Chief Operating Officer


James joined the Trust in 2015 as Associate Director of Operations for Theatres, Anaesthetics, Surgery and Critical Care, and went on to become Director of Operations the following year.

Working as a volunteer at his local hospital, whilst at Sixth Form College, cemented his passion for the NHS. Whilst at University he worked as a hospital porter. He then went on to join the NHS graduate Management Training Programme working in placements across acute, community, mental health and commissioning organisations in NHS Wales. James first joined Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals in 2003 as Assistant General Manager for Surgery, and then went on to take progressively senior operational management roles in general hospitals, specialist hospitals and university teaching hospitals across London and the South West, before returning to Ashford and St Peter’s in 2015. He has worked at Board level at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and in an acting capacity at North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group.

James has a BA (Hon) Degree in Business & Economics, MSc Management of Health & Social Care and is a graduate of the Kings Fund Top Leaders Programme. He lives locally and was originally born in the Trust’s current maternity building.

James Thomas