Our Board of Directors

Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes - Chairman

Rob is a former Managing Director of Mars Food UK, currently a Director at Brain Tumour Research and was formerly involved in the NHS Strategic Review of Children’s Neuro Surgery. He is Chairman of the charity Anna’s Hope, a children’s brain tumour charity.

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Caroline Walker - Chief Executive Officer

Caroline became Chief Executive on 1 October 2018, having previously been in a joint role as Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive of our Trust. Her career within the NHS dates back to 1982 and has seen her work at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Barts and the London NHS Trust in finance roles. She has also been Chief Operating Officer at Loughborough University. In August 2015 she was appointed to lead an ongoing health system-wide programme to investigate the possible benefits of local healthcare providers working together to improve services and save money.  She led on the programme to merge Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals with Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, which resulted in the formation of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2017.

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Joel Harrison - Chief Finance Officer

Joel was appointed on 1 January 2021. He joined the board in May 2020 as Acting Chief Finance Officer having previously held the role of Deputy Director of Finance for the Trust in which he had responsibility for financial services, planning and commissioning. His responsibilities include Finance, IM&T and Procurement. Prior to joining the Trust, Joel worked at KPMG, NHS Improvement and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Programme where he worked on a system-wide finance strategy. 

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Louise Tibbert - Chief People Officer

Louise joined our Trust in April 2018, having previously fulfilled the same role at University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust. Prior to that she served more than 30 years in the private sector and at local authorities in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

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Philip Walmsley - Chief Operating Officer

Phil joined us on 1 March 2021.  Having been Interim Director of Operations at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2017, he moved on to Weston General Hospital as Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive and came back to the Trust from his Interim Chief Operating Officer role at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Phil began his NHS career as a nurse and has held a variety of leadership roles in NHS trusts including University Hospitals of Leicester, Nottingham University Hospitals and Walsall Manor Hospital.

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Dr Kanchan Rege - Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Chief Medical Officer

Dr Rege oversees the management of the Trust’s consultant body as well as doctors in training. Prior to her appointment, she was a Consultant Haematologist for the Trust. She continues to see patients in her clinic at Peterborough City Hospital in her consultant role for one day per week. Dr Rege underwent her training in Haematology in London and started her consultant career working at Hinchingbrooke and Papworth Hospitals in 2000. 

Jo Bennis - Chief Nurse

Joanne Bennis - Chief Nurse

Jo has 30 years’ experience as a nurse, having started her training in Peterborough. She is responsible for professional practice, clinical quality and organisational change in the interests of patient care. She advises on nursing, midwifery and allied health professional issues and is the professional head of the nursing service. She takes the lead in delivering effective clinical care and has joint responsibility with our Medical Director for the clinical governance agenda.

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Dr Arshiya Khan - Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

Arshiya joined the Trust from London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, where she was Chief Operating Officer. She leads the Trust’s vision and values as well as the long term plans for the development of our healthcare organisation. She has a wealth of experience in the NHS and has a varied portfolio spanning governance, regulations, primary care, commissioning and more recently senior operational roles in complex multi-site organisations. 


Board of Directors' Declaration of Interests        
Board of Directors Gifts and Hospitality 2021 - 2022 Q1 Apr - Jun 2021

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Beverley Shears

Bev is our Deputy Chair. She has a strong background in organisational change and transformation, having fulfilled various roles including Deputy Managing Director and HR Director at Stagecoach South West Trains and Head of Customer Experience at the Olympic Delivery Authority. She is currently a Member of the British Transport Police Authority.

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Mike Ellwood 

Mike has more than 30 years' experience in corporate banking and worked at Santander UK PLC where he was Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking until October 2018. He has also held senior roles at RBS and NatWest. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions at a corporate level and as a provider of finance to large companies. 

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Ray Harding

Ray brings a wide range of financial and commercial experience to the board from his previous roles, which most recently included Chief Operating Officer for UCL Qatar, where he set up the new campus. Prior to that, he was Director of Estates Administration for University College London (UCL) and Managing Director of multi-national subsidiaries in Nigeria, Egypt and Zambia. Ray is a Non-Executive Director of the Futures Housing Group and served as a Lay Member on the Board of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. He is Trustee of a Tanzanian charity. He is a Chartered Accountant and chairs the Trust's Finance Committee.        

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Dr Christine Hill

Christine is a public health physician and has worked in the NHS in the East of England for the past 14 years, mainly in public health and applied health research. Previously, she worked both in the public and private healthcare sectors in the UK and overseas in various roles – as a clinician, senior manager and hospital director. She is an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge where she teaches Health Policy on the MPhil in Public Health.

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Gareth Tipton

Gareth has more than 20 years’ experience in IT and telecommunications, operating at board level across a range of public and private sector organisations. He is Global Chief Compliance Officer with Softline Group. Prior to that he held various senior positions at BT plc from 2004 to 2020. He has also served as Board Director at BT Law and EE Ltd.  


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Dr Mark Sanderson

Mark was a GP in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, for 17 years and has more than 10 years' experience as a NHS Medical Director. He was Medical Director for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group until January 2020 and prior to that was Deputy Regional Medical Director for NHS England (Midlands and East).

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Tariro Matanga - NExT Director

Tariro joined the Trust on 7 June 2021 on a 12-month NExT Director placement, which is part of a national programme that provides individuals with experience of board-level roles in NHS Trusts.

Tariro is the founder and Director of MobMart; a Fintech start-up. She is a pharmacist by training, having held pharmacy roles in the NHS as well as in the private sector. Her clinical experience includes working as pharmacist in women’s health which encompassed maternity and gynaecology services. Tari holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a masters in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences from Manchester University.