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.

  • Kate Slemeck

    Kate Slemeck

    Royal Free Hospital chief executive officer

    Kate Slemeck took up the post of Royal Free Hospital chief executive in January 2018. She was previously Royal Free London (RFL) group chief operating officer. She joined RFL as the director of operations in 2011 before being appointed as chief operating officer in 2012.

    Prior to taking up her position at the Royal Free London, Kate was the director of operations at the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust for five years and before this deputy director of operations. She has over 23 years’ NHS management experience, mainly in acute trusts (including Northwick Park Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability). She originally trained as an occupational therapist.

  • Sarah Dobbing

    Sarah Dobbing

    Royal Free Hospital director of operations

    Sarah has worked in the NHS since 2004 when she joined the graduate management training scheme. She has worked in a range of healthcare organisations including the Department of Health and for commissioners, but she has spent most of her management career in teaching hospitals in London. Sarah joined The Royal Free Hospital in 2014, initially as director of operations for the women, children and imaging division. 


  • Rebecca Longmate

    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 medical director

    Dr John Connolly, a renal consultant who has worked at the Royal Free London since 2004, is the medical director for 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.