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
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.

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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.

 

Sir Julian Hartley

Sir Julian Hartley
Chief Executive

From 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.

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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

Phil Wood

Dr Phil Wood
Chief Medical Officer & Deputy Chief Executive

From 1 May 2020

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

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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.

Sir Julian Hartley

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.

Lisa Grant

Professor Lisa Grant
Chief Nurse

From April 2019

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

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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.

Lisa was awarded a Visiting Chair in Health Professions Leadership from the University of Leeds.

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. 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.

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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.

Prof Laura Stroud

Professor Laura Stroud
Non-Executive Director

From 1 December 2020

Professor Laura Stroud is Professor of Public Health and Education Innovation, Deputy Dean of Medicine at the University of Leeds and Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education. With a wealth of experience in public health and student education, Laura is an invaluable link between the Trust and the School of Medicine at the University and helping us to develop the healthcare professionals of the future.

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As a Teaching Hospital, Laura is the nominated Non-Executive from the University of Leeds. She is Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and a member of the Audit and Workforce Committees. Along with lead Non-Executive roles for; Emergency Preparedness, Duty of Candour, Safeguarding, Mortality, Maternity and Ockenden and CQC.

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.