Board Member Biographies

Jayne Brown OBEJayne Brown

BA(Hons) Politics Modern History, Masters Degree in Public Health, Coaching Diploma, Diploma in Strategic Health Service Management, Graduate Institute Personnel and Development


Jayne joined the Trust on 01 July 2016 and has over 25 years’ NHS experience, including 13 years as a Chief Executive. She is the Director of two Limited Companies and the Vice Chair of a Community Voluntary Service.  She is also a carer.

Jayne has a BA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History as well as a Masters Degree in Public Health, a Diploma in Strategic Health Service Management and a Coaching Diploma. She is a graduate of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jayne’s wide experience is a highly valued part of her ability to lead the Board in setting the organisation’s priorities. Jayne was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to the NHS.  Jayne’s tenure of office runs until 30 June 2019.

Kevan Taylor SHSCSTAFF117

BA (Dual Honours) Degree in Sociology and Social Administration

Chief Executive

Kevan was appointed as the Trust’s initial Chief Executive with effect from 01 July 2008. Prior to his appointment as the Trust’s Chief Executive, he served as the Chief Executive of the predecessor Trust.  He led the Trust through its achievement of both Care Trust and Foundation Trust status.  He also served as Director of Commissioning of the Sheffield Health Authority.  Kevan has a background as a practitioner in Social Care and as a Local Authority Manager.

Kevan has a particular commitment to integrated care across Sheffield, previously leading the Right First Time Partnership and currently Chairing the Joint Provider Executive. As a former social care practitioner he is keen to ensure strong integration with social care and increasing partnership with primary care.

Kevan established the partnership link between mental health services in Sheffield and services in Gulu, Northern Uganda. This link is now very well established and many colleagues from Uganda have spent time in Sheffield funded by the Commonwealth Fellowship programme.  Sheffield and Gulu are keen to develop this partnership further and share the mutual lessons and benefits.  Kevan has coached and managed junior football and serves as a Club Welfare Officer at Hallam and Redmires Rangers Junior Football Club.



Clive ClarkeSHSCSTAFF94

Diploma in Social Work (CQSW)

Deputy Chief Executive/Executive Director of Operations

Clive was appointed as an initial Executive Director of the Trust with effect from 01 July 2008. A qualified nurse and social worker, Clive brings the benefit of more than 29 years’ experience in health and social care provision.  He has served as Director of Adult Mental Health Services and as Head of Social Services in Sheffield Care Trust.

Since March 2013 Clive has been the Deputy Chief Executive and this year (2016) he also became the Executive Director of Operations.

Clive was a participant in the 2001 King’s Fund Top Managers Leadership Programme.



Phillip Easthopephill 2

FCCA, BA (Hons) Accounting and Management Control

Executive Director of Finance

Phillip was appointed as the Trust’s Executive Director of Finance on 08 January 2016, following a period as the Trust’s Interim Executive Director of Finance from 23 March 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was the Trust’s Deputy Director of Finance since 2012 and has over 12 years’ experience in NHS finance.  Phillip is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has completed the NHS Strategic Financial Leadership Programme.



Dr Mike HunterMike Hunter

MB, ChB (Sheffield, 1995) MRCPsych (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1999)

Executive Medical Director 

Mike was appointed as the Trust’s Executive Medical Director in October 2016. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for many years and was previously Clinical Director of Acute & In-patient Services and Community Services at the Trust.  His responsibilities include quality improvement, patient safety, clinical governance, medical leadership, medical education and service user engagement.  He trained in Sheffield, first in medicine and then in psychiatry.  He is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a background in Rehabilitation and Assertive Community Treatment.  He is particularly interested in the development of services that provide intensive support outside of the traditional hospital setting and in developing enhanced approaches for mental heath within Primary Care.



Liz LightbownSHSCSTAFF119

Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science, MSc Health Planning and Financing, Diploma in Public Health,

Executive Director of Nursing, Professions and Care Standards


Liz joined the Trust on 21 April 2010, initially on secondment. She was subsequently appointed on a permanent basis in April 2011.  She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioural Sciences, a Masters Degree in Health Planning and Financing, and a Diploma in Public Health.  She was a participant on the King’s Fund National Nursing Leadership Programme and is Prince 2 (Project Management) qualified.


Liz is the Trust’s Chief Nurse, Executive Lead Care Standards and for Health Professions (non-medical), Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) and Executive Lead for Safeguarding Adults and Children. She is also responsible for non-medical education.  Since April 2012 Liz has been the Executive Lead for the Trust’s International Health Partnership with Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in Northern Uganda.


Susan Rogers MBESHSCSTAFF138

BA (Hons) History, Certificate of Education

Non-Executive Director (Vice-Chair)

(Chair of the Workforce and Organisation Development Committee)

Sue has extensive experience in the teaching profession, as well as industrial relations. She has served at the highest level of NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers), the largest teachers’ trade union in the United Kingdom, both as President and Treasurer.  From 2005 to 2009, she served as the Chair of AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance), the largest unitary awarding body for public examinations in the United Kingdom.

Sue was awarded an MBE for her services to the Trade Union movement. She previously served as a member of Employment Tribunals and continues to work for international solidarity for trade union development in Iraq.

Sue served a three year term as a Non-Executive Director from 2009 to 2012 and another three year term from 2012 to 2015. The Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Council of Governors proposed a one year extension to Sue’s term which was agreed by the Council of Governors (extended to 30 November 2016) as was a subsequent one year extension to 30 November 2017.  Sue is the Chair of the Workforce and Organisation Development Committee.  Through her skills she enhances the Board’s ability to address the organisation’s human resource needs and its strategic capacity in general.


Councillor Leigh BramallCllr Leigh Bramall

BSc(Hons) Communications and Society

Non-Executive Director

Leigh is Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, leading on economic development in England’s fourth largest city. He is chairperson of the Sheffield Work and Skills Board and a member of the city’s Science and Innovation Board.

Graduating in media research at Leicester University with a BSc (Hons) Communications and Society, Leigh then spent two years working in English Language education in Japan before moving to London to work in business-to-business public relations in the property industry. He subsequently returned to his home town of Sheffield to head up European Corporate Public Relations at leading engineering simulation software provider, ANSYS Inc. At the same time he entered local politics, becoming a city councillor in 2004 and currently represents the Southey Ward. Most recently, he worked in communications and research for a Member of the European Parliament up to 2011 prior to taking on a senior political role in Sheffield. He took on the lead role for economic development in May 2012.  Leigh’s tenure of office runs until 31 October 2017.


Richard MillsRichard Mills

BSc Environmental (Town) Planning, Diploma in Health Service Management

Non-Executive Director

(Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee)

Richard joined us as a Non-Executive Director on 01 December 2015. He has over 35 years senior management experience in the NHS, Charitable, Independent and Public Sector organisations (including Board level positions in NHS organisations).

Richard was an NHS Manager and Director from 1979-2012, working in the London and Thames Valley Hospital, Health Authority and Primary Care Trust levels. Richard was the Chief Executive of Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) 2014-2015 and has been a management consultant since 2012.  Richard’s expertise is invaluable to the Board, where he currently serves as Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.  Richard’s tenure of office runs until 30 November 2018.


Ann StanleySHSCSTAFF207


Non-Executive Director

(Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee)

Ann joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director on 01 November 2014. She has served as a senior Finance Executive in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors.  Her varied skillset and experience includes working in Brussels for the European Communities (she is a fluent French speaker) and in London for the BBC.  She is presently a Non-Executive Director for a leading Housing Association based in Lincolnshire where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.  Her strong career track record is supported by her Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA).  Ann’s financial expertise is invaluable to the Trust Board, where she currently serves as Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.  Ann’s tenure of office runs until 31 October 2017.


Mervyn ThomasSHSCSTAFF129

BA (Hons) Politics, MA Social Policy, CQSW (Certificate in the Qualification of Social Work), FRSA

Non-Executive Director (Senior Independent Director)

(Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee) 

Mervyn brings a wealth of experience from the health and social care sectors, giving him a perfect fit with the strategic needs of the Trust. His experience as a serving Non-Executive Director in other health organisations and his role as Chairman of the South Yorkshire Probation Trust is complemented by his extensive past experience at senior managerial levels in local government.  Mervyn Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, a Master of Arts Degree in Social Policy and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Mervyn served a three year term as a Non-Executive Director from 2009 to 2012 and another three year term from 2012 to 2015. The Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Council of Governors proposed a one year extension to Mervyn’s term which was agreed by the Council of Governors (extended to 30 November 2016) as was a subsequent one year extension to 30 November 2017.  Mervyn currently serves as the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee.