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.

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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.

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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.

Tracy Bullock - Chief Executive

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Tracy joined UHNM in 2019 and is a highly regarded leader who has served the NHS for the entirety of her 35-year career. She qualified as a Nurse in 1987 whilst at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust and throughout her 18 years there she progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, becoming Clinical Risk Manager and then Governance Manager and Directorate Business Manager. In 2002 Tracy joined the Modernisation Agency as Associate Director/Account Manager in the performance support team.


In 2006 Tracy joined Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality. The Chief Operating Officer remit was added to her Director of Nursing role in 2007 and in January 2010 she also took on Deputy Chief Executive responsibilities.

​Peter Akid​ - Non-Executive Director

Peter Akid began his NHS career in 2005 as Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Procurement Hub and over the first five years took the organisation from strength to strength.  

Prior to joining the NHS, Peter held a number of key positions in strategic and operational procurement, both in the public and private sectors; latterly as Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Cable and Wireless, where he undertook significant change programmes in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Before that, Peter had held the position of National Procurement and Contracts Manager at British Gas / Transco PLC, delivering benefits via strategic sourcing and outsourcing programmes. 

Peter is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Having started his career in the construction / civil engineering industry as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, he is also a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.​

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.

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. 

Leigh Gri​​ffin ​ - Non-Executive Director

Leigh Griffin has spent 12 years as an NHS Chief Executive and has worked in consultancy practice, specialising in the provision of advice to health systems on transformation, integrated care and population health management.  Leigh has worked in commissioning and commissioning support units during his career and brings a wealth of NHS experience.

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​.

​​ Ian Smith​ - Non-Executive Director

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Ian became a Non-Executive Director for the Trust in April 2019.


Ian joined the Trust, having retired from his role as senior coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire after 15 years in post. He had previously been the deputy coroner for Walsall from 1984 until appointed coroner in 2001 (both part time posts). He estimates he has presided over more than 6,000 inquests during his career, the vast majority of which have been in Stoke-on-Trent. During his time at Stoke-on-Trent his office dealt with over 60,000 reported deaths.


Ian graduated from Sheffield University with a law degree in 1974 followed by his professional qualifications at the College of Law in Chester, and then articles with Addison, Cooper, Jesson and Co, Walsall. He qualified as a solicitor in 197, became a partner at Addison, Cooper, Jesson & Co in 1980 and ultimately became the senior partner in the merged firm of Addison O'Hare. He had been both Secretary and President of Walsall Law Society.


In his role as coroner he was in 2003 elected the West Midlands Representative on the Council of the Coroners' Society of England & Wales, served on the Society's Law Review Committee and became its Chairman. He remained a Council member until 2018. In 2017 he was elected President of the Society. Locally he was for some years the Chairman of Staffordshire's "Crash Course" programme, which aims to reduce road deaths among young drivers.


Following his retirement as senior coroner he remains an assistant coroner in the neighbouring Staffordshire (South) coroner's area and has become a Course Director with the Judicial College for coroner and coroner officer training.

Helen Ashley - Director of Strategy and Performance (non-voting)

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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.

Mark Bostock - Director of Information Management and Technology (non-voting)

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.

​Paul Bytheway - Chief Operating Officer

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​Paul  joined UHNM in 2019 from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trusts where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Paul came to the NHS after qualifying as a nurse in 1995 and qualifying in Wolverhampton. He moved to London and specialised in emergency department nursing before moving into general management in 2002. Paul remains registered as a nurse and enjoys spending time on 'shadow shifts' with teams across the organisation. Paul has a wide variety experience, built up from general management roles.

​​Naomi Duggan​​ ​-​​ Director of Communications 


Naomi joined the Trust in November 2015.  She held senior communications  roles within the public and private sector before beginning her NHS career at  Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust as Director of Public Affairs in 2008.  In 2012 Naomi was seconded to the role of Director of Communications and Engagement at NHS Greater Manchester, the entity responsible for 10 PCTS in the region as they transitioned into Clinical Commissioning Groups, and worked on the Healthier Together programme.  Naomi went on to create her own business offering Board level support on complex health economy wide transformational projects,  and before taking up her current role was 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. At UHNM Naomi’s role encompasses strategic communications and engagement, public affairs and the UHNM Charity. A Leeds University graduate, she has an MBA from Leeds University Business School, the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. 
Mark Oldham -  Chief Finance Officer

​Mark is an experienced Director of Finance who  Joined the Trust in June 2019 having moved from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he served 10 years as their Finance Director.  Originally joining the NHS from Local Government in 1990 Mark has 30 over years' experience in both the acute and community sector in a wide range of finance roles.

Mark's noticeable achievements during this period are a successful business case to build the Trust's Treatment Centre, a significant contribution to achieving Foundation Trust status, successful acquisition and integration of community services within an acute Trust and establishment of partnership arrangements with a local GP alliance and a mental health provider to shape future service design.

Mark is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants and has also undertaken further study with the NHS Leadership Academy in respect of Executive Director Development programme.

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.

Trish Rowson -  Acting Chief Nurse

Trish joined UHNM in 2010 as Director of Special Projects and was successfully appointed to the post of Director of Nursing- Quality & Safety in 2012.

Trish qualified as a Nurse in 1984 and has progressed through both nursing and operational roles of increasing responsibility to become an established and highly regarded leader. Trish is passionate about improving both patient safety and experience and in recent years she has been instrumental in developing our Care Excellence Framework and leading on CQC Inspection preparations.

In June 2019, Trish was seconded to the post of Acting Chief Nurse at UHNM and will be covering the role until Michelle Rhodes joins us in the substantive Chief Nurse post at the end of September 2019.

Ro Vaughan - Director of Human Resources​

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Ro 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.

Lorraine Whitehead - ​Director of Estate, Facilities and PFI​​ ​(non-voting)

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. ​