Board of Directors

The purpose of the DCHS NHS Trust Board is to:

  • Provide leadership to the Trust to promote achievement of the Trust's Principal Purpose;
  • Set the values and strategic direction of the Trust;
  • Agree the Trust's financial and strategic objectives, including approval of the annual business plan and financial plan;
  • Oversee the implementation of the Trust's strategic objectives;
  • Monitor the performance of the Trust and ensure that the Executive Directors manage the Trust within the resources available

Executive Directors

Tracy Allen, Chief Executive

Tracy Allen was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2011, having previously worked as Managing Director when the services operated as an Autonomous Provider Organisation (APO) within NHS Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust. She led the creation of Derbyshire Community Health Services from the provider arms of six predecessor PCTs, its successful development into an APO and its establishment as a Community NHS Trust. Her previous role was as Executive Director of Strategy and Service Improvement at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust where she led the development of the Service Development Strategy underpinning the organisation’s successful authorisation as a Foundation Trust.

Tracy is an ex NHS management trainee and has a wide range of operational and strategic management experience in NHS organisations.

Chris Sands, Director of Finance, Strategy and Deputy Chief Executive

Chris is a Chartered Management Accountant by profession, and an economics graduate. He has extensive experience of operating at Board level, and prior to joining DCHS held the post of Director of Finance and Compliance for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for six years.

He has 20 years' experience of working in the NHS in the acute, community and mental health sectors. He brings to the Trust strong experience of operating in a foundation trust environment at Board level, and experience of governing a large complex organisation. Chris has experience, at Director level, of successfully navigating the foundation trust application process.

Chris joined the Trust in August 2011, and along with his executive responsibility for finance, performance, contracting and information management and technology he is also DCHS' Deputy Chief Executive. Chris is married, has two daughters and lives in Chesterfield.

William Jones, Chief Operating Officer

William qualified as a Podiatrist in 1984, specialising in the care of patients with diabetes. He moved into general management having completed the Trent General Management Training Scheme and membership of the Institute of Health Service Management in 1993. Previous executive roles include Director of Planning for an NHS Trust and Deputy Chief Executive for North East Derbyshire Primary Care Trust.  In 2008 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Derbyshire Health United, a social enterprise, providing urgent care and care in custody services for local health commissioners and Derbyshire Constabulary.

He has a strong interest in primary care and leads the Trusts liaison with GP commissioners. William joined the Trust in June 2011 and is responsible for the delivery of all operational services provided by the trust. 

Dr Ben Pearson, Medical Director

Ben took up post as the medical director at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust in June 2019, having previously held senior medical positions within Derby and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He was a consultant in Derby for 15 years, first being appointed to the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (now London Road Community Hospital), in 2004. His ties with the East Midlands go back much further to his junior doctor days.

While working in Derby he fostered close working ties between health partners in the acute, community and primary care sectors of the NHS as part of improving care for patients.

His early interests were in acute medicine and urgent care, redesigning the acute medicine pathways and introducing ambulatory care. Later on, he moved to work in the community with primary care partners and Derbyshire Community Health Services, concentrating on care homes and advanced care planning.

Ben is from Morecambe, where he grew up and went to school. He completed his first degree in zoology at Durham University, before going to Kings College London to study medicine, graduating in 1993. He worked in London, Lincoln, Nottingham and Derby to complete his junior doctor training and his specialisation in geriatrics and general internal medicine.

He was the secondary care doctor for the mid-Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups for seven years and he remains a council member with the East Midlands Clinical Senate.

He is passionate about people working together for the best interests of patients; about empowering staff to achieve their best work; about clinical governance as the supporting safety net for all that we do and about truly listening to our patients and our population to understand what they need.

In his spare time he is a nature lover with a garden "chaotically full of wild stuff, birds and insects and I don’t call anything a weed!" He also loves snorkelling which, he says: "is tricky in land-locked Derbyshire hence the need to travel. I like to head for the sea, preferably somewhere warm."

Michelle Bateman, Chief Nurse/Director of Quality

Michelle started her registered nurse training in 1985 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, following a period of working as a nurse auxiliary at City Hospital, Nottingham, whilst attending college. She then went on to complete her midwifery and health visitor training and after a period of working as a locality manager, which included the development and management of services for older people, she moved back to Nottingham.

Since 2000 she has held a variety of posts which have all centred on clinical leadership, quality, risk management and patient experience. She completed an MSc in Health Policy in Organisations in 2002. She held the role of Associate Director of Nursing for community and mental health services within Nottinghamshire until her recent appointment as Chief Nurse/Director of Quality at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, starting in February 2019.

Her passion centres on always striving to ensure services provided are safe and evidence-based and that staff are supported in providing the best care for patients.

In recent years she has been awarded the Queens Nurse title and is currently the Regional Lead (Midlands and East) for the Chief Nursing Officer’s Black and Minority Ethnic Strategic Advisory Group.

Michelle is also the Vice Chair of Tuntum, a BME Independent Housing Association in Nottingham.

Amanda Rawlings, Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness

Amanda has been the shared Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness for Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust (DCHS) and Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (DHCT) since September 2016. Amanda sits of both Trusts Boards and leads shared HR services to both Trusts. During 2014 to 2016 Amanda was the shared Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness for Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust on Chesterfield Royal Foundation Trust. Amanda has been a substantive Director for Derbyshire Community Health Services since 2011 and prior to this was the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development across Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust and Derbyshire Community Health Services as one statutory organisation.

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

Amanda has an MSc in Management, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Co-Optee of a Peterborough Housing Association, Cross Keys Homes. Amanda is the Vice President for East Midlands HPMA and the Chair of East Midlands HRD Network.

Jim Austin, Chief Information and Transformation Officer

Jim Austin joined Derbyshire Community Health Services in April 2015, following a year-long induction through the NHS Executive Fast Track Programme, attached to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to joining the NHS, Jim had accumulated 20 years of experience in the private, non-health sector and was, for 7 years, the Sales and Customer Service Director at the AA. There he was responsible for over 2500 people, the vast majority of whom were customer facing. During his time at the AA, and previously in the financial services sector and telecommunications, he led and implemented wide-spread change and transformation, to improve customer experience and meet demanding financial constraints. Prior to working in the private sector, Jim was a commissioned officer in the Royal Artillery and served both in the UK and abroad. Jim is the board champion for reservists.

Tim Broadley, Director of Strategy

Tim has 34 years NHS experience , the last 19 of which have been in community services in Derbyshire. He has a background in planning, operations, strategy and business development and has worked across all sectors of the NHS and has gained extensive Board experience . He has masters qualifications in Health Studies and in Commercial and contract management with further post grad qualifications in management, leadership and coaching. He is an active member of the East Midlands Coaching Database and has a strong interest in team and personal development. Beyond this Tim is committed to system working and to the devolvement of community based services which build on the legacy of previous initiatives and organisations but which respond to the current needs of the communities we serve.

Melanie Curd, Associate Director of Corporate Governance / Trust Secretary

Melanie has worked in the NHS for 18 years, the majority of her experience has been within community Trusts. Melanie has held a variety of posts within governance, the most recent being DCHS Deputy Trust Secretary until her appointment to the Associate Director of Corporate Governance / Trust Secretary in September 2019. Melanie has an LLM in health law and a post-graduate qualification in health services management.

Non-Executive Directors

Prem Singh, Chair

Prem is currently Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and MD of PMS Consulting Ltd.

As an experienced Chairman and previously a Chief Executive, he has extensive expertise in developing high performing Boards with clear strategic direction, robust governance and assurance frameworks for performance improvement and sustainability. With highly developed leadership and influencing skills, he is politically astute and renowned for harnessing whole system leadership. Delivery, performance and results orientated he has a proven track record of leading transformational change, developing and improving high quality and safe services. 

With extensive networks and a national reputation, Prem is currently the Senior Independent Trustee of the NHS Confederation Board and member of the Chairs Advisory Partnership of 25 Chairs nationally hosted by the Chairman of NHS Improvement. He was previously appointed to take the lead on Inclusive Leadership on the National Leadership Council and named, in the inaugural HSJ listing, as a (Top 50) BME Pioneer.

Prem has significant experience in health and social care management, having served at Board level positions for over 27 years, including as a Chief Executive of several PCTs spanning 11 years. With a general and psychiatric nursing background, he having previously led community, mental health and learning disability services, including as an Executive Director of Nursing and Quality. 

He is a highly experienced leadership mentor and an ILM 7 qualified executive coach. Originally from Malaysia, he is very proud to have been part of the NHS's journey over the last 42 years.

Ian Lichfield, Non-Executive Director

Ian Lichfield has a wealth of experience in the commercial sector - from 2008 to 2011 he was Chief Financial Officer of Tarmac Building Products Ltd and went on to be the company's Chief Executive from 2011 until 2014, when he completed the successful sale of the company.  Prior to this, he held several senior finance and commercial roles and has extensive board level general management and functional leadership experience, including managing a number of joint-ventures.

He has significant experience in restructuring, reorganising and rationalising businesses and has led the acquisition, integration and sale of several companies.  He is particularly interested in delivering cultural and behavioural change in organisations as well as ensuring a safe and healthy working environment.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has enjoyed an international career, living in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.

Ian is married with a daughter and lives in Bakewell.  He is the Chair of the Quality Business Committee and sits on the Audit and Assurance Committee, and holds the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) portfolio. He likes swimming, running, windsurfing and riding and restoring motorbikes and enjoys travelling and spending time with his family. 

James Reilly, Non-Executive Director

James was chief executive of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust – the largest community healthcare organisation in London - from 2011 until his retirement in February this year.  James helped establish and coordinate the national network of community healthcare providers and was a member of similar networks for NHS Providers and NHS

He previously spent 25 years in senior local government roles, primarily in adult and children’s services.

Kaye Burnett, Non-Executive Director

Kaye has a passion for bringing the best out of people, teams and organisations.

With a first class degree from Loughborough University, Kaye worked for the UK’s leading human resourcing organisation and has since continued to focus on employee communication, engagement and change management. She has held senior roles in the NHS and Police Service and has over 20 years consultancy experience, delivering major change programmes with diverse clients including NHS Trusts, local authorities, national charities, and international companies. An experienced coach, she provides leadership development and coaching in a range of settings, including the NHS and Higher Education.

Kaye has operated at a national level advising on policy development and has undertaken a number of international assignments supporting major change programmes in central Europe and Asia.

An experienced Non Executive Director, Kaye has served on the Boards of strategic health authorities before becoming Chair of Health Education East Midlands, and more recently, Better Care Together, the transformation programme for health and care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. A Trustee for two charities, she has a masters degree in Human Resources Development, is an associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a visiting lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

When she’s not working, Kaye teaches Tai Chi and Qigong, and volunteers for two animal rescue charities.

Non-Executive Director: Joy Hollister

Former Derbyshire County Council executive Joy Hollister joined us as non-executive director in October 2018.

Joy was the strategic director of adult care and public health for three years until her retirement from Derbyshire County Council at the end of July 2018.

While at the council, she chaired the Place board for Derbyshire’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, which is the strategic body pushing forward on making health and social care services more seamless and integrated across the county. Place-based systems of care remain a special area of interest for her.

A Derbyshire resident, Joy began her career as a social worker in her home county, soon taking on leadership and managerial roles within various local authorities. She held senior roles in social care, public health, adult and children’s services in London, East Sussex and the East Midlands before returning to her roots in Derbyshire in 2015.

She was director of community and children’s services at City of London Corporation from 2010 – 2013 and director of children’s, adults, housing and public health in the London Borough of Havering from 2013 – 2015.

Julie Houlder, Non-Executive Director

Former business management executive Julie Houlder joined us as a non-executive director in October 2018, marking her second NHS trust board role within the NHS in the Midlands. Julie, from Solihull, is the vice chair of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, where she has served on the board since 2016.

A qualified accountant, Julie rose through the ranks at West Midlands public transport firm Centro over a span of 32 years, being appointed to increasingly senior financial positions. She served as head of business management and chief audit executive for four years until 2016, when she left to pursue her consultancy, charitable and health service interests.

As a personal development coach she runs her own consultancy and is qualified in psychological coaching, stress management and NLP (Neuro Linguistic) training. She is involved in a charity which provides housing and care for older people.

Her NHS involvement marks a return to her roots in healthcare – one of her earliest jobs was as a trainee in finance at West Midlands Regional Health Authority between 1979 and 1984.

Kay Fawcett OBE, Non-Executive Director

Kay Fawcett has nearly 40 years’ experience of nursing, clinical leadership and clinical education throughout the Midlands and was honoured with an OBE for her services to nursing in 2014. Her appointment to our board started on 1 October 2018 and is her first non-executive directorship within the NHS.

Kay has held many senior positions within NHS Trusts as well as undertaking advisory and consultancy roles. She was executive director of nursing for Derby Hospitals for two and a half years up until January 2008.

More recently she held positions as chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust for nearly six years and as interim executive director of nursing at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, for six months until February 2018.

Kay, who lives in Nuneaton, launched her own consultancy company five years ago and also holds a position as a non-executive director with the Royal College of Nursing’s publishing arm, RCNi. Having been an executive nurse in large teaching hospitals for much of her career, her involvement with us marks her first role within a community trust.

Richard Harcourt, Associate Non-Executive Director

Former Rolls-Royce executive Richard Harcourt joined us as an associate non-executive director on 1 September 2018. He retired from Rolls-Royce in July 2018 after 20 years with the company, latterly as director of group operations.

He was previously executive vice president of civil operations for four years and held a number of other executive and senior management roles in Rolls-Royce from 1998 onwards. This included four years in Canada as logistics director of Rolls-Royce Energy. He previously worked for GEC Alsthom in Birmingham throughout the 1990s.

An engineer by background, he is an authority on "lean” processes and principles which support continuous improvements in systems and the development of high performance teams. He undertook the Columbus Programme, the Rolls-Royce senior executive education programme at Siad Business School, Oxford University, in 2015.

Having worked for an iconic manufacturing organisation at Rolls-Royce he is pleased to be part of the NHS as another iconic organisation. In his spare time Richard, from Warwickshire, manages Broadstreet RFC rugby team, who compete at national level.