The Governance Advisory Practice Team


Giles Peel is a Chartered Secretary and leads the firm’s Governance Advisory Practice. His particular interest is advising in governance and he has worked with a number of clients in the commercial and public sectors. In the course of his career he has managed change, led operational teams, negotiated commercial contracts and planned and delivered acquisitions and mergers. He is an experienced speaker and media spokesman. His experience and expertise includes being an Executive Director of an NHS Trust, Policy Director of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Managing Director of Capita’s Company Secretarial Services outsourcing business.
George Alford provides strategic advice at Board level to our NHS clients. George is chair of the Independent Trust Financing Facility, responsible for lending to Foundation Trust and NHS Trusts, and an independent advisor to the Department of Health. He is a director of Investec plc and for seven years was a senior advisor to the Bank of England/Financial Services Authority, before which George spent 27 years at Kleinwort Benson.
Graham Lawrence is a Chartered Secretary with extensive experience of advising and supporting Boards on their development and also on corporate and quality governance generally, in the commercial, public and NHS sectors. His experience and expertise includes being Company Secretary of a high-performing, multi-site district general hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Group Company Secretary of a large London housing association.
Bridget Salaman is a Chartered Secretary and she advises companies and NHS organisations on governance and board matters. She has worked on board evaluation and effectiveness projects.  Bridget has significant experience in governance and senior company secretarial matters having been the Joint Head of Corporate Policy at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) for a number of years. Previous roles include Assistant Secretary at Unilever PLC and Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC.
Ray Tarling is a highly experienced and senior healthcare manager. He has extensive corporate, strategic, governance, operational and change management skills gained from broad operational and corporate experience in the NHS and commercial sectors. He was most recently “company secretary” of one of the highest profile teaching hospitals in the UK, with a staff of over 10,000, a million patient contacts a year, and a turnover of over £800m. Ray’s earlier experience was at NHS director level responsible for health care planning and commissioning and front line clinical, diagnostic and supporting services in acute, mental health and community settings.
Charlie Helps is an experienced executive director, corporate secretary and adviser to chairs, chief executives, and boards of directors. He has a wealth of experience gained in both the private and public sectors in healthcare, fast-moving consumer goods, information technology, business intelligence and business automation, as well as having undertaken a senior parliamentary appointment.

Charlie’s recent roles include corporate secretary and executive lead for risk and information governance at a major university hospitals acute NHS Foundation Trust, before which he was vice president at a leading-edge technology start-up company owned by Canon, Inc.

Chris Morris. As a founding member of the firm’s southern Healthcare Regulatory team, Chris has extensive experience in advising healthcare providers and individual health professionals in relation to legal aspects of medical practice.

Chris works closely with the Governance Advisory Practice, especially in relation to quality governance, regulatory issues, and responding to serious clinical incidents. Chris also undertakes professional regulatory work, defending individual healthcare professionals before their professional bodies in a wide range of cases arising from concern relating to conduct, health and professional performance.

Chris also has experience of advising professional regulators on the operation of disciplinary schemes, and previously sat as the Legal Assessor to the Professional Conduct Committee of the Chartered Institute of Building. He is a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in all higher courts. He currently sits as HM Assistant Coroner for Central & South East Kent, Mid Kent & Medway, North East Kent, and North West Kent.

Tim Russell is a Chartered Secretary and member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has considerable experience of a wide range of governance, policy, and organisational issues in the public where he served as a senior officer in HM Forces. Throughout his career he has led and managed significant change, developed and implemented strategy and plans, implemented programme and project management, and advised and supported numerous boardroom committees.

Mike Farrar is a management consultant with 15 years of CEO experience in the NHS, having stepped down as the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation in September 2013.

Since that time, Mike has been a member of the PwC Health Industries Oversight Board and has built a successful independent business practice working with clients such as Celesio, RCGP, ABPI, NHS Quest, NHS Leadership Academy, Health Foundation, Vanguard Health Solutions, Pfizer, and CIPFA.

Mike has also set up a number of small companies aimed at promoting health innovations, and links between health and sport. We are delighted to welcome Mike to the GAP team as an Associate Adviser.