Executive Directors

  1. Tony Chambers, Chief Executive

    Tony Chambers, Chief Executive

    Tony Chambers was appointed Chief Executive in January 2020.

    Tony is a highly experienced leader with a strong track record of managing large scale acute hospital services. He joined the NHS as a nurse in Bolton before moving into health management and he has held senior roles in hospitals in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire and in a large integrated health board in South Wales. For six years he was Chief Executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Most recently, he has been working at the Northern Care Alliance in Salford.

  2. Shelagh Smith, Chief Operating Officer

    Shelagh Smith, Chief Operating Officer

    Shelagh Smith joined our Trust as Divisional Manager for Clinical Support Services in 2007.

    Then worked as Divisional Manager for Emergency Care and Medicine and the Women and Child health. More recently she was Director of Operations for King George Hospital, then the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Emergency Care until the recent appointment as Interim Chief Operating Officer.

    Prior to working at our Trust, Shelagh worked at the Royal Marsden as General Manager which followed on from a 20 year career as a diagnostic radiographer, seven of those years were at Harold Wood and Oldchurch Hospitals

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  3. Kathryn Halford OBE, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse

    Kathryn Halford OBE, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse

    Kathryn joined our Trust in January 2016 from Walsall Healthcare where she was the Director of Nursing.

    She qualified as a registered nurse in 1984 and then as a registered sick children’s nurse in 1987.

    Since that time she has held a number of senior nursing roles within secondary and tertiary care settings and has led a number of national programmes including a focus on new roles and an independent review into children’s palliative care whilst working at the Department of Health.

    Tweet Kathryn: @HalfordKathryn

  4. Peter Hunt, Director of Communications and Engagement

    Peter Hunt

    Peter joined us in November 2017 after a career as a BBC correspondent and presenter where he was at the forefront of the organisation’s news coverage.  As one of the BBC’s most senior journalists, he covered international and national events, politics and the royal family.  

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  5. Nick Swift, Chief Financial Officer

    Nick Swift, Chief Financial Officer

    After studying engineering at Exeter University, Nick qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1988 and then spent five years in New Zealand in both practice and commerce before starting a family and returning to the UK.

    Nick brings over 20 years of board experience in a variety of international finance roles, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for British Airways, from 2010 until 2016.

    Since then, Nick has studied part-time for an MSc in Health and Medical Science at University College London, was a non-executive director at East and North Herts NHS Trust and is a trustee at the girls education charity Camfed.

     Nick lives in Hatfield with his wife Jude and their two daughters.

  6. David Amos, Interim Director of People and Organisational Development

    David Amos, Interim Director of People and Organisational Development

    David Amos works as a healthcare HR and public services management consultant with a wide range of NHS and other organisations. He has had an extensive career in healthcare human resources leadership and general management. 

    After ten years in hospital general management, he was the HR director at St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust and the Workforce Director at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  

    Between the two HR director roles, he spent five years at the Department of Health, which included being the Deputy Director of HR for the NHS, responsible for recruitment and retention. 

    He spent a year at the Cabinet Office leading a project to promote jobs and skills across the public services during the economic downturn.

  7. Dr Magda Smith, Chief Medical Officer

    Dr Magda Smith, Chief Medical Officer

    Dr Magda Smith has been a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for more than twenty years.

    She has combined her consultant role with a number of leadership positions including Clinical Divisional Director and Associate Medical Director.

    She is passionate about delivering good care to patients, developing teams that combine the best skills of all their members and ensuring that the voice of the patient is always listened to.