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Meet the Board

The Board of Directors is made up of the Chief Executive and five Executive Directors together with the Chairman and five Non-executive Directors.

You can view their profiles below:

 

 

John Somers

Chief Executive

John was appointed as Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in September 2016.

He has more than 18 years of Board-level experience in both the public and private sector, and joined the Trust as Chief Finance Officer in 2014 following senior NHS roles in Rotherham, Lincolnshire and Wakefield.

John is the regional lead for the Children’s Health Services workstream of the Integrated Care System in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

Sarah Jones

Chair

Sarah was appointed as Trust Chair in September 2016, following holding a non-executive director role on the Board from August 2008.

Sarah is also a trustee of The Children’s Hospital Charity. As Trust Chair, Sarah also chairs the Council of Governors and the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee. She also sits on the Hospital Redevelopment Project Board. Sarah’s current term of office expires on 30 August 2019.

Outside the Trust, Sarah is Chair of Digital Outreach Ltd, which supports the harder to reach in our communities with various campaigns and she is also a trustee of the RAF Charitable Trust.

Previously Sarah was CEO and then Deputy Chair of Learndirect, the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services. She is an MBA graduate and joined Learndirect with experience from BAE Systems.

Steven Ned

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and Deputy Chief Executive​

Steven has worked in the NHS in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire for more than 20 years and joined Sheffield Children’s in August 2008 from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been working in the foundation trust system since taking Barnsley through its FT application as Human Resources Director.

Steven is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is responsible for all aspects of human resources, learning and development, communications, corporate governance and library service functions within the Trust.

Steven currently chairs the Yorkshire and Humber HR directors network, is a member of the National Social Partnership Forum and a member of the NHS Staff Council Executive.

Sally Shearer

Director of Nursing and Quality

Sally is a registered children’s nurse and has worked in the NHS for 35 years. She joined the Trust in October 2015, having previously managed children’s acute and community services in London and Nottingham.

Sally has a MA from the University of Nottingham and has previously worked with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has a background in the education of the children and young people’s workforce.

Sally is responsible for patient experience, children’s safeguarding, infection control, clinical governance and regulatory compliance. Sally is also the professional lead for the nurses, health visitors and allied health professionals that work within our hospital, transport and community services.

Sally is also a trustee of The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Dr Jeff Perring

Medical Director and Consultant Intensivist

Jeff has been at the Trust since 2002 when he was appointed as a Consultant Intensivist on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. He has recently been serving as Deputy Medical Director for a number of years before being appointed as Medical Director in 2018.

Mark Smith

Chief Finance Officer

Mark was appointed as Chief Finance Officer in December 2017; having previously been the Deputy Director of Finance at the Trust.

He manages the financial performance of the Trust, is also responsible for estates, with overall responsibility for the New Build project.

Ruth Brown

Director of Strategy and Operations

Ruth joined Sheffield Children’s as an executive director in 2017, bringing 28 years NHS experience.

Ruth previously held roles as Operations Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she led the integration of community and acute services for adults. She is experienced in managing complex change and promoting improved patient experience and service delivery across organisations. Ruth is responsible for the performance and activity of services as well as the development of the Trust’s strategic direction. She works closely with colleagues on the Executive Team and in partner organisations to develop the Trust’s role in the Integrated Care System across the region and Accountable Care Partnership across the city.

Andy Baker

Non-Executive Director

Andy is currently the CEO of Plusnet and has worked for the BT Group for more than ten years in a number of senior roles. He is an Advisory Board Member for Sheffield City Growth Board.

Andy was appointed to the Board of Directors for a three-year term of office from 01 September 2016. During 2017/18, he was a member of the Finance and Resources Committee (taking on its Chairmanship from 01 April 2018) and also a member of the Risk and Audit Committee and the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

John Cowling

Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

John is a qualified chartered accountant. He was for many years a senior regional partner in the northern offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently, the partner in charge of the Sheffield office, until his retirement in June 2012. John is currently the Chair of the Board of Music in the Round, a chamber music charity based in Sheffield, the Chair of The Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust and a non-executive director of The Sheffield Theatres Trust.

John was appointed to the Board of Directors on 01 October 2014. He is the current Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee. John’s second term of office was approved by the Council of Governors in 2017 and will run the end of September 2020.

Peter Lauener CB

Non-Executive Director

Until November 2017, Peter was Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency, two executive agencies of the Department for Education. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive of the Young People’s Learning Agency and has had several director roles within the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Education and Skills. Peter is a trustee of development charity Educators International and was awarded a CB in 2004.

Peter was appointed to the Board of Directors for a three-year term of office from 01 September 2016. During 2017/18, Peter was a member of the Quality Committee, the Finance and Resources Committee and the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Scott Green

Non-Executive Director 

Scott is a serving senior police officer and a graduate of the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester.

He is a Trustee of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, a Trustee of Sheffield Futures and a Member of the Chorus Education Trust.

Scott was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in 2018, taking up his post on 1 April. He is a member of the Risk and Audit Committee, Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee and Quality Committee.

Patricia Mitchell

Non-Executive Director

Patricia left her legal practice as a commercial litigator and partner in private practice in 2005 after 25 years of working in London and Bristol.

After completing a sponsored MBA, Patricia joined the charity sector as a result of her role as the carer for a family member with Alzheimer’s. Patricia worked for four years as the income generation manager for Alzheimer’s Support before coming back to her roots in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield-based charity Neurocare, a role she undertook until June 2015. Both these roles involved her in working closely with many different health providers in the public sector. She also served as a trustee for Age UK for three years between 2010 and 2013.

Patricia was appointed to the Board in 2014 and her second term of office was approved by the Council of Governors in 2017 and will run the end of September 2020.

During 2017/18 Patricia was a member of the Risk and Audit Committee, is the current Chair of the Quality Committee and is a member of Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee. From 01 April 2018 Patricia has been Deputy Trust Chair.

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