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Meet our leadership team

Our leadership team is made up of a Chief Executive, Non-Executive Directors, and Executive Directors.

Their role is to agree and set the strategic direction of the Trust as well as regularly monitoring our performance against national standards. They also ensure that as a Healthcare Trust we provide the best possible services which offer the people of Nottinghamshire best value for money and that we actively ensure we communicate with the people we serve.

Non-Executive Directors

Paul Devlin (Chair)

Paul Devlin

Paul took up office on 1 January 2020, for an initial term of three years.

He has an extensive track record in NHS leadership, following a long career in the charity sector as well as in significant NHS Board level roles. In his roles at Age Concern England, Headway, and Action for Children he led strategic engagement with healthcare commissioners and providers, developing successful partnerships and new models of care delivery. This complemented his six years as a Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust where he was part of the team successfully transferring the commissioning of health to new Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Paul has been Chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), Lincolnshire’s mental health and learning disability Trust, where he led a three-year quality improvement programme to take LPFT from a CQC (Care Quality Commission) “Requires improvement” rating (including “Inadequate” for Safe) to “Good” (including “Good” for Safe in every service, and “Outstanding” in the Well-led domain). Paul will remain Chair at Lincolnshire as well as taking up his new role in Nottinghamshire.

Stephen Jackson (Vice Chair)

Stephen JacksonStephen Jackson is a qualified accountant who has had a varied career in both the private and public sectors.

After qualifying as an accountant Stephen joined Bass plc. and had several senior financial roles in the company’s pubs and hotel subsidiaries.

He has had a wide variety of posts since, including five years in Hong Kong as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Development and IT for Holiday Inn – Asia Pacific.

In 2003, Stephen joined Nottingham Trent University where he held the post of Chief Financial and Operations Officer with overall responsibility for Finance, Estates, Commercial Development, Legal, Registry, IT, and Governance Services.  He was also appointed as a member of the Board of Governors and the Academic Board. In May 2016 Stephen retired from NTU.

Stephen also acts as Non- Executive Director with each of the following local organisations: -

  • Marketing NG (and Chair of F and GP); Derbyshire Health United
  • Chair of the Active Partners Trust (set up to increase participation in sport and active recreation in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire)
  • The Nottingham BID.

Manjit Darby MBE (Senior Independent Director)

Manjit Darby MBE Throughout Manjit’s NHS career to date she has had a commitment to the delivery of compassionate, high quality practice and standards and believes she has demonstrated this commitment as a nurse, a clinical leader and as a senior manager in a variety of leadership roles in the last 30 years.

Manjit qualified as a general nurse in 1987 and as a mental health nurse in 1992. She has a Masters Degree in Health Care Management and has worked in a variety of clinical settings during her career. Manjit left the NHS for four years in 2007 and worked as an independent management consultant returning to the NHS and eventually taking up the post of Director of Nursing and Quality within NHS England in July 2013. In 2014 she was named among the top 50 BME pioneers in the HSJ.

Manjit is a Queen’s Nurse and continues to sit as a registrant member at NMC Fitness to Practice hearings. She is a serving Magistrate on the Leicester Bench and former Chair of an Independent Foster Panel. Manjit formally retired in October 2020 but is still undertaking Interim Director of Nursing work.

In the New Year’s Honours List 2020, Manjit received an MBE for services to nursing and patient care and was also awarded the National Chief Nursing Officer Gold Award in October 2020.

Trevor Orman

Trevor OrmanTrevor joined Nottinghamshire Healthcare on 25 January 2019.

He is a high performing leader with a proven track record for initiating and implementing strategic business and cultural change and delivering operational results in complex global organisations. He has over 25 years’ experience at senior executive level in aerospace and automotive sectors including 10 years as a member of the Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace board/leadership team. He is a passionate and inspirational leader.

Trevor is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He lives in Derby.

 

Carolyn White (Vice Chair)

Carolyn White Carolyn is a highly experienced, senior health care leader with 17 years’ experience working at Board level within the complex and highly regulated environment of Acute and Community Foundation Trusts.

She joined Nottinghamshire Healthcare on 4 March 2019 and has a demonstrable track record in harnessing and developing the talents of staff, working to identify and realise their potential and building their confidence so that, even within the most challenging of environments, delivering excellence in patient care is always achievable.

Having worked in two Foundation Trusts and with the Care Quality Commission to develop its well-led framework for Community Trusts, Carolyn has an excellent understanding of healthcare regulation and the rigour trusts must apply to ensure the quality and safety of their services and has worked as both a specialist advisor and executive reviewer with the CQC.

Susan Nixon

Susan Nixon Sue has an extensive background in diverse local authority, leisure, education & health organisations, devising policy and managing strategy and culture change across all levels.

She graduated with a degree in Architecture from Leeds School of Architecture but has worked in senior positions in Local Government., including Wolverhampton City Council and Bromsgrove District Council, before joining the NHS in 2006 as Non-Executive Director with NHS Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust. Sue also holds positions with St Andrews Healthcare and South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (now known as Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

Fiona Daniel

Fiona Daniel Fiona has over 25 years’ financial services experience and has held a range of roles within Retail and Wealth Management, Commercial Bank, Recruitment, and Learning and Development. She is an HR qualified, diversity and inclusion leader with many years of experience leading and growing the national and global diversity & inclusion agenda for one of the largest banking and financial service organisations in the world.

Her diversity and inclusion credentials are many, including being the UK Lead for Ethnicity, founder of the first Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority network in 2011, and its chair for 3 years. She then went on to be the first Global Head of Employee Networks, a Senior Global D&I Relationship Manager, the interim Global Head of D&I and the first Head of Diversity and Inclusion for HSBC UK.

She is now an independent consultant supporting companies from across the private, public and voluntary sector to implement and embed diversity and inclusion. Fiona is also career coach and mentor, facilitator, a Women Onboards UK ambassador and consultant, awards judge, diversity and inclusion speaker and panellist.

Fiona also acts as:

  • CEO and founder of FD2i Inclusion Business Partners
  • Non-Executive Director at Thera East Midlands
  • Advisory Board Member for Black Women in HR a start-up company which supports the growth and development of black women in HR
  • Advisory Board Member DiversityQ a company focused on cross-industry advice on building a diverse and inclusive workforce

Susan Nixon

Susan Nixon Sue has an extensive background in diverse local authority, leisure, education & health organisations, devising policy and managing strategy and culture change across all levels.

She graduated with a degree in Architecture from Leeds School of Architecture but has worked in senior positions in Local Government., including Wolverhampton City Council and Bromsgrove District Council, before joining the NHS in 2006 as Non-Executive Director with NHS Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust. Sue also holds positions with St Andrews Healthcare and South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (now known as Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

Paddy Tipping

Paddy Tipping Paddy was appointed to the Board of the Healthcare Trust in February 2022. He is a qualified social and community worker who was employed by local authorities in Nottinghamshire and by the Childrens’ Society. His work focused on early intervention and prevention.

He was a senior member of Nottinghamshire County council for many years and a national spokesperson on local government finance.

He was the MP for Sherwood from 1992 – 2010 and a minister in the Blair government. He served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and was the Chair of the Energy Select Committee.

He was the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottingham between 2012 and 2021. Again, he led nationally on police financing, was the Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and a member of the National Policing Board.

He is Chair of the Nottingham LIFT Companies.

He also Chairs the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation and is heavily involved in a number of environmental organisation including the Ramblers and the Wildlife Trust.

He teaches and lectures on public policy.

Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith Nigel is a qualified accountant who worked for the Post Office and Royal Mail for over 30 years in a variety of Finance, HR and Health & Safety roles.

He has been involved with the NHS in a variety of Non-Executive Director (NED) roles for the last 10 years, across community and mental health services, and is currently also a NED at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and an Associate Mental Health Manager in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

He is also a Trustee at Citizens Advice in Derbyshire and has previously been a Trustee at Age UK. Nigel is originally from Wolverhampton but then lived in Nottinghamshire before moving to Matlock.

Executive Directors

Anne-Maria Newham MBE - Chief Executive

Photo of Anne-Maria Newham - Chief Executive

Anne-Maria has worked in the NHS as a nurse for over 35 years and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her outstanding contribution to nursing.

As well as supporting fellow nurses and developing future NHS leaders, Anne-Maria spends time volunteering at a children’s hospice.

 

 

 

 

Dr Julie Attfield - Executive Director of Mental Health

Dr Julie Attfield - Executive Director of Mental Health

Dr Julie Attfield is the Executive Director for Mental Health.

Julie has worked at the Trust since June 2015 previously as the Executive Director for Forensic Services and then the Executive Director of Nursing.

Julie began her career as a Registered Mental Nurse, and has since worked as a clinician, senior manager and director within mental health services in the East Midlands. Julie has also held an academic post at the University of Nottingham and is presently Vice Chair of the East Midlands Clinical Senate.

Alison Wyld - Executive Director of Finance and Estates

Alison Wyld Alison joined the Trust in 2009 after a long career in local government. Since joining the Trust she has covered various management accountancy roles more recently as Deputy Director of Finance and Procurement since March 2020 and is currently Executive Director of Finance and Estates.

Alison is a member of CIPFA and qualified at Nottingham Trent University as an accountant.  Alison is passionate about staff development and mentoring junior colleagues. The values of the Trust are important to Alison, particularly the focus on putting patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Jennifer Guiver - Executive Director of People and Culture

Jennifer Guiver Jen was appointed as Executive Director of People and Culture in June 2022, having joined the Trust in January 2021 as the Deputy Director.   Immediately prior to working at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Jen was Deputy Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

During her NHS career Jen has worked across acute, community and mental health sectors and is passionate about all things 'people'. 

With a keen interest in equality and diversity as well as the health and wellbeing of colleagues across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire system,  Jen is committed to making Nottinghamshire Healthcare  'diverse, inclusive and a great place to work'.

Tabetha Darmon - Executive Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality

Photo of Tabetha DarmonTabetha is our Trust Executive Director of Nursing, AHP'S & Quality.

A registered Mental Health Nurse, who holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Youth and Community Work, a post graduate diploma in Management, post grad (cert) in Health Promotion, Risk and Society, Prince2 project Management and an MBA, she has over 30 years leadership experience at a local and national level.

Tabetha’s focus as an Executive lead is to continuously learn and improve through supporting service improvement transformations. She is passionate about ensuring we are always CQC ready, improving staff morale and, as an expert with experience for race equality, always ensuring inclusivity, kindness and acceptance is the way forward.

Shirley Higginbotham - Director of Corporate Affairs

Picture of Shirley Higginbotham Shirley Higginbotham is the joint Director of Corporate Affairs across Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Shirley has been working as Director of Corporate Affairs at Sherwood Forest Hospitals since 2016 and has been temporarily working across both Trusts since October 2020.

Shirley joined Sherwood Forest from University Hospitals Leicester, where she worked in the corporate strategy team as head of business development and service planning.  She has significant experience in local government and the private sector with regard to strategy, business planning, service development and governance. 

Jan Sensier - Executive Director of Partnerships and Strategy

Jan Sensier Jan Sensier joined the Trust in April 2022 as Executive Director of Partnerships and Strategy. Prior to her appointment, Jan was the Director of Strategy and Partnership for the UK Health Security Agency where she was working for two years on Covid response in public health, and before this she was at the Office of the Public Guardian.

She has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained through her varied career, including managing several Jobcentres across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire; working at the regional Government Office representing 11 government departments in the East Midlands; and leading East Midlands Councils representing local authorities. Jan was also Chief Executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire in the wake of the Francis Inquiry and worked closely with the NHS, ensuring there was a strong patient voice informing decisions on services and supporting quality improvement.

Jan is looking forward to leading through the challenges of Covid recovery, integrated care partnerships and provider collaboratives.

Dr Susan Elcock - Executive Medical Director and Executive Director of Forensic Services

Dr Susan Elcock Dr Sue Elcock re-joined the Trust in May 2020 as Director of Forensic Services.

In March 2021, she also took on the role of Executive Medical Director.

Prior to re-joining the Trust,  Sue held executive medical director posts in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. 

Sue undertook her forensic psychiatry training in the Trust and alongside her work as a consultant in our women’s service at Rampton Hospital was also Head of School in our medical education team and brought revalidation into the organisation. 

Sue brings a huge amount of experience and passion to the role and I am sure you will all join me in wishing Sue well in her new combined role.

 

Becky Sutton, Executive Director of Community Health Services

Becky Sutton Becky joined the Trust in October 2020 as Executive Director of Community Health Services. Before joining us, she managed the Medicine and Emergency Care Division at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Becky is an experienced Audiologist, a leader in transformation and management, and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. As the Director of Community Health Services, Becky is committed in providing the best possible patient care through fostering and developing our workforce.