Trust Board Members


​​​​​​​​​​​The Trust Board is responsible for the running of our Trust, setting its strategy and overseeing the way it operates. The Board has a Chairman and six Non-Executive Directors, who are appointed by the NHS Appointments Commission and work part time. It also has five Executive Directors, who are full time employees of the Trust. A number of other Directors also sit with the Board but do not have voting rights. 

Please note that while Trust Board meetings are held in public, in accordance with the Trust's Standing Orders, no recording, transmitting, video or similar equipment is to be used during the meetings, unless prior permission has been sought, and granted, by the Chairman.  There will be an opportunity for questions and comments from members of the public at the end of the meeting.

G6 declaration

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Rules of Procedure​

The Rules of Procedure describe the corporate governance arrangements within UHNM.  These were approved by the Trust Board in April 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions and Schemes of Reservation and Delegation, which describe in detail the roles, responsibilities and procedural requirements of the Board of Directors. 

Board Development Programme

The Board Development Programme sets out what the Board has achieved to date as well as further areas of development, with timescales for delivery throughout 2015/2016.

To view dates for public meetings of the Trust Board​, click here

To view Trust Board papers, click here

Voting board members

​​ ​David Wakefield - Chairman

David Wakefield was appointed as chair for a four-year term of office on April 3rd 2018. David is a qualified accountant and has held several senior executive posts, including Commercial Finance Director for Royal Mail. He has also held a number of non-executive directorships, including the Chair at other NHS trusts.

 ​Paula Clark - Chief Executive

Paula joined the Trust as Chief Executive from The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, where she held the post of Chief Executive for seven years.  Prior to that she was Chief Executive of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Paula has a keen interest in education and leadership development in the NHS and is Chair of the West Midlands Leadership Group and newly appointed to the Health Education Midlands and East Board.

Her career in the NHS has spanned a wide range of sectors, including Chief Executive of Erewash Primary Care Trust and senior roles at Southern Derbyshire Health Authority, Nottingham City Hospital and Derbyshire Ambulance Service.

Paula has worked in the NHS for 27 years, with 17 years at Chief Executive level. Before joining the NHS, she began her career in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry. Following this, she lectured in business studies, public relations and marketing in further education.

 ​Peter Akid​ - Non-Executive Director

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​​ ​Sonia Belfield - Non-Executive Director

Sonia is a commercially focused Human Resources Director who has operated at Board level for over 10 years within a number of differing sectors.   Sonia is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and holds a Master's Degree in Occupational Psychology (Psychology of Work), as well as being a qualified Mediator. 

Sonia also holds a post as a Governor for Reaseheath College in Nantwich. Sonia has much experience leading teams through change and within complex matrix structures.

​​ ​Leigh Gri​​ffin ​ - Non-Executive Director

Coming soon

​​ ​Gar​y Crowe​ - Non-Executive Director

Gary Crowe is a university professor of Innovation Leadership attending at Keele Management School and Loughborough University.

He previously held senior commercial positions in strategy, business transformation and risk & financial management as a director and management consultant in the financial services sector. 

Gary holds a number of external board appointments, He served as an independent Non-Executive Director with another NHS Trust since 2015.

He is a qualified Chartered Banker and Fellow of a number of professional organisations and learned societies. 

​​Andrew Hassell - Non-Executive Director​​ ​

​Professor Andrew Hassell is Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University and is a consultant rheumatologist at the Haywood Hospital in Burslem.  He represents the University as a non-executive director on the Board. As well as his clinical and academic activities, Andrew is chairman of the Haywood Foundation, a local charity committed to improving the lives of people with arthritis and related conditions​.

Dr Jean Challiner - Associate Non-Executive Director​​ ​

Jean is a former GP and A&E doctor who moved into healthcare technology as a Medical Director for NHS Direct in its early days. She has since worked as Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Solutions International Ltd gaining experience in designing, configuring and customising clinical decision support for customers across the world. She has more recently been Group Medical Director for Interserve plc where her focus was on quality care of patients with complex needs at home. 

Jean is Director of Aspirations Consulting Ltd and is an EMCC accredited Executive Coach and EQ-i assessor. Her personal goal is to deliver value in everything she does.  She is delighted to be working in Stoke on Trent, the area she was born in.

​ ​Elizabeth Rix - Chief Nurse

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Liz Rix has been Chief Nurse at University Hospitals of North Midlands for the past seven years, having held previous director-level nursing posts in large, integrated trusts.

She is a graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme and is one of the few nurses to undertake the scheme after being in the health service for a number of years.

Liz has been part of the leadership team which took County Hospital and integrated it, through engagement and organisational development, into 'A New Kind of Trust': University Hospitals of North Midlands.

Liz is passionate about delivering quality care for patients through clinical leadership at all levels. She has undertaken a transformation programme within University Hospitals, reshaping the nursing workforce to give an emphasis on the teams' ethos of 'Proud to Care'.

A focus of Liz's success has been through the development of strong nursing teams who manage the nursing workforce, the patient experience and environment.

Liz believes the key to good experience and outcomes for staff and patients has to come from the right numbers of staff with the right skills to deliver within a framework that supports pride and respect.​

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Helen Ashley - Chief Officer for Finance and Performance

Helen Ashby white background small.jpg​Helen Ashley joined the Trust in 2016 following nearly seven years as Chief Executive at neighbouring Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Helen studied Social Policy and Administration at University of Nottingham before spending six years as Director of Finance/Deputy CEO at Erewash Primary Care Trust. Helen left this role to become Director of Corporate Development at Burton Hospitals before becoming CEO.

Having joined the NHS as a graduate Regional Finance Trainee and qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant, Helen has a strong finance background and is leading on the transformational aspects of finances at UHNM.

​​Ro Vaughan - Director of Human Resources​

Ro Vaughan - resized.jpgRo Vaughan became the substantive Director of Human Resources in December 2014, and had been Acting Director of Human Resources since May 2013.  She has a masters in Human Resources leadership and extensive experience of human resources gained in roles within the acute hospital setting and strategic health authority.

Ro is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 20 years experience of complex organisational change management, workforce planning and leadership development and organisational development.

​Dr John Oxtoby -  Medical Director​

​​Dr Oxtoby is a Consultant Radiologist. His areas of clinical practice are nuclear medicine diagnosis, general radiology, vascular ultrasound and thyroid imaging. Dr Oxtoby has significant medical management duties. In addition to his current role of Acting Executive Medical Director , he is also Caldicott Guardian for the Trust.

After qualifying from Edinburgh University in 1984 Dr Oxtoby undertook broad-based medical training in the UK and New Zealand between 1984 and 1990. Subsequently he trained in radiology and was appointed as consultant in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at UHNM in 1996.

Dr Oxtoby is proud to work at University Hospitals of North Midlands and relishes the challenges involved in working as a medical director. He is passionate about developing our hospitals to ensure we are able to provide the best possible medical care.

Non-voting board members​

Mark Bostock - Director of Information Management and Technology

 Mark joined the Trust from Informatics Merseyside in 2013, an NHS shared service providing Information Management and Technology services. Mark has worked in the IT industry for over 22 years.

Having worked as a Software Developer and IT manager for the German engineering organisation Continental, Mark joined the NHS in the mid 1990s and has held Director of IM&T roles in Acute and Mental Health Trusts.

​Andr​​ew Butters - Director of Business Development​

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Before moving into his current post as Director of Business Development Andrew worked as Project Director responsible for the integration of Royal Stoke and County Hospitals.  He has over 20 years’ experience working at Board level in the NHS with skills in strategy development and implementation, project management, general management and finance. Prior to joining UHNM his posts included Director of Frontline Consultancy Services, NHS North Wales Director of Strategy, Chief Executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Director of Finance and Information for Manchester Health Authority and Broadgreen Hospital NHS Trust in Liverpool. Andrew also spent 15 years working in the private sector in professional services, transport, warehousing and distribution, construction and the automotive industry​.

Naomi Duggan​​ ​-​​ Director of Communications


Naomi joined the Trust in November 2015 and has a vast amount of experience from both the public and private sector. She has held senior roles at British Coal, ASDA and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Her NHS career began at Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust in 2008 as Director of Public Affairs with Board responsibility for all aspects of strategic communications and engagement.  In 2012 Naomi was appointed as Director of Communications and Engagement at NHS Greater Manchester.

Most recently, Naomi has provided consultancy support offering strategic communications and engagement advice and Board level support on a number of complex health economy wide transformational projects. This included nearly two years as part of the team delivering the "better care together" programme in Morecambe Bay, which was chosen as one of the first Five Year Forward View Vanguard projects.

Lorraine Whitehead - ​Director of Estate, Facilities and PFI​​ ​

Lorraine has worked for the Trust for many years commencing as an admin trainee in Trust Headquarters in 1987.  Exposure to the executive agenda gave her an appetite to pursue senior management in the NHS as a career path.  Lorraine subsequently worked in various managerial roles at all levels before becoming a Deputy Director.   ​

During her career and whilst bringing up a young family she studied part-time culminating in her being awarded a Masters in Facilities Management in 2013. Lorraine is an expert on PFI contract management and is presently helping HM Treasury and the Private Finance Unit to produce a case study on her experience of the PFI and is supporting the review and updating of DH guidance on public/private sector contract management. ​