Our Board

Helen Phillips, Chair

Following a 20 year career as an Environmental regulator and subsequently as an Executive Board Director of Yorkshire Water, Dr Helen Phillips now holds a number of national and regional non executive roles. 

Now in her second term as Chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, she has since 2017 also chaired the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator of the legal sector. In 2018 Helen was appointed to the Board of Social Work England, the new professional standards body for social work which assumed its powers in 2019. Helen is also Chair of a Jesuit Trust comprising two independent schools, Mount St Marys College and Barlborough Hall School. 

Helen’s executive career included senior roles with the Environment Agency, in Wales and England, following which she was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Natural England in 2006.

Educated at Mount Anville in Dublin, Helen graduated from University College Dublin as a zoologist, and where she also took her PhD in freshwater biology. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Executive Directors

Angie Smithson, Chief Executive

Angie joined us here at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in September 2019 to take up the role of Chief Executive.  She has more than thirty years of NHS knowledge and experience; and began her career in nursing and midwifery in 1986, before moving into a range of leadership positions.  She has moved back to the Midlands after spending five years based in Liverpool as a Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer (COO).  And from 2017-2019 she combined the COO role with the dual responsibilities of Integration Director, leading a complex and challenging merger to combine Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Dr Hal Spencer, Medical Director

Dr Spencer was appointed to the position of Executive Medical Director at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at the end of 2018 - after spending two years as the Divisional Director for the hospital’s Medicine & Emergency Care Division.  After undertaking his training in Cambridge and London, he went on to work as a junior doctor in Nottingham, Middlesbrough and Australia.  He then completed his General Medicine and specialist Gastroenterology training in and around Sheffield, including a year as a Registrar in Chesterfield, where he joined the consultant team in 2004. 

Zoe Lintin, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

After completing her degree in Business and postgraduate qualification in HR management, Zoe began her career in HR as a Personnel Assistant at the law firm now known as DLA Piper. Zoe then worked at Northern Foods where she held a number of positions, latterly as the HR Manager for a division of the business covering four food manufacturing sites across the country.

After joining the NHS in February 2006 as Head of Human Resources at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Zoe was promoted to Deputy Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in 2012.

She brought this experience with her when joining Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHSFT in April 2014 as Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. This became an extended deputy role from April 2015, when the Director post became a joint appointment across Chesterfield Royal and the community trust in Derbyshire on a secondment basis.

She was promoted to Acting Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in April 2016, when the joint Director secondment ended and the role became a full time one again. Zoe was formally appointed to the substantive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development role in March 2017.

Lynn Andrews, Director of Nursing and Patient Care

Lynn joined the Trust in February 2014 as Director of Nursing and Patient Care from Circle where she was Lead Nurse from July 2011.  Lynn trained in Scotland where her nursing experience was mainly within surgical nursing and moved to England in 1987 onto roles in critical care. She then had a brief period outside the NHS as a critical care adviser for Boehringer Ingelheim, before returning to nursing in the NHS. Lynn became nurse manager at Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust, and was also seconded to George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust as divisional general manager, gaining experience in Emergency and Urgent care. She then moved to North Staffordshire NHS Trust (2002 – 2005) as professional head of nursing, progressing to a corporate role as assistant director of nursing. She held the deputy director of nursing post at Northampton General Hospital (2005– 2007), following which she broadened her career as assistant director of nursing and patient care for the East Midland Strategic Health Authority (2007–2012). Lynn possesses a BSc in Health Studies from Nottingham Trent University, MSc in Health Policy from Stafford University and has undertaken the NHS Leadership Academy Nye Bevan programme since joining the trust.

Tony Campbell, Chief Operating Officer

Tony trained as a chemist and joined Rolls Royce early in his career (1983-04), where he developed his leadership experience, initially as head of airline operations test support services, then process improvement manager, before taking up a position as advanced services manager.

In these roles he led major change programmes for Rolls Royce, increasing in scale, value and impact. Following changes in the senior leadership team, Tony looked to the NHS and was successful in securing a role as general manager, obstetrics and gynaecology, with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2004-06).

He took a promotion with the same Trust becoming associate director, women and children’s (2006-08), before accepting a role as director of improvement (2008-11) at a time when the Trust had no chief operating officer. The Trust subsequently introduced a different structure and Tony was successful in being appointed as divisional director for clinical support services & cancer.

He joined Chesterfield Royal as Director of Strategy & Performance in 2014 and was Acting Chief Executive from April 2016 for a period of six months.

Lee Outhwaite, Director of Finance and Contracting

Lee joined Chesterfield in August 2017. His role covers Finance, Procurement, Estates and Facilities, ICT and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity. Lee has worked in the NHS, since 1993, in a number of finance roles, in Devon, Hampshire, Surrey, London and Derbyshire. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Prior to this role he worked at NHS Improvement, where he was the Business Director for London. In addition to oversight of London Trusts, he was involved in a number of national policy areas. Prior to moving to the NHS Improvement, Lee was Director of Finance and Performance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for seven years.

Lee is a Trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and chair of HFMA’s committee on the NHS National Payment System. He sits on HFMAs Policy and Research committee. Lee also is a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Women’s Work, a Derbyshire based charity. In addition, he is also currently pursuing a Professional Doctorate at Keele University, in their Public Policy and Management faculty.

Non-Executive Directors

Senior Independent Director, Ms Beverley Webster OBE

Beverley is director and shareholder of Twins United Ltd and Malaczynski Burn. She has run her own businesses throughout her career initially in the manufacture of mining and construction equipment. She has been involved in the mining at industry level and was President of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies for six years (1994-2000). Through this work she was awarded an OBE.

Beverley has held a number of board roles nationally and locally connecting business and education and with charitable organisations including Neurocare who provide technology and research funding to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. She is Chairman of UK Careers Academy Foundation Advisory Board, Charlie’s Trust Charity and Neurocare; and is a Founder Member of Inspiring Women.

Alison McKinna, BSc MCIPS MBA, Non-executive Director

Alison has a successful background in reconfiguration of blue chip organisations as a client focused business leader and deliverer of strategic change. Alison has a proven record of developing strategic vision, facilitating Board decision making, and then delivering results through high performing teams. Alison delivers innovation and change through strong team communication and people development skills, including internal and external stakeholder networks.

Alison has national and international experience across multiple complex industry sectors (utilities, financial services, insurance, technology, legal services and regulation) as well as a Non Executive Director within the NHS. 

Jayne Stringfellow, Non-Executive Director

Jayne has worked in the NHS as a nurse for 40 years and gained professional qualifications in nursing, midwifery, health visiting and NHS management.  Throughout this time Jayne has always worked in roles requiring on-going clinical knowledge and skills. Most recently Jayne held the post of Chief Nurse working with several clinical commissioning groups across a period of six years.  This involved being a Board member and also the  Executive Director lead for quality with a portfolio responsibility including quality assurance and improvement, patient experience, safeguarding, infection prevention and control, medicines management and primary care.

Jayne has extensive experience in clinical governance, analysing performance and quality data as well as interpreting financial information.  She has previously worked with the Trust as a commissioner and Partner Governor.  Jayne also has a wealth of experience in primary care having worked with general practice in Derbyshire for over 15 years including working as Assistant Clinical Director with Derbyshire County PCT.  Jayne has been a member of a number of health and social care partnership boards and was also the senior responsible officer for maternity transformation within the Derbyshire STP.

Mike Killick, Non-Executive Director

Mike is both a qualified chartered management account and chartered company secretary. He has over 30 years experience in the private sector in a wide range of business-to-consumer organisations. 

He has a wide range of financial expertise including Mergers & Acquisitions, business sales and disposals, material finance raising, cost reduction programmes, combined with extensive strategic planning and strategy execution. 

Mike is also an experienced non-executive director.

Jeremy Wight, Non-Executive Director

Jeremy’s background is in public health, having held Director or Deputy Director of Public Health roles within Wakefield Health Authority, Sheffield Primary Care Trust and Sheffield City Council since the turn of the century.

He gained extensive Board level experience in the NHS in eleven years on the boards of North Sheffield and Sheffield Primary Care Trusts, and as Director of Public Health for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw PCTs during 2012-13 PCT ‘clusterings’.

As well as his medical training and clinical experience, Jeremy has expertise in clinical governance and a wealth of experience managing budgets, including shared responsibility for a £1Bn budget for Sheffield PCT, giving him a broad understanding of the needs and perspectives of patients.

Sue Glew, Non-Executive Director

Sue has more than 20 years' experience of working in an independent capacity in leadership roles in HR and Business Transformation, predominantly in the private sector.  Her career is grounded in financial services, broadened over the years in retail, utilities (gas, electricity and water), construction, energey services, leisure, pharmaceuticals, media & communications.

Sue has worked on a diverse range of business change programmes for a number of blue-chip companies.  Following her role as Interim Director of HR Services for the BBC, she went on to create an organisation-wide change management strategy & plan for a programme that brought significant changes to people, policies, systems, processes and culture.

Sue is currently Director of HR Programmes and Change at BT and is an APMG qualified Change Management Practitioner. 

Keith Nurcombe, Non-executive Director

Keith has twenty five years experience working in healthcare markets in the UK, Europe and globally.

Keith has worked in pharmaceuticals, medical staffing and medical hardware businesses over a number of years. More recently he has worked for a number of organisations using technology to support patients and GPs in the Primary Care space. Currently he is Managing Director UK for DoctorLink who deliver innovative clinical algorithm technology to support patients and GPs within the online consultation space.

Keith has been a Non-Executive Director for over five years supporting private technology businesses, charities and more recently Derbyshire Health United providing urgent and out of hours care as well as 111 in the East Midlands.

Atul Patel, Non-Executive Director

Atul's career has spanned the housing, regeneration, and the public sector. In the 1990s, he was Regional Director East Midlands, then Director of Regulation at The Housing Corporation, subsequently becoming Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit. He then held Chief Executive roles at ASRA Greater London Housing Association and LHA-ASRA Group in Leicester, until retiring in 2010. Latterly, he was a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund where he held various roles including Chair of the Finance Committee and Investment Panel; and member of the East Midlands, Northern Ireland, West Midlands, and South West Committees. He was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 for services to Heritage and the Community in the East Midlands. Currently, he Chairs the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership, and is a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust and the Royal College of Nursing Charitable Foundation.