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Trust Board Members

Our 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.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board meetings 2021

  • Tuesday 9 November - 2pm - 5pm

Chair and Chief Executive

Gavin Boyle

Gavin Boyle – Chief Executive

Gavin joined the NHS just over 25 years ago as a General Management Trainee in Liverpool. This followed University and a degree in Biological Sciences, then a short period of private industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and completed the Programme for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. He spent the first part of his NHS life in and around Liverpool in both primary care organisations and hospitals, then onto Exeter and then Winchester where he was responsible for a broad range of hospital and community services. More recently he has held Board level posts as Director of Operations at the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Prior to joining Derby Teaching Hospitals in March 2016 as Chief Executive, Gavin has held the position of Chief Executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Gavin is Chair of the East Midlands Acute Hospitals Chief Executives forum and is a non-executive member of the supervisory board of GS1 the digital standards and barcoding organisation.


Kathy McLean

Dr Kathy McLean, OBE – Chair

Kathy is currently Chair of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System and a  Non-Executive Director Barts Health NHS trust. Kathy has held board positions both locally in Derbyshire, regionally and nationally. Prior to her Non Executive roles, Kathy was Executive Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer at NHS Improvement, the organisation responsible for providing leadership and support to NHS trusts. Prior to this she was the Clinical Transitions Director working with Sir Bruce Keogh to build the NHS Commissioning Board, now NHS England. 

Kathy was Medical Director at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for over six years, where she was also a consultant physician from 1994 until 2009.

Her work focused on improving quality by building clinical leadership and expertise across the system and supporting the most challenged organisations. In 2018 Kathy was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to leadership across the NHS.

Non-Executive Directors

Dr Ian Gell

Dr Ian Gell, Non-Executive Director

Ian qualified in Medicine from Leeds University in 1977 and then trained as an anaesthetist in hospitals in Yorkshire, the South West and in Sweden before returning to Yorkshire as a Senior Registrar. He was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in 1987 where he worked for 27 years. In addition to his clinical role Ian developed a major interest in medical management and assumed the role of clinical director at Chesterfield from the mid ‘90’s where he managed a number of different directorates.

Ian was appointed as Executive Medical Director at Chesterfield in 2009. In 2011 he became the trust’s first Responsible Officer and led the introduction of medical appraisal for doctors in the trust and local revalidation processes.

As well as his local role Ian was also a member of Monitor’s Medical Advisory Group and became the Secondary Care Clinician on the Governing Body of Southern Derbyshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group.

In 2014 Ian retired but has continued to work in several areas of the health service at regional and national level undertaking work with NHS Employers and as an independent advisor. He continues as Regional Appraisal Lead for NHS England Midlands & East.

Ian was born in Nottinghamshire and brought up in Lincolnshire. He is married and has two grown up children. When not working he enjoys gardening, walking and travelling.

Ian is the Chair of the Quality and Performance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.


Victoria Chapman

Professor Victoria Chapman, Non-Executive Director

Vicky has been a member of academic staff at University of Nottingham since 1998 and Deputy Director of the Versus Arthritis Pain Centre (formerly Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre) since 2010. Vicky leads an internationally recognised research team focused on the mechanisms of chronic pain and the identification of novel targets for treatments and is published over 125 original articles, successfully supervised over 25 PhD students and held grants from Versus Arthritis, MRC, Industry, Wellcome Trust and FP7.

Vicky has held senior leadership positions at University of Nottingham, including Deputy Head of School and Interim Head of School (Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). She has previously chaired the implementation of the strategic review of research in the School of Life Sciences and has been an active member of the Athena SWAN committee in the School.

Since 2015 she has been one of five University Research Theme leads reporting directly to Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. In this role Vicky represented Health and Wellbeing across the University and she has contributed to the development and implementation of the University Research Strategy, including the selection of Research Priority Areas. This over-arching Research Strategy was developed to provide individuals and teams with opportunities to expand their research horizons and capabilities and to provide the University with the infrastructure and capability to further develop research strength and reputation.

Vicky is a member of the People and Culture Committee and the Charitable Funds Committee.


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 degree in Materials Technology and is a qualified performance coach, is passionate about people, innovation and ethics in organisations.

Sardip has experience of the public sector though her role as an associate Non-Executive Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.


Stephen Jarratt

Stephen Jarratt, Non-Executive Director

Steve is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant who has held a number of senior level finance roles in private and public sector organisations over the last twenty years. Steve commenced his career in manufacturing, then spent several years in the rail sector initially within British Rail then as a Finance Director of a train operating franchise within the National Express Group. In 2003 he joined the Department of Work & Pensions firstly working within their corporate change programme before taking a senior finance role in JobCentre Plus.

Latterly Steve had been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Independent Living Fund where he also held the position of Finance & Resources Director responsible for all aspects of financial management and control, a position he retired from on 30 September 2015.

Steve is the Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.


Christine Fearns

Christine Fearns, Non-Executive Director

Chris joined the Trust Board in February 2020. She has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1983, initially specialising in Accident and Emergency Care and holding senior clinical roles in Liverpool and Stoke.

She held a number of senior level roles, including Managing Director of a Community Services Provider; Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Nurse of a Primary Care Trust in North Staffordshire and Director of Commissioning of a Primary Care Trust in South Birmingham, where she also held a joint post with Birmingham City Council, and responsible for the commissioning and contracting of Acute, Community, Mental Health and Primary Care NHS services for a large, diverse population.

In recent years she has led work on organisational strategy and held senior roles in Strategic Development, leading a number of major service transformation programmes within and across hospitals and across health economies, including acute service reconfiguration across multi-site trusts; transformation of acute, community and social care provision aligned with PFI development; and development of clinical shared services models of care across Trusts.

As well as her current role at UHDB, Chris also works as a Non-Executive Director at Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. She lives in Staffordshire and is actively engaged in community-based activities and advises local charities. She is married with two grown-up children. When not working she enjoys travel, music and walking. Chris holds a BSc (Hons) in Nursing and is registered with the NMC.

Chris is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee and the People and Culture Committee.


Justin Shannahan

Justin Shannahan, Vice Chair

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.

As well as his current role at UHDB, Justin also works as a Non-Executive Director at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and on a part-time basis as Head of Finance Strategy at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Justin holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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


Joy Street

Joy Street, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Joy has had a varied career spanning the public and private sector including being CEO of a Training and Enterprise Council, Chamber of Commerce and Business Link; Chairing a Mental Health Trust for eight years; running her own regeneration consultancy company, owning a restaurant, working at Board level in the NHS at a specialist hospital and serving as a non-executive director on a range of companies including a major housing association.

Joy is the Chair of the People and Culture Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Charitable Funds Committee. Joy remains actively engaged in community-based activities, e.g. charities and has held several trustee and Chair positions in the voluntary sector and on University boards. Joy provides support to young people transitioning from the care system and advises several local charities.


Kathy Farndon

Kathy Farndon, Non-Executive Director

Kathy is an independent healthcare management consultant and started her clinical career in Medical Physics where she specialised in Cardiology. She has since gone on to hold very senior national management positions in healthcare both in New Zealand with the Ministry of Health and the UK with NHS England.

Kathy has held several Board roles with international organisations and is currently Vice President, Society and Trustee of the Chartered Institute for IT. Kathy is also a member of the all of Government Open Standards Board.

Kathy’s clinical and leadership skills and experience, specifically relating to the digital healthcare agenda have been fundamental to her successful career, driving innovative transformational change in order to improve patient care and outcomes.

Kathy is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee.

Executive Directors

Duncan Bedford 

Duncan Bedford, Executive Managing Director, Burton

Duncan was the as Chief Operating Officer at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from May 2016 and has over 25 years’ NHS experience at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to that Duncan had worked for local authorities working in both county and district councils.

Duncan has worked in a number of senior management positions, including general management roles in a range of specialties as well as Divisional Director for Medicine and Surgery.


Simon Crowther

Simon Crowther, Executive Director of Finance and Performance

Simon joined the Trust in September 2020 as Executive Director of Finance and Performance. Prior to this Simon spent over five years as the Executive Director of Finance, Information and Estates at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2015 and within this role Simon also has responsibility for procurement, performance and contracting.

Simon has also previously held other board level roles in other NHS organisations, including 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 (AMCA)

In addition to this Simon is a Trustee for the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a qualified coaching practitioner.


Dr Magnus Harrison

Magnus Harrison, Executive Medical Director

Magnus became the Executive Medical Director of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHSFT on 1st July 2018, the day the Trust was formed. Prior to this Magnus had been the Executive Medical Director at Burton Hospitals NHSFT.

Magnus has a background in Medical Leadership and was the Clinical Director for Emergency and Acute Medicine at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHSFT. During his tenure at UHNM Magnus was one of the first cohort to take part in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Executive Fast Track Programme, undertaking specialist training and study at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. As part of this programme Magnus reviewed healthcare systems in India and spent some time working for EE gaining corporate, private sector experience.

More latterly Magnus jointly led the team that described and defined the patient’s benefits that would be delivered as a result of the creation of UHDB. Magnus presented the patient benefits case to regulatory bodies, such as the Competition Markets Authority and NHSI, successfully gaining their approvals.

Magnus is UHDB’s Responsible Officer, overseeing all medical revalidation, and the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian. Magnus is focused, with Cathy Winfield, Executive Chief Nurse, on delivering the highest quality and safest care for all UHDB’s patients.


Sharon Martin  

Sharon Martin, Executive Chief Operating Officer

Sharon was the Chief Operating Officer at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from July 2016. Sharon has worked in Derby for 37 years holding key nursing, leadership and management roles within Medicine. In 2009, as Divisional Lead for Medicine, she led the programme to bring Medicine together onto one acute site in Derby, developing specialty take in and 24/7 services.

Sharon has been instrumental in delivering key improvements to workforce and performance against the 4 hour target in Adult Emergency Department. In her previous role as Divisional Director of Integrated Care, Sharon developed the division, particularly focusing on partnership development outside of the acute trust. Recently, following the merger she has focused on bringing the operational teams together to improve the services we give to our patients across Staffordshire & Derbyshire.

Sharon is a passionate leader; patient focused and has a track record of positive staff engagement and achievement.


Cathy Winfield

Cathy Winfield MBE, Executive Chief Nurse

Cathy became the Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse at Derby Teaching Hospitals in May 2013, having joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse in August 2009. Cathy qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 from Bloomsbury and Islington School of Nursing and Midwifery in London, before going on to specialise as a Haemato-oncology nurse, working at the Middlesex Hospital on the first Teenage Cancer Trust Unit in the UK.

As part of Cathy’s current role as the Executive Chief Nurse UHDB she has executive responsibility for Risk Management, Safeguarding, Patient Safety & Quality (jointly with the Medical Director), Facilities Management, Cathy is a Safety Champion for Maternity & Neonates, and also the Trust’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

Cathy is passionate about Staff & Patient Experience and Safety, supporting vulnerable individuals and equality for all. Cathy is a coach and mentor and has a Masters with Distinction in Healthcare Governance at Loughborough University.

Amanda Rawlings

Amanda Rawlings, Executive Director of People and Organisational Development

Amanda joined UHDB in March 2020 having been the shared Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness for Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust (DCHS) and Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (DHCT) since September 2016. In addition, between 2014-2016 Amanda was the shared Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness for Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust and Chesterfield Royal Foundation Trust. Amanda joined the NHS in April 2007, having previously spent her career in private sector; mainly for Caterpillar – Perkins Engines Co Limited, British Sugar PLC and EMAP.

Board agenda and papers

Due to Coronavirus our Public Board meetings are being held virtually therefore members of the public will not be able to attend in person. If you’d like to join the virtual meeting please email to register. You will receive instructions to join the meeting via Microsoft Teams.

Meeting etiquette

  • The meeting is being held in public rather than a ‘public meeting’ so questions will not be accepted during the meeting. The public are invited to ask questions relating to matters of business covered on the Trust Board agenda. For any questions which cannot be responded to at the meeting, a response will be provided as soon as possible afterwards
  • By joining the live meeting you are agreeing not to record the event for personal or commercial use.
  • The Charitable Trustees meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Public Trust Board meeting.