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Executive Directors

The Executive Team is experienced and cohesive with a strong track record of financial and service performance.

Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive

Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive

Debbie Fleming has been Chief Executive of Poole Hospital since April 2014 and was appointed as interim joint Chief Executive of both Poole Hospital and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in January 2019. She brings with her over 30 years’ experience in the NHS and began her NHS management career at Poole Hospital and enjoying ten years as the trust’s general manager for medicine during the 1990s. She joined Poole Hospital from NHS England, where she served as area director for Wessex, and has also held a variety of other senior posts within the NHS including more than a decade in chief executive roles at Bournemouth & Poole and Hampshire primary care trusts.



Richard Renaut, Chief Operating Officer

Richard Renaut, Chief Operating Officer

Richard joined the NHS 16 years ago through the NHS management training scheme. He has worked in both primary care and tertiary hospital settings. Prior to his appointment as Director of Service Development in April 2006, Richard was General Manager of the Orthopaedic Directorate. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2014.



Karen Allman, Director of Human Resources

Karen Allman, Director of Human Resources

Karen was appointed Director of Human Resources in 2007. She joined the NHS in 2003 from the Audit Commission where she was HR Director for District Audit. Her early career was spent in the private sector in retail with Marks & Spencer and Fenwick before working in the City at the London Stock Exchange.



Peter Papworth, Director of Finance and IT

Peter Papworth, Director of Finance

Pete was appointed in May 2017 following five years as the Trust's Deputy Director of Finance. Pete is a chartered accountant and brings 14 years' experience working across all aspects of the public sector in Dorset, since joining the Audit Commission's Graduate Scheme in 2003.



Paula Shobbrook, Director of Nursing

Paula Shobbrook, Director of Nursing

Paula joined as Director of Nursing and Midwifery in September 2011. Previously Director of Nursing at Winchester Hospital where she worked for 10 years, Paula's NHS career includes working as a ward sister in acute medicine, cardiac and respiratory specialties. She also spent some time working in primary care before moving back in to a hospital setting.

Peter Gill, Interim Director of Informatics

Peter Gill, Director of Informatics

Peter has been Director of Informatics since 2012 and is responsible for the shared informatics service which also serves Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Over eight years in London, he held two previous Director of Informatics roles and was Head of Informatics at Salisbury Foundation Trust for two years. Peter has been working in the NHS continuously from 1991 where he joined as a general management trainee. Peter is responsible for delivering the informatics strategy which aims to improve patient safety by implementing paperless healthcare.

Alyson O'Donnell

Alyson O'Donnell - Medical Director

Alyson O'Donnell was a Consultant Neonatologist in Southampton from 2000 until joining Bournemouth as Medical Director in November 2016. She was the Clinical Director for Family Health and Supporting Services from 2009-16 where she led Southampton Children's Hospital, Princess Anne Hospital (Maternity and Women's Health Services) as well as clinical and non-clinical support. During this time she was a member of the Trust Executive Committee and supported the Medical Director in a number of roles.
In addition Alyson has held a number of strategic roles. She was the Clinical Lead for the Wessex Neonatal Network from its origins in 2003 until 2009 where she supported the implementation of the revised standards for neonatal care. More recently she has held the position of Clinical Director of the Wessex Maternity, Children’s and Young People’s strategic clinical network from 2013 until taking up her appointment in Bournemouth.