Board of Directors

The Trust is managed by the Board of Directors who are responsible for setting the overall strategy of the organisation and ensuring the effective implementation of that strategy.  The Board make decisions about the future development of services for the Trust, including any major financial decisions.

Board meetings are held once a month in public. The priority item on the agenda each month is the quality report, presented by the Medical Director and Executive Director of Nursing and Quality.  The Board discuss the progress on the previous month, including such agenda items as activity and finance, as well as discussing strategies for the future.

The Chief Executive is the accountable officer and the Executive Directors are responsible for the day-to-day management of their respective divisions.

You can contact the Executive and Non-executive Directors via the Trust secretary on 01623 622515 extension 4007. 

Meet the Board of Directors

Sean Lyons, Chairman

Sean was appointed as substantive Chairman on 29 May 2013. He had previously been a Non-executive Director at the Trust.

Sean is a qualified engineer and has spent his career in the manufacturing and engineering sector. Following early roles at British Steel, Sean took on a range of general management roles, both in the UK and abroad, for the world’s third largest steel manufacturer. Sean held senior roles in Scandinavia before joining Corus in 2003 where he was responsible for a £1bn business unit. Following the acquisition by Tata Steel, Sean was made Site Director - responsible for the third largest manufacturing facility in Europe.

Sean now chairs social enterprises and undertakes a range of consulting assignments.

Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive

Paul was appointed as Chief Executive in June 2013. He joined the NHS as Group Business Manager at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Paul has a long and successful career in leading hospital trusts. His first Chief Executive role was at Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust in 2002. He then moved to Birmingham Children’s Hospital as Chief Executive where he spent the next four years before going on to work with NHS North West - leading work on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority. Paul's latest role was as Chief Executive of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Peter Marks, Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed Non-Executive Director in May 2013. He graduated in with a medical degree from Bristol University and has since worked in general practice in Derbyshire, as director of public health in Derby and as Associate Professor in Population Health at the University of Nottingham, with an interest in public health teaching and infectious disease epidemiology research.

Peter held the joint post of Director of Public Health for NHS Leicestershire and Rutland, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council from April 2009. He is a Member of the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme Advisory Board and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Dr Gerry McSorley, Non-Executive Director

Gerry was appointed Non-Executive Director in May 2013. Gerry is an experienced hospital leader, having held chief executive roles in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and most recently at Northampton General Hospital.

Gerry has spent time with the National Leadership Council and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, concentrating on senior leader development. He has also held a senior academic appointment at the University of Lincoln specialising in health management and leadership, where he retains a visiting professorship. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Brunel University/Henley Management College, and was Honorary President of the Institute of Healthcare Management from 2005 to 2007.

Ray Dawson, Non-Executive Director

Ray joined the Trust in May 2013. After early accounting roles, Ray spent a period of time as a management consultant before taking on a range of finance director roles for commercial organisations in the East Midlands.

He gained exposure to the NHS from his role as Deputy Chief Executive of an ambulance service, before moving back into consultancy. Since 2005 Ray has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. He is currently the Treasurer of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Claire Ward, Non-Executive Director 

Claire Ward was appointed as Non-Executive Director in May 2013. Claire is a qualified solicitor who served as MP for Watford between 1997 and 2010. During her time in Parliament Claire undertook a broad range of roles, including Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Health, Vice Chamberlain to Her Majesty’s Household, and Justice Minister. In this role she established the National Victims Service, responsible for its core £10m budget.

Since 2011 she has been the Chief Executive of the Independent Pharmacy Federation, the representative organisation for independent pharmacists. She also acts as an Associate Director at Interchange Solutions, advising on compliance with the Bribery Act 2010 and anti-corruption measures.

Mark Chivers, Non-Executive Director

Mark currently has a dual role - as Director of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone and Head of Procurement and Supplier Relationship Management for Alliance Boots. For the Enterprise Zone, Mark is focused on property development and regeneration of the main Boots site for the benefit of Nottingham, which will create many hundreds of jobs in the area. Mark manages the procurement pipelines for Alliance Boots and for the Walgreen synergy savings, which will see the generation and delivery of a better buying programme.

Since last year Mark has also been Co-opted Commercial Member to Nottinghamshire County Council Economic Development Committee. He joined the Trust on 1 November 2013.

Mark began his career at Alliance Boots and over the course of 17 years with the company has progressed to various executive roles. In 2008, Mark became Director of Store Development, where he was responsible for the UK and Ireland property strategy for the store portfolio. This was then followed in 2010 by a move to Director of Shared Services, where he designed new operating processes, structures and business targets for contact centre, human resources and finance.

Tim Reddish, Non-Executive Director

Tim joined the Trust on 1 November 2013. He is currently Chairman of the British Paralympic Association and before this had a very successful swimming career - both nationally and internationally for the British Paralympics Swimming Team.

He won silver and bronze medals at the Barcelona games in 1992, silver and bronze medals in Atlanta in 1996 and a silver medal in Sydney games in 2000.

Tim lost his eyesight and he made the move into sports leadership at British Swimming as National Performance Director in 2003. In 2010, Tim moved into an executive director role, a post he has held concurrently with his roles as Chair of the British Paralympics Association. Prior to this he spent fifteen years at Nottingham City Council where he was Facilities Manager and later Sports Development Officer.

Tim was also invited to be a Non-Executive Director of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. He has just been re-elected by the membership of the British Paralympics Association to serve another term as Chair in the lead up and delivery of the Rio games in 2016.