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.

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

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.


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 Airedale 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

Anne Gregory – Independent Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed 1 June 2012

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

External Appointments:Professor, University of Huddersfield

Previous experience: Anne has 30 years of experience in public relations and is currently employed at University of Huddersfield; having previously been at Leeds Metropolitan University where she also served a term as pro-vice chancellor until 2010. For eight years Anne was a Non Executive Director of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and previously served eight years on the board of Bradford Community NHS Trust

BA (Hons) English/Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD),Fellow, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (FCIPR),Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Fellow, Higher Education Academy

 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 and became a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (‘NICE’), later being appointed Vice-Chair.

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

Mark Lam – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 July 2018

Committee membership: Audit Committee (Chair) and Finance Committee

External appointments: Non-Executive Director, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Trustee University of Essex, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Corporate Executive, Openreach BT Group

Previous experience: A senior corporate executive, Mark has extensive global experience in telecommunications and information technology.

He is the Chief Technology and Information Officer of Openreach, a BT Group business, and has previously held management positions at Siemens, Carphone Warehouse and Deutsche Telekom.  His experience of global business spans Europe, the USA, and Asia, where he has led major contracts and operations.

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Oxford University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts