Trust Board

Published/updated: 11/07/12 09:32

The Trust Board manages the Trust’s services and develops plans and strategies for the future. The Board includes full-time executives and part-time non-executive directors.

Non-executive directors are not full-time employees of the Trust. They help to ensure the Trust is accountable to the people it serves. They are people who live or work in the area and have shown an interest in the provision of health services for the local people.

The Trust Board is accountable to the Council of Governors for the running and performance of the Trust.

The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith – Chair

Jacqui was appointed Chair of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1 December 2015.  She is also Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.  Jacqui also chairs the Birmingham Health Partnership which coordinates the research partnership with the University of Birmingham.Jacqui grew up in Worcestershire and, after reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford University, she returned to the County. She gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Worcester and had a successful teaching career for 11 years in Worcestershire schools.In 1997, Jacqui was elected as the MP for Redditch and served for 13 years. After a period on the Treasury Select Committee, she was appointed as a Minister in 1999 and became one of the longest serving Ministers in the Labour government. She served in Education, Health, Industry and Equalities portfolios and as Chief Whip. In 2007, Jacqui was appointed as the first female Home Secretary.Jacqui is also Chair of the Precious Trust – a Birmingham based charity formed with Marcia Shakespeare to support girls at risk of gang violence and of the Advocacy Practice of Westbourne Communications.

Dame Julie Moore – Interim Chief Executive

Julie is a graduate nurse who after working in a variety of clinical, management and director posts, was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006. In addition to this role, Dame Julie was appointed Interim Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015. Julie is also a member of the following bodies: the International Advisory Board of the University of Birmingham Business School, the Court of the University of Birmingham and is a Governor of Birmingham City University. She was an independent member of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR) from 2010 to 2016 and was a member the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Warwick Medical School until 2016. Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University, was included in the first BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and is included in the HSJ lists of the most influential clinical leaders of the top ten CEOs and a national LGBT role model in health. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.

Jonathan Brotherton – Director of Operations

Jonathan joined the trust in September 2014 as director of operations and was appointed to the board of directors in March 2015. He joined the NHS in 1992 as a trainee paramedic in Worcestershire and was one of the inaugural members of the National Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST) during which time he qualified as a performance coach and management consultant. He graduated from the University of Worcester with a Masters degree in management studies in 2007 and has worked in senior management roles at Burton Hospitals and most recently at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust as director of performance.

Margaret Garbett

Margaret worked for 31 years at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital (QEHB) before taking on the role of Interim Chief Nurse. She began her career training as a student nurse at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital before qualifying in 1990. She went on to specialise in Neurology and Neuro surgery and was a clinical nurse specialist for about 10 years in neurosciences. She took on her first matron role in elderly care at time when frailty units were first being developed and later became matron in the Emergency Department where she stayed for about five years. After that, in 2014 she became Associate Director of Nursing Division B at UHB, the division responsible for specialist surgery and transplants, a position she held until she took over her new role at our Trust.


Julian Miller – Interim Director of Finance

Julian joined the board as Interim Director of Finance in November 2015, on secondment from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Julian is a Business Studies graduate and joined the NHS in 1995 before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA) in 1998. He has worked at UHB since 2000 in a variety of roles including Divisional Finance Manager, Head of Financial Management and Planning, Deputy Director of Finance and most recently Director of Finance since 2012.

Dave Rosser – Interim Medical Director

In addition to his role as Executive Medical Director at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Dave took up the role of Interim Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for clinical quality at the Trust in November 2015 and joined the Board in March 2016 as Interim Medical Director.

He qualified from University College of Medicine, Cardiff in 1987, worked in general medicine and anaesthesia in South Wales, moving to London in 1993 as a research fellow in critical care and subsequently Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology in UCLH and was appointed to a Consultant post in Critical Care at UHB in 1996. He was appointed Executive Medical Director of UHB in December 2006 with responsibilities including Executive Lead for Information Technology

Voting Non-Executive Directors

Andrew Edwards

Andrew started his career with West Midlands Regional Health Authority as a trainee engineer. He went on to complete a BEng Honours degree in environmental building services and became a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management.

His career has spanned the public and private sectors and included time with a number of engineering design consultancies. Most recently he was a director at the Couch Perry and Wilkes Partnership with responsibility for an engineering design business unit and general management. His key area of expertise is engineering design in healthcare.

Andy joined our board in October 2014.

Prof Jon Glasby

Jon is a qualified social worker by background and Head of the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this he was Director of the University’s Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) for seven years, where he specialised in joint work between health and social care and was involved in regular policy analysis and advice. He has recently served as a Non-Executive Director of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and, from 2003 to 2009, was the Secretary of State’s representative on the board of the UK Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). He sits on the Executive Group of Birmingham Health Partners, and was recently appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts and the National School for Social Care Research.

Jackie Hendley

Jackie Hendley NED_AWR0408Jackie offers the Trust over 30 years of professional services experience, 11 as a KPMG partner, for clients in PLCs and private equity across a varied range of sectors both in the private and public sector. She has advised a wide range of Boards on tax, structuring, strategy, risk management and governance including operational restructuring and dispute mitigation.   Combines commercial, accounting, auditing and tax background with Boardroom experience to offer constructive challenge and strategic advice, including challenge around what business will look like in the future and how to maximise potential.  She also advises clients and teams in many industries, including: retail, manufacturing, automotive, property, not for profit, public sector and transport.  Jackie is passionate about supporting her local community and has been involved with a number of schools and charities in the area and is committed to bringing people together to build capacity and opportunity.

Dr Mike Kinski

Dr M J Kinski NED_INT7583 (2)Mike is an experienced senior businessman who has worked in a range of business sectors in both the UK and overseas, which have been of considerable scale and complexity. He brings extensive Human Resources experience having led and operated in organisations both within the public and private sectors. He has led major change programmes across the organisations that he has worked in and has played a key role in transforming the workplace. Mike was Chair of the Advisory Group for the Government Task Force on Work Force Development, a member of the TUC Partnership Institute Advisory Board and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He brings strong commercial acumen and well developed experience of managing multiple stakeholders andagendas and has considerable experience as a NED and Chair.

Karen Kneller

Kneller_KarenPhotoKaren started her career with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), initially as a law clerk then as a prosecutor and finally as a senior policy adviser. She subsequently moved to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, first as director of casework before becoming chief executive and accountable officer in 2012. She sits part-time as a judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber. She has a BA Honours in sociology, an LLB Honours in law, an MSc in criminal justice studies and is a practising barrister. She joined the board in October 2014.


Professor Michael Sheppard

Michael Sheppard NED_AWR0410After an early career as a clinical academic in South Africa, Michael received MBChB (Honours) and PhD degrees from the University of Cape Town. He was elected Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998.

Michael took up a lectureship at the University of Birmingham where he remained until 2013 becoming Professor of Medicine and then headed up the Division of Medical Sciences whilst also building his academic endocrine practice. Michael served most recently as Provost and Vice Principal and Dean of Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Michael had a major clinical service commitment at University Hospital Birmingham, with an international reputation in pituitary and thyroid disease, publishing more than 250 papers. He has been a member of and chaired a number of UK and international committees and endocrine societies as well as roles at THE Royal College of Physicians, Medical Research Council and WHO. He was president of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, and holds Honorary Professorship at University of Birmingham. Michael was previously a Non-executive Director (NED) at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Birmingham, and along with being is a NED at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, he is also currently Chair of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network Board.

Mehrunnisa Lalani

NEDMehrunnisa has a diverse background having worked for a range of public sector organisations from local Government to the prison service. She started her career working with older people and Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) communities experiencing mental health difficulties.  She has more currently been director of inclusion for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) leading on consumer affairs, corporate complaints and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Mehrunnisa has also held a number of non-executive positions in the health and voluntary sector including as a Lay member on the Leicestershire, Northampton and Rutland Strategic Health Authority, a four year term as Independent Lay Member of the Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and was a member of the East Midlands ACCEA.

Mehrunnisa is a Lay Member on the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP) Fitness to Practice Panel and works as a consultant providing a range of organisational transformation and development services.

Mehrunnisa has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies, an MA in Health and Community Development and a JNC Qualification in Youth and Community Work.


We welcome your feedback. Please contact the Trust Chairman as follows: The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith – Chair Tel: 0121 424 3297

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