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 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

Appointed 4 June 2018

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

Previous experience: Brendan was appointed on 4 June 2018 to the joint position of Chief Executive, Airedale NHSFT and Partnership Lead, Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven Partnership.

Brendan previously held the position of Executive Director of Nursing/Deputy Chief Executive at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.  Prior to this he was Director of Nursing/Deputy Chief Executive at Burton Hospitals and has previously held Board positions at Chief Nurse, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive level. Brendan trained as a nurse in Derby and has a background in both acute hospital and community nursing and senior management positions. He has a Masters with Distinction from the University of Nottingham.

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

Karl Mainprize – Medical Director

 Appointed 3 June 2014

Committee membership: Quality Committee

External appointments: None

Previous experience: Karl was appointed Medical Director in June 2014, having previously been Deputy Medical Director at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this he worked at Scarborough Hospital as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon for almost 10 years where he was instrumental in developing the first ever community endoscopy service. Having qualified in 1989 he spend his early career based at Oxford, Reading and London.

Qualifications: BA (Cantab), BCHir, MB, MA, FRCS, MD, CCST

Responsibilities and skills: The Medical Director is responsible for clinical governance, and has overall lead for risk management and patient safety. Karl is also responsible for providing professional leadership for clinical staff and managing medical education and training.

Jill Asbury – Director of Nursing

Appointed 7 July 2017

Committee membership: Quality 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

Andrew Copley – Director of Finance

Appointed 1 January 2013

Committee membership: Finance Committee 

External appointments: Director, Immedicare LLP, Integrated Pathology Solutions LLP and Integrated Laboratory Solutions LLP

Previous experience: Andrew qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1996 and has nearly 20 years financial management experience. He joined Airedale in 2008 as Deputy Director of Finance from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Andrew initially trained as a radiographer at Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospital and later joined St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).

Responsibilities and skills: As Finance Director, Andrew is responsible for the financial management and financial reporting of the Trust, and for relationships with the Trust’s commissioners. In addition, he has treasury management, IT and information, contracting, procurement and supplies functions reporting to him.

Rob Aitchison –  Chief Operating Officer

Appointed 1 April 2019

Committee Membership: Airedale NHSFT Charitable Funds Sub-Committee and Finance 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 Committee, Risk & Compliance and People 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

Jeremy Cross – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1 October 2014

Committee membership: Airedale NHS FT Charitable Funds Sub-Committee (Chair), Finance Committee

External Appointments: Non-Executive Chairman Mansfield Building Society, Treasurer Care and Repair (Leeds) Ltd, Director GSAL Transport Ltd

Previous experience: Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant currently working as a self employed consultant. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Mansfield Building Society and Treasurer of Care and Repair (Leeds) Ltd a charity aimed at helping older people maintain their independence and quality of life at home. Jeremy’s previous roles include Director of Personal Current Accounts with Halifax and Bank of Scotland. Prior to this he held various commercial and strategic senior roles within Asda and Boots. Is also Non Executive Chair of AGH Solutions Ltd (Trust wholly-owned subsidiary)

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford University), ACA

 Maggie Helliwell – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1 June 2016

Committee membership: Quality Committee (Chair), Audit Committee

External Appointments: None

Previous experience: Maggie started her career at Airedale hospital as a junior Doctor in the 1970’s before becoming a GP at Ling House, in Keighley, a role she held for over 35 years. Maggie became Chair of the Worth Valley Health Consortium in the 1990’s, while working part-time as a GP. She was later appointed Medical Director of Airedale Primary Care Trust (PCT) and clinical governance lead when four PCT’s across the district merged. Maggie returned to Airedale Hospital in 2007 as Deputy Medical Director, prior to retirement.

Qualifications: MB, BS, BSc, MRCGP

Lynn McCracken – Independent Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair

Appointed 1 October 2016

Committee Membership: Appointments and Remuneration Committee, Board Appointments, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee and Quality Committee

External Appointments: Non-Executive Director, Manchester MIND, Calico Social Enterprises Ltd, SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services Ltd, Acorn Recovery Projects Ltd, Calico Enterprises Ltd

Previous Experience: Lynn is an MBA-qualified solicitor with many years’ legal and governance experience. She began her legal career in private practice in Manchester before moving in-house, working initially for a national rail freight operator, and later as Director of Governance & Legal Services at The Riverside Group. Prior to that Lynn had a short service commission in the Royal Navy specialising in telecommunications. Lynn is currently a trustee board member at Manchester MIND, a mental health charity, and a non-executive director in Calico Group’s health, care and support charity. She previously served on the board of Community Seven, a provider of social housing in Liverpool, and chaired the National Housing Federation’s Governance Forum.

Qualifications: BA (Hons); MBA; Solicitor

Nadira Mirza – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: May 2019

Committee Membership: People Committee, Finance, Performance and Digital 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: 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

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:  June 2019

Committee Membership:  Audit and Risk Committee, Charitable Funds Committee 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:  June 2019

Committee Membership: None

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