Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO - University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Deborah Lee joined the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in June 2016 from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBNHSFT) where she was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO. As CEO, Deborah is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the organization through her executive team and for ensuring the implementation of the Board’s strategic objectives.
Deborah has been nationally recognized by the Health Service Journal as one of the Top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare and has made the Top 50 NHS Chief Executives list for the last four years running. She qualified originally as a registered nurse, before returning to university to read economics and subsequently gained an MBA from Bristol Business School.
Deborah started her NHS management career in 1990 and has worked in acute, primary, and community sectors, holding board appointments in five different organizations. Deborah is one of just two NHS Chief Executives who has also worked in the pharmaceutical sector.
She describes one of her goals as persuading colleagues that industrial relations can be characterized by the win: win and are not to be feared!
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