Meet the members of our Trust Board
The Trust is run by a Trust board made up of executive and non-executive directors and led by a non-executive chair.
The Trust board meets in public.
Our board of directors provides overall leadership and vision to the Trust and is ultimately and collectively responsible for all aspects of performance, including clinical and service quality, financial performance and governance.
Chairman and chief executive
||Paul Murphy, acting chairman, non-executive director and chairman of the resources committee
Paul has had a broad range of experiences at a senior level in public and private (not-for-profit) sectors, as well as central and local government, including spells as a ministerial private secretary and an assistant director at City of York Council. He is now a freelance consultant, with an interest in particular in mental health, wellbeing, and in services for children and young people.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) English & Related Literature
Principal skills and expertise: Strategic planning, operational management, change management, human resources, communications, education, and articulating the service user voice.
Term of office: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2022*
Date of Initial appointment: 1 September 2016
|Brent Kilmurray, chief executive
Brent has been a NHS executive director since 2005, working in senior roles across a range of acute, community health and mental health NHS organisations. He joins us after two years as Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, a combined community and mental health trust providing services in Bradford and the Yorkshire Dales, as well as children’s services in Wakefield.
His Board level experience includes Executive and Divisional roles at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT, joint Managing Director at NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services, Executive Director of Business Strategy and Performance for South Tyneside Foundation Trust, and Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
Alongside his Trust role, Brent also sits on the NHS Providers Board of Trustees, which is a national membership body for all NHS organisations where he represents provider views in discussions alongside other Trust Chief Executives and Chairs from across the country.
Brent’s qualifications MA European Studies and BA (Hons) Government & Politics
Principal skills and expertise: Quality improvement and innovation, leadership development, partnership and system working, operational service management, performance management, tendering and business development, contract management, commercial matters.
Appointed: June 2020
Executive and corporate directors
||Elizabeth Moody, director of nursing and governance and deputy chief executive
Elizabeth was delighted to join the Trust in July 2015 as director of nursing and governance. She has over 25 years’ experience in the NHS having registered as an RMN in 1991. Elizabeth has held a variety of clinical, professional and managerial roles across inpatient and community settings and before joining the Trust worked in the region as the deputy director of nursing and then group nurse director for 11 years. Elizabeth is responsible at board level for the professional leadership of nursing, quality and safety. She is a certified leader and Think On coach.
Qualifications: RMN, PGDip Professional practice
Principal skills and expertise: Psychiatric nursing skills, project management, service improvement, managerial and leadership skills, patient and carer experience, patient safety, quality and assurance.
Appointed: August 2015
|Dr Sarah Dexter-Smith, director for people and culture
Sarah is a consultant clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS for over 25 years alongside roles in social care and education. She was appointed in February 2021 and was previously director of therapies. She brings a broad range of applied psychology experience having worked on regional and national bodies.
Qualifications: Doctorate Clinical Psychology, PhD Psychology, ILM5, PGDips Supervision/ Neuropsychology
Principal skills and expertise: leadership, coaching and mentoring, applied psychology, research, teaching.
Appointed: February 2021
|Awaiting image||Russell Patton, interim chief operating officer
|Mrs Sharon Pickering, assistant chief executive
Sharon joined the NHS in 1989 on the then Regional Financial Management Training Scheme. In 1996, moved to the North East and into a planning / commissioning role. Sharon joined one of the predecessor organisations, County Durham and Darlington Priority Services NHS Trust, in 2000 as head of planning and has been with the trust ever since.
Qualifications: Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), MBA in Public Services and the Kings Fund Top Management Programme.
|Liz Romaniak, executive director of finance, information and estates
Liz joined the NHS over 30 years ago and gained extensive associate/deputy director and board-level experience from roles within commissioning and community and mental health provider organisations. Liz’s previous role was as director of finance, contracting and estates at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, where she led work in 2014 to 2015 to develop the organisation’s long term financial plan and successfully navigate all financial aspects of the trust’s Monitor FT application and due diligence processes. Liz also had responsibility for planning and performance and between 2017-2021, was deputy chief executive, both roles affording opportunities to develop greater operational and clinical perspectives. Liz has lobbied, including via NHS representative bodies, for parity of esteem (and resources) for mental health, including relating to capital developments. Liz is also a board member of the AuditOne NHS Audit consortium.
Qualifications:qualified accountant, ACMA
Principal skills and expertise: NHS finances (strategy, costing, financial accounting and management, commissioner and provider), financial strategy, planning and performance management.
Appointed: October 2020
|Awaiting image||Steve Wright, interim medical director
<(Note: *indicates that the individual has been reappointed as a Board member of the Foundation Trust.)
The board is responsible for ensuring accountability to the public for the services it manages.
- ensures effective dialogue between the trust and the communities it serves
- monitors and ensures high quality services
- is responsible for the trust’s financial viability
- sets general policy direction
- appoints and appraises the trust’s executive management team.
Our board of directors has retained certain decisions to itself including the definition of the trust’s strategic goals and objectives, the approval of the annual plan (following consultation with our council of governors); the acquisition, disposal or change of use of land or buildings with a value in excess of £500,000; and the introduction or discontinuance of any significant activity or operation.
Further details are provided in the ‘Scheme of decisions reserved to the board’ which is available as part of the constitution.
Any powers which the board has not reserved to itself or delegated to sub-committees are exercised on behalf of the board by our chief executive.
Under the leadership of our chief executive, the executive management team (which comprises the executive, corporate and service directors) is accountable for the ratification of trust-wide policies for implementation and for ensuring:
- performance against our objectives and key targets is reviewed
- the effective operation of our integrated assurance systems and
- the provision of appropriate and accurate information to our board of directors.