Board Member Biographies

Jayne Brown OBE

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 2020.


Kevan Taylor

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 Clarke

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 Easthope

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 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 Lightbown

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.



Olivia Blake

Non-Executive Director

Olivia Blake is Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council and is the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources. First elected in 2014 to represent Walkley Ward where she lives.

As a councillor she has previously held the role of Cabinet Assistant for Health and Social Care with a particular focus on Carers and Public Health and was a member of the scrutiny committees for both this area and Childrens, Young People and Families.

She graduated from University of Sheffield with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and continued to do research following this. She still maintains a passion for science and in particular health sciences.

Following this she moved into working in political communications, working for a local Member of Parliament on campaigns and communications.

Olivia has also represented young trade union members at a regional, national and European level on committees and at conferences. She has a strong interest in workforce development and wellbeing and has campaigned on issues including low pay, young people’s rights and mental health.


Sandie Keene CBE

Non-Executive Director

Sandie has lived in Sheffield all her life. She initially began her career as a social worker and her early work was in South Yorkshire Local Authorities. She retired in 2014 after eight years as Director of Adult Social Services in Leeds. She was President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services(ADASS) in 2013/4 and was awarded a CBE in  2016.

After retiring Sandie worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to support health and social care improvement. As an Associate with the LGA she has developed tools to support integrated Health and Social  care.

Additionally she is Independent Chair of an Safeguarding Adults Board and the Sheffield Diocesan Safeguarding panel. She is Trustee of a National Housing Association, volunteer at local faith based social action projects and supports her 94 year old  mother.


Richard 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.


Professor Laura Serrant OBE


Non-Executive Director

Laura is Professor of Nursing in Health and Social Care Research (HSCR),  Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. She is an appointed Ambassador for the Equality Challenge Unit for HE.

Laura recently (2016) completed an 18-month secondment at NHS England in the Chief Nursing Officer’s Nursing Directorate as Head of Evidence and strategy, evaluating the impact of the national Compassion In Practice Strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff.

Her research focuses on health disparities and diversity leadership. She developed a theoretical framework for conducting research in this area of work ‘The Silences Framework’ in 2010.


Ann Stanley


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 30 November 2018.