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Board of Directors Who's Who







Mr John Rivers CBE DL - Trust Chairman

John retired from Rolls-Royce Plc in September 2007 after 10 years as Director of Human Resources for the company preceded by 5 years as Personnel Director for the Aerospace Group. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  For 19 years prior to joining Rolls-Royce, he worked at GEC in a number of senior management positions, including Personnel Director at GPT (GEC Plessey Telecomms).   He was appointed for a four year term of office from 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2013. John has been re-appointed with his current term of office expiring on 30 June 2018. John serves as Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Gavin Boyle

Mr Gavin Boyle - Chief Executive

Gavin joined the NHS just over 20 years ago as a General Management Trainee in Liverpool.  This followed University and a degree in Biological Sciences, then a short period of private industry.  He spent the first part of his NHS life in and around Liverpool in both primary care and organisations and hospitals, then onto Exeter and then Winchester where he was responsible for a broad range of hospital and community services.

More recently he has held Board level posts as Director of Operations at the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  Prior to joining Derby Teaching Hospitals in March 2016 as Chief Executive, Gavin has held the position of Chief Executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District NHS Foundation Trust. 

Gavin became Chair of East Midlands Leadership Academy in November 2013 and is Chair of the East Midlands Acute Hospitals Chief Executives forum.

Non Executive Directors
Professor Avril Drummond

Professor Avril Drummond - Non-Executive Director

Avril is the University of Nottingham’s representative on the Trust Board and is Professor of Healthcare Research and Director of Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is an occupational therapist by professional background and has a particular interest in rehabilitation and rehabilitation services.  Avril was also appointed as Visiting Professor of Occupational Therapy Research at the University of Derby in 2013.  She was first appointed for a three year term from 1 November 2014 and has been re-appointed until 31 October 2018. Avril serves on Quality Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee. 

Graham Bragg

Mr. Graham Bragg - Non-Executive Director

Graham  retired as Interim Chief Executive of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in December 2013.  He had spent over twenty years there, with roles including the Finance Director and Director of Strategic and Business Development.  Overall he has worked in the NHS for over 35 years. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Charted Global Management Accountant. 

Graham has also been involved with various representative bodies, including; Chairman of the Trust Directors of Finance Network (Southern), Chairman of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee (West Midlands HFMA) and also a member of the West Midlands Healthcare Procurement Consortium. He was first appointed for a three year term on 1 May 2014 and re-appointed with his current term expiring on 30 April 2020. Graham is Chair of the Trust’s Finance and Investment Committee and also serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.


Non Executive Director

Sir Stephen Moss - Non Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Stephen is a nurse by background and has spent his entire career in the NHS. Following a number of years in clinical practice he moved into a variety of nursing and general management roles, and has over thirty years experience in posts at Board level including Chief Nurse, Chief Executive, Non- Executive Director and Chairman. He spent seven years as Director of Nursing at the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) and associated hospitals before moving to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham in 1984. Stephen was appointed by the Secretary of State as a Commissioner on the first NHS Quality regulator, the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and was Vice Chair of the team which developed the first reviews of clinical governance to be undertaken in England and Wales. He took early retirement in 2005 and in 2009 was asked to undertake the role of Chairman at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following the highly critical report from the Healthcare Commission. Stephen was previously Chairman of the Department of Health Human Factors Reference Group.  He was initially appointed on 1 February 2013, reappointed in February 2016 for second three year term and then for a further year with his current term expiring on 31 January 2020.  Stephen Chairs the Quality Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee, People Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Non Executive Director

Mrs Patricia Coleman OBE - Non Executive Director

Patricia has a public service background, mainly local government, with senior management positions held in Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester where she was deputy chief executive of the city council.  More recently she has worked at national level promoting leadership and improvement strategies. Previous Non-Executive appointments included Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust, the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire Probation Service.  She is currently a board member of a number of cultural and environmental charities.  She has particular interests in and an affinity towards patient care and the patient experience, service redesign and the involvement of stakeholders across the county. Patricia is Vice-chair of the Quality Committee, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee and Chair of the Trust’s Voluntary Services Liaison Group.  Patricia was first appointed on August 1st 2011 and was reappointed from August 2014 for a further 3 year term, this was extended for a further 12 months with her current term of office expiring 31 July 2018.

Stephen Jarratt

  Mr Steven Jarratt - Non Executive Director

 Steve is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant who has held a number of senior level finance roles in private and public sector organisations over the last twenty years. Steve commenced his career in manufacturing, then spent several years in the rail sector initially within British Rail then as a Finance Director of a train operating franchise within the National Express Group. In 2003 he joined the Department of Work & Pensions firstly working within their corporate change programme before taking a senior finance role in JobCentre Plus. Latterly Steve had been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Independent Living Fund where he also held the position of Finance & Resources Director responsible for all aspects of financial management and control, a position he retired from on 30 September 2015. Steve was first appointed as Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2015 for a three year term and has been re-appointed for a second three year term, expiring 30 April 2021.  He is Chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Executive Directors
Arthur Stephen

Arthur Stephen –Medical Director

Mr Arthur Stephen was appointed to the Interim Medical Director role from 1st April 2018.  Arthur’s substantive role is Divisional Medical Director for the Planned Care Division and Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Arthur will be working alongside our Executive Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield, to ensure patients receive the highest standards of quality care across all our services. After training at University College & Middlesex Hospitals School of Medicine, London, Arthur undertook his basic surgical training in Nottingham. Following a year of research into osteoporosis he then went on to specialist training in orthopaedics in the Mid Trent region.

Arthur undertook a sabbatical in Exeter, where the Exeter hip was developed and has also worked in Brisbane, Australia on a hip fellowship. He commenced his consultancy in Derby in 2004 and has been instrumental in developing the Royal Derby Hospital as a reference centre for the use of the Exeter hip replacement.

Neil Pease

Dr Neil Pease  -  Director of Workforce and Corporate Development

Dr Neil Pease was appointed as Director of Workforce and Corporate Development on 1st June 2015.  Neil has worked in the NHS for over 20 years including as a porter and healthcare assistant. His more recent role was as Director of Organisational Development and Workforce at Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Foundation Trust. After obtaining a degree in sports medicine from Glasgow University he moved into medical education, where he pioneered the use of clinical simulation in palliative care education. Other roles have included Deputy Director at NHS Hull and he also spent a year in professional sport as Director of Strategic Development at Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Club. Neil holds a Professional Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University on the subject of organisational development.   

Kevin Downs

Mr Kevin Downs - Director of Finance and Performance

Kevin was appointed as the Director of Finance  and Performance on 1st April 2015 and spent the previous three years at the Trust as Deputy Director of Finance responsible for Financial Accounting, Procurement, Theatre Transformation Group and Cost Improvement Programmes. Previously to this he worked at other NHS Acute providers including Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire Healthcare and Hull mainly in operational roles. He was also a Non- Executive Director at Burton Hospital. Prior to joining the NHS over 7 years ago the majority of Kevin's career was spent in the commercial sector at Finance Director Level. He worked for Venture Capitalists (Netwest Bank/ Bridgepoint) and large multinationals both in the UK and across Europe. These included VF Corp (Wrangler Jeans). Warnaco (Vanity Fair) and Matel Toys. Prior to that he worked as a PLC Director at MV Sports and for BASS the brewer in multiple roles including mergers and acquisitions. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University.

Sharon Martin 2

Ms Sharon Martin - Chief Operating Officer

Sharon was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in July 2016, having been in the Interim role since 4 January 2016.  Sharon has worked in Derby for 33 years holding key nursing, leadership and management roles within Medicine. In 2009, as Divisional Lead for Medicine,  she led the programme to bring Medicine together onto one acute site in Derby, developing speciality take in and  24/7 services . Sharon has been instrumental in delivery key improvements to workforce and performance against the 4 hour target in Adult Emergency Department.  In her previous role as Divisional Director of Integrated Care, Sharon developed the division, particularly focussing on partnership development outside of the acute trust. Sharon is a passionate leader; patient focussed and has a track record of positive staff engagement and achievement. Sharon is currently undertaking the Nye Bevan Director Development programme due to complete Dec 2016.

Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse

Ms Cathy Winfield - Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse

 Cathy became Interim Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse in November 2012 and following an open recruitment process was appointed to the substantive post in April 2013.  Cathy joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse in August 2009, prior to which Cathy was a Clinical Directorate Lead at Nottingham University Hospitals.  Cathy has worked in the NHS for 23 years and is passionate about patient experience, patient safety, quality and governance. 


The register of directors interests and the latest photochart can be found at the bottom of this page. 

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