Executive Team

Venetta Symonds, BHB CEO

Venetta Symonds
Chief Executive Officer and President

Mrs Symonds assumed the role of chief executive officer (CEO) and president for 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. Mrs Symonds also oversaw the Acute Care Wing construction project, which was completed in 2014. 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 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.

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Dr Michael Richmond, Chief of Staff

Michael Richmond MD
Chief of Staff

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.

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Bill Shields

William Shields
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Shields joined BHB as chief financial officer in 2017, taking responsibility for financial strategy and reporting, and managing the Finance, Admitting, Materials Management, Procurement and IT departments. He reports to the chief executive officer and the Board. Prior to arriving in Bermuda, Mr Shields was executive director of EY, a health advisory practice in the UK. He worked in the UK National Health Service for almost three decades, most recently with the Imperial College NHS Trust, where he led a recovery of the Trust’s financial and operational performance and held subsequent positions of chief financial officer and chief executive.

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R Scott Pearman, BHB Chief Operating Officer

R Scott Pearman
Chief Operating Officer

Mr Pearman was appointed as chief operating officer in 2011. He is currently responsible for Diagnostic Imaging, Pathology, Mental Health Services (adult, child and adolescent), Substance Abuse, Intellectual Disability, Human Resources, Food Services, Environmental Services, Laundry and Facilities Management. Having joined BHB as employee labour relations manager, Mr Pearman was appointed director of Human Resources in 2000 then vice president of physician relations in 2006. He was promoted to chief of business development in 2010. In 2017, the COO remit was expanded to include the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. Mr Pearman serves on the Bermuda Government Labour Advisory Board and the Bermuda Employers’ Council Arbitration Committee.

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Judy Richardson

Judy Richardson
Chief of Nursing

Ms Richardson assumed the newly created position of chief of Nursing, Quality and Risk Management in 2009, having worked at BHB for 25 years. She is responsible for BHB’s nursing and allied health professionals throughout the organisation. Having started her career as a registered nurse, Ms Richardson has almost 20 years’ experience in frontline nursing. She was appointed quality improvement coordinator in 1999 and took on the role of chief nursing administrator two years later. In 2003 Ms Richardson was promoted to the senior management position of director of Quality and Risk Management.

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