Professor Stephen K Smith


Stephen Smith
Professor Stephen Smith, Trust Chair


East Kent Hospitals Trust Chair


  • Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Council of Governors
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

History with the Trust

Stephen joined the Trust on 1 March 2018

Professional background

Professor Stephen K Smith is a clinician scientist having held senior positions in Academic Medicine and the NHS at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London and most recently the University of Melbourne. He currently serves on various health and health technology Boards including those of Netscientific Plc. and is a Trustee of Pancreatic Cancer UK and Cochrane Innovations.

Prof Smith led the formation of the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and was its first CEO. A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. He was awarded his Doctor of Science in 2001 for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue. 

He has served on the Boards of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the National Healthcare Group, Singapore and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He was founder/director of GNI Group Plc that achieved IPO on the TSE in 2007.