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Board of Directors

Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chairman

Lord Patel was appointed Chairman of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2014.

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), 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 Whip’s Office in the House of Lords.

Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive

Clive was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2015.

Clive became Medical Director in the Foundation Trust in November 2006 and has worked as a Consultant Radiologist since 1998. Clive became the Responsible Officer in 2011 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2013, following which he became Interim Chief Executive in September 2014.

Prior to working in Bradford, he spent three years at the Medical University of South Carolina as Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology.

He is the immediate past Chairman of the Royal College of Radiologist’s Scientific Programme Committee, and a previously elected Member of Council of the Royal College of Radiologists, and a Member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Radiology. 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. He is a Lay Member of the Council of the University of Bradford.

Jackie Ardley, Interim Chief Nurse

Jackie has over 38 years experience in the NHS as a nurse. She commenced her career in Critical Care, working across the health system in General Nursing, Primary Care and Mental Health and Disabilities.

In 2001 Jackie spent seven years working on national service redesign programmes, leading a number of successful initiatives within a number of roles including Director of Service Improvement and a Regional Director post in Improvement Partnerships.

Jackie joined the Foundation Trust in April 2015 as Interim Chief Nurse. She is passionate about improving patients and their families experience across health and social care.

Bernie Bluhm, Interim Director of Operational Management and Turnaround

Bernie has over 30 years experience working in the NHS before becoming an independent consultant in April 2013.

She qualified as a registered nurse in 1984 and spent several years working in Urgent Care; including two national posts with the Intensive Support Team, working with acute trusts and system partners improving the delivery of urgent care standards.

Bernie has held previous executive Board director roles as a Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO. She was the lead on several transformation programmes delivering service improvements in both planned and urgent care.

Bernie joined the Foundation Trust in June 2015 as the Interim Director of Operational Management and Turnaround.

Ms Pat Campbell, Director of HR

Pat is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD [Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development] and has worked in the NHS since 1986 primarily in HR roles. She has held the position of Director of HR at the Foundation Trust since December 2008 having held previous posts of Personnel Manager and Deputy Director of HR.

Ms Cindy Fedell, Director of Informatics

Cindy Fedell joined the Foundation Trust in September 2013 as the Director of Informatics, a new role to the Trust. In addition to this role, Cindy has been working with NHS Providers to establish a Directors of Informatics forum and with the University of Bradford to develop an informatics programme.

Cindy previously worked in Canada where she was at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, an academic tertiary hospital in the top 3.5% of clinical automation, and was a member of the Information and Communication Technology Council of Canada's eHealth group. Cindy holds Chief Information Officer and Advanced Leadership certificates from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the University of Toronto respectively, as well as degrees from Ryerson University and Lakehead University in Canada. In addition to her roles in acute care, Cindy worked in the private sector for several years as an Informatics Management Consultant advising hospitals on systems design and implementation. the private sector for several years as an Informatics Management Consultant advising hospitals on systems design and implementation.

Dr Bryan Gill, Medical Director

Bryan was appointed to the position of Medical Director for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in May 2015 and became the Responsible Officer for the Foundation Trust in July 2015. Prior to this he held the position of Medical Director for Quality and Governance at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Bryan has 10 years experience at 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.

Donna Thompson, Director of Governance and Corporate Affairs

Donna initially trained and practiced as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and undertook a variety of roles working in clinical and radiation physics. She studied health and social care management and obtained a Masters degree from Leeds University. Donna has worked in both senior operational and corporate management roles and was appointed to her current role at the Foundation Trust as Director of Governance and Corporate Affairs in February 2015.

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, 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 1 December 2009.

She is also a lay-member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for West Yorkshire and a Governor for Dixon’s City Academy. Grace is also a member of the Governing Council of Dixon’s Academies Charitable Trust, and chairs their Audit committee. Grace has just completed a four year term as a lay member of the General Dental Council. 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 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 Bradford Breakthrough, Board member of the Airedale Partnership and a Lay Member of the University of Bradford Council.

Trevor was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust in May 2012.

Dr Mohammed Iqbal, Non-Executive Director

Mohammed has considerable personal experience of local, regional and national health issues, having worked in the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector for the last 30 years. He currently works for Smith & Nephew as a Market Access Manager.

He recently served as a Lay Member on the Governing Body of the Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (a role from which he stepped down from following this appointment). He has also previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Bradford Health Authority.

He is very passionate about Bradford and is the Founder of “Bradford Matters”- a new Lobbying Group. He is President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Bradford and a host with Sunrise Radio with a weekly programme focused on Bradford and its development.

Mohammed was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in February 2015.

Mr David Munt, Non-Executive Director

David Munt 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 Non-Executive Director 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. David was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in November 2013.

Mr Amjad Pervez, Non-Executive Director

Amjad founded Seafresh/Adams in Bradford over 30 years ago and it is now one of the largest groups of independent specialist catering food service and cash and carry groups in the UK. Alongside building this successful business, he has committed a lot of time to education and enterprise in Bradford and the wider West Yorkshire region including establishing Asian Trade Link Yorkshire Limited in 1999 which he chaired until last year.

Until recently he was also a Board member of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Amjad is currently a Board member with Bradford Matters, Bradford Breakthrough and The Yorkshire Asian Business Association. He is Chair of the Rainbow Trust through which two new free schools have been opened since 2012.

Amjad was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in February 2015.

Selina Ullah, Non-Executive Director

Selina was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September 2015.

She is passionate about people and communities, this has led to her involvement in national, regional and local government; think tanks; charitable foundations and NGOs working on policy formulation, transformation, service modernisation, regulation and governance. Selina has an in depth knowledge of engaging diverse communities in particular ‘hard to reach groups.’ She has over 25 years of experience of working with charities and the not for profit sector and extensive senior management experience in the public sector – working in health service management, and public policy on high profile issues such as community cohesion, diversity, engaging hard to reach groups, mental health and social inclusion; crime and disorder and counter-terrorism.

Until June 2011, Selina was Assistant Director – Safer and Stronger Communities at Bradford Council. Selina is an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a Non-Executive Director of a national health regulator, Yorkshire and Humber committee member of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Director of Manchester Central Library Development Trust, Director of the Muslim Women’s Council and President of ICLS, an international organisation based in Rome which specialises in intercultural dialogue, participation and leadership. Selina has an extensive career in race relations and is an Advisory Board Member and Trustee of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust based in Manchester Central Library.

Mrs Pauline Vickers, Non-Executive Director

Pauline was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in November 2013.

Pauline 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.

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 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-eclampsia and is the President of the Baby Lifeline training company.

James was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in April 2013.