Executive Recruitment

Our Board


Linda Pollard CBE DL Hon.LLD, Chair

From 1 February 2013

Since Linda joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals as Chair in Feb 2013, she has led the Trust to a number of significant successes.

As Chair of the Leeds Innovation District Partnership, a partnership between LTHT, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, Linda has led the ambition to create a world-class hub for research, innovation and entrepreneurialism for the city. An exciting part of this will be the development of two new hospitals for Leeds, including Leeds Children’s Hospital and a new hospital for adults, and this year secured approval for £650million from the Department of Health and Social Care for this work.

In August and September 2018 the Trust was inspected by the CQC and received ‘Good’ rating for Well-led and Core Services review, and Outstanding for Use of Resources. This year, LTHT achieved a financial surplus for the third successive year which also allowed us to deliver an ambitious capital programme - our highest capital spend on record. 

This year, Linda won the Excellence in Director and Board award at the Institute of Directors (IOD) Yorkshire awards. She then went on to receive national recognition winning the IOD’s Dr Neville Bain Memorial Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice. Described as “showing a high level of ethics and values, changing much more than the bottom line and developing a new culture among staff. An impressive influencer and a force for good,” Linda won against some of the region’s high-profile public and private sector organisations.

Linda advocates partnership working and bringing together leaders from across the region and beyond to facilitate closer working between health and social care, building economic investment in Leeds and the wider City region, and the appropriate representation of women on Boards.
Linda is a Trustee of the NHS Provider Board, representing acute trusts, (representing acute trusts) and is a Trustee of Leeds Cares, the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. She is Vice Chair of the City wide partnership; Health and Wellbeing Board to Board meetings, and during the year - by rotation - has Chaired West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT).

Linda is also an active Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her work in the business community in Yorkshire and an OBE in 2003 for her work in Bradford. She was also awarded an Honorary doctorate by the University of Leeds.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive

From 14 October 2013

Since joining Leeds Teaching Hospitals as Chief Executive in 2013, Julian has created a patient-centred culture by engaging and empowering frontline teams to improve hospital services. Through the introduction of The Leeds Way, Julian has led the Trust to become the most improved acute trust in the country in the national staff survey across the board, showing significant improvements to Staff Engagement year on year. His commitment to embedding the Leeds Improvement Method as a culture of continuous quality improvement has encouraged over 8,000 members of staff to lead improvement projects across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas.

Julian also plays a key leadership role in the local and regional health economy acting as the Chair of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts which is a collaboration of the six hospital trusts across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to work together to deliver the best possible services for patients. Julian is also a core part of the leadership team for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership.

Julian was asked by NHS Improvement to work on the national NHS People Plan, which forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan. During this secondment, from 21 January to 31 March 2019, Julian helped lead discussions on making the NHS a better place to work, ensuring we have a positive and engaging, patient-centred culture and devolving workforce responsibilities more locally are all key themes. This shows how his commitment to improving Leeds Teaching Hospitals and engaging with staff is making an impact nationally, with other organisations looking to Leeds as an example.

Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee, before working in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority, regional and even national level. He has also worked as Chief Executive at Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals, and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

Executive Directors

Dr Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer

From 1 May 2020

As the Chief Medical Officer, Phil has accountability for the outcomes and effectiveness of clinical services across the Trust. 

He is also responsible for the medical workforce, including appraisal and revalidation, and the delivery of medical education and training.

He oversees the research and innovation activity in the Trust, working alongside academic partners, and is the nominated Caldicott Guardian for the Trust.

Phil joined the Trust in 2002 as a Consultant Immunologist and has worked in several operational and strategic roles over the last 15 years, most recently as Medical Director for Strategy and Planning, where he led the development of the Trust’s clinical strategy.

He is committed to the development of clinical leadership across systems and has a track record of leading patient-centred change management across services.

Simon Worthington, Director of Finance

From July 2017

Simon, who lives in Leeds, started his career in 1988 as a trainee accountant with Leeds Western Health Authority, based at the Leeds General Infirmary.

After working in financial management in the acute sector for fifteen years he became a Finance Director in 2003. Since then he has held a variety of Finance Director posts in the NHS working in commissioning, the ambulance service and the acute sector.

A great advocate for finance skills development and clinical engagement on finance, he is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Engagement and Development theme of the national “Future Focused Finance” programme.

Simon joined the Trust in July 2017 from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust where he was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive. He won the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Finance Director of the Year award in December 2015 in recognition of his leadership of the financial recovery at Bolton.

Since joining the Trust Simon has led a programme of improvement called “Finance the Leeds Way”. The Trust has returned to surplus and the Finance Team won the HFMA “Finance Team of the Year” award in December 2018.

Lisa Grant, Chief Nurse

From April 2019

Lisa was previously Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Lisa established the Royal Liverpool Nurse Programme that was later endorsed by NICE. The programme was driven to celebrate the nursing profession whilst also creating an educational portfolio for nurses to develop their clinical competencies.

This is Lisa’s third Executive Director post having also previously worked at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Lisa has had a variety of nurse management and leadership roles within Merseyside and Cheshire and in Greater Manchester. Lisa holds a Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Management, a Masters in Management and Leadership, an MBA and a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching.

 Jenny Lewis, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

From August 2018

Jenny is an experienced HR Director who is passionate about advancing System Development for the benefit of our communities as well as Organisational Development.

Previously the first HR Director for the unique public services partnership in Hampshire, Jenny is pulling on her previous experience of developing purposeful partnerships to develop a ‘one workforce’ approach across Leeds. This will help to deliver the ambition to make Leeds the best city in the UK for health and wellbeing where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest.

Clare Smith, Chief Operating Officer

From December 2018 

Clare has worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals since January 2014, most recently as the Director of Operations before becoming the Interim Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Trust she worked as an Acute Trust Divisional General Manager in Scotland.

Clare is responsible for leadership and delivery of the Trust’s operational services, ensuring high quality care and delivery of performance standards are achieved through our Clinical Service Units.

Craige Richardson, Director of Estates and Facilities

From August 2019 

Craige has worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals in a number of roles since 1996 before becoming Director of Estates and Facilities.

He is responsible for the estate management of our acute hospital sites, as well as capital projects. Craige also manages a diverse range of front line services including portering, engineering, security, patient catering, transport, building infrastructure and fire management.

Craige is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institution (CMI) and he has received numerous national accolades including previously Health Estates and Facilities Management Association (HEFMA) Facilities Manager of the Year.

Paul Jones, Chief Digital and Information Officer

From November 2019 

Dr Paul Jones joined the Trust from BUPA, where he held a number of senior IT roles. During this time, Paul established a global security operations centre and was also responsible for the Group’s enterprise architecture.

Previously, Paul worked across the public and private sector with roles including Group CIO of Serco and as a Director within the public sector practice at KPMG Consulting. 

He was also Chief Technology Officer for the NHS in England where he was the senior responsible officer for the Spine and N3 as well as responsible for the clinical coding service, Information Governance Toolkit and the enterprise and solution architecture for many national programmes.

Non-Executive Directors

Mark Chamberlaine, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Quality Committee

From 4 January 2010

Mark works as an independent consultant in the health and technology sectors. He was previously employed by BT, where he worked since 1986, holding a variety of senior roles in HR, marketing, operations, strategy, business transformation and business development. He was a member of the BT Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Board from 2000 to 2014 and a Non-Executive Director of the Learning and Skills Council Regional Board until 2010. He is a member of the Court of Leeds University.

Mark holds a number of additional lead duties as a Non-Executive Director within the Trust under the collective title of Chair of Corporate Affairs; Raising Concerns (Non-Executive lead for Freedom to Speak Up), overseeing the lay representatives for AAC panels, volunteering.

Mark is Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director of the Trust and chairs the Trust Workforce Committee.  He sits on the Quality Assurance Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Digital & IT Committee.

Professor Paul Stewart, Non-Executive Director

From 1 October 2013

Paul is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds and an Honorary Consultant Physician/ Endocrinologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

He received his medical degree from Edinburgh Medical School in 1982 and was awarded a postgraduate MD from Edinburgh University with Honours and a Gold Medal in 1988. He trained in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Internal Medicine in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Dallas.

As a clinical scientist Paul has led an active Endocrinology research group that has uncovered new mechanisms of disease and developed novel therapies for patients with disorders of the Pituitary and Adrenal glands and Obesity- Metabolic syndrome.

In 2017 he was elected Vice-President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Scar Free Foundation charity. Due to the close working relationship between The University of Leeds and the city’s hospitals, the Executive Dean has a key role on the Trust Board.

Paul is the named Non-Executive lead for Emergency Preparedness.

Robert (Bob) Simpson, Non-Executive Director

From 1 February 2018 

Bob is an accomplished senior executive manager and has extensive experience in building development and construction. He is a Director of Hexstall Consultancy Limited.

Using his extensive skill set, Bob will seek assurance with the Board in all aspects of Building the Leeds Way and be the lead Non-Executive for this exciting work. Bob was Chair of the Finance & Performance Committee until the end of November, remaining a member, and is Chair of the newly established Building and Development Committee.

Jasmeet (Jas) Narang, Non-Executive Director

From 1 February 2018 (Associate Non-Executive), from 1 February 2019 - Non-Executive

Jasmeet (Jas) Narang is currently Ops Excellence & Control Director and Transformation Leader at Santander Operations UK.

He has over 20 years’ experience in global finance services and has worked in India, Japan and the US in the past. He is a qualified Six Sigma ‘Master Black Belt’ and has held roles leading large operational teams, commercial portfolios and also project/ digital transformation and supplier functions.

Jas successfully completed the Insight Programme, which supports senior level managers to develop the skills they need to become a Non-Executive in the NHS.

He is a member of the Audit Committee and chairs the Digital & IT Committee of the Board. Jas is the Non-Executive Director with lead for our digital development and provides the lay input to Medical Revalidation.

Professor Moira Livingstone, Non-Executive Director

From 1 February 2018 

Moira has worked in a variety of roles within the NHS locally, regionally and nationally for over 30 years.

Clinically her background is as an older age psychiatrist and most recently she was a Director at NHS Improving Quality, leading on building capacity and capability in improving quality across the NHS.

Since May 2019 Moira has been a Non-Executive Director at CareTech Holdings, a UK wide company providing specialist care and education services for children and adults. Moira chairs the Quality Care and Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. 

Moira is Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and she is the named Non-Executive lead for CQC, for Safeguarding and Duty of Candour. Moira also represents the Trust within the Health and Social Care Board.


Chris Schofield, Non-Executive Director

From 1 April 2018 

A practising solicitor, specialising in corporate law, Chris is the founding partner of Schofield Sweeney LLP Solicitors, and a Trustee of the Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation, now known as Leeds Cares, and a number of other local charities.

Chris was a Non-Executive Director for the Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group and has strong experience of the NHS.

From April to the end of August Chris chaired the Audit Committee and ceased being a member during December. He was a member of the Quality Committee until the autumn and is now a member of the Building Development Committee. From March 2020 he is an observer of the management committee for Research & Innovation.

Chris became the named Non-Executive Director for Medical Staff in Difficulty as from 1 December 2018 and represents the Trust within the Health and Social Care Board.


Suzanne Clark, Non-Executive Director

From October 2018

Suzanne is a qualified accountant and currently Chief Internal Audit Officer at Yorkshire Building Society and has held a variety of roles in banking throughout her career.

Suzanne also has over 12 years’ experience operating at board level in complex and challenging regulated organisations. She is the chair of the Audit Committee, and with this role observes the monthly Risk Management Committee meeting, and is the named lead Non-Executive Director for procurement.

Gillian Taylor, Associate Non-Executive Director

From December 2018

Gillian is a qualified accountant and has held a variety of business transformation and finance roles throughout her career.

She also has experience operating at board level in the utility, social housing, and social business sectors including British Gas and Centrica. Gillian became Chair of the Trust’s Finance & Performance Committee from December 2019. She was a member of the Digital & IT Committee until the establishment of the Building Development Committee and joined this from January 2020.


Tom Keeney, Associate Non-Executive Director

From December 2018

Tom has worked in a number of roles in HR and business transformation throughout his career, helping to build high performing teams in a variety of sectors.

Most recently he held the position of HR Transformation and Effectiveness Director at BT.

Tom has over 20 years’ experience operating at a strategic level and for five years was a Member of Leeds City Region LEP Employment and Skills Panel with terms coming to an end during 2019.

In his role as an Associate Non-Executive Director he sits on the Trust’s Finance & Performance Committee, was an observer at the Research & Education Committee (until its closure in November 2019). Tom is a member of the newly established Workforce Committee and became member of the Digital & IT Committee in January replacing Gillian Taylor.

Tricia Storey-Hart, Associate Non-Executive Director

From April 2019

Tricia is a former NHS chief executive with 42 years’ NHS experience.

She began her nursing career in Leeds in 1974 and throughout her career has held a number of distinguished roles. These include being a member of expert working parties on confidentiality and information governance, and working as a nurse expert on the Mid Staffordshire Report with Sir Robert Francis.

She was the Chief Executive Officer of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from January 2013 until her retirement in January 2016.

Tricia is the lead Non-Executive for maternity. She is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee and the Workforce Committee.

Below is a short video introducing our Non-Executive Directors: