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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.

Executive Directors

Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE CBE RN HonMD - Chief Nurse

Hilary joined the Trust in March 2006 as Chief Nurse. Hilary began her nursing career at the Northern General Hospital, where she undertook training and worked as staff nurse, then sister in both the cardiothoracic and critical care areas.

Before joining the Trust as Chief Nurse in 2006, Hilary held the
post of Chief Nurse at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. She chairs the National Association of UK University Hospitals
Nurse Directors’ Group.

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

Tony Pedder OBE - Chairman

Tony joined in 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.

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

From November 2014 Candace has been Director of Healthcare Systems at the Nuffield Trust. Her areas of particular interest are workforce and new models of care.

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 healthcare 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 director of strategy for a large acute trust and director of commissioning for large health authority.

Candace holds a master’s degree in health economics and health policy from Birmingham University and a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University.

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  was the Director-General and is now the Chairman of EEF. He was also a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of The 600 Group up and he is the Chairman of the Design Council. Martin is on the Council of the University of Warwick as well as the Board of Warwick University Business School and he currently sits on the Catapult Oversight Board.

Martin was previously Vice President of Avesta-Sheffield AB, a major producer of stainless steel. He has served on the boards of a wide range of companies around the world. 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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