The Management Team


The One Healthcare Management team have been responsible for the financing, development and operation of over 50 private hospitals and Private Patient Units across the UK over the last 25 years.


Desmond Shiels, Chairman

Des has worked in the Private Hospital industry for more than 25 years bringing a wealth of financial, strategic and operational insight to the management of One Healthcare Hospitals. Originally an Accountant, Des worked at Aspen Healthcare most recently as CEO, and HCA and Ernst & Young prior to that.


Des has also served on numerous trade body boards including as Chairperson of AIHO Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations), prior to its amalgamation with IHPN (Independent Healthcare Providers Network).


Jo Nolan, Hospital Director (One Ashford)

Having worked in healthcare her whole career Jo brings a wealth experience to One Ashford Hospital. Jo has managed hospitals, worked in the NHS, in the pharmaceutical industry and worked in a range of business development roles.


Jo went to school in Ashford and has always lived within the area so she knows and understands the local market’s challenges and requirements. Along with this experience and insight Jo brings a passion to deliver excellent clinical care and patient experience.


Claire Armstrong, Hospital Director (One Hatfield)

Claire has a wealth of experience in hospital management with strong regulatory oversight. She has 11 years’ experience working in the private hospital sector, with extensive experience in hospital management, business development, contract management and insurer engagement. 


Claire joins the One Healthcare team from BMI Healthcare where she held the position of Executive Director of BMI’s 121-bed-flagship Clementine Churchill Hospital.