SOA is formed of 5 world-wide hubs, engaging medical expertise across the Priories and supporting our staff with training courses and medical exchanges. As a surgeon, he also undertakes regular working visits to our hospitals in Jerusalem and Gaza.
Dr Maged Abu-Ramadan KStJ MD FRCSEd OStJ
Dr Maged Abu-Ramadan is a resident of Gaza, a Senior Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, and the Founder and President of the Palestinian Ophthalmological Society. In 2005 he was made Mayor of Gaza. He is the Treasurer of MEACO, and the Chairman of Coastal Municipalities Water Utility.
Previously, he was the Palestinian Authority Director General of Hospitals General Administration and the Director General of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Health. Maged became a member of the board in April 2013.
Jamie Ingham Clark, CStJ, FCA
Jamie Ingham Clark joined the Board in September 2017, having spent three years as a co-opted member of the finance committee. Jamie is a chartered accountant and his career developed within the London Insurance Market where he has had many years of Board experience both as Finance or Compliance Director. In 2013, he became an elected member of the City of London Corporation and is currently the Deputy for the Ward of Billingsgate. Amongst other committees, he is the Deputy Chairman of its Finance Committee with its responsibility for the City finances. He has also been a member of the Order of St John Ceremonial Staff since 1981, where he is currently Sword Bearer, and is a Liveryman of the Clothworkers’ Company.
John Macaskill OStJ
John Macaskill was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Groton Partners, a Private Equity firm based in New York. Mr Macaskill joined Groton Partners in March 2005 and focused his efforts on alternative investments, including Private Equity. Mr Macaskill is a General Partner in a number of private equity and real estate funds and has spent the last forty years in the financial services industry in New York and London. He serves as a Director to the Edinburgh International Festival American board, and he is a member (retired) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and a Chapter Member of the Priory in the United States of the Order of St John. He joined the Board in January 2018.
Guy Morton OStJ MA
Guy Morton is a solicitor and was, until his retirement, a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, with a practice specialising in banking and financial law and the regulation of financial markets. He was Joint Senior Partner of the firm from 2006 to 2010. He has served on European Commission consultative groups relating to financial law reform and has represented the United Kingdom in relation to international law reform initiatives at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and UNIDROIT. Mr Morton was appointed as Acting Chairman from January 2018 until the appointment of Sir Andrew Cash in Sept 2018. He first joined the board in June 2011.
Herbert von Bose
Herbert von Bose is a lawyer and has worked for the European
Commission in Brussels since 1983 where he rose to become
the Director for Industrial Technologies. He joined the
Johanniterorden in 1984 and was chairman of the Brussels
Johanniter Group from 2002 to 2012. Since 2014, he has been Governing Commander of the Balley and is responsible for
international affairs. Herbert joined the Board in June 2014.
Tim Jones joined the Board in November 2019. He is a retired solicitor. Tim is Chair of the trustees of homelessness charity The Connection at St Martins and of Access Sport, a charity providing sporting opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged young people. He is a trustee of Safer London, a director of the Sport and Recreation Alliance and a school governor. Tim was formerly a partner in the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer working on a wide range of corporate and commercial projects internationally. He was managing partner of the London office between 2007 and 2011 and worked in the Madrid office between 1994 and 2000. Upon retirement from Freshfields he became General Counsel of England 2015, the organising committee for the Rugby World Cup.
Paul Hackwood chairs the Fundraising Committee at SJEHG. He is CEO and General Secretary of Toc H, a national Community Development Charity. Paul is ordained in the Church of England and a Canon at Leicester Cathedral. He is a trustee of the Henry Smith Charity where he chairs the Clergy and Christian Projects grant making committee. He was recently appointed as a fellow of the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham. He has been a trustee since January 2022.
Chris Hoult joined the Board of Trustees in January 2022 as Treasurer bringing over 25 years of board level experience in roles that have encompassed Finance, IT, Procurement, Estates and Facilities as well as international trading which included 2 years spent living and working in Denmark.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and since then he has worked in a variety of commercial and not-for-profit organisations including 4 years as the Director of Finance of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and 9 years advising NHS organisations in London on major strategic reorganisation projects.
He is currently the Director of Finance of Royal Voluntary Service a UK focused charity that promotes volunteering as well as supporting the NHS and its patients.
Helen is an international lawyer and board member with over 30 years’ experience in the legal and financial services sectors. She is a solicitor, a CEDR accredited mediator and a Senior Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Helen is currently also a board member of the UK Human Tissue Authority, a director of LegalUK and a member of the development board of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Previously she was Global Head of Legal, Dispute Resolution at Standard Chartered Bank, and a non-executive director of the London Court of International Arbitration. She joined the board of SJEHG in January 2022.
Avey Bhatia is Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust. Avey qualified in 1991 and her clinical experience includes theatres, general intensive care, coronary care and cardiothoracic nursing. She held various staff nurse and sister posts at hospitals in London before becoming Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2017. Avey holds a postgraduate diploma in health services management and a Masters in Public Administration. She is also the Trust’s Director of Patient Experience, and the executive lead for adults’ and children’s safeguarding, and for infection, prevention and control. Beyond Guy’s and St Thomas’, Avey is Vice President for the Florence Nightingale Foundation and Honorary Vice President of The Nightingale Fellowship. Avey joined the Board in January 2022.
Ismat Levin trained and practised as a solicitor at City law firm Dentons following which she has spent 25 years as General Counsel for commercial, international growth and technology-led industries listed on NASDAQ or in private equity contexts. She has substantial experience of intellectual property licensing, governance, risk management and regulation.
Ismat has served as a committee member for the Royal College of Radiologists (2016-2020) and since April 2015 as a Magistrate on the North West London Bench. In February 2022, Ismat joined the Board of LXi REIT plc, a real estate investment trust and FTSE 250 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange, as Non Executive Director.
Ismat joined the Board of Trustees of SJEHG in Dec 2021 and Chairs the Digital and IT Committee.
Dr David E.I Pyott OStJ, CBE
Dr David Pyott is the former Chairman and CEO of Allergan
Inc. During his tenure, Allergan was transformed from a small eye care business with about $1 billion in sales to a global company, with sales over $7 billion. Dr Pyott is a member of the Board of several U.S. pharmaceutical companies, a member of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips and Chairman of Bioniz Therapeutics. He is Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of London Business
School, a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology, President of the newly created Ophthalmology Foundation, successor to the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation, President of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is also involved on the Boards of many other U.S. and international eyecare charities. Dr Pyott and his wife, Molly, are Members of the Priory of the USA and stalwart supporters of St John Eye Hospital. Dr Pyott joined the Board in October 2020.
Senior Management Team
Dr Ahmad Ma’ali CStJ PhD MPH BSN PGCE ENB CEO of SJEHG
Dr Ahmad Ma’ali joined SJEHG in 1990 as a student nurse, cementing his education at Al Quds University, Greenwich University and Moorfields Eye Hospital, as well as being awarded a PhD from De Montfort University – Leicester in 2017. He became Head of our School of Nursing in 2001 and in 2009 became our first Palestinian Nursing Director. He was appointed Joint CEO in October 2017, and has been CEO since June 2019.
Mr Peter Khoury CStJ BSc CPA Director of Finance
Peter Khoury joined SJEHG as Deputy Financial Controller in 2008, and became Financial Controller in 2014. He gained his financial qualifications at North Park University in Chicago where he earned the prestigious ‘Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities’ award for outstanding academic achievement. Peter was an auditor for KPMG, and was Accounts Manager at The Lutheran World Federation / Augusta Victoria Hospital. Peter is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Arab Society of Certified Accountants. He was appointed Joint CEO in October 2017 and has been Director of Finance since June 2019.
David Dahdal BStJ, MA
Head of Development & Grants, East Jerusalem
Director of Fundraising, London