Our People

ETL people are the best at what they do and bring a vast knowledge and experience gained from across the public and private sectors.

ETL is a team of experts from a diverse range of backgrounds including consultancy, architecture, research and development, business, education, government, and the NHS.

With our extensive experience, within the NHS and outside it, we can honestly say “we’ve been there”. There are few problems one of us hasn’t already encountered along the way and we use this to work with clients to develop practical solutions.

Our integrated approach to estate strategy and development means that we work as one team – bringing together healthcare planners, property consultants, project managers, management consultants, and experts in procurement, technology and sustainability, as necessary.

If you’d like to talk about how our team can support your project, contact Michelle Hartin at contactus@etl.co.uk

 

Leadership Team

David Philliskirk

David Philliskirk

Commercial Director - Board Member

In David’s role as Commercial Director he brings...View more

David Philliskirk

David Philliskirk

Commercial Director - Board Member

In David’s role as Commercial Director he brings to bear more than 33 years’ experience working in estates and facilities in the NHS and more latterly in commercial consultancy. David is responsible for all company contractual and commercial relationships, financial issues, and also oversees business development and bid management.

Before joining ETL, David spent 6 years as a senior director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and before that he worked for 10 years at East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust leading their estates and facilities services as a Board Director. During his career David has worked across acute, primary care and mental health Trusts, as well as spending time in a consultancy role with NHS Estates. He is a chartered engineer and holds an MBA from Newcastle University.

David Smith

David Smith

Director of Capital Development - Board Member

David has spent most of his career working in the ...View more

David Smith

David Smith

Director of Capital Development - Board Member

David has spent most of his career working in the private sector delivering project, cost and risk management services to the public and private healthcare sectors. His particular expertise is in ‘front end’ delivery having spent the first years of his career as a Building Economist. David is responsible for all aspects of Capital Development from inception through to operational commissioning

David joined ETL after a 37 year career with Aecom (formerly Davis Langdon) where he started as a graduate. During his career, David has worked across the entire healthcare sector, both in the UK and internationally, successfully delivering major projects as well as programmes of work. His focus is strategic and aimed at setting the conditions for successful delivery. David holds an Honours Degree in Building Economics and is a Member of the Association for Project Management.

Tina Nolan

Tina Nolan

Director of Healthcare Strategy & Planning - Board Member

An architect by background, Tina is widely recogni...View more

Tina Nolan

Tina Nolan

Director of Healthcare Strategy & Planning - Board Member

An architect by background, Tina is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading healthcare planners. Prior to joining ETL she was Partner Lead for Health Care Planning at EC Harris and a director of RKW Healthcare Strategists for 12 years. Bringing 20 years’ experience to the team, her expertise ranges from high level strategic clinical service reviews and investment strategies to developing detailed clinical and functional briefs across the full spectrum of healthcare services and sectors.

She has worked on an extensive range of complex capital schemes as part of the UK PFI and on International PPPs in the role of international advisor to Government health departments, hospital organisations, consortia and funders and she is also active on the international conference circuit.

Senior Management Team

Adam Trigg

Adam Trigg

Director | Programme Management

Adam has more than 15 years in specialist consulti...View more

Adam Trigg

Adam Trigg

Director | Programme Management

Adam has more than 15 years in specialist consulting within his overall 20-year career in construction and asset management across multiple disciplines in both public and private sector.  He has worked in the UK and overseas gaining cultural awareness and building communication skills.  He has experience in Education, Healthcare, Science Research and Development, Housing, Cultural and Infrastructure sectors.

He is trained in Value Management, Risk Management and Programme Management and has been a continuous part of a PMO for a science programme since early 2014. Adam is Director of our Programme Management team and is currently engaged on two major science research and development campuses. An experienced facilitator, Adam frequently leads on risk and assurance reviews and is proficient at informing project recovery strategies.

Alexandra Hammond

Alexandra Hammond

Director | Sustainability

Alexandra has a range of public and private sector...View more

Alexandra Hammond

Alexandra Hammond

Director | Sustainability

Alexandra has a range of public and private sector experience and, over the past five years, has led the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the award-winning sustainability programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

This strategic programme saves over £3m per annum through efficiencies and strategic procurement, and Alexandra has been instrumental in establishing and managing the implementation of the Trust’s energy performance contract (EPC), which will save an additional £1m per annum.

Alexandra holds a Masters degree in Environmental Policy from Edinburgh University, she graduated with honours from Boston College in the USA, and has previously worked for an international hotel group as their lead environmental advisor for the UK.

Deirdre Foley Woods

Deirdre Foley Woods

Director | Healthcare Strategy & Planning

Deirdre is an experienced health planner and clini...View more

Deirdre Foley Woods

Deirdre Foley Woods

Director | Healthcare Strategy & Planning

Deirdre is an experienced health planner and clinically trained. With over 20 years international experience in hospital operations; including Executive Management positions in the private and public sector.

Deirdre has held strategic positions, notably for a US law firm before focusing on healthcare planning. Having worked on a wide-range of projects she has gained first-hand experience and overcome the challenges of working on major infrastructure projects and built lasting relationships in the sector.

As a Project director she has worked on strategic planning projects, business case development and was director of infrastructural and service development that included an Information Technology portfolio. Deirdre is a thought leader on Health Informatics and specialises in re-engineering and LEAN transformation.

Fiona Leslie

Fiona Leslie

Director | Cost Management

Fiona leads the cost management team at ETL and ha...View more

Fiona Leslie

Fiona Leslie

Director | Cost Management

Fiona leads the cost management team at ETL and has over twenty years of experience in the construction industry working in the UK and overseas. Fiona is a highly experienced cost advisor with strong value and risk management credentials and a focus on ensuring excellent project outcomes.

Having worked with both public and private client across all sectors but most recently the health and science sectors, Fiona has specialist experience in setting client specific commercial strategies, delivering healthcare estate and rationalisation strategies, and major healthcare capital programmes and projects of work, in particular the Guy’s Cancer Centre, a landmark building providing cutting edge cancer treatment and research delivered within budget.

John Kelly

John Kelly

Director | Healthcare Strategy & Planning

John began his career in healthcare planning with ...View more

John Kelly

John Kelly

Director | Healthcare Strategy & Planning

John began his career in healthcare planning with a research post at London University and the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU), where he helped pioneer the earliest initiatives in evidence-based design in the UK. John went on to be a founding Director of RKW, the UK’s first specialist healthcare planning consultancy.

He has extensive experience in developing innovative models of care for acute, community and mental health services, where he has a particular interest and expertise. John is skilled in facilitating and securing support for strategic change and operating in politically contentious environments.

To date John has led on a wide range of healthcare projects in the UK and overseas, including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, New Children’s Hospital Dublin and Surrey Memorial Hospital in Vancouver.

Mark Halstead

Mark Halstead

Director | Programme & Project Management

With a background in both project and cost managem...View more

Mark Halstead

Mark Halstead

Director | Programme & Project Management

With a background in both project and cost management, Mark started his career in main contracting, working in large multidisciplinary teams delivering major projects across the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

Mark joins ETL from Aecom where he was Head of Science & Innovation. For the last five years he was responsible for managing multiple teams across the UK & Europe delivering highly complex laboratory and research environments. Prior to its acquisition by Aecom, Mark was a Partner at Davis Langdon, leading their Project Management team in Oxford.

Mark is a graduate of Manchester University, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

At ETL, Mark leads our Programme & Project Management team, and runs our first regional office, based in Oxfordshire.

Matt Tanner

Matt Tanner

Director | Programme & Project Management

Matt has over 20 years of project management exper...View more

Matt Tanner

Matt Tanner

Director | Programme & Project Management

Matt has over 20 years of project management experience in the construction industry, successfully leading and delivering largescale, complex schemes within the life sciences and innovation sectors. He has worked with prestigious higher education clients such as the University of Cambridge and more recently has helped to deliver large scale programmes of work for the MoD.

Matt joined ETL in 2018 from Aecom where he has spent 17 years, originally as a graduate and ultimately a Director leading the Project Management team in the Norwich, regional office.

He joined ETL as a Director in our Programme and Project Management team, with the strategic objective of developing our Anglia business unit, where we see huge potential.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Leicester and achieved a post graduate masters degree with distinction at the University of Reading. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Association of Project Managers and an NEC Accredited Project Manager.

Michelle Hartin

Michelle Hartin

Director | Operations

As Director of Operations, Michelle’s role is id...View more

Michelle Hartin

Michelle Hartin

Director | Operations

As Director of Operations, Michelle’s role is identifying and responding to new business opportunities, bid and project management and commercial analysis. Michelle also delivers the strategic direction for the corporate services function within the organisation.

Michelle joined in 2013 to project manage the setup of ETL (Essentia Trading Ltd), she previously worked for both the NHS and the private sector in senior project management and senior account management positions.

Stephen Edgar

Stephen Edgar

Director | Property

Stephen heads up ETL’s Property Consultancy team...View more

Stephen Edgar

Stephen Edgar

Director | Property

Stephen heads up ETL’s Property Consultancy team with responsibility for managing and delivering large projects for a variety of both public and private healthcare operators and investors across London and the UK. Stephen specialises in providing clients with optimum solutions to their real estate challenges with a specific focus on maximising value and operational effectiveness. His expertise ranges from strategic estates reviews to development options, financial appraisals and valuation through to disposal and acquisitions.

Stephen is a graduate of both Reading and Cambridge Universities, a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a RICS Registered Valuer.

Stephen joined ETL in 2014 from an international property consultancy firm and has worked specifically in the healthcare sector since 2008.

Essentia Board

David Dean

David Dean

Executive Chairman

David has extensive experience in the public and p...View more

David Dean

David Dean

Executive Chairman

David has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, especially in health. David has held non-executive roles at a number of NHS Trusts, including Vice Chair at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and more recently joining the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS FT as Chair of The Audit committee. He was also the Chair of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn NHS FT and a senior director at NHS Improvement (formerly Monitor) leading the Transformation and Turnaround team. Before working so closely with the NHS David was an investment banker in London and Hong Kong for 17 years.

In his spare time he is actively involved in the community in South East London; also enjoys long distance running, recently having completed the 250 mile Cape Wrath Ultra marathon and is also a part-time concert pianist.

Jo Parfrey

Jo Parfrey

Non Executive Director

Jo qualified as an accountant and has worked in co...View more

Jo Parfrey

Jo Parfrey

Non Executive Director

Jo qualified as an accountant and has worked in commercial corporate roles. She spent over ten years in Private Equity at LGV Capital (“LGV”) where she invested across multiple sectors, with a regular healthcare focus. Whilst at LGV, she sat on the Investment Committee and held a number of non-executive roles. Jo is a non executive on the Board of GSTE and currently holds two other board roles. The first is NED of Octopus AIM VCT PLC and secondly she is NED of BBT, which manages and develops the Babraham campus; the UK’s leading campus to support early stage life science enterprise.

Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Non-Executive Director

Paul is a chartered surveyor and certified mediato...View more

Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Non-Executive Director

Paul is a chartered surveyor and certified mediator with over 35 years’ experience in built-asset consultancy and programme management working for public and private clients across EMEA..

Paul’s career includes executive leadership roles with Arcadis NV, EC Harris LLP and AECOM Inc, building on his earlier experience with BDP Limited and Hoare Lea & Partners. He is known for his collaborative working style and joint venture leadership successes.

Paul is currently Executive Chair at Carlton Limited, a buy-and-build holding company.

He is a former non-executive chair of RIBA Enterprises Limited, the world’s leading knowledge management business serving built-environment professionals, he is a Commissioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. He is also a non-executive director at San UK Holdings Limited.