Board of Directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to agree policy, monitor the delivery of that policy, ensure the financial viability of the Trust, and ensure clinical quality in the Trust. The Board’s work is regulated by its Standing Orders that govern: the proceedings of Board meetings; the way responsibilities are delegated; standards of business conduct; and contract procedure. Included in the Standing Orders are the Standing Financial Instructions, which detail the financial policies, responsibilities and procedures to be applied in the Trust.

Andrew Gold – Chair

Appointed 19 January 2018

Committee membership:  Appointments and Remuneration Committee (Chair), Board Appointments, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee, Finance, Performance and Digital Committee (Chair)

External Appointments: Non-Executive Director Ecology Building Society

Previous experience: Andrew joined the Board on 1 June 2016 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chair on 19 January 2018. Andrew is a qualified accountant and has a wide range of Board experience from a career in regulated financial services, mainly with member owned organisations. Until spring 2016, Andrew was the Group Director Risk, Audit and Compliance of a locally based regulated financial service group. Since May 2014 Andrew has been NED of the Ecology Building Society who are based in Silsden and are a mutual who demonstrate strong ethical values. Living in Skipton, Andrew is also directly involved in a number of activities that support the local community.

Qualifications: BSocSc (Hons), Money, Banking and Finance, University of Birmingham, ACA, AMCT, MBA, MIoD.

Brendan Brown – Chief Executive Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Partnership Lead, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Partnership

Appointed 4 June 2018

Committee membership: Board Appointments, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee and Finance, Performance and Digital Committee

Previous experience: Brendan was appointed in 2018 to the joint position of Chief Executive, Airedale NHSFT and Partnership Lead for the Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven Partnership.

He has previously held the position of Executive Director of Nursing/Deputy Chief Executive at both Calderdale & Huddersfield and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts. Brendan has a clinical and therapeutic background, and holds a Masters with Distinction from the University of Nottingham. He has a proven track record for health and care leadership, and consistent improvements in the delivery of healthcare across hospital and community settings.

He is the Senior Responsible Officer for workforce across the Bradford and Airedale place, and for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board. Brendan was also selected to participate in first cohort of The National Leadership Centre programme, a cabinet supported programme developed to enhance the social and economic well-being of the country by supporting the leaders of public services to work together across the public sector system.

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse (RGN), MA (Distinction) Counselling Services

Responsibilities and skills: As Chief Executive and accountable officer, Brendan is responsible for all aspects of the stewardship of the Foundation Trust, including developing an appropriate corporate strategy for Board approval and securing its timely and effective implementation. He provides leadership to the executive team and takes responsibility for the important external relationships with commissioners, regulators, local authorities, MPs and Government bodies.

Brendan is also the system leader of the AWC Health and Care Partnership which is one of seven underpinning partnerships for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership


David Crampsey – Interim Medical Director

Appointed June 2020

Committee membership: People Committee, Quality and Safety Committee

External Appointments: Clinical Lead, Act as One Programme, Bradford District and Craven.

Previous experience: David was appointed as Interim Executive Medical Director in June 2020; he was previously Deputy Medical Director and Divisional Director for Surgery and Diagnostics at Airedale from Feb 2018. He is actively involved in system leadership at Place, and across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, and has been Co-Chair of the Bradford District and Craven System Planned Care Oversight Board.

David trained as an ENT Surgeon in Glasgow, London and Christchurch, New Zealand. He was appointed as a Consultant Otolaryngologist in 2011, with a specialist interest in Rhinology and Vertigo. He was Lead Clinician for ENT within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde from 2012 to 2017.

He has an interest in teaching and education, with a teaching award from the University of Otago. He was also Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Lead for ENT at the University of Glasgow.

David has had an active interest in leadership and management for many years, and participated in Cohort 10 of the NHS Scotland Delivering the Future leadership development programme. He is a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and a member of the BMA Medical Managers’ Committee.

Qualifications: MBChB Glasgow, FRCSGlasg (ORL-HNS)

Jill Asbury – Director of Nursing

Appointed 7 July 2017

Committee membership: Quality and Safety Committee

External Appointments: None

Previous experience: Jill joined Airedale as Deputy Director of Nursing in January 2016 and was appointed Director of Nursing on 7 July 2017 following a period as Interim Director of Nursing. She qualified as a nurse in 1986 and has spent most of her career working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where she was Head of Nursing for Education and Workforce before joining Airedale. Prior to this she worked in various roles including Divisional Nurse Manager, Matron and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Leeds Teaching Hospital and as a Nurse Manager at Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds.

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse (RGN), Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, MA Health Care Ethics

Amy Whitaker – Interim Director of Finance

Appointed 4 May 2020

Committee membership: Finance, Performance and Digital Committee, Audit and Risk Committee

External appointments: none

Previous Experience: Amy has 18 years’ experience of working in NHS finance, having joined the NHS Graduate Training Scheme in 2002. Amy joined the Trust in 2013 as Deputy Director of Finance, and in 2018 supported the establishment of AGH Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust, for which she was appointed Director of Finance. Throughout her career she has mainly worked across Acute and Specialist Trusts in a variety of financial management roles. Amy remains a keen supporter of the graduate training scheme, being passionate about the development of finance teams, and with a particular interest in diversity and inclusion across NHS finance.

Qualifications: Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CPFA), BA (Hons) Computing in Business.


Rob Aitchison –  Chief Operating Officer

Appointed 1 April 2019

Committee Membership: Charitable Funds Committee and Finance Committee to Finance, Performance and Digital Committee

External Appointments: School Governor

Previous Experience: Rob was appointed Chief Operating Officer on 1st April 2019.  He previously worked at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust where he was most recently Director of Operations for four years.  Prior to this he has held strategy and operational management roles working across primary and secondary care.  Rob joined the NHS Management Training Scheme in 2007 and maintains a keen interest in supporting the development of others.

Responsibilities and skills: As Chief Operating Officer, Rob is responsible for the day to day operational management of the Trust’s clinical services, the achievement of national, regional and Trust performance targets and working with services to translate strategy, business, and policy development into operational reality.

Qualifications: MSc Health and Public Leadership

Joanne Harrison – Director of People and Organisational Development 

Appointed September 2019

Committee Membership: Board Appointments, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee (BART) and People Committee

External Appointments: None

Previous Experience: Joanne has almost 20 years’ experience of working in Human Resources and Organisational Development, in both the commercial and public sectors.  Joanne’s previous roles include: Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development; Interim Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development; HR Business Partner; HR Manager; Interim General Manager at Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) and HR and Development Manager at Habitat UK.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management

Amanda Stanford – Associate Director of Quality and Safety

Appointed June 2019

Committee Membership: Quality and Safety Committee

External Appointments: None

Previous Experience: Amanda joins the Trust from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) where she worked as Head of Inspection, North East, Yorkshire & Humber before being appointed as Interim Deputy Chief Inspector for London & South in 2017 and then Central England in 2018. Prior to joining the CQC she worked at York Teaching Hospital NHS FT as Directorate Manager, General Surgery and Urology covering York and Scarborough. Amanda’s early career was as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Respiratory Medicine before moving into operational management at Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust as a Nurse Manager.

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse 1988 (Grimsby School of Nursing); ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing Course; ENB 249 Cardio-Thoracic Nursing 1993 (Papworth Hospital, Cambridge), MSc Health Sciences and Clinical Evaluation 2002 (University of York); Ashridge Leadership Course, 2017

Stuart Shaw –  Associate Director of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships 

Appointed 5 November 2018

Committee membership: Finance, Performance and Digital Committee

External Appointments: None

Previous experience: Stuart was appointed as Associate Director of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships in October 2018, having previously worked for 10 years at the Trust as the Head of Planning and Performance focussed on Annual Planning, regulatory performance and contract negotiation and management.

Before joining the Trust, Stuart was the Assistant Director of Performance Management at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a responsibility for establishing a Performance Management Unit that supported Local Delivery Plans. During this time he took an opportunity to work on operational management projects, including establishing the process for the direct booking of operations and appointments with patients at the point of referral.

Qualifications: B.A. (Hons) Accounting and Finance, Open University/Institute of Leadership and Management Certificate in Health Service Management

Responsibilities and Skills: Stuart is responsible for the development of Trust Strategy, leading the Planning Framework, developing greater Partnership Working and for Business and Commercial Development

Victoria Pickles – Associate Director of Corporate Affairs  Group Company Secretary

Appointed 15 February 2019

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Committee; Charitable Funds Committee.

External Appointments: Trustee of Overgate Hospice

Previous Experience: Victoria joined the Trust as  Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Group Company Secretary on 15 February 2019. Victoria was previously Company Secretary at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust for five years, following two years as Director of Corporate Affairs at Leeds Community Health Care. She also has nine years’ experience in primary care in roles covering communications, media relations, complaints, patient and public involvement and corporate governance. Victoria is an Affiliate Member of ICSA: The Governance Institute and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Responsibilities and skills: Victoria is responsible for the smooth running of the corporate governance of the Trust and for leading the communications function. Victoria is also responsible for the hospital’s Charitable Trust.

Qualifications: MA in Public Relations; Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Governance

Cindy Fedell – Chief Digital and Information Officer

Appointed 18 May 2020

Committee membership: Finance, Digital and Performance Committee

External appointments: Chief Digital and Information Officer, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Previous experience: Cindy joined the Trust in May 2020 in addition to her role as Chief Digital and Information Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; a role which she has held since 2013. Cindy is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Digital Programme for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.  Cindy has spent the last several years successfully digitising Trusts and progressing digital-enablement of the Bradford District and Craven Place.  Cindy previously worked at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and has also worked in the private sector as an informatics management consultant, advising hospitals on systems design and implementation.

Qualifications: CIO Certificate, Advanced Healthcare Leadership Certificate, BComm (Hons) IT Management, BA

Dr Andy Withers – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1 April 2020

Committee Membership:  Quality & Safety Committee (Chair), Audit and Risk Committee, Board Appointments and Remuneration Committee and Appointments and Remuneration Committee

External Appointments:  None

Previous Experience:  Andy was a General Practitioner in Bradford from 1986 and has held various roles in the local health economy including most recently Chair of Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group until end of March 2020. He has extensive medical leadership experience including establishing and chairing the Clinical Group in the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership. He has served on several national NHS groups and was a member of the Oversight Group of the Integrated Care System (ICS). He was a member of many of the Bradford & Craven Health and Care system boards. Previously he was chair of the Local Medical Committee. He retired from Practice in 2019.

Qualifications: Member of the Royal College of GPs. MBChB Leeds 1982


David Wharfe – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1 March 2020

External Appointments: None

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Finance, Performance & Digital Committee (Chair) and  Charitable Funds Committee

Previous Experience: David is a Chartered Management Accountant. He worked in the NHS for 35 years. During that period he held a number of Director of Finance posts in various NHS organisations, including Sefton Health Authority and Ashton, Leigh and Primary Care Trust. His most recent role prior to retirement was as the Executive Director of Finance for NHS Lancashire.

David was previously a non-executive director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he chaired the Finance &Performance Committee.

Nadira Mirza – Independent Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair

Appointed 7 May 2019

Committee membership: People Committee and Appointments and Remuneration Committee

External Appointments: Director NM21 Associates

Previous Experience: Nadira has a successful track record of strategic leadership, transformational change and people management within large complex organisations.  She has significant experience of working at Board level within the education and voluntary sectors and in the NHS – she was a NED on the unitary Board of the Bradford District Care Trust (BDCT) for six and a half years where she was also the Senior Independent Director (SID) for a term chairing a number of business critical committees such as Safety and Quality, Human Resources, Charities and Mental Health Legislation and as deputy chair of Audit, Finance Investment and Business and Remuneration. Nadira was also (SID) for nine years at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT).

Qualifications: Honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford, Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Master of Research in Social Science Methodologies, Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, BA in English Literature and the Theory of Education


Melanie Hudson – Independent Non-Executive Director 

Appointed 7 May 2019

Committee Membership:  People Committee (Chair), Quality and Safety Committee, Audit and Risk Committee

External Appointments: Trustee Kirklees Active Leisure – Kirklees and Governor North Huddersfield Trust School

Previous Experience:  Melanie has spent the majority of her career working within the Further Education sector mainly in a strategic role reporting into and regularly advising and supporting the Board and its associated committees. Most recently Melanie was the Deputy Principal for Kirklees College and Dewsbury Centre Principal.  Melanie has over 20 years’ experience leading and managing the Human Resources and Organisational Development divisions, as well as having responsibility for the Estates and Capital Strategy, marketing and communications, ICT,  and Risk Management and Health and Safety. She has held numerous senior roles including Vice principal Corporate Services, Kirklees College, Director of Corporate Services, Kirklees College, Assistant Principal for Human Resources and Equality, Huddersfield Technical College and Director of Corporate Services and Clerk to the Corporation, The Community College Hackney.

Melanie is also Non-Executive Chair of AGH Solutions Ltd.

Qualifications:  MA in Human Resource Management & BA Honours 2nd class in Humanities – Drama and English.  Melanie is a Chartered Member of the CIPD

Andrew Dumbleton – Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1  June 2019

Committee Membership:  Audit and Risk Committee, Charitable Funds Committee (Chair) and Finance, Performance and Digital Committee

External Appointments:  Director of ASD Associates Ltd

Previous Experience:  Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with expertise in project, corporate and property finance, and audit acquired in multiple sectors.  He is currently a Director of ASD Associates Ltd.  Andrew is skilled in providing advice on major change and project finance infrastructure projects. His previous roles include Partner at BDO LLP, Director at RSM Robson Rhodes, Associate Director at KPMG and Manager at NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – FCA and BSc. Economics

Rhys Davies – Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1  June 2019

Committee Membership: Finance, Performance and Digital Committee and Quality and Safety Committee

External Appointments: Non-Executive Council Member at University of Huddersfield; Non-Executive Director at Sovereign Health Care Ltd; and Non-Executive Governor at Bradford Grammar School

Previous Experience:  Rhys has extensive executive experience in technology and change across the commercial, higher education, research, leisure and health sectors. Rhys’ previous roles include Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Queen Mary University, Interim CIO at St Mary’s University, Non-Executive Chairman at YHMAN Ltd, Director of Information Technology at University of Leeds, Group Director of Information Services at William Hill and IT Director at Wm Morrison Supermarkets. Prior to these leadership roles he gained extensive supermarket and supply chain experience at Asda and Tesco.   

Qualifications:  FRSA, Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and BA Joint Hons (ECON), Manchester University