Trust Board Members

Our Trust Board sets the overall policy and strategic direction for the Trust, approves and monitors our plans, budgets and major capital expenditure, and monitors performance against objectives.

Executive directors are employed by the Trust. Non-executive directors are people whose wide range of experience and skills contribute to the effective management and accountability of the Trust. They work closely with executive directors to ensure the Trust runs in an open and transparent way, providing high-quality services for local people who need to use them.

The non-executive directors are, individually and collectively, accountable to the Council of Governors for the performance of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is supported by the following committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  • Quality Assurance Committee
  • Finance Investment and Performance Committee
  • People and Culture Committee
  • Finance and Performance Committee

Declaration of Interests Register

A list of the Trust's key decision makers’ interests can be found on the declarations tab. To search for an individual Trust Board member, please select the filter button and type the individual’s name into the keywords box and click filter.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Trust Board meeting dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday 10 September 2024 10am - 12.30pm Royal Derby Hospital
Tuesday 12 November 2024 10am - 12.30pm Queen's Hospital Burton
Tuesday 14 January 2025 10am - 12.30pm Royal Derby Hospital
Tuesday 11 March 2025 10am - 12.30pm Queen's Hospital Burton

Chair and Chief Executive

Prem Singh

Prem Singh, Chair

Prem, who originally joined the NHS as a student nurse, has more than 47 years of NHS and social care experience and has held senior CEO and Chair roles across healthcare in Derbyshire for over two decades.

Prem retired from his last NHS roles as Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS) as well as Chairman of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board in 2022, before deciding to rejoin the NHS UHDB in May 2024 to become a part of his local acute hospital trust.

In addition to his former roles as Chairman, Prem has held senior executive roles as CEO and executive Director of Nursing and Quality and served in several national leadership positions, including as an invited member of the Chairs Advisory Group of 25 chairs nationally hosted by the Chair of NHS Improvement; the senior independent trustee of the NHS Confederation Board; and the National Leadership Council.


Stephan Posey

Stephen Posey, Chief Executive

Stephen joined University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHSFT in September 2022. He was previously the CEO of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cambridge.

During his time at Royal Papworth, Stephen successfully delivered the move to a new state-of-the-art hospital and under his leadership Royal Papworth became the first NHS hospital trust in the country to receive an 'Outstanding' rating across all Care Quality Commission (CQC) domains.

Stephen has a strong track record of delivering both quality and performance and building professional links with industry, research and academic partners. 

As CEO, Stephen is committed to working with colleagues across the Trust and the Derbyshire and Staffordshire communities to support the delivery of our strategy to provide exceptional care together and the best outcomes for patients. 

In addition to his Chief Executive role, Stephen: is a member of the national Organ Utilisation Group, established by the Department of Health and Social Care to maximise the potential for organ transplantation; A Partner Member of the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board, Chair of Joined Up Care Derbyshire's Provider Collaborative Leadership Board and Urgent and Emergency Care Delivery Boards; Deputy Chair of the East Midlands Acute Providers (EMAP) Network; and Chair of the East Midlands Clinical Research Network Partnership Board.

Stephen is an alumni of Harvard Business School.

Non-Executive Directors

Sardip Sandhu

Sardip Sandhu, Non-Executive Director

Sardip Sandhu has over 20 years of experience and expertise in a variety of commercial, general management, strategy & transformation leadership roles at Walgreens Boots Alliance. She specialises in building strategy, operational change, brands, teams and people, and has worked with teams in UK, USA and Asia. Sardip, who has a Masters degree in Global Public Heath, is a qualified performance coach, is passionate about people, innovation and ethics in organisations. 

Sardip is also a independent Governor and board member of DeMontfort University and is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham medical school.

Sardip is Chair of the Charitable funds committee, Vice Chair of Finance and performance  Committee and a board member of D Hive.

Justin Shannahan

Justin Shannahan, Non-Executive Director

Justin joined the Trust Board in June 2019. He has a broad finance, purchasing and commercial background and worked for over 20 years in a number of roles at Rolls-Royce, most recently as the Director of Finance of the Civil Aerospace division.

Justin holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management and is a qualified accountant.

Justin is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and the Charitable Funds Committee.


Billie Lam

Billie Lam, Non-Executive Director

Billie, born and brought up in Hong Kong, originally trained as a nurse and has been a senior leader in NHS and independent organisations for several decades across acute, community, commissioning and primary care.

Billie's expertise focuses on addressing a diverse range of quality and patient safety issues at an operational and strategic level, and has a proactive interest in equality, diversity and inclusion and in addressing health inequalities for the one million population the Trust serves. She chairs the Trust's People and Culture Committee (PCC) and is a member of Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board PCC.

Billie values education and continuous professional development, with qualifications held in nursing, information and law, and is an alumna of the NHSEI Non-Executive Director Training Scheme.


Ian Lichfield

Ian Lichfield, Vice Chair

Ian’s expertise lies in business transformation, turnaround and growth. Ian has held a number of CEO and CFO roles in both listed and private equity-backed businesses. During this time, Ian has achieved award-winning business transformation and growth and has delivered an exceptional health and safety performance. 

As a qualified chartered accountant, Ian has expertise in finance, strategy, restructuring, rationalising and growing businesses and has led the acquisition, integration and sale of several businesses across his career. 

He has extensive Board level management and leadership experience, including managing a number of joint ventures during his international career in the commercial sector. Ian is passionate about delivering strong health and safety performance and building a culture where people get an opportunity to grow and develop, and has seven years' experience as a former non-executive director at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, including chairing its Quality Business and Audit and Assurance committees. 

Ian is the Vice Chair, Chair of the Finance, Investment and Performance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. 

Dr Jaspal Taggar

Professor Jaspal Taggar, Non-Executive Director

Professor Jaspal Taggar is a General Practitioner and Clinical Academic at the University of Nottingham.

As Head of Undergraduate GP Education at Nottingham University, Prof. Taggar is passionate about the training of the future medical workforce and innovation of medical education.

He has a portfolio of clinical and medical education research whilst supporting research delivery across the East Midlands in his capacity as Co-Lead for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.

Born and brought up locally in Derby, Prof. Taggar wants to use his expertise to support and develop high-quality patient care and services, enabling the health and wealth of the local community to thrive.

Nikant Ailawadi

Nikant Ailawadi, Associate Non-Executive Director

Nikant became an Associate Non-Executive Director in April 2023, after being a NExT Director for a year. 

Nikant has an MBA from Cambridge University where he was awarded the Benavitch Scholarship. He is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management’s Senior Leaders Programme, has successfully completed the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme for Executive Directors, and also holds a BSc and MA.

At Barts Health he provides strategic leadership and oversight to create an insight-driven, patient-centric culture, ensuring staff and patient voice leads to improved, more equitable patient experience. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Prior to joining the NHS he was Global Head of Market Research, Analytics and Insight at the British Council, and also held strategic global roles at Cisco and GSK.

Chris Harrison

Professor Chris Harrison, Senior Independent Director

Chris has held senior NHS board level positions for the past 30 years. Having qualified in Medicine from Manchester he spent the following 10 years in a variety of hospital medicine, primary care and public health roles before becoming a District Director of Public Health in Lancashire in 1992. After overseeing the development of the new Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston he moved to the Northwest Regional Office as Cancer Services Director in 1999. He subsequently held the posts of Medical Director for Greater Manchester SHA, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as well as being National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHSE from 2016-2019. 

Following retirement in 2020 he has been providing strategy and corporate governance advice and support as Executive Director at The Christie Cancer Centre in Manchester where he also provides board leadership for the international programme, health inequalities and environmental issues. He continues to hold this role as well as being an Honorary Professor in the Department of Cancer Sciences at The University of Manchester. 

Chris chairs the Quality Assurance Committee and is member of the Audit Committee. He is also the Board’s nominated Non-Executive Maternity Safety Champion and Non-Executive with oversight of Medical Disciplinary matters. 


Nicky Clarke

Nicky Clarke, Non-Executive Director

Nicky has over 38 years of HR and people experience in large organisations, 11 of those years within the NHS. Nicky is currently Chief of People for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, which is a post she has held since 2019, and has previously worked as Director of HR at Nottingham University Hospitals and Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

She also has extensive experience in the private sector, spending a large part of her career in HR at Boots UK, where she worked for 20 years in a variety of roles.

Nicky has a generalist HR background and has worked on several change programmes, working closely with executive teams to support them on the overall shape and design of the organisation, the organisational culture and employee engagement.

Executive Directors

Simon Crowther

Simon Crowther, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO

Simon joined the Trust in September 2020 as Executive Director of Finance and Performance. Prior to this has also previously held board level roles in other NHS organisations and sectors, including mental health, community, commissioning and throughout his career has worked across different sectors and health communities within the NHS and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA).

In addition, Simon is the Chief Finance Officer for the Provider Collaborative in Derbyshire; the executive lead for the Derbyshire estates strategy; Chair of the Midlands Finance Academy Board and vice chair of the National Finance Academy Board; and Vice President and Trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Dr Gis Robinson

Dr Gis Robinson, Chief Medical Officer

Dr Robinson is a Paediatric Emergency Consultant by background who joined the Trust in 2009, just as the new Paediatric Emergency Department opened.

Gis holds a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience both in and outside the organisation, and joined the Board as Chief Medical Officer in April 2024, following a period as Interim Executive Medical Director since September 2023.

Gis also is Senior Responsible Owner for Joined Up Care Derbyshire's Musculoskeletal Group and the East Midlands Acute Providers Network Oncology Group.


Andrew Hall   

Andrew Hall, Executive Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Hall was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer for planned care in August 2023 after working for the Trust for nine years.

He has held corporate roles covering transformation and operations functions, as well as spending several years leading the Trust's diagnostic and surgical services as Divisional Director. Andrew has worked in senior roles in local government and the voluntary sector as well as the wider NHS, where he has worked in the fields of health inequalities, community services, urgent primary care and integrated health and social care.

Andrew is supporting the leadership of Derbyshire's Integrated Health System through chairing the implementation group overseeing the roll out of the new electronic patient record system across Chesterfield Royal Hospital and UHDB's sites.  He is also Senior Responsible Officer for the Derbyshire Planned Care Board which works to ensure that elective care pathways work as effectively as possible for patients as they move through primary, secondary and community care services.


Gary Marsh

Garry Marsh, Executive Chief Nurse

Garry joined UHDB as Chief Nurse in 2022 after an extensive nursing and operational career across the Midlands, joining UHDB from The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham where he had been Chief Nurse for seven years.

Alongside his Trust role Garry is the Chief Nurse Senior Responsible Officer for infection prevention and control across the Derbyshire system, and also works with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an Executive Reviewer on Well Led inspections.


Amanda Rawlings

Amanda Rawlings, Executive Chief People Officer

Amanda has worked in the NHS since 2007 and joined UHDB in March 2020. Prior to joining UHDB, Amanda worked across Derbyshire for Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust (DCHS), Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (DHCFT) and Chesterfield Royal Foundation Trust. Prior to joining the NHS, Amanda worked globally for Caterpillar – Perkins Engines Co Limited, and British Sugar PLC. Amanda is joint Chair for the Midlands HR Director Network and Vice President of the East Midlands Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA).
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William Monaghan, Executive Chief Digital Information Officer

William joined University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHSFT in February 2023, after previously being Director of Operations in the Transformation Directorate for NHS England. He has 14 years of NHS experience across acute trusts, NHS England and Improvement and NHSX. William’s expertise has seen him set and agree the strategy for the largest digital transformation programme in the world, alongside leading a portfolio of programmes that cover the full range of transformation activity, with particular focus on assuring the technology works and supporting teams to use technology to meet the needs of staff and patients.

William is focussed on delivering the digital strategy and leading the use of new digital technologies and approaches to better support colleagues to deliver exceptional care for patients.

Outside the Trust, Will is part of the faculty for the NHS Digital Academy as a Leading Digital Health Practitioner, where he lectures on a number of modules and provides curriculum advice.


Rebecca O'Connor

Rebecca O'Connor, Executive Director of Corporate Development

Rebecca joined the Trust in October 2023, having been the Director of Corporate Governance at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust since 2021. Rebecca has held a number of senior roles in the NHS and local government across her career. Rebecca steered a multimillion-pound contract for Worcester Royal Urgent and Emergency Care Centre through to completion and has led the development of the governance arrangements across Worcestershire place as part of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System. Prior to joining the acute sector, Rebecca led the governance behind the merger of the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups and was Operational Lead for the BSol System Operations Centre during the pandemic. 

Board agenda and papers

Please note that the next Trust Board meeting to be held in public will be held on Tuesday 10 September 2024.

If you would like to attend this meeting, register a question (more details below), or need documentation in addition to the below, please contact

The meeting is being held in public rather than a ‘public meeting’ so questions will not be accepted during the session, but we encourage people to engage with the Trust via written questions which can be submitted in advance. If you have a question for the Board relating to matters of business covered on the agenda, please submit them to by 5pm the day before the Board meeting at the latest. Thank you.


For the agenda and paper relating to November 2023, please note that this was updated on 20.3.2024, as the Inpatient Survey Report, paragraph 3.4, had been transposed.