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Executive Directors


John Holden, Acting Chief Executive

John is acting up as Chief Executive Officer.   John was appointed to the position of Director of Strategy and Integration for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in August 2016, and as Deputy Chief Executive in April 2017.

John spent most of his career in senior roles at the Department of Health and then NHS England. He is an experienced Director, who has shaped strategy at national level, and was responsible for leading NHS England’s policy on a range of issues, including the Academic Health Science Networks and the review to decide the national provision of Congenital Heart Services.

In previous roles, John was responsible for NHS quality regulation, Foundation Trust policy, major capital investment programmes, and project management of the comprehensive spending review to secure NHS funds from the Treasury.   From 1995 to 1996, John was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health. He studied at the Universities of York and California and has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

John has been appointed to lead on developing and integrating services, which deliver new models of care in the Bradford district and across the wider West Yorkshire region, ensuring the Foundation Trust continues to provide high quality care, which meets the needs of the local population.


Sandra Shannon, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Sandra was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer in January 2018, and became the substantive post holder in April 2018.

She has more than 12 years’ experience in senior operational management roles including deputy chief operating officer, hospital director and PMO director as well as leading turnaround and performance improvement in a number of NHS organisations.

She also worked as part of the National Intensive Support Team at the DH Business Services Authority supporting NHS trusts to reduce healthcare-associated infections and improve hospital cleanliness.

Sandra started her career as a nurse and midwife and held a number of professional roles including head of midwifery and deputy director of nursing before moving into general management.

Dr Bryan Gill, Chief Medical Officer

Bryan was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in May 2015, and became the Responsible Officer for the Foundation Trust in July 2015. Prior to this he held the position of Medical Director for Quality and Governance at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Bryan has 10 years experience at senior medical management level in the acute trust sector, and possesses particular interest and expertise in quality improvement, patient safety and medical workforce issues.

Bryan was a consultant in neonatology for 19 years before going into a full-time medical management role in 2013.

He is the immediate past President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (2011-2014), and has previously held the national roles of Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, and Chairman and Training Advisor for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He was the first Lead Clinician for the Yorkshire Neonatal Network (2003-2008).

Bryan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Karen Dawber, Chief Nurse

Karen was appointed Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in August 2016.

She was formerly the Director of Nursing at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and has nine years’ experience as an executive director across three foundation trusts.

An experienced nurse and service manager, she started her career as a paediatric nurse at Manchester Children’s Hospital before moving into general management and transformational work.

Karen is passionate about patient quality and the impact that well-led and motivated staff have on the care we are able to give to patients. She was named in the inaugural list of Health Service Journal’s LGBT leaders and takes a keen and active interest in the equality and diversity agenda.

Cindy Fedell, Chief Digital and Information Officer

Cindy joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September 2013 and is the Chief Digital and Information Officer. Cindy is a keen collaborator, and Chairs the Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative which crosses two Integrated Care Systems, and is the Digital SRO for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Cindy has spent the last several years successfully digitising the Trust and progressing digital-enablement of the Bradford District & Craven Place.  She holds chief information officer and advanced leadership certificates from the USA College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the University of Toronto respectively, as well as degrees from Ryerson University and Lakehead University in Canada.

Cindy previously worked in Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and has worked in the private sector as an informatics management consultant, advising hospitals on systems design and implementation.


Matthew Horner, Director of Finance

Matthew has a degree in Accountancy and Finance, and is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

His NHS finance career spans over 20 years and covers a variety of finance roles. For the last 12 years, he has worked for the acute trust in Bradford, progressing from Finance Manager to Deputy Director of Finance.

Matthew subsequently joined the board as Acting Director of Finance in November 2011, and was appointed substantive Director of Finance in August 2012.

Pat Campbell, Director of HR

Pat is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and has worked in the NHS since 1986, primarily in HR roles.

She has held the position of director of HR at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since December 2008, having previously held the positions of personnel manager and deputy director of HR.

Chair and Non-Executive Directors

Dr Max Mclean, Chair

Dr Mclean joins as Chair from 1 May. He retired from West Yorkshire Police in 2010 after more than 30 years’ service. He spent his last 12 years as the force’s senior detective. As head of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, he oversaw all major criminal investigations in the county and led on partnership working with a variety of local and national agencies tackling crime in some of the country’s most deprived communities.

He led nationally for the police service on tackling domestic abuse and made significant national and international improvements in responses to domestic violence and child protection.

Since retirement, Dr Mclean has been awarded a PhD from the University of Huddersfield after studying ways in which coroners carry out their duties.

He moves to the Trust from Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), where he has been lay member for patient and public involvement and vice-chair of the governing body since 2012. In particular, he has championed the involvement of patients in influencing how the CCG commissions services. He has also chaired the CCG’s joint quality committee, primary care commissioning committee and the communications and equality engagement group.

Amjad Pervez

Amjad founded Seafresh/Adams in Bradford over 30 years ago and it is now one of the largest groups of independent specialist catering, food and cash and carry groups in the UK. Alongside building this successful business, he has committed a lot of time to education and enterprise in Bradford and the wider West Yorkshire region, including establishing Asian Trade Link Yorkshire Limited in 1999, which he chaired until last year.

Until recently he was also on the board of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Amjad is currently a board member with Bradford Matters, Bradford Breakthrough and The National Asian Business Association. He is chair of the Rainbow Trust through which Rainbow Primary Free School has operated since it opened in 2012.

Amjad was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in February 2015.

Barrie Senior

Barrie was appointed a non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) on 1 December, 2017.

Barrie was born, educated, and qualified as a chartered accountant in Bradford. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).

His career to date spans partnership roles with two major accounting firms, finance and corporate development director roles with two significant Yorkshire-based PLCs, and non-executive director and audit committee chairman positions.

For five years prior to joining Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Barrie was non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Selina Ullah

Selina was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September 2015.

She is passionate about people and communities, which has led to her involvement in national, regional and local government; think tanks; charitable foundations and NGOs working on policy formulation, transformation, service modernisation, regulation and governance.

Selina has in-depth knowledge of engaging diverse communities, with a particular focus on ‘hard-to-reach’ groups. She has over 25 years of experience of working with charities and the not-for-profit sector and extensive senior management experience in the public sector working in health service management and public policy on high profile issues such as community cohesion, diversity, mental health and social inclusion; crime and disorder and counter-terrorism.

Until June 2011, Selina was assistant director for Safer and Stronger Communities at Bradford Council.

Selina is an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a non-Executive director at a national health regulator, Yorkshire and Humber committee member of the Heritage Lottery Fund, director of Manchester Central Library Development Trust, chair of the Muslim Women’s Council and president of ICLS, an international organisation based in Rome which specialises in intercultural dialogue, participation and leadership.

Selina also has extensive experience in the field of race relations and is an advisory board nember and trustee of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust based in Manchester Central Library.

Dr Trevor Higgins

Trevor was born and educated in the city. He is the regional partnership director for BT and has enjoyed a diverse career spanning 40 years with the company.

Leadership roles have ranged from call centre management to senior operations management. In his current role he represents all of BT’s operational divisions. In his previous role, as BT’s regional business manager, he managed 1,200 people and was responsible for a budget in excess of £30 million.

He is also chief executive of Bradford Breakthrough, chairman of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, a board Member at Bradford Chamber Council, and a lay member of the University of Bradford Council. Educated to postgraduate level, in July 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford for services to businesses and communities across the region.

Trevor was appointed a non-executive director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in May 2012, and was acting chairman from June 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016.

Professor Laura Stroud

Laura is a Professor of Public Health and Education Innovation and the director of the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds.

Laura’s expertise is in professional education and supervision, and she has significant experience of mentoring and supporting the development of individuals and teams, and has held a number of roles as an independent chair or expert invitee in the health and not-for-profit sector.

She has recently been working on quality improvement initiatives in association with the local NHS through her work with the Centre for Innovation in Health Management.

Jon Prashar

Jon is the group head of diversity and inclusion at the Places for People group. He has over 30 years of experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors and a background in construction, organisational development and training, with a wealth of experience in building relationships and promoting equality and inclusion.

Jon has focused on designing and delivering best practice. He is adept at designing new operational processes and delivering robust communication plans to ensure that employees, service users, contractors and partners promote equality and harness the opportunities created by diversity.

He is a board member of the Housing Diversity Network, a member of Homes England Equality and Diversity Board and a board member of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association.

Jon has a visual impairment and considers himself to be the very lucky owner of a guide dog.

Trudy Feaster-Gee

Trudy Feaster-Gee is a barrister and partner at Walker Morris LLP (Leeds) with some 25 years’ experience advising businesses and public sector organisations across a broad range of industries, with a particular emphasis on regulated sectors.

Trudy also has experience of advising in-house as well as within enforcement agencies, having worked on secondment at the European Commission, Volkswagen Group UK (as head of legal), the UK’s Competition Commission (now part of the Competition and Markets Authority) and at Lloyds Banking Group (as head of external competition engagement).

Trudy lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking, mountain biking and horse riding.

Associate Non-Executive Director

Andrew McConnell

Andrew was born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire and attended Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School in Cleckheaton.  He obtained a degree in Mathematics at the University of Manchester and went on to qualify as a chartered accountant with the Manchester Office of Grant Thornton.

Family commitments brought him back to West Yorkshire and in 1980 he joined the Huddersfield office of regional practice Revell Ward as training manager. He became their youngest partner in 1982 at the age of 28. During the next 15 years of audit and general practice advisory work he became managing partner before the firm merged with the international practice of Mazars, the largest accounting practice in Europe outside the ‘global four’.

He was elected to the Governance Council of the UK firm for two years and was deputy managing partner of the Northern region before leaving to join the University of Huddersfield in 2001.

Andrew’s role of director of finance at the university encompasses strategic and business planning, financial advice, financial management and reporting, risk management and liaising with internal and external audit teams. His main aim is to ensure the university is financially sustainable and obtains value for money.

Throughout his career Andrew has had a commitment to education, taking governance roles at junior, secondary and FE colleges in the local area. He was formerly chair of the university’s Audit Committee and, from 1994-2000, vice-chair of the University Council.

He holds several related posts outside the university and is a past chair of the British Universities Finance Directors’ Group. He is also a board member of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Ltd (and chairs its Audit Committee), and Wakefield College.

Andrew was invited to become a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in 2017.

He was awarded an OBE for services to accounting and the community in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.