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14 December 2018

New director of finance and information to join UH Bristol in July 2019

Neil _KemsleyNeil Kemsley is to join University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as director of finance and information next summer.

Neil, whose appointment has been ratified by the Nominations and Appointments Committee of the Trust Board, will join UH Bristol in July 2019 from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, where he is currently director of finance.

He will succeed Paul Mapson as director of finance and information. Paul, who joined UH Bristol in 1991 and has been director of finance and information for nearly 17 years, is retiring in June 2019.

Robert Woolley, chief executive at UH Bristol, said: "We're delighted that Neil will be joining us next summer. Neil will bring a wealth of enthusiasm and experience in healthcare finance across the NHS.

"Paul's contribution at UH Bristol has been enormous, as illustrated by his recent Chairman's Award at our Recognising Success Awards, and I'm delighted he will continue in the role until the summer to ensure a seamless transition."

After graduating through the NHS South West Finance training scheme in 1994, Neil progressed through the finance ranks at United Bristol Healthcare Trust and University College London Hospitals before becoming deputy director of finance at King's College Hospitals and then Portsmouth Hospitals where he later became director of finance and investment.

In 2009, after relocating back to the South West, Neil became director of finance, contracting and performance in NHS Devon and then for the PCT cluster for Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.  From  2013 to 2015 he worked for NHS England as finance director originally covering Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire and then, from July 2014, from South Gloucestershire to the Isles of Scilly. Neil joined Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust as director of finance in November 2015.

Neil said: "Having trained and then began my career at UH Bristol, it has always been an organisation I have held in the highest regard.  I am delighted to have secured the appointment as director of finance and information and really looking forward to contributing to the continued success of both the Trust and the rest of the health economy."


For further information please contact the UH Bristol press office at or call 0117 342 3603.