Who’s Who on the Board of Directors?

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.

Chair: Helen Phillips

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 third 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 the first independent Chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute (appointed in 2020), the professional standards body charged with building public trust in the insurance and planning profession. Helen served for eight years on 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.

Current term: 2 March 2015 to 1 March 2024

Non-Executive Directors

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.


Jayne has worked in the NHS as a nurse for more than 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.

Current term: 1 August 2015 to 23 September 2023

What is the role of the Senior Independent Director? (SID)

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

Ian Ailles 2021.jpgIan holds a number of non executive and trustee roles across housing, care homes and hospices as well as with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.  

Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant with an executive background in Investment Banking, Travel and Digital industries principally in the private sector and in private equity.  His most recent executive role was as the first ever Director General of the House of Commons.  

Ian has previously worked extensively overseas and is a keen supporter of diversity of all kinds.  He is married with two young adult daughters and plays sport in his spare time.  

Current term: 11 October 2021 to 10 October 2024

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Nora was previously Executive Group Chair UK of global corporate communications consultancy, Weber Shandwick, responsible for the strategic and operational management of multi-market brand accounts in the UK, North America, India and China.

A former businesswoman of the year, Nora is a past president of the British Chambers of Commerce.  Her non-executive portfolio includes being Vice Chair of Council at the University of Nottingham, Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce and External Member of the House of Lords Commission.

A recipient of the First Woman of UK Media Award, she was previously managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi (North). She is a former regional Adviser to the London Stock Exchange and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Current term: 4 October 2021 to 3 October 2024


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’.  Jeremy has also worked as a Consultant Advisor for NICE, and serves as a trustee on three charities.

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.

Current term: 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2023

Sue Glew 2019.jpgSue 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, energy 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 has been at BT since 2018 as an HR Programme Director.

Current term: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2024


Keith has twenty five years experience working in healthcare markets in the UK, Europe and globally.

Keith has worked in pharmaceuticals, medical staffing and medical hardware businesses over a number of years. More recently he has worked for a number of organisations using technology to support patients and GPs in the Primary Care space. Currently he is Managing Director UK for DoctorLink who deliver innovative clinical algorithm technology to support patients and GPs within the online consultation space.

Keith has been a Non-Executive Director for over five years supporting private technology businesses, charities and more recently Derbyshire Health United providing urgent and out of hours care as well as 111 in the East Midlands.

Current term: 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2025


Atul's career has spanned the housing, regeneration, and the public sector. In the 1990s, he was Regional Director East Midlands, then Director of Regulation at The Housing Corporation, subsequently becoming Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit. He then held Chief Executive roles at ASRA Greater London Housing Association and LHA-ASRA Group in Leicester, until retiring in 2010. Latterly, he was a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund where he held various roles including Chair of the Finance Committee and Investment Panel; and sometime member of the East Midlands, Northern Ireland, West Midlands, and South West Committees. He was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 for services to Heritage and the Community in the East Midlands. Currently, he Chairs the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership, and is a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust and the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

Current term: 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2025

Executive Directors

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.

TS2-Hal_Spencer.jpgDr Spencer was appointed to the position of Interim Chief Executive from Friday, 1 April 2022, before taking up the post substantively on Monday, 30 May 2022.

Hal had been our Medical Director at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 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.

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Zoe has worked at the Trust in various roles since 2008 and continues to build a reputation of respect through compassionate leadership. She was successful in being recruited to the permanent Deputy Chief Operating Officer role in October 2022.


Mr Kevin Sargen took over as Acting Medical Director on Friday, 1 April 2022 before taking up the role permanently on Thursday, 8 September 2022. 

Kevin graduated from Sheffield University in 1991, and undertook his initial junior doctor posts in Sheffield and Chesterfield. He then completed his basic surgical training rotation in Stoke on Trent in 1995.

After completing his MD thesis at the University of Plymouth in 1998, he trained within the East Anglian General Surgical rotation in hospitals including the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

He completed a Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery in Adelaide, Australia in 2004-5, before returning to the UK in 2005 where he was appointed as a Colorectal and General Surgery Consultant at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where he worked for over ten years. He has been at Chesterfield Royal Hospital since 2015.

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Caroline took over as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in June 2022. She joined Chesterfield Royal in January 2022 as Deputy Director of HR and OD, and has recently been appointed as the Co-Chair of the regional branch of the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA). She joined the NHS after a 20-year career in the British Army where she latterly held Executive HR and OD appointments including leading national change and transformation. Prior to this, Caroline gained operational experience in HR, logistics and training in the UK and overseas, including several operational tours.

Caroline has an Executive MBA and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She was awarded in MBE in 2018 for service to improving the lives of the Armed Forces community.

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Krishna joined the Trust and our Board of Directors in October 2020 from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, where she was first Deputy and then Interim Chief Nurse – taking up the latter position to cover for long-term maternity leave.  With an NHS vocation spanning more than thirty years, she started out as a staff nurse in 1987, developing her nursing and senior leadership career to Executive Director level in a range of roles in the county’s hospitals, including at the former Derby City Hospital, Queens Hospital in Burton and at Royal Derby Hospitals.  Thanks to her connections, she brings a wealth of knowledge of the Derbyshire health and social care system (and beyond) to Chesterfield Royal.  With responsibility for the Trust’s 1,800 nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals, Krishna describes herself as ‘passionate about nursing, patient safety and the health and wellbeing of staff’. Working alongside the Medical Director to lead clinical performance and effectiveness, clinical governance, quality of patient care and patient experience, she joined the Trust in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, where her dedication in both supporting the incident response and working with front-line with colleagues to understand their challenges, anxieties and fears has already paid dividend. 


Steven joined the Trust in 2014 and became part of Derbyshire Services and Facilities Support (DSFS) when it was created in 2019. He became Acting Director of Finance and Contracting on Monday 23 May 2022.

He has worked in the NHS since 2003 in a number of finance roles, starting at Wakefield and Doncaster before moving to Chesterfield.

He graduated from the University of Hull with an honours degree in Maths, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and completed an MBA in Healthcare Finance in 2020.


TS1- Jon Cort 10.12.21.jpgJon has been a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Chesterfield Royal Hospital since 2002. He is the Trust Chief Digital Officer with responsibility for the delivery of the Digital Transformation agenda for the Trust and our Integrated Care System. Jon is committed to a clinically led Digital First approach to the transformation of healthcare, enabling staff to deliver best care by ensuring digital systems and processes are interoperable, intuitive and safe. 

Register of Directors' Interests

The Trust holds a single register of interests which includes 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 board of directors register of interests is disclosed at each board meeting and can be found in the agenda pack.


How to contact our Chief Executive or Chair

To contact or Chief Executive or Chair, please contact helen.cooke3@nhs.net

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