Circle Health executive team

Paolo Pieri

Chief Executive Officer

Paolo is CEO of Circle. He joined as the Chief Financial Officer in November 2010 after spending five years at He spent the majority of this time as the UK Finance Director and subsequently became the Managing Director of some European divisions, transforming their financial performance from loss making to profitability.

Prior to this Paolo spent seven years in the Virgin organisation, three of which as Finance Director of the 200-store strong Virgin Megastore business.

Paolo has a Bachelor of Accountancy from Glasgow University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants for Scotland.

Massoud Fouladi

Medical Director

Massoud Fouladi is co-founder of Circle. As Medical Director, his vision has been to build a clinically-led partnership of healthcare professionals.

As a consultant in East Kent, he was involved in redesigning ophthalmic services for the region, establishing the Integrated Ophthalmic Group which brought together secondary care specialists, GPs and optometrists. This became a national model for service redesign.

In 2001, Massoud founded the Ophthalmic Clinical Leads Forum at the King's Fund. He was Chair of the Association of Ophthalmologists in the UK from 2003-2007.

Sarah Marston

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah joined Circle as Head of Finance Operations and Contract Management in May 2016, moving from BMI Healthcare where she spent four years as Regional Finance Director, delivering significant growth in financial performance.

Prior to this she held various senior General Management and Financial Management roles at BMI, Spire and BUPA Hospital groups, following a number of years in finance at Virgin Trains and British Rail prior to that. Sarah is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Paul Manning

Director of Hospitals

Paul leads the team running our hospitals. As a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon he joined Circle  in 2005, becoming clinical lead for orthopaedics in 2012. From 2013 to 2016, as Clinical Chairman of Circle Nottingham, he introduced major elective surgery and led a clinical programme to maximise utilisation and efficiency. He became responsible officer for Circle Health in 2016 and later that year was appointed as Director of Hospitals, taking responsibility for all our secondary acute care operations.

Graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1992 Paul trained as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital. He was appointed a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals in 2004. 

Paul was the Training Programme Director in Orthopaedic Surgery for the East Midlands 2007 -2016. He was selected as the Chairman of the British Orthopaedic Associations training programme directors forum in 2013.

Professionally Paul has served for a nine-year period on the Council of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society and has held the roles of Chairman of Education and Treasurer. He was awarded the Lipmann Kessel prize of the society in 1997. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Jacqueline Droogan

Director of Mobilisation

Jacqueline leads on Mobilisation, Property, Procurement and the graduate trainee scheme for Circle. Since joining the company in 2007, Jacqueline has mobilised Nottingham, Bath and Reading and is currently leading on Birmingham as well as a new international facility in China.

Jacqueline has over 25 years' experience in health, the last 15 years of which have been leading large-scale programmes. Prior to joining Circle she was Associate Director of Nursing at University Hospital Birmingham where she was responsible for managing a variety of programmes including £600m Private Finance Initiative for acute and mental health facilities.

Previously, she has held a number of roles in health care and health research. Jacqueline holds both a BSc and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Lancaster.

Will Smith

Director of IT Transformation and General Manager, MSK

Will is the Musculoskeletal Lead for Circle. He has held a number of managerial roles since joining in 2009, most recently as the General Manager for Circle’s MSK business, as well as mobilising Circle’s IT programme in order to support the growth of the business. Prior to this, Will held a number of roles at Argos, where he worked his way up from Store Manager to Supply Operations Manager.

Nick Boyle

Director of Business Development

Nick leads on developing strategic partnerships with other independent healthcare organisations. He is also a general and laparoscopic surgeon and practices part-time in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He was formerly Director of Surgery and lead clinician for upper gastrointestinal surgery at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Nick trained in Southampton and at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in London, and holds a Master of Surgery from the University of London.

Shane Cobb

General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

Shane is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Circle. 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.