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Our Board of Directors

The effective running of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is the responsibility of the Board of Directors, made up of seven Executive Directors and eight Non-Executive Directors (including the Chairman).

The Board delegates the management of the Trust to the Executive Directors who make up the Trust Executive Group.

Chair - Annette Laban

Annette has more than 35 years’ experience working within the NHS and local government in senior positions and throughout her career she has been responsible for overseeing many innovations which have directly impacted on frontline NHS care. Her past roles have included Chief Executive for NHS Doncaster, Director of Performance and Operations at NHS North of England - Strategic Health Authority and Executive Director of Performance and Delivery at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.

Executive Directors

Chief Executive - Kirsten Major

Kirsten was appointed as Chief Executive in 2019. She joined the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in February 2011 as Director of Strategy & Planning. Kirsten took up the position of Interim Chief Executive in August of 2018. She has held a number of Director level positions within the NHS, including Health Boards in Scotland and at the North West Strategic Health Authority. Kirsten is a health economist by profession and was active in a range of professional and research based collaborations.

Chief Nurse - Chris Morley

Chris joined the Trust as Chief Nurse in October 2018 from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust where he also held the position of Chief Nurse. Prior to this Chris was Deputy Chief Nurse here at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

He has previously held a number of leadership roles in healthcare governance, patient safety and nursing management. Chris possesses a BMedSci in Professional Nursing Studies from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University.

He was the Chair of the Association of United Kingdom University Hospitals Deputy Nurse Director Group between September 2016 and October 2017.

Director of Finance - Neil Priestley 

Neil was appointed to the post of Director of Finance of the newly merged Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in February 2001. He had previously held the post of Head of Finance at the NHS Executive Trent Regional Office, from where he had been seconded to the Northern General Hospital as acting Director of Finance prior to the Trust merger. Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Outgoing - Medical Director (Development) - David Hughes

Dr David Hughes was appointed as Medical Director in 2018. Dr Hughes, who is a nationally renowned Consultant Histopathologist, has been Deputy Medical Director at the Trust since 2013 and prior to this he was Associate Medical Director for Cancer for many years. David began his Consultant career in 1998 before moving to STH in 2005.

Dr Hughes is a specialist sarcoma pathologist who trained in Sheffield, Edinburgh and San Antonio, Texas and has worked as a consultant in the sarcoma teams at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as well as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Medical Director (Operations) - Dr Jennifer Hill

Jennifer joined the Trust in 1999 as Consultant Respiratory Physician having trained in Nottingham, Leeds and Glasgow. Jennifer was Trust MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) lung cancer lead, Network lung cancer lead, Clinical Director for Respiratory Medicine and Deputy Medical Director before taking up her post of Interim Medical Director (Operations) in February 2020.

Director of Human Resources and Staff Development - Mark Gwilliam 

Mark is currently Director of Human Resources and Staff Development. He took up his original post as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in May 2009 and brings with him a wealth of experience. He was previously an Associate Director of Human Resources at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he worked for three years. Mark joined the NHS in 2004 through the Gateway to Leadership Programme and was assigned on placement at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this he worked in the fast moving consumer goods sector in numerous operational management and human resource management roles.

Director of Strategy and Planning - Anne Gibbs 

Anne was appointed in post in February 2018, prior to this she worked for NHS Improvement in a joint role with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Previously, she has worked for a number of trusts in London and Birmingham.

Chief Operating Officer - Michael Harper

Michael grew up in Sheffield and went to Salford University to complete a Business Management and Mathematics degree. He joined the NHS Management Training Scheme and undertook placements at Bassetlaw Hospital, Sheffield City Council and Good Samaritan Hospital Phoenix, Arizona USA.

Associate Directors

Assistant Chief Executive - Sandi Carman

Sandi has over 20 years’ experience working in NHS acute, community, and commissioning organisations and is passionate about ensuring the delivery of high quality care. Sandi’s career started in Occupational Therapy at the Northern General Hospital and she has since gained a wealth of experience in operational and managerial roles. Sandi is a Non-executive Director for South Yorkshire Housing Association and a Joint Independent Audit Committee Member for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Sandi holds a master’s degree in health care practice and has achieved the NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.

Communications and Marketing Director - Julie Phelan

Julie spent her early career as a journalist in both print and broadcast media before moving into public sector communication in local government and health. She was previously Head of Communications at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Head of Communications for Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Director of Communications for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals and Worcester Health Authority. Before joining the Trust in June 2008, Julie was Director of Communications for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Non-Executive Directors

Shiella Wright

Shiella Wright joined the board in April 2019, bringing with her over 11 years experience as a NHS Non-Executive Director. She has served on several Public and Voluntary Sector Boards and is the current Chair of Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and a Trustee of Improving Lives CIC.

Shiella is the former Deputy Chief Executive, Director of operations of Nottinghamshire Probation Trust. She has developed and delivered transformational change, in particular Organisational development, performance and leadership. She has also developed and delivered a mentoring scheme for under represented groups, which has been adapted by NHSI for its nExt Director Scheme.

Shiella hails from Sheffield and has worked in many executive roles across Yorkshire and Humberside.

John O’Kane

John joined the Board in October 2014. He is an experienced Finance Director, with experience of managing change in a number of companies. He has worked as Group Finance Director at Redhall Group, Jarvis, Ecobat Technologies, Peterhouse Group and Kelda Group.

Martin Temple CBE

Martin is currently the Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and is also on the Board of The Great Exhibition of the North.

Martin has served on the boards of a wide range of companies around the world. He was Chairman of the Design Council, on the Council of the University of Warwick as well as the Chair of the Warwick Business School Advisory Board. He has also been Vice President of Avesta-Sheffield AB, Director-General of EEF and a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of The 600 Group PLC. He has extensive experience covering senior roles in production, marketing, operations and strategy in an international context.

Tony Buckham

Tony brings a wealth of experience from his time working within complex global organisations. He has provided strategic support to the HSBC Group Management Board Directors, with particular expertise within IT and Corporate Real Estate for over ten years. He has led divisions of up to 7000 staff with particular focus on people development to enable global transformational change. He has also made a significant contribution to mentoring and coaching programmes.

Professor Chris Newman

Chris joined the Board in November 2017. He is Dean of the Medical School, Professor of Clinical Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Trust. He also directs the National Institute of Health Research Sheffield Clinical Research Facility, a joint facility between the Trust and the University of Sheffield.

Rosamond Roughton

Rosamond Roughton is currently the Director of Adult Social Care at the Department of Health and Social Care. Prior to that, she worked at NHS England as the acting National Director for Commissioning Development and then from 2014 as the executive Director for Commissioning of non-specialised services, where she had national responsibility for the commissioning of general practice and primary care services, armed forces healthcare, national screening and immunisation programmes, healthcare for people in the criminal justice system, and sexual assault referral services. Her NHS career has also included roles such as director of workforce and HR at the Christie Hospital NHS Trust, director of corporate affairs at Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority and director of strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber NHS. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Maggie Porteous

Maggie Porteous joined the Trust in May 2021. She has more than 30 years of business experience working for John Lewis, where she was Director of Shop Trade until 2020 and responsible for the leadership of 51 John Lewis shops.

She is also Chair of the John Lewis Foundation, working with a wide variety of non-governmental organisations and charities on international and UK projects, and a non executive Director of Silva Homes, a not for profit social housing association.

Dr Toni Schwarz

Dr Toni Schwarz joined the Trust in May2021. She has had a 35 year career working within the health sector and the NHS, and is the Dean of the College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University.

She trained as a nurse and worked in clinical practice in hospital and the community for almost 20 years before moving into higher education. She moved to Sheffield in 2014 to take up the role of Head of Department for Nursing and Midwifery at Sheffield Hallam before stepping up to the position of Dean.

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