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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Jane Hazelgrave - Director of Finance

Jane joined the Trust from Bradford Districts and Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Groups and brings with her impressive experience of financial management within the public and private sectors.

Following a decade with companies such as Joshua Tetley and John Smith’s, Jane’s first healthcare post was at the NHS Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust where she stayed for 10 years before moving onto Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority.  Jane took up her first Director of Finance role at Bradford and Airedale PCT before becoming Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Officer for Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs.

Jane is relishing the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment and believes the Trust is committed to improvement and success.

Jane lives in West Yorkshire, has patient experience of Pinderfields Hospital and even has a relative living directly opposite the site.

Dr Karen Stone - Medical Director

Karen has been a paediatric consultant at the Trust for over 13 years. 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.

David Melia - Director of Nursing and Quality

David joined the Board in May 2014 as the Director of Staff and Patient Engagement and took forward the role of Director of Nursing and Quality from September 2015. David is both a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities and has previously held Director of Nursing roles in the North West of England.

A significant focus for the role is to match the changing needs of the Trust to the challenges of achieving and maintaining an engaged and effective nursing and midwifery workforce.

Non-voting members - Executive Directors

Mark Braden - Director of Estates, Facilities and IMT

Mark Braden, Director of Estates, Facilities and IMT, 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.

Phillip Marshall - Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

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.