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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 executives and 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 are eligible to be members of the Trust and have shown an interest in the provision of health services for local people.

The non-executive directors are, individually and collectively, accountable to the Council of Governors for the performance of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is supported by the following committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Executive Appointment and Remuneration Committee
  • Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Committee
  • People and Culture Committee
  • Finance and Performance Committee
  • Investment Committee

1. Chair and Chief Executive

Yve Buckland, Interim Chair

Dame Yve BucklandChair

Dame Yve started her professional life as an archivist, having completed a history degree and archives training at Leeds and Liverpool universities. She went on to have a series of managerial roles [...]

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Jonathan Brotherton, Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan BrothertonChief Executive

Jonathan joined Heart of England Foundation Trust (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, [...]

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2. Executive directors

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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Iain Pickles, Chief Operating Officer

Iain PicklesChief Operating Officer

Bio pending.

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 GarbettChief 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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Mo Hussain, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer

Mo HussainChief Strategy and Digital Officer

Over the past 20 years Mo has worked across NHS provider sectors including acute, specialist paediatrics, mental health and community services.

His experiences draw from achievements in strategy [...]

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Professor Kiran Patel, Chief Medical Officer

Professor Kiran PatelChief Medical Officer

Professor Kiran Patel joined UHB as Chief Medical Officer and consultant cardiologist, in March 2024, after five years as Chief Medical Officer and Deputy CEO at University Hospitals of Coventry and [...]

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3. Non-executive directors

Peter Williams, Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter WilliamsNon-Executive Director

Dr Peter Williams is a former Consultant Physician and Executive Medical Director at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He is the current Independent Clinical Advisor to East Cheshire NHS Trust and [...]

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Jacynth Ivey, Non-Executive Director

Jacynth IveyNon-Executive Director

Jacynth has more than 20 years’ experience of direct clinical practice, as a former nurse, midwife, health visitor and Executive Director of Nursing and Clinical Services.

She has held a number [...]

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Mark Mansfield, Non-Executive Director

Mark MansfieldNon-Executive Director

Mark enjoyed a long career at a senior level in a wide range of NHS organisations.

He was an executive director within the NHS for over twenty years. His most recent appointments included roles [...]

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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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Philip Gale, Associate Non-Executive Director

Philip GayleAssociate Non-Executive Director

Philip Gayle is the Chair at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

John Atherton, Non-Executive Director

Professor John AthertonNon-Executive Director

John joined the Board of UHB in February 2023, following five years as a NED and Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He trained as a doctor [...]

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Professor Jon Glasby, Non-Executive Director

Professor Jon GlasbyNon-Executive Director

Jon is the Senior Independent Director on the Board. He is a qualified social worker by background and works as Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, where he specialises [...]

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Ranjit Sondhi, Associate Non-Executive Director

Ranjit SondhiAssociate Non-Executive Director

Ranjit Sondhi CBE is a Non-Executive Director at Black Country Integrated Care Board. He is also the Chair of the Birmingham Race Impact Group and South Asian Arts and Heritage.

Saleh Saeed, Non-Executive Director

Saleh SaeedNon-Executive Director

Saleh Saeed OBE is the CEO at the Disasters Emergency Committee and former Chief Executive of Islamic Relief Worldwide.

4. Executive Team

Dr Rifat Rashid, Hospital Executive Director for Heartlands Hospital

Dr Rifat RashidHospital Executive Director for Heartlands Hospital

Rifat Rashid began her medical journey in 1997 at the University of St. Andrews where she completed her pre-clinical undergraduate training before graduating from the University of Manchester with her [...]

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Fiona Alexander, Director of Communications

Fiona AlexanderDirector of Communications

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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Martin Richardson, Hospital Executive Director for Solihull Hospital

Mr Martin RichardsonHospital Executive Director for Solihull Hospital

Martin Richardson joined the NHS in Birmingham in 2003 specialising in Laparoscopic, Bariatric and Upper Gastro-Intestinal procedures.

He has since performed medical leadership roles within the [...]

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Matt Metcalfe, Hospital Executive Director for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Mr Matt MetcalfeHospital Executive Director for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Matt was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer of Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board in June 2022.

Prior to this Dr Metcalfe joined Northampton General Hospital as a Medical Director in [...]

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Simon Jarvis, Hospital Executive Director for Good Hope Hospital

Simon JarvisHospital Executive Director for Good Hope Hospital

Simon’s career includes working in the hospitality and automotive industries where he developed a deep understanding regarding the importance of customer care and efficiency.

Simon joined Heart [...]

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