Meet the Board

The Board is made up of the following:

Chair and Chief Executive

Chair - Eric Morton

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. 



Acting Chief Executive - Rupert Egginton

Rupert Eggington 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.


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.



Acting Chief Financial Officer - Duncan OrmeDuncan Orm

Duncan Orme BSc (Hons) FCCA, is the Operational Director of Finance and Procurement, and is currently Acting Chief Financial Officer at Nottingham University Hospital (NUH). In this role he is Financial Advisor to the Board, a member of the finance and investment committee and an attendee at audit committee.

He has held roles as Finance Director of Northampton General Hospital and of St Andrews Healthcare, and joined NUH in May 2011. He is a member of the Costing for Value Institute’s Council and a regular contributor to journals and conferences on costing and service line leadership.



Chief Nurse - Michelle Rhodes

Michelle Rhodes

Michelle qualified as a Registered  Nurse from Nottingham School of Nursing  in 1989 and has worked in acute and community settings in Nottingham,  Leicester, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire and now back to Nottingham.


She has worked as a Director of Commissioning and Executive Nurse in Nottingham City PCT, as Chief Operating Officer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and as Interim Chief Operating Officer for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Operations and Director of Nursing & DIPC at Lincolnshire Hospitals. More recently she has been the Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention & Control at the University Hospitals of North Midlands.


With a Masters degree in Health Policy and a dissertation looking at the reliability of pressure ulcer risk assessment tools.  She has also spent a number of years as a nurse specialist in Tissue Viability, which she is still very passionate about.


Michelle is very proud to be a nurse and is delighted to be back in NUH as Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention & Control. Michelle is dedicated to ensuring patients and their families get the best possible care available to them.



Interim Chief Operating Officer - Rachel Eddie  Rachel Eddie image

Rachel is the Chief Operating Officer.  She is responsible for managing the Clinical Divisions and oversees performance and patient access across the emergency, cancer and elective pathways.

After gaining a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford, Rachel spent 2 years in management consultancy before joining the NHS in London in 1992, working in a number of specialty management roles at Central Middlesex and St Mary’s Hospitals.  Rachel subsequently moved to Nottingham and began working at QMC in 2005.  Rachel has held a number of senior management roles at NUH since, working as part of the Integration Team supporting the merger of QMC and City and subsequently being appointed as General Manager for the Head and Neck Directorate.   Rachel has been the Deputy Chief Operating Officer since 2015 and is currently acting up as Chief Operating Officer for the second time.



David Pilsbury - Interim Director of Corporate Governance

David PilsburyDavid brings a wealth of experience to us from within, and outside of the NHS. His career started within the Marine Safety sector with a huge focus on safety, which continued whilst working for the Prison Service.  He joined the NHS approximately 20 years ago gaining experience within Primary Care, Mental Health, Specialist Trusts and more recently as Director of Governance and Corporate Affairs at Lancashire Teaching Hospital. David brings Board experience from different sectors including Housing, Development and the charitable sector.  


He holds Charted Institute status in Safety and Health, a Masters in Science Degree from Liverpool John Moore’s University and became an Honorary Lecturer at the European Centre of Corporate Governance whilst employed as the Director of Governance at the Walton Centre.


Director of Communications and External Relations - Tiffany Jones

Tiffany Jones Communications Director

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.



Chief People Officer - Dr Neil Pease Neil Pease Image

Dr Neil Pease was appointed as Chief People Officer 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 WynneAlison 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.

Non-Executive Directors

Clare Urmston Image Clare Urmston

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 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 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. 



Professor John Atherton Professor John Atherton

John is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the University of Nottingham. He oversees medical, allied health, veterinary and biological science education and research in the University. John is a practising Consultant Gastroenterologist and Professor of Gastroenterology with personal research and education interests in upper gastrointestinal disease.

John serves on the executive of the UK Medical Schools Council and works closely with other Midlands universities.

John is Chair of the Trust’s Quality Assurance Committee.



Mark ChiversMark Chivers image

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.





Maggie Boyd

Maggie Boyd joined our Board on 1 April 2020.  Mag Maggie Boyd Headshot gie has over 40 years of NHS experience in clinical and leadership roles.  Clinical experience as a nurse, midwife and health visitor coupled with her Executive Director roles in provider and commissioning organisations, she brings a wealth of experience to complement the board skills and expertise.  Latterly she has worked as a Regional Director in NHS Improvement with regulatory experience and particularly oversight of quality governance and leadership in NHS providers across Midlands and East.  She has a track record in driving improvements for patients and has led and developed quality governance systems supporting staff to have ownership for improving standards of care for patients and communities. Maggie is very committed to improving staff experience and developing leaders to face complex challenges across health and social care.

Of her appointment, Maggie said: “I am delighted to be joining the board and committed to driving improvements for staff and patients at a key point for Nottingham University Hospitals and the local community. I look forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming years.”


Steve Thomas

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.


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.

Associate Non-Executive Directors

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.”


Helen Diksa Helen Diska

Helen Diksa has extensive experience as a HR leader in complex organisations and a track record of working within highly pressurised settings. She is fascinated by the future strategy of Integrated Care System, and the ambition to support people to live longer, healthier lives with a focus on prevention, addressing the root causes of poor health and wellbeing. Helen joined the board on 27 September as an Associate Non-Executive Director.

Advisors to the Board

Director of ICT Services - Andrew Fearn

Andrew Fern 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 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.


Andrew Chatten Image 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.