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 was deputy 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 a qualified executive coach and continues to run a coaching and team development business.  He has been Chair at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FTT since November 2016.


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.

Finance Director: Steve Webster

Steve Webster is responsible for finance, procurement, and information management and technology. He joined the Trust in June 2017 after a variety of finance director roles across the South of England and in Wales.  He has extensive experience of financial recovery and of major PFI and information technology schemes from these NHS roles, and prior to that worked in local government. He was awarded HFMA Finance Director of the Year for 2010.




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.


Chief Operating Officer: Arshiya Khan

As Chief Operating Officer, Arshiya is responsible for the day to day operational delivery of the services across the Trust and ensuring that we provide high quality services in an efficient and productive manner. She has shared responsibility for the overall strategic direction, performance and success of the Trust.

Arshiya joined us in November 2016 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer and stepped into the Chief Operating Officer role in May 2017. With a medical background and experience as a regulator, she has previous experience as an executive director in primary care and lately has worked as senior operational director in acute trusts.