Visiting update

From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information. 

Patient appointments

As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.

We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know. 

If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.

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Our Board of Directors


The Board of Directors oversees the work of our trust. Our trust board comprises the chair, chief executive, non-executive directors (NEDS) and executive directors.

The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services, education training and research delivered by the trust and applying the principles and standards of clinical governance set out by the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, and other relevant NHS bodies. It also makes sure that we exercise our functions effectively, efficiently and economically.

We meet once a month in public. The priority item on the agenda each month is the quality report, presented by our medical director and executive director of nursing and quality (chief nurse). The board discusses progress made since the previous meeting and other agenda items, such 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 through the Trust Secretary on 01623 622515 extension 3245.

  • Claire Ward - Chair

    Appointed until April 2022

    Claire was appointed Chair in April 2021. Claire has been vice chair of the board and has served on all committees during her period of appointment since May 2013. 

    She is a qualified solicitor (Non practising) who served as MP for Watford between 1997 and 2010. During her time in Parliament Claire held a number of positions including vice chamberlain to Her Majesty’s Household, and Justice Minister. 

    Since 2011 she has held a number of executive and non executive roles in the community pharmacy sector. She continues to work as a director with the Pharmacists Defence Association and providing consultancy to a number of pharmacy organisations and companies. In January 2019 she was appointed as Chief Executive of the Institute for Collaborative Working. She was appointed to the Board of Governors of the University of Hertfordshire in 2018.

    She lives locally in the Newark and Sherwood area with her family.


  • Paul Robinson - Chief Executive

    Paul joined us in May 2015 and has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, having held two previous director-level roles and was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive in October 2019. Paul has wide experience across all sectors of healthcare and has a strong track record of financial performance and delivery. He was part of the team which delivered NHS trust status for Lincolnshire Community Healthcare Services and has also held senior positions in foundation trusts and primary care trusts. Paul is a Chartered Management Accountant. Paul was appointed as acting Chief Executive on 20 September 2021. 


  • David Selwyn - Medical Director

    David was appointed Medical Director in December 2019. He was previously the Deputy Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals. He has also been appointed as the Trust’s Chief Clinical Information Officer.

    He continues to be actively involved as a clinician, dealing with the competing demands of anaesthesia and adult critical care.  

    David was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) in May 2019, tasked with establishing and developing CPOC as a truly cross-organisational, multidisciplinary initiative led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, facilitating cross-organisational working on perioperative care for patient benefit. 

    Prior to becoming Director of CPOC, David was the Chairman of the RCoA Clinical Directors’ Network, a national network of medical leaders in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain management. He continues to be a representative on a number of the major College quality, safety and professional standards committees and also lectures locally, regionally and nationally on medical leadership. 

    Before beginning his leadership journey, David was a Regional Advisor for 8 years, an inaugural ICM TPD and a Faculty Tutor.


  • Simon Barton - Chief Operating Officer

    Simon was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in January 2018 and has over two decades worth of NHS experience from Trusts across London, Nottingham and Leicester. Over this time he has been a Divisional Manager of both Emergency Care & Medicine Divisions, as well as  an Associate Director of Operations of Surgery. Prior to joining Sherwood Forest, Simon was the Director of Operational Improvement University Hospitals Leicester.

    Simon is dedicated to ensuring that leaders build the right culture and environment to enable NHS teams to deliver the best care they can. Simon achieved improvements in emergency care waiting times in Nottingham, whilst delivering improvements in productivity during his time at Leicester - both by engaging with staff and patients, along with clear management of performance and the effective use of data and information. 


  • Julie Hogg - Chief Nurse

    Julie was appointed as Chief Nurse in December 2019. Julie is a registered nurse and midwife with a wide range of experience in clinical, research and leadership roles. She joined us from University College London Hospitals NHS FT where she was Deputy Chief Nurse for 5 years.

    Julie is committed to ensuring that patients receive the care we would want for a loved one and that our staff feel valued, trusted and are developed to reach their full potential.


  • Richard Mills - Interim Chief Financial Officer

    Richard was appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer in October 2021 and has over 15 years of NHS Finance experience, having joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2006.

    He spent the first 18 months of his career working in the Finance Team at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Since then, Richard worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for five years before taking up a regional finance role in the NHS Improvement Midlands team as Senior Finance Lead.

    Richard re-joined Sherwood in April 2019 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is committed to adopting best practice approaches in the Finance Team, believing that strong financial performance and the provision of great patient care go hand in hand.


  • Clare Teeney - Director of People (HR)

    Clare joined SFHT in September as Director of People with responsibility for HR services.  She is also the Director of People and Culture at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust where she has worked in a number of different workforce leadership roles.  Clare is committed to supporting staff working in the NHS and has a particular interest in staff health and wellbeing and equality and diversity.


  • Shirley Higginbotham - Director of Corporate Affairs

    Shirley was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs in January 2016.  She joined us in 2013, as head of the Programme Management Office and from April 2014 she was deputy director of corporate services. 

    Shirley joined Sherwood Forest from University Hospitals Leicester, where she worked in the corporate strategy team as head of business development and service planning.  She has significant experience in local government and the private sector with regard to strategy, business planning, service development and governance. 


  • Emma Challans - Director of Culture and Improvement

    Emma joined Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2019.  Emma has worked across healthcare for almost 20 years where she worked as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and for four years in Lincolnshire Community Health NHS Trust as Deputy Director of Organisational Development and Transformation. Emma has held regional improvement positions and has experience of working in the private healthcare sector as Director of Operations and providing consultancy services in organisational effectiveness.

    Emma has a strong passion for improving quality of care for patients and creating the right conditions and opportunities that people can thrive in. Emma values networking and supporting the establishment of effective peer communities.  She is the founder and Chair of Proud2bOps, a national network of over 200 senior operational leaders from health and care providers.

    Emma believes in teamwork, relationships and creating an inclusive and trusted culture where colleagues are supported to provide outstanding care. 


  • Steve Banks - Non-Executive Director

    Steve was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2021.

    He has been a Non-Executive Director at the Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust for 6 years, ending in January 2022, and was previously a Governor at that Trust. He is also Chair of The Tinnitus Clinic Ltd and Chair of Governors at Nottingham High School. His previous posts include Director of Professional Standards and Superintendent Pharmacist, IT Director, and a Director of HR all at Boots UK. Steve’s first degree was in Pharmacy and he has since completed an MBA at Nottingham University. He has lived in Nottinghamshire with his family for nearly 30 years.


  • Neal Gossage - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until April 2022

    Neal was appointed as Non-Executive Director in June 2015. He has held finance director roles for Powerhouse Retail Limited, Specialist Computer Holdings Ltd, Argos, the FTSE250 Swallow Group plc, Nottingham based Nelson's Solicitors and Education Development International plc.

    Neal has also worked as group finance director for Myhome International plc, and also as a consultant for a number of business and property development sectors. Neal brings with him an expert knowledge from his career in finance, covering both the public and private sectors.


  • Dr. Aly Rashid - Non-Executive Director

    Aly graduated from the University of Manchester in 1982. He trained as an academic GP and gained his MD in 1995 whilst working as a GP in Leicester. He was appointed to the first chair in Primary Care at De Montfort University in Leicester 1998, where he was the head of department researching and publishing widely until he moved to be Associate Director at the National Clinical Assessment Service in London. 

    Aly was Medical Director of the Primary Care Trust in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from 2009 and is currently Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, Midlands. He is a visiting Chair at the University of Lincoln, which has recently had its first intake as a new Medical School, aligned to Nottingham Medical School

    Aly has a keen interest in clinical quality and safety, particularly in respect to clinician performance and was part of the team that developed the original performance review procedures for the GMC.


  • Graham Ward - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until December 2021

    Graham joined the Board on December 1, 2015.

    Graham is a Chartered Accountant who worked in the accountancy profession and industry before moving into management consultancy where he worked for 16 years with PwC and Deloitte as a senior director.

    Graham was then appointed as commercial director at the University of Nottingham, a position he held from September 2004 until October 2013.

    Within the NHS Graham was appointed as a non-executive director of Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust in November 2004, a role he held for 16 months, before joining Nottingham City PCT/CCG as a non-executive director from March 2007 until November 2015. More recently Graham joined Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust as a non-exective director in August 2019. 

    Graham now runs his own consultancy business and also holds positions as a board member (vice chair) with Acis Group (a housing association) and as a non-executive director with Mission Room Limited, a technology company based in Nottingham.


  • Barbara Brady - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until October 2021

    Barbara is a registered general nurse and a specialist in Public Health, who was Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire until March 2018.

    Barbara lives in Newark and is thrilled to join the Trust, she said: "I am delighted and honored to have been appointed to the Board. I am committed to patients and the delivery of outstanding care."​

    She will combine her Non-Executive position on the Board with occasional consultancy work for the Local Government Association, which supports the Care and Health Improvement programme with local authorities and partners across England.


  • Manjeet Gill - Non-Executive DIrector

    Appointed until November 2021

    Manjeet Gill joined the Trust in November 2019.  Manjeet has a range of Board and chief executive level experience across local government and the NHS. She is passionate about health equalities, community engagement and organisational development to achieve the full potential of people in delivering excellent services. 

    Manjeet has experience of system change as strategic commissioner, mental health and local government services including social care and housing. Her transformation experience includes improving corporate and partnership governance and delivery, estate reconfiguration, leadership and cultural change, performance turnaround and customer and digital strategies for new models of service delivery. 

    Her previous roles as a NED have been at a Mental Health Foundation Trust and a national Charity responsible for developing community and voluntary sector groups. 

    Manjeet has advised on national policies as society of local authority chief officers  policy lead for housing and leadership and currently for health and well-being. She is also currently a government appointed NED appointed on the independent office for police conduct. 

    Manjeet is the Chair of the People, Culture and OD Committee at the Trust.  She has specific NED responsibilities for system leadership, culture and OD and equalities in addition to her broader board responsibilities.


    Main location: King's Mill Hospital

    e-mail: manjeet.gill@nhs.net

  • Andy Haynes - Specialist Non-Executive Advisor to the Board

    Andy was appointed Specialist Non-Executive Advisor to the Board in April 2021. Andy was previously Executive Medical Director from 2014 to 2020.

    Claire Ward, Acting Sherwood Chair said, “Andy knows our Trust and its people extensively and his time at the ICS has given him an additional perspective that will be of great value to the Board as we navigate our way through the changes across Nottinghamshire. Andy will bring his experience and insight of NHS transformation.  We are pleased to see him return and we are really looking forward to working with him.”