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Deborah Lee

Chief Executive
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Deborah Lee joined the 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 organisation through her executive team and for ensuring the implementation of the Board’s strategic objectives.

Deborah has been nationally recognised 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 three 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 organisations. On joining her current Trust, Deborah became the executive champion for digital healthcare having inherited a “digitally challenged” organisation!

As a working mother of two teenage children, competitive hockey player and cyclist with a full life outside work, Deborah has championed healthy work : life balance, supporting flexible and part-time working for all and is a mentor to a number of aspiring leaders.