Mark has had an executive career in central government, working in senior operational and policy roles in a number of departments. He was the Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service, Director General for Operations in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and was for a short spell the Permanent Secretary of that Department and the Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency. Since 2006 he has held non-executive roles, sitting on the boards of The National Archives and the Which? Council. He was the Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Patricia has worked for the NHS for 30 years and holds a Masters degree in Health Care Management. She is a graduate of the East of England Aspiring Directors Programme, the ‘Breaking Through’ Leadership Programme, the Athena Leadership Programme for Executive Women and more recently the Collaborative Leadership Programme at the Kings Fund. Patricia joined Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and after leading a successful turnaround programme, Patricia was appointed as Chief Executive in September 2014. Whilst working in the NHS Patricia has remained passionate about improving the lives of patients and staff in ways that matter to them. She has led a range of innovative and successful initiatives to improve patient safety and quality. Patricia, together with two CEO colleagues of neighbouring Trusts, was successful in an application for the Acute Care Collaboration Vanguard and is currently a key partner in the Our Dorset system, a wave one Integrated Care System. Patricia has a strong focus on equality, diversity, inclusion and health inequalities and is currently co-chair of the provider Chairs and CEOs network, a member of the NHS England’s health inequalities oversight group and is a member of the newly created NHS Race and Health Observatory Board. Patricia is a member by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health and has been a member of the NHS Assembly since its inception. Patricia is also one of only 8 BAME CEOs in the NHS hospital sector. Patricia was named as one of 25 Rising Stars of the NHS in 2013, one of the top 50 CEOs in 2019, amongst the top 50 BAME figures who will exercise the most power and/or influence in the NHS and health policy 2020 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the NHS.
Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and is a Fellow of the ICAEW. He has held a series of senior executive roles in the financial services sector specialising in regulation, risk and governance, including over 10 years as director of legal and compliance at a global private equity firm. He joins DCH having spent nearly four years as a non-executive director at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust where he chaired the Audit and Charitable Funds committees and was a member of the Quality and Safety committee. Stephen is also an accomplished musician, and for 10 years was Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, having been a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge from where he graduated with a degree in Classics.
Judy has had an extensive and successful career in the NHS in clinical, operational management, educational and Executive Director roles. She was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her work on improving hospital infection rates and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Southampton University for her work on developing clinical academic careers for nurses and health professionals. Her most recent post was Director of Nursing at University Hospital Southampton where she led the quality improvement agenda. She is currently Senior Nurse Advisor for Health Education England, Wessex Branch, as well as a lay member of West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. In addition she is a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission.
Sue has considerable experience in Public Health, clinical medicine, commissioning, as a chief executive, executive director and non-executive director in the NHS and DoH. She was Regional Director of Public Health (RDPH) for London and developed the role as Health Advisor to the Mayor and Greater London Authority. She was previously RDPH and Medical Director of South Thames, South West Region and Wessex. Her work includes health strategy, inequalities and partnership working, including with national and local government and the third sector. Sue holds a number of non-executive and academic posts, including founding Director and Chair of PHAST (Public Health Action Support Team – a not for profit social enterprise). She is a Board Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Visiting Professor at UCL, Co-Chairs the Climate and Health Council and was a board member of the Food Standards Agency.
Ian is an experienced Finance Director and a qualified management accountant who started his career in the commercial sector, but for the past twenty years has worked as an executive and non-executive director in the not-for-profit, charity and health sectors, and more recently in arts organisations. Ian has served on a number of Boards, including eight years as a non-executive director with Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where he was Chair of a number of committees, including the project board which led the re-build of Christchurch Hospital as a health and care community. He is currently a trustee of Lighthouse, Poole's centre for the arts, and has just re-joined the Board of Activate, an arts enabling organisation based in Dorchester.
Dave is an experienced senior leader having worked first at the Civil Aviation Authority as an Air Traffic Control Scientist and Research Manager before joining the Met Office, in 1998, to lead their Civil Aviation Business. Over 20 years with the Met Office Dave undertook a range of senior executive roles including Group Head of Public Sector Business, Deputy Director of Technology and Information Systems and latterly Deputy Director of High Performance Computing. In addition to his executive roles Dave has more than 10 years non-executive leadership experience gained in the fields of Environmental Business, Further Education (serving on the Board of Exeter College) and most recently as a Non-Executive Independent Advisor to the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with regard to their MyCare Technology enabled Transformation Programme. Dave is passionate about delivering effective leadership of change and promoting the benefits of careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Deputy Chief Executive
Director of Strategy, Transformation and Partnerships
Nick joined DCHFT in 2016 from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust where he was responsible for strategy and commercial development projects, including establishing an innovative commercial development joint venture, for which he was a Board Member.
Nick became the Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive in 2020 and since joining the Trust Nick’s portfolio has expanded to include strategy and corporate planning, corporate governance, transformation, communications, commercial, the DCH Charity and strategic estates developments, including the New Hospital Programme. Nick is also the executive lead for health inequalities and one of the Dorset Integrated Care System board member representatives for the Wessex Academic Health Science Network, as well as exec lead for the Trust’s Subsidiary Company and Dorset Estates Partnership.
Prior to that he was responsible for business development and bid management at a large, multi-national infrastructure and support services provider focussing on strategic public private partnerships. Nick has also worked in a number of local authorities delivering innovative strategic partnerships, contract management and service transformation. Nick has a MSc from Warwick Business School and started his career on the National Graduate Management Scheme for Local Government.
Chief Medical Officer
Professor Alastair Hutchison
Alastair joined DCH in July 2018 from Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he was Clinical Head of Division for Specialist Medicine and Clinical Professor of Kidney Medicine (University of Manchester). He has worked in clinical leadership roles in Manchester for over 15 years, including being Clinical Director for Renal Medicine, the Royal College Tutor in Medicine, Associate Clinical Head of the Division of Medicine, and most recently the Clinical Head for Specialist Medicine. He has clinically supervised the development and introduction of new IT systems as well as having a major interest in infection control. Alastair has wide-ranging experience in managing complex clinical services, and is actively involved in research into acute and chronic kidney disease with around 100 publications in peer-reviewed journal and books. He has written chapters for both the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has over 30 years' experience in NHS finance. He joined the Trust in June 2018 from University Hospital Southampton FT where he spent over 10 years rising from Assistant Director of Finance to the role of Director of Finance which included a directorship of one of the wholly owned subsidiaries. He has worked extensively across the NHS sector at a senior level within both provider and commissioning organisations and also gained valuable experience working in a commercial role within a large US owned facilities management company.
Chief Nursing Officer
Nicky joined DCHFT from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust where she was Director of Nursing and Quality. During her career Nicky has held a number of senior roles, including director of clinical standards at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Her wealth of experience includes having successfully led many initiatives, such as workforce redesign involving education and career development, as well as patient care improvements. Nicky, who trained at Uxbridge, Middlesex, also has an MBA from Solent University. She has a professional background in cardiothoracic and critical care.
Chief People Officer
Dawn joined DCH in April 2021 from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development and is passionate about steering the people agenda and inclusive culture development to create environments where everyone can perform at their best and deliver the best patient care.
After graduating from the University of Kent she has enjoyed a 30 year career spanning the private and public sector. She has held senior leadership in sales and operations as well as HR and Learning and Organisation Development. Dawn joined the NHS in 2011. Since then she has led a range of award winning staff experience improvements and major change and transformation including the people elements of the merger between Birmingham Children’s and Birmingham Women’s Hospitals. She is a graduate of the NHS Aspiring Director of Workforce programme.
Dawn is an executive coach and mentor and has two grown up children.
Chief Information Officer
Stephen joined DCHFT as the first CIO on the Trust Board. He is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Leading Practitioner for the newly launched national FED-IP digital healthcare leadership framework, and brings experience from a variety of national, European and global leadership roles he held for Siemens over a 20 plus year career in the private sector, before joining the NHS in Dorset in 2016. Since joining the NHS he has led the creation of the digital transformation portfolio for the Dorset ICS, driving forward the digital agenda for the county with an ambition to provide sustainable digital services to the staff and public alike. Living close to Dorchester with his family he is a Scout Leader and a volunteer with Dorset Search and Rescue in his spare time.