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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Meet our Trust Board

Our Trust Board meets every month to discuss important issues. It is responsible for setting the direction of our Trust - by reviewing how we're doing at the moment and making plans for the future.

For more information about Trust Board meetings, please contact:

The Trust Board Secretary
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Unit 1 B1,50 Summer Hill Road
Birmingham, B1 3RB

Tel: 0121 301 1319
Email: bsmhft.commsteam@nhs.net

 

Sue Davis, CBE - Chair
Sue Davis, CBE - Chair

Sue Davis CBE was appointed Chair in November 2011, having previously served in the same role at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust from June 2006.  

Sue has extensive experience in the governance of public bodies, beginning in 1981 at Shropshire County Council.  She spent 26 years as an elected councillor, including four years as County Council Leader, and for 10 years represented UK local government at the Congress of Local Authorities at the Council of Europe.  

She has worked on Regeneration Bodies, and on the regulatory body for UK Civil Tribunals, and served a term as Chair of a national Charity. Her service in the Health sector has included membership of a Health Authority, and Chairing Telford PCT for its first four years.  

Since 2013 Sue has represented Mental Health Trusts on the Board of NHS Providers, where she is Vice Chair. Sue also serves as Independent Chair of the Audit Committee at West Midlands Police, and is a member of the Chapter of Birmingham Cathedral.

John Short 2018
John Short - Chief Executive
John has been the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) since April 2013. He has been at the forefront of the Trust’s work to improve staff, service user and carer engagement and demonstrate a real Trustwide focus on service quality.

He began his career as a mental health social worker with local authorities and worked in a number of different settings, before moving onto mental health services management in the NHS over twenty years ago. John has worked in a number of Trusts providing services ranging from inner city to rural services. He has held a number of posts including Senior Manager Mental Health Services at the West Midlands Regional Office, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability Services in Shropshire, Chief Operating Officer at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust and Director Change Programmes and Chief Operating Officer in Leicestershire. His first CEO post was as interim Chief Executive of Leicestershire Partnership Trust from 2011 until his appointment in Birmingham and Solihull.

John has led numerous service and organisational changes in his career, including steering many mental health services in their move from care in impersonal large asylums to care that is increasingly community and person centred and compassionate.

Non-Executive Directors


Joy Warmington - Non-Executive Director
Joy Warmington - Non-Executive Director

Joy Warmington is a Non-Executive Director of the Trust and Chair of the Integrated Quality Committee. She is also CEO of BRAP, successfully guiding the organisation to its cutting edge position where it is nationally recognized for producing innovative equalities and human rights research and strategies.

A former lecturer with an MSc in Organisational Development and Management Learning, Joy has written and co-authored over 20 books, articles, and reports on subjects as diverse as implementing organisational change, improving public sector engagement practice, and using human rights to improve service delivery. In addition to advising the Department of Health on health inequalities, Joy’s services have also been sought by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Care Quality Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Barts Health Trust, University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, Sheffield Trust, and many others.

Joy is regularly asked to comment on equalities issues in the media, most recently appearing in the Economist, Daily Telegraph, and Health Service Journal in addition to numerous appearances on BBC radio and television.

Joy is also Vice Chair of the Trust.


Prof Russell Beale - Non-Executive Director
Prof Russell Beale - Non-Executive Director

Prof Russell Beale joined the Trust as a non-executive director on 1 January 2017, a role he also holds at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.  He has a wealth of experience from his 25 years at the University of Birmingham, where he is currently Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Director of the HCI Centre, a major centre focusing on designing and developing the digital future. 

Prof Beale has achieved worldwide recognition for his work on using artificial intelligence to assist interaction between users and technology, is a Chartered IT Professional and Visiting Professor at the University of Swansea.  He also has commercial and management experience, having held senior positions in both large and small technology organisations and founded six hi-tech companies.


Dr Barry Henley - Non-Executive Director
Dr Barry Henley - Non-Executive Director

Dr Barry Henley is a Non-Executive Director, a role he has previously held at Heart of Birmingham teaching PCT and the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster.  Barry brings a wealth of experience and expertise in private industry and the public sector to our Trust.  He was Chief Executive of Chubb group companies in the UK, Singapore and Australia, before becoming Chief Executive of the faculty of engineering and computing at Birmingham City University.

He was subsequently a knowledge transfer partnership advisor on dozens of innovation projects for the Technology Strategy Board.  Barry is also a councillor representing the Brandwood ward on Birmingham City Council and he chairs the Council’s conservation and heritage panel, the wholly owned subsidiary Acivico, the ICT joint venture with Capita and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.


Gianjeet Hunjan - Non-Executive Director
Gianjeet Hunjan - Non-Executive Director

Gianjeet was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2015. She is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in the NHS and Education sector.  Her background includes working at director level in a variety of health care roles over the last 30 years.  She is a Chartered Accountant and has a Master of Arts in Finance and Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University.


Waheed Saleem - Non-Executive Director
Waheed Saleem - Non-Executive Director

Waheed is a Non-Executive Director, is a management consultant working in the public and voluntary sectors. He graduated from the London School of Economics, is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners.

His background includes working at director level in a number of strategic roles in the NHS, most recently as a PCT Locality Commissioning Director in Birmingham.  In addition to this NHS experience, he also holds chair and non-executive director positions at a number of major national and regional public and voluntary organisations.

Waheed has led significant regeneration programmes, advised the Government on neighbourhood renewal policy and community development, and was instrumental in developing leadership programmes for young people and mentors in inner city schools.


Dr Nerys Williams - Non-Executive Director
Dr Nerys Williams - Non-Executive Director

Dr Nerys Williams - who was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2011 - is a qualified doctor specialising in the field of occupational health medicine. She has worked in both clinical, regulatory and strategy/health policy roles including work for Health and Safety Executive and Department for Work and Pensions.

Outside of the Trust,  Nerys holds a number of roles relating to her professional qualifications in both the NHS, local government and education fields.

Nerys acts as Chair of the Charitable Funds committee for the Trust and is also Senior Independent Director.


Executive Directors


Brendan Hayes - Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO
Brendan Hayes - Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO
Brendan Hayes joined the Trust as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO in July 2013.


As a qualified nurse with a strong mental health and operational management background, Brendan brings with him a wealth of experience gained in a number of senior NHS roles. Most recently he was Director of Operations and Nursing at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Dave Tomlinson
Dave Tomlinson, Executive Director of Finance
Dave Tomlinson joined the Trust as Executive Director of Finance in April 2017. Dave brings 20 years’ experience as a Director of Finance in the NHS, the vast majority of which has been with large mental health providers. He plays a key role in advising the Board on issues around the Trust’s fiscal performance, information governance and estates. Dave’s experience includes 12 years as Director of Finance at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust where he established the Trust as a £100m turnover provider by bringing together services from seven organisations, led the acquisition of a number of services and established a commercial and property management joint venture that delivered savings of £1m per annum. He has experience in both the private and public sector and during his career has been responsible for a broad portfolio of services in large and complex organisations. Most recently he has enjoyed a successful period as an interim director in acute and mental health trusts.

Hilary Grant - Executive Medical Director
Hilary Grant - Executive Medical Director
Dr Hilary Grant was appointed Medical Director for BSMHFT in April 2016.  Hilary is responsible, among other things, for medical, psychology and pharmacy leadership at the Trust.
 
Hilary has been with the Trust for 23 years, the last three as a clinical director. She has played a significant role in the development and opening of the Trust’s Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) in 2003 and has undertaken extensive service development and redesign which led to the service being shortlisted for an HSJ award in 2010, winning a National Patient Safety Award in 2011 and being the first unit in the country to be accredited by the National Autistic Society in 2012.

Hilary is a tireless advocate for service user empowerment and raising standards of care in Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


Sue Hartley - Executive Director of Nursing
Sue Hartley - Executive Director of Nursing
Sue joined our Trust as Executive Director of Nursing in April 2014 and was previously Director of Nursing at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

Sue has a strong background in nursing, performance management and service redesign. She is a registered nurse and trained in Birmingham at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sue has held various nursing and management posts and has worked in a number of senior management positions including Deputy Head of Performance at the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

She has a passion for nursing and allied health professional (AHP) leadership, with a focus on the quality of care and experience given to service users and their carers.



Charlotte Bailey - Executive Director of Partnerships
Charlotte Bailey - Executive Director of Partnerships
Charlotte Bailey joined the Trust as Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships in August 2017. Charlotte is an experienced strategic leader and has spent over 7 years at director level in senior teams.  She was previously an Executive Director with Sefton Council in Merseyside, an organisation with 3,500 employees and a £200m annual budget.  Charlotte played a key role in the development of the Sefton 2030 vision and Sefton Partnership Pledges. This involved removing duplication and prioritising resources, re-defining the core purpose of the council and setting a three year budget.  As a commissioner of outcomes, leader of services, manager of people and innovator of creative solutions, Charlotte has a track record of implementing strategies, plans and solutions whilst demonstrating results and delivering continuous improvement.  She has a good understanding of and experience of working with the NHS, having worked with health commissioners and providers throughout her career. 

Information about board members’ declarations of interest are available by contacting:

Company Secretary,
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Unit 1 B1, 50 Summer Hill Road
Birmingham, B1 3RB

Tel: 0121 301 1085
Email: daniel.conway@nhs.net