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Our board of directors

NHS foundation trust’s board of directors is responsible for all aspects of the operation and performance of the Trust, and for its effective governance. This includes setting the corporate strategy and organisational culture, taking those decisions reserved for the board, and being accountable to stakeholders for those decisions.

All members of the board of directors have collective responsibility as a unitary board for every decision of the board, regardless of their individual skills or status. Non-executive directors and executive directors alike share the same degree of accountability. The board of directors is also responsible for establishing the values and standards of conduct for the Trust and its staff in accordance with NHS values and accepted standards of behaviour in public life, including the Nolan Principles.

The board of directors must include executive and non-executive directors, and the Foundation Trust Code of Governance requires that a majority of the board of directors are independent non-executive directors.

Meet our board of directors

Professor Bill McCarthy, Chairperson

Bill McCarthy is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations), and Honorary Professor of Health Policy at the University of Bradford. In previous roles he has acted as the Government's Principal Policy Adviser on health reforms and has served on various national bodies including the NHS Constitution Forum, Civil Service capability review panel and the Health and Local Government Strategy Board.

An economist by training, he has held a number of senior public service appointments including Director General in the Department of Health, Chief Executive at City of York Council, Chief Executive of NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, and most recently, National Policy Director, NHS England.

Bill was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust on 1 November 2015 and Chairperson on 1 November 2016.

Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive

Clive was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2015.

Clive was appointed a Consultant Radiologist in Bradford in 1998. He became Clinical Director of Radiology (2001-06), subsequently Medical Director (2006-14), Deputy Chief Executive in 2013, and Interim Chief Executive in September 2014, at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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

His previous external roles include Chairman of the Royal College of Radiologist’s Scientific Programme Committee, 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 Council of the University of Bradford.

Donna Thompson, Director of Governance and Operations/Deputy Chief Executive

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.

On the 1 August 2016 Donna was appointed as Director of Governance and Operations and Deputy Chief Executive.

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.


Karen Dawber, Chief Nurse

Karen was appointed as Chief Nurse with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in August 2016.

Karen was formerly the Director of Nursing at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has nine years’ experience as an executive director across three Foundation Trusts.

An experienced nurse and service manager, she started her career as a paediatric nurse at Manchester Children's Hospital before moving into general management and transformational work.

Karen is passionate about patient quality and the impact that well led and motivated staff have on the care we give to patients. She was named in the inaugural list of HSJ LGBT leaders and takes a keen and active interest in the equality and diversity agenda.

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.

John Holden, Director of Strategy and Integration

John has spent most of his career in senior roles at the Department of Health and then NHS England, which he helped establish. He is an experienced Director who has shaped strategy at National level and was responsible for leading NHS England’s policy on a range of issues, including the Academic Health Science Networks and the recent review to decide the National provision of Congenital Heart Services.

In previous roles John was responsible for NHS quality regulation, Foundation Trust policy, major capital investment programmes, and project management of the comprehensive spending review to secure NHS funds from Treasury. From 1995 to 1996 John was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health. He studied at the Universities of York and California and has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

John was appointed in August 2016 as Director of Strategy and Integration to lead on developing and integrating services which deliver new models of care in the Bradford district and across the wider West Yorkshire region, ensuring the Foundation Trust continues to provide high quality care which meets the needs of the local population.

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.

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.

Prior to joining Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board, Mohammed had served as a Lay Member on the Governing Body of the Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group. He had also 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.

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.

He is also Chief Executive of Bradford Breakthrough, Chairman of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, Board Member of Bradford Chamber Council and a Lay Member of the University of Bradford Council. 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.

Trevor was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust in May 2012 and is acting as Chairman from the 1 June 2016 to 31 October 2016.

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 National Asian Business Association. He is Chair of the Rainbow Trust through which Rainbow Primary Free School is operated since opened in 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 for 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, Chair 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.

Pauline is also a Trustee of the Rowland Hill Fund, a charity that supports Royal Mail employees and pensioners in times of need.

Pauline was appointed as Senior Independent Director (SID) for the Trust from 1 December 2016.

Professor Laura Stroud, Non-Executive Director

Laura is a Professor of Public Health and Education Innovation and the Director of the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds. Laura’s expertise is in professional education and supervision. She has significant experience of mentoring and supporting development of individuals and teams and has held a number of roles as an independent chair or expert invitee in the health and not-for-profit sector. She has recently been working on Quality Improvement initiatives in association with the local NHS through her work with the Centre for Innovation in Health Management.

Barrie Senior, Non-Executive Director

Barrie was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and as Chairman of the Audit Committee at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) with effect from 1 December 2017.

Barrie was born, educaed, and trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Bradford. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). His career to date spans partnership roles with two major accounting firms, finance and corporate development director roles with two significant Yorkshire-based PLCs, as well as non-executive director and audit committee chairman positions.

For five years prior to joining BTHFT, Barrie was a non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Trudy Feaster Gee, Non-Executive Director

Trudy Feaster-Gee is a barrister and partner at Walker Morris LLP (Leeds) with some 25 years' experience advising businesses and public sector organisations across a broad range of industries, with a particular emphasis on regulated sectors. Trudy also has experience of advising in-house as well as within enforcement agencies, having worked on secondment at the European Commission, Volkswagen Group UK (as head of legal), the UK's Competition Commission (now part of the Competition and Markets Authority) and at Lloyds Banking Group (as head of external competition engagement).

Trudy lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking, mountain biking and horse riding.