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.

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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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Louise Tibbert - Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

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.

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.

Board of Executive Directors' Declaration of Interests

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Mary Dowglass

Mary previously fulfilled a Director of Nursing role for the former Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals until 2002 and has since worked as CEO of an international charity providing health services in the developing world before returning to the local area to work as a Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mary is also a Non-Executive Director for the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Sarah Dunnett Non-Executive Director

Sarah Dunnett


As well as a Non-Executive Director, Sarah is the Trust's Deputy Chairman. She is a Chartered Accountant and 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 holds the position of Honorary Treasurer at Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.


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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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Ray Harding

Ray brings a wide range of financial and commercial experience to the board from his previous roles, which most recently included Director of Estates Administration for University College London (UCL) and then Chief Operating Officer for UCL Qatar. Ray also serves as a Lay Member on the Board of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and is a Non-Executive Director of the Futures Housing Group.

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Beverley Shears

Bev  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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Gareth Tipton

Gareth fulfils the role of Senior Independent Director for the Trust as well as his Non-Executive role. He 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.

Board of Directors' NEDS Declaration of Interests