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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is run by a Board of Directors made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The Trust Board of Directors has a responsibility to make the best use of financial resources and deliver the services people need, to standards of safety and quality which are agreed nationally.

Executive Directors

Ifti Majid, Chief Executive

Ifti became Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare on 6 October 2017, having served as  the Trust’s Acting Chief Executive since 26 June 2015.  

Ifti qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1988, training at St George’s Hospital in London. He has held a range of clinical posts in adult mental health services, both in acute inpatient and community settings.

Ifti has worked for the Trust and its predecessor organisations for many years in a number of roles, starting as a Community Mental Health Team Clinical Lead in 1997. Ifti also completed post-graduate management studies at Sheffield Hallam University with a particular interest in business process redesign.

Claire Wright, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance

Claire has a BA (joint hons) from Keele University and worked in the private sector before joining the NHS Graduate Training Scheme in 1995. She has been a fully qualified Management Accountant since 1999.

During the last 18 years in the NHS Claire has relished working in both Acute and Mental Health provider organisations mainly in finance but also in wider management roles.

Claire joined the Trust in 2003 as Deputy Director of Finance and was appointed as Executive Director of Finance in October 2012. She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive from 6 March 2017. 

As Executive Director of Finance, Claire is responsible for the Trust’s strategic financial planning, establishing the financial framework within which the Trust operates, the financial control and the financial performance of the Trust, and ensuring that the Trust meets its statutory and regulatory financial requirements. Claire is also the Trust’s lead director for Procurement as well as Estates and Facilities.

Dr John Sykes, Medical Director

John Sykes was born in Manchester in 1958. He qualified at Sheffield University Medical School in 1981 and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1985.

From 1986 onwards he was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Sheffield University where areas of special interest included the Psychological Effects of Spinal Cord Injury, Cognitive Psychotherapy and Systems of Psychiatric Classification. He was appointed Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in 1989.

He was Chair of the Medical Staff Committee of North Derbyshire’s Community Health Care Services NHS Trust before becoming Medical Director of that Trust in 1999. He was Joint Medical Director of Derbyshire Mental Health Services Trust from 2002 until becoming the single Medical Director in June 2006.

Mark Powell, Chief Operating Officer

Mark started his NHS career within public health in 2002, where he oversaw the development and delivery of community public health programmes, including one of the first NHS community-based childhood obesity programmes.  

In 2006 Mark moved into a more strategic role for South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust as Associate Director of Performance, before taking on wider responsibilities including commissioning, contracting and performance management.  

In 2010 Mark moved to the acute hospital sector, working for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Associate Director for their Surgery Division. He then took up the Board position of Executive Director of Operations, which he held for two and a half years.   

Since joining Derbyshire Healthcare, Mark has led the Trust’s business and transformation functions and wider partnership work across the city and county. He has also been responsible for procurement and contracting.

On 1 October 2016, Mark was appointed as Acting Chief Operating Officer (COO). On 20 November 2017, following a full recruitment and selection process, Mark was appointed the substantive Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for leading the delivery of Trust services and operational performance.

Carolyn Green, Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

Carolyn has worked as a qualified mental health nurse since 1995.  

Working in the west and south of London, she spent the majority of her nursing career working in inpatient care.

Throughout her career, Carolyn has taken a family-orientated approach to service design in her early intervention in psychosis, adult mental health and CAMHS roles.

She has a Masters in Health Service Management and has been a Senior Lecturer and a Visiting Fellow.

Carolyn is committed to personalised care recovery principles and seeks to involve people with lived experiences of mental health services in service evaluation, education and quality improvement programmes. She has always embraced technology and innovation and has designed many technical solutions to clinical practice challenges over her NHS career.  

Carolyn relocated to Derbyshire to become the Trust’s Director of Nursing and Patient Experience in 2014.

Amanda Rawlings, Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness

Amanda joined Derbyshire Healthcare on 5 September 2016 and, since 1 April 2018, has led an integrated workforce and organisational development team (People Services) between Derbyshire Healthcare and Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS).  

Amanda joined the NHS in April 2007, having previously spent her career in the private sector; mainly for Caterpillar – Perkins Engines Co Limited and British Sugar.

Amanda has an MSc in Management, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Gareth Harry, Director of Business Improvement and Transformation

Gareth began in post as the Trust’s Director of Business Improvement and Transformation on 1 June 2018. Gareth joined the Trust from his role as Interim Director of Contracting and Performance for the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Executive Lead for Hardwick CCG. 

A resident of Derbyshire, Gareth has also previously held posts within NHS England and NHS East Midlands.  Gareth is familiar with the Trust’s services, funding and challenges through his role at Hardwick CCG, the lead commissioners for mental health services.

Justine Fitzjohn, Trust Secretary

ustine Fitzjohn joined us as Trust Secretary in June 2019.

Justine joined the Trust from University Hospitals of Derby & Burton (UHDB) NHS Foundation Trust, where she was the Deputy Director of Governance. She brings a broad range of experience in regulation, statutory and legal compliance.  

Justine's responsibilities include arrangements for the Trust Board, Board Committees and Council of Governors, alongside membership, legal affairs and Freedom of Information. 

Non-Executive Directors

Caroline Maley, Chair

Caroline Maley became Chair of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 14 September 2017. This followed a comprehensive recruitment process, and ratification of the appointment by the Council of Governors on 13 September 2017, after her initial appointment as Acting Chair on 1 January 2017. 

A qualified chartered accountant by background, Caroline brings to her role more than 30 years of experience across the NHS, the private sector and education. Her most recent executive position was as Chief Operating Officer for the National College for School Leadership, where she oversaw all corporate services and was a member of the strategic leadership team. She was previously Chief Executive of Derbyshire Health United, the out-of-hours medical services provider in Derbyshire, and has held non-executive roles within higher education and the private sector.

Caroline first joined the Trust in January 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair. From 30 October 2014 to 31 December 2016, Caroline was the Senior Independent Director for the Trust.

Caroline's current three-year term end date is 13 September 2020.

Richard Wright MBE, Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director

Richard Wright, chair of Sheffield College and executive director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 18 November 2016. He was appointed Deputy Chair on 6 August 2019.

Richard, who lives in Nottinghamshire, is committed to working with organisations that can have a significant impact on his local population and he is particularly interested in exploring the opportunities and challenges the Trust has to tackle. 

Richard was reappointed for a second three-year term of office until 17 November 2022. 

Margaret Gildea, Non-Executive Director & Senior Independent Director

Margaret Gildea was appointed as Non-Executive Director on 7 September 2016.

Margaret brings a significant level of experience to the boardroom in terms of employee engagement and culture change. Margaret is a practised HR professional with 30 years’ experience in increasingly senior roles at Rolls-Royce, culminating in being the company director of learning and development and divisional executive vice president of HR. 

Since 2009 Margaret has worked as a freelance HR consultant specialising in areas such as strategy development, leadership and organisation design. She has coupled this with other Board appointments and is currently a non-executive director for Derwent Living. 

On 1 January 2017, Margaret became the Trust's Senior Independent Director (SID). Margaret serves as a sounding board for the Trust Chair and an intermediary for the other Directors if necessary. The SID is also available to governors if they have concerns that contact through the normal channels of Trust Chair, Chief Executive Finance Director or Trust Secretary has failed to resolve or for when such contact is inappropriate. 

Until 31 August 2019 Margaret was the Non-Executive Director Freedom to Speak Up lead. 

Margaret was reappointed for a second three-year term of office until 6 September 2022. 

Dr Julia Tabreham, Non-Executive Director

Dr Julia Tabreham was appointed as Non-Executive Director on 7 September 2016 and holds a vital role in supporting the Trust's Board of Directors to provide effective and high-quality healthcare services to the local community.

She brings an independent perspective and leadership to the boardroom, ensuring that the Trust is governed properly – that it complies with regulations, achieves business strategies and that patient interests are fully represented. Julia, who has a PhD in offender health, moved into the voluntary sector from banking in 1992 to establish the Carers Federation, where she was chief executive until early 2016 when she retired. As part of this role Julia delivered NHS advocacy services in the patient and public involvement agenda. In addition to her role with the Carers Federation, she has been a non-executive director in the NHS since 2000. 

Julia is the Non-Executive Director Freedom to Speak Up lead. 

Julia was reappointed for a second three-year term of office until 6 September 2022. 

Geoff Lewins, Non-Executive Director

Geoff Lewins began in post as a Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 1 December 2017.

A qualified accountant by background, Geoff has a particular responsibility to chair the Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee. He joins colleagues on the Board of Directors in ensuring the organisation provides effective and high quality healthcare services to the local community, is governed properly and that patient interests are fully represented.

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in finance, IT and governance, having recently worked as Director of Financial Strategy for Rolls Royce. He is also a Trustee of The Arkwright Society, an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings in Derbyshire.

Geoff has been appointed for a three-year term of office, until November 2020. 

Dr Sheila Newport, Non-Executive Director

Dr Sheila Newport took up her role as a Non-Executive Director on 11 January 2020.

She is a former chair and clinical lead of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) and has the role of clinical lead of the Trust's Non-Executive Directors.

Sheila has 18 years’ commissioning experience, including her work with Southern Derbyshire CCG from 2011 – 2016, as well as work with organisations that led to the formation of SDCCG.

Now retired, Sheila was an experienced GP for 29 years, serving as principal of her practice, and is also experienced as a Board member. 

She has chaired multi-agency boards through Derby City Health and Wellbeing Board and Southern Derbyshire Integrated Care Board as well as gaining further board experience as Associate Non-Executive Director on the board of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust since she retired in August 2017.

Ashiedu Joel, Non-Executive Director

Ashiedu Joel joined us as a Non-executive Director on 23 January 2020. She is an engineering graduate who runs her own business consultancy and training firm across the East Midlands. She has recently been participating in the NExT Director Programme with Leicestershire Partnership Trust and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Ashiedu is an elected member of Leicester City Council and has experience of supporting organisations, groups and individuals to engage constructively across racial, cultural and socio-environmental boundaries, while promoting opportunities for shared learning and collaboration.

Ashiedu has also held a number of Non-Executive posts and continues to be Executive of Clarion Voice, a charity working with young disadvantaged African heritage children through education, and a Trustee of The Bridge, which provides sustainable housing support, advice and solutions for homeless and vulnerable people in Loughborough and Leicester.

NExT Director

Perminder Heer, NExT Director

Perminder joined us on 1 August 2019 on a placement through NHS Improvement’s NExT Director scheme. The aim of this scheme is to improve diversity on Boards, helping people from under-represented groups who have the senior skills and expertise necessary to make a real contribution to the NHS to take that final step into the board room. Although NExT Directors are not members of the Board, they participate fully in Board and Committee meetings and other activities such as quality visits. 

Perminder is a dynamic and commercially focused HR professional with a proven track record of providing strategic input and executing high-quality HR services in fast-paced demanding and cross-cultural environments. She possesses a wealth of international experience, managing change and delivering engagement initiatives to drive the desired organisational culture.  

Perminder is our third placement under the scheme, which the Trust has been participating in since 2018 .

Trust Management Structure

The Trust's Management Structure is available to download here.