Our Values: Compassionate | Aspirational | Resourceful | Excellent

Our Board of Directors

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 ►


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

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Mary Sherry

Mary joined the Trust in June 2015 as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer at Moorfields Eye Hospital, a 23 site networked specialist hospital. Mary now has ten years of Board level experience in acute general hospital care, often across several sites and has held key roles at Poole Hospital, Portsmouth, Surrey & Sussex and St George’s Teaching Hospital. She is known for working collaboratively with clinical and non-clinical teams to deliver a broad agenda which incorporates quality, performance and finance, and is particularly strong on partnership working.

A non-clinical manager with a background in HR, and Lean and Systems Thinking trained, Mary is experienced in supporting staff to deliver high quality services and has been successful in doing so, including in financially challenged Trusts. Her focus for the last four years here at the Royal Berkshire has been supporting teams to deliver key quality, access and financial standards, with a continued drive to improve urgent and emergency services, including reducing patient time in hospital, and developing a consistent approach to transformation and change programmes; leading the change programmes associated with Digital Hospital. In parallel, Mary has developed strong relationships as part of the West Berkshire Integrated Care System, and has led the development of the Urgent and Emergency Care Strategy through her role as A&E Delivery Board Chair.

Email: mary.sherry@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Medical Director

Dr Lindsey Barker►

Dr Lindsey Barker, was appointed Medical Director on the 1 May 2015. Lindsey joined the trust in 1990. She is a Consultant Nephrologist and Physician, trained in Bristol and Oxford. She has worked in medical managerial roles since 2008, most recently Divisional Director of Medicine and Care Group Director. She has been instrumental in the redesign of several medical services and specifically the growth of the Reading Renal Unit.

Email: lindsey.barker@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Director of Nursing

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

Director of Workforce

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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