Management team

  • Paolo Pieri 

    Paolo Pieri

    Chief Executive Officer

    Paolo has been CEO of Circle Health since 2016, during a period in which the group has expanded to China, developed innovative integrated care and rehabilitation services, and the core business has achieved profitability. He recently led the buyout of the largest private hospital operator in the UK, BMI Healthcare, including a £1.5 billion transaction that delivered the sale and leaseback of 30 hospitals. Previously, Paolo served as Chief Financial Officer.

    Prior to Circle, Paolo spent five years at lastminute.com, first as Finance Director and subsequently as Managing Director of various European divisions, where he spear-headed developments in the technology platform to transform loss-making businesses.

    Paolo spent the early part of his career in the Virgin organisation, with three years as Finance Director of the 200-store Virgin Megastore business. Paolo has a Bachelor of Accountancy from Glasgow University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants for Scotland.

  • Karen Prins

    Karen Prins

    Chief Operating Officer

    Karen joined BMI Healthcare in October 2017 as Chief Executive Officer, having previously held a number of senior roles within Netcare in South Africa.

    As a Netcare Regional Director she was responsible for 23 hospitals with a combined 2,800 beds. Most recently she commissioned a 425 bed Public Private Partnership unit and 4 primary care facilities - the largest of its type in Africa - and engineered critical relationships with the Ministries of Health and Finance, the World Bank and the Development Bank of South Africa.

    Karen has the benefit of understanding healthcare from both sides of the coin: she's been a practising clinician and has extensive hands-on operational experience of running clinics, hospitals and regions. Karen achieved her MBChB, a Masters General Practice (MPax Med) cum laude at Pretoria University and her MBA (cum laude) through the same university. Karen also holds a project management qualification.

  • Henry Davies 

    Henry Davies

    Chief Financial Officer

    Henry joined BMI Healthcare as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015 from a role as Group Finance Director of Mecom Group plc, a listed pan-European media group.

    Prior to this, Henry’s experience was in the industrial and regulated sectors, as Group Financial Controller of DS Smith plc and Eastern Group plc, and an auditor and advisor with Price Waterhouse. Henry is a Chartered Accountant.

  • Paul Manning 

    Paul Manning

    Chief Medical Officer

    Paul is a part-time Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Nottingham and a leading shoulder specialist. He first joined Circle Health in 2005, becoming Clinical Chairman of Circle Nottingham in 2013 and in 2016 was appointed Medical Director, Responsible Officer and Director of Circle Hospitals. He has practised at BMI The Park Hospital since 2004. Paul has held roles in the British Elbow and Shoulder Society and the British Orthopaedic Association.

    He leads our clinical strategy driving excellence in outcomes and experience for our patients and will equally work closely with the operating and commercial teams to enable innovation and deployment of technology in healthcare.

  • Liz Adair 

    Liz Adair

    Chief Nursing Officer

    Previously, Liz was Group Clinical Director and Chief Nurse for Aspen Healthcare where she played a key role in Aspen’s Covid response and reframing the company’s approach to Patient Outcomes and PHIN/CMA compliance. Liz also served as Director of Physiotherapy at Nuffield Health and prior to this had a very successful 16 years with Bupa.

    Liz joined Circle Health recently as Head of Nursing and AHPs at Circle Reading Hospital, quickly making her mark and subsequently moving into post as Chief Nursing Officer for Circle Health Group.

    Liz has an immense passion for developing services that meet patients’ needs, supporting people to deliver extraordinary care and demonstrating patient outcomes.

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    Mark O'Herlihy

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Mark is Chief Commercial Officer for Circle Health Group, having joined the team in January 2021. As previous Vice President for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Government for IBM and Watson Health, he brings with him a wealth of experience across many global markets.

    Mark has over 25 years’ experience working across a range of senior leadership positions. From innovative start-ups through to global brands, he has an extensive track record of driving innovation and business growth.

    Combined with substantial commercial experience, Mark also has a clinical background and worked in the NHS for over a decade. He is passionate about improving health and social care for everyone.

    His focus is to drive further innovation in the business, discover new ways to improve the patient experience, and support the group’s efforts in achieving the highest quality outcomes for patients and key stakeholders.

  • Ben Meade 

    Ben Meade

    Chief Information Officer

    Ben previously served as BMI Healthcare’s IT Director, having joined the company in 2017. Now moving into post as Chief Information Officer, Ben will be responsible for leading the introduction of new technology across the business as a key enabler for our future business success.

  • D Cooper 

    David Cooper 

    Director of Human Resources

    David joined BMI Healthcare as Director of Human Resources in January 2020, having held the role on an interim basis in 2019.

    David has held a number of senior HR roles including Director of Organisational Capability and Change at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) where he was responsible for UK-wide human resource, estates, communications and media and information technology services functions.  David is a Fellow of the Chartered of Institute of Personnel and Development.

  • Shane Cobb 

    Shane Cobb

    General Counsel

    Shane is the General Counsel for Circle Health Group. His responsibilities include managing the legal function and leading corporate HR. A corporate finance and M&A specialist, he has over 20 years’ experience advising public and private companies. Prior to Circle, Shane was a Vice-President at KPNQwest N.V. and worked at US and international law firms.

  • Ben Lloyd 

    Ben Lloyd

    Chief Integration Officer

    Ben has spent his entire career working within the health sector, both public and private. Ben’s public sector experience includes spells as Chief Financial Officer and Turnaround Director for a large teaching hospital and Director of Finance and Performance for a Strategic Health Authority.

    Ben moved into the private healthcare space in 2010, initially as Business Development Director for Circle and subsequently as Managing Director for Medvivo Group.

    Ben has a particular interest in the opportunity to use technology to support the delivery of healthcare and has been involved two start-ups seeking to use disruptive technology to transform the delivery of services to patients.