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.

Read on to learn more about individual directors and the Board's overall responsibilities.

Trust Board meetings

Meetings of the Trust Board are held in public. Details of upcoming meetings can be found on our events page and a list of Board papers and agendas can be found in our Board Meetings section. 

Can I submit a question to the Board of Directors?

Yes - questions will be considered by the Chair if they are sent by email to the Board Secretary up to 48 hours before the meeting. If the Chair believes the question is relevant to an item on the meeting's agenda, a response will be provided by the Board at the meeting.  Email your question to our Board Secretary.  

Our Executive Directors

Our Executive Directors are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organisation. This includes managing committees and staff as well as developing business plans in collaboration with the Non-Executive Directors on the Board. Click on one of the drop-down accordions below to learn more about an individual Executive Director.

Ifti-Majid-Chief-Operating-Officer-WEB.jpgIfti 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.

Ifti is the Board’s BME champion. In 2019/20 Ifti was also appointed as co-chair of the National NHS BME Leaders Network, hosted by NHS Confederation. In October 2020, Ifti was named one of the 50 most influential BAME people in health in the UK.

Contact

Ifti Majid
Chief Executive
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31205

 

 

Claire-Wright---Finance-DirectorClaire 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 her 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 the Trust’s lead director for Procurement. Claire is also the Board’s LGBT+ champion.

Contact

Claire Wright
Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director of Finance
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31205

 

Ade Odunlade became Chief Operating Officer of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust onAde Odunlade 1 - square.JPG 5 July 2021.

Ade previously worked at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as Managing Director of one of the Trust’s three divisions, leading a large service providing mental health, learning disability and perinatal services across a number of London Boroughs.

Ade was also formerly the Associate Director of Operations for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.

He is a mental health professional with extensive experience in clinical leadership, clinical transformation, workforce development, learning and development, and senior management roles gained over the last 30 years.

He has a wide range of qualifications and experience as a professional including in medical sociology, therapy, project management, coaching and healthcare leadership.

Ade has an underlying philosophy of helping individuals to achieve and a sense of responsibility in safeguarding high standards focusing on patient needs and staff support with care and compassion.

Ade is responsible for the Trust's Estates and IT departments as well as being the JUCD system Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for Learning Disabilities and Autism. 

Contact

Ade Odunlade
Chief Operating Officer
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31202

John-Sykes-Medical-DirectorJohn 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.

Contact

Dr John Sykes
Medical Director
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital
84 Whitecotes Lane
Chesterfield
Derbyshire, S40 3HW

Telephone: 01246 515971

Carolyn-GreenCarolyn 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.

Contact

Carolyn Green
Executive Director of Nursing & Patient Experience
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31206

VAT.jpgVikki Ashton Taylor began in post as the Trust’s Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Transformation on 1 June 2022. 

Vikki has worked in the NHS for 25 years undertaking a range of both operational and strategic roles across acute, commissioning and regulatory organisations, including a number of years as an Executive Director.

 Vikki’s most recent  role was  the Lead Director for Joined Up Care Derbyshire and she brings a wealth of system-related experience and expertise. 

Vikki lives in Derbyshire and volunteers as a Magistrate for the Ministry of Justice.

Contact
Vikki Ashton Taylor
Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Transformation
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital  
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 – 623700 extension 31209

justine-fitzjohnJustine 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, Freedom of Information and Freedom to Speak Up.

Contact

Justine Fitzjohn
Trust Secretary and SIRO
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31212

Jaki joined the Trust as Director of PeopleJaki Lowe  and Inclusion on 17 August 2020. Jaki came to the Trust from a role as People Director for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. Jaki was seconded through the NHS Executive Talent Scheme to Shropshire from her role as Deputy Director of OD in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and has prior experience inside and outside the NHS at Director level including at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.   

Jaki, who lives in Nottinghamshire, spent her childhood in Derbyshire and then trained as a nurse in Derby, before moving into roles in occupational health, training and human resources. 

She spent a number of years in Cycling UK, latterly as Vice Chair, and is particularly proud of the work the group did in raising the profile of women in cycling and supporting programmes for inclusive cycling.

Jaki has a keen and active interest in inclusion both within and outside the professional role, and aims to build on the work the Trust has already achieved in this area, supporting the Board’s goal of making the Trust a great place for people to work, thrive and give great care. 

Contact
Jaki Lowe
Director of People and Inclusion
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital  
Derby
DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31222

Our Non-Executive Directors

Our Non-Executive Directors (or NEDs) are members of the Trust's Board of Directors but are not members of the executive management team. They provide independent oversight, both at the Trust Board and by serving on Board committees. Click on a drop-down accordion below to learn more about an individual Non-Executive Director.

Selina Ullah became Chair of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 14 SeptemberSelina 5 cropped pic.jpg 2021. This followed a comprehensive recruitment process.

Selina had been a Non-Executive Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for six years and became its Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director in 2019.  Selina’s appointment was approved by the Trust’s Council of Governors in its meeting on 6 July 2021.

Selina is a Board member for the Muslim Women’s Council, having previously been its Chair for 10 years. She is also a Lay Board Member at the General Pharmaceutical Council.
 

Contact

Selina Ullah            
Trust Chair
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31205

Geoff Lewins - Non-Executive Director DHCFT 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 is the chair of 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 and is governed properly and that patient interests are fully represented. Geoff is also the Freedom to Speak Up NED lead. 

Geoff has more than 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 was re-appointed for a second three-year term until 30 November 2023. 

Contact

Geoff Lewins
Non-Executive Director
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
Derby, DE22 3LZ      
      

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31201

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

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 is chair of the Trust’s Quality and Safeguarding Committee. She is the Non-Executive Director lead for mortality and learning from deaths and also Non-Executive Lead for health and wellbeing. 

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.

Contact

Dr Sheila Newport
Non-Executive Director
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31201

Ashiedu Joel took up her role as a Non-Executive Director on 23 January 2020. She is the Trust Non-Executive Director lead for equality, diversity and inclusion and Chair of the Trust's Mental Health Act Committee.Ashiedu Joel

Ashiedu Joel is an engineering graduate who runs her own business consultancy and training firm across the East Midlands. She has recently been participated 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. 

Contact

Ashiedu Joel
Non-Executive Director
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 31201

Deborah Good was appointed as Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2022.

Deborah, a former Housing Director, holds a BA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing.  She has spent most of her career in the social housing sector, working to improve the quality of services for local communities. IMG_3533.JPG

Deborah has experience of serving on various multi-agency boards, including in her role as Executive Director of Customer Experience and Business Support at Solihull Community Housing and as Non-Executive Director at Derwent Living.

Deborah lives in Derbyshire and is a current Trustee of Artcore, a provider of visual arts to diverse communities across Derbyshire.

In her role as Non-Executive Director, Deborah will be a member of the Finance and Performance Committee, overseeing all aspects of financial management and operational performance. She will also sit on the Audit and Risk Committee, which ensures that the Trust has an effective system of integrated governance, risk management and internal control.

Deborah has been appointed for a three-year term of office, ending in March 2025.

Ralph Knibbs joined the Trust formally as a Non-Executive Director on the 1 July 2022. He is the chair of the Trust’s People and Culture Committee.Photo of Ralph Knibbs.JPG

For over 20 years, Ralph has operated as a Strategic Senior Human Resources Business Partner, with experience of working in both the public and private sector, as well as within complex international matrix organisations such as Rolls-Royce plc. Highly skilled at delivering people transformational change programmes to improve business performance. Possesses a deep understanding of team working through his extensive experience of professional sport. He is a passionate ally of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Ralph is currently the Head of Human Resources at United Kingdom Athletics Limited where he has been since 2011. From 2020, he has also undertaken a volunteer role as Vice-Chair of the RFU Diversity & Inclusion Implementation Working Group at the England Rugby Football Union with the aim to increase diversity and inclusion in the leadership and governance structures within the game.

He lives in Derbyshire and was appointed for a three-year term of office, ending on 30 June 2025.

Contact 

Ralph Knibbs
Non-Executive Director 
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby, DE22 3LZ

Email: ralph.knibbs@nhs.net

Tony Edwards joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director on 1 August 2022. He is chair of the Trust’s Finance and PerformanceTony cropped.jpg Committee. Tony holds a BA in Accounting and Finance and is a Charted Accountant.  Tony spent the first half of his career in senior finance roles in manufacturing and then a further 17 years in business unit leadership roles with Filtrona plc and Luxfer Holdings plc. Tony spent 11 years as a Governor at Nottingham Trent University and is currently a Governor at University of Derby, where he sits on the Strategy, Finance and Planning Committee and chairs the Governance oversight board for the new Business School development project.

Tony has been appointed for a 3 year term of office ending 31 July 2025. 

Contact

Tony Edwards
Non-Executive Director 
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby, DE22 3LZ

NExT Director Scheme

Derbyshire Healthcare has supported the NExT Director scheme for a number of years.  The national scheme, led by NHS England and Improvement, aims to increase the diversity of Board members across the NHS.  Jas Khatkar .jpg

Although NExT Directors are not members of the Board, they participate in Board and Committee meetings across the Trust, in addition to a wider range of other activities including service visits.

Jas Khatkar is the Trust’s current NExT Director.  Jas joined the Trust on 4 April 2022 and has been appointed as NExT Director for a 12 month period.

A Chartered Accountant by background, Jas is an experienced management consultant who specialises in finance transformation and business strategy. A former director with Accenture, Jas has worked multiple industries, including telecoms, utilities and pharmaceuticals.   

Jas also advices a number of Sikh community Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian charities working for equality and social justice.

Role and Responsibilities of the Board of 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.

The role of the Board of Directors is to manage the Trust by:

  • Setting the overall strategic direction of the Trust within the context of NHS priorities
  • Regularly monitoring our performance against objectives
  • Providing effective financial stewardship through value for money, financial control and financial planning
  • Ensuring that the Trust provides high quality, effective and patient focused services through clinical governance
  • Ensuring high standards of corporate governance and personal conduct
  • Promoting effective dialogue between the Trust and the local communities we serve.

Our Trust Board meets monthly to discuss the business of the organisation. This meeting is held in public and anyone is welcome to attend and hear about our latest developments and performance.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors ensures that good business practice is followed and that the organisation is stable enough to respond to unexpected events, without jeopardising services, and confident enough to introduce changes where services need to be improved.

The Board of Directors carries the final overall corporate accountability for its strategies, its policies and actions as set out in the Codes of Conduct and Accountability issued by the Secretary of State. In order to discharge its responsibilities for the governance of the Trust, the Board has established a number of Committees of the Board.

Our Current Directors

To find out information about our current Board of Directors, please view their profiles above.

In making the most recent Non-Executive appointments, the Nominations Committee has taken account of the skills requirement advised by the Directors. The Trust Board is satisfied that all Directors are appropriately qualified to discharge their functions effectively, including ensuring management capacity and capability.

The Trust Board’s composition and range of skills and experience has been revisited as vacancies arise.