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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.


  • Paul Robinson - Chief Financial Officer and Deputy 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.


  • 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 this year and 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, 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."


  • 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.


  • Claire 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. 


  • Robin Smith - Acting Head of Communications

    Robin joined Sherwood Forest Hospitals in June 2017 as Deputy Head of Communications, and has been Acting Head of Communications since May 2019.  Robin has a wealth of public sector communications experience across a number of sectors including local authority and social care, public health and the civil service, as well as a background in consumer and brand PR in the private sector.


  • Neal Gossage - Non-Executive Director

    Appointed until May 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 May 2020

    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

    Appointed until November 2020

    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 December 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

    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 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