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. 

Sean Lyons, Chairman

Sean Lyons was appointed chairman of the Trust in June 2013. He spent his working life in the steel industry, working in a variety of engineering and manufacturing management roles in the UK and Scandinavia before assuming responsibility for a £1bn business.

Sean was site director for Tata Steel's Scunthorpe steelworks, where he led operations through 7,000 direct employees and contractors until retirement in 2011.

Sean is a chartered engineer and holds a degree in engineering and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is the chairman of a social enterprise and undertakes a variety 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. Paul 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.

Dr Andy Haynes, Executive Medical Director

Andy was appointed executive medical director in January 2014, and became substantive in June 2014 after working for the Trust on an interim basis since November 2013.
Andy joined the Trust from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust where he had been a senior consultant for 20 years, eventually becoming the lead for cancer services at the Trust. During his time at NUH he was part of the team responsible for the Maggie’s Centre – a service that provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer.
Since joining the Trust, Andy has helped to oversee a reduction in mortality rates and the implementation of recommendations from the Keogh Report.

Susan Bowler, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

Susan was appointed as interim executive director of nursing and quality in May 2010 on secondment from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. She was subsequently appointed substantively on 1 July 2011.
Susan has worked within the NHS for 32 years in a variety of senior nursing, service improvement and patient experience roles. Her responsibilities include infection control, nursing and midwifery, clinical governance, quality and patient safety.
Initially trained as a critical care nurse, Susan has held roles in senior nurse management, education, planning and hotel services. She has also worked as part of specialist networks, national inspection teams and has worked on a number of projects for the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement.
Susan has a strong professional drive for improving and enhancing patient care and ensuring that staff are supported and developed to influence quality and patient safety.

Karen Fisher, Executive Director of Human Resources

Karen joined the Trust in April 2008. She has worked in the NHS for over 30 years and has significant experience in transformational change, organisational development, service and performance management.
She has held senior management positions within both strategic and acute sectors within the NHS. Karen is committed to collaborative working and seeks to engender good team spirit, trust and co-operation. She holds an MSc in Leadership through Effective HR Management.

Margaret Ashworth, Interim Chief Financial Officer


Margaret is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and was previously the interim Executive Director, Planning and Resources, at the Royal College of General Practitioners.  She commenced her role at the Trust on 1 August 2014.

Margaret has held a number of Board positions within a wide range of NHS, public and private sector organisations.  One of Margaret’s many successful roles was as the interim Chief Financial Officer (Security and Resilience) for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, where she developed and delivered a financial strategy that ensured the achievement of operational security objectives.  


Sue Barnett, Interim Director of Operations


Kerry Rogers, Director of Corporate Services/Company Secretary

Kerry was appointed as director of corporate services and company secretary in August 2013.
Kerry came from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust where she had worked since 2005 as chief of corporate and legal affairs and company secretary. With over 20 years' experience in business and finance within both the public and private sectors, she has a solid understanding of the importance of good governance in both the strategic and functional contexts and the importance of the essential interface the company secretary provides between the Board of Directors and internal and external stakeholders.
Prior to joining the NHS in 2005 Kerry was finance director and company secretary in the private sector, contributing to both the strategic direction and operational excellence of the business.

Peter Wozencroft, Director of Strategic Planning and Commercial Development

Peter was appointed as director of strategic planning and commercial development of the Trust in December 2013.
Peter joined the Trust from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) where he worked since 2008 as associate director of strategy. He brings with him a wealth of NHS management experience at regional level and within a major teaching hospital.
Whilst at NUH, Peter played a key role in developing relationships with the Trust’s academic partners and commissioners to ensure strategy was aligned across the patch. Peter was responsible for the opening of the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre on the Queen’s Medical Centre site and was the organisational lead for the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.
Outside of work, Peter is a trustee of the Ear Foundation, a Nottingham-based charity for people with deafness and hearing loss.

Dr Peter Marks, Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed non-executive director in May 2013. He graduated 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’s Public Health Research Programme Advisory Board and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Dr Gerry McSorley, Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair

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. Gerry 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 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 role as chairman of the British Paralympics Association. Prior to that 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 chairman in the lead up and delivery of the Rio games in 2016.

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