Executive Directors

Interim Director of Nursing and Quality

Helen Blanchard

is our interim 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 & Transformation

Jacolyn Fergusson

is our Director of People & Transformation. Jacolyn joined the trust to support us whilst we make a permanent appointment to the role. She has over 20 years’ experience in executive level HR roles in a variety of industries which includes Healthcare in both the private and public sectors.

Jacolyn is also a Director of Avier Human Resources Ltd.

Director of Nursing and Quality

Sue Jones (sue.jones2@nbt.nhs.uk)

is the Director of Nursing and Quality and has worked in the NHS for 30 years. Sue trained at the BRI, then spent most of her clinical practice at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Sue then worked as part of University Hospitals Bristol Director of Nursing team, leading on practice development and policy moving on to become Head of Nursing for Division of Medicine where she led the Trusts implementation of Productive Ward. Sue has worked nationally as a Council Member for the Royal College of Nursing. Sue Joins us from her current post as Director of Nursing at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the greatest endorsement of her current role is the positive summary following the Trusts 2011 CQC unannounced inspection. Being a small FT brings its own challenges and rewards, Sue brings that experience together with a background of working on the other side of Bristol at a very exciting time for North Bristol NHS Trust. Her lead areas are professional and clinical accountability of the nursing, midwifery and AHP workforce, clinical governance joint with MD, safeguarding, clinical risk, patient experience, CQC lead, dementia, end of life care including bereavement and chaplaincy.

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.