Diane Thomas, Chief Executive
Diane Thomas has been Chief Executive of The Horder Centre since 2001, having gained experience in the independent healthcare and charity sectors working for Nuffield Hospitals and Community Hospital groups, in the latter eight years holding the post of Hospital Manager.
Formerly, Di worked and held senior positions within the NHS. Her roots are firmly grounded in healthcare; commencing with the roles of care assistant and physiotherapy aid and through the nursing profession – including ten years as a Matron.
Di is deeply committed to progressing the charitable aims of The Horder Centre, locally and nationally whilst also actively participating in formulating industry and governmental policy.
- Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
- Diploma in Management
- Diploma in Nursing
- Postgraduate – ENB Coronary Care
- Registered General Nurse
Karen Planterose, Commercial Director
Karen Planterose joined The Horder Centre in 2001 as Business Manager and was appointed Director of Operations in 2004. Karen previously gained 14 years experience working in the independent sector having commenced her career as a registered nurse. Karen’s focus lies in corporate governance, informatics and operational excellence.
Mike Fordyce, Chair of Medical Advisory Committee
Mike Fordyce has been an orthopaedic surgeon for over 24 years and joined The Horder Centre in 1995. In April 2006 he agreed to be Chair of the Centre’s Medical Advisory Committee. This role not only ensures that Clinical Governance is maintained at all times but also provides an important interface between the Centre’s management and staff.
Mr Fordyce qualified in 1980 with MBBS in London, the FRCS in Edinburgh and the Kent & Sussex Hospital. He joined the GMC Specialist register in 1993 and holds a number of professional memberships with organisations such as the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
Rachel Dixon, Director of Clinical Services
Rachel joined the Horder Centre in April 2008 as Director of Clinical Services. Rachel has previously held senior management positions within the Independent sector for 13 years having spent 5 years as a Matron for BUPA and a further 8 years with Nuffield Hospitals. Rachel has a particular interest in quality and risk management and leads The Horder Centre’s Clinical Excellence programme.
- Registered General Nurse
- BSc (Hons) Health Service Management
- ENB Teaching and Supervision
- ENB Research
Paul Reynolds, Medical Director
Dr Reynolds has been a Consultant Physician at the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust since 1993 and served as Clinical Director at the Trust until 2007, a post he held for 10 years. Dr Reynolds has been associated with The Horder Centre for more than three years as a visiting Consultant Physician, and worked closely with the Centre’s former Medical Director, Kenneth Tuson. Dr Reynolds was appointed as Medical Director at The Horder Centre upon the retirement of Ken Tuson in 2009 and will now use his considerable experience and knowledge of working in the health sector to advise on key decisions around clinical governance and the strategic direction of the hospital. As new Medical Director, he will also advise on how best The Horder Centre should adopt new policies introduced nationally by the Department of Health.
- BSc (Hons)
- MBBS (Hons)
Rachel Bradbury, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Rachel joined the Horder Centre in 2011 in the above role. Rachel has previously managed over six hospitals and been a part of Nuffield Corporate Commercial team bidding for ISTC and ECN contracts. She also has over twenty five years worth of independent sector experience and commenced her career as a registered nurse.