Meet the Board

The Board is made up of the following:

Chair and Chief Executive

Chair - Nick Carver

Nick Carver

Nick Carver joined us as our new Chair on 1 February 2022.

Nick has worked in the NHS for 42 years joining as a hospital porter, then qualifying as a registered nurse before moving into health service management. Nick has held several senior roles in the NHS in the East of England, West Midlands, West Country and South Wales. He joined East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust as Chief Executive in November 2002, retiring in December 2021 having held the role for 19 years.

Nick is passionately committed to leadership development and has supported the Aspiring Chief Executive programme, was the lead for a widely praised Aspiring Directors Programme and previously chaired the Midlands and East Talent Board, which established improved mechanisms for the development of senior talent within the NHS.

Of his appointment, Nick said: “I have always believed that to lead is a privilege, especially at this time. I am therefore delighted that I have been asked to Chair the Board at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

"I am convinced that the determination of the excellent people within the Trust, along with the support of our system partners will enable us to address the substantial challenges ahead.”



Chief Executive - Anthony May

Anthony May joined us as our new Chief Executive on 1 September 2022.  Anthony May

Anthony was Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council from April 2015 to  August  2022, with responsibility for the council’s £1.1 billion budget and around 18,000 staff who work directly and indirectly for the council. He was also Chair of the Midlands Engine Operating Board for five years and Chair of the Association of County Council Chief Executives for over two years. 

Anthony was also one of the nine chief executive leads (representing the East Midlands) who worked with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on the response to Covid-19 and the strategic direction of local government.

Of his appointment, Anthony said: ‘’I am delighted to be appointed as the Chief Executive for the Trust, which is very important to local people and the wider system. My focus will be on the current challenges facing the Trust, including improvements in the maternity service, flow through the hospital, and the way the organisation is led. Since my appointment was announced, I have spent time in the Trust, meeting colleagues and visiting services. NUH is a vital part of the local health and social care landscape and I very much look forward to my new job, and to supporting the Trust on an ambitious improvement journey.’’ 

In the lead up to joining us, Anthony published his 100 Day Plan. The plan outlines what he aims to do in his first 100 days at Nottingham University Hospitals, and details the seven key areas he will prioritise in his new role. You can find out more here: 100 Day Plan.


Executive Team

Medical Director - Dr Keith Girling

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 - Paul MatthewPaul Matthew

Paul joins us from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULH), where he has been substantive Director of Digital and Finance since 2019.

He played a major part in the improvement of the Trust’s finances and supported its recent removal from the national Recovery Support Programme. He brings with him 20 years of experience working in the NHS in financial roles, he also stepped in at ULH as caretaker Director of People and OD, later taking on the oversight of its Estates and Facilities functions. 





Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control - Tracy Pilcher Photo of Tracy Pilcher, chief nurse

Tracy joined us in March 2024 from the Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board where she is the Chief Nursing Officer. Tracy brings with her a wealth of experience from working in a variety of different roles and organisations and has over 10 years’ experience at Board level in both provider and commissioning organisations.

After completing her nurse training Tracy went into the field of critical care nursing, working at a regional intensive care unit for over 15 years. Whilst working in critical care Tracy became involved in the British Association of Critical Care Nursing (BACCN) and has held a number of national board positions including Chair of the BACCN for four years.


Chief Operating Officer - Lisa Kelly Lisa Kelly, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa is Chief Operating Officer and executive lead for the NUH-Jimma Health Partnership Link with the University Hospital in southern Ethiopia. Lisa is also the Senior Information Responsible Officer (SIRO) and holds the Emergency Planning Officer (EPO) role.

Lisa graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Geography before joining the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2008, in the East Midlands region. She completed her Masters in Health & Public Leadership from Birmingham’s HSMC in 2011 and has carried out a variety of operational management roles – predominantly in the acute hospital sector.

Lisa is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare globally, having written her dissertation on the NHS’ role in engaging in global health. Lisa has also supported the development of leadership skills in Zambia, Rwanda and Somaliland and undertaken a secondment working with the Tropical Health Education Trust.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys travel, paddle-boarding, playing netball and occasionally treads the boards on stage.


Chief Digital and Transformation Officer - Andy Callow

Photo of Andy Callow our Digital Lead smiling in a blue suit and tie. he has short cropped hair in a side parting and a trim salt and pepper beard

Andy joined us from University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group (UHN), where he is Group Chief Digital Information Officer and Interim Group Chief Executive. 

As a member of the Executive Team and Trust Board at NUH, Andy will be responsible for our digital services and performance and informatics teams. Andy also holds the Senior Information Responsible Officer (SIRO) role.

Andy joined Kettering General Hospital as the first ever Chief Digital Information Officer in April 2019 and went on to become Group Chief Digital Information Officer in December 2020. His career spans the private and public sectors, including Programme Director for the NHS App at NHS Digital and as Head of Technology Delivery for the national NHS website.



Director of Corporate Governance - Gilbert George  Gilbert George

Gilbert joins us from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and brings with him more than 15 years of public sector experience as an Executive Director and Board Member. Alongside his Trust work, Gilbert chairs meetings of the NHS National Executive Governance leads and Trust Secretaries forum and is a specialist advisor on the National Race Equality Code. He has worked in both public and private sectors, in higher education, and for organisations including the International Institute of Energy Conservation.





Jack Adlam, Director of Communications and Engagement

Jack Adlam

Jack joins us from the NHS England regional team for the Midlands where he led the communications and engagement function for the largest of the seven NHS regions. Prior to this, Jack worked at some of the biggest and busiest hospitals in the Midlands and in London, including previous roles at NUH.

As Director of Communications and Engagement, Jack will lead a team responsible for ensuring that there is effective communication in place with our staff, that we develop and sustain positive working relationships with our partners and stakeholders, including local and national media and that our patients and communities know what their local NHS is trying to achieve and how we’re doing it. He is also the Executive Director responsible for our voluntary services.

Jack lives in Nottinghamshire and has two young children.



Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Integration - Tim Guyler

Tim GuylerTim 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.




Bel Asher, Acting Chief People Officer

Bel Asher has been acting as Chief People Officer since 4th September 2023.    Bel started in the NHS in 1990 as a clerical officer within the Training and Development department and has remained in the service since then, undertaking a variety of roles within the HR speciality until her most recent substantive appointment as Operational Director of People.

Non-Executive Directors

Clare Urmston

Clare Urmston

Clare Urmston is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Anemoi Marine Technologies 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 Craig image

Craig Wilcockson has over 20 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 Chief People Officer and Executive member at Martson Holdings.  Prior to this he was Chief People Officer for Watkin Jones plc and prior to this he was Group People & Strategy Director for the Orbit Group.   Craig joined the Trust Board on 1 January 2020 and chairs our People and Culture Committee.  

Craig joined the Trust Board on 1 January 2020 and chairs our People and Culture Committee. 



Mark ChiversMark Chivers image

Mark Chivers is currently the Government Chief Property Officer at the Cabinet Office. 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.






Tracey Blackwell

Tracey Blackwell Tracey Blackwell has over 36 years of experience working in local government in wide range of district and city councils. As an Environmental Health Officer Tracey’s early career focussed on a wide range of community-based issues including - housing conditions, food safety, infectious diseases, pollution control, public health and health & safety in the workplace. Tracey joined the Trust Board as a Non-Executive Director on 27 September.








Serbjit Kaur Serbjit Kaur

Serbjit Kaur has over 35 years expertise within the public healthcare sector, both as a clinician and in provided professional and clinical leadership to dental profession in England. Clinical experience as a dentist, along with Executive roles in both the Department of Health and NHS England, she brings a broad range of experience and expertise. Serbjit is committed to improving quality and the experience of all patients and staff. Serbjit currently sits on the Statutory Assurance Panel for the General Dental Council and is a partner in two dental practices. On her appointment Serbjit said: “It is a privilege to be joining the Trust Board at Nottingham University Hospitals and I look forward to collaborating with the team to bring about improvements for local people and staff.”




Professor David Bates PhD, FPhysiol. FRSBDavid Bates

David Bates is Professor of Oncology at the University of Nottingham. He is an internationally known researcher in how blood vessels grow and has used his research to develop new treatment possibilities for blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.  He led the development, funding and establishment of the University of Nottingham Centre for Cancer Sciences, a multi-million pound initiative that brings together an extensive and expanding cohort, currently 50, cancer academic groups integrating interdisciplinary approaches from epidemiology to molecular genetics, in a state of the art new building as part of the University of Nottingham Biodiscovery Institute. Prof Bates is also Founder and has been Director of three spin out biotech companies, Exonate Ltd, Emenda Therapeutics, and IsomAb Limited two of which are based in Nottingham. His research collaborations have been global, working on bile duct cancer in Thailand and Laos, as well as working on colorectal cancer and other cancers at the University of South Africa (UNiSA) and at University of Pretoria, where he was appointed Professor Extraordinaire in 2021. David and his family have lived in the Nottingham area since 2013 and regularly takes part in public understanding of science events in the area.


Associate Non-Executive Directors

Professor Simon Gregory MBE DL Simon Gregory - headshot

Simon is Medical Director (Primary and Community Care) in NHS England’s Workforce, Training and Education Directorate, with responsibility for GP/ Primary Care, Dentistry, Mental Health, and Wellbeing. He was Health Education England’s Freedom to Speak up Guardian. He was previously Director and Dean of Education and Quality (DEQ), Health Education England (HEE), Midlands and East and HEE Lead for Primary Care, prior to that the Postgraduate Dean East of England and before that GP Dean, East Midlands.

Simon is a GP and is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Trustee and Council member. He is the current Provost of the Leicester Faculty of the RCGP.





Professor Sunita ToorSunita Toor

Suni as she prefers to be called is Professor of Human Rights and Gender Justice Practice at the world leading Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University. She is an award-winning academic, activist and advocate who is passionate about combatting gender-based violence, advancing women & girls rights across the world and shaping justice sector reform and architecture to promote human rights for all. She is a cutting-edge thought leader who champions rights, equality, diversity, and inclusion. Sunita's work is underpinned by a commitment to making human rights and justice accessible to the most marginalised individuals and communities in the world.  Sunita is wonderful mentor and champion of others, and actively supports the next generation of human rights activists and academics. Sunita is passionate about protecting and championing human rights through fusing practice, cutting edge research and academic rigour to deliver international projects that transform lives.

Suni is Nottingham born, and after living in other parts of the UK and beyond has returned to Nottingham and lives with her family. 



Jason Ward  Jason Ward - headshot

Jason Ward is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of blue chip experience. He qualified with EY in 1998 where he held various roles including Audit Senior Manager.

Jason then worked at Boots UK for 18 years, of which the last 10 years he held numerous Director roles most recently the Finance Director for Operations. He has significant experience of working on audit committees and large scale change programmes.  He continues to be a Director of the Boots Pension scheme.