The trust board

The trust board

The trust is led by our interim Chair Dr Peter Carter OBE and Chief Executive Maria Kane whilst supported by full-time executive directors and part-time independent non-executive directors appointed by NHS Improvement.

The executive directors are responsible for the daily running of the hospital and together with the non-executive directors who make up the board have collective responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the trust, ensuring its achievement against performance targets and upholding high standards of governance and probity.

The board's role is to: 

  • set the strategic direction of the trust within the context of government and  NHS priorities
  • monitor the trust’s performance against its objectives
  • provide financial stewardship through value for money, financial control and financial planning and strategy
  • ensure the trust provides high quality, effective and patient focused services
  • ensure high standards of corporate governance, personal conduct and compliance with statutory duties.
  • ensure there is effective dialogue with the local community about our plans and performance and ensure that these are responsive to their needs.

All board members are required to declare any interests. You can find the current register of board members' interests in our corporate documents section.

Executive directors

Click on the images below to view their biographies. 

Maria Kane
Chief executive *

David Stacey
Director of finance *

Dr Emma Whicher
Medical director *

Dr Andy Heeps

Chief operating officer

Deborah Wheeler
Director of nursing and midwifery*

Richard Gourlay
Strategic development director

Mark Vaughan             
Director of workforce

* = voting board member

Chair and non-executive directors

Cedi Frederick


Non- Executive Director

Alan Palmer
Vice-Chair Non-executive director
& senior independent director *

Associate non-executive director

Sarah Rapson
Non-executive director 


Mehboob Khan
Non-executive director *     

Dr Surendra Deo
Non-executive director 

Photograph coming soon

Professor Deenan Pillay

Non-executive director 

Page last updated October 2019