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Our Board

Chair and Non-Executive Directors 

Michael Smith, Chair

As a graduate in systems engineering from the Open University, Michael has held a number of senior management positions in the water industry, culminating in Director of Human Resources at Yorkshire Water until 2007. Michael is also involved with voluntary organisations supporting people with learning disabilities and older people.

Professor Gerry Armitage, Non-Executive Director and Vice - Chair of the Quality ans Safety Committee

Professor Armitage has senior-level experience from the university sector and the National Health Service at local, regional and national levels, predominantly working in health professional education and health services research.  Most recently, he was Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Bradford, following a long-term collaboration with the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  He has also held senior research fellow and senior lecturer roles where he developed a specialist expertise in patient safety. He started his career in the NHS working as a nurse in some of the North’s biggest teaching hospitals.

Carole Panteli, Non-Executive Director

Carole has worked in the NHS for 42 years in a variety of roles including as a nurse, midwife and district nurse, followed by two years as Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS England’s Lancashire Area Team. Carole has also worked as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and care services, and as a Fitness to Practice panel member for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

David Banks, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee and a member of the Fnance, Business and Investment Committee

David is a chartered accountant with substantial experience of helping businesses through periods of rapid change. Over his 40-year career, David has held a number of senior private sector roles, including Finance Director and later Non-Executive Chairman at Zytronic PLC and Non- Executive Director at Castle Support Services PLC. He has also been involved in a number of company turnarounds and is a founding director of ProTurn Limited, a company specialising in pro-active corporate turnaround.

Dr Zulfi Hussain MBE, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Mental Health Legislation Committee

Dr Hussain brings a wealth of experience to his position on the Board and began his three-year term on 1 March 2016. Dr Hussain has worked with a variety of health authorities and trusts within the NHS on strategic leadership management issues. With extensive Board experience Dr Hussain is a highly regarded and effective member of a number of Boards including: BT’s regional Board for Yorkshire and Humber, Business in the Community Advisory Board and the University of Huddersfield’s Business School Advisory Board.


Rob Vincent CBE, Non-Executive Director, Deputy Trust Chair and Senior Independent Director

Rob is a former Chief Executive of two metropolitan councils. He has in-depth experience of managing the changing relationships between local government and the NHS. Rob has most recently been acting as a Local Government Adviser to the Department of Health’s Public Health Transitions Team.

Simon Lewis, Non-Executive Director

Simon Lewis brings considerable legal and commercial experience. Simon is a barrister whose key areas of interest include employment issues, equality and discrimination, human rights and mental health legislation. Simon has additional experience implementing change management strategies in other organisations, at the General Optical Council and as non-executive director for the West Riding County Football Association.

Executive Board Directors

Brent Kilmurray, Chief Executive 

Brent has been an NHS executive director since 2005, working in senior roles across a range of acute, community health and mental health NHS organisations.

His Board level experience includes joint Managing Director at NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services, Executive Director of Business Strategy and Performance for South Tyneside Foundation Trust, and Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Brent has a strong track record of working with staff, service users and partners to lead service improvements,  and of developing a culture of continuous improvement to improve patient care.

Debra Gilderdale, Director of Nursing

Debra has worked in the NHS for 33 years starting out in her career as a Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse. She was appointed into the Director of Operations and Nursing post initially on an interim basis in August 2016 and subsequently on a permanent basis in January 2017. Debra has a vast amount of experience across the NHS and has led significant service re-designs and improvements across whole partnerships and has developed a strong national, regional and local profile.


Liz Romaniak, Director of Finance, Contracting and Facilities, and Deputy Chief Executive

Liz is a CIMA qualified accountant and has worked in the NHS for 24 years where she has enjoyed roles in both Commissioner and Community & Mental Health provider organisations.

Liz worked in North Yorkshire from 2000, working to establish Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale PCT, where she became Associate Director of Finance. On the merger of the four former 4 North Yorkshire PCTs, to form North Yorkshire & York PCT, Liz became Assistant Director of Capital & Financial Accounting.

Liz joined the Care Trust in 2007 to provide Foundation Trust project management. Following a period as Head of Financial Management, Liz was Deputy Director of Finance, Planning & Performance from 2009 until her appointment as Director of Finance, Contracting & Facilities in June 2014.

Liz was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in April 2017.


Dr Andy McElligott, Medical Director 

Andy has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, including 14 years as a GP in Bradford. He has Board level experience as both a commissioner and provider, having joined our Trust in April 2012 from Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust where he was also Medical Director.

Prior to becoming a Medical Director, Andy held a number of clinical-managerial posts including urgent care lead and clinical governance lead.

Andy is a Trustee of Bradford-based charity, ‘Reading Matters’, which helps people improve their literacy skills.

Sandra Knight, Director of Human Resources & Organisation Development

Sandra has worked in a variety of corporate, human resources and organisational development roles at regional, district, hospital, community and primary care level.

She joined our Trust in May 2007 having worked previously as Director of Corporate Development in Bradford City Teaching PCT and as interim director leading the HR, Communications and PALS/Patient and Public Involvement work streams, as the four PCTs merged to form Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT. She is a qualified executive Coach, ACAS trained mediator. She is a fellow of the chartered institute of personnel and development.

Associate Directors

Paul Hogg, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs 

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in policy and corporate governance roles across various Government departments, regional government agencies and the NHS.  A graduate of the Nye Bevan leadership programme, Paul joined our Trust in 2009 as Trust Secretary and was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs in October 2017.

Tim Rycroft, Chief Information Officer 

Tim joined the organisation from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, following seven years as head of information technology (IT) and Information Governance (IG). During his time at Airedale, Tim managed the pilots and early implementation of the multi-agency telemedicine service for people with long term conditions. This was developed further by the ‘Airedale Hub’ that achieved national award recognition for its innovative work in supporting care homes. Before joining Airedale, Tim was head of technology business solutions at the National Policing Improvements Agency where he led the IT delivery for a new state-of-the-art £12 million forensic training centre and introduced a range of innovative technologies to support operational learning.

Tim brings considerable information management and technology (IM&T) experience to the new role, both within the NHS and national policing agencies. He will be a non-voting member of the Trust Board.

Patrick Scott, Chief Operating Officer

Patrick has extensive senior level NHS experience across both hospital and community services and a strong track record of working with clinicians, service users and commissioners across health and care, to drive service transformation and continuous quality improvement. 

He has also played a leading role in integrated care partnerships, working collaboratively with partners to jointly develop and deliver new services.

Patrick started his NHS career as a healthcare assistant.  He then joined East Yorkshire Community Mental Health Trust as a community psychiatric nurse before moving to Humber NHS Foundation Trust as a clinical nurse specialist and manager of the department of psychological medicine and crisis services, and then head of the Trust’s forensic offender health and addiction services.

Prior to joining our Trust, Patrick was Director of Operations at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) where he had both strategic and operational responsibility for mental health and learning disability services across York and Selby.

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