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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the Trust's services and develops plans and strategies for the future. The Board includes full-time executives and part-time non-executive directors.

Non-executive directors are not full-time employees of the Trust. They help to ensure the Trust is accountable to the people it serves. They are people who live or work in the area and have shown an interest in the provision of health services for the local people.

The Board of Directors is accountable to the Board of Governors for the running and performance of the Trust.

The Board of Directors is supported by the following committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Executive Appointment and Remuneration Committee


Andrew McKirgan, Chief Officer for Out of Hospital Services

Andrew McKirganChief Officer for Out of Hospital Services

Andrew started his NHS career as a graduate on the NHS Financial Training Scheme in September 1992. Having completed the scheme in December 1995 and qualified as an accountant (CIPFA), Andrew moved [...]

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Cathi Shovlin, Director of Workforce

Cathi ShovlinChief People Officer

Cathi joined the NHS at UHB, appointed as Deputy Director for HR in 2017 and then Director of Workforce.

Cathi is an English graduate and communications postgraduate who started her career [...]

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Cherry West, Chief Transformation Officer

Cherry WestChief Transformation Officer

Cherry began her NHS career as a Healthcare Scientist – Clinical Physiologist – before moving into Operational Management 20 years ago. She joined UHB as Chief Operating Officer in August 2014, and [...]

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David Burbridge, Chief Legal Officer

David BurbridgeChief Legal Officer

David joined the Trust as Director of Corporate Affairs in May 2007, following two periods of secondment to the Trust as Foundation Secretary.

A qualified lawyer since 1999, he has worked with [...]

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Fiona Alexander, Director of Communications

Fiona AlexanderChief Communications Officer

Fiona Alexander joined the Trust as Director of Communications following 20 years in the media, most recently as editor of the regional newspaper The Birmingham Post. Her portfolio also includes patient [...]

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Harry Reilly, Interim Chair

Harry ReillyInterim Chair

Harry, who trained as an accountant with Deloitte in the mid-1970s, joined British Leyland Plc in 1982. His career in the automotive sector took him via Leyland Trucks, DAF Holland, Rover Group and [...]

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Jonathan Brotherton, Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan BrothertonDeputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan joined HEFT in September 2014 as Director of Operations and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2015. When UHB and HEFT merged in April 2018, Jonathan became the Chief Operating [...]

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Julian Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Julian MillerChief Financial Officer

Julian joined the Trust in May 2000, and has held a variety of posts including Divisional Finance Manager, Head of Financial Management and Planning and Deputy Director of Finance before becoming Director [...]

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Margaret Garbett, Interim Chief Nurse

Margaret GarbettInterim Chief Nurse

Margaret started her nursing journey in 1987 when she commenced her nurse training at the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in Birmingham, training across many hospitals within the Birmingham area, [...]

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Mark Garrick, Director of Quality Development

Mark GarrickChief Strategy and Projects Officer

Mark joined UHB in 2004 after completing the Australasian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) Health Management Internship Program. Working in a number of roles at UHB, Mark was then appointed [...]

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Nick Barlow, Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Nick BarlowChief Digital Transformation Officer

Nick leads the digital transformation programme at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

He is an engineer by training, having started his career working in Formula 1 for [...]

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Professor David Rosser, Chief Executive

Professor David RosserChief Executive

David qualified from University College of Medicine, Cardiff in 1987, worked in general medicine and anaesthesia in South Wales, moving to London in 1993 as a research fellow in critical care and subsequently [...]

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Professor Simon Ball, Chief Medical Officer

Professor Simon BallChief Medical Officer

Simon was appointed as Chief Medical Officer in 2019. He trained in medicine at Oxford University and University College London, underwent postgraduate training in nephrology, dialysis and transplantation [...]

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San Ting Gilmartin, Director of Capital Planning and Developments

San Ting GilmartinDirector of Capital Planning and Developments

San Ting joined the NHS at UHB with her appointment as Director of Capital Planning and Developments in 2021. 

She achieved a Masters in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering with a Diploma [...]

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Stephen Chilton, Chief Digital Officer

Stephen ChiltonChief Digital Officer

Stephen Chilton is the Chief Digital Officer at UHB and chairs the Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System Digital Board and the West Midlands Local Health & Care Record Board.

Since [...]

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Tim Jones, Chief Innovation Officer

Tim JonesChief Innovation Officer

After graduating from University College Cardiff with a joint honours degree in History and Economics, Tim joined the District Management Training scheme at City and Hackney Health Authority based at [...]

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Non-Executive Directors

Catriona McMahon, Non-Executive Director

Catriona McMahonNon-Executive Director

Catriona is a physician with over 16 years’ experience in pharmaceutical medicine. She worked for AstraZeneca in the UK as their Medical and Healthcare Affairs Director until December 2014. She has [...]

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Debu Purkayastha, Associate Non-Executive Director

Debu PurkayasthaNon-Executive Director

Debu is Managing Partner at 3rd Eye, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm investing in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sectors.

Debu is also Senior Advisor to EQT advising on late [...]

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Jackie Hendley, Non-Executive Director

Jackie HendleyNon-Executive Director

Jackie offers the Trust over 30 years of professional services experience, 11 as a KPMG partner, for clients in PLCs and private equity across a varied range of sectors both in the private and public [...]

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Jane Garvey, Non-Executive Director

Jane GarveyNon-Executive Director

Presenter of "Woman’s Hour", Jane was brought up in Liverpool, moving to Birmingham in the early 1980s as a student to study English Literature. Her early experience of the NHS came through her mother, [...]

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Karen Kneller, Non-Executive Director

Karen KnellerNon-Executive Director

Karen brings over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer; in addition to her legal skills she also brings experience of strong leadership, finance, and audit and risk developed in the public, not for profit/social [...]

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Mehrunnisa Lalani, Non-Executive Director

Mehrunnisa LalaniNon-Executive Director

Mehrunnisa has a diverse background having worked for a range of public sector organisations from local Government to the prison service. She started her career working with older people and Black and [...]

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Paul Jennings, Associate Non-Executive Director

Paul JenningsAssociate Non-Executive Director

Paul retired in October 2021 from full time NHS roles after a 40 plus year career, with 23 years as a Chief Executive in both commissioning and provider roles. His last full time NHS role was as CEO [...]

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Professor Jon Glasby, Non-Executive Director

Professor Jon GlasbyNon-Executive Director

Jon is a qualified social worker by background and works as Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, where he specialises in research, teaching and policy advice around joint [...]

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Professor Michael Sheppard, Non-Executive Director

Professor Michael SheppardNon-Executive Director

After an early career as a clinical academic in South Africa, Michael received MBChB (Honours) and PhD degrees from the University of Cape Town. He was elected Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical [...]

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