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Date: 17 August 2017

Time: 22:22

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

Jacqui Smith, Chair

Jacqui Smith has been Chair of the Trust since December 2013 and in this role also chairs the Birmingham Health Partnership which coordinates the research partnership with the University of Birmingham. Jacqui grew up in Worcestershire and, after reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford University, she returned to the County. She gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Worcester and had a successful teaching career for 11 years in Worcestershire schools.

In 1997, Jacqui was elected as the MP for Redditch and served for 13 years. After a period on the Treasury Select Committee, she was appointed as a Minister in 1999 and became one of the longest serving Ministers in the Labour government. She served in Education, Health, Industry and Equalities portfolios and as Chief Whip. In 2007, Jacqui was appointed as the first female Home Secretary.

Jacqui is also Chair of the Precious Trust – a Birmingham based charity formed with Marcia Shakespeare to support girls at risk of gang violence and of the Advocacy Practice of Westbourne Communications. She works on several international development projects most recently in Jordan and Azerbaijan. She continues her interest in education as a trainer and as Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and of the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham University. She is Vice Chair of the Lunar Society.

Jacqui has made radio and TV documentaries and appears frequently as a commentator on BBC political programmes and Sky and BBC News.

Julie Moore, Chief Executive

Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive

Julie is a graduate nurse who worked in clinical practice before moving into management. After a variety of clinical, management and director posts, she was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006.           

UHB is recognised nationally and internationally for quality of care. It has 1250 beds, £720m turnover, 8800 staff, treats over 1,000,000 patients annually and has a £545m Private Finance Initiative (PFI) new hospital building which opened on time and on budget in 2010. UHB hosts the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and with the University of Birmingham, UHB was cofounder of Birmingham Health Partners, a partnership for health research. The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology was opened at the Trust in 2011. UHB operates the Learning Hub, which helps long term unemployed people back into work. In 2012, UHB was awarded a grant from BIS to establish a £24m Institute of Translational Medicine to rapidly develop new health technologies and contribute to economic growth of the region and country which opened in 2016.

UHB is recognised for its expertise in clinical IT systems, informatics, PFI projects and education of clinical staff. Because of this UHB is involved in several projects in countries throughout the world, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Libya, Sweden, India and China.

Julie is a member of the following bodies: the International Advisory Board of the University of Birmingham Business School, the Court of the University of Birmingham and is a Governor of Birmingham City University She was an independent member of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR) from 2010 to 2016 and was a member the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Warwick Medical School until 2016. She is a founder member and past Chair of the Shelford Group, ten leading academic hospitals in England.

In April 2011 she was asked by the Government to be a member of the NHS Future Forum to lead on the proposals for Education and Training reform and in August 2011 was asked to lead the follow up report. In September 2013, in recognition of the high quality of clinical care at UHB, Julie was asked by Secretary of State to lead a UHB team for the turnaround of two poorly performing Trusts in special measures and since helped two further Trusts.

She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences including appearing on same programme as President Clinton in 2012 and undertaken many interviews on TV, radio and in the press, internationally, nationally and locally

Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University, was included in the first BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and is included in the HSJ lists of the most influential clinical leaders of the top ten CEOs and a national LGBT role model in health. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.


Philip Norman, Executive Chief Nurse

Philip joined the Trust in October 2013 from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he undertook a number of senior nursing and operational roles, including Acting Chief Nurse, Assistant Chief Nurse, Operational Deputy Chief Nurse (Associate Director of Nursing equivalent) and Divisional General Manager (Director of Operations) for Medicine.

Philip has led a number of initiatives, both at divisional and Trust-wide level, to further improve patient care and services. This includes significant improvements in infection prevention and control, redesigned services including admission avoidance schemes, safer medical flow, care closer to home and improved ward environments leading to improved patient, carer and staff experience.

Philip has also worked with university colleagues on the development of new roles and with partners in the community and the local authority to further improve patient care and services across the health and social care setting. He undertook the role of Governor within the Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust (mental health trust). 

Philip qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and undertook a number of clinical roles within areas such as Older Adults, Emergency Department, High Dependency Care, Colorectal Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Philip also completed a Masters Degree (MA) in Management and Leadership.

David Rosser, Executive Medical Director

David Rosser, Executive Medical Director

David trained at University of Wales College of Medicine and did his basic specialist training in medicine and anaesthesia in South Wales before becoming a research fellow and lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology at University College London Hospital.

He joined the Trust in 1996, became lead clinician for the Queen Elizabeth Intensive Care unit in December 1997 before becoming Group Director and then Divisional Director of Division One in 2002.

Dr Rosser was also Senior Responsible Owner for Connecting for Health’s e-prescribing programme, providing national guidance on e-prescribing to the Department of Health. Dr Rosser took up the role of Medical Director in December 2006. He has executive responsibility for IT and Quality.

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery

After graduating from University College Cardiff, with a joint honours degree in History and Economics, Tim joined the District Management Training scheme based at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He joined The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 1992 as Business Manager for Medicine before taking up his first post at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 1995.

In 1999 he became the first Divisional General Manager for Emergency Services before being appointed as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in June 2006.

In September 2008 he was appointed to a newly created role of Executive Director of Delivery. His key responsibilities are to lead on research, strategy and performance, education, organisational development, and human resources. He is also an executive lead for Birmingham Health Partners and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Centre, and a board member of MidTech and Birmingham Science City.

Mike Sexton, Executive Director of Finance

Mike Sexton, Executive Chief Financial Officer

Mike spent five years in the private sector working for the accountancy firm KPMG and had a brief spell at the Regional Specialities Agency (RSA) before joining the Trust in 1995.

Over the last 18 years he has held numerous financial and operational roles including taking the lead in establishing the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, the primary receiving unit for all military patients injured overseas, which is hosted by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Mike is also the executive lead for international affairs, commercial partnerships, service and healthcare contracts, procurement, arts and charities and he chairs the Trust’s Outpatient Pharmacy subsidiary.

Kevin Bolger, Executive Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Bolger, Executive Director for Strategic Operations (and External Affairs)

Kevin trained as a nurse at East Birmingham Hospital in the early eighties then worked in clinical haematology, respiratory and acute medicine. As a ward manager he gained a Masters in Business Administration.

His career then moved away from clinical responsibilities into general management and operations including managing a variety of areas, from Theatres to Accident and Emergency. He moved to the Trust in 2001 as Group Manager for Neurosurgery and Trauma and after 12 months was promoted to Director of Operations for Division Three.

In 2006 he became Deputy Chief Operating Officer and was made Chief Operating Officer in June 2009, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals.

He led the historic, safe and successful operational transition of two hospitals into the UK’s largest single site hospital between June 2010 and April 2012. He oversaw the hospital going live as a Major Trauma Centre in March 2012 and in September 2012 was appointed to the new position of Executive Director of Strategic Operations to lead Regional and National service redesign and further develop the Trust’s international work.

Cherry West, Executive Chief Operating Officer

Cherry West, Executive Chief Operating Officer

Cherry West joined the Trust as Chief Operating Officer in August 2014, and is the lead for delivery of patient services and operational performance through the Trusts Clinical Divisions.

She trained in medical physics and started her NHS career as a Clinical Physiologist in London. Cherry also spent some time in clinical research, and health services research and evaluation before moving into general management in the late 1990’s undertaking a range of operational roles.

Cherry has had a successful record in managing complex health services and has spent the majority of her career in large acute Trusts leading operational delivery and numerous transformation and service redesign programmes. Immediately prior to her appointment at UHB, Cherry held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Before that, she held two divisional roles and was Executive Board member for eight years at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Qualifications include: MSc from University College London, MBA from Henley Management College and Diploma Health Planning and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Fiona Alexander, Director of Communications

Fiona Alexander, Director 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 and public involvement, reputational management, marketing and FT membership.

Prior to this appointment she was Business Development Director (Midlands) for Trinity Mirror plc, the largest publisher in Europe; editor of the Sunday Mercury; assistant editor of MATCH football magazine and reporter on the Reading Chronicle.

David Burbridge, Director of Corporate Affairs

David Burbridge, Director of Corporate Affairs

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 law firms based in Birmingham, London, Oxford and High Wycombe, specialising in corporate and company law. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, David worked in the HM Customs & Excise National Investigation Service, investigating major drug smuggling and serious VAT fraud.

His portfolio includes corporate risk and governance and health and safety.

Andrew McKirgan, Director of Partnerships

Andrew McKirgan, Director of Partnerships

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 into general management and operations and held a number of posts in the North West of England including Group Manager for Renal Services and General Manager for Women and Children.

He moved to UHB in April 2003 as the Deputy Director of Operations for Division 1 and in July 2006 assumed his first Director of Operations role. In 2009 he became Director of Operations, Division 2 and in April 2011 he became Deputy Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed Executive Chief Operating Officer in September 2012, then Director of Partnerships in 2014.

David Hamlett, Non-Executive Director

David Hamlett, Non-executive Director

David is a qualified solicitor who has worked at Linklaters & Paines (1978-1983) and then Wragge & Co LLP (1983 – Present (Partner 1988)). He has a strong track record as a Birmingham-based lawyer, with the added breadth of working with clients from around the world, and across the commercial and public sectors.

David co-leads Wragge’s health business, a practice which has developed and grown predominantly as a result of its being retained by the Department of Health as independent legal advisors to 46 health trusts and Independent Sector Treatment Centres. Wragge’s health practice work takes him around the world, including advising in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain on joint partnerships.

In addition to his health expertise, David has a strong track record working in defence; another highly regulated and complex sector.

Angela Maxwell, Non-Executive Director

Angela Maxwell, Non-executive Director

Angela achieved prominence as one of the region’s most dynamic entrepreneurs after she powered Fracino, the UK’s only manufacturer of espresso and cappuccino machines from a £400,000 turnover in 2005 into a £2.6million world-class leading brand when she sold her interests in 2008.

Angela is a former European adviser to UK Trade & Investment, a finalist in Businesswoman of the Year 2005. Acuwomen, her latest enterprise, is the UK’s first company to bring an all-women group of entrepreneurs under one roof. Angela is also an accredited business advisor for Business Link and UKTI.

In 2010 Angela was awarded an honorary doctorate for business leadership from University of Birmingham and made an OBE for services to business. She recently co-launched Vibe Generation, specialists in intellectual property creation and product commercialisation.

David Waller, Non-Executive Director

David Waller, Non-executive Director

David is Chairman of Network Group Holdings plc, the public company arm of Pertemps Ltd, one of the UK’s largest, recruitment, training and people contracting businesses with a turnover of over £400 million. He is also chairman of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group, a director of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), his own investment company, Delami Investments Ltd, Country People Ltd and Nexus Professional Network Ltd. He is also a director of Millennium Point Trust Ltd.

Up until January 2009, David was Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Birmingham Office and PwC Regional Chairman with responsibility for 2,500 professional staff and over £250 million of revenues. He also headed PwC’s regional Management Consultancy practice and represented PwC Middle Market interests globally. He was lead partner for several major clients in both the Private and Public Sectors. During his time with PwC he has been actively involved with over 200 clients of all types and sizes.

Jane Garvey, Non-executive director

Jane Garvey, Non-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, who was a receptionist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and, after leaving University, Jane’s first job was as a Medical Records Clerk at the same hospital.

Jane then returned to the West Midlands and embarked upon her career in broadcasting. In 1994, Jane moved into national radio and after thirteen years at Five Live she moved to Radio 4 to present Woman’s Hour.

Jane, who has strong connections to the West Midlands, is keen to broaden her experience outside the "BBC bubble".

She brings well-developed, high-level communications skills, developed over her very successful 20 year career in broadcasting. Jane’s experience has given her valuable exposure to interacting with both high-profile figures and the public.

Professor David Bailey, Non-Executive Director

Harry Reilly, Non-executive Director

Harry who trained as an accountant with Deloitte in the mid-1970s, joined British Leyland Plc in 1982. He left a role at divisional FD level for a newly acquired business, DAF Holland.

Harry has taken the opportunity to take on broader management positions and when he moved to the Rover Group he spent time in the Far East, Australia and South Africa, as well as some of the more developed markets in Europe and America.

In 1999 Harry was made Managing Director of Land Rover UK, essentially tasked with leading the business’ sale to BMW. He subsequently joined Brintons as Finance Director and later Managing Director, tasked with turning around failing performance. Since then Harry has taken on a variety of positions alongside his non-executive work. He supported a start-up technology business and since 2011 has been Chief Executive of a Canadian flooring business. Harry continues to Chair the British American Business Council in the Midlands and is a non-executive director for the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium.

Harry is passionate about Birmingham and the West Midlands and feels that the Trust is a real beacon of excellence, deserving of its strong regional and national reputation.

Jason Wouhra, Non-executive director

Jason Wouhra, Non-executive Director

Bio pending.

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