Who's Who

The Chairman

Tony Pedder OBE

Tony joined in the Trust as Chairman in January 2012. He was previously the Chairman of NHS Sheffield and also the Chairman of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Cluster of NHS Primary Care Trusts.

As well as his NHS experience, Tony brings extensive management and operational experience in a variety of business organisations and markets. He was previously Chief Executive of Corus plc.




The Executive Directors

Chief Executive

Sir Andrew Cash OBE

Andrew joined the NHS as a fast track graduate management trainee and has been a chief executive for more than 20 years. He has worked at local, regional and national level. He has worked by invite at the Department of Health Whitehall on a number of occasions. He is a visiting Professor in Leadership Development at the Universities of York and Sheffield. 

Andrew has been Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation since its inception in July 2004. Prior to that he was the first Chief Executive of the newly merged Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which came into effect in April 2001.

Other interests:

Visiting Professor, University of York's Centre for Leadership and Development, Department of Health Studies
Non-executive Director, Medilink (Yorkshire and the Humber) Ltd
Professor (Visiting Chair) University of Sheffield Leadership Centre
Brother - Northern Regional Chairman of Building Design Partnership

Chief Nurse

Professor Hilary Chapman CBE

Hilary joined the Trust in March 2006 as Chief Nurse before taking up her
current role of Chief Nurse/Chief Operating Officer in December 2009.
Hilary began her nursing career at the Northern General Hospital, where she undertook training and worked as staff nurse, then sister in both the cardiothoracic and critical care areas.

Before joining the Trust as Chief Nurse in 2006, Hilary held the
post of Chief Nurse at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. She chairs the National Association of UK University Hospitals
Nurse Directors’ Group.

Other interests:

Member, NIHR Advisory Board
Member, Centre of Excellence Advisory Board, Next Stage Review
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Well -Being, Sheffield Hallam University
Member, Advisory Panel to NHS Chief Executive and Minister for Health, High Quality for All
Member, NETSCC SDO NHS Evaluation Panel


Director of Finance

Neil Priestley

Neil was appointed to the post of Director of Finance of the newly merged Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in February 2001. He had previously held the post of Head of Finance at the NHS Executive Trent Regional Office, from where he had been seconded to the Northern General Hospital as acting Director of Finance prior to the Trust merger. Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.


Medical Director

David Throssell

David has previously held the posts of Deputy Medical Director, Clinical Director and he has also been a Consultant Renal Physician for many years at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Medicine and Nephrology in Leicester and Cardiff before moving to Sheffield in 1996. 


Director of Strategy and Operations

Kirsten Major

Kirsten joined the Trust in February 2011. Before her current post she was the Executive Director of Health System Reform at NHS North West
Strategic Health Authority. Kirsten is a health economist by background beginning her career at the Greater Glasgow Health Board and has worked at Ayrshire and Arran Health Board before moving to the North West in 2007.


Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Mark Gwilliam

Mark took up his post as Deputy Director of HR in May 2009 and brings with him a wealth of experience. He was previously an Associate Director of Human Resources at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he worked for 3 years. Prior to this he worked as head of HR at Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospital.


Associate Directors


Assistant Chief Executive

Neil Riley

Neil Riley is a graduate of Queens College, Oxford and in 1981 joined the NHS as a management trainee. He has subsequently worked in a number of NHS settings across the country and in 1995 was appointed as Chief Executive of Weston Park Hospital.

In 2002, Neil was appointed to the post of Assistant Chief Executive at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and most recently, was appointed to the post of Trust Secretary.

Other interests:

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Well Being, Sheffield Hallam University from 1 May, 2005 to 31 July, 2009.
Associate, PACT consultancy from 5 July, 2005.
Vice Chairman, FTN Company Secretary Network (From 1 January, 2008) 


Communications and Marketing Director

Julie Phelan

Julie spent her early career as a journalist in both print and broadcast media before moving into public sector communication in local government and health. She was previously Head of Communications at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Head of Communications for Birmingham Women's Hospital and Director of Communications for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals and Worcester Health Authority.

Before joining the Trust in June 2008, Julie was Director of Communications for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust a post she had held for five years.


Non-Executive Directors

Dawn Moore

Dawn has more than 20 years of HR experience, with over 11 years at director level. She has experience in fields including manufacturing, construction, social housing, fast moving consumer goods and retail.

 Dawn has recently been appointed as Director of HR for Morgan Sindall Plc, and has previously held other Executive HR director level roles in several large organisations including Tarmac, Northern Foods and Vesuvius plc. She has been a Sheffield resident for over 22 years.


Candace Imison

From November 2014 Candace has been Director of Healthcare Systems at the Nuffield Trust. Her areas of particular interest are workforce and new models of care.

Candace was previously Deputy Director of Policy at The King’s Fund where she researched and published on a wide range of topics including future healthcare trends, service reconfiguration, workforce planning, polyclinics, community health services and referral management. 

Candace has extensive senior management experience in the NHS, including at board level for providers and commissioners. She was director of strategy for a large acute trust and director of commissioning for large health authority.

Candace holds a master’s degree in health economics and health policy from Birmingham University and a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University.


Professor Tony Weetman

Professor Anthony Weetman is Dean of the Medical School at the University of Sheffield and is the appointed academic representative on the Trust Board. Professor Weetman is Professor of Medicine and an Honorary Consultant at the Trust with a special interest in thyroid disease and autoimmune endocrine disorders.

He was formerly a non-executive director with both Sheffield Health Authority and the Northern General Hospital NHS Trust.


John O’Kane

John joined the Board in Ocober 2014. He is an experienced Finance Director, with experience of managing change in a number of companies. He has worked as Group Finance Director at Redhall Group, Jarvis, Ecobat Technologies, Peterhouse Group and Kelda Group.



Martin Temple CBE

Martin  was the Director-General and is now the Chairman of EEF. He was also a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of The 600 Group up and he is the Chairman of the Design Council. Martin is on the Council of the University of Warwick as well as the Board of Warwick University Business School and he currently sits on the Catapult Oversight Board.

Martin was previously Vice President of Avesta-Sheffield AB, a major producer of stainless steel. He has served on the boards of a wide range of companies around the world. He has extensive experience covering senior roles in production, marketing, operations and strategy in an international context.


Annette Laban

Annette has more than 35 years’ experience working within the NHS and local government in senior positions and throughout her career she has been responsible for overseeing many innovations which have directly impacted on frontline NHS care. Her past roles have included, Chief Executive for NHS Doncaster, Director of Performance & Operations at NHS North of England – Strategic Health Authority and Executive Director of Performance & Delivery at NHS Yorkshire & the Humber.

Tony Buckham

Tony brings a wealth of experience from his time working within complex global organisations. He has provided strategic support to the HSBC Group Management Board Directors, with particular expertise within IT and Corporate Real Estate for over ten years.

He has led divisions of up to 7000 staff with particular focus on people development to enable global transformational change. He has also made a significant contribution to mentoring and coaching programmes.






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