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Meet the Board

Our Board of Directors has responsibility for the strategic management of the Trust.

The Board of Directors comprises both Executive and Non-Executive Directors, and is responsible for the delivery of high quality NHS care, financial efficiency, forward planning and innovation.

Meetings are held once a month (publicly every two months), allowing the Directors to approve new policies, receive reports on performance and make decisions about how the Trust is run.

Click here to open our Board of Directors’ Register of Interests (dated February 2020).

Steve Russell

Steve Russell

Chief Executive

Steve brings significant leadership knowledge to the Trust, with a decade of board level experience. He is responsible for ensuring that our services are safe, effective, and well-led.

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Jonathan Coulter

Jonathan Coulter

Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Jonathan has contributed significantly to the success of the Trust, both within his role as Finance Director and, more recently, as Deputy Chief Executive.

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Emma Nunez

Emma Nunez

Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)

Emma is passionate about nursing and midwifery and about promoting the profession through demonstration of professional standards, values and behaviours.

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Russell Nightingale

Russell Nightingale

Chief Operating Officer

Russell enjoys working through operational challenges, and is passionate about enabling teams and supporting colleagues to excel while challenging the status quo and always seeking improvement.

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Dr Jackie Andrews

Dr Jackie Andrews

Medical Director

Jackie has a focus on helping to improve the safety culture of the organisation and also a culture of innovation, to ensure we are continuously improving, every day, everywhere and led by everyone.

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Angela Wilkinson

Angela Wilkinson

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Angela joined the Trust as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in November 2018. She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the role.

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Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong

Non-Executive Director

Sarah is an experienced leader in the charity sector, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2018.

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Jeremy Cross

Jeremy Cross

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy is Chair of Mansfield Building Society and has previously held senior positions at Lloyds Banking Group, Asda and Boots the Chemist.

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Andrew Papworth

Andrew Papworth

Non Executive Director

Andrew has a deep background in financial management, business leadership and transformation.

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Laura Robson

Laura Robson

Non-Executive Director

Laura trained as a nurse and midwife in Sunderland before going on to work in clinical and managerial roles for various hospitals in the North East.

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Wallace Sampson OBE

Wallace Sampson OBE

Non Executive Director

Wallace is passionate about public service delivery and the need to work within partnerships to join up service delivery.

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Richard Stiff

Richard Stiff

Non-Executive Director

Richard retired as Chief Executive of Angus Council in Scotland in May 2017. He enjoyed a long career in local government.

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Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

Non-Executive Director

Maureen is a Chartered Accountant and was the Chief Officer for Financial Management at Leeds City Council.  She has spent over 31 years in Financial Services at Leeds City Council, qualifying as an accountant in 1987.

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