Meet the Board
The Board is made up of the following:
Chair and Chief Executive
Chair - Eric Morton
Eric joined NUH as Chairman on 1 May 2017. An Accountant by background, Eric’s career began in local authority settings before he joined the NHS in 1987 as Senior Assistant Regional Treasurer at Trent Regional Health Authority. Two years later he moved to a provider setting and his first director level post at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where he was Director of Finance and part of the executive team taking the hospital through to trust status. In 1990 he returned to a health authority (HA), this time North Derbyshire HA which was severely challenged and facing a significant financial deficit. He led the financial turnaround and restored financial balance before moving to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in early 1993 to take up the post of Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive. Eric held this post for eight years. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2002, a position he then held for 10 years. As Chief Executive he successfully took the Trust to foundation trust (FT) status in 2005, led a substantial change management programme that included reforming the cost base and consistently delivered on national performance targets. During his time at Chesterfield, Eric undertook a number of Chief Executive secondment roles to assist challenged providers including United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHSFT.
Since stepping down from Chesterfield Royal in 2012 Eric has spent periods as Interim Chief Executive at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHSFT and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT whilst substantive appointments were made. He then became an Improvement Director for Monitor in 2013 which has seen him provide support and act as a regulator presence in challenged foundation trusts that have been placed in special measures. He spent periods of time working with Burton Hospitals NHS FT, Tameside Hospitals NHS FT, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT. He also spent four months as an Advisor to the board of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Eric has a blog which he updates regularly. You can read it here.
Vice Chair - Steve Thomas
Steve joined NUH in April 2014 and is currently Managing Director of Strategic Development at Experian Plc. He is a member of its UK board, responsible for strategy, marketing, innovation and proposition development.
Before joining Experian in 2007 he was at IBM, where he was a member of the UK, Ireland and Southern Africa Board responsible for a $1.8bn business.
As well as a strong leadership background, Steve has advisory board experience and is currently a member of the National Data Steering Group advising Ministers. Before this he was a member of the Data Strategy Board and the Public Sector Transparency Board. He is also a member of the Nottingham University Business School Advisory Board, and reviews MBA presentations and projects.
Chief Executive - Tracy Taylor
Tracy joined Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) as Chief Executive on 30 October 2017. She trained as a nurse in Birmingham and held a number of community nursing posts around the city before progressing into managerial roles within the NHS and is a registered general nurse, health visitor and school nurse.
Having begun her career as a nurse, Tracy values the importance of maintaining her clinical focus as a leader by protecting time in her diary each week to visit staff and gain an insight into the issues from a frontline perspective.
Before joining NUH, Tracy held Chief Executive roles at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this she was Director of Performance and Organisational Development at Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust and Project Director for Urgent Care.
Five times named among Health Service Journal's (HSJ) 'Top Chief Executives' (including in 2018), Tracy is renowned as a passionate, effective advocate for the health interests of patients and communities, locally and nationally, in helping achieve better care and outcomes, and for the future objectives of the NHS.
Medical Director - Dr Keith Girling
Keith is a consultant in critical care medicine. He provides medical professional advice to the board and has lead responsibility for the professional standards of the hospital's medical staff, teaching and research, and quality governance.
Keith moved to Nottingham in 1991 as a novice trainee in anaesthesia and was appointed as a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care medicine in 1999. He was appointed to be Clinical Director for the Specialist Support Directorate (anaesthesia, theatres, critical care, pain and sterile services) in 2007 and then moved to the Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, Renal and Cardiovascular in 2010 before becoming the Deputy Medical Director in 2013. In 2016 Keith gained the NHS Leadership Academy award in Executive Healthcare Leadership on completion of the Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme. He was the clinical lead for integration with Sherwood Forest Hospitals and continues to lead on joint working between the two hospitals.
Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive - Rupert Egginton
Rupert is Financial Advisor to the Board, a member of the finance and investment committee and an attendee at audit committee.
He qualified as an accountant in 1992 and has held roles as Finance Director of Northampton General Hospital and of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. He took up his current post on 1 January 2011.
Chief Nurse, Mandie Sunderland, RGN, DPSN, DPSM, BSc (Hons), MSc
Mandie was appointed as Chief Nurse in February 2015. This is her fifth executive director position.
Most of Mandie’s clinical experience has been in intensive care environments, including posts in both professional and clinical practice development.
She has also undertaken a secondment to a combined health and social care trust in Northern Ireland, spent two years as a nursing officer in the Department of Health and acted as the professional nursing lead on the national consultation on Choice, Responsiveness and Equity in 2003.
Mandie’s passion is delivering high quality fundamental nursing care and in 2013 she was named one of the 50 most influential women in the NHS by the Health Service Journal.
In 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Clinical Reference Board and is also a member of Lord Carter’s Procurement and Efficiency Board.
Chief Operating Officer - Lisa Kelly
Lisa was previously Chief Operating Officer at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and has previously worked in senior Operations and General Management roles at a number of Trusts, including Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Lisa has also worked as an Operational Manager at University Teaching Hospital in Zambia.
Lisa’s career achievements include developing strong relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, assessment and selection from the NHS National Management Training Scheme, service reconfiguration, successful competitive tender exercises, strengthening performance management, building quality improvement teams and services and leading workstreams for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.
Director of Corporate Governance - Michelle Rogan
Michelle joined NUH as Director of Corporate Governance, bringing to the Trust almost 30 years’ experience as a nurse and manager, and a track record of delivery across a number of areas including governance, risk management, compliance and regulation and performance and operations.
She was previously Corporate Governance Director at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Director of Compliance and Assurance at Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust and Associate Director of Risk and performance and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.
Director of Communications and External Relations - Tiffany Jones
Tiffany was previously Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, but her NHS career spans 20 years, with 15 of those in a leadership role. Tiffany joined the NHS in 1999 gaining experience in commissioning organisations in Hampshire, before moving to Hampshire Ambulance Service in 2003. In 2005, Tiffany became Head of Communications at Southampton City Primary Care Trust, spending three years in that role before joining the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where she held that role for 11 years. Tiffany brings a wealth of experience in internal, external and crisis communications, staff engagement, campaigns and stakeholder relationships to her role.
Tiffany joined Nottingham University Hospitals on 1 November 2019.
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development - Dr Neil Pease
Dr Neil Pease was appointed as Executive Director of Workforce on 1 January 2020. Neil has worked in the NHS for over 25 years including as a porter and healthcare assistant. He was Director of Organisational Development and Workforce at Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Foundation Trust, with his more recent role was as Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
After obtaining a degree in Sports Medicine from Glasgow University he moved into education and organisational development, where he pioneered the use of clinical simulation in palliative care education. Other roles have included Deputy Director at NHS Hull, where he led work to reduce health inequalities in the city and he also spent a year in professional sport as Director of Strategic Development at Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Club. Neil holds a Professional Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University on the subject of organisational development and organisational anthropology. Neil currently chairs the Association of University Hospitals HR Directors network and is a member of the national Social Partnership Forum.
Director of Strategy & Transformation - Alison Wynne
Alison is accountable for the development of Trust strategy, developing opportunities for the Trust to grow income through strategic business planning, developing and implementing the trust-wide transformation programmes and share corporate responsibility as a director for the overall strategic development and day to day running of the Trust. She has significant experience in commissioning, planning, partnerships, transformation and strategy. She was previously an Executive Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for four years where she led on the merger of Derby and Burton Hospitals which took effect on 1 July 2018.
Prior to this Alison set up South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group. Her background in commissioning gives her a broader system perspective and insight into primary care and community services.
Clare Urmston is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Mamas and Papas Limited and sits on the ICAEW Business Committee. Clare recently acted as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Non Exec Director of Game Digital plc until the business was recently acquired by Sports Direct plc. Clare’s former roles include CFO of Symingtons Limited, Interim CFO of Wilko Retail Limited and FD of W’Innovate Limited. Prior to this Clare held a number of Senior Finance posts at Northern Foods plc. Clare qualified with KPMG in 2002 and was awarded an ICAEW FD Excellence award in 2013.
Claire joined the Trust Board on 1 January 2020.
Craig Wilcockson has over 15 years of experience in employee engagement, business and cultural change, talent management and organisational development gained in a variety of large national and international businesses. He is currently Group People Director for the Orbit Group, which he started in April 2017.
Craig joined the Trust Board on 1 January 2020.
Professor John Atherton
John is Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in theUniversity of Nottingham. He oversees medical, allied health, veterinary and biological science education and research in the University. John is a practicing Consultant Gastroenterologist and Professor of Gastroenterology with personal research and education interests in upper gastrointestinal disease.
John serves on the executive of UK Medical Schools Council and works closely with other Midlands universities.
John is Chair of the Trust’s Quality Assurance Committee.
Anita Day joined Team NUH on 15 April 2019.
She has significant experience as a Chartered Accountant, executive leader and business coach and Board-level experience spanning the private, public and third sectors.
Anita was the European Culture Transformation Leader for IBM Global Business Services 2015-2018. Prior to this she was Leader of L&K Learning Consultants for GBS Europe Responsibilities, and Global Learning and Channel Enablement Leader, also for IBM Global Services. Anita’s earlier experience includes practicing as a qualified Chartered Accountant with Hays Allan, a partner in Hill Day Chartered Accountants and Founder and CEO of Adlibs Professional Courses Ltd.
Anita has a track record and expertise of driving transformation across large, complex organisations, as well as delivering improvements in culture transformation, change leadership, inclusion and workforce strategy, cross-system engagement and NHS Trust Strategy and Governance.
Associate Non-Executive Directors
Natalie Sigona joined ‘team NUH’ on 27 September 2018 in the role of Associate Non-Executive Director.
Natalie works as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BAE Systems and is also Director of her own independent company 'Includible' which offers coaching, consulting and connecting services in the field of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Natalie has worked in the world of HR for almost 20 years, mainly working in several different HR leadership and transformation roles at Rolls-Royce, a Global FTSE100 company with over 55,000 employees.
For the past several years Natalie has specialised in Global Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). She is noted for her expertise and passion on this topic and is regularly asked to participate on panels and provide key note speeches at conferences and events.
Natalie became an accredited coach in 2015 and coaches individuals on a private basis in her spare time. She also regularly organises charity events and has recently begun to work as a volunteer for the ‘Make a Wish’ charity as a wish visitor for children.
Natalie lives in Nottingham with her partner, has two young children and enjoys running to keep fit.
He has 17 years’ experience at Board level in both the private and public sector, including as Director of Estates at Boots UK, Director of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone for Walgreens Boots Alliance and Director of Shared Services for Alliance Boots.
Sardip brings with her over 20 years general management and commercial experience, latterly in organisational strategy and transformation roles, focusing on operational capability and change, at global Health and Beauty company Walgreens Boots Alliance. Sardip has public sector experience and is currently Vice Chair of the Corporation board at West Nottinghamshire FE College.
Sardip Sandhu joined the Trust Board on 1 January 2020
Advisors to the Board
Director of ICT Services - Andrew Fearn
Andrew became Director of ICT Services for Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen's Medical Centre in 2001.
He has worked in the NHS since 1988, beginning in North Derbyshire where he built up a successful management consultancy service. In 1999 he became programme director for the Nottingham LIS programme (the local implementation strategy for information for health), working for the local health authority. The Nottingham LIS team gained national and local recognition for its approach and for securing significant additional resources for IT and information management. As a result, Andrew has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences on change management in ICT and the NHS.
Director of Integration - Tim Guyler
Tim has worked in acute hospital management for over 15 years.
A graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1999, he worked in Hertfordshire and Hull and East Yorkshire before joining Nottingham City Hospital then NUH, undertaking roles as General Manager, Head of Financial Turnaround, Deputy Director of Operations, Programme Director for Better for You and Chief Operating Officer.
Tim is currently providing leadership for the Trust on improvement and integration across NUH, the local health and social care system, and the wider East Midlands Network. In particular he is leading on NUH’s key role in the Greater Nottinghamshire Transformation Programme.
Tim also teaches service improvement courses and is a guest lecturer for Nottingham University’s masters students.
Director of Estates and Facilities - Andrew Chatten
Andrew joined the NUH team in February 2015, bringing a wealth of experience from both the NHS and private sector. He was previously Director of Estates and Facilities at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Managing Director of NHS Horizons, a collaborative providing all the estates and facilities management services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Andrew started his NHS career in 1991 and held a variety of roles. He then left the NHS for nine years, during which time he worked for Compass Group UK and Ireland and John Laings. His roles included operations director responsible for the management of major hospital contracts in the UK and also business and industry. He also undertook a role as Chief Executive of Derbyshire NHS LIFT Company.