Executive Recruitment

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.

Executive Directors

Sir Andrew Cash OBE - Chief Executive

Andrew joined the NHS as a fast track graduate management trainee and has been a chief executive for more than 20 years. He has worked at local, regional and national level. He has worked by invite at the Department of Health Whitehall on a number of occasions. He is a visiting Professor in Leadership Development at the Universities of York and Sheffield. He is the Vice Chair of the NHS Confederation and Chair of the NHS Employers Policy Board.

Andrew has been Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since its inception in July 2004. Prior to that he was the first Chief Executive of the newly merged Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which came into effect in April 2001.

Neil Priestley - Director of Finance

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.

David Throssell - Medical Director

David has previously held the posts of Deputy Medical Director, Clinical Director and he has also been a Consultant Renal Physician for many years at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Medicine and Nephrology in Leicester and Cardiff before moving to Sheffield in 1996. 

Kirsten Major - Deputy Chief Executive

Kirsten joined the Trust in February 2011 as Director of Strategy & Planning. Before her current role as Deputy Chief Executive she was the Director of Strategy and Operations for the Trust for over 3 years. Prior to this Kirsten was Executive Director of Health System Reform at NHS North West Strategic Health Authority. She is a health economist by background beginning her career at Greater Glasgow Health Board and also worked at NHS Ayrshire and Arran for 11 years before moving to the North West in 2008. 

Mark Gwilliam - Director of Human Resources and Staff Development

Mark took up his 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 3 years. Mark joined the NHS in 2004 through the Gateway to Leadership Programme and was assigned on placement here 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.

Anne Gibbs - Director of Strategy and Planning

Anne brings a wealth of experience from her roles as Delivery and Improvement Director for NHS Improvement for Greater Manchester and Lancashire, and Associate Lead for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Prior to that Anne has worked as Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Strategy at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Non-Executive Directors

Dawn Moore

Dawn has more than 20 years of HR experience, with over 11 years at director level. She has experience in fields including manufacturing, construction, social housing, fast moving consumer goods and retail.

Dawn has recently been appointed as Director of HR for Morgan Sindall Plc, and has previously held other Executive HR director level roles in several large organisations including Tarmac, Northern Foods and Vesuvius plc. She has been a Sheffield resident for over 22 years.

Candace Imison

Candace Imison is the Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust. She joined the Nuffield Trust in 2014 with a remit to develop a work programme on new models of care, including technology and workforce. Candace was previously Deputy Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, where she researched and published on a wide range of topics, including future health care trends, service reconfiguration, workforce planning, polyclinics, community health services and referral management. Candace has extensive senior management experience in the NHS, including at board level for providers and commissioners. She was also a Director of Strategy for a large acute trust and Director of Commissioning for a large health authority. Candace worked on strategy and policy at the Department of Health between 2000 and 2006, including the Wanless Review, the White Paper “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say” and “Keeping the NHS Local”, setting out policy for the reconfiguration of hospital services. Candace holds a Master’s degree in health economics and health policy from the University of Birmingham and a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.

John O’Kane

John joined the Board in Ocober 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.

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 & Operations at NHS North of England – Strategic Health Authority and Executive Director of Performance & Delivery at NHS Yorkshire & the Humber.

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 2018. He is a Professor of Clinical Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and was appointed as Director of the Clinical Research Facility in 2004. The NIHR Sheffield CRF has units both at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital. Chris also works closely with the University of Sheffield and in September 2014 took on the role of Faculty Director of Research & Innovation for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health.

For further information about our Board Members, please click here. To view our Board Structure, please also click here.

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