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Our Board

The Trust Board is responsible for the running of our Trust, setting its strategy and overseeing the way it operates. The Board has a Chairman and five Non-Executive Directors. It also has five Executive Directors, who are full time employees of the Trust. A number of other Directors also sit with the Board but do not have voting rights.

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The Rules of Procedure describe the corporate governance arrangements within UHNM.  These were approved by the Trust Board in April 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions and Schemes of Reservation and Delegation, which describe in detail the roles, responsibilities and procedural requirements of the Board of Directors. 

Please submit your questions for the board to or at least seven days in advance of the Public Board Meeting.

Board meetings are now closed to members of the public and are held virtually for safety reasons in order to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus and to follow national guidance to stay at home.
We are committed to conducting our business in an open and transparent way and we thank the public’s patience and support with this during an exceptionally busy and unprecedented time.


Time Venue
Weds 8th January 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Post Graduate Medical Centre, County Hospital
Weds 5th February 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 11th March 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 8th April 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 6th May 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Post Graduate Medical Centre, County Hospital
Weds 10th June 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke

Tues 23rd June 2020 (Extraordinary Board – Annual Accounts Sign Off)

1.00pm – 2.00pm

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Weds 8th July 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 5th August 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Post Graduate Medical Centre, County Hospital
Tuesday 6th Oct 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 4th Nov 2020 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 9th Dec 2020

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 6th Jan 2021 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Post Graduate Medical Centre, County Hospital
Weds 3rd Feb 2021 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Trust Boardroom, Springfield Building, Royal Stoke
Weds 10th March 2021 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Post Graduate Medical Centre, County Hospital

Trust board members

Please note that while Trust Board meetings are held in public, in accordance with the Trust's Standing Orders, no recording, transmitting, video or similar equipment is to be used during the meetings, unless prior permission has been sought, and granted, by the Chairman.  There will be an opportunity for questions and comments from members of the public at the end of the meeting.

David Wakefield - Chairman

David Wakefield was appointed as chair for a four-year term of office on April 3rd 2018. David is a qualified accountant and has held several senior executive posts, including Commercial Finance Director for Royal Mail. He has also held a number of non-executive directorships, including the Chair at other NHS trusts.

Tracy Bullock - Chief Executive

Tracy qualified as a Nurse in 1987 at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust and throughout her 18 years there she progressed through roles of increasing responsibility; Ward Manager, Clinical Risk Manager, Governance Manager and Directorate Business Manager. During this time and until 2019 Tracy held a seconded role undertaking investigations and reviews for the Commission for Health Improvement, the Health Care Commission and more latterly the Care Quality Commission

In 2002 Tracy started working as an Associate Director, with a newly formed national team of healthcare professionals who were instrumental in providing support to some of the most challenged NHS Trusts in the country to achieve turnaround and latterly Foundation Trust status. During this time Tracy gained experience working in Acute, Primary Care, Ambulance and Mental Health Trusts.

In 2006, Tracy joined Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality and was subsequently given the responsibilities of Chief Operating and then Deputy Chief Executive until becoming the Chief Executive in October 2010.

Tracy joined UHNM as the Chief Executive in April 2019 and is a highly regarded leader who has served the NHS for the entirety of her 36-year career.

Paul Bytheway - Chief Operating Officer

​Paul  joined UHNM in 2019 from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trusts where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Paul came to the NHS after qualifying as a nurse in 1995 and qualifying in Wolverhampton. He moved to London and specialised in emergency department nursing before moving into general management in 2002. Paul remains registered as a nurse and enjoys spending time on 'shadow shifts' with teams across the organisation. Paul has a wide variety experience, built up from general management roles.

Michelle Rhodes - Chief Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Nurse from Nottingham School of Nursing in 1989. Since that time I have worked in acute and community settings in Nottingham, Leicester, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire and now back to Staffordshire and Stoke.

I worked as a Director of Commissioning and Executive Nurse in Nottingham City PCT, as Chief Operating Officer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and as Interim Chief Operating Officer for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Operations and Director of Nursing & DIPC at Lincolnshire Hospitals.

I have a Masters degree in Heath Policy and my dissertation was looking at the reliability of pressure ulcer risk assessment tools. I spent a number of years as a nurse specialist in Tissue Viability and I remain passionate about eradicating all pressure ulcers.

I am very proud to be a nurse and am dedicated to ensuring patients and their families get the best possible care available to them.

Michelle Rhodes

Dr John Oxtoby - Medical Director

Dr Oxtoby is a Consultant Radiologist. His areas of clinical practice are nuclear medicine diagnosis, general radiology, vascular ultrasound and thyroid imaging. Dr Oxtoby has significant medical management duties. In addition to his current role of Executive Medical Director, he is also Caldicott Guardian for the Trust.

Mark Oldham - Chief Finance Officer

Mark is an experienced Director of Finance who  Joined the Trust in June 2019 having moved from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he served 10 years as their Finance Director.  Originally joining the NHS from Local Government in 1990 Mark has 30 over years' experience in both the acute and community sector in a wide range of finance roles.

Mark Bostock - Director of Information Management and Technology

Mark joined the Trust from Informatics Merseyside in 2013, an NHS shared service providing Information Management and Technology services. Mark has worked in the IT industry for over 22 years. 

Helen Ashley - Director of Strategy and Performance

Helen Ashley joined the Trust in 2016 following nearly seven years as Chief Executive at neighbouring Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Helen has a strong finance background and is leading on the transformational aspects of finances at UHNM.

Ro Vaughan - Director of Human Resources​

Ro Vaughan became the substantive Director of Human Resources in December 2014, and had been Acting Director of Human Resources since May 2013.  She has a masters in Human Resources leadership and extensive experience of human resources gained in roles within the acute hospital setting and strategic health authority.

Lorraine Whitehead - ​Director of Estate, Facilities and PFI

Lorraine has worked for the Trust for many years commencing as an admin trainee in Trust Headquarters in 1987.  Exposure to the executive agenda gave her an appetite to pursue senior management in the NHS as a career path.  Lorraine subsequently worked in various managerial roles at all levels before becoming a Deputy Director.   ​

Peter Akid​ - Non-Executive Director

Peter Akid began his NHS career in 2005 as Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Procurement Hub and over the first five years took the organisation from strength to strength. Prior to joining the NHS, Peter held a number of key positions in strategic and operational procurement, both in the public and private sectors. 

Sonia Belfield - Non-Executive Director

Sonia is a commercially focused Human Resources Director who has operated at Board level for over 10 years within a number of differing sectors.   Sonia is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and holds a Master's Degree in Occupational Psychology (Psychology of Work), as well as being a qualified Mediator. 

Gar​y Crowe​ - Non-Executive Director

Gary Crowe is a university professor of Innovation Leadership attending at Keele Management School and Loughborough University. He previously held senior commercial positions in strategy, business transformation and risk & financial management as a director and management consultant in the financial services sector. Gary holds a number of external board appointments, He served as an independent Non-Executive Director with another NHS Trust since 2015. He is a qualified Chartered Banker and Fellow of a number of professional organisations and learned societies.

Leigh Gri​​ffin ​ - Non-Executive Director

Leigh Griffin has spent 12 years as an NHS Chief Executive and has worked in consultancy practice, specialising in the provision of advice to health systems on transformation, integrated care and population health management.  Leigh has worked in commissioning and commissioning support units during his career and brings a wealth of NHS experience.

Andrew Hassell - Non-Executive Director​​

Professor Andrew Hassell is Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University and is a consultant rheumatologist at the Haywood Hospital in Burslem.  He represents the University as a non-executive director on the Board. As well as his clinical and academic activities, Andrew is chairman of the Haywood Foundation, a local charity committed to improving the lives of people with arthritis and related conditions​.

Ian Smith​ - Non-Executive Director

Ian became a Non-Executive Director for the Trust in April 2019. Ian joined the Trust, having retired from his role as senior coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire after 15 years in post. Following his retirement as senior coroner he remains an assistant coroner in the neighbouring Staffordshire (South) coroner's area and has become a Course Director with the Judicial College for coroner and coroner officer training.