Non-Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Susan Symington, Chair

Susan was appointed as chair of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in April 2015.

As chair, Susan leads both the Board of Directors and the Governors’ Council and is the Trust’s lead representative within the local community.  Susan ensures high standards of probity and governance and that the Trust remains within its Terms of Authorisation.

Prior to being chair, Susan was a non-executive director and vice chair of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, and since 2013 she has been a non-executive director for the Beverley Building Society.

Susan has had an extensive and distinguished career in the human resources sector where she has held a number of senior positions, including human resources director for Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate.  More recently Susan has been undertaken a number key consultancy contracts in support of a number of private and public sector organisations.

Sue is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors, who have previously awarded her Chartered Director of the Year.

Simon Morritt, Chief Executive

Simon is the Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  A role he started in August 2019.

Simon joined the Trust from Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Chief Executive since 2016.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS, which he joined in September 1989 as a general management trainee in Greater Manchester.

After roles across Yorkshire he went on to be successful in number of senior positions.  His first Chief Executive post was for the Doncaster Central Primary Care Trust in October 2000 and he was appointed Chief Executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (now NHS Bradford and Airedale) in October 2006.

Following his time in commissioning organisations he became Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Andrew Bertram, Finance Director

Andrew was appointed as finance director for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in January 2009. 

As finance director, Andrew is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership and advice.  Andrew has a key role to play to ensure effective professional input to the definition and development of the Trust’s overall strategic vision and direction and the day-to-day managerial decision making process.  He advises the Board and chief executive on matters of financial governance and probity and ensures the highest standards of financial governance and management in line with best practice.

Andrew joined the NHS in 1991 as a finance trainee at York as part of the NHS graduate management training scheme.  Upon qualifying as an accountant, he undertook a number of financial roles supporting many of the Trust's clinical teams and later became directorate manager for medicine for a short time.

Andrew left the Trust in 2005 to take up the role of deputy finance director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.  He subsequently returned to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2009 as finance director.

James Taylor, Medical Director

James was appointed as medical director for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015.

As medical director James is responsible for the appointment, development and professional leadership of medical and dental staff.  James acts as the Caldicott Guardian for the Trust and is responsible for medical leadership including professional standards, appraisal and revalidation, and appointments.  He also has responsibility for patient safety, clinical audit, prescribing, clinical risk and medico legal.

James graduated with a dental degree from Glasgow University in 1983.  He then worked in posts in Bristol, Manchester and greater London before re-entering medical school and graduating from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical school in 1993.  Following spells at Kings, East Grinstead and Guildford hospitals he graduated obtaining a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in August 2000.

In 2001, James assumed the role of consultant maxillofacial surgeon with the Trust, initially specialising in Head and Neck cancer surgery but continuing to practise most of his surgical training.  James subsequently worked in a variety of lead and clinical director posts and was appointed deputy medical director in 2014, where he remained until his appointment as medical director in 2015.

Heather McNair, Chief Nurse

Heather was appointed as chief nurse for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in July 2019.

Joining the Trust from her previous position as director of nursing and quality from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Heather is a qualified midwife, and became Head of Midwifery at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1998 before becoming Deputy Director of Nursing in 2001, a post she held for 10 years.

Wendy Scott, Chief Operating Officer

Wendy was appointed as director of out of hospital care in October 2015 and chief operating officer in September 2017 for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, combining both hospital and community portfolios.

As chief operating officer, Wendy provides strategic leadership to operational teams and is instrumental in driving and leading improvements in clinical care and performance across the Trust.

Wendy has worked in the NHS for 32 years, starting her career as a registered general nurse, holding a number of positions before moving into general management.  She subsequently worked in a variety of roles relating to commissioning, performance and operational management before joining the Trust in July 2012, managing community services across Scarborough, Ryedale, Whitby, York and Selby.

Polly McMeekin, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Polly became Director of Workforce and Organisational Development from February 2019.

She joined the Trust in September 2015 as Deputy Director of Workforce reporting into the Chief Executive. Her portfolio includes Human Resources; Organisational Development; Corporate Learning and Equality and Diversity.

After Graduating from Durham University in 2000; Polly began her career in Financial Services. In 2002 she joined the NHS working for Great Ormond Street Hospital where she trained in Human Resource Management. Polly joined Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in 2009 and progressed to Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development before she left in 2015.

Polly is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Jim Dillon, Non-Executive Director

Jim was Chief Executive at Scarborough Borough Council from April 2006 until he retired recently, before that Jim was a Director at Ipswich Borough Council.

Jim has a strong passion for the Scarborough area and wishes to continue contributing to improving the quality of life of the community through being a director of the Trust and having been involved at a strategic level of health and wellbeing agenda at both local and regional levels for many years.

Steven Holmberg, Non-Executive Director

Steve has been a consultant cardiologist in the NHS with more than 25 years' experience in direct patient care.

He brings extensive experience as a previous Trust Board executive and also senior roles in other NHS organisations and the charitable sector.  Steve has a strong interest in education in health care and also the development of safety and quality in patient care.

Lorraine Boyd, Non-Executive Director

Lorraine was appointed as a non-executive director of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.

Lorraine is a GP and brings 30 years’ of experience of direct patient care.

In recent years Lorraine has been involved as GP representative within NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group and The Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.  She is the founder directory of City and Vale GP Alliance and she has supported the development of collaborative working between the Trust and primary care.

Jenny McAleese, Non-Executive Director

Jenny was appointed as a non-executive director of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2017.

Jenny is a qualified chartered accountant and brings over 30 years’ experience gained of the private, public and charitable sectors.  From 1997 until her retirement in October 2016 she was chief executive at The Retreat psychiatric hospital in York. She also has extensive non-executive experience.

Matt Morgan Non-Executive Director

Professor Matthew Morgan was appointed Stakeholder Non-Executive Director in June 2020.

Matt is Deputy Dean and Professor of Renal Medicine and Medical Education at Hull York Medical School. As Deputy Dean he supports the Dean in the strategic development and delivery of the Medical School.

Matt has wide experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and allied health profession education and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Royal College of Physicians. He has also been active in promoting diversity and inclusion in healthcare and healthcare education. He continues to practise as a consultant in renal medicine in the NHS.

Lynne Mellor, Non-Executive Director

Lynne was appointed as a non-executive director of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.

Lynne brings over 26 years’ of experience in the public and private sector, having held a wide-range of leadership positions with a particular focus in the network and IT sector.

Meeting dates

Group Audit Committee  - 16/09/2021

Board of Directors which Sue chairs is the last Wednesday of every month

Most committee meetings fall on the third Tuesday of every month

Council of Governors in September falls on 14/09/2021