Meet the Senior Management Team

Alex Sweeney

Managing Director

Alex has spent the entirety of his professional life focused on the delivery of public services in healthcare, social care, criminal justice and immigration. He has a track record for delivering high-quality services which provide valued outcomes for both patients and commissioners.

Alex is committed to ensuring Xyla Elective Care is a purpose-led business which places clinical excellence and clinical pathway innovation at the heart of our services.

Sam Tennant

Operations Director

Sam has held senior positions for the last 10 years within healthcare managed services, clinical workforce and commercial operations. He has operational oversight of all Xyla Elective Care services across acute, community and virtual delivery models.

Prior to taking on this role, Sam led the creation and development of Xyla Diagnostics, the UK’s largest private echocardiography provider and now the expert cardiac diagnostics arm of Xyla Elective Care.

Claire Fisher

Chief Nurse

Claire has over 20 years’ experience as a nurse. She has held many senior roles as Head of Nursing and more recently as Director of Clinical Services.

Claire is the clinical lead for Xyla Elective Care and leads the Medical Advisory Group.

Nicola Ellis-Webb

Strategic Growth Director

Nicola is a highly skilled healthcare management professional with 10 years’ experience of delivering NHS-funded services both in acute and community settings. She is a registered nurse by background with wide-ranging clinical and operational leadership experience in elective care delivery across all clinical specialties and patient pathways.

Nicola has worked with over 50 NHS organisations and possesses in-depth knowledge and understanding of national healthcare policy, NHS funding and commissioning. In her role as Strategic Growth Director, Nicola is responsible for developing and deploying digital healthcare solutions and other out-of-hospital services to transform patient care pathways.

Vanessa Fernandis

Chief Divisional Governance Officer

Vanessa has 15 years’ experience in managing clinical governance both for NHS (acute and primary care) and independent healthcare having worked at leading organisations such as Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust and HCA Healthcare UK. She held senior governance positions within insourcing over the last 5 years, developing frameworks, systems, processes and supporting safe integration of services.

As part of insourcing, Vanessa has worked with over 70 NHS trusts leading on the implementation of governance frameworks and performance metrics to ensure that contracts are effectively monitored and managed. She has a broad range of experience covering risk management, clinical effectiveness, information governance, case reviews and quality improvement.

Vanessa has led on the operational delivery of innovative projects such as our teledermatology services.

Steve Morley

Business Development Director

Steve is an experienced and versatile business development, contract and project management professional with over 20 years in strategic and operational business delivery in managing stakeholder relationships within central/local government, voluntary and community and private sector providers.

Steve is responsible for all Xyla Elective Care growth activity across insourcing, community and virtual services.