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Our Board members are:
The chair is responsible for ensuring that the board of directors focuses on The Trust's strategic development and for ensuring robust governance and accountability arrangements are in place, as well as evaluating the performance of the board of directors, its committees and individual non-executive directors.
Following a 20 year career as an Environmental regulator and subsequently as an Executive Board Director of Yorkshire Water, Dr Helen Phillips now holds a number of national and regional non executive roles.
Now in her second term as Chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, she has since 2017 also chaired the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator of the legal sector. In 2018 Helen was appointed to the Board of Social Work England, the new professional standards body for social work which assumes its powers in 2019. Helen is also Chair of a Jesuit Trust comprising two independent schools, Mount St Marys College and Barlborough Hall School. Additionally Helen is a member of the Sheffield Business School Advisory Board.
Helen’s executive career included senior roles with the Environment Agency, in Wales and England, following which she was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Natural England in 2006.
Educated at Mount Anville in Dublin, Helen graduated from University College Dublin as a zoologist, and where she also took her PhD in freshwater biology. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
The board's non-executive directors share the corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Trust is run efficiently, economically and effectively. They use their expertise, interest and experience to scrutinise the performance of management, monitor the reporting of performance, and satisfy themselves as to the integrity of financial, clinical and other information. The non-executive directors also fulfill their responsibility for determining appropriate levels of remuneration for executive directors.
Linda has a successful background in senior human resources leadership roles in the retail, telecommunications and utilities sectors, accumulating a breadth of experience in the strategic development of people and organisations. Most recently she was group HR director for United Utilities PLC, a FTSE100 company where Linda led substantial organisation and cultural change.
Linda has brought her expertise and influencing skills in a non-executive capacity to public and not-for-profit environments. She delivered organisation development consultancy assignments with non-acute NHS organisations. She was also for six years until 2011 a non-executive director for the University for Industry (UFI) and Learndirect.
The appointment of a Senior Independent Director from the Non-Executives is best practice and is recommended by the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, MONITOR to support director-governor interaction.
The SID is appointed by the board of directors in consultation with the council of governors. The postholder acts as an open and readily accessible additional point of contact for governors, outside of the 'normal' channels' offering support with discussion or particular issues of concern.
Find out more about how directors and governors work together here
Alison has a successful background in reconfiguration of blue chip organisations as a client focused business leader and deliverer of strategic change. Alison has a proven record of developing strategic vision, facilitating Board decision making, and then delivering results through high performing teams. Alison delivers innovation and change through strong team communication and people development skills, including internal and external stakeholder networks.
Alison is currently Executive Director of Corporate Services for Social Work England and was formerly a Partner at Irwin Mitchell. Alison has national and international experience across multiple complex industry sectors (utilities, financial services, insurance, technology, legal services and regulation) as well as a Non Executive Director within the NHS.
Beverley is director and shareholder of Twins United Ltd and Malaczynski Burn. She has run her own businesses throughout her career initially in the manufacture of mining and construction equipment. She has been involved in the mining at industry level and was President of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies for six years (1994-2000). Through this work she was awarded an OBE.
Beverley has held a number of board roles nationally and locally connecting business and education and with charitable organisations including Neurocare who provide technology and research funding to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. She is Chairman of UK Careers Academy Foundation Advisory Board, Charlie’s Trust Charity and Neurocare; and is a Founder Member of Inspiring Women.
Jayne has worked in the NHS as a nurse for 40 years and gained professional qualifications in nursing, midwifery, health visiting and NHS management. Throughout this time Jayne has always worked in roles requiring on-going clinical knowledge and skills. Most recently Jayne held the post of Chief Nurse working with several clinical commissioning groups across a period of six years. This involved being a Board member and also the Executive Director lead for quality with a portfolio responsibility including quality assurance and improvement, patient experience, safeguarding, infection prevention and control, medicines management and primary care.
Jayne has extensive experience in clinical governance, analysing performance and quality data as well as interpreting financial information. She has previously worked with the Trust as a commissioner and Partner Governor. Jayne also has a wealth of experience in primary care having worked with general practice in Derbyshire for over 15 years including working as Assistant Clinical Director with Derbyshire County PCT. Jayne has been a member of a number of health and social care partnership boards and was also the senior responsible officer for maternity transformation within the Derbyshire STP.
Mike is both a qualified chartered management account and chartered company secretary. He has over 30 years experience in the private sector in a wide range of business-to-consumer organisations.
He has a wide range of financial expertise including Mergers & Acquisitions, business sales and disposals, material finance raising, cost reduction programmes, combined with extensive strategic planning and strategy execution.
Mike is also an experienced non-executive director.
Jeremy’s background is in public health, having held Director or Deputy Director of Public Health roles within Wakefield Health Authority, Sheffield Primary Care Trust and Sheffield City Council since the turn of the century.
He gained extensive Board level experience in the NHS in eleven years on the boards of North Sheffield and Sheffield Primary Care Trusts, and as Director of Public Health for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw PCTs during 2012-13 PCT ‘clusterings’.
As well as his medical training and clinical experience, Jeremy has expertise in clinical governance and a wealth of experience managing budgets, including shared responsibility for a £1Bn budget for Sheffield PCT, giving him a broad understanding of the needs and perspectives of patients.
Sue has more than 20 years' experience of working in an independent capacity in leadership roles in HR and Business Transformation, predominantly in the private sector. Her career is grounded in financial services, broadened over the years in retail, utilities (gas, electricity and water), construction, energey services, leisure, pharmaceuticals, media & communications.
Sue has worked on a diverse range of business change programmes for a number of blue-chip companies. Following her role as Interim Director of HR Services for the BBC, she went on to create an organisation-wide change management strategy & plan for a programme that brought significant changes to people, policies, systems, processes and culture.
Sue is currently Director of HR Programmes and Change at BT and is an APMG qualified Change Management Practitioner.
Executive directors are experienced NHS professionals with specific management and operational skills. They are responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the trust.
Simon joined the Trust from Sheffield Children's Hospital, where he was Chief Executive from June 2011. He has more than 25 years experience in the NHS, which he joined in September 1989 as a general management trainee in Greater Manchester.
After roles in Manchester, Wakefield and Doncaster he went on to be successful in number of senior positions. His first Chief Executive post was for the Doncaster Central Primary Care Trust in October 2000 and he was appointed Chief Executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (now NHS Bradford and Airedale) in October 2006.
Dr Spencer was appointed to the position of Executive Medical Director at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at the end of 2018 - after spending two years as the Divisional Director for the hospital’s Medicine & Emergency Care Division. After undertaking his training in Cambridge and London, he went on to work as a junior doctor in Nottingham, Middlesbrough and Australia. He then completed his General Medicine and specialist Gastroenterology training in and around Sheffield, including a year as a Registrar in Chesterfield, where he joined the consultant team in 2004.
After completing her degree in Business and postgraduate qualification in HR management, Zoe began her career in HR as a Personnel Assistant at the law firm now known as DLA Piper. Zoe then worked at Northern Foods where she held a number of positions, latterly as the HR Manager for a division of the business covering four food manufacturing sites across the country.
After joining the NHS in February 2006 as Head of Human Resources at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Zoe was promoted to Deputy Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in 2012.
She brought this experience with her when joining Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHSFT in April 2014 as Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. This became an extended deputy role from April 2015, when the Director post became a joint appointment across Chesterfield Royal and the community trust in Derbyshire on a secondment basis.
She was promoted to Acting Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in April 2016, when the joint Director secondment ended and the role became a full time one again. Zoe was formally appointed to the substantive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development role in March 2017.
After her training Lynn’s nursing experience was mainly within critical care. She then had a brief period outside the NHS as a critical adviser for Boehringer Ingelheim, before returning to nursing. In 2007 she became nurse manager at Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust, and was also seconded to George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust as divisional general manager, gaining experience in A&E. She then moved to North Staffordshire NHS Trust (2002 – 2005) as professional head of nursing, progressing to assistant director of nursing within a year.
Her next post was at Northampton General Hospital (2005– 2007), where she held the post of deputy nursing director. at this time she broadened her career as assistant director of nursing and patient care for the East Midland Strategic Health Authority (2007–2012). Following her secondment to Circle in July 2011, she was appointed by Circle as lead nurse in April 2012.
Tony trained as a chemist and joined Rolls Royce early in his career (1983-04), where he developed his leadership experience, initially as head of airline operations test support services, then process improvement manager, before taking up a position as advanced services manager.
In these roles he led major change programmes for Rolls Royce, increasing in scale, value and impact. Following changes in the senior leadership team, Tony looked to the NHS and was successful in securing a role as general manager, obstetrics and gynaecology, with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2004-06).
He took a promotion with the same Trust becoming associate director, women and children’s (2006-08), before accepting a role as director of improvement (2008-11) at a time when the Trust had no chief operating officer. The Trust subsequently introduced a different structure and Tony was successful in being appointed as divisional director for clinical support services & cancer.
He joined Chesterfield Royal as Director of Strategy & Performance in 2014 and was Acting Chief Executive from April 2016 for a period of six months.
Lee joined Chesterfield in August 2017. His role covers Finance, Procurement, Estates and Facilities, ICT and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity. Lee has worked in the NHS, since 1993, in a number of finance roles, in Devon, Hampshire, Surrey, London and Derbyshire. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
Prior to this role he worked at NHS Improvement, where he was the Business Director for London. In addition to oversight of London Trusts, he was involved in a number of national policy areas. Prior to moving to the NHS Improvement, Lee was Director of Finance and Performance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for seven years.
Lee is a Trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and chair of HFMA’s committee on the NHS National Payment System. He sits on HFMAs Policy and Research committee. Lee also is a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Women’s Work, a Derbyshire based charity. In addition, he is also currently pursuing a Professional Doctorate at Keele University, in their Public Policy and Management faculty.
The Trust holds a register listing any interests declared by members of the board of directors. They must disclose details of company directorships or other positions held, particularly if they involve companies or organisations likely to do business, or possibly seeking to do business with the Trust. A register of interests is disclosed at each board meeting and can be found in the agenda pack.