About Us

Management Structure

The hospital is managed by a Board of Directors, which consists of a chairman, five non-executive directors and seven executive directors.

Executive directors (voting)

James Scott
Chief Executive

Appointed:
1 June 2007

James Scott
Chief Executive

Relevant experience:

  • 2007 – Chief Executive
  • 1999 – Chief Executive of Yeovil Hospital, a wave 1A NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director of Operations, Chase Farm Hospital
  • Held a number of senior roles in London hospitals such as St Mary’s Paddington and Hammersmith

Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) in History
  • Diploma in Health Services Management

Declared interests:

  • Vice Chair and Company Director of the West of England Academic Health Science Network
  • Company Director of WEAHSN Limited
  • Daughter employed by North Bristol Trust as a Specialty Assistant General Manager

Sarah Truelove
Director of Finance & Deputy Chief Executive

Appointed:
June 2013

Sarah Truelove
Director of Finance & Deputy Chief Executive

Relevant experience

  • 2009–2013 - Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2006–2009 - Director of Finance Gloucestershire PCT
  • 2006–2006 - Held a number of senior roles in commissioning and acute hospitals

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Politics
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Declared interests

  • Married to the Director of Finance for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Daughter is registered with the Trust's temporary Staff Bank
  • School Governor - The Corsham School

Tim Craft
Medical Director

Appointed:
August 2010

Tim Craft
Medical Director

Relevant experience:

  • 2010 – Medical Director, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
  • Deputy Medical Director
  • Chair of the Speciality Division
  • 1994 - Clinical Director of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
  • Clinical Director of Operations
  • Director of Operations

Qualifications:

  • MB BS (London), FRCA 1983
  • Health Foundation Leadership Fellow

Declared interests:

  • Director and shareholder of Anaesthetic Medical Systems (AMS) Ltd, a company that designs and manufactures drug delivery systems to improve patient safety
  • Partner of Bath Anaesthetic Group LLP, a partnership that provides independent anaesthetic services services at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, BMI Bath Clinic and CircleBath
  • Director and shareholder 10 Bar Ltd, a company that, in relevant part, provides anaesthetic services to the Bath Anaesthetic Group LLP

Francesca Thompson
Chief Operating Officer

Appointed:
September 2006

Francesca Thompson
Chief Operating Officer

Relevant experience:

  • 2006 – Director of Nursing, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
  • 2003 – Board Director of Nursing, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Qualifications:

  • DIPC. Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife (lapsed)
  • Fellow of Improvement Faculty NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
  • MSc Social Sciences, University of Southampton 1996

Declared interests:

  • Daughter is registered with the Trust's Temporary Bank Staff
  • Trustee for Dorothy House

Helen Blanchard
Director of Nursing

Appointed:
August 2013

Helen Blanchard
Director of Nursing

Relevant experience:

  • September 2007 - July 2013 - Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • May 2004 - September 2007 - Director of Nursing and Quality, Hereford County Hospitals NHS Trust
  • 1997 – 2004 - Held a number of senior nursing and midwifery roles in Acute Trusts

Qualifications:

  • Registered General Nurse
  • District Nurse
  • Lecturer/practice educator
  • MSc Nursing Studies

Declared interests:

  • None

Executive directors (non-voting)

Jocelyn Foster
Commercial Director

Appointed:
July 2012

Jocelyn Foster
Commercial Director

Relevant experience:

  • 2012 – Commercial Director, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2011 – Director of Business Strategy, Kent County Council
  • 2008 – Strategy Director (Parcelforce), Royal Mail
  • 2006 – Strategic and Corporate Development Director, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Public and private sector experience in business strategy, planning, transformation and new business development

Qualifications:

  • Chartered Marketer
  • MBA
  • DPhil Oxon
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

Declared interests:

  • Complaints Panelist - Dental Complaints Service - Private Dentistry Complaints Resolution Service
  • Investor in Veloscient Ltd (An organisation developing a platform to facilitate structured data capture for a range of markets including healthcare)

Victoria Downing-Burn
Acting Director of HR

Appointed:
October 2017

Victoria Downing-Burn
Acting Director of People

Relevant experience:

  • Oct 2017 – Acting Director of People RUH, Bath
  • Jan 2017 – Deputy Director Of Human Resources Royal United Hospital Bath
  • Sep 2014 – Dec 2016 - Interim Deputy Director of HR Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nov 2012 – Aug 2014 - Director of Strategy and Engagement NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Feb 2012 – Nov 2012 - Associate Director of Transition Governance - NHS Somerset: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • May 2009 – Feb 2012 - Director of Strategic Change - NHS Swindon (PCT)
  • Jun 2007 – May 2009 - Associate Director of HR NHS Swindon (PCT)

Qualifications:

  • HR professional with Chartered Fellow of the CIPD
  • PhD in People Management and Performance
  • Executive Coach

Declared interests:

  • None.

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