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

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.

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.

Senior Independent Director: Ms Beverley Webster OBE


Beverley is director and shareholder of Malaczynski Burn Investment Consultancy. She has run her own businesses throughout her career initially in the manufacture of mining and construction equipment. She has been involved in mining and construction 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 for services to the coal industry.

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 Chair of the Career Ready Advisory Board and of Charlie’s Trust Charity, and is a Trustee Director of Sheffield Hospital Charity.  

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

Non-Executive Director: Mrs Alison McKinna, BSc MCIPS MBAE


Alison has a successful background in reconfiguration of 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 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 and other commercial organisations.

Non-Executive Director: Jayne Stringfellow

Jayne_Stringfellow_Jan_2016.JPGJayne 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.

Non-Executive Director: Mr Mike Killick

Mike-Killick-2018.jpgMike 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.

Non-Executive Director: Mr Jeremy Wight


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.

Non-Executive Director: Sue Glew

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.

Non-Executive Director: Mr Keith Nurcombe


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.

Non-Executive Director: Mr Atul Patel MBE


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.

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.

Chief Executive: Angie Smithson

Ts1-Angie_Smithson.jpgAngie joined us here at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in September 2019 to take up the role of Chief Executive.  She has more than thirty years of NHS knowledge and experience; and began her career in nursing and midwifery in 1986, before moving into a range of leadership positions.  She has moved back to the Midlands after spending five years based in Liverpool as a Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer (COO).  And from 2017-2019 she combined the COO role with the dual responsibilities of Integration Director, leading a complex and challenging merger to combine Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer: Berenice Groves

TS2-Berenice Groves.jpgBerenice Groves joined the Trust in November 2020 from Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she was Executive Director of Operations. A trained paramedic by background, she is passionate about improvement and as such ensuring that all patients have a great experience. She has spent more than 35 years in the NHS in a range of clinical, operational and leadership roles. An experienced Director working with Acute & Community Services however also been involved in the commissioning, design and delivery of complex care pathways including urgent and emergency care services and palliative care.  

She has led large-scale strategic programmes in the NHS – including the development of 111 services across the North East of the country; and directing and implementing improvement as Head of Improvement for the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST). Berenice also uses her valuable NHS skills and knowledge outside of her Trust role. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Charlotte Straker Project (a charity based in Corbridge Northumberland) which provides nursing and residential care for residents of the Tyne Valley. 

Medical Director: Dr Hal Spencer

TS2-Hal_Spencer.jpgDr 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.

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development: Zoe Lintin

Zoe-Lintin-August-16-min.jpgZoe was appointed to the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development role at the Trust in March 2017, following a period of 9 months of acting into the role on an interim basis. She joined Chesterfield Royal in April 2014 as the Deputy Director, having joined the NHS in 2006 at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this, Zoe worked in a range of HR, OD and learning and development roles in the private and legal sectors. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Zoe is the Joint Vice President of the East Midlands branch of the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) and the Co-Chair of the East Midlands Social Partnership Forum. She is also a Trustee on the Board of a local schools academy on a voluntary basis.

Chief Nurse: Krishna Kallianpur

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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. 

Director of Finance and Contracting: Lee Outhwaite


Lee joined Chesterfield in August 2017. His role covers Finance, Procurement, Estates and Facilities, ICT and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity. He also is the Director of Finance for Joined Up Care Derbyshire (the Derbyshire STP). 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), sits on the awarding body of HFMA’s qualification and 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.

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.

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