Board Members

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The Trust Board is made up of voting and non-voting members which includes our Chief Executive, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors.

Board Members

The Trust Board is made up of voting and non-voting members which includes our Chief Executive, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors.

You can find out about each of our Board Members below.

Voting members - Non-Executive Directors

Keith Ramsay - Chairman

Keith Keith joined the Trust from the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body where he was a Lay member, with lead  responsibilities for quality and patient experience and remuneration. Prior to that he held the position of Chair of the Governing Body. He is also currently a group board member of Incommunities Group, based in Bradford.

 Over the course of his career, Keith has held a number of senior roles as chair or non-executive director in different organisations including: as a Non-Executive Director at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority, Chair of Thackray Medical Museum and the Altogether Better Big Lottery Fund and as a non-executive board member at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Simon Stone

Simon Simon trained as a nurse and has nearly 25 years’ experience in the NHS and 20 years in the private sector working for IBM, Accenture and Oracle. He brings a powerful mix of clinical, managerial and IT expertise to the Trust. He joined the Trust in June 2015 and is now the Senior Independent Director and is a member of the Quality Committee and chairs the Resource and Performance Committee.

During his NHS career, Simon worked in medical and care of the elderly as a general nurse and, in mental health, worked in adolescent psychiatry and adult crisis intervention. He was previously a Director of Nursing for a trust delivering hospital and community services.

Julie Charge

Julie Julie qualified as a Management Accountant in 1992 and was appointed to the Trust Board in December 2015. 

She has previously held a number of financial roles in the private health sector with Circle Health. Julie has also been the financial lead in the commissioning of two newly built hospitals in Bath and Reading. 

At Scottish & Newcastle Breweries (now Heineken) she was involved in creating a spin off company for the service of beer dispensing in pubs. Currently she is the Finance Director at Salford University.

Gary Ellis

Gary Gary has been a qualified accountant for over 29 years and a Chief Executive of a national charity for 9 years.

As Chief Executive of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust he works with communities where health and well being is a major challenge and has led on programmes where the aim is to improve health outcomes.

David Throssell

David David has more than 20 years’ experience as consultant renal physician, medical manager and leader, during which he has amassed more than 18 years’ combined experience as a Clinical Director, Deputy Medical Director and Medical Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His particular areas of interest are clinical leadership, informatics, clinical quality, and the management of health services across evolving structures such as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems. He joined the Trust in April 2020.

Mahmud Nawaz

Mahmud Mahmud has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior leader within Lloyds Banking Group and prior to that, Halifax Bank of Scotland. He brings expertise in customer strategy, customer experience, segmentation and transformational change within a large, regulated organisation.

He has worked at Director level for a number of years in economic consultancies supporting FTSE100 companies with their strategies and decision making.

For a number of years, Mahmud has been active in promoting awareness of organ donation across Yorkshire. He is a member of the Organ Donation Committee for both Mid Yorkshire and Leeds NHS Trusts, and is also an NHS Blood and Transplant organ donation ambassador for Yorkshire. Mahmud lives locally and is also a school governor.

Voting members - Executive Directors

Len Richards - Chief Executive

Len Len is an established NHS leader in the UK and internationally and has worked in the health sector for over 30 years. He became Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in June 2017. Before this he was Deputy Chief Executive of South Australia Health and had a focus on system performance and delivery for the Australian Government.

Len has extensive expertise in leading and delivering healthcare management and working in partnership with a range of healthcare providers, including the commercial sector, to produce evidence based results – all improving quality and supporting patient care.

He has worked on service transformation programmes, capital development programmes including developing a $280 million Cancer Centre, a hyper acute stroke unit and a number of new hospitals. He has led on a significant number of high profile and sensitive clinical re-configurations involving specialist services, focussing on the improvement in quality and safety and the elimination of waste.

Trudie Davies - Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Executive

Trudie  Trudie joined us from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where she led the unplanned care agenda. Trudie originally trained as a nurse and then progressed in seniority in Leicester and Leeds.

She later moved into service improvement and pathway redesign in 2002 before becoming an Operational Manager. Trudie then worked in Trauma and Orthopaedics before moving into Medicine and Accident and Emergency.

Talib Yaseen - Chief Nursing Officer

Talib

An experienced nurse executive and clinical leader with 44 years’ experience in healthcare.  Talib started as a nurse cadet and then completed RN training in Halifax, before specialising in intensive care nursing and subsequently moving into nurse manager and executive nurse positions in a number of hospitals in England. He also worked as the Regional Nurse Director for NHS Northwest.

He has international healthcare experience working for seven years in the Middle East in a number of senior nursing and executive roles in Abu Dhabi as the Director of Quality and Accreditation with Zayed Military Hospital before joining Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, and finally four years with Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, before returning to the UK in the spring of 2018. He joined the Integrated Care System in Lancashire and South Cumbria in June 2018 as the Director of Transformation supporting the new approach to integrated healthcare.

Talib remains passionate about nursing, midwifery and clinical services and the development of people to deliver world class services.

Talib was awarded an OBE from the Queen in 1998 for services to nursing management and Furness General Hospital.

Amy Whitaker - Chief Finance Officer

Amy Amy was appointed as Executive Director of Finance in 2022. She has extensive experience working in NHS finance having joined the NHS Graduate Training Scheme in 2002. 

She has a degree in Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CPFA) alongside a BA (Hons) for Computing in Business. 

Throughout her career Amy has mainly worked across Acute and Specialist Trusts in a variety of financial management roles. Amy remains a keen supporter of the graduate training scheme, being passionate about the development of finance teams, and with a particular interest in diversity and inclusion across NHS finance.

Dr Karen Stone - Medical Director

Karen Karen has been a paediatric consultant at the Trust since 2001. She was Head of Clinical Service for Children’s Services from 2008 to 2011 before becoming the Divisional Clinical Director for the Integrated Care Division. As a paediatrician and named doctor for safeguarding, she is an advocate for children and has worked in multi-disciplinary, and multi-agency teams for many years.

Karen has made a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the Trust, both in the design of the new hospitals and services along with the Clinical Service Strategy.

Karen is committed to the Trust and its values, and improving the quality, patient experience and health outcomes for the local population.

Non-voting members - Executive Directors

Dawn Parkes, Director of Nursing and Quality

Dawn

Dawn was appointed as Director of Nursing in September 2022.

Dawn is the former Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, a role which she held between 2015 and 2022.

An experienced nurse and service leader, she started her career as a registered nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust before moving into clinical strategic leadership and transformational work.

Dawn is passionate about patient quality and the impact that well led and motivated staff have on the compassion and care we give to our patients and communities. Dawns key focus is to further develop a culture across organisation’s that sets patient safety at the heart of what everyone does by engaging colleagues to be the very best that they can be.

Emma Hall, Chief of Planning, Partnerships and Strategy

Emma Emma was appointed as Chief of Planning, Partnerships and Strategy in September 2022.

She has a degree in Psychology and has spent 18 years working in the NHS in several local and national organisations.

Prior to joining the Trust, Emma worked at NHS England where she led the Urgent and Emergency Care Transformation agenda, including the world’s largest clinical trial and redesign of Ambulance Services  - The Ambulance Response Programme. She also worked on Acute Medical Transformation, including the development of peer review for Major Trauma Networks, the ‘Saving Babies Lives’ care bundle, and the National Maternity Review – Better Births.

Emma lives locally with her husband and young son and is passionate about working in partnership with other NHS organisations to deliver excellent services to our population.

Mark Braden - Director of Estates, Facilities and Digital Services

Mark Mark Braden, Director of Estates, Facilities and Digital Services, is an experienced and passionate estate management professional with 20 years’ NHS experience, delivering service and efficiency improvements in Sheffield, Nottingham and most recently at the North Midlands NHS Trust.

Jo Webster - Director of Adult Community Services

Jo Jo has responsibility for Community Services at the Trust and is also the Accountable Officer for Wakefield District Health & Care Partnership and the Chief Officer of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, Corporate Director for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council. This gives her overall responsibility for integrating health and care for the whole of the area. She is one of the first leaders in England to have three executive roles across one local health and care system.

In addition Jo is a member of the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership System Executive Leadership Group and the NHS Integrated Care Board who work together across all health and care sectors to transform and improve services for the 2.4 million people living here. She has been a founding member since its creation in 2016. 

Passionate about delivering quality care closer to home and working with communities to develop support that is insight driven, Jo has initiated award winning programmes of work such as ‘Connecting Care Wakefield’ which has received national recognition for innovative partnership working and piloting new initiatives with care homes. Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group was rated outstanding in 2021 under her leadership.

With a background in front line care services and commissioning for over 25 years, Jo’s goal is to make sure everyone in Wakefield District and West Yorkshire has a great start in life and receives the support they need to live a long, healthy, and happy life, whilst preventing ill health wherever possible.

Phillip Marshall - Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Phillip Phillip joined the Trust as director in September 2018. He is responsible for providing strategic and operational Human Resource leadership, with lead board director responsibility for associated areas including; Organisational Development, Communications, Staff Engagement, HR, Childcare and Staff Benefits, Occupational Health, and Equality and Diversity. He has worked in the NHS in Yorkshire since 1987 and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management.

Phillip is a chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. He also won NHS HR Director of the Year at the national Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) awards 2017.

Paul Curley, Chief Clinical Information Officer

Paul

Paul has been a consultant surgeon in the trust for since 1996. He has served as director of medical education, clinical director of surgery, chief clinical information officer and was deputy medical director for six years.

He has been responsible for and involved in the implementation of multiple clinical systems within the organisation, is passionate about the importance of high quality clinical information as an enabler for high quality clinical care and organisational management and is an advocate for patient access to their healthcare information.

Paul is a founding Fellow of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics and a graduate of the NHS Digital Academy. He and his family have been patients at the Trust over the last 30 years and he lives locally.

Non-voting members - Associate Non-Executive Directors

Asif Ameen

Asif Asif is born and raised in West Yorkshire and went to The University of Sheffield to complete an Information Management degree. He joined the NHS Management Training Scheme where he completed his Masters Degree in Healthcare Management and Leadership whilst undertaking placements at Barnsley Community Services, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals and at the Ministry of Children of Youth Services in Ontario, Canada.

Asif has since undertaken a variety of senior leadership both in the NHS and the private sector, including overseas in the Middle East. Locally he has also held senior management roles at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust. He is presently the Director of Commissioning at myDentist, Europe's largest dental care provider.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay brings over 17 years of senior management and leadership experience working in complex, high profile, regulated environments. 

While working at BT Lindsay held accountability for delivering IT services to top 10 FTSE global financial services companies.  Following her strong desire to move into healthcare Lindsay successfully transitioned to lead BT’s N3 Service Provider. NHS N3 was the underpinning IT infrastructure connecting employees, clinicians, healthcare professionals and other services providers to key NHS services.  This was the spring board to her leading the UK’s portfolio of managed service delivery to Local Government and Health clients bringing systems thinking to delivering programmes of work including organisational design and development, technology focussed digital transformation and business change programmes. 

In January 2020, Lindsay joined the Test and Trace Covid-19 response programme as part of the Test Digital programme (NHS Digital), commissioned by DHSC. Test Digital is the core team responsible for delivery the digital elements of the testing service.