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Our Board of Directors 

Trust Chair

Steve Barnett

Professor Steve Barnett
Interim Trust Chair

Steve has more than three decades of experience working in senior NHS positions. He serves at both The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and West Herts Hospital NHS Trust where he has been Chair for three years, during which time the hospital was removed from special measures.

He is no stranger to our hospital, having previously supported the Trust's work on the quality improvement programme, which saw the Trust exit special measures in 2015.


Non Executive Directors

Professor Mandy Ashton
Professor Mandy Ashton
Non Executive Director

Prof Ashton has worked in healthcare for 31 years in various roles, including nursing and policy making. Prof Ashton has worked in community and acute settings but has helped to develop education and training programmes for nurses in Uganda and Labrador. In 2008, she became a Professor of Clinical Leadership with De Montford University in Leicester. Two years later Prof Ashton was awarded an OBE for services to Nursing and Healthcare.

David Thomason
Non Executive Director

David recently retired from the post of Deputy Chief Executive, Executive Director for Resources, at the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. He is a qualified accountant and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). As well as his role as Vice Chair, David chairs the Finance and Performance Committee and is the Senior Independent Director (SID).

Professor Ian Harvey
Non Executive Director

Professor Harvey is a doctor and professor of Epidemiology. He qualified from Cambridge and Cardiff and, after working in hospital medicine and general practice, has spent most of his career working in universities. Since 1998 Ian has been based at the University of East Anglia where until recently he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He was a Non-executive Director of Norfolk Community Health and Care from January 2013 until January 2016.

Alan Brown
Non Executive Director

Alan has worked in IT for almost 40 years, the last 10 of which have been in healthcare. He has been a Non Executive Director for 3 years, initially at Hinchingbrooke Health and Care NHS Trust and, more recently, at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. Alan moved to Norfolk in 2016 and continues to work, part time, as a partner in a consultancy company.

David Dickinson
Non Executive Director

David recently retired from the post of Director of Resources at Newark and Sherwood District Council in Nottinghamshire and now lives in West Norfolk. He is a qualified accountant and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). David will take over as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Executive Directors

Dr Nick Lyons
Acting Chief Executive, Medical Director and Lead for Patient Safety

Nick started his career in the armed forces as an RAF Medical Officer and became a junior doctor in 1989 after graduating from Manchester University.

He has worked in General Practice and in the Department of Health and has experience in service redesign and quality innovation.

Nick has held the posts of Medical Director in the Channel Islands and Weston Area Health Trust before joining the team in King's Lynn during April 2017. 

Emma Hardwick
Chief Nurse

Emma is dual qualified as a nurse and midwife. She brings a wealth of Nursing, midwifery and managerial experience in the East of England and London.

Emma completed her Master's degree in 2008 and is a Nye Bevan graduate. She joined the Trust from the Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust, where she was Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery for three years.

Emma was appointed Substantively as Chief Nurse at the Trust in June 2017.

Roy Jackson
Director of Finance and Resources

Roy joined the Trust in spring 2017.

Roy has been a Director of Finance for 17 years and has also served a period as an Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Roy has very broad experience of the NHS, working right across the healthcare system in Commissioning,  Mental Health Services, Community Services and Acute Services.

Jon Wade
Chief Operating Officer

Jon has been working in the NHS for eight years after starting his career at NHS South Gloucestershire.

He moved to the Trust in 2011 where he has held the positions of Head of Information and Contracts, Financial Recovery Lead and Deputy Director of Contracting Information.

Jon Who holds a Master's Degree, took on the role of Director of Strategy and IT in November 2016 and became the Chief Operating Officer in April 2018.

Karen Charman
Director of Human Resources

Karen began work with the Trust as Director of Human Resources in the late spring of 2017.

Karen is a qualified nurse who has developed a national senior leadership profile across a range of disciplines, including: Human Resources - including Workforce Design, Productivity,  Transformational Change, Communications, Business Development and Integrated performance management.
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Patrick Johnson
Chief Transformation Officer

Patrick looks after IT and the Information Strategy.

With a background of working in food and manufacturing and global supply chains, Patrick moved into the NHS in 2008 after establishing NHS Supply Chain.

Since then he has been Chief Operating Officer in two Foundation Trusts.





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