Our Board and Leadership

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Nadira Mirza

Independent Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair

Nadira explains how we are run and how our Board works.

Meet our Trust Board members

Portrait of Foluke Ajayi

Foluke Ajayi

Chief Executive Officer

Portrait of David Crampsey

David Crampsey

Medical Director

Portrait of Mike Savage

Mike Savage

Director of Finance

Portrait of Leanne Cooper

Leanne Cooper

Chief Operating Officer

Portrait of Joanne Harrison

Joanne Harrison

Director of People and Organisational Development

Portrait of Stuart Shaw

Stuart Shaw

Director of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships

Portrait of Fiona Barr

Fiona Barr

Director of Corporate Affairs

Portrait of Paul Rice

Paul Rice

Chief Digital and Information Officer

Portrait of Lianne Robinson

Lianne Robinson

Chief Nurse, Executive Director for Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals

Meet our Chair and Non-Executive Directors

Portrait of Andrew Gold

Andrew Gold

Independent Chair

Portrait of Dr Andy Withers

Dr Andy Withers

Independent Non-Executive Director

Portrait of Nadira Mirza

Nadira Mirza

Independent Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair

Portrait of Melanie Hudson

Melanie Hudson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Portrait of Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews

Independent Non-Executive Director

Portrait of Rhys Davies

Rhys Davies

Independent Non-Executive Director

Portrait of Ian Knight

Ian Knight

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trust board meetings

Our Board of Director meetings are held in public. Meetings are held at the beginning of every other month. Meeting papers are available below.

Dates for meetings during 2024 and 2025:

  • Wednesday 7 February 2024
  • Wednesday 3 April 2024
  • Wednesday 5 June 2024
  • Wednesday 4 September 2024
  • Wednesday 6 November 2024
  • Wednesday 5 February 2025
  • Wednesday 2 April 2025

The agenda for the latest meeting will usually be available here a few days before the meeting takes place together with the relevant papers for the meeting. To access any of the previous or current meeting agendas, previous minutes, or relevant papers – please click below on the date of the meeting you wish to review the papers from.

As a Foundation Trust, we also have a Council of Governors, which holds quarterly meetings in public.

Please note, from April 2023, we will be reverting to in person Public Board of Directors meetings which will be held in the Education Centre at Airedale Hospital.

If you would like to observe the Public Board meeting, please contact the Corporate Governance team on 01535 294540 or anhsft.corporategovernance@nhs.net for further information.

Board of Director Meeting documents:

What the Board does

The Board’s role and purpose

The principle purpose of the Trust is to ‘provide goods and services for the purposes of the health service in England’.

The Board of Directors is a unitary board, which means that the Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors share the same responsibility and liability for decisions made by the Board.   All Directors have responsibility to constructively challenge during Board discussions and help to develop proposals, values, standards and strategy and mitigate risk

The Board of Directors also has a framework of local accountability through its Council of Governors and Members.  The Governors are responsible as a Council for holding the Non-Executive Directors, individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board.

The Board leads the Trust by undertaking three key roles:

  • formulating strategy;
  • ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable; and
  • shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation.

The Trust’s Board has a duty to promote the success of the organisation so as to maximise the benefits for the Members of the Trust as a whole and for the public.  This should lead to patients and carers receiving a quality service from the Trust.

Each director also has a duty to avoid conflicts of interest and not to accept benefits from third parties (as well as to declare interests in proposed transactions or arrangements with the Trust).

The practice and procedure of the meetings of the Board, and of its committees, are described in the Board’s standing orders.

Board membership and process

The Board consists of executive directors, one of whom is the Chief Executive, and non-executive directors, one of whom is the Chairman.

The Board has adopted a schedule of matters reserved for its decisions and formal terms of reference for each of its committees.
Matters which are not specifically reserved to the Board and its committees under their terms of reference, or to the Council of Governors and their sub committees, are delegated to the Chief Executive or otherwise delegated in accordance with the scheme of delegation approved by the Board.
The Board receives regular reports on performance against the Annual Plan and periodic business reports from Directors and senior management.  Directors are briefed on matters to be discussed at meetings by papers distributed in advance of Board and committee meetings.

The Board of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust comprises:

Trust organisational structure

Our 2020-21 Annual Report

Read the Annual Report


The Trust’s Annual Members Meeting and Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 23 September 2022, 2.00pm – 3.45pm. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this was held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

If you would like more information please email  anhsft.governors@nhs.net or telephone 01535 294540 to speak to the Membership Office.

The Trust’s Annual Members Meeting (AMM) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Friday 23 September 2022, led by Chair Andrew Gold, Chief Executive Foluke Ajayi and Lead Governor Karen Ellison.  If you would like to watch the meeting, click on the image which will take you to the video on You Tube.

Or you can read the minutes Annual Members’ Meeting and AGM Minutes 23 September 2022

You can watch our latest Annual Members Meeting and AGM here

Audit and Risk Committee


The Committee comprises:

Ian Knight, Andrew Dumbleton and Andy Withers, all of whom are independent Non Executive Directors, appointed by the Board.

The Board is satisfied that the membership of the Committee meets the requirement for recent and relevant financial experience.  The Company Secretary acts as Secretary to the Committee.

The Committee Chair reports the Committee’s deliberations to the following Board meetings.

Role and Purpose

The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its oversight responsibilities.  Its primary functions are to:

  • review the establishment and maintenance of an effective system of integrated governance, risk management and internal control, across the whole of the Trust’s activities including its subsidiaries (both clinical and non-clinical), that supports the achievement of the Trust’s objectives;
  • ensure there is an effective internal audit service that meets mandatory NHS Internal Audit Standards (or Government Internal Audit Standards in an FT) and provides appropriate independent assurance to the Audit Committee, Chief Executive and Board;
  • review the work and findings of the external auditors and consider the implications and management’s responses to their work;
  • review the findings of other significant assurance functions, both internal and external to the Trust, and consider the implications for the governance of the Trust;
  • satisfy itself that the organisation has adequate arrangements in place for countering fraud and review the outcomes of counter fraud work; and
  • monitor the integrity of the financial statement of the Trust and any formal announcements relating to the Trust’s financial performance.

Appointments and Remuneration Committee


The Committee comprises:

Nadira Mirza (Chair), Andrew Gold, Dr Andy Withers and Brendan Brown.  The Company Secretary acts as Secretary to the Committee.  The Committee also has the support of the Director of People and Organisational Development.

The Chairman of the Committee reports the Committee’s deliberations to the following Board meeting,.

Role and Purpose

The Committee’s principal responsibilities are:

To recommend to the Board the remuneration strategy and framework for the posts covered by the Committee’s remit (which include the Director posts for the Trust’s subsidiary)

To determine and agree the general terms and conditions of service, including remuneration, and specific terms for any individual within the Committee’s remit, on recruitment, termination or at any time whilst employed at the Trust;

To oversee the process for the nomination of the Chief Executive for approval by the Board and ratification by the Council of Governors  and the appointment of other Directors and Company Secretary;

To monitor and evaluate the performance of those posts covered by the Committee’s remit including the Chief Executive;

To review executive and senior management succession planning arrangements across the Trust;

To review and monitor the level and structure of remuneration for executive and senior managers;

To keep under review, the size, structure and composition of the Board (including the skills, knowledge and experience required by it); and

To lead the process for the identification and nomination of the chair of all Board Committees and Board post holders ie Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair.

Non Executive Director terms and conditions

Terms & Conditions – Non Executive Directors

  1. Appointment

1.1       Your appointment is for an initial term of three years commencing on [to be completed] unless terminated earlier by either party giving to the other party three month‘s written notice.

1.2       Your appointment is subject to the Trusts Constitution.  Nothing in your terms and conditions shall be taken to exclude or vary the terms of the Constitution as they apply to you as Non Executive Director of the Trust.

1.3       Continuation of your contract of appointment is also contingent on satisfactory performance and any relevant statutory provisions relating to the removal of a Director.

1.4       Non Executive Directors are typically expected to serve two, three year terms but may in exceptional circumstances be invited by the Council of Governors to serve for an additional period.  Any term renewal is subject to review by the Appointments and Remuneration Committee and approved by the Council of Governors.  Notwithstanding any mutual expectation, there is no right to re-nomination by the Council of Governors either annually or after any three year period.

1.5       You will be required to serve on one or more committees of the Board or the Council of Governors.  You will be provided with the relevant terms of reference on your appointment to such a committee.  You also may also be asked in the future to serve as a Non Executive Director on the Board of any of the Trusts subsidiaries or joint ventures (as may be established), or as the Senior Independent Director or Deputy Chairman.  Any such appointment will be covered in a separate communication.

1.6       Notwithstanding paragraphs 1.1 to 1.5, we may terminate your appointment with immediate effect if you:

  1. a)         commit a material breach of your obligations under this letter; or
  2. b)         commit any serious or repeated breach or non-observance of your obligations to the Trust (which include an obligation not to breach your duties to the Trust, whether statutory, fiduciary or common-law); or
  3. c)         are guilty of any fraud or dishonesty or acted in a manner which in the opinion of the Trust acting reasonably brings or is likely to bring you or the Trust into disrepute or is materially adverse to the interests of the Trust or;
  4. d)         are convicted of any arrestable criminal offence (other than an offence under road traffic legislation in the UK or elsewhere for which a fine or non-custodial penalty is imposed); or
  5. e)         are declared bankrupt or have made an arrangement with or for the benefit of your creditors; or
  6. f)          are disqualified from acting as a Director

1.7       On termination of your appointment, you shall at the request of the Trust resign from your office as a Director of the Trust (and all other offices held by you connected with the Trust).

  1. Time Commitment

2.1       You will be expected to devote such time as is necessary for the proper performance of   your duties and you should be prepared to spend an average of five days per month on            Trust business after the induction phase.  This is based on preparation for and attendance at:

  • scheduled Board meetings
  • Board strategy away days
  • the AGM
  • meetings of the Non Executive Directors
  • meetings with stakeholders
  • updating meetings/training
  • meetings as part of the Board development process
  • meetings of the Council of Governors

Unless urgent and unavoidable circumstances prevent you from doing so, it is expected that you will attend the meetings outlined above.

2.2      The nature of the role makes it impossible to be specific about the maximum time commitment, and there is always the possibility of additional time commitment in respect of preparation time and ad hoc matters which may arise from time to time, and particularly when the Trust is undergoing a period of increased activity.  At certain times it may be necessary to convene additional Board, committee or other meetings.

2.3       The average time commitment stated in 2.1 will increase should you become a committee member or Chair, or if you are given additional responsibilities, such as being appointed the Senior Independent Director or Deputy Chairman.  Details of the expected increase in time commitment will be covered in any relevant communication confirming the additional responsibility.

2.4       By accepting this appointment you undertake that, taking into account all other commitments you may have, you are able to, and will, devote sufficient time to your duties as a Non Executive Director.

  1. Duties

3.1       You will be expected to perform your duties, whether statutory, fiduciary or common-law faithfully, efficiently and diligently to a standard commensurate with both the functions of your role and your knowledge, skills and experience.

3.2       You will exercise your powers in your role as a Non Executive Director having regard to relevant obligations under prevailing law and regulation, including the Companies Act 2006.

3.3       You will have particular regard to the Monitor NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance and the Nolan Principles.

In your role as Non Executive Director you will be required to:

  • constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy;
  • scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance;
  • satisfy yourself on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible;
  • devote time to developing and refreshing your knowledge and skills;
  • uphold high standards of integrity and probity and support the Chairman and other Directors in instilling the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the Boardroom and beyond;
  • insist on receiving high-quality information sufficiently in advance of Board meetings; and
  • take into account the views of Governors and other stakeholders where appropriate.

3.4       You will be required to exercise relevant powers under, and abide by, the Trust’s Constitution and Standing Orders.

3.5       You will be required to exercise your powers as a Director in accordance with the Trust’s policies and procedures.

3.6       You will disclose any direct or indirect interest which you may have in any matter being considered at a Board meeting or committee meeting and you will not vote on any resolution of the Board, or one of its committees, on any matter where you have any direct or indirect interest.

3.7       You will immediately report on your own wrongdoing or the wrongdoing or proposed wrongdoing of any employee or Director of which you become aware.

3.8       Unless specifically authorised to do so by the Board, you will not enter into any legal or other commitment or contract on behalf of the Trust.

  1. Remuneration and Expenses

4.1       The annual fee rate as at the date of this letter is £12,625 gross per annum, paid monthly in arrears.  This fee covers all duties, including service on any Board committee or Trust subsidiary, with the exception of committee chairmanships and certain additional responsibilities as may be determined from time to time.

4.2       All fees will be paid through PAYE and are subject to income tax and other statutory deductions

4.3       Fees will be subject to an annual review by the Council of Governors.

4.4       The Trust will reimburse you for all reasonable and properly documented expenses you incur in performing your duties of your office.  The procedure and other guidance in respect of expense claims is set out in Appendix 1 of the Terms and Conditions of Appointment.

4.6       On termination of the appointment you shall only be entitled to such fees as may have accrued to the date of termination, together with reimbursement in the normal way of any expenses properly incurred prior to that date.

  1. Independence and Outside Interest

5.1       The Trust has determined you to be independent, taking account of the guidance contained in A.3.1 of The NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance.

5.2       You have already disclosed to the Trust the commitments you have outside this role.  You must inform the Trust in advance of any changes to these commitments.  In certain circumstances the agreement of the Council of Governors may have to be sought before accepting further commitments which either might give rise to a conflict of interest or a conflict of any of your duties to the Trust or which might impact on the time that you are able to devote to your role at the Trust.

5.3       It is accepted and acknowledged that you may have business interests other than those of the Trust and have declared any conflicts that are apparent at present.  In the event that you become aware of any further potential or actual conflicts of interest, these should be disclosed as soon as they become apparent and, again, the agreement of the Council of Governors may have to be sought.

  1. Confidentiality

6.1       You acknowledge that all information acquired during your appointment is confidential to the Trust and should not be released, communicated, nor disclosed either during your appointment or following termination (by whatever means), to third parties without prior clearance.

6.2       This restriction shall cease to apply to any confidential information which may (other than by reason of your breach) become available to the public generally.

6.3       You acknowledge the need to hold and retain Trust information (in whatever format you may receive it) under appropriately secure conditions.

6.4       You hereby waive all rights arising by virtue of Chapter IV of Part I of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 in respect of all copyright works created by you in the course of performing your duties hereunder.

  1. Induction

7.1       Immediately after appointment, the Trust will provide a comprehensive, formal and tailored induction.  You will be expected to make yourself available during your first year of appointment for not less than an additional 5 days for the purpose of the induction.  Further details will be communicated in due course

  1. Review Process

8.1       The performance of individual Non Executive Directors and the whole Board and its committees is evaluated periodically.  The Trust Chair has responsibility for reviewing the performance of Non Executive Directors and reporting to the Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

  1. Training

9.1       On an ongoing basis, and further to the Board evaluation process, we will make arrangements for you to develop and refresh your skills and knowledge in areas which we mutually identify as being likely to be required, or of benefit to you, in carrying out your duties effectively.  You should endeavour to make yourself available for any relevant training sessions which may be organised for the Board.

  1. Insurance and Indemnity

10.1     The Trust has Directors’ and Officers’ liability insurance in place and it is intended to maintain such cover for the full term of your appointment.  You have been informed of the current liability limit, on which the Board is updated from time to time.  Other details of the cover are available.

  1. Independent Professional Advice

11.1       Circumstances may occur when it will be appropriate for you to seek advice from independent advisers at the Trusts expense. A copy of the Boards agreed procedure under which Directors may obtain independent advice will be provided.  The Trust will reimburse the reasonable costs of expenditure incurred by you in accordance with its policy

  1. Changes to Personal Details

12.1     You shall advise the Company Secretary promptly of any changes in address or other personal contact details.

  1. Return of Property

13.1     Upon termination of your appointment with the Trust (for whatever cause), you shall deliver to the Trust all documents, records, papers or other Trust property which may be in your possession or under your control, and which relate in any way to the business affairs of the Trust and you shall not retain any copies thereof.

  1. Data Protection

14.1     You consent to the Trust holding and processing information about you for legal, personal, administrative and management purposes and in particular to the processing of any sensitive personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) including, as and when appropriate:

(a)  Information about your physical or mental health or condition in order to monitor sick leave and take decisions as to your fitness to perform your duties;

(b)  Information about you that may be relevant to ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment in line with the Trust’s equal opportunities policy and in compliance with equal opportunities legislation; and

(c)  Information relating to any criminal proceedings in which you have been involved, for insurance purposes and in order to comply with legal requirements and obligations to third parties.

You consent to the transfer of such personal information to other offices the Trust may have or to other third parties, whether or not outside the European Economic Area, for administration purposes and other purposes in connection with your appointment, where it is necessary or desirable for the Trust to do so.

14.2     You will comply at all times with the Trusts data protection policy, a copy of which will be provided to you.

  1. Rights of Third Parties

15.1     The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to the letter containing details of your terms and conditions.  No person other than you and the Trust shall have any rights under the letter and the terms of the letter shall not be enforceable by any person other than you and the Trust.

  1. Law

16.1     This constitutes the entire terms and conditions of your appointment and no waiver or modification thereof shall be valid unless in writing and signed by the parties hereto.


Declaration of interests

It’s fundamental that staff at the Trust are transparent and adhere to both our local policy and guidance set out by NHS England and declare any appropriate conflicts of interest against the clearly defined rules. Our ‘decision making staff’ are required to make either positive or nil declarations, aligned to each financial year. All other staff grades of staff are required to make positive declarations on receipt of any gift, hospitality or sponsorship or any known interest that may be a conflict to them and the Trust.

At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, we have defined ‘decision making staff’ as Executives and Non-Executive Directors, those on Agenda for Change Band 8a and above, all Consultant staff (medical and dental) & Specialist grades, and Members of the Council of Governors.

You can view our public register for Declarations of Interest: