Our Values: Compassionate | Aspirational | Resourceful | Excellent

Our people

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



Graham Sims

Graham Sims, joined the Trust in August 2015, bringing a wealth of chair and corporate experience and knowledge in strategy, investment, operations and leadership. He has held roles as Chairman and various Directorships within large and small corporate businesses including BP, Mobil, Compass, the Home Office, Little Chef and a number of PE backed businesses in the UK and internationally. Graham is also involved with a number of charity boards.

Email: graham.sims@royalberkshire.nhs.uk


Chief Executive Officer

Steve McManus

Steve joined the Trust in January 2017. He began his career in the NHS in 1987 as a registered nurse. He completed his BA Hons in healthcare studies at Oxford Brookes University followed by a postgraduate certificate in evidence based healthcare from Oxford University. In 2002 he moved into management as a general manager at Radcliffe Infirmary and completed an MBA with Nottingham University Business School in 2006.

Steve then went on to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, as a Divisional Director of Operations and subsequently as Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the executive team, he led the Trust through the process to gain foundation trust status.

In 2012 Steve took up post as Chief Operating Officer at Imperial College Healthcare and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2014.

During this period Steve has also been Chair of the NHS Providers Chief Operating Officer network, and was selected as part of the first cohort on the national Aspiring Chief Executive Programme. During 2016 Steve moved from Imperial to take up the position of Managing Director at Basildon & Thurrock University Teaching Hospital FT.

Email: steve.mcmanus@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Trust Board

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Mary Sherry

Mary joined the Trust in June 2015 as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. Before that, she was Chief Operating Officer at Moorfields Eye Hospital, a 23 site networked specialist hospital where she led operational delivery and developed a challenging transformation programme. Mary has seven years of Board level experience in acute general hospital care, often across several sites.

She is known for working collaboratively with clinical and non-clinical teams to deliver a broad agenda across quality, performance and finance – key roles being at Poole Hospital, Portsmouth, Surrey & Sussex and St George’s Teaching Hospital.

Mary is a non-clinical manager with an HR background, Lean and Systems Thinking trained. She is experienced in supporting staff to deliver high quality services and has been successful in doing so including in financially challenged Trusts.

Email: mary.sherry@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Director of Nursing

Caroline Ainslie

Caroline Ainslie, who joined in June 2012, has held a number of senior roles, including Divisional Head of Nursing and Professions at Southampton, before moving to take on a strategic role as Deputy Chief Nurse at South Central Strategic Health Authority. Caroline worked initially as a Trauma & Orthopaedic nurse in Bournemouth, Southampton and other trusts before progressing into nurse management.

Email: caroline.ainslie@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Medical Director

Dr Lindsey Barker►

Dr Lindsey Barker, was appointed Medical Director on the 1 May 2015. Lindsey joined the trust in 1990. She is a Consultant Nephrologist and Physician, trained in Bristol and Oxford. She has worked in medical managerial roles since 2008, most recently Divisional Director of Medicine and Care Group Director. She has been instrumental in the redesign of several medical services and specifically the growth of the Reading Renal Unit.

Email: lindsey.barker@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Non Executive Director

Brian Hendon

With a background in finance, Brian Hendon has held a number of senior executive board positions with large private sector companies and also has extensive experience in non-executive roles.

His non-executive posts include Thames Valley Housing Association Limited and NHS Berkshire East from which he stood down when appointed to the interim post at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Brian joined the Trust in August 2012. He lives in Ascot.


Non Executive Director

Julian Dixon

Julian has worked in leadership roles in the academic, healthcare and commercial sectors.

He worked for more than twenty years in global healthcare companies, most recently at GSK where he held a number of senior roles leading teams developing and launching new health technologies. He went on to become Chief Operating Officer at UCLPartners, an Academic Health Science partnership.

Julian is now Managing Director at Strategic Health Connections, a consultancy which helps organisations to translate innovation into improved health and wealth outcomes.

Julian was appointed as Non-Executive Director at the Trust in October 2014.


Non Executive Director

Sue Hunt

Sue Hunt joined the Trust in October 2014. She is chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and the named non-executive director (NED) for the Organ Donation Committee. Sue is a chartered accountant whose long and varied career at KPMG spanned audit, mergers and acquisitions and healthcare consultancy. She led the team contracted by the Department of Health to advise trusts on all aspects of their foundation trust application and also provided due diligence services on potential investments in the independent healthcare sector.

Sue is an experienced NED in the health, education, housing and space technologies sectors with current roles at Notting Hill Housing Group, The Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd and Future Cities Catapult Ltd. She was previously on the Board of CfBT Education Trust and was also a NED and then Acting Chair of NHS Direct until its disestablishment in 2014.

John Petitt

Non Executive Director

John Petitt►

John joined as Non Executive Director at the Trust in May 2016. He became Group Chief Executive of Housing Solutions, a leading provider of affordable homes in the South East, in September 2000, having previously been the Association’s Finance Director since the stock transfer in 1995. He is a member of the Housing Solutions Board. He is a Chartered Accountant. He was recruited from the private sector and has experience of the computer, photocopier and retail security industries: he is also Vice Chair of BCA College in Maidenhead.

Non Executive Director

Helen Mackenzie ►


Chief Financial Officer

Nicky Lloyd ►



Useful Contacts

Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 5111

Useful Contacts

Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 5111


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