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Board of Directors

Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chairman

Lord Patel is a social worker by background and moved into academia establishing the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University of Central Lancashire and specialising in research connected to the reduction of health inequalities.

Alongside this work he has held a number of public appointments including Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, National Strategic Director with the Department of Health (Race Equality and Mental Health), a non-executive director of a number of public bodies in the areas of substance misuse, mental health and social work, including the Care Quality Commission.

He entered the House of Lords in 2006 as an independent peer and was later appointed as a Minister in the Governments Whips Office in the House of Lords. Lord Patel Chaired the National Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group which resulted in the publication of The Patel Report and subsequent policy changes in the delivery of prison drug treatment.

In addition to his duties as a member of the House of Lords, Lord Patel is currently Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of East London, Vice-President and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Institute of Healthcare Management, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental health and patron of a number of charities based both in Bradford and nationally.

Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive

Clive was appointed to the position of Interim Chief Executive in September 2014, prior to this he served as Medical Director since 2006 and has worked as a Consultant Radiologist at the Foundation Trust since 1998. Clive became the Responsible Officer for the Foundation Trust in 2011 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2013. Before working in Bradford, he spent three years at the Medical University of South Carolina as Chief of Radiological Services at the Digestive Disease Centre. Clive was the Lead Clinician for the Western West Yorkshire Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Centre between 2001 and 2010.

He is the immediate past Chairman of the Royal College of Radiologists's Scientific Programme Committee. Clive is an Elected Member of Council of the Royal College of Radiologists and Member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Radiology. Clive is an immediate past Member of the Professional Support and Standards Board of the Royal College of Radiologists. He is a past Chairman of the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Bradford.

Dr Bryan Gill, Medical Director

Bryan was appointed to the position of Medical Director in May 2015. Prior to this he held the position of Medical Director for Quality and Governance at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Bryan has 10 years extensive experience at a senior medical management level in the Acute Trust sector and has a particular interest and expertise in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Medical Workforce.

He was a Consultant in Neonatology for 19 years before going into a full-time medical management role in 2013. He is the immediate past President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (2011-2014) and has previously held national roles of Honorary Secretary of BAPM and Chair and Training Advisor for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He was the first Lead Clinician for the Yorkshire Neonatal Network (2003-2008). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Mr Matthew Horner, Director of Finance

Matthew has a degree in Accountancy and Finance and is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. His NHS finance career spans over 20 years and covers a variety of finance roles. He has, for the last 12 years, worked for the Acute Trust in Bradford, progressing from Finance Manager to Deputy Director of Finance. Matthew joined the Board as Acting Director of Finance in November 2011 and was appointed substantive Director of Finance in August 2012.

Professor Grace Alderson, Non-Executive Director

Grace is a Professor of Medical Microbiology [part-time] at Bradford University where she has held a range of senior academic roles including senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor. She is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Biologist and a Fellow of both the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Institute of Biology.

Grace became a Partner Governor at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 2004 representing the University of Bradford until her appointment as non-executive director on December 1, 2009.

She is also a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for West Yorkshire. Grace has just completed a four year term as a lay member of the General Dental Council. Recently Grace became a member of the Governing Council of Dixon’s Multi-Academy and is Chair of its Audit Committee as well as being a Governor of Dixon’s City Academy.

She has also been a trustee for a range of charities including the higher education Equality Challenge Unit and QED-UK and a Board member of two small companies that interface with the health sector.

Dr Trevor Higgins, Non-Executive Director

Trevor is a passionate Bradfordian who was born and educated in the city. He is the regional partnership director for BT and has enjoyed a diverse career in over forty years with the company - management jobs have ranged from call centre management to senior operations management.

In his current role he represents all BT’s operational divisions. In his previous role, as BT’s Regional Business Manager, he managed 1,200 people with responsibility for a budget in excess of £30 million.

Educated to post graduate level, in July 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate as Doctor of Bradford University for services to businesses and communities across the region.

He is also Chairman of the Bradford Employment and Skills Board, Chairman of Bradford Breakthrough, Board member of the Airedale Partnership and Lay Member of University of Bradford Council.

Professor James Walker, Non-Executive Director

Professor James Walker is the Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Leeds since1984. He knows he still a newcomer to Yorkshire. He was born in Aberdeen, grew up in Dundee and graduated from the University of Glasgow. In 1976 his postgraduate training and early years as a consultant were all in Glasgow. He has worked extensively in high risk obstetrics, incident reporting, root cause analysis and risk assessment. He was obstetric advisor to the National Patient Safety Agency, Chairman of the Centre for Maternal and Childhealth Enquiries and Senior Vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology. He is passionate about patient safety and providing care at the time and place that is best for the patient. He works with various medical charities, was the inaugural president of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust founder member of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units, is medical Director of Action on Pre-ecalmpsia and is the President of the Baby Lifeline training company.

Mr David Munt, Non-Executive Director

David trained with Coopers and Lybrand and spent the majority of his executive career with Bradford and Bingley PLC. He was Director of Treasury for the organisation. He took his first NED role in the NHS as Audit Chair with Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT (2006-11). He has also been Audit Chair for Leeds PCT. Since the PCT has closed, David was Lay Member (Governance) for the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG and was their Audit Committee Chair. Both these public appointments will run for three years until 2016.

Mrs Pauline Vickers, Non-Executive Director

Pauline joined the Trust in November 2013 and is currently working for Royal Mail. She brings a wealth of business and leadership experience gained at board level in a range of commercial, customer and people focused roles across the Royal Mail Group.

Educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley she went on to read Management Science at the University of Manchester Science & Technology (UMIST), followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Training & Development at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is a member of the Institute of Personnel & Development, an accredited coach via Middlesex University and recently completed an Executive Leadership Development Programme at the Oxford Said Business School.

Pauline is committed to supporting diversity and is a member of the Diversity Steering Group for Royal Mail and Chairs the London Women’s network to support the success of women within the organisation. She is also a Trustee of the Rowland Hill Fund, a charity that supports Royal Mail employees and pensioners in times of need.

Pauline is proud to live in the Bradford area, with all the challenges that go with our diverse local community. On a more personal note, she has had first-hand experience of getting a patients and carers voice heard, when supporting her sister who was terminally ill and her father as his primary carer. Experiencing what a wonderful difference the kindness and support NHS staff can make to loved one’s and carers. Whilst always on a learning curve, Pauline believes this personal experience, combined with her business skills and values will help her succeed in helping to shape and challenge the successful delivery of the Trusts strategy. She passionately believes that to be successful the Trust has to put patients at the heart of everything we do.