The Bermuda Hospitals Board has the responsibility for the stewardship of the hospital and to oversee the conduct of the business of the Board. The Board’s fundamental objectives are to enhance and preserve long-term value, to ensure the hospital meets its obligations on an ongoing basis and that the hospital operates in a reliable and safe manner. In performing its functions, the Board should also consider the legitimate interests of others such as employees, and the members of the public may have in the hospital. In overseeing the conduct of the business, the Board, through the Chief Executive Officer, shall set the standards of conduct for the organisation.
Committees: Executive Committee; Executive Compensation Subcommittee
Edward Schultz MD
Dr Schultz is the former chief of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services for Bermuda Hospitals Board, having retired in 2018. He first joined BHB in 1988 as director of Emergency Services. A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) since 1990, Dr Schultz is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. In addition to his membership in ACEP, he is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr Schultz has also served as Bermuda’s Emergency Medical Services medical director since 2015.
Committees: Governance and Risk Committee; Human Resources and Engagement Committee
Acting CEO, Bermuda Health Council
Ricky Brathwaite PhD
Dr Brathwaite is the acting CEO and director of health economics for the Bermuda Health Council, where he supports local and international efforts to improve care quality and reduce costs through the evaluation of new payment and service delivery models. Dr Brathwaite brings to the Board over 15 years of experience in healthcare economics research, health systems engineering and bioengineering in the public and private sectors both in Bermuda and the US. He continues to conduct and present research related to the social, economic and system issues that impact health outcomes for various communities.
Sandy De Silva PsyD
Dr De Silva is director of services for the Family Centre. She joined BHB for her doctoral internship then continued as a clinical psychologist in Child and Adolescent Services. During her six years with BHB, Dr De Silva was co-chair of the Ethics Research Subcommittee and served on the High-Risk Interagency Committee and the Child Development Programme Interagency Team. She also represented MWI for the Well Bermuda Initiative. In 2009, Dr De Silva joined Family Centre as the director of clinical services, becoming director of services in 2013. She was chair of the Bermuda Psychologists Registration Council from 2013 to 2015 and has served on the Bermuda Health Council and the Bermuda Human Rights Commission.
Committees: Executive Committee; Executive Compensation Subcommittee; Human Resources and Engagement Committee
Mr Faulkenberry has been in the financial services industry for the past 25 years in real estate financing, banking and reinsurance. He has master’s degrees in both business administration and exercise physiology, and held teaching positions at Duke University and the University of Houston. Mr Faulkenberry is the founder of the Live Healthy Bermuda Foundation, which launched Bermuda’s first 100-day fitness challenge attracting over 2,000 participants. He is a former member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Mr Faulkenberry was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is the chair of BHB’s Finance Committee.
Committees: Executive Committee; Finance and Audit Committee; Pensions Subcommittee
Ms Hill is the chief executive officer of the Argus Group, the largest provider of employee benefits in Bermuda. Prior to joining Argus, she spent eight years as chief operating officer of HBOS European Financial Services in Luxembourg, Maastricht and Heidelberg. Ms Hill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has served on several commercial boards spanning various sectors, including financial services, hospitality, telecommunications and education. Ms Hill joined the Board in 2017.
Committees: Governance and Risk Committee
Victor Scott MD
Dr Scott was a faculty member of Howard University College of Medicine from 1971 until he retired as professor of medicine in 2008. He was appointed interim senior vice president for Health Sciences in 2003, with oversight of all health-related activities within Howard University, including the Howard University Hospital, the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry, and the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He assumed the role permanently in 2005 until he retired in 2007. Dr Scott also served as president and CEO of Howard University Physicians from 1996 to 2003. Dr Scott was BHB’s interim chief of staff in 2012 and was appointed to the Board in 2016.
Committees: Governance and Risk Committee
Mrs Symonds assumed the role of chief executive officer (CEO) and president of BHB in April 2012. She is responsible for the strategy and operations of the entire organisation, which encompasses medical, senior care, mental health services, a range of outpatient services and all support functions. Prior to becoming CEO, she held the role of deputy CEO from November 2006, 26 years after first joining BHB as a radiographer. Mrs Symonds also sits on the Bermuda Health Council, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum & Leadership Foundation Bermuda Chapter and the Bermuda College Nursing Education Strategic Team. She previously served on the Bermuda Employers’ Council.
Committees: Executive Committee; Finance and Audit Committee; Pensions Subcommittee; Programme Steering Group; Governance and Risk Committee; Risk Management Subcommittee; Human Resources and Engagement Committee
Mr Whitter is president and CEO of Independent Management Ltd (IML), bringing four decades of experience in finance and insurance to the Board. Before joining IML in 1993, he held a variety of positions at Jardine Pinehurst Management Company Ltd, including assistant financial controller and senior vice president. Mr Whitter is vice chair of the Association of Bermuda International Companies, and previously served on the Bermuda Government Audit Committee, the Bermuda Public Accountability Board and the Bermuda Business Development Association.
Committees: Executive Committee; Executive Compensation Subcommittee; Finance and Audit Committee; Pensions Subcommittee; Insurance Subcommittee
Ex Officio (Voting)
Development Director, Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust
Ms Sheppard was appointed development director of the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust (BHCT) in 2016 after joining the charity earlier that year. She is responsible for fundraising for BHCT and BHB initiatives. Ms Sheppard was a reporter for The Royal Gazette and Bermuda Sun, a broadcast journalist, and an anchor for the Bermuda Broadcasting Company. She ran a bereavement counselling practice in Canada before returning to Bermuda.
Committees: Human Resources and Engagement Committee
Treasurer, Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda
Mrs Kendall has been a member of the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda for more than 30 years. In 2014, she retired from the accounting services department at PwC after 43 years, 39 of those as manager. Mrs Kendall has also served as treasurer of various charities over the years.
Ex Officio (Non-Voting)
Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Seniors
Cheryl Peek-Ball MD
Dr Peek-Ball was appointed chief medical officer for the Department of Health in 2013 after several years as Government´s senior medical officer and eighteen months as acting chief medical officer. She leads Bermuda´s public health initiatives and international health communications. Dr Peek-Ball has a particular interest in addressing Bermuda´s emerging health problems.
Committees: Governance and Risk Committee
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Seniors
Jennifer Attride-Stirling PhD
Dr Attride-Stirling is the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Seniors. Prior to this she was chief executive officer of the Bermuda Health Council from 2009 to 2015. Dr Attride-Stirling has worked at the regulatory body for the National Health Service in England and Wales, and taught at the London School of Economics, where she obtained her doctoral degree in 1998. Dr Attride-Stirling has an executive diploma in strategic management from the Chartered Management Institute, UK, and has completed the Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing from the Harvard School of Public Health & World Bank. She has published papers on health regulation, health promotion, mental health and research methodology.
Chief of Staff, Bermuda Hospitals Board
Michael Richmond MD
Dr Richmond joined BHB as chief of staff in August 2017, assuming responsibility for clinical care and quality at the hospitals. He leads BHB’s team of medical and support personnel. All BHB medical chiefs and the vice president of Quality & Risk Management report to this position. Prior to joining BHB, Dr Richmond served as chief medical officer at Hamad Medical Corporation and chief executive officer of Hamad Medical Corporation’s Women’s Hospital in Qatar. He brings to BHB extensive knowledge of healthcare and hospital management. Dr Richmond obtained his medical degree from the University of Aberdeen and specialised in anaesthetics at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in the UK and College of Anaesthetists Ireland.
Committees: Executive Committee; Programme Steering Group; Governance and Risk Committee; Risk Management Subcommittee; Human Resources and Engagement Committee