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.
Interim Finance Director: Stuart Diggles
Stuart trained at Salford University obtaining a First in Mechanical Engineering and a full technologist apprenticeship from British Aerospace. After a short career in engineering he trained as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying and gaining membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in December 1994.
Over the last 22 years Stuart has worked in a number of commercial enterprises in a range of market sectors, mainly working in businesses going through significant levels of growth, change and transformation, and many in need of turnaround. More recently experience has also been gained from financial, managerial and operational roles within a number of NHS organisations.
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.
Director of Service Delivery : Eric Gatling
Eric Gatling has been a manager in the NHS since 1984 in a number of operational and strategic roles in acute NHS Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities, the NHS Modernisation Agency and the Department of Health. He joined the Trust in September 2012 and leads on the day to day operational management of the Trust to ensure effective patient care. He has a Masters in Business Administration.