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Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is governed by a Board of Directors. It's made up of Executive Directors, appointed to specific roles within the organisation, and Non-Executive Directors, who bring a range of external expertise with them.


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Alan Burns, Chairman

Alan was appointed as Chairman on 20 December 2018.  He has many years' experience as a strategic health authority chief executive and is currently chairman of Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  Alan was previously chairman of Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.  He has also been involved in national work on public sector reform and research and development, and was vice chairman of the NHS Confederation.  

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Simon Weldon, Group Chief Executive

Simon was appointed as Group Chief Executive for Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust  and Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on 1 July 2020.  Simon was appointed as chief executive of Kettering General Hospital in July 2018, prior to which he was director of operations and delivery within NHS England.  As regional chief operating officer for NHS England in London Simon's responsibilities included public health, primary care and specialised commissioning.  He has extensive experience of acute contracting and peformance.


Non-executive directors

 Anne Gill

Anne Gill

Anne’s experience includes a successful career as a senior human resources executive in consumer goods, retail and public sector organisations, with 10 years as HR Board Director for a multi-national FMCG organisation.  She has also held leadership roles in supply chain and sales.  She is currently a Board Trustee for the charity MedicAlert and works as an independent consultant specialising in leadership coaching and organisation development.  She holds an MA in coaching and mentoring practice from Oxford Brookes University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  Appointed as a non-executive director in November 2017, Anne welcomes the opportunity to help make a positive contribution to the delivery of the very best care for patients in her local hospital.

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 January 2020. She has several years' board level experience of managing operations and improving performance through a combination of leadership and strategic planning.

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John Archard-Jones

John was appointed as a non-executive director in December 2017.  He has 30 years of commercial experience at senior levels in manufacturing, sales management, project management and major bids. John is a former managing director of the African region of ICL, a leading technology company. He now works in business consultancy and is an experienced non-executive director within both the public sector as well as private and listed companies in the UK and overseas.  John is a former councillor with the London Borough of Barnet and is the founder and former member of a London-based charity for people with learning disabilities.

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Jill Houghton

Jill was appointed as a non-executive director in May 2018.  She is currently a registered nurse and has worked as a midwife and health visitor. Jill has had experience in all sectors of healthcare, clinically and managerially within primary and secondary care.  As a board member she has been responsible for patient services, quality, medicines optimisation and children, young people and maternity commissioning. Jill was most recently Chief Nurse for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and is now a Maternity Clinical Lead within the national Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative. 

 David Moore

David Moore

David was appointed as a non-executive director of the trust in August 2018 following six years on the board of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  He spent most of his career in banking with Citibank in a variety of roles, for the most part working internationally. He has significant board experience not only in the private sector but also as a Public Member of Network Rail and as a Lay Member of the Council and Treasurer of the University of Leicester. David is currently a Trustee of the Leicester Students’ Union and also sits on the University’s Investment Committee. He lives in Daventry.

Executive directors 

Currently four of the executive directors are voting members of the Board, including the chief executive.

Debbie Needham

Deborah Needham, Managing Director

Deborah was appointed as Managing Director in July 2020, having been the trust's Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive since 2014.   She trained as a Registered General Nurse in Lancashire where she held positions in both respiratory and emergency medicine units, before moving to London in 1998 as a ward manager then general manager. After graduating as a nurse, Deborah gained a diploma in respiratory medicine and nursing care and a BA (Hons) in healthcare management.  Deborah moved to NGH in 2004, since which time she has worked as a general manager, Deputy COO and care group director. 


Mr Matt Metcalfe, Medical Director

Matt joined NGH as medical director in the autumn of 2017 having been deputy medical director at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust and previously medical lead for the cancer centre there. He is a liver and pancreas surgeon by background and was motivated to join us by our vision to deliver best possible care for all our patients

 Sheran Oke, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Services

Sheran Oke, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Services

Sheran has 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS in both nursing and general management roles, she has worked in AHSCs, district general, specialist hospitals. Sheran was previously the  Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and has been the Registered Nurse on the Governing Body at Buckinghamshire’s CCG.

Sheran’s particular interests include ensuring that there is a strong care workforce for the future and that end of life care pathways  reflect the patients’ needs across the system.

Outside of the NHS, Sheran has been a board member of NGOs at both a national and international level


Phil Bradley, Director of Finance

Phil was appointed in June 2018 following a period of secondment from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.  He is a highly experienced finance, business and marketing professional with over 35 years NHS related service, having held a number of director roles in both NHS commissioning and provider organisations.  He has worked in a number of acute organisations previously in Milton Keynes, Watford and Cambridge and most recently he has worked in the Hertfordshire health economy at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.              

Phil is a qualified member of both the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He also sits as a member on the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s National Policy and Research Committee.


In addition, there are four non-voting directors on the Board. 

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Chris Pallot, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Chris has worked at NGH since January 2010. He joined the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1995 after graduating from university and since then has gained a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and an MSc in Management.  During his career, Chris has held previous positions at Kettering General Hospital, the NHS Modernisation Agency, Northamptonshire Heartlands PCT and NHS Northamptonshire. In previous roles he has been responsible for operational management, service improvement and commissioning & contracting. As Director of Strategy and Partnerships, he has responsibility for strategy development, contracting and market development. 

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Mark Smith, Chief People Officer

Mark was appointed as chief people officer across both Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital in September 2019.  He has the responsibility for creating systems and processes that engage all staff in living the values of the organisation.

Mark has held a number of roles in Human Resources within the NHS since 2004 and prior to this has held roles within the private sector.

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Stuart Finn, Director of Estates and Facilities

Stuart's career began in electrical engineering.  He has worked in both technical and senior management roles in several industries including airports, automotive manufacturing, semi-conductor manufacturing and facilities management.

He joined NGH in December 2006 and prior to his current role he was the Head of Estates and Deputy Director of Facilities.  

Stuart has responsibility for both hard and soft services facilities management as well as our procurement and sterile services departments.  

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Claire Campbell, Director Of Corporate Development, Governance and Assurance

Claire joined us from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust where she was Director of Governance.  She has extensive experience at Board level including in challenged organisations.  Claire's nursing background has provided her with a wide breadth of experience in clinical and non-clinical settings. She is also our Freedom to Speak up Guardian.  

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