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.

A full breakdown of our Executive Directors and Governors can be found here.

  • Claire Ward - Chair

    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.


  • Phil Bolton - Chief Nurse

    Phil was appointed as Chief Nurse in May 2022. Phil previously worked in Trauma/Orthopaedics, Urgent and Emergency Care; Geriatrics, Stroke and Neurology; and as Hospital Matron at Newark. He later became Deputy Chief Nurse until September 2020 when he moved to University Hospitals of Derby and Burton as Director of Nursing and then Interim Chief Nurse.

    Phil is committed to putting a strong focus on the fundamentals of care and the key things that matter to our patients and their family members, he also wants us treat each other as we would like to be treated – to be kind, to listen and to be inclusive.


  • Maggie McManus - Interim Chief Operating Officer

    Bio to follow.


  • Richard Mills - Chief Financial Officer

    Richard was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2022. Richard previously served as the Trust’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer since April 2019 before becoming its Interim Chief Financial Officer in October 2021, after Paul Robinson became the Trust’s Chief Executive.

    Richard has over 15 years’ experience in NHS finance and, among his other portfolios, will be responsible for overseeing the financial sustainability of the Trust and will take an active role in system-wide partnership working as we move into the new era of statutory integrated care systems.


  • Robert Simcox - Director of People (HR)

    Robert has been with Sherwood Forest Hospitals as its Deputy Director of People since April 2016. He will also take-up his new position on Friday 10 June, taking over from Claire Teeney who has joined University Hospitals of Leicester.

    Robert will now lead the Trust’s people directorate, which leads on supporting the Trust’s workforce to be the best they can, along with leading system-wide collaboration regarding the people agenda.

    Robert will also help continue to oversee the work that has helped Sherwood Forest Hospitals to be named as the best acute hospital to work for across the East and West Midlands for the past four years in the national NHS staff survey.


  • David Ainsworth - Director of Strategy and Partnerships

    David is joined #TeamSFH in July as we prepare for the new Nottingham and Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), which will support closer working between health and social care partners and our communities from July.

    David was previously Locality Director for the Mid-Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

    Sherwood Forest Hospitals Chief Executive Paul Robinson said: "I am delighted David is joining us. He will be a familiar face to many already, and his work in primary care and with other partner organisations will be invaluable as the ICP develops new ways of working to improve patient care and the health of everyone we serve."

    David is delighted and proud to be joining #TeamSFH.

    "I am committed to closer working with all our health and care partners to create greater social value, delivering on our duties as a health care provider and as an anchor organisation in our communities. I want to help tackle health inequalities through growing the Sherwood family and values and I want to see us build and expand on all that is fantastic about #TeamSFH."


  • Emma Challans-Rasool - 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • Andrew Rose-Britton - Non-Executive Director

    Andrew was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2022. He has an MBA in Finance from Nottingham University and is a Chartered Accountant.

    His recent experience in the healthcare sector has been as a Board Trustee of the mental health charities MHM and Waymarks.

    Within the NHS he was a Non-Executive Director of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust from 2004-2008, where he chaired the Audit committee and Finance committee at various times.

    Commercially he was Finance Director and Company Secretary of a retail pharmacy from 1995 to 2012.
    He has lived in Nottinghamshire since 1988


  • 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 2022

    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 2024

    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 2024

    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.”