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 2019

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Tuesday 12 November 2019


Board meetings 2020

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Chairman and Chief Executive

John Rivers CBE DL - Chairman

John Rivers CBE DL - Chairman

John retired from Rolls-Royce Plc in September 2007 after 10 years as Director of Human Resources for the company preceded by 5 years as Personnel Director for the Aerospace Group. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. For 19 years prior to joining Rolls-Royce, he worked at GEC in a number of senior management positions, including Personnel Director at GPT (GEC Plessey Telecomms). He was appointed for a four year term of office from 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2013 and has been re-appointed with his current term of office expiring on 30 September 2019. John is the Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and serves on the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee.

Gavin Boyle

Gavin Boyle – Chief Executive

Gavin joined the NHS just over 20 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 spent the first part of his NHS life in and around Liverpool in both primary care and 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 Queens 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 NHS Foundation Trust.

Gavin became Chair of East Midlands Leadership Academy in November 2013 and is Chair of the East Midlands Acute Hospitals Chief Executives forum.

Non-Executive Directors

Graham Bragg

Graham Bragg - Non-Executive Director

Graham retired as Interim Chief Executive of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in December 2013. He had spent over twenty years there, with roles including the Finance Director and Director of Strategic and Business Development. Overall he has worked in the NHS for over 35 years. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Charted Global Management Accountant.

Graham has also been involved with various representative bodies, including; Chairman of the Trust Directors of Finance Network (Southern), Chairman of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee (West Midlands HFMA) and also a member of the West Midlands Healthcare Procurement Consortium. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2014. Graham is Chair of the Trust’s Finance and Investment Committee and also serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. His term of office expires on 30 April 2020.


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.


Professor Avril Drummond

Professor Avril Drummond - Non-Executive Director

Avril is the University of Nottingham’s representative on the Trust Board and is Professor of Healthcare Research and Director of Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is an occupational therapist by professional background and has a particular interest in rehabilitation and rehabilitation services. Avril was also appointed to the Derby Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Visiting Professor of Occupational Therapy Research at the University of Derby in 2013. She was first appointed for a three year term from 1 November 2014 and has been re-appointed until 31 October 2018.

Avril serves on Quality Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Dr Stephen Goode

Dr Stephen Goode CBE - Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman

Stephen worked in the Criminal and Community Justice System from 1975, retiring from the Ministry of Justice as a Senior Civil Servant in 2013. He undertook international, national and regional roles in his career. He was Chief Probation Officer for Derbyshire between 1997 and 2004, and was awarded a CBE for Services to Probation in 2002.

In addition he was a member of the Parole Board from 2000 to 2006 and a Non-Executive Director for the Strategic Health Authority in the Midlands and East between 2006 and 2012.

Stephen was Non-Executive Director at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2013 where he was Deputy Chair and Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee. Stephen is the Vice-Chairman and serves on the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee, Quality Committee, Charitable Funds Committee and Nominations & Remuneration Committee. He’s term of office expires on 11 February 2020.

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 was appointed as Non-Executive Director at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2015.   He is Chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee, People Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee. His term of office expires on 30 April 2020.

Sir Stephen Moss

Sir Stephen Moss - Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Stephen is a nurse by background and has spent his entire career in the NHS. Following a number of years in clinical practice he moved into a variety of nursing and general management roles, and has over thirty years experience in posts at Board level including Chief Nurse, Chief Executive, Non- Executive Director and Chairman. He spent seven years as Director of Nursing at the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) and associated hospitals before moving to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham in 1984. Stephen was appointed by the Secretary of State as a Commissioner on the first NHS Quality regulator, the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and was Vice Chair of the team which developed the first reviews of clinical governance to be undertaken in England and Wales. He took early retirement in 2005 and in 2009 was asked to undertake the role of Chairman at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following the highly critical report from the Healthcare Commission. Stephen was previously Chairman of the Department of Health Human Factors Reference Group. He was appointed as Non-Executive Director at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2013.

Stephen is the Senior Independent Director and Chairs the People Committee and also serves on the Quality Committee, Audit Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Justin Shannahan

Justin Shannahan - Non-Executive Director

Justin joined the Board of Directors 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.

Joy Street

Joy Street - Non-Executive Director

Joy was until recently a non-executive director at Stafford and Rural Homes and is embarking on a new career in writing. She 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 and then working at Board level in the NHS at a specialist hospital.

Joy remains actively engaged in community-based activities including charities and has held several trustee and Chair positions in the voluntary sector and on University boards. Joy recently completed basic training in counselling and is a volunteer Samaritan.

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.

Kevin Downs

Kevin Downs – Executive Director of Finance and Performance

Kevin was the as the Director of Finance and Performance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2015 and spent the previous three years at the Trust as Deputy Director of Finance responsible for Financial Accounting, Procurement, Theatre Transformation Group and Cost Improvement Programmes. Previously to this he worked at other NHS Acute providers including Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire Healthcare and Hull mainly in operational roles. He was also a Non- Executive Director at Burton Hospital. Prior to joining the NHS the majority of Kevin’s career was spent in the commercial sector at Finance Director Level. He worked for Venture Capitalists (Netwest Bank/ Bridgepoint) and large multinationals both in the UK and across Europe. These included VF Corp (Wrangler Jeans). Warnaco (Vanity Fair) and Matel Toys. Prior to that he worked as a PLC Director at MV Sports and for BASS the brewer in multiple roles including mergers and acquisitions. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University.

Dr Magnus Harrison

Magnus Harrison – Executive Medical Director

Magnus is the Executive Medical Director and an Emergency Medicine Consultant. Magnus’s role, working with the Chief Nurse, is focused on delivering the highest quality and safest care for all UHDB’s patients. Magnus is the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian and oversees all medical revalidation. Magnus was the Medical Director at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2015 and was the Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine at University Hospital North Midlands NHS Trust prior to that.


Sharon Martin

Sharon Martin - Executive Chief Operating Officer

Sharon was the Chief Operating Officer at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from July 2016, having been in the Interim role since January 2016. Sharon has worked in Derby for 33 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 delivery 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 focussing on partnership development outside of the acute trust. Sharon is a passionate leader; patient focussed and has a track record of positive staff engagement and achievement. Sharon is currently undertaking the Nye Bevan Director Development programme.


Peter Moore, UHDB Board

Peter Moore - Executive Director of Strategy and Integration

Peter has been the Executive Director of Strategy and Integration of UHDB since July 2018.  Peter’s role is in two parts; firstly to lead the delivery of the Trust’s merger benefits, secondly to develop an ambitious strategy for a sustainable future for UHDB. Joining from the automotive industry in 2009, Peter was a director at Southern Derbyshire CCG, and whilst on secondment to Sheffield CCG and Sheffield City Council in 2016 he led the pioneering Sheffield Place Based Plan which was a leader in developing Integrated Care Systems.


Dr Neil Pease

Dr Neil Pease - Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Dr Neil Pease was appointed as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2015. Neil has worked in the NHS for over 20 years including as a porter and healthcare assistant. His more recent role was as Director of Organisational Development and Workforce at Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Foundation Trust. After obtaining a degree in sports medicine from Glasgow University he moved into medical education, where he pioneered the use of clinical simulation in palliative care education. Other roles have included Deputy Director at NHS Hull and he also spent a year in professional sport as Director of Strategic Development at Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Club. Neil holds a Professional Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University on the subject of organisational development.


Cathy Winfield

Cathy Winfield - Executive Chief Nurse

Cathy became Interim Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse in November 2012 at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and following an open recruitment process was appointed to the substantive post in April 2013. Cathy joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse in August 2009, prior to which Cathy was a Clinical Directorate Lead at Nottingham University Hospitals. Cathy has worked in the NHS for 23 years and is passionate about patient experience, patient safety, quality and governance.

Advisors to the Board

Tosca Fairchild

Tosca Fairchild-Moyo, Director of Governance and Communications 

Tosca was the Director of Governance, Communications & Engagement at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Trust’s Chief Risk Officer. She joined Burton in 2014 leading on Governance and Risk Management from 1 April 2018 also led on Communications & Engagement. 

Prior to that she was the Director of Corporate Affairs at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with responsibility for governance, public engagement and risk management (Board Assurance Framework) as well as being Company Secretary.

Tosca has extensive experience in healthcare governance and commenced her working life in banking; joined the NHS in 2004 at a Primary Care Trust before moving onto Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust where she was Company Secretary.

Tosca’s role ensures that the Trust meets all its corporate governance, legal and statutory obligations. Her responsibilities include external and internal communications, stakeholder management, brand and reputation management, as well as being the advisor the Board of Directors and Council of Governors.

Tosca is extremely passionate about the NHS, governance, public accountability, transparency diversity and inclusion. Tosca and her team won the ‘Governance Project of the Year’ award at the coveted Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) Awards for the work that went into the creation of the new Trust in July 2018.

Board agenda and papers