Meet the team

Our Board of Directors are split between Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors. The Board meet every month, click here for details. Executive Directors Richard Parker…

Our Board of Directors are split between Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors. The Board meet every month, click here for details.

Executive Directors

Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive.

His previous role was Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Quality. Richard began his career as a student nurse, qualifying in 1985. Richard was appointed Deputy Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2005, Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and then Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He held that position until joining us in October 2013 and became Chief Executive in January 2017.

Richard has a special interest in ways of ensuring that nurse staffing levels are safe, appropriate and provide high-quality patient care. He gained a MBA (Health and Social Services) in 1997 from Leeds University and the Nuffield Institute for Health and his dissertation was on acuity, patient dependency and safe staffing levels.

David Purdue, Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse

David qualified as a registered general nurse from Nottingham University in 1990 and specialised in cardiac nursing in Nottingham where he set up a number of cardiac nurse-led services, an innovation that won him an award from the National Modernisation Agency.

After four years working on the implementation of the National Service Framework for coronary heart disease and then improving access to heart services in the East Midlands, David returned to hospital life in 2004 as clinical nurse manager for cardiothoracics at City Hospital in Nottingham. He joined the Trust in October 2008 as Divisional Nurse Manager for Medicine.

David was Associate Director of Performance from 2010 and became Acting Chief Operator Officer from June 2013 until his substantive appointment to the role in July 2013 which he held for six years until June 2019.

Dr Tim Noble,  Executive Medical Director.

Tim, who qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in London in 1989, was born and raised in York. After five years of medical training, he practised in a number of hospitals in the south of England.

In 1995, Dr Noble returned to the North of England and completed a research project at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, qualifying as a specialist in respiratory medicine in 2002. A move to Barnsley Hospital followed in 2003 before starting his career at DBTH in 2006 as a Consultant Respiratory Physician. From 2010 to 2017, the Doncaster resident oversaw the hospitals’ respiratory medicine service, as well as undertaking two Clinical Director posts, before becoming Deputy Medical Director in 2017.

Dr Tim Noble was appointed Executive Medical Director of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals in 2020.

Jon Sargeant, Executive Director of Recovery, Innovation and Transformation

Jon was previously Director of Finance at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has over 25 years of experience, working exclusively in the health service.

Starting as a Financial Trainee at Heartlands Hospital in 1989, Jon has held a number of board level posts, most notably as Director of Finance at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, leading a number of reconfiguration projects at the London-based Trust, before moving to Burton Hospitals in 2013.

Jon joined Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals in November 2016 as Director of Finance, leading this service for five years before being named as Executive Director for Recovery, Innovation and Transformation in a secondment capacity. The services which have come together to form this new directorate, and are key in supporting and enabling the improvements envisioned, are Strategy and Improvement, Digital Transformation, Information and Informatics, and the Performance Management Office. Together, the team will focus upon enhancing and developing services and systems across the organisation as the Trust emerges from the challenges of COVID-19, ultimately in an bid to improve patient care and treatment.

Karen Barnard,  Director of People & Organisational Development.

Karen joined the Trust from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals where she was Deputy Director of HR and Organisational Development.

Before that she worked at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals as Deputy Director of HR and has experience working for various NHS organisations across Northern Lincolnshire.

As Director of People and Organisational Development, Karen oversees HR functions as well as Education. Karen joined Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals in 2016.

Karen is due to retire in early 2022.

Alex Crickmar, Acting Director of Finance

Alex is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience within the NHS, and joined the Trust in March 2018.

A graduate of the University of Newcastle, Alex worked as a Senior Manager within PriceWaterhouseCoopers for over ten years, working across both the public and private sectors, specialising within the health service. Following this post, Alex took up the role of Deputy Director of Finance at Yorkshire Ambulance Service for a period of four years, which included a spell of around nine months as Interim Executive Director of Finance and Performance.

Since joining DBTH initially as Deputy Director of Finance, Alex has helped to lead and the develop the team and these efforts were recognised by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in 2019 when the service was named Yorkshire and Humber Finance Team of the Year. As part of the changes in the Executive Team to support the recovery, innovation and transformation of our services, Alex was subsequently named Acting Director of Finance in November 2021.

Non-Executive Directors

Suzy Brain England OBE C Dir, Chair of the Board.

Suzy is an experienced board chair, non-executive director, consultant, mentor and counsellor. Suzy is currently the Chair of Derwent Living Housing Association, Chair and Trustee of Keep Britain Tidy, Lay Representative for Health Education England’s doctor training and recruitment in Yorkshire, a member of the Institute of Directors’ Accreditation and Standards Committee, and founder of Cloud Talking mentoring services.

Suzy has a wealth of experience in chairing and serving on boards in a variety of sectors including health, housing, enterprise and finance.  She is a former Chair of Kirklees Community Healthcare Services and was a Non-executive Director at Barnsley Hospitals NHS Trust. She was awarded an OBE for her work as Chair of the Department of Work and Pensions Decision Making Standards Committee.  Suzy began her career as a journalist and in her executive roles she has been CEO of The Talent Foundation, the Earth Centre in South Yorkshire and a Director in the Central London Training and Enterprise Council.

Pat Drake, Clinical Non-executive Director.

Pat is a former nurse with a wide range of experience in both acute and community care. Since retiring from the Health Service, Pat has served a number of organisations and charities as a Non-Executive Director, as well as serving as Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Ambulance Service. She has also worked as a Non-Executive Director at Locala Community Services, Justice of the Peace and as Governor of a large academy.

A passionate advocate for the delivery of high quality patient care, Pat is focused upon ensuring that patients and the public have a significant voice within the NHS.  Pat will take on the role of Clinical Non-Executive, a position the Trust established following the Francis Report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Kath Smart, Non-executive Director.

A Doncaster resident, Kath has an extensive background in the public sector, working within the NHS for over a decade as a commissioner in Doncaster, Wakefield and Hull, covering a variety of roles from risk management to governance and external inspections.

As a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) qualified accountant, Kath has most recently worked with Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) as a Non-Executive Director, as well as Chair of the organisation’s Audit Committee and social enterprise, Flourish Enterprises.

Neil Rhodes, Non-executive Director.

Neil was born and brought up in Barnsley and now lives in the north of Lincolnshire.  His particular areas of interest in the NHS are the quality of patient care and the importance of the patient perspective in designing services that give real value for money.   Neil is the Chair of the Financial Oversight Committee of the Trust, responsible for the scrutiny of those areas on behalf of the wider board.  His professional background was in policing, where as a chief constable he was responsible for the running of a large public sector organisation, with complex finances and a clear public service ethos.

Neil has extensive experience in the delivery of large programmes of work, including the management of organisational change, provision of core computer systems and the outsourcing of services.  His interests outside of the Trust include non-executive membership of the national Youth Justice Board since 2013 and both personnel and organisational development work as a consultant.

Sheena McDonnell, Non-executive Director.

Sheena specialises in leadership and organisational development, as well as governance and transformation. She has extensive experience in both the public and charitable sectors and has held senior roles in housing for the past twenty-five years. This includes several years with the Audit Commission, giving her a strong understanding of regulatory and governance requirements.

Sheena is now an independent consultant and coach, focused on delivering effective leadership within organisations and individuals. She has a keen interest in the quality of patient care and the views of patients and communities. She also holds a non-executive role on the board of a leisure trust, encouraging people to be more active more often.

Mark Bailey, Non-executive Director.

Mark, a former Group Director for Customers and Services at Rolls-Royce plc, joined the Trust in February 2020 and has an extensive background in the private sector having spent over 30 years with the world-renowned engineering company. Originally from Armthorpe in Doncaster, Mark now lives with his family in Ashbourne at the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Initially trained as an engineer, Mark has extensive experience of operating at senior leadership and board level environments while nurturing a specialist interest in strategic development, business growth and customer service transformation. He has also led the introduction of innovative digital solutions throughout his career, something which is a particular focus for the Trust as it looks to further modernise how clinicians use technology to support patient care.

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