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.

Medical Director, Tim Whittlestone

Medical Director

Tim Whittlestone

Tim Whittlestone is a Consultant Urological Surgeon who started his consultant life in Bristol Royal Infirmary and after 10 years was responsible for moving the Urology service over to North Bristol. He spent the next 10 years leading the Bristol Urology Institute, surgery and ultimately ASCR. He has held a number of senior roles in North Bristol NHS Trust and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) having been the Trust’s Deputy Medical Director and the Chief Medical Officer for Bristol’s Nightingale Hospital and for BNSSG’s Covid Vaccination Programme.

His lead areas are professional and clinical accountability of the medical workforce, revalidation, operational performance, clinical effectiveness, safety strategy, cancer services, Caldicott guardian, medical equipment including clinical IT, clinical governance (jointly with the Director of Nursing and Quality) and specialised services development. Tim also leads the Trust on collaboration both across the acute providers and widely in the development of the Integrated Care Systems (ICS).

Interim Chief Operating Officer, Jon Scott

Interim Chief Operating Officer

Jon Scott

Jon has been an operations executive director for 17 trusts prior to NBT and has led operational teams in many different size organisations from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to Barts (St Bartholomew's Hospital). He has worked in the NHS since 1995 following a career in IT and national retail. He works internationally and is a visiting lecturer in New Zealand and Australia on Operational Masterclass techniques. 

Jon has supported hospitals in operational process improvement to create a enhanced sense of calm and increased safety, winning several HSJ awards and Secretary of State for Health commendations. 

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.


Glyn Howells Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Glyn Howells

Glyn joined NBT in 2019 and has a wealth of Board level experience both within the NHS where he has worked in both Commissioner and Provider organisations and within the Commercial Sector where he has held roles covering a broad range of areas including Finance, Procurement, Transformation, Information Technology, Estates & Facilities, Management Consulting and Internal Audit.

In his role at NBT Glyn leads on the Financial and Commercial Strategies for the Trust. He is the key liaison with the Trust Auditors and leads on the business planning processes at the Trust whilst supporting operational colleagues in ensuring the Trust delivers good value for money and ensuring that the Trust has a strong control environment.

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 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.