Trust Board

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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Stephen Graves - Chief Executive

Stephen has a broad range of experience within the NHS. He was previously Chief Executive of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and prior to that he was Director of Corporate Development at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Stephen is also a director of the Eastern Academic Health Service Network. He has served the health service for 26 years. One of his first roles saw him based in offices at our Stamford Hospital site.

Director Caroline Walker

Caroline Walker - Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance

Caroline fulfils a joint role as Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive. Her career in finance 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. 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.  

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Ian Crich - Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Ian was formerly Chief HR Officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. As well as the NHS, Mr Crich has worked at director level in local government. He is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Trust’s workforce as well as managing the estates and facilities and security team.

Neil Doverty - Executive Director

Mr Neil Doverty - Chief Operating Officer

Neil worked previously at Wye Valley NHS Trust, where he was the Chief Operating Officer. He has had extensive experience in the NHS, most recently in the acute sector, but also at director level in community and mental health services as well as county level experience in social care. He is responsible for the operational performance of all divisions across the Trust and is the executive lead for transformational change.

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Dr Kanchan Rege - Medical Director

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.

Jane Pigg, Trust Secretary

Jane Pigg - Company Secretary

Jane’s role involves a wide diversity of work throughout the Trust. She works at a strategic level  with all our external partners, including the local authority and ensures the appropriate running of  the Trust Board of Directors and Board of Governors, and has lead responsibilities for corporate governance. She is a non-voting member of the Trust board.

Non Executive Director Allan Arnott

Allan Arnott OBE

Allan fulfills the role of Senior Independent Director (SID) and Deputy Chairman for the Trust, in addition to his existing role as a non-executive director. Allan retired from Perkins Engines Company Limited and is currently chair of University Centre Peterborough. He is also a Board Director of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership.

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Alan Brown

Alan is  a partner with The Health Partnership, helping them to develop their consultancy business in the health sector. He has lived in the Huntingdon area since 1988 and is married to a local GP. He was previously employed by the Computer Sciences Corporation as UK & Ireland Sales Director, Healthcare - responsible for commercial sales for the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.

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Dr Madhu Davies

Dr Davies is a Consultant in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Devices. She began her career in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, before retraining as a GP in the 1990s. She has spent the past 17 years working the pharmaceutical industry.

Sarah Dunnett Non-Executive Director

Sarah Dunnett

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant. She has worked for more than 25 years in the public sector, both in the UK and overseas. She held the post of Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Southwark, and was more recently a Corporate Director at a South Lincolnshire Local Authority.  She is a trustee of the Miscarriage Association and board member of HQIP (Health Quality Improvement Partnership).

Mike Ellwood

Mike Ellwood

Mike is Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking at Santander UK Plc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate banking having also worked at RBS and NatWest. Married with two sons, he is a keen sports fan, enjoying golf, rugby and football in particular.

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Gareth Tipton

Gareth is Group Director for Ethics and Compliance and Chief Operating Officer at British Telecom and joined the Trust board as a non-executive director in August 2014. He was recently appointed to the board of EE.

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Sarah Dixon

Until recently, Sarah was Head Teacher at Northampton High School Girls' Day School Trust. She led the Girls' Day School Trust's work on strengthening partnerships with state sector schools. Before that, Sarah led Peterborough High School from 1999 to 2007. She had previously been a public governor at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2004-7.

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Chris Welsh

Chris is a professor and a retired surgeon who has held a number of management roles. After 13 years as a consultant vascular surgeon, Chris moved into management, initially as Regional Postgraduate Dean in Trent and then as Medical Director of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Chris is currently the Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate as well as the Beyond Transition Director for Health Education England.