Michael Smith – Chair
As a graduate in systems engineering from the Open University, Michael has held a number of senior management positions in the water industry, culminating in Director of Human Resources at Yorkshire Water until 2007. Michael is also involved with voluntary organisations supporting people with learning disabilities and older people.
Simon Large – Chief Executive
Simon was appointed as Chief Executive of our Trust in 2006.
Simon has a wealth of experience within mental health services. Starting out as a nurse, he successfully became a ward manager, followed by supporting the implementation of the Community Care Act.
In the mid 1990s he led the planning arrangements for the re-provision of learning disability services from Meanwood Park Hospital and mental health services from High Royds Hospital.
Simon then became a health authority director for mental health services leading the integration of NHS services across Bolton, Salford and Trafford to form a new mental health trust. He held various positions in that Trust culminating in the interim chief executive post.
Nicola Lees – Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Nursing
Nicola has worked in mental health services for 29 years. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds a Masters degree in practitioner research. Nicola specialised in forensic mental health and has worked in low, medium and high secure services.
Nicola joined us March 2009 on secondment from Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust where she was Network Director for specialist mental health services including eating disorders, CAMHS, low and medium secure services, mental health and deafness and prison in-reach across the North West.
Nicola was appointed substantively as Executive Director of Operations and Nursing in May 2011.
Carol Stubley – Director of Finance, Contracting & Estates
Carol has more than 20 years of NHS experience, mainly in the acute sector.
Before joining the Care Trust she was seconded from Bradford Teaching Hospitals, where she had been Assistant Director of Finance. Following the merger of the ambulance services, Carol undertook a number of short term secondments including an external review of governance arrangements at Scarborough Healthcare NHS Trust and Interim Turnaround Director at Kirklees PCT.
Helen Bourner – Commercial Director
Throughout her career, Helen has held a number of high profile NHS management roles. She was also Regional Director for the Hilton Hotels Group for five years. Helen has held responsibility for customer experience within her previous roles and will bring this wealth of knowledge to the Trust as part of improving patient experience.
Dr Andy McElligott – Medical Director
Andy has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, including 14 years as a GP in Bradford. He has Board level experience as both a commissioner and provider, having joined our Trust in April 2012 from Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust where he was also Medical Director.
Prior to becoming a Medical Director, Andy held a number of clinical-managerial posts including urgent care lead and clinical governance lead.
More recently, he has been a member of NHS Employers’ national negotiating team involved in annual reviews of the GP contract.
Sandra Knight – Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development
Sandra has worked in the NHS for most of her career in a variety of corporate, human resources and organisational development roles at regional, district, hospital, community and primary care level.
She joined our Trust in May 2007 having worked previously as Director of Corporate Development in Bradford City Teaching PCT and as interim director leading the HR, Communications and PALS/Patient and Public Involvement workstreams, as the four PCTs merged to form Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT. She is a qualified executive Coach and ACAS trained mediator.
Derrick Palmer (Non Executive Director)
Derrick brings a wide range of experience in finance, business planning and governance to our organisation.
He is a qualified accountant and was Finance Director of Bradford Community Housing Trust from its formation in 2003 until July 2008. Derrick has a portfolio of consultancy and non executive directorships.
Paul Hogg, Trust Secretary
Paul has worked in a number of policy and corporate governance roles in the public sector including over 10 years in Whitehall and as Board Secretary at Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber. Paul joined our Trust on 5 January 2009 having previously been Trust Secretary at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.
David Banks (Non-Executive Director)
David is a chartered accountant with substantial experience of helping businesses through periods of rapid change. Over his 40-year career, David has held a number of senior private sector roles, including Finance Director and later Non-Executive Chairman at Zytronic PLC and Non- Executive Director at Castle Support Services PLC. He has also been involved in a number of company turnarounds and is a founding director of ProTurn Limited, a company specialising in pro-active corporate turnaround.
Rob Vincent CBE (Non-Executive Director)
Rob is a former Chief Executive of two metropolitan councils. He has in-depth experience of managing the changing relationships between local government and the NHS. Rob has most recently been acting as a Local Government Adviser to the Department of Health’s Public Health Transitions Team.
Nadira Mirza (Non-Executive Director)
Nadira is the Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development at the University of Bradford. Also a Director of Public and Community Engagement, Nadira has been involved in breaking down barriers to engagement with local communities with the University. She is an experienced Board member having held a number of public appointments previously, and is currently Co-Chair of the Born in Bradford Scrutiny and Advisory Committee.
Ralph Coyle (Non-Executive Director)
Ralph has a wealth of law experience. He has held a variety of positions during his career including Legal Director and Company Secretary at Yorkshire Television in 1985, company secretary at CANAL+ International and deputy group company secretary for Commercial Union. Ralph was also director of Yorkshire Culture responsible for promoting culture in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.
Dr Susan Butler (Non-Executive Director)
Prior to joining our Trust Board, Susan spent more than 20 years as a general practitioner, and a further nine years as a primary care trust medical director, most recently of NHS Hull.
Since retiring from her medical director role Susan has continued her interest in the NHS as a Clinical Commissioning Champion for the Royal College of General Practitioners and as an independent consultant. Susan brings sound NHS knowledge and experience to our organisation.
During her career Susan has worked with a range of NHS, local authority and community stakeholders to increase engagement of the local community, a valuable asset as we move towards Foundation Trust status and beyond.