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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Executive directors

The executive team is experienced and cohesive with a strong track record of financial and service performance.

Siobhan Harrington

Siobhan Harrington, Chief Executive

Date of appointment: 1 June 2022

Siobhan Harrington began her career in nursing posts in London, working at St Thomas's and Royal Free Hospitals. After programme management roles including at regional level, Siobhan, in 2004 was appointed director of Primary Care Commissioning and lead nurse at Haringey PCT. She joined Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in 2006 moving through roles including director of primary care, acting director of nursing, director of strategy and deputy chief executive. She spent two years as programme director for the Barnet Enfield Haringey clinical strategy implementation, and in 2017 was appointed chief executive of Whittington Health NHS Trust. She joined the Trust as Chief Executive in June 2022, following the retirement of Debbie Fleming OBE.


Paula Shobbrook

Paula Shobbrook, Chief Nursing Officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Paula has extensive executive and nursing leadership experience in acute hospitals, having worked in two executive nurse director roles prior to her appointment to UHD. She was director of nursing and midwifery at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from September 2011 and executive chief nurse at Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust where she worked for 10 years. Paula's nursing career includes clinical experience in acute medicine, cardiac and respiratory specialties and her areas of particular interest are quality governance, patient safety and leadership development. Paula is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive for UHD in November 2020.


Mark Mould

Mark Mould, chief operating officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Mark Mould is the first Chief Operating Officer for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, established on 1 October 2020. Mark was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he served for six years. Mark has extensive operational management experience across a number of other acute trusts across the country.


Pete Papworth

Pete Papworth, chief finance officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Pete was appointed director of finance for the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2017 and was subsequently appointed director of finance for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2019 in a joint role across both organisations. Pete led the financial aspects of the merger of the two organisations and was appointed as the first chief finance officer for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2020.

Pete is a chartered accountant with experience working across all aspects of the public sector locally, since joining the Audit Commission's graduate scheme in 2003.


Alyson ODonnell

Dr Alyson O'Donnell, chief medical officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Alyson joined the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as medical director in November 2016 before being appointed the role of chief medical officer for the UHD. Alyson comes from a clinical background as a consultant neonatologist, having completed her professional training in both the UK and Australia. She has extensive experience in the leadership and development of clinical networks and their impact on clinical care. She is passionate about using quality improvement to drive patient outcomes and the role of medical leadership in ensuring an embedded safety and learning culture.


Richard Renaut

Richard Renaut, chief strategy and transformation officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Richard joined the NHS through the NHS management training scheme. He has worked in both primary care and tertiary hospital settings. Prior to his appointment as chief strategy and transformation officer on 1 October 2020, Richard was chief operating officer and has been a board executive since 2006.


Karen Allman

Karen Allman, chief people officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Karen was appointed to the role of chief people officer for the new UHD on 1 October 2020, having previously been the director of human resources for the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2007. She joined the NHS in 2003 from the Audit Commission where she was human resources director for District Audit. Her early career was spent in the private sector in retail with Marks & Spencer and Fenwick before working in the city at the London Stock Exchange.


Peter Gill

Peter Gill, chief informatics and IT officer

Date of appointment: 1 October 2020

Peter was appointed the role of chief informatics and IT officer for UHD and has been director of informatics for the two preceding Trusts since 2012. In the new role, Peter remains responsible for the informatics service comprising of around 150 team members who make a significant contribution to the running of the trust 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over eight years in London, he held two previous director of informatics roles and was head of informatics at Salisbury Foundation Trust for two years.

Peter has been working in the NHS continuously from 1991 where he joined as a general management trainee. Peter is responsible for delivering the digital transformation strategy which aims to improve patient safety by implementing paperless healthcare and supporting all clinical and non-clinical services to realise the benefits of adopting digital solutions. Peter has a degree in mathematics and management sciences and a masters in leadership through effective human resource management. In his spare time you might spot Peter running or cycling in Dorset.

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