Our Board

Helen Phillips

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 third 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 assumes its powers in 2019. Helen is also the first independent Chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute (appointed in 2020), the professional standards body charged with building public trust in the insurance and planning profession. Helen served for eight years on the Sheffield Business School Advisory Board.

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.

Non-Executive Directors

The board's non-executive directors share the corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Trust is run efficiently, economically and effectively. They use their expertise, interest and experience to scrutinise the performance of management, monitor the reporting of performance, and satisfy themselves as to the integrity of financial, clinical and other information. The non-executive directors also fulfill their responsibility for determining appropriate levels of remuneration for executive directors.

Mrs Jayne Stringfellow
Senior Independent Director

Jayne has worked in the NHS as a nurse for more than 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.

Mr Ian Ailles
Non-Executive Director

Ian holds a number of non executive and trustee roles across housing, care homes and hospices as well as with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.  

Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant with an executive background in Investment Banking, Travel and Digital industries principally in the private sector and in private equity.  His most recent executive role was as the first ever Director General of the House of Commons.  

Ian has previously worked extensively overseas and is a keen supporter of diversity of all kinds.  He is married with two young adult daughters and plays sport in his spare time.  

Ms Nora Senior
Non-Executive Director

Nora was previously Executive Group Chair UK of global corporate communications consultancy, Weber Shandwick, responsible for the strategic and operational management of multi-market brand accounts in the UK, North America, India and China.

A former businesswoman of the year, Nora is a past president of the British Chambers of Commerce.  Her non-executive portfolio includes being Vice Chair of Council at the University of Nottingham, Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce and External Member of the House of Lords Commission.

A recipient of the First Woman of UK Media Award, she was previously managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi (North). She is a former regional Adviser to the London Stock Exchange and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Lord Paul Scriven
Non-Executive Director

Paul has a professional background in leading organisations, leadership development and service transformation.

After leaving school with no formal qualifications Paul went on to work in a road construction firm for a few years, before returning to education and taking his “O” and “A” levels at Huddersfield Technical College. He then went on to Manchester to do a B. A (Hons). During his time at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Met Uni), Paul became President of his Student’s Union and also Chair of the Retail arm of the National Union of Student’s UK trading company.

After graduating Paul’s career began in the National Health Service on the General Management Trainee Scheme. Paul then spent a number of years managing a range of N.H.S. hospitals, community and doctors ‘services. 

He then moved into the private sector company working to help the NHS improve productivity and efficiency.  

Paul was a Councillor in the City of Sheffield, from 2000- 12 and again from 2016-19. During his time on the Council, he became its Leader in 2008 a position he held until 2011.

Paul now is the Managing Director of Halado Leadership Limited, working with senior civil servants and politicians from Southern Africa and South East Asia on Leadership Development and public sector transformation.

From 2014 he has been a member of the House of Lords as Liberal Democrat Peer. He is a member of his party’s front bench health team and also takes an interest in local government issues, public service transformation, civil liberties around information technology, human rights in Bahrain and LGBT+ asylum issues.

To relax Paul enjoys time dining with friends, walking and cycling in the Peak District, has a love for travel, especial in South East Asia. He is a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club.

Mr 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’.  Jeremy has also worked as a Consultant Advisor for NICE, and serves as a trustee on three charities.

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, energy 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 has been at BT since 2018 as an HR Programme Director.

Mr 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.

Mr Atul Patel MBE
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 sometime 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 Foundation.

Executive Directors

Executive directors are experienced NHS professionals with specific management and operational skills. They are responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the trust.

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.

Berenice Groves
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Berenice Groves joined the Trust in November 2020 from Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she was Executive Director of Operations. A trained paramedic by background, she is passionate about improvement and as such ensuring that all patients have a great experience. She has spent more than 35 years in the NHS in a range of clinical, operational and leadership roles. An experienced Director working with Acute & Community Services however also been involved in the commissioning, design and delivery of complex care pathways including urgent and emergency care services and palliative care.  

She has led large-scale strategic programmes in the NHS – including the development of 111 services across the North East of the country; and directing and implementing improvement as Head of Improvement for the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST). Berenice also uses her valuable NHS skills and knowledge outside of her Trust role. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Charlotte Straker Project (a charity based in Corbridge Northumberland) which provides nursing and residential care for residents of the Tyne Valley. 

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 Human Resources and Organisational Development

Zoe was appointed to the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development role at the Trust in March 2017, following a period of 9 months of acting into the role on an interim basis. She joined Chesterfield Royal in April 2014 as the Deputy Director, having joined the NHS in 2006 at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this, Zoe worked in a range of HR, OD and learning and development roles in the private and legal sectors. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Zoe is the Joint Vice President of the East Midlands branch of the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) and the Co-Chair of the East Midlands Social Partnership Forum. She is also a Trustee on the Board of a local schools academy on a voluntary basis.

Krishna Kallianpur
Chief Nurse

Krishna joined the Trust and our Board of Directors in October 2020 from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, where she was first Deputy and then Interim Chief Nurse – taking up the latter position to cover for long-term maternity leave.  With an NHS vocation spanning more than thirty years, she started out as a staff nurse in 1987, developing her nursing and senior leadership career to Executive Director level in a range of roles in the county’s hospitals, including at the former Derby City Hospital, Queens Hospital in Burton and at Royal Derby Hospitals.  Thanks to her connections, she brings a wealth of knowledge of the Derbyshire health and social care system (and beyond) to Chesterfield Royal.  With responsibility for the Trust’s 1,800 nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals, Krishna describes herself as ‘passionate about nursing, patient safety and the health and wellbeing of staff’. Working alongside the Medical Director to lead clinical performance and effectiveness, clinical governance, quality of patient care and patient experience, she joined the Trust in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, where her dedication in both supporting the incident response and working with front-line with colleagues to understand their challenges, anxieties and fears has already paid dividend. 

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. He also is the Director of Finance for Joined Up Care Derbyshire (the Derbyshire STP). 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), sits on the awarding body of HFMA’s qualification and 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.

Dr Jon Cort
Chief Digital Officer

Jon has been a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Chesterfield Royal Hospital since 2002. He is the Trust Chief Digital Officer with responsibility for the delivery of the Digital Transformation agenda for the Trust and our Integrated Care System. Jon is committed to a clinically led Digital First approach to the transformation of healthcare, enabling staff to deliver best care by ensuring digital systems and processes are interoperable, intuitive and safe.