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