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:  Nominations and Remuneration Committee, Charitable Funds Committee

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 – Medical Director

Appointed July 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 Medical Director in July 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)

Amy Whitaker – Finance Director

Appointed November 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 – Chief Nurse

Appointed January 2021

Committee Membership: Quality and Safety Committee, People Committee, Audit and Risk 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 – 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 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 – 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 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

Paul Rice – Chief Digital and Information Officer

Appointed 4 January 2021

Committee membership: Finance, Digital and Performance Committee

External appointments: Chief Digital and Information Officer, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Previous experience: Paul joined the Trust in January 2021 from the position as Regional Director of Digital Transformation for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North East and Yorkshire. He has been the Senior Responsible Owner for substantial national digital transformation programmes concerned with hospital care, mental health, primary care, maternal and child health and diagnostics. Paul was formerly the director of the Long-Term Conditions programme in Yorkshire and Humber with a focus on Telehealth. He has been a Primary Care Trust director, a transformation director in the NHS Modernisation Agency and a policy lead in the Department of Health. He is a trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Qualifications: Paul holds a BA degree (first class) in Law and Accounting, a Masters (with Merit) in Digital Health Leadership and a Doctorate in Medical Law and Bioethics. He also completed the Cabinet Office Major Projects Leadership Academy and is a Fellow of the British Computing Society.

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


Nadira Mirza – Independent Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair

Appointed 7 May 2019

Committee membership: Deputy Chair of the Trust, Senior Independent Director (SID), Chair of the Nominations, Appointments and Remuneration Committee, member of the People Committee, Board representative on the Trust’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network.

External Appointments: Trustee and Secretary of the young people’s charity Healthy Lifecycles, member of the Bradford Hub Steering Group of the National Literacy Trust, Founder Member of Priestley Academy Trust, committee member of the Bradford Centre for Applied Education Research, MBA Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator at Leeds Trinity University.  

Previous Experience: Nadira has a successful track record of strategic leadership, transformational change and people management within in higher education and the voluntary sector, she was previously the Dean of Lifelong Education and Development at the University of Bradford and has significant experience of working at Board level nationally and internationally and in the NHS, where she was Deputy Chair and SID at the Bradford District Care Trust and the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Qualifications: Honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford, Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Master of Research in Social Science Methodologies.

Melanie Hudson – Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 7 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.

Melanie is also Non-Executive Chair of AGH Solutions Ltd.

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 1  June 2019

Committee Membership:  Audit and Risk Committee, Charitable Funds Committee (Chair) 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 1  June 2019

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

External Appointments: Non-Executive Council Member at University of Huddersfield; Non-Executive Director at Sovereign Health Care Ltd; Non-Executive Governor at Bradford Grammar School; Non-Executive Director at British Wool Marketing Board; Non-Executive Chairman at Immersify Education; Member of Committee at the Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, and, founding member of the Ilkley Clean River Group.

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

Ian Knight – Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1  August 2021

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Finance, Performance and Digital Committee

External Appointments: Non-Executive Director of Kelda Group Pension Plan; Member Nell Bank Charitable Trust

Previous Experience:  Ian was a Corporate Treasurer with expertise in treasury and finance, acquired in multiple UK and international companies, culminating in being Group Treasurer at Kelda (Parent of Yorkshire Water).  Ian has been a Non-Executive Director since 2001, most recently at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, and is experienced in providing advice on finance, corporate acquisitions and commercial property projects.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Treasurers, BA Hons in Business Studies.

Ian is treasurer of Bingley Amateur Operatic Society and has managed and raised funds for a number of redevelopment projects for Bingley, Idle & Thackley Theatre Group and Thackley Methodist Church. Ian is Chair of the Fundraising and Infrastructure Group at the Nell Bank Charitable Trust, an outdoor activity and educational charity based in Ilkley.