Executive Management Team

Claire Smith's professional bio

As Chief Executive Officer, Claire is committed to taking the Joint Ventures division forward as a network of leading private healthcare services. She is responsible for multiple partnership healthcare facilities across the UK, many of which are in collaboration with top teaching hospitals. Claire has been in the healthcare sector for 20 years; in nursing for 13 years before moving to senior management roles. She has been with the HCA UK Joint Ventures division since its inception in 2006, initially as Clinical Services Manager before progressing through the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director.

Claire is passionate about delivering the highest level of care to all patients at all times by working with the UK’s leading specialists and through the ongoing development of staff. She says, ‘I am incredibly proud of the work we do through our joint partnership with NHS Trusts. Since opening The Christie Private Care, we have developed a comprehensive service across a number of specialities. Providing private patient services to the local community. This is down to the dedication and commitment of our staff, doctors and our forward thinking partners.’

Lesley Taylor's professional bio

As Regional Director, Lesley Taylor is committed to taking the hospital forward as one of the leading providers in the UK. Lesley has 13 years’ experience in the healthcare sector and is responsible for a network of HCA UK Joint Ventures facilities across the North West. Lesley joined HCA in 2015 and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of services at all times, achieving this through working with the UK’s leading specialists and through the ongoing development of staff. She says, “I am incredibly proud of the work we do through our joint partnerships; we have developed a comprehensive and highly specialised service. This is down to the dedication and commitment of our staff, doctors and partners.”

Natasha Young's professional bio

Andrew Thomas's professional bio

Andrew joined HCA Healthcare UK in March 2017 as Chief Human Resources Officer for Joint Ventures, Labs and LOC (Leaders in Oncology Care).  Andrew is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD). Prior to joining HCA UK he was with Spire Healthcare Group (previously BUPA Hospitals) where he held a number of different roles, including Acting Group HR Director, with the last substantive role being Head of Employee Relations & Organisational Development. Andrew also has HR experience in financial services and the public sector. A member of the senior management team, Andrew is responsible for HR strategy and direction and for rolling this out operationally to ensure our people in the business are equipped to fulfil, if not exceed, the requirements of the role for which they are employed. Andrew is passionate about employee relations and engagement.

Oliver Randall's professional bio

Oliver joined the HCA UK Joint Ventures division in October 2015. Oliver has been in the finance sector for 13 years and previously worked as Commercial Finance Manager at BMI Healthcare. Oliver oversees all financial aspects of our joint venture facilities.

Clinical Executive Management Team

Annette Weatherley's professional bio

Maryellen Dean's professional bio

Maryellen has almost 30 years’ experience within the NHS, both clinically, as a nurse and midwife, and within Risk and Governance.

Her most recent position was at University Hospital South Manchester as Deputy Director of Risk and Governance.

‘I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to work with HCA Healthcare UK’s expert consultants, nurses and wider clinical teams. I’m extremely proud to be able to lead a sustainable, high quality, safe service for our patients within our cutting edge hospitals and facilities across the North Region.’

Dr Vivek Misra 's professional bio