Meet the Royal Free Hospital leadership team

Royal Free Hospital is run by an experienced and highly motivated team of individuals who between them, pool their clinical and leadership skills and experience to deliver a world class service to our patients.


Rebecca Longmate

Royal Free Hospital director of nursing

Prior to becoming director of nursing, Rebecca was the deputy director of nursing and divisional director of nursing for transplantation and specialist services at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Rebecca started at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) in 1997 as a specialist nurse in anaemia and has worked in senior nurse roles managing liver, renal, specialist and cancer services.

Before joining the RFH, Rebecca has worked in three other London teaching hospitals at Guys & St Thomas’, St Mary’s and King’s College in urology, renal and liver transplantation, high dependency unit and as a site and bed manager. Rebecca also spent a year working in Australia in Alice Springs and Sydney as a staff nurse in medicine and surgery. Rebecca holds a bachelor of nursing in health studies and a Master’s degree in advancing critical care practice. Rebecca recently qualified as a coach.

Dr John Connolly

Royal Free Hospital chief executive

Dr John Connolly, a renal consultant who has worked at the Royal Free London since 2004, is the chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital. John also leads on the development of clinical practice groups (CPGs) for the Royal Free London group. CPGs are clinical oversight groups designed to reduce unwarranted variation and improve the care we deliver for patients across the trust.



Rachel Anticoni

Royal Free Hospital director of operations 

Rachel is responsible for the operational running of the hospital. She has an extensive operational background within the acute sector, community, social care, private and voluntary sectors both nationally and in London. She is a registered nurse. 




Gillian Smith

Royal Free Hospital medical director

Prior to becoming medical director, Gillian was deputy medical director and divisional director of transplantation and specialist services, A consultant urologist by background, Gillian has had a range of clinical and professional leadership experience with a focus on improvement and service transformation.