The board is responsible for setting strategy, ensuring that there are the necessary financial, human and physical assets to meet those strategic aims, monitoring the performance of the group, overseeing risk management, and setting the group's values.

The governors delegate day-to-day executive authority to the Group Chief Executive.

Members of the Board of Governors are:

Russell Hardy, Chairman

Russell was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2012. An economist and accountant by training, Russell has extensive experience in retail and management, having held a number of senior and board level roles in different groups, including Kingfisher, Safeway and Dollond & Aitchison opticians.

Following those roles he joined Blacks Leisure Group as CEO, leading it for three years.

He has spent the past 10 years of his career in the healthcare market working with NHS, private equity and commercial providers. He is currently Executive Chairman of Fosse Healthcare and Chairman of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Joanne Shaw, Deputy Chair

Joanne joined the Nuffield Health Board in 2011 and chairs the Board Quality and Safety Committee. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk at NHS England, and she chairs the British Equestrian Federation.

As past Chair of NHS Direct, Joanne has a strong interest in the use of mobile and digital channels for health and medicines.

In her professional roles and in her writing for health publications, she is known for advocating partnership between patients and health professionals and supporting people to make better-informed choices about their health.

Martin Bryant

Martin joined the Nuffield Health Board in 2013 and is currently Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee. He has extensive experience of strategy and marketing, together with a strong understanding of how to position an organisation.

During his career, he has worked at the Home Office and FTSE 250 companies, including Boots the Chemist.

Martin also holds non-executive positions with the Government Procurement Service, the Scout Association, Wesleyan Bank and Wesleyan Assurance Society. He is also a Trustee of Vision Aid Overseas and is a guest lecturer on Nottingham University’s MBA programme.

Fiona Driscoll

Fiona joined the Nuffield Health Board in 2010. She is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Fiona is Chair of Wessex Academic Health Science Network, a lay member of Council of the University of Bradford and a Non-Executive Director of BotOptions (UK) plc.

She is a member of the Major Projects Review Group for HM Treasury.


Dame Denise Holt

Dame Denise joined the Nuffield Health Board in 2013, having previously acted as British Ambassador to Mexico and Spain.

She is a member of the Board of the Integrated Governance Committee. After leaving the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she was Global Human Resources Director, Dame Denise developed a non-executive portfolio in the private and public sector, and with not-for-profit organisations. She also has experience of working with a number of healthcare organisations.

David Lister

David joined the Board of Nuffield Health in 2014, bringing with him over 35 years of experience working in IT and operations across multiple industries for large, international businesses such as Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Boots, Reuters, RBS and National Grid.

David is also a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank plc, FDM Group plc, Co-operative Insurance and Weatherbys Ltd, is on the Board of the Department for Work and Pensions and is a Trustee of the Tech Partnership where he focuses on the skills and diversity challenges of the UK technology sector

Guy McCracken LVO

Guy became a Trustee of Nuffield Health in 2010, bringing extensive experience in retail and management. He was with Marks and Spencer Group plc for 25 years, where he served as a plc Board Director and Joint Managing Director.

After M&S he was Chairman of Duchy Originals Ltd and was awarded an LVO in 2004 for services to charity. He was Chief Executive of Food Retail for The Cooperative Group from 2005 to 2008. He has been Chairman of Branston Holdings Ltd, a private food business, since 2010.

Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald

Natalie-Jane joined the Nuffield Health Board in January 2017. Her career has been in healthcare, beginning as a physician and clinical lecturer, then joining the British Medical Association as Head of Medical Ethics and International Affairs.

She held a variety of roles at Bupa, including as Managing Director of Bupa’s UK insurance and wellbeing division. She subsequently became CEO of Acorn Care and Education. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Private Healthcare& Information Network (PHIN) and an associate Non-Executive Director at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Steve Maslin

Steve joined the Nuffield Health Board in July 2017.

Steve is an audit and transaction services partner for Grant Thornton, who specialises in listed and large private businesses which operate in multiple countries. He was previously Chair of the Partnership Oversight Board of Grant Thornton UK LLP from 2008 to 2016 and was the Head of Assurance Services of the firm from 1999 to 2006.