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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.

For a full breakdown of our Board of Directors and Governors click here.

  • John MacDonald - Chair

    Three-year Term (until February 2020)

    John was appointed Chair in February 2017

    John is a former NHS Chief Executive of three major teaching hospitals, has worked in previous NHS roles within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. 

    Prior to working within the NHS, John worked with Touche Ross Management Consultants in the UK and has ten years’ experience of working as an economist with international aid agencies in Africa and the Middle East.  More recently, he has supported numerous NHS boards to create highly effective top teams as well as to develop successful Trust strategies. 


  • Richard Mitchell - Chief Executive

    Richard was appointed as Chief Executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2017. He joined Sherwood from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where he worked as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for four years and he previously worked at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS FT.

    Richard believes all patients should receive the level of care we would want our friends and families to receive. He views teamwork, lots of encouragement, support and kindness as essential to the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.


  • Andy Haynes - Executive Medical Director

    Andy was appointed executive medical director in January 2014, and became substantive in June 2014 after working for us on an interim basis since November 2013.

    Andy joined us from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) where he had been a senior consultant for 20 years, eventually becoming the lead for cancer services. 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 Sherwood Forest, Andy has helped to oversee a reduction in mortality rates and the implementation of recommendations from the Keogh Report.


  • 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, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leicester.

    Simon achieved improvements in waiting times in Nottingham, whilst delivering improvements in productivity and financial improvement during his time at Leicester - both by engaging with staff and patients. 

    Simon, who lives in the Newark and Sherwood area, said: "Sherwood Forest Hospitals is my local Trust and I'm so pleased that I will be working alongside SFH colleagues and it's partners to improve the health and care system that looks after myself, my friends and my family."


  • Suzanne Banks - Chief Nurse

    Suzanne is a registered nurse, children's nurse and health visitor.

    Suzanne originally came to the Trust in November 2015 following its inadequate CQC report and was part of the leadership team that supported delivery of its Quality Improvement Programme.

    Suzanne returned to Sherwood Forest in February 2017 having spent six months as chief nurse supporting St George's University Hospital in Tooting following its CQC inspection.

    Suzanne is passionate about ensuring we make every patient's experience the best it can be - first time. She is committed to supporting the development of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional workforce.

    Suzanne has an MBA from Keele University and is a Visiting Fellow at Staffordshire University.


  • Paul Robinson - Chief Financial Officer

    Paul joined us in May 2015 and has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, having held two previous director-level roles. 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.


  • Julie Bacon - Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

    Julie was appointed interim director of human resources and organisational development in March 2016 and took up the substantive position in December 2016. She has an MBA and more than 20 years of experience working at director level in the NHS across a range of health settings. Before joining us, she was interim chief human resources adviser at the Dudley Group NHS FT and in 2012, she spent a year overseas as the director of organisational development for the Bermuda Hospitals Board. During that year, she accompanied a delegate of Bermudian hospital managers on a “lessons learned” tour of newly built acute hospitals in the UK including our own King's Mill site. 


  • 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. 


  • Neal Gossage - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until April 2020

    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.


  • Claire Ward - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until April 2019

    Claire was originally appointed in May 2013 for two years and was re-appointed in May 2016. She 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.


  • Tim Reddish - Non-Executive Director

    Tim was originally appointed in November 2013 for two years and was re-appointed in November 2016. Tim 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 was also re-elected by the membership of the British Paralympics Association to serve another term as chairman at the Rio games in 2016.


  • Graham Ward - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until November 2020

    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.

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

    He 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.

    Graham now runs his own consultancy business and also holds positions as a board member 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

    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

    Manjeet who officially began in the role of Non-Executive Director (NED) from 1 November 2018 brings a wealth of experience from senior positions within the NHS and Local Authority.

    The appointment of Manjeet as NED now means that the Trust has a fully substantive Board of Directors and Executive team.

    Sherwood Forest Hospitals Chair, John MacDonald said:

    “We are really pleased to have been able to appoint Manjeet, I am sure she will have a great deal to offer the Trust, especially in regards to her experience in leading organisational strategy, partnership working and engagement. I am also delighted that we now have a full complement of non-executive directors to help continue to drive the Trust forward.”


    Main location: King's Mill Hospital

    e-mail: manjeet.gill@nhs.net