Board of Directors’ Profiles

The Chairman and Chief Executive share the Trust’s leadership:

The Chairman’s role is to lead the Board of Directors; making sure it effectively governs the Trust.

The Chief Executive’s role is to lead the executive in delivering the strategy and managing operational delivery.

The Chief Executive is also the Officer accountable to Parliament.

The role of the non executive directors is to:

Bring a range of varied perspectives and experiences to strategy development and decision-making.

Ensure effective management arrangements and an effective management team is in place.

Operational responsibility is delegated to the executive and non executives have the role of holding the executive to account for performance.

The role of executive directors is to:

Share collective responsibility with the non executive directors as part of a unified board.

Shape and deliver the strategy and operational performance in line with the Trust’s strategic aims.

Declaration of Interests for Exec and Non-Exec Directors (Register of Interests)

All Board of Directors members are required to declare any business interests or positions of authority in any charity or voluntary body in the field of health or social care and any connection with a voluntary or other body contracting for NHS services.

Register of Interests Declared by the Chairman, non-executive directors and executive directors of this Trust.

 Chief Executive

Mark Davies: Appointed 2015

As Chief Executive Mark is responsible for the overall leadership of the Trust.

Mark has more than twenty years’ experience working as a chief executive in several NHS trusts. In 2007/8 he was CEO at both Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and St Mary’s Hospital Paddington NHS Trust at the same time.

After three years at the NHS London Strategic Health Authority, Mark became chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in 2011.  Mark left Imperial in 2014 to join Monitor as Improvement Director.


 John Fry: Appointed 2013.

John, was chief executive of regional media group Johnston Press from 2009 to 2012, and before that from 2002 was chief executive of Archant, a media company which publishes newspapers and magazines across the UK including the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

A graduate of Cambridge University, John was also Chairman of Shaping Norfolk’s Future from 2007 to 2009 and has lived in Norwich with his family since 2002.

Executive Directors

Richard Parker -Chief Operating Officer: Appointed 2015.

Responsible for operational issues at the hospital.  Richard’s previous role was Interim Managing Director of Good Hope Hospital. He has 20 years’ experience at a senior level in the NHS, having held positions in a range of acute NHS and private sector organisations including Executive Director of operations at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Associate Director of Operations at Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  Richard managed and implemented the emergency care recovery programme at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Peter Chapman – Medical Director: Appointed 2016.

Responsible for providing medical advice to the Board; medical manpower and training; research and development and clinical governance.

Peter has been a consultant at NNUH since 1996. Over the last three years he has become increasingly involved in clinical management and was Deputy Medical Director from January 2015 and interim Medical Director from April 2015 before his appointment as Medical Director in June 2016.  Peter’s clinical practice focuses on hand and wrist surgery.

Peter became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1989 (FRCS) which was followed by an intercollegiate fellowship in Orthopaedics in 1994 (FRCS(Orth)). Peter studied at Medical School at Cambridge (MA) and the London Hospital (MBBS).

Emma McKay – Director of Nursing: Appointed 2012.

Responsible for nursing leadership; infection prevention and control; patient experience; safeguarding and nurse education and training.

Emma worked in the Women, Children and Sexual Health Division at the Trust as Operational Manager from 2009 and then Divisional General Manager from 2011.  Emma became a nurse in 1992 having trained at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust School of Nursing and worked in London hospitals until 2006 when Emma moved to Norfolk. She received her MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice in 2011 after studying at University of East Anglia.

Jeremy OverDirector of Workforce:  Appointed 2014.

Jeremy has worked in healthcare HR since 2000, and joined NNUH in 2014 from the position of acting Workforce Director at University College London Hospitals.

Jeremy leads the Workforce teams across NNUH to ensure we have the right numbers of skilled people in place to provide care and look after our patients, and who in turn are supported and enabled as members of our wider team of 7,000 staff to fulfil their potential and be at their very best.  His responsibilities include HR and employment advice, recruitment and temporary resourcing, learning and development, medical staffing, workplace health, safety and well-being, and payroll and HR systems.

Sheila Budd – Acting Director of Finance: Appointed 2015.

Responsible for providing financial guidance to the Trust.

Sheila Budd is a Chartered Accountant with many years of experience in the accountancy profession and joined NNUH in 2004 having previously been a Director of Audit with Ernst & Young.  Sheila was part of the team which helped the NNUH to achieve Foundation Trust status and now works on the development and delivery of financial strategy.

Non-Executive Directors

Professor David Richardson – Non Executive Director: Appointed in 2014.

Professor David Richardson is the university-nominated Non-Executive Director and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and the Nominations Committee.  David became Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2014, and since joining the university in 1991 he has held a series of leadership positions including Dean of the Faculty of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. As a member of the New Anglia LEP Board and Chair of the Norwich Research Partners LLP David plays a major role in shaping regional innovation and enterprise. Prof Richardson is also a member of the Health Education East of England Board.

Tim How – Non-Executive Director:  Appointed in 2013.

Tim is Chairman of Roys ( Wroxham) Ltd., and Non executive director of Dixons Carphone plc and Henderson Group plc.  At NNUH Tim is Senior Independent Director and also chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee and is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Mark Jeffries – Non-Executive Director: Appointed in 2011.

Formerly Senior Partner and now Consultant at Mills & Reeve, a national law firm. Non-Executive Director of RG Carter Holdings Limited and N W Brown Group Limited.  Mark was a trustee of the Norfolk Community Foundation for five years from 2006, and served on the board of the New Anglia LEP as one of seven private sector members between 2011 and 2015. Mark is chair of the NNUH Quality and Safety Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Angela Robson – Non-Executive Director:  Appointed in November 2011.

Angela Robson is a chartered accountant who has worked at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs and is now Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts. Angela is a trustee of the Theatre Royal and a Director of the Diocesan Board of Finance.  Angela is Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Sally Smith – Non-Executive Director:  Appointed in 2015.

Sally Smith QC is a member of the Quality and Safety Committee and the Nominations Committee.  Sally has a lifelong association with Norfolk including her school education in Norwich.  Sally is an eminent barrister and has been professionally involved with the NHS for many years and has served on ethics committees with organisations including the Medical Research Council, the Royal College of Physicians and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Dr Geraldine O’Sullivan – Non-Executive Director:  Appointed in 2016.

Appointed in 2016, Dr O’Sullivan, a Consultant Psychiatrist, who retired last year from the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, was the Executive Director of Quality and Medical Leadership from 2008, and before that its Co-Medical Director from 2003.

Geraldine went to Medical School at University College, Cork, was a Trainee Doctor at Mercy Hospital, Cork and Maudsley Hospital, London, and obtained her MD postgraduate medical degree from the University of Ireland.  She is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Geraldine is a member of the Quality and Safety Committee and Audit Committee at NNUH.