Stuart Bell joined Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in October 2012 and had previously been the Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust since it was formed in 1999. After reading Modern History at the University of Oxford, Stuart joined the NHS in 1982, and held senior planning and service management roles in acute teaching and general hospitals. He then worked for six years at a regional level where he had responsibility for organisational development and performance management. He has been a Trustee of the Picker Institute (Europe) for several years, and became Chairman in 2013. In 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to healthcare.