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.

Chairman - Tony Pedder OBE

Tony joined the Trust as Chairman in January 2012. He was previously the Chairman of NHS Sheffield and also the Chairman of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Cluster of NHS Primary Care Trusts. As well as his NHS experience, Tony brings extensive management and operational experience in a variety of business organisations and markets. He was previously Chief Executive of Corus plc.

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.

Medical Director - 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.


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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