Our Board

The Trust is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of both Executive Directors, appointed to specific roles within the organisation, and Non-Executive Directors, who do not work for the Trust but bring a range of external expertise with them.

The Board meets bi-monthly in public, usually on a Thursday at St James’s University Hospital. A patient representative and a staff council member also attend and take part in discussions.

The media attend and report on proceedings in the local press, and any member of the public is very welcome to come along as an observer.

Please follow this link for board agendas, papers and minutes of meetings, as well as future dates of meetings.

Members of the Trust Board

Dame Linda Pollard

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD

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.

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She Chairs the Leeds Innovation District Partnership, a partnership between LTHT, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, including the LEP and private sector. 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, and the new Innovation Hub.

Linda is a member of the Finance & Performance Committee and Chairs the Innovation Committee.

In 2019, Linda was a winner of the Yorkshire and North East England regional Institute of Directors (IOD) awards and went on to receive national recognition by the IOD’s by winning the Dr Neville Bain Memorial Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice, which was the first time this awarded to the public sector.

Linda advocates partnership working 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 and is a Trustee of Leeds Hospitals Charity, the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. She is Vice Chair of the Citywide partnership; Health and Wellbeing Board to Board meetings, by rotation Chairs West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT). She Chairs the Yorkshire and the Humber Chairs network meeting with support from regional and national leaders. She is a member of NHSE/I Chairs Advisory Group and has a proactive contribution to the development of future Chairs in teaching and mentoring to support the NHSE/I programme.

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.

In October 2020, Linda was awarded the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to healthcare, which span almost 30 years, and in recognition of her unbroken contribution to the community. This honour also recognises her tireless commitment to address the under representation of women in senior roles across corporate Britain and in public services.


Phil Wood

Professor Phil Wood
Chief Executive

From February 2023

Phil was appointed Chief Executive in February 2023. Prior to this he was Chief Medical Officer for the Trust and Deputy Chief Executive.

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He joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2002 as a Consultant Immunologist and during his career Phil has worked in many operational and strategic roles including Clinical Director for services such as Pathology and Oncology and Medical Director for Strategy and Planning. 

Phil has held a number of regional roles including Senior Responsible Officer for the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in West Yorkshire, one of the most successful programmes in the country, and Chair of the West Yorkshire Vascular Board. He is currently Chair of the North East & Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service Board and a member of the national Genomics England (GEL)/NHSE Joint Board.

An Honorary Professorship in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Leeds was awarded in November 2022, recognising Phil’s leadership contribution across research, innovation, education and training.

Executive Directors

Hamish McLure

Dr Magnus Harrison
Chief Medical Officer

From September 2023

Dr Harrison has held Executive Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive roles at both Burton Hospitals NHS Trust and the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. 

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Dr Harrison has held Executive Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive roles at both Burton Hospitals NHS Trust and the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.  Dr Harrison has held Executive Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive roles at both Burton Hospitals NHS Trust and the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.  In 2022 he became Interim Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton before becoming Chief Medical Officer of independent healthcare provider Newson Health. Prior to his executive roles, Magnus was a Consultant and Clinical Director in Emergency Medicine for 10 years. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Nottingham Medical School.

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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.

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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.

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Rabina Tindale

Chief Nurse

From January 2024

Rabina Tindale was formerly Executive Chief Nurse and DIPC for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

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There Rabina had responsibility for strategic leadership of the nursing, midwifery and allied health professional workforce, with Executive Director responsibility for quality and safety, adult and child safeguarding and Infection prevention and control. Prior to this, Rabina has held senior nursing roles in London and Essex.

Rabina has served on the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) emergency care association forum steering committee as both a member and subsequent chair. She is currently a member of the RCN nurses in management and leadership forum committee.

Rabina undertook her nursing training locally at Harrogate School of Nursing, and she began her career in emergency nursing in Leeds at St James’s Hospital.

Jenny Lewis

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.

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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

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.

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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

Craige Richardson
Director of Estates and Facilities

From August 2019

Craige has been with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for over 25 years, working in various estates and facilities roles before progressing to the Director of Estates and Facilities.

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During this time, Craige has been instrumental in managing the ongoing transformation of the Trust estate, which is one of the largest and most complex acute estate portfolios in the NHS.

Craige is the executive lead for estate management and strategic development, facilities operational services, sustainability and violence reduction and prevention, supported by a team of over 2,500. He is committed to ensuring that the estate and supporting services contribute to delivering exceptional patient care.

Craige is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institution (CMI), is an active member of the West Yorkshire Net Zero Board Leads Network and played a significant role in leading the regional response to managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Chief Digital Information Officer

From November 2019 

Dr Paul Jones joined the Trust in November 2019.  Paul has held senior roles across the public and private sector including Chief Technology Officer for the NHS in England and Group CIO of Serco. 

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Paul’s background is rooted in technology with a BSc and PhD in Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional.

Paul leads a team of over four hundred digital, IT and information specialists, delivering vital services across the Trust to support exceptional patient care.  This includes development of the Trust’s electronic patient record, applications to support specialist functions, reporting & information insight, data quality & coding and records management. The team is also responsible for information governance and core IT services covering devices, cyber, networks, data centres, service desk and service management.

James Goodyear

James Goodyear
Director of Strategy

Prior to joining the Trust James has experience of working in national policy, operational management and commissioning. He is an alumnus of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.  

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James is responsible for strategy and planning across the Trust and leads our work to redevelop the surplus Leeds General Infirmary estate as part of the Leeds Innovation Arc. 

Non-Executive Directors

Gillian Taylor

Gillian Taylor
Non-Executive Director & Deputy Trust Chair

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 is joint Deputy Trust Chair and Chair of the Trust’s Finance & Performance Committee and is a member of the Building Development Committee.

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Joanna (Jo) Koroma
Associate Non-Executive Director

From 1 April 2023

Joanne (Jo) Koroma is Director National Infrastructure for Openreach (BT plc) and is a highly accomplished, senior executive with experience operating at board level in challenging regulated roles in a complex organisation. She has also led businesses through critical transformational change programmes.

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Jo has had a highly successful career to date starting at Openreach (BT) on their graduate scheme in 2003 and she has taken on several roles within the organisation leading to the role of Director National Infrastructure. 

Some of Jo’s key achievements during her career include leading the establishment of a scale product that underpins the roll out of fibre for the UK. She also led the delivery of fibre broadband to the West of the UK.

Jo will be a member of our DIT committee.  


Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson (Bob)
Non-Executive Director

From 1 February 2018 

Bob is an accomplished senior executive manager and has extensive experience in building development and construction. Latterly was Head of Construction Development with Asda Wallmart reporting to the Asda Management Board and CEO, responsible for the delivery of new space.

He is a Director of Hexstall Consultancy Limited.

He is led Non-Executive for the Building the Leeds Way and Chairs the Building and Development Committee and is a member of the Innovation Committee.

Chris Schofield

Chris Schofield
Non-Executive Director & Deputy Trust Chair

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 Charity Cares, and a number of other local charities, including St Gemma’s Hospice. Chris is the chair of Governors at the One in a Million Free School and a Trustee of the Enhance Academy Trust. Chris is non-executive director of JBA Group and is a part-time lecturer (business and commercial law) at Huddersfield University. Chris has served has served as the Under-Sheriff of West Yorkshire.

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

Chris is the Senior Independent Director, a member of the Building Development and Innovation Committees, an observer of the management Committee for Research & Innovation, is the named Non-Executive Director for Medical Staff in Difficulty, is the Health & Wellbeing Guardian and represents the Trust within the City’s Health and Social Care Board.

Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark
Non-Executive Director

From October 2018

Suzanne is a qualified accountant and currently the Chief Internal Auditor at a private investment bank. Prior to this she held senior roles at the Bank of England and at a number of financial institutions, including the Chief Internal Auditor at the Yorkshire Building Society. Suzanne is also a Trustee at a charity offering alternative educational to young people excluded from mainstream education in Bradford.

Suzanne Chairs the Audit Committee, and with this role observes the monthly Risk Management Committee meeting and is the named lead Non-Executive Director for procurement.

Georgia Mitchell

Georgina Mitchell
Associate Non-Executive Director

With over 20 years’ experience in financial services (including Head of Investment Services, PR and Communications at Redmayne-Bentley LLP), spanning private, public, and voluntary sector.

Her company Wellhouse Consulting bridges the gap between financial services and financial tech, and she has extensive contacts in data analytics and digital transformation.

Georgina is a member of the Audit, Digital & IT, and Innovation Committees.

Philomena Corrigan

Philomena (Phil) Corrigan
Non-Executive Director

From 1 August 2021

Phil began her career as a qualified nurse in the 1980s. By 1990 she was a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Leeds General Infirmary and throughout the nineties she gained a great deal of experience in both nursing and senior management in several hospitals in West and South Yorkshire.

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Since then, Phil has held a number of senior leadership roles, including Leeds and Braford Primary Care Trust and moved to be Chief Executive of Leeds West CCG from 2012 to 2017. She became the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Leeds CCG in 2017 retiring in 2019. She is a Trustee of St Gemma’s Hospice.

Phil is a member of the Finance & Performance and Quality Assurance Committees.

Mike Baker

Mike Baker CBE
Non-Executive Director

Mike is a proud and passionate public servant who has held leadership roles in the three largest Departments of State. Most recently Mike was Chief Operating Officer at the Ministry of Defence, an organisation of 230,000 military and civilian colleagues with an annual spend of £49 billion.

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Mike has deep knowledge and experience of delivery, transformation and cultural change in large, complex environments. He has been named Public Sector Director of the Year and was appointed CBE for Public Service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012.

Mike is passionate about leadership, coaching others to achieve their full potential, and unlocking previously untapped talent. He is an avid year-round tennis player and an FA qualified football coach.

Mike is a member of Finance & Performance Committee.

Mark Burton

Mark Burton
Associate Non-Executive Director

Mark is currently the Head of Global Services and Public Sector as well as Head of UK Regions for Lloyd’s Banking Group. A 25-year career in finance has seen Mark take leadership roles for several prominent banks, working with clients from around the world and across multiple sectors.

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Mark has mentored and coached individuals and businesses, including advising social enterprises. In his current role he works closely with the Leeds City Region, supporting businesses and working to make the Region a great place to live and work in.

A father of three, Mark mainly spends his leisure time with his family. He’s a keen sportsman, enjoying cycling and skiing. He’s also been a junior sports coach and is an advocate of physical activity and wellbeing.

Mark will become a member of Audit and Workforce Committee.

Amanda Stainton

Amanda Stainton
Associate Non-Executive Director

From 1 November 2022

Amanda has over 30 years of HR experience across various sectors, focusing on putting people at the heart of business to drive success.  Most recently she was HR Director for Portakabin Ltd, part of the privately owned Shepherd Building Group, where during her 14 years she worked with her colleagues to deliver significant business growth. 

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She served on the Employment & Skills Committee of the Leeds City Region LEP for five years.  

She is currently Chair of Governors at a local infant school and is a Board Trustee for Ilkley Community Enterprises – a thriving and innovative social enterprise which delivers high-quality services and activities to positively change the lives of its members and clients. 

Amanda is a member of the Workforce and Quality Assurance Committees.

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Prof. Julia Brown
Non-Executive Director

Professor Julia Brown is Deputy Dean at the University of Leeds Faculty of Medicine and Health, and Director of the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research.

In 2007, Prof. Brown set up the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units Network. For the last 16 years she has directed this nationwide network that includes 53 academic clinical trials units, fostering collaborative working to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research.

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During her highly successful career, Prof. Brown has designed and overseen the delivery of multicentre national and international clinical trials working across a range of disease areas assessing a wide range of interventions. Her published research has gone on to influence treatment guidelines nationally and around the globe. 

Prof. Brown’s main research interests are in the design and analysis of complex trials and the development and analysis of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials. Prof. Brown spent a number of years in the NHS and industry before joining the University of Leeds. She is an Emeritus National Institute for Health and Care Research Senior Investigator. 

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Rachel Woodman
Associate Non-Executive Director

From May 2023

Rachel is currently Director of Transformation at John Lewis and has a proven track record in leading strategy and transformational change to deliver outstanding business performance with previous roles: Executive Director, Coop Funeral Care Strategy, Transformation and New Business, Director of Strategy and Transformation also with the Coop and Strategy Director, Morrisons. Rachel is a member of the Quality Assurance and Research and Innovation Committees.