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, 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 and Chief Operating Officer.

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 fromthe 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.


Moira Hardy, Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professionals.

Moira qualified as a registered general nurse in 1985 from the Sheffield School of Nursing.  She has worked in a number of corporate senior nursing roles at Assistant Chief Nurse level before moving to Doncaster as Deputy Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Quality in July 2014.

Moira is a strong advocate for patients and promoting positive patient experience. She gained a BMedSci in Nursing Studies from the University of Sheffield in 2000.

Moira was appointed Director of Nursing at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals in January 2018.


Sewa Singh,  Medical Director.

Sewa graduated from Sheffield University Medical School and trained in Surgery in South Yorkshire and London.  He is an enthusiastic trainer and was Director of the Surgical Training Programme in South Yorkshire from 2009 until appointment as Medical Director.

He has worked for the Trust as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon since 1996 and was Clinical Director for Surgery in 2004 to 2007, Clinical Director, Division of Surgery 2008-10, and Deputy Medical Director from 2010.

Sewa was appointed Medical Director of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals in 2012.


Jon Sargeant, Director of Finance.

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.


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.


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.


Linn Phipps, Non-executive Director.

Linn has a background in the public sector, originally in public transport and local government Director roles.  For over 15 years she has held a portfolio of Non-Executive Director (NED) and consultancy posts.  She has been a NED / Chair in NHS primary care and in mental health /learning disability care.

Her consultancy and non-executive work focuses on coaching, mediation and facilitation; addressing governance and risk; and reducing health inequalities.  She has national roles representing patient and public voice, for example serving on two NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) committees as a Lay Member, and on NHS England’s Patient Online Programme Board as Chair of its Stakeholder Forum.

Previously the Chair of Healthwatch Leeds, Linn is now Deputy Chair, and until November 2016, served as a Patient and Public Voice representative of NHS England’s Clinical Priorities Advisory Group.   Linn is particularly interested in how patient and public views influence what happens in health and care.


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.


Philippe Serna, Non-executive Director.

Phillipe was educated at the University of New South Wales, in Australia and is a qualified chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience. He has worked through his own company as a senior interim consultant to Blue Chip and smaller companies throughout Europe since 2003.

Philippe has expertise in risk management, process design, control and audit along with director level finance and management experience. He also currently serves on the board of an Academy Trust.


There is one non executive director vacancy on the Board of Directors.


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