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.

Declaration of Interests Register

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Upcoming Board Meetings

Trust Board meeting dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday 12 March 2024 10am - 12:30pm Queen's Hospital Burton
Tuesday 14 May 2024 10am - 12.30pm Royal Derby Hospital
Tuesday 9 July 2024 10am - 12.30pm Queen's Hospital Burton
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

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.


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; and the Chair of Joined Up Care Derbyshire's Provider Collaborative Leadership and Urgent and Emergency Care Delivery Boards.

Stephen is also a Trustee of the Intensive Care Society, an alumni of Harvard Business School, and works with the CQC as a Well-Led Executive Reviewer.

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 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.

Sardip is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee, the Finance and Investment Committee and the Charitable Funds 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.


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.

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, Non-Executive Director

Ian’s expertise lies in business transformation. As CEO of WHP Engineering, a private, equity-backed engineering business, Ian has headed up its award-winning business transformation and achieved significant growth since he joined it in 2016.

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 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.

Dr Jaspal Taggar

Dr Jaspal Taggar, Non-Executive Director

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

As Head of Undergraduate GP Education at Nottingham University, Dr 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 Clinical Research Network.

Born and brought up locally in Derby, Dr Taggar wants to use his expertise to support and develop of high-quality patient care and services and to help 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. 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, Non-Executive 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. 

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 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, estates 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, 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 member of the National Finance Academy Board; Trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and Chair of the HFMA Audit Committee.

Simon is also a qualified coaching practitioner.

Dr Gis Robinson

Dr Gis Robinson, Interim Executive Medical Director

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 Interim Executive Medical Director in September 2023 from her substantive role as Deputy Medical Director.


Andrew Hall   

Andrew Hall, Interim 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 currently the Trust's Interim Executive Chief Operating Officer (October 2023) while Sharon Martin, Executive Chief Operating Officer, is away under compassionate circumstances.


Gary Marsh

Garry Marsh, Executive Chief Nurse

Garry's nursing career spans 25 years. His extensive nursing and operational experience includes his most recent role as Chief Nurse at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham and before that, as Deputy Chief Nurse at United Lincolnshire Hospitals. 

Alongside his Trust role Garry is the Chief Nurse Senior Responsible Officer for infection prevention and control across the Derbyshire system, and is the system executive lead for NextGen - a programme to help attract and welcome young people into a career in nursing.


Amanda Rawlings

Amanda Rawlings, Executive Chief People Officer

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.
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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 12 March 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.