Executive Directors

Director of Nursing and Quality, Helen Blanchard

Director of Nursing and Quality

Helen Blanchard

Helen joined us from the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2018, where she was the Director of Nursing and Midwifery.

Helen has a breadth of clinical, managerial and leadership experience from working in a number of NHS hospitals across England and having also spent time in the New Zealand health system.

Helen has professional responsibility for the nursing, midwifery and AHP workforce. Other areas of responsibility include; clinical governance (jointly with the Medical Director), safeguarding, clinical risk and safety, patient experience, dementia, and end of life care including bereavement and chaplaincy.

Karen Brown

Chief Operating Officer

Karen Brown

Karen returned to NBT in June 2018, and since then has covered a number of roles in the Trust including the role of Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Karen has a breadth and depth of clinical, managerial and senior leadership experience gained from working in a number of healthcare settings including time spent within the Department of Health. From a clinical background within Intensive Care she is passionate about clinical engagement and the personal development of our staff.

Karen will provide operational management of the Trust on a day to day basis. With a focus on improvement, building organisational capability and sustainability she will provide strategic and operational leadership across the Trust within the wider Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and beyond .

Medical Director Dr Christopher Burton

Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Dr Christopher Burton

Chris joined the Trust in 1996 as a specialist registrar and a short while after was appointed consultant renal physician.

Chris became Medical Director in April 2009 following the retirement of Dr Martin Morse.

His lead areas are professional and clinical accountability of the medical workforce, revalidation, infection control, clinical effectiveness, outcomes and audit, safety strategy, cancer services, Caldicott guardian, medical equipment including clinical IT, clinical governance (jointly with Director of Nursing and Quality) and specialised services development. 

Director of Informatics Neil Darvill

Director of Informatics

Neil Darvill

Neil has Board level responsibility at North Bristol NHS Trust and has over 30 years' of experience working in healthcare environments.

Neil is responsible for setting and driving forward the IM&T Strategy at the Trust and developing key partnerships with suppliers and customers alike to ensure targets and expectations are met, year on year.


Director of People and Transformation, Jacqui Marshall

Director of People and Transformation

Jacqui Marshall

Jacqui joined us from the University of Exeter where she was Deputy Registrar and Director of People and Transformation.

Previously, Jacqui was a Senior Civil Servant serving both in the MOD and DEFRA. 

Jacqui has a breadth of Board experience delivering innovative HR Strategies and large scale transformations which support both efficiency and cultural change. 

Jacqui has recently been a Non-Executive Director at Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and is a mentor and coach across both public and private sector.

Director of Finance, Catherine Phillips

Director of Finance

Catherine Phillips

Catherine joined North Bristol NHS Trust from the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, where she was Director of Finance since September 2007.

Catherine has over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles within acute trusts and specialises in financial control and the interaction between financial and operational performance.

Her lead areas are financial strategy and management, commercial strategy, capital, audit, performance management, contracting and business planning.

Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning, Simon Wood

Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning

Simon Wood

Simon was previously Head of Facilities Services at the Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust joining North Bristol NHS Trust in March 2000.

Simon has a background in estates and hospital engineering having started in the NHS as a mechanical engineering apprentice and holding a range of managerial posts over the last two decades.

His lead areas are estates and facilities management, transport, fire, site leases, voluntary services, health and safety, SSD, PFI management and Fresh Arts.