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Trust Board


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, Little Chef and a number of PE backed businesses in the UK and internationally. Graham is also involved with a number of charity boards.

Email: graham.sims@royalberkshire.nhs.uk


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

Brian Hendon

With a background in finance, Brian Hendon has held a number of senior executive board positions with large private sector companies and also has extensive experience in non-executive roles.

His non-executive posts include Thames Valley Housing Association Limited and NHS Berkshire East from which he stood down when appointed to the interim post at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Brian Hendon joined the Trust in August 2012 and lives in Ascot. Prior to being appointed to his post at the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust, Brian stepped down from NHS Berkshire East and NHS Berkshire PCT where he had spent six years as a NED.

He is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced executive and non-executive Board member holding roles as Executive Chairman, Managing Director and Finance Director with both plc and private sector companies.

Brian is also a non-executive director of the newly merged Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association and Non-Executive Chairman of Fortress Global Group Limited.


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.


John Petitt

Non Executive Director

John Petitt►

John joined as Non Executive Director at the Trust in May 2016. He became Group Chief Executive of Housing Solutions, a leading provider of affordable homes in the South East, in September 2000, having previously been the Association's Finance Director since the stock transfer in 1995. He is a member of the Housing Solutions Board. He is a Chartered Accountant. He was recruited from the private sector and has experience of the computer, photocopier and retail security industries. John is also a non executive director of Slough Childrens Services Trust.

Helen Mackenzie

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




Chief Executive Officer

Steve McManus

Steve joined the Trust as CEO in January 2017. He 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 the Oxford University Hospitals during which he completed an MBA with Nottingham University Business School graduating in 2006.

Steve then went on to University Hospital Southampton NHS FT, as a Divisional Director of Operations and subsequently gained his first Board appointment 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 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 and Thurrock University Teaching Hospital FT before taking up his current post as CEO of Royal Berkshire Hospitals in 2017. Steve undertakes a number of national and regional roles supporting policy development as well as chairing the Thames Valley Patient Safety Collaborative.

Email: steve.mcmanus@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Dom Hardy

Chief Operating Officer

Dom Hardy

Dom 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.

Email: dom.hardy@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Janet Lippett ►


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 is 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 enables her to work closely with the CCG and other providers to ensure high quality care across the health economy. She has also been instrumental in the Frail Elderly Pathway and the recent enhanced support to care home project.

She continues to enjoy her time as a medical educator and is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA); teaching junior doctors of all grades, she is an ALS and GIC instructor and also teaches communication skills (Sage and Thyme) for multi-professional staff at the Trust. Janet also plays an active role in research, and has recently completed, as co-investigator, a 3 year NIHR funded project with colleagues in Oxford.

Chief Nursing Officer

Caroline Ainslie

Caroline Ainslie, who joined in June 2012, has held a number of senior roles, including Divisional Head of Nursing and Professions at Southampton, before moving to take on a strategic role as Deputy Chief Nurse at South Central Strategic Health Authority. Caroline worked initially as a Trauma & Orthopaedic nurse in Bournemouth, Southampton and other trusts before progressing into nurse management.

Email: caroline.ainslie@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Nicky Lloyd

Chief Finance Officer

Nicky Lloyd ►

Nicky Lloyd joined the Trust as Chief Finance Officer in January 2019. A Chartered Accountant, and experienced Director of Finance, she has worked across the commercial sector and the NHS, most recently at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist acute trust in Birmingham, where she held several positions from 2015-2018, including Assistant Chief Executive. She was selected to be part of the first cohort of the Aspiring Chief Executive Programme, completing this in 2017. Prior to this, Nicky was Director of Finance at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, an acute and community Trust with four hospital sites. In this role, from 2012-2015, she delivered strong financial management leadership with an executive portfolio including finance, contracting, procurement, information, and internal and external audit. Before this, she was Associate Director of Finance and Financial Performance at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (an Acute and Community Trust) from 2008-2012 and before that, a Non- Executive Director and Chair of Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust. Before joining the NHS, she held senior positions overseas for extended periods, both as a Finance Director for an automotive manufacturer in Brussels and as an auditor with Deloitte in Birmingham and Philadelphia. 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.

Email: nicky.lloyd@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

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.



Useful Contacts

Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 5111

Useful Contacts

Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 5111


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