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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 Robin Jeffrey, Medical Director

Robin was appointed to the position of Medical Director in September 2014. Prior to this he was Deputy Medical Director for Clinical Governance. He has been a Consultant in Nephrology and General Medicine in Bradford since 1994.

He is a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University.

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.

Mrs Helen Barker, Chief Operating Officer

Helen has worked in the NHS since 1983 commencing her Orthopaedic nurse training in Bradford prior to undertaking general training and then completing the theatre Nursing course. Helen has been a clinical and operational manager since 2000 across several acute trusts in West Yorkshire.

Most recently Helen was a Divisional General Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust followed by a brief period as their Director of Performance before taking up post in Bradford in June 2013.

As well as operational responsibilities Helen has managed several large scale transformational changes across health communities as well as within acute Trusts and recently completed the ‘Leading Transformational Change across Yorkshire and the Humber development programme’.

Ms Juliette Greenwood, Chief Nurse

Juliette started her career in nursing as a pre-registration orthopaedic student in Stanmore, Middlesex and from then went on to complete integrated children and adult nurse training. She went on to develop clinical and professional expertise in the fields of neonatal and children’s intensive care nursing care and management working in both tertiary and district general hospitals’ in London.

Juliette has always had an interest in developing new roles and new ways of working and whilst the Deputy Chief Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children she managed a complex pre and post registration education contract and commissioned a number of new education programmes and roles that had a direct impact on both patient care and also workforce design. She also provided expert advice into various Department of Health work streams in relation to neonatal nursing and service provision. Juliette benefited from undertaking the role of a Practitioner Panellist with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) on their Fitness to Practice panels and served the maximum term allowed – the experience has and continues to inform her in her daily work and considerations about how she ensures that the public are safeguarded through nursing and midwifery regulation.

In 2004 Juliette and her family made the move back to Yorkshire when she was recruited to the post of Chief Nurse, at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The transition from working in a London tertiary hospital to this post was a significant however she sees it as one of the best professional moves she has ever made. The opportunity to contribute and support the leadership and delivery of healthcare within an integrated acute and community foundation trust saw Juliette move to the post of Chief Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in October 2011.

Her appointment as Chief Nurse in July 2013 to Bradford Teaching Hospital has allowed Juliette to return to the complex and stimulating environment of a teaching hospital.

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.

Mr John Waterhouse, Non-Executive Director

After attending Bradford Grammar School and reading physics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, John worked in computing in industry and the NHS. Later he was Managing Director of a number of industrial services companies – computer services, waste management and construction services. From 2001 he served two terms as a Non-Executive Director of North Bradford Primary Care Trust, when he was the PCT’s partner governor at the Foundation Trust. Later he was elected a public governor.

He was a member of the Community Health Council and the successor organisation for public and patient involvement.

He is Non-Executive Chairman of H C Slingsby PLC, the AIM-listed distributor of industrial and commercial equipment. The company has traded for over a century from its base in Bradford and employs one hundred people.

He is a member of the Governing Body at Stroma Certification Ltd, the Wakefield-based accreditation body for environmental engineers and assessors

He maintains his interest in the improvement of both primary and secondary NHS services in his native Bradford, particularly in the tackling of health inequalities in our city.

He lives in Idle and has served as a Magistrate in Bradford since 1992 and was a school governor. A lifetime runner, he is a member of the regional council for England Athletics, charged with modernising the sport in our region.

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 patient 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.