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.


Rupert Egginton, Deputy Chief Executive Rupert Egginton

Rupert qualified as an accountant in 1992 and has held roles as Finance Director of Northampton General Hospital and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. He joined NUH in January 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and until September 2022 was Acting Chief Executive. In his current role Rupert supports the Chief Executive and wider executive team as Deputy Chief Executive.

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 - 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.


Acting Chief Operating Officer - Duane McLean

Duane McLean Information blurb coming soon...




Director of Strategy & Transformation - Alison Wynne

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.


Chief Digital and Information Officer - Andy Callow

Andy Callow will start as our Chief Digital and Information Officer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) from January 2023.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.



Bel Asher, Acting Chief People Officer


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 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. 



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.





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.






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

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.








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.


Advisors to the Board

Acting Director of Digital Services - Nikki Turner

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 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.