Meet the Board

The Board is made up of the following:

Chair and Chief Executive

Chair - Eric Morton

Eric Morton Eric joined NUH as Chairman on 1 May 2017. An Accountant by background, Eric’s career began in local authority settings before he joined the NHS in 1987 as Senior Assistant Regional Treasurer at Trent Regional Health Authority. Two years later he moved to a provider setting and his first director level post at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where he was Director of Finance and part of the executive team taking the hospital through to trust status. In 1990 he returned to a health authority (HA), this time North Derbyshire HA which was severely challenged and facing a significant financial deficit. He led the financial turnaround and restored financial balance before moving to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in early 1993 to take up the post of Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive. Eric held this post for eight years. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2002, a position he then held for 10 years. As Chief Executive he successfully took the Trust to foundation trust (FT) status in 2005, led a substantial change management programme that included reforming the cost base and consistently delivered on national performance targets. During his time at Chesterfield, Eric undertook a number of Chief Executive secondment roles to assist challenged providers including United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHSFT.

Since stepping down from Chesterfield Royal in 2012 Eric has spent periods as Interim Chief Executive at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHSFT and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT whilst substantive appointments were made. He then became an Improvement Director for Monitor in 2013 which has seen him provide support and act as a regulator presence in challenged foundation trusts that have been placed in special measures. He spent periods of time working with Burton Hospitals NHS FT, Tameside Hospitals NHS FT, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT. He also spent four months as an Advisor to the board of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Eric has a blog which he updates regularly. You can read it here.


Vice Chair - Professor Herb Sewell

Herb Sewell Herb is a professor of immunology and has been an honorary consultant at the University of Nottingham and NUH for more than 22 years. He was also Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at the university from 2002 to 2008 and a clinical director for pathology at NUH from 2002 to 2008/09.

Nationally, he has served on many advisory and regulatory bodies covering health, science and business. He was a member of the governing body of the Medical Research Council from 2004 to 2011 and has been Chair and a member of numerous committees for medical royal colleges including the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathology.

Herb also has honorary degrees from the University of Birmingham and the University of the West Indies.


Chief Executive - Tracy Taylor

Tracy Taylor

Tracy joined Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) as Chief Executive on 30 October 2017. She trained as a nurse in Birmingham and held a number of community nursing posts around the city before progressing into managerial roles within the NHS and is a registered general nurse, health visitor and school nurse.

Having begun her career as a nurse, Tracy values the importance of maintaining her clinical focus as a leader by protecting time in her diary each week to visit staff and gain an insight into the issues from a frontline perspective. 

Before joining NUH, Tracy held Chief Executive roles at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this she was Director of Performance and Organisational Development at Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust and Project Director for Urgent Care.

Five times named among Health Service Journal's (HSJ) 'Top Chief Executives' (including in 2018), Tracy is renowned as a passionate, effective advocate for the health interests of patients and communities, locally and nationally, in helping achieve better care and outcomes, and for the future objectives of the NHS.

Executive directors

Medical Director - Dr Keith Girling

Keith Girling

Keith is a consultant in critical care medicine. He provides medical professional advice to the board and has lead responsibility for the professional standards of the hospital's medical staff, teaching and research, and quality governance.

Keith moved to Nottingham in 1991 as a novice trainee in anaesthesia and was appointed as a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care medicine in 1999. He was appointed to be Clinical Director for the Specialist Support Directorate (anaesthesia, theatres, critical care, pain and sterile services) in 2007 and then moved to the Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, Renal and Cardiovascular in 2010 before becoming the Deputy Medical Director in 2013. In 2016 Keith gained the NHS Leadership Academy award in Executive Healthcare Leadership on completion of the Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme. He was the clinical lead for integration with Sherwood Forest Hospitals and continues to lead on joint working between the two hospitals.


Director of Finance and Procurement - Rupert Egginton

Rupert Eggington Rupert is Financial Advisor to the Board, a member of the finance and investment committee and an attendee at audit committee.

He qualified as an accountant in 1992 and has held roles as Finance Director of Northampton General Hospital and of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. He took up his current post on 1 January 2011.





Chief Nurse, Mandie Sunderland, RGN, DPSN, DPSM, BSc (Hons), MSc 

MANDIEMandie was appointed as Chief Nurse in February 2015. This is her fifth executive director position.

Most of Mandie’s clinical experience has been in intensive care environments, including posts in both professional and clinical practice development.

She has also undertaken a secondment to a combined health and social care trust in Northern Ireland, spent two years as a nursing officer in the Department of Health and acted as the professional nursing lead on the national consultation on Choice, Responsiveness and Equity in 2003.

Mandie’s passion is delivering high quality fundamental nursing care and in 2013 she was named one of the 50 most influential women in the NHS by the Health Service Journal.

In 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Clinical Reference Board and is also a member of Lord Carter’s Procurement and Efficiency Board.


Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO - Caroline Shaw

Caroline ShawCaroline joined NUH as Director of the Emergency Pathway in 2014 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2015, leading on the Trust’s performance delivery and operational effectiveness.

Caroline began her clinical career as a nurse before moving into midwifery and has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS.

She has worked on a range of NHS improvement programmes and has a master’s degree in health management.

Her previous roles have included three years as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the University of South Manchester Hospital, during which time the Trust moved from zero to three stars under the Healthcare Commission rating system. She was also Chief Executive Officer at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust for nine years from 2005.

Caroline was appointed a CBE for services to health in 2013.

Non-executive directors

Julie Pomeroy

Julie Pomeroy Julie, an experienced finance director of quoted and private companies, was appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2012 and is Chair of the Trust's audit committee. She has an honours degree in physics from Birmingham University and is a chartered accountant and chartered director. Julie is currently Group Finance Director of AIM-listed Dillistone Group plc and has been a public company finance director for the last 15 years.

Julie is also a senior associate of Secantor Limited. She was a non-executive director at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust until January 2012.


Steve Thomas

steven Steve joined NUH in April 2014 and is currently Managing Director of Strategic Development at Experian Plc. He is a member of its UK board, responsible for strategy, marketing, innovation and proposition development.

Before joining Experian in 2007 he was at IBM, where he was a member of the UK, Ireland and Southern Africa Board responsible for a $1.8bn business.

As well as a strong leadership background, Steve has advisory board experience and is currently a member of the National Data Steering Group advising Ministers. Before this he was a member of the Data Strategy Board and the Public Sector Transparency Board. He is also a member of the Nottingham University Business School Advisory Board, and reviews MBA presentations and projects.


Edwina Grant

Edwina grant Edwina has a background in local government children's services and for 13 years was a director of children’s services in the London Borough of Redbridge, Nottingham City and latterly in Central Bedfordshire. In this last role she was also Deputy Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council.

In 2014 she embarked on a portfolio career to return to live with her family in Nottingham.

She is currently undertaking a range of work with public and private sector organisations and retains a strong interest in children’s social care services.

In addition to her role as Associate Trustee she is the lead children’s services adviser for the Local Government Association and chair of the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.


David Cartwright

david cartwright David has lived in Nottinghamshire for more than 20 years. He is a qualified optometrist and attended City University and Moorfields Eye Hospital. For most of his professional career he worked within Boots Opticians Ltd where he held various roles, most recently as Director of Professional Services until 2012.

David served on the College of Optometrists Council from 1999 until 2011 and was its president from 2004 to 2006. He has also held a number of posts within the General Optical Council and is now a member of its hearings panel. He is currently Chair of the Eyecare Trust, a charity that aims to educate the public on the importance of eye health. He is also a trustee of a Citizens Advice Bureau.

David was appointed as a non-executive director by the Trust in 2016, following a year as an associate non-executive director.

Associate non-executive directors

Dr Sheila Newport

Sheila newport Dr Newport joined NUH as Associate Non-Executive Director on 31 August 2017. She has worked as a General Practitioner for 29 years. During this time she has undertaken commissioning work on the Board of a Primary Care Trust and latterly on the Governing Body of a Clinical Commissioning Group. For the last five years, she has been Chair of Southern Derbyshire CCG, during which time she has gained significant system experience as Deputy Chair for the Derby City Health and Wellbeing Board, Chair of the Southern Derbyshire Integrated Care Board and member of the Chief Executive’s Group for the development of Derbyshire’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).


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Natalie Sigona joined ‘team NUH’ on 27 September 2018 in the role of Associate Non-Executive Director.

Natalie is an independent Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging consultant and transformational personal and business coach. She has worked in the world of HR for almost 20 years, mainly working in several different HR leadership and transformation roles at Rolls-Royce, a Global FTSE100 company with over 55,000 employees. 

For the past six years Natalie has specialised in Global Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). She is noted for her expertise and passion on this topic and is regularly asked to participate on panels and provide key note speeches at conferences and events.

Natalie became an accredited coach four years ago and coaches individuals on a private basis in her spare time. She also regularly organises charity events and has recently begun to work as a volunteer for the ‘Make a Wish’ charity as a wish visitor for children.

Natalie lives in Nottingham with her partner, has two young children and enjoys running to keep fit. 


Mark Chivers

He has 17 years’ experience at Board level in both the private and public sector, including as Director of Estates at Books UK, Director of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone for Walgreens Boots Alliance and Director of Shared Services for Alliance Boots.

Advisors to the Board

Director of Corporate Governance - Michelle Rogan

Michelle Rogan Michelle joined NUH on 3 April, bringing to the Trust almost 30 years’ experience as a nurse and manager, and a track record of delivery across a number of areas including governance, risk management, compliance and regulation and performance and operations.

She was previously Corporate Governance Director at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Director of Compliance and Assurance at Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust and Associate Director of Risk and performance and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.


Director of ICT Services - Andrew Fearn

Andrew Fern Andrew became Director of ICT Services for Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen's Medical Centre in 2001.

He has worked in the NHS since 1988, beginning in North Derbyshire where he built up a successful management consultancy service. In 1999 he became programme director for the Nottingham LIS programme (the local implementation strategy for information for health), working for the local health authority. The Nottingham LIS team gained national and local recognition for its approach and for securing significant additional resources for IT and information management. As a result, Andrew has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences on change management in ICT and the NHS.


Director of Integration - Tim Guyler

Tim Guyler Tim has worked in acute hospital management for over 15 years.

A graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1999, he worked in Hertfordshire and Hull and East Yorkshire before joining Nottingham City Hospital then NUH, undertaking roles as General Manager, Head of Financial Turnaround, Deputy Director of Operations, Programme Director for Better for You and Chief Operating Officer.

Tim is currently providing leadership for the Trust on improvement and integration across NUH, the local health and social care system, and the wider East Midlands Network. In particular he is leading on NUH’s key role in the Greater Nottinghamshire Transformation Programme.

Tim also teaches service improvement courses and is a guest lecturer for Nottingham University’s masters students.


Director of Communications and External Relations - Laura Skaife-Knight

Laura skaife knight Laura joined NUH in 2007, and has over 18 years’ experience working in Communications and Media. She has extensive experience leading and working in Communications Teams at some of the country’s biggest and leading acute teaching trusts, including NUH, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her portfolio includes: internal communications, reputation management, digital communications, volunteers and external stakeholder relationships.

Laura has an MA in Print Journalism from the University of Sheffield and BA in American Studies from Lancaster University. She also has an Advanced Certificate in Public Relations with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). She has experience working for some of the country’s busiest daily newspapers.


Director of HR - Nicky Hill

nicky hill Nicky has spent most of her HR career at Boots UK, where she worked for just over 20 years. She then undertook interim assignments at Gala Coral and Rolls Royce before joining the NHS in January 2013 as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and NUH in April 2015.

Nicky has worked on several change programmes, most recently in Chesterfield when she worked closely with the executive team on the overall shape and design of the organisation, its organisational culture and employee engagement.

In addition to her NUH role, Nicky is Deputy Chair of the East Midlands HR Directors network and the seven day services HR lead.


Director of Estates and Facilities - Andrew Chatten

andrew chatten Andrew joined the NUH team in February 2015, bringing a wealth of experience from both the NHS and private sector. He was previously Director of Estates and Facilities at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Managing Director of NHS Horizons, a collaborative providing all the estates and facilities management services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Andrew started his NHS career in 1991 and held a variety of roles. He then left the NHS for nine years, during which time he worked for Compass Group UK and Ireland and John Laings. His roles included operations director responsible for the management of major hospital contracts in the UK and also business and industry. He also undertook a role as Chief Executive of Derbyshire NHS LIFT Company.