The Bermuda Hospitals Board has responsibility for the stewardship of the hospitals and to oversee the conduct of the business of the Board. The Board’s fundamental objectives are to enhance and preserve long-term value, and to ensure the hospitals meet their obligations on an ongoing basis and operate in a reliable and safe manner. In performing its functions, the Board should also consider the legitimate interests others, such as employees and 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.
Board Members | Bermuda Hospitals Board
Mr Pifer is the general counsel and a senior vice president of The OIL Group of Companies in Bermuda. He is also the company secretary and heads up its Compliance and Group Claims operations. He is a qualified lawyer in the US, admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, and various federal and state courts. Prior to joining The OIL Group in 2016, he was in private law practice for 25 years, advising international clients on insurance and reinsurance matters, risk management, and related issues. He received his law degree from Tulane University, graduating Cum Laude. Mr Pifer joined the Board in 2020 and was appointed chair in 2023.
Committees: Governance and Risk Committee
Ms Swan brings over 40 years’ experience in healthcare to the Board. She is the director of nursing and allied health at the Bermuda College, where she provides strategic direction on education. Prior to her current role, Ms Swan was a BHB nurse and clinical leader, working throughout the hospitals, including as director of nursing and allied health. Ms Swan serves on many professional organisations and boards locally and abroad, including the Bermuda Medical Council, National League of Nursing and American College of Healthcare Executives. She is an active member of the Legislation Committee and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Educational Network.
Committees: Governance and Risk Committee
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.
Committees: Finance and Audit Committee
Dr Matthew joined the Board in 2022, bringing over a decade of experience in applied psychological science to promote health, prevent illness and improve healthcare systems. She is the lead psychologist at BEAMS Wholistic Wellness and founder of Tri Health Psychology. Dr Matthew is a chartered health psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a registered practitioner psychologist in Bermuda and the UK. She has worked within multidisciplinary teams in Bermuda’s private healthcare sector and in the UK’s National Health Service.
Hannah Murray MD
Dr Murray is a palliative care physician for P.A.L.S. cancer charity. She previously served as clinical lead for the Bermuda Government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. Before coming to Bermuda in 2020, Dr Murray spent 18 years as an acute medicine consultant with the UK’s National Health Service. She joined the BHB Board in 2022.
Mr Pugh brings an extensive knowledge of accounting, financial and business operations to BHB. He joined the Board in 2022, having served as a co-opted member on the Finance & Audit Committee since 2015. Mr Pugh retired from Argus Group of Companies in 2016 after 33 years at the company, the final 10 years as chief financial officer. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and is currently a director and CFO of the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation and chairman of Bermuda Aviation Services Limited.
Michael Richmond MD
Dr Richmond was appointed chief executive officer and president of BHB on 1 August 2020, having joined as chief of staff in August 2017. As CEO and president, Dr Richmond reports to the Board chair and 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 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; Medical Staff Committee; Human Resources and Engagement Committee
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: Executive Committee; Governance and Risk Committee; Human Resources and Engagement Committee
Ianthia Simmons-Wade MP
Mrs Simmons-Wade has spent her entire career in healthcare and long-term care in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. In 2019, she was appointed as a senator and the Junior Minister for Health. She was elected a Member of Parliament for Warwick Northeast Constituency 25 in 2020. A strong advocate for Bermuda’s seniors, Mrs Simmons-Wade serves as chair of the Ageing Well Committee and received a lifetime achievement award for her work with seniors and people with disabilities. Mrs Simmons-Wade has served on numerous boards, most notably as chair of the BHB Board and the Sustainable Development Board.
Ex Officio (Voting)
Executive Director, Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation
Ms Pratt was appointed executive director of the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation in 2023. She has two decades of experience in the trust industry, having worked with Butterfield Trust (Bermuda) Limited and Bermuda Trust Company Limited, including Centennial Bermuda Foundation (formerly Bank of Bermuda Foundation). Ms Pratt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in board management of charitable foundations, including grant making, strategic planning, fund development and scholarship administration. She serves on the Centennial Bermuda Foundation Scholarship Committee.
President, Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda
Mr Cerra was elected president of the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda in 2022. His career in information technology spans three decades, most of which was building and managing the development of satellite business systems for a large international satellite company. Mr Cerra came to Bermuda in 2000 as the company’s vice president of Bermuda operations. He joined the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda in 2005, volunteering in the Pink Café and with the Overseas Family Help Service. He has served on the charity’s executive committee since 2018.
Ex Officio (Non-Voting)
Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health
Ayoola Oyinloye MD
Dr Oyinloye was appointed chief medical officer for the Department of Health in 2020. He previously served as the deputy director of public health and consultant in public health for Swindon Borough Council in the United Kingdom. Dr Oyinloye is an experienced epidemiologist and was steeped in managing the pandemic in his UK community. He trained as a doctor at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and had his postgraduate training at the Universities of Ibadan and Liverpool (UK). Dr Oyinloye is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK).
Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health
Mr Todd is the Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and a public service executive for the Government of Bermuda. Prior to joining the Ministry, he headed the Project Management Office responsible for the Economic Recovery Plan, comprising 31 cross-Ministry initiatives focused on economic growth and jobs post-pandemic. Mr Todd led the electrification of the public bus fleet in his former role as director of the Department of Public Transportation. He serves as chair of the Health Insurance Committee and is a member of the Bermuda Health Council Board.
Chief of Staff, Bermuda Hospitals Board
Wesley Miller MD
Dr Miller was appointed chief of staff in January 2021 after serving as chief of surgery since 2007. Dr Miller leads BHB’s team of medical and support personnel in the most senior medical role at BHB, and is responsible for the supervision of medical and dental care given to patients and residents in BHB facilities. He ensures patient safety, sound clinical governance and building positive relations with the physician community. Dr Miller has more than three decades of experience as an otolaryngologist and ear, nose and throat surgeon in Jamaica, Ireland, UK and Bermuda.
Committees: Medical Staff Committee