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Meet our Board of Directors

Chair of the Trust

Graham Sims

Graham Sims, joined the Trust in August 2015, bringing a wealth of chair and corporate experience and knowledge in strategy, investment, operations and leadership.

He has held roles as Chairman and various Directorships within large and small corporate businesses including BP, Mobil, Compass, the Home Office and a number of PE backed businesses in the UK and internationally. Graham is also involved with a number of charity boards. 

Chief Executive

Steve McManus

Steve began his career in the NHS in 1987 as a registered nurse. He completed his BA Hons in healthcare studies at Oxford Brookes University followed by a postgraduate certificate in evidence based healthcare from Oxford University. In 2002 he moved into management as a general manager at Radcliffe Infirmary and completed an MBA with Nottingham University Business School in 2006.

Steve then went on to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, as a Divisional Director of Operations and subsequently as Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the executive team, he led the Trust through the process to gain foundation trust status.

In 2012 Steve took up post as Chief Operating Officer at Imperial College Healthcare and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2014.

During this period Steve has also been Chair of the NHS Providers Chief Operating Officer network, and was selected as part of the first cohort on the national Aspiring Chief Executive Programme. During 2016 Steve moved from Imperial to take up the position of Managing Director at Basildon & Thurrock University Teaching Hospital FT.

In August 2020 Steve was seconded to work with Baroness Dido Harding, taking on a key role within the Government’s Test and Trace programme. He spent eight months working with the Test and Trace team, returning to the Trust in March 2021.

Non-Executive Director

Sue Hunt

Sue Hunt joined the Trust in October 2014. She is Deputy Chair of the Trust, chairs the Finance and Investment Committee and is the named non-executive director (NED) for the Organ Donation Committee. Sue is a chartered accountant whose long and varied career at KPMG spanned audit, mergers and acquisitions and healthcare consultancy. She led the team contracted by the Department of Health to advise trusts on all aspects of their foundation trust application and also provided due diligence services on potential investments in the independent healthcare sector.

Sue is an experienced NED in the health, education, housing and space technologies sectors with current roles at The Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd and Connected Places Catapult Ltd. She was previously on the Board of CfBT Education Trust, Notting Hill Housing Trust and was also a NED and then Acting Chair of NHS Direct until its disestablishment in 2014.

Non-Executive Director

Julian Dixon

Julian has worked in leadership roles in the academic, healthcare and commercial sectors.

He worked for more than twenty years in global healthcare companies, most recently at GSK where he held a number of senior roles leading teams developing and launching new health technologies. He went on to become Chief Operating Officer at UCLPartners, an Academic Health Science partnership.

Julian is now Managing Director at Strategic Health Connections, a consultancy which helps organisations to translate innovation into improved health and wealth outcomes.

Julian was appointed as Non-Executive Director at the Trust in October 2014.

Non-Executive Director

John Petitt

John Petitt joined the Trust in May 2016. He is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and named Non-Executive Director for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR).

Prior to this he was Group Chief Executive of Housing Solutions, a leading provider of affordable homes in the South East, for 16 years.

He is a Chartered Accountant and has been a Finance Director in both the private and not for profit sectors.

Non-Executive Director

Helen Mackenzie

Helen Mackenzie joined the Trust as a clinical Non-Executive Director in January 2019. Prior to this she was Executive Director of Nursing with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the main provider of NHS mental health and community services in Berkshire.

Helen qualified as a nurse in 1979 and has held various clinical and managerial roles in the provision and commissioning of local NHS services.

Non-Executive Director

Bal Bahia

Bal Bahia Joined the Trust in April 2019. Prior to this he was clinical lead for the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and was the vice chair of the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing board, working collaboratively with local authorities and the voluntary sector. Bal qualified as a Doctor from St George’s in 1989 and has since been a partner at a West Berkshire General Practice for the last 26 years and held roles including GP trainer and appraiser. Bal is also a director of Recovery in Mind a mental health charity in west Berkshire.

Bal previously worked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the 1990s. He is interested in systems leadership and holistic systems thinking for the local population, especially health inequalities.

Chief Operating Officer

Dom Hardy

Dom Hardy joined the Trust in December 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. Previously he held the position of Director of Primary Care and System Transformation at NHS England and Improvement. Dom’s previous roles include Director of Commissioning Operations for Wessex and as Regional Assurance and Delivery Director. Prior to that, he worked in the South of England and South Central SHA working with colleagues across the South to establish and then lead the new commissioning system.

Before moving to the NHS, Dom worked in central government in a range of roles including working alongside Professor Lord Ara Darzi as project director for the NHS Next Stage Review at the Department of Health and Social Care, Principal Private Secretary to John Reid and Patricia Hewitt and policy advisor to Tony Blair. He also worked at the management consultancy Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Chief Medical Officer

Janet Lippett

Dr Janet Lippett, was appointed Chief Medical Officer in July 2019. Along with executive colleagues has led the Trusts response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, in particular was responsible for the Trusts Covid vaccination programme. Janet qualified in 1999 at St Georges Hospital, London and has always had a special interest in geriatric medicine. She joined the Royal Berkshire in 2007 with a remit to develop an orthogeriatric service, and along with colleagues developed a hip-fracture service for elderly trauma patients that was in the top 10 rated services in the national hip fracture database annual report. Moving into management in 2010 as a Clinical Director for Specialist Medicine, Janet has worked on a number of key projects for the Trust. In 2015 she became Care Group Director for Networked Care; a role which enabled her to work closely with the CCG and other providers to ensure high quality care across the health economy. She was instrumental in the Frail Elderly Pathway work including the enhanced support to Care Homes Service and most recently the re-establishment of the RBFT Dermatology Service.

Chief Nursing Officer

Eamonn Sullivan

Eamonn joined the Trust in May 2021. Prior to his current appointment, Eamonn was Chief Nurse at The Royal Marsden Hospitals in London.

In 2020 Eamonn was seconded from the Royal Marsden to be the Director of Nursing at the Nightingale Hospital London, and later as the first Chief Nurse (Testing) at NHS Test and Trace. His previous appointments include Deputy Chief Nurse at University College Hospitals London and Deputy Chief Nurse at Guys & St Thomas’ Hospitals.

Eamonn’s clinical background is Critical Care and he holds a Masters in Adult Critical Care from Kings College London. In addition to his NHS role, Eamonn is a Nursing Officer in the Army Medical Services Reserves and a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eamonn has lived in West Berkshire for nearly ten years, with his wife who is an NHS Therapist and their two young children. He is passionate about serving our local community and improving the health and well-being of patients and staff across our services.

In May 2021 Eamonn was honoured to be awarded an MBE for his services to Nursing.

Chief Finance Officer

Nicky Lloyd

Nicky Lloyd joined the Trust as Chief Finance Officer in January 2019 and is also the Trust Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO). She was Acting Chief Executive for eight months between August 2020 and March 2021, leading the Trust during the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic and overseeing the completion of the Strategic Outline Case for the ‘Building Berkshire Together’ hospital redevelopment programme. Her portfolio includes Financial Management, Contracts, Payroll, Costing, Treasury, Procurement, and Estates & Facilities. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and experienced executive director, for over 2 decades she has held Board positions in the commercial sector and the NHS, in the UK and overseas, including Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer. She was selected to be part of the first cohort of the Aspiring Chief Executive Programme, completing this in 2017. In a voluntary capacity, she also held a Board position at Birmingham City University for seven years, chairing Audit Committee and Charity Trustees and chaired the governing body of a secondary school in the West Midlands for six years.

Chief People Officer

Don Fairley

Don was appointed to the Director of Workforce role at the Trust in May 2016.

He has been a Director of HR since 1997 so has over 20 years Board level experience. Don has worked primarily in provider organisations, mainly in and around Greater London.

Since joining the NHS in 1987 he has come to be regarded as a professional’s professional. Don has a proven track record of delivery having worked successfully at a senior level in HR in various contexts including: acute, community, mental health, primary care, Health Authority, Region and the Department of Health.

In addition to his technical and tactical skills, Don is a qualified mediator with the Professional Mediator’s Association, an accredited MBTI (both Step I and II), WAVE and 16PF practitioner.

Don has a Master’s degree in Strategic Human Resource Management, a post-graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Organisational Development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Non-Executive Director

Priya Hunt

Priya joined the Trust in October 2021. She has thirty years of leadership experience across three industries – airlines, telecommunications and utilities. Her main areas of expertise include IT management and digital transformation, particularly across Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific when she worked for British Airways and many years of service, digital and customer experience transformation – both globally and specific to the UK in BA, BT and Thames Water.

She is particularly interested in people development, well-being and inclusion and has sponsored various- diversity and inclusion networks in BT and TW. She has experience of designing inclusive service propositions for customers in vulnerable circumstances in BT and TW and has also been previously a non-executive on the board of Citizen’s advice Reading.

She is a certified Executive coach, member of the International Coach Federation and is now the founder and Managing Director of a coaching company that specialises in leadership and customer experience coaching/mentoring and consultancy.

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