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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 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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2. Executive directors

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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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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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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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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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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3. 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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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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Harry Reilly, Non-Executive Director

Harry ReillyNon-Executive Director

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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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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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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Philip Gale, Associate Non-Executive Director

Philip GayleAssociate Non-Executive Director

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

John Atherton, Non-Executive Director

Professor John AthertonNon-Executive Director

Professor John Atherton is a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS [...]

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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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Ranjit Sondhi, Associate Non-Executive Director

Ranjit SondhiNon-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.

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Stuart CainNon-Executive Director

Stuart Cain is the CEO at Warwickshire Country Cricket Club. He is also an Independent Director at UK Athletics and a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority Regional Board for Tourism.

4. Executive Team

Amelia Godson, Managing Director of Operations

Amelia GodsonManaging Director of Operations

Amelia is the Managing Director of Operations at UHB and has been in this role since September 2021. She is responsible for leading the operational management of clinical services to ensure delivery [...]

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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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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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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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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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