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Trust Board

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

The information on this page is historic. Visit the UHBW Trust Board pages for the latest information.


The Trust Board has overall corporate responsibility for the running of the organisation.  The main role of the Trust Board is to guide the overall strategic direction of University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust including planning for our current challenges and future priorities - ensuring that we can set and meet our objectives.  

The Board of Directors are responsible for the running and management of the Trust. The group is made up of Directors, including the Chief Executive, who are full time senior staff, plus an independent lay Chair and Non-Executive Directors who hold part-time positions.

The Directors bring expertise from their positions in key areas of the Trust, while the Chair and Non-Executive Directors offer their skills and experience from a wide variety of roles in the community. 


Jeff Farrar Chair
Robert Woolley Chief Executive
Dr Mark Smith Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer
Matthew Joint Director of People
Dr William Oldfield Medical Director
Paula Clarke Director of Strategy and Transformation
Neil Kemsley Director of Finance and Information
Deirdre Fowler Interim Chief Nurse
Julian Dennis Non-Executive Director - Senior Independent Director and Chair of Quality and Outcomes Committee
Martin Sykes Non-Executive Director - Vice Chair and Chair of Finance Committee
David Armstrong Non-Executive Director - Chair of Audit Committee
Bernard Galton Non-Executive Director - Chair of People Committee
Guy Orpen Non-Executive Director
Steven West Non-Executive Director
Jayne Mee Non-Executive Director
Madhu Bhabuta Non-Executive Director (Designate)
Sue Balcombe Non-Executive Director (Designate)


The key committees and groups that feed into Board can be seen here. For resources such as the Trust annual report, please visit the key publications section.