Brother of Matt Hancock’s ‘mistress’ has top job at company with NHS contracts

An aide alleged to have had an affair with Matt Hancock is the sister of a senior director at a private health company which has won multiple NHS contracts.

Gina Coladangelo’s brother, Roberto Coladangelo, is executive director of strategy and innovation at PHL Group.

The company runs an NHS doctor’s surgery in Portsmouth and delivers urgent and primary care for NHS patients across Hampshire, as well as providing Covid-19 services.

PHL said it had never been awarded any contracts by the Department of Health and Social Care.

But the association is the latest in a string of potential conflicts of interest involving the Health Secretary.

A former pub landlord in his constituency won a government contract to supply vials for coronavirus tests after pitching his services to Hancock on WhatsApp.

Alex Bourne, who ran the Cock Inn in Mr Hancock’s West Suffolk constituency, previously had no experience in producing medical supplies.

Last month the under-fire MP was found to have committed a ‘minor’ rule breach when an NHS contract was awarded to his sister’s company in which he held a 20% stake.

Roberto Coladangelo is a strategy directory at a private healthcare firm (Picture: PHL Group)

Mrs Coladangelo was initially taken on as an unpaid adviser in March 2020 (Picture: AFP)

Independent adviser on ministerial standards Lord Geidt found he should have declared that Topwood Limited was approved as an NHS contractor.

The Health Secretary’s job hangs in the balance after he was caught on video in a passionate embrace with Mrs Coladangelo outside his office in Whitehall.

The steamy kiss was thought to have taken place on May 6 – 11 days before Covid guidance on social contact with members of other households was lifted.

But despite this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he ‘considers the matter closed’.

Mrs Coladangelo, who is married to Oliver Tress, founder of retailer Oliver Bonas, is a friend of Mr Hancock from their days together at Oxford University.

She was taken on as an unpaid adviser at his Department of Health and Social Care on a six-month term in March 2020, before landing a role as a non-executive director.

Hancock has known Mrs Coladangelo since they studied together at Oxford University (Picture: PA)

CCTV footage from outside Hancock’s office in Whitehall shows him kissing his aide (Picture: The Sun)

Mr Coladangelo is PHL Group’s executive director of strategy and innovation, having joined in October 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing in regard to the awarding of any contracts to PHL.

On Saturday a spokesperson said its contracts had always been awarded in the correct way.

They said: ‘PHL has been operating for over 11 years and at all times has secured contracts through the robust tender and procurement processes put in place by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

‘At no time have any contracts been awarded outside of these rigorous processes and no contracts have ever been awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care.’

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