Chair & Executive Directors

Chair: Peter Lachecki

Peter Lachecki is a former Non-Executive Director of Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust (2011 – 2016). He Chaired the Quality & Safety Committee was a member of the Audit Committee and deputised as Chairman. His most senior appointment in a corporate role was as Global Category Director at Kraft Foods, where he led a complex group of internal functions including finance, sales and research and development. Peter is also a Governor at The King’s School, Gloucester, where he chairs a Strategic Marketing Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee of Gloucester Cathedral.


Appointed: 7th November 2016

Chief Executive: Deborah Lee

Deborah Lee joined the Trust as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in June 2016 from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBNHSFT) where she was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO. As CEO, Deborah is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation and for implementing the long and short-term strategy.

Deborah has been nationally recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the Top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare. She qualified originally as a registered nurse, before returning to university to read economics and subsequently gained an MBA from Bristol Business School.

Deborah started her NHS management career in 1990 and has worked in acute, primary and community sectors, holding board appointments in three different commissioning organisations before joining UHBNHSFT.

Acting Finance Director: Sarah Stansfield

Sarah Stansfield joined the Trust as Director of Operational Finance in May 2016 from Ernst & Young LLP where she was a consultant in the healthcare management team. She started her NHS finance career in 2004 on the NHS Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme in Northamptonshire and has worked in Acute and Mental Health Trusts for over 10 years.

She has a BA in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Sheffield and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Nursing Director: Maggie Arnold

Maggie Arnold is responsible for the leadership of nursing and midwifery. She also has responsibility for the management of all operational nursing issues including nursing and midwife policies and development. She leads on Safeguarding Adults and Children, Infection Control and Mental Health. Maggie has worked for the NHS for approximately 33 years and six years for the armed forces and has experience in managing community hospitals as well as acute services. An experienced trauma nurse she has a MSc in health and social care and is totally committed to improving the patient experience by ensuring the nurses are trained and work to the highest standards.


Director of Clinical Strategy: Dr Sally Pearson

Sally Pearson was appointed as Director of Clinical Strategy in April 2002, following a period of 10 years as Director of Public Health for Gloucestershire Health Authority. She has overall responsibility for strategic direction and planning, partnership with other organisations, research governance, performance management, marketing and programme management. She has joint responsibility for clinical governance with the Medical Director.




Medical Director: Dr Sean Elyan

Sean Elyan was appointed as Medical Director at the end of 2005 and now undertakes this post half time whilst continuing

in his clinical post as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist (Appointed to the Trust in 1993). He has overall responsibility for medical leadership and jointly for clinical governance and clinical leadership. He is also the Caldicott Guardian.




Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development: Dave Smith

Dave Smith has overall responsibility for human resources and organisational development including training and development and occupational health. He joined the NHS and the Trust in April 2009 having previously worked as a Human Resources Director in the banking and finance industry.  He has an MA in Strategic Human Resources Management.


Interim Chief Operating Officer: Natasha Swinscoe

Natasha Swinscoe is a graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme and has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS as a senior manager and leader.

As Chief Operating Officer Natasha has responsibility for the operational day to day running of our hospitals.

Formerly serving as a Director of Development at the West of England Academic Health Science Network, as Programme Director for the Community Children’s Health Partnership and as Acting Director of Operations at the North Bristol NHS Trust; Natasha has worked in both commissioning and provider organisations gaining experience of adult and child mental health, children’s community and acute services, adult surgical and specialist renal and transplantation services as well as leading complex transformational change programmes.