Meet the Board
The Board is made up of the following:
Chair and Chief Executive
Chair - 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 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.
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.
Acting Chief Financial Officer - Duncan Orme
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 and Director of Infection Prevention and Control - 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.
Chief Operating Officer - Lisa Kelly
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.
Director of Communications and Engagement - 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.
Chief People Officer - Dr Neil Pease
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 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 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 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
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 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.
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 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 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.”
Associate Non-Executive Directors
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
Acting Director of Digital Services - Nikki Turner
Nikki is Acting Director of Digital Services, starting her career in the NHS as the first ever Helpdesk Operative at the QMC in 1989, when the IT service was provided by an external company. Since then, she has been responsible for implementing and leading major transformative digital projects which has changed the landscape of how Digital is used within NUH, and has held many leadership roles within Digital spanning a variety of disciplines which underpins her wealth of knowledge and experience, including; Helpdesk, Data Quality, Training, Applications Management, Programme Management.
Nikki’s drive comes from her passion to help others. On a personal level as a speak up champion, but also as a leader within NUH and the wider Digital Health community she is committed to ensuring that Digital listen and respond to the needs of the Organisation, and our Partners to ensure that we deliver Digital Solutions that empower Patients and staff across NUH and our wider Health Community.
Outside of work Nikki likes to run… slowly; her biggest ‘running’ achievement is the London Marathon.
Assistant Chief Executive and 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.