Spire Executive Management Team

Spire Healthcare is led by an executive team with a diverse range of experience both in the UK and internationally, in healthcare and other industry sectors.

Rob Roger, CEO of Spire Healthcare

Rob Roger
Chief Executive Officer

Since joining Spire, Rob Roger has been a key part of the management team that has driven a successful period of growth, including a programme of continued investment and the acquisition of eleven hospitals, establishing Spire as the second largest private hospital provider in the UK. Prior to joining Spire in 2008, Rob was CFO at The Tussauds Group Ltd., where he ran the MBO. He then led a number of mergers and acquisitions, including the sale of the Tussauds Group to Dubai International Capital, the merger of the company with Merlin Entertainment in 2007 and the acquisitions of Thorpe Park and British Airways London Eye. Rob previously held a number of Finance Director positions with companies such as PepsiCo Inc. and First Choice Plc.

Simon Gordon, CFO of Spire Healthcare

Simon Gordon
Chief Financial Officer

Simon joined Spire in July 2011 having spent 8 years as Group Finance Director of leading international health and fitness club business Virgin Active. During his time at Virgin Active the business grew from break-even to £150m EBITDA operating in 5 countries. Simon has a wide range of experience of growing customer focused multi-site business both organically and by acquisition and worked with private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital as the majority owner of Virgin Active between 2002 and 2005. Prior to joining Virgin Active, Simon worked for KPMG on both audit and transaction advisory projects for both listed and private companies.

Daniel Toner, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary of Spire Healthcare

Daniel Toner
General Counsel and Group Company Secretary
Previously with Freshfields and the commercial Directorate at the Department of Health, Daniel joined Bupa hospitals as Head of Legal in 2006, becoming General Counsel and Company Secretary for Spire in September 2007.

Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter, Group Medical Director of Spire Healthcare

Dr Jean-Jacques (JJ) de Gorter
Group Medical Director
JJ qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1993, subsequently completing his MBA at Cranfield School of Management in 2004. He has practised as a doctor in the UK, New Zealand and Australia in both general practice and hospital settings, and was a medical director for NHS Direct for three years prior to joining Bupa hospitals as Director of clinical services in 2005.
JJ represents the independent sector on the National Joint Registry steering committee, and is chair of the Hellenic Project – an innovative collaboration to provide high quality information and inform choice by patients and GPs. He is responsible for setting, monitoring and driving up clinical standards for every Spire Healthcare service, in order to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of clinical care for every patient.

Paul O’Conor
Director of Group Services & HR
Following a successful career in the Merchant Navy, Paul joined BUPA Insurance as a management trainee in 1983. In a healthcare career spanning 28 years he has worked in both the Insurance and Hospital sectors. His experience includes project management, claims management and hospital management. He became a Regional Director for BUPA Hospitals in 2002 before becoming National Operations Director for Spire Healthcare following their acquisition by Cinven in 2007. More recently he became Operations Director with the added responsibility for the IT and HR Directorate.

Neil McCullough, Business Development Director of Spire Healthcare

Neil McCullough
Business Development Director
Following an early career in accounting and finance, Neil moved into healthcare in 1993 working with BUPA UK Membership, where he held a number of senior sales and relationship management roles. Neil moved into the BUPA Hospitals business in 1998 holding hospital general manager roles in Birmingham and East Anglia. He then moved into preventative healthcare with Bupa Wellness in 2002 where, as Sales Director, he led the rapid expansion of the business for 5 years.
Neil joined Spire Healthcare on its formation in 2007 as Hospital Director at Cambridge Lea before joining the executive team in 2011. In his role, Neil oversees Spire’s business development strategy both at the local hospital level and corporately – in the UK as well as internationally.
Neil also oversees sales and marketing for Spire Healthcare, leading Spire’s online and off-line marketing, brand development and communications, while supporting Spire's local sales and marketing activity.
Antony Mannion, Investor and public relations director of Spire Healthcare Antony Mannion
Investor and Public Relations Director
Antony joined Spire as Investor and Public Relations Director in March 2012, having spent seven years at SSL International plc (ending in its acquisition by Reckitt Benckiser in 2010) as Group Legal Director and Head of Acquisitions. Prior to SSL, Antony had started his career as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields in London and Paris, and had then worked as an investment banker at Citicorp Investment Bank in London and New York, and latterly at Standard Chartered in Singapore. Antony has a wide range of experience in all areas of corporate finance, and has worked on significant acquisition and IPO transactions in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, Asia Pacific, India, China and Russia. Immediately prior to joining Spire, Antony had worked as a consultant at Hawkpoint.
Karen Newton, Operation Director of Spire Healthcare Karen Newton
Operations Director
Karen is a Registered General Nurse with almost 30 years’ experience in the private healthcare sector as well as an MBA degree form Humberside University. Karen commissioned the ward services at Spire Hull and East Riding when it opened in 1986, and, with her RGN qualification and background in management, was appointed Matron in 2001. She has held numerous senior roles spanning many parts of the business as well as holding various corporate positions over the years resulting in her promotion to Hospital Director in 2007. Karen was appointed Operations Director in February 2015 and joined the Executive Management Team in March of this year.
Rob Anderson, Operations Director of Spire Healthcare Rob Anderson
Operations Director
Rob joined Bupa Hospitals in 1997, spending the next 17 years running four different sites including Cardiff Hospital and latterly The Glen Hospital in Bristol.  Rob has a track record of service development and expansion including commissioning the construction of Spire’s first integrated Specialist Care Centre for the treatment of cancer. Rob was promoted to Operations Director in March 2015 and brings a wealth of operational experience to the Executive Management Team.   Rob lives in Cardiff and is married with two daughters.
Nicola Amery, Operation Director at Spire Healthcare Nicola Amery
Operations Director
Nicola has 28 years’ experience in senior operational posts in the healthcare sector. She joined Cygnet Healthcare as Hospital Director in 1992 and four years later moved to Nuffield Hospitals. In 2001, she was appointed Operations Director at The Leadership Trust but returned to healthcare after 2 years and became General Manager at Bupa Hospital in Reading. In 2007, Nicola moved to Cardiff as Hospital Director for the newly formed Spire Healthcare. During her seven year tenure, she also chaired the Welsh Independent Healthcare Association and served on other external Boards, including Quality & Safety Forum Wales, Leadership & Management Wales and remains a Governor of Cardiff Metropolitan University. In April 2015, after a period as Pathology Director and Head of Special Projects, Nicola joined Spire’s Executive Management Team as Operations Director.

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