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)

Cara Charles-Barks Cara Charles-Barks
Chief Executive

Appointed:
1 September 2020

Cara Charles-Barks
Chief Executive

Relevant experience:

  • 2017 to 2020 – CEO, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2016 to 2017 – Deputy CEO Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust
  • 2012 to 2016 – Chief Operating Officer / Deputy CEO Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust
  • 2008 to 2012 - Deputy COO/General Manager – Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • 2002 to 2008 – Nursing Director - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Adelaide, South Australia

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors and Masters' Degrees in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Service Management
  • MBA, University of Adelaide

Other Interests:

  • 2019 to date - Honorary Colonel, 243 Field Hospital Army Reserve Medical Services

Declared interests:

  • None

Lisa Cheek Lisa Cheek
Director of Nursing and Midwifery / Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Appointed:
2018

Lisa Cheek
Director of Nursing and Midwifery / Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Relevant experience:

  • 2018 – Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2017 – Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2014 – Deputy Director of Nursing, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Held a number of senior nursing roles within Surrey and London hospitals
Qualifications:
  • Registered Nurse
  • MSc Health Services Management, South Bank University
  • PG Diploma, Canterbury University

Declared interests:

  • No interests currently declared

Bernie Marden Bernie Marden
Medical Director

Appointed:
April 2018

Bernie Marden
Medical Director

Relevant experience:

  • 2018 – Medical Director, RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • November 2017 - Acting Medical Director, RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Head of Women and Children’s Division, RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Paediatric Clinical Lead
  • Neonatal Clinical Lead
  • Chief Clinical Information Officer

Qualifications:

  • MB BS (London), 1992
  • MRCP (UK) Paediatrics 1997
  • FRCPCH 2012
  • Masters of Laws (Medical Law and Ethics)

Declared interests:

  • Paediatric private practice at RUH Bath
  • Paediatric Advisor, Circle Reading
  • Brother is a consultant at RUH Bath

Libby Walters

Libby Walters
Director of Finance,
Deputy Chief Executive

Appointed:
June 2018

Libby Walters
Director of Finance, Deputy Chief Executive

Relevant experience:

  • 2012–2018 - Director of Finance and Resources, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2008-2012 - Director of Finance, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) in Sports Science
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Declared interests:

  • Husband appointed to RUH portering bank

Executive directors (non-voting)

Jocelyn Foster 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)

Claire Radley
Claire Radley
Director for People

Appointed:
April 2018

Claire Radley
Director for People

Relevant experience:

  • Sept 2015 - March 2018 – Assistant Director of Organisational Development, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • 2014 - 2015 – Senior Advisor to Chair of the Board, College of Policing
  • 2010 - 2014 – Organisational Development Advisor, Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • 2008 - 2010 – Head of Cultural Change, Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • 1998 - 2008 – Head of Research and Service Improvement, Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • 2005 - 2015 – Held a number of national advisory roles in policing focused on performance, quality, culture and transformation

Qualifications:

  • PhD – Organisational and Occupational Culture

Declared interests:

  • Member of Honourable Company of Gloucestershire

Rhiannon Hills

Rhiannon Hills
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Appointed:
August 2020

Rhiannon Hills
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Relevant experience:

  • August 2020 – Interim Chief Operating Officer, RUH
  • January 2020 – Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer, RUH
  • 2014 to 2019 – Divisional Director of Operations, Women & Children's Division, RUH
  • 2012 to 2014 – Head of Performance Delivery, University Hospitals Bristol Foundation

Qualifications:

  • MSc Research Methods, University of Surrey
  • BA Sociology, University of Liverpool

Declared interests:

  • None

Brian Johnson Brian Johnson
Director of Estates and Facilities

Appointed:
April 2019

Brian Johnson
Director of Estates and Facilities

Relevant experience:

  • 2019 – Director of Estates and Facilities
  • 2016 – Regional Operations Director, Capita Health Partners
  • 2012 – Associate at Hoare Lea
  • 1997 - 2012 – Held senior engineering leadership roles within Consultancy businesses delivering projects nationally and internationally

Qualifications:

  • Chartered Engineer CEng MCIBSE

Declared interests:

  • None

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