Trust board members

The job 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.


Michael Luger 1Michael Luger – Chairman

Appointed Chairman on 1 May 2014

Committee membership: Board Appointments, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee and Appointments and Remuneration Committee (Chairman)

External Appointments:Non-Executive Director, Office of Rail Regulation, Business Consultant, Latium Holdings Ltd and part-time Professor at Manchester Business School.

Previous experience: Michael formerly served as Dean of Manchester Business School for seven years, retiring from that post in December 2013. Before that he was a professor of public policy, business and planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught economics at Duke University and the University of Maryland. Born in Pennsylvania, he has a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a first degree in architecture and town planning from Princeton University.

In addition to university leadership roles, Michael has served on numerous public sector and not-for-profit boards, commissions, and task forces. He has worked as a professional planning officer in the USA and for the Greater London Council, as a consultant and advisor to national, state, regional and local governments throughout the world, and to major multi-national corporations. His expertise in public finance, infrastructure, and economic development has been used in the health care sector in both the USA and UK.

Qualifications: Ph.D., Economics (Berkeley), Masters in City and Regional Planning (Berkeley), Masters public and international affairs (Princeton University), Hons. Bachelor Architecture (Princeton University)


Bridget FletcherBridget Fletcher – Chief Executive

Appointed 1 November 2010

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

External appointments:Director, Immedicare LLP

Previous experience
Bridget was previously Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nurse and prior to this Director of Nursing for 5 years having joined Airedale in 2005. Before joining Airedale, Bridget was Assistant Director, Quality Assurance at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this she was at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Salford Royal NHS Trust where she held a number of senior management roles with responsibility for acute health services and professional nursing services.

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse (RGN), BA (Hons) Health Studies,MA Health Service Management

Responsibilities and skills
As Chief Executive and accounting officer, Bridget 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. She provides leadership to the executive team and takes responsibility for the important external relationships with commissioners, regulators, local authorities, MPs and Government bodies.


Karl Mainprize

Karl Mainprize – Medical Director

 Appointed 3 June 2014

Committee membership: Clinical Specialty Assurance 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 medicial education and training.


Airedale HospitalJill Asbury – Interim Director of Nursing

Appointed 3 October 2016

Committee membership: Clinical Specialty Assurance Committee

External Appointments: None

Previous experience: Jill joined Airedale as Deputy Director of Nursing in January 2016 and was appointed Interim Director of Nursing in October 2016. 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 FinanceAndrew Copley 1

Appointed 1 January 2013

Committee membership: None

External appointments: Director, Immedicare 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.


Stacey Hunter -  Chief Operating Officer Stacey Hunter

Appointed 1 August 2015

Committee Membership: Airedale NHSFT Charitable Funds

External Appointments: Trustee, Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice

Previous Experience: Stacey was appointed Executive Director of Operations on 1 August 2015 having previously held the position as Associate Director from 2013. The post title was changed to Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1 July 2016. Stacey qualified as a nurse in 1990 and spent over 10 years in various nursing roles in Hull and Leeds prior to moving into general management in 2001. Since then Stacey has spent most of her career at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust progressing from Clinical Services Manager to General Manager prior to joining Airedale in 2013. Her other professional roles have included Council Membership of the RCN from 2003 to 2011.

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse (RGN), BSc. (Hons) Health Care Studies


Jeremy CrossJeremy Cross -  Non Executive Director

Appointed 1 October 2014

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

External Appointments: Non-executive Chairman Mansfield Building Society, Treasurer Care and Repair (Leeds) 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.

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


angAndrew Gold – Independent Non Executive Director

Appointed 1 June 2016

Committee membership: Audit Committee

External Appointments: Non-executive Director Ecology Building Society

Previous experience: 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 or 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.


Anne Gregory

Anne Gregory - Independent Non Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed 1 June 2012

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

External Appointments:Professor, University of Huddersfield, Chair, Global Alliance of Public Relations and Communication Management (Council member) and Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Director)

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


mahMaggie Helliwell - Independent Non Executive Director

Appointed 1 June 2016

Committee membership: Clinical Specialty Assurance 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

Airedale HospitalLynn McCracken – Independent Non Executive Director

Appointed 1 October 2016

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

External Appointments: Director of Governance & Legal Services, The Riverside Group; Non-Executive Director, Manchester MIND;

Previous Experience: Lynn is an MBA-qualified practising solicitor at The Riverside Group based in Liverpool with many years’ experience as a solicitor; initially in private practice at two top 50 national law firms and latterly in-house with a national rail freight operator.  Prior to this, Lynn had a short service commission in the Royal Navy specialising in telecommunications.  Lynn is currently a Non-Executive Director at Manchester MIND, a mental health charity and chairs the National Housing Federation’s Governance Forum.  She was previously a Non-Executive Director at Community Seven Limited, a provider of social housing in Liverpool.

Qualifications: BA (Hons); MBA; Solicitor


Shazad Sarwar - Independent Non Executive Director shazad sarwar

Appointed 1 August 2015

Committee Membership: Clinical Specialty Assurance Committee (Chair), Audit Committee

External Appointments: Chief Executive Whitefield Youth Association, Director Msingi Research Ltd.

Previous experience: Shazad is currently Chief Executive of Whitefield Youth Association a nationally recognised charity based in Pendle, and Director of Msingi Research Ltd. Prior to joining Airedale he was a Non-executive Director of East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust. He formally held positions as Managing Director of a research and policy consultancy; independent member of Lancashire Police Authority and Advisory Director of Diversity at the Cultural Diversity Network.

Qualifications: LL.B (Hons), BTEC HND Business and Administration and MBA Business Administration