Executive Directors

Director of Nursing and Quality

Helen Blanchard

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

Chief Operating Officer

Evelyn Barker

is our Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. She joined the Trust in April 2018 in what is a new role, to provide strategic and operational leadership. Evelyn has held a range of clinical and managerial positions in the NHS including Chief Pharmacist, and comes with significant experience at Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive level.

Evelyn most recently worked at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Chris Burton

Medical Director

Dr Christopher Burton

is our Medical Director. He joined the Trust in 1996 as a specialist registrar and a short while after was appointed consultant renal physician. He 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 joint with DoN/Q, specialised services development. 

Director of Informatics

Neil Darvill

with Board level responsibility at North Bristol NHS Trust, Neil is Director of IM&T and has over 30 years 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

is our Director of People and Transformation. Jacqui has 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.

Catherine Philips

Director of Finance

Catherine Phillips

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

Simon Wood

Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning

Simon Wood

is Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning. Previously he was Head of Facilities services at the Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust joining North Bristol NHS Trust in March 2000. Simon's background is 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.