Executive Directors

Steve Hams

Chief Nursing Officer

Professor Steve Hams, MBE, MStJ

Professor Steve Hams joined North Bristol NHS Trust in March 2022. He is responsible for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and holds the responsibility as the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. He is also a visiting professor at the University of West of England.  Steve has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years, having initially specialised in coronary care, and has held roles in the NHS, voluntary sector and higher education.

Steve has particular interests in leadership and coaching, LGBTQIA+ equality and diversity and mental health. 

Steve was awarded an MBE for services to nursing in the 2022 New Year Honours and in 2011 became a Member of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem for services to St John Ambulance.

Medical Director, Tim Whittlestone

Chief Medical Officer

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).

Chief Operating Officer, Steve Curry

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Curry

Steve was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for North Bristol NHS Trust in January 2022. Previous to this Steve was Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff and Vale UHB.

Steve was born and educated in Northern Ireland where he qualified as a registered nurse.  After a period of specialising in intensive care, he then undertook his further education at universities in Leeds and Cardiff, where he completed first and second degree level education. 

Steve has extensive clinical and managerial experience, having worked in and managed services in Northern Ireland, St James’ NHS Trust in Leeds, and Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust in London.  

Steve has also held senior management positions across a number of health boards in Wales, including General Manager positions for scheduled and unscheduled care, Assistant Director of Operations, and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Cardiff & Vale UHB.

 Chief Digital Information Officer, Neil Darvill

Chief Digital Information Officer (non-voting)

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.


 Chief Finance Officer, Glyn Howells

Chief Finance Officer

Glyn Howells

In his role at NBT Glyn leads on the financial sustainability of the Trust, including business planning processes and ensuring the Trust delivers good value for money within a strong control environment.

Additionally, he leads the Estates and Facilities Directorate, ensuring that Clinical and Operational colleagues have access to the space and facilities they need to deliver their services in a safe, effective and sustainable way both today and in the future.  

Peter Mitchell Chief People Officer

Chief People Officer (non-voting)

Peter Mitchell

With a background predominantly in higher education, Peter has held senior positions including HR Director across six different universities, primarily in London, including the Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 


Peter has recently undertaken interim roles at institutions such as the University of Derby, Kingston University, and the University of Sussex. Notably, Peter has also contributed his skills and knowledge to the healthcare sector, serving as the interim Director of HR & OD at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust.