Our Board

Chair: Lord Willis

Lord Willis became Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 1997, prior to being elected Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee in 2005. . He chaired the NIHR and Wellcome Trust Health Innovation Challenge Fund Review and was appointed Chair of the NIHR Collaboration for leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorks and the Humber in 2014. Lord Willis continues his involvement with education as visiting lecturer at several universities and is acting as a consultant to Health Education England and to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Dr Andrew Furber

Andrew is Centre Director for Public Health England (PHE) in Yorkshire and Humber. He originally trained as a General Practitioner and is now a Public Health specialist with international experience. He worked for seven years in Nepal at all levels of the health system and has taken short term assignments in several other countries. In the UK he has worked as a Director of Public Health from 2007 to 2018 and is immediate past President of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK (ADPH).

Prof Suzanne Mason

Suzanne qualified in medicine from London University in 1990 and has specialised in Emergency Medicine. Suzanne joined Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2001, was promoted to Reader in 2007 and Personal Chair in 2010. She divides her time between the university and as a consultant at the Barnsley Hospital Trust. Main research interests include evaluating complex interventions in emergency and urgent care.

Ruby Bhatti OBE

Ruby is Lay Chair for the Wolfson Centre steering board and the lay Co-Chair for the PPIE Leadership Group for the ARC. She is a Reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and more recently a Patient Research Ambassador for the BIHR and BTHFT. Ruby is currently the Deputy Chair for the Bradford City CCG ( BC CCG); Chair for the Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Lay member governance. She sits as an Associate Hospital Manager for the Mental Health Department, and also a committee member on the Mental Health Legislative Committee both for BDCFT. Ruby is a member of NIHR CRN CC Covid 19 Public Advisory Group, the NIHR CRN CC Yorkshire & Humber BAME Advisory Panel, the Covid-19 Patient and Public Involvement Network for NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)and the CRN Yorkshire & Humber Research Champion group. Ruby has recently become an Independent Member of NHS England's Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group.

Ray Smith

Ray was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2020. He trained at Leeds University Medical School, qualifying in 1988. His first job as a junior doctor was in Bradford the same year. Ray went on to train in Medicine and Anaesthetics in the Yorkshire region and Portland, Oregon.Ray became a Consultant Anaesthetist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 1998, and has since gone on to hold a number of management roles within clinical risk management and service delivery. Prior to his appointment to the role of Chief Medical Officer, he held the Associate Medical Director and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Professional Medical Standards roles.He holds a particular interest in developing and supporting all Trust staff.

Dr Peter O'Brien

Dr Peter O’Brien is the Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities (YU). YU’s members are the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Leeds Arts, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, York, York St John and Leeds College of Music. Peter is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University.

Martin Barkley

Martin has worked in hospitals and trusts in the south, east midlands and the north. He first became a trust Chief Executive in 1994, and has been the Chief Executive of four mental health trusts. He returned to the acute sector as Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire in 2016. He has always led very significant change to configuration of services, with a focus on developing positive cultures within trusts.

Anjum Rajput

Anjum is the Head of Research Finance at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Anjum joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 2012 as an ACCA Fellow with a BScHons in Accounting and Finance, and substantial experience in the HEI sector. With an outstanding team and strong leadership, she has shaped research finance for the Trust and strengthened Bradford Teaching Hospitals' collaboration with Academia and Industry and more - nationally and globally.

Sharon Houlden

Sharon’s career in public sector spans over 30 years, in a variety of social care and health settings in both operational and strategic leadership roles. A social worker by profession, Sharon has a keen interest in empowerment of individuals and communities. She sees innovation and the principles of human centred design as key enablers for improving people’s lives, and enabling us to work more effectively and efficiently with citizens. Her work to introduce robotic and technology solutions in social care to improve outcomes was shortlisted for the 2018 MJ Awards in the digital innovation category.