Tim Smart

Tim Smart

Current position: Chief Executive, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Course: BSocSc, Economics, 1979


This mentor may be of interest to students of business management, or those interested in careers in health, medicine, communications, strategy, leadership or international careers.


Tim Smart joined King’s College Hospital as Chief Executive in November 2008. He had previously held the post of Managing Director, BT Global Services UK. Tim has had a successful 30-year business leadership track record, in a number of roles both in the UK and overseas.

Before coming to King’s, Tim was responsible for all BT Global’s business with the UK government and large enterprises in the UK, including the NHS. He has worked in the Middle East, the Netherlands and the United States. He also has experience as a non-executive director of a US-listed financial services company.

Tim is a director of GSTS, a pathology company; a founding member of the Partner’s Board of King’s Health Partners (one of five Academic Health Sciences Centres in England); a Governor of South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Foundation Trust Network Board.

Quotes from mentees

  • From the outset I was surprised just how easy to contact and enthusiastic Tim was, given his very busy job, and by our first meeting had already emailed across several articles he thought might interest me, knowing that I would like to go into paediatrics.
  • I am extremely lucky that I am able to phone/email Tim for help and guidance, and already have ideas to discuss for our next contact. The one key piece of advice I was given at our first meeting that I can pass on was to relax and chill out, and enjoy being young!
  • Tim told me about how the techniques used by those who are most effective at networking, and emphasised the importance of languages. We discussed the different approaches taken by highly successful people and their use of regular reflection to ensure that energy is being focused on specific goals. To go with this, Tim reminded me of the value of holidays.