Our Board

The Trust Board is made up of Non-­Executive and Executive Directors who together are responsible for leading Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust 

The Trust Board is accountable for setting our strategic direction, monitoring our performance against objectives, ensuring high standards of corporate governance and helping to promote links between the Trust and the local community.

The Trust Board meets in public six times a year and anyone is welcome to attend.

Our Board vision and values

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  • We will advocate for the best outcomes for our patients
  • We will pay attention to and address issues of inequality
  • The health of our local population is important to us and we will reflect in our decision making


  • We will play a leading role in improving the health and wellbeing of our local population
  • We will be active participants in realising the vision for our regional ICS
  • We are ambitious; our vision is to make us outstanding


  • We will continue to listen and respond to concerns raised by our patients and staff
  • We will do what we say and do so in a timely manner
  • We will ensure our decisions are based on collaboration with the interests of our staff and patients at the centre


  • We will lead by example
  • We will work to empower employees at all levels
  • We will empower our leaders to lead and manage their teams


  • We will support staff to implement evidence based learning to improve our service
  • We will adopt a positive approach to working with our partners achieving shared ICS objectives
  •  We will support our patients to make informed choices that improve their quality of life

Mark Yates - Chair

Mark Yates Chair

As the Trust’s Chair, i’m the leader of the Board but not the organisation - that is the CEO’s role; I am responsible for the smooth, effective and efficient running of the Trust Board and its sub committees.  This in turn means ensuring the Board’s members (executive and non-executive) work closely together to ensure decisions are properly made following examination of the available expertise and evidence, which may on occasions mean robust debate! My time at Board level is focussed on financial probity, patient centred improvements and ensuring the appropriate culture is in place to allow our teams at all levels to deliver the best care possible.  I also have an external role when I represent the Trust at an Integrated Care System, regional and national level which means working closely with other chairs within our locality and beyond.  Within H&W Integrated Care System I chair the People Forum and as such take a strategic oversight and coordination role for staffing issues across NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire. To carry out my role I believe I need to have a reasonable oversight and understanding of the services we deliver and as such you well may meet me in any location across our Trust as I visit staff to discuss their roles.

Sarah Dugan - Chief Executive

Sarah Dugan Chief Executive


Sarah is a nurse by background and holds nursing qualifications in Adult nursing, Children’s nursing and Specialist Community Public Health (HV). She has held a wide range of senior positions within community and mental health service providers and in commissioning organisations. Sarah has been our Chief Executive since 2011 and as of July 2022 is the nominated Mental Health lead on our local Integrated Care Board (ICB).

John Devapriam - Medical Director

John Devapriam


I have over 20 years’ experience working in the National Health Service, and took up the role of Medical Director in 2018. Together with the Director of Nursing, I am responsible for quality of care and delivery of the clinical strategy in the Trust. I am responsible for the professional standards of doctors, dentists and pharmacists in the organisation and I oversee medicines management and psychological interventions. I am the Chief Clinical Information Officer and Caldicott Guardian. I am a consultant psychiatrist by background and undertake clinical work in the Learning Disability service in Worcestershire. Previously, I was the National Professional Advisor for Learning Disability at the Care Quality Commission and Chaired the Quality Network at the Royal College of Psychiatry. I am also a Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal for Mental Health and the Lead Editor for learning disability and mental health at MindEd, Heath Education England. My interest areas are in systems leadership, strategy development, mentoring, advancing equities and population health management. I am also an active clinician researcher and have contributed to several book chapters, peer reviewed publications and national reports.

Elaine Clough - Director of People & Organisational Development

Elaine Clough

Elaine has been in public services for more than three decades as an Organisation Development & HRD professional. She’s worked in Local Government, for a national and European public sector consultancy, and has lectured in Higher Education on programmes such as the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. More recently, Elaine has worked in the Police Service and has consulted to the organising committee for the Commonwealth Games 2022 and regional local government authorities.

Gill Harrad - Company Secretary

Gill Harrad Company Secretary


Gill joined the Trust from Birmingham and Solihull mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Company Secretary/Head of Legal Services. She qualified as a solicitor in 1994 working in local authorities in Warrington, Gloucestershire and Birmingham, undertaking a broad range of legal work. She moved into the NHS in 2007 working in a specialist Mental Health Trust.  She is responsible for corporate governance in the Trust. 

Tessa Norris - Non-executive Director

Tessa Norris Associate Non-executive Director

I chair the Workforce Committee, which is responsible for providing assurances to the Trust Board on all aspects of workforce and organisational development. I also chair our Mental Health Legislation Committee, which works to ensure the requirements of the Mental Health Act are met in full and exercised fairly and lawfully. I am also the Staff Wellbeing Guardian and Lead non-executive director for Freedom to Speak Up and aim to work with our staff networks and F2SU champions to make this Trust the best place to work.

Janet Clarke - Non-executive Director

Janet Clarke Non-executive Director

I worked as a clinician in the NHS for many years and I am committed to supporting our teams to provide an excellent clinical experience for our patients. I chair the Quality and Safety Committee which oversees and provides assurance that we are delivering safe and effective clinical services. I also sit on the group that supports and advices our Medical Director in his role as Trust Responsible Officer to ensure our medical, dental and pharmacy clinicians are safe and supported practitioners. I am a member of Workforce and Audit committees as there are many crossovers issues discussed in these committees and the quality of patient care.

Robert Mackie - Director of Finance/Deputy CEO

Photo of Robert Mackie, Director of Finance

Robert took up post with the Trust on 1 July 2011 as Director of Finance. He previously worked for the NHS Walsall, initially as Director of Resources from October 2008 and then from November 2010 as Interim Chief Executive. Robert is qualified accountant and joined the NHS with the 1998 cohort of the national financial management training scheme, having previously worked in general management within the private sector.

Matthew Hall - Chief Operating Officer

Matthew Hall Chief Operating Officer

Matthew is responsible for clinical service delivery and emergency planning. He joined the WHCT in May 2019, from Solent NHS Trust - where some of his previous roles were Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Director for Mental Health Services and Operations Director. He has worked in the NHS since 1990 and is a Registered Mental Health Nurse. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester.

Steve Peak - Non-executive Director

Steve Peak Non-executive Director

I chair the Finance and Performance Committee, which is responsible for Board oversight and assurance around the Trust’s finances and non-clinical and workforce targets.  The Committee also has oversight on the capital works programme and IT agenda.  I am a member of the Audit Committee and also I act as Vice Chair and deputise for Mark Yates when needed. My final two committee commitments are to sit on the remuneration committee that is responsible for setting executive pay levels and the Charitable Funds Committee that acts to ensure we look after all charitable funds and spend them wisely.

Sue Harris - Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Susan Harris Director of Strategy & Partnerships

Sue was appointed in May 2012. Her Directorate responsibilities include strategy and business development, business planning, the Programme Management Office, marketing and communication, patient self-management and community engagement. Prior to a secondment to the Strategic Health Authority in 2011, Sue was, from 2009, Lead Commissioner for mental health services in Worcestershire. Prior to this role, she was a national director for Turning Point, a leading social enterprise, Sue has over 20 years of business development experience in the health and social care field across a range of sectors.

Natalie Willetts - Director of Nursing and Quality

Natalie Willets, Director of Nursing

Natalie joined the Trust in April 2022 from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust where she was Deputy Director of Nursing and led the Trusts COVID-19 vaccination programme. Previous to this, Natalie was Head of Healthcare at HMP Birmingham, where she was responsible for operational and clinical management for the health services within the prison. Natalie is an RMN, has previously managed children’s mental health services, and has been a nurse consultant in mental health inpatient services.

Jamie Morris - Non-executive Director

Jamie Morris Non-executive Director

A former local government chief officer and management consultant, I chair the Mental Health Collaborative Committee which is aiming, with partners inside and outside the NHS, to provide a co-ordinated approach to all mental health services across Worcestershire and Herefordshire.  I am also a member of the Finance and Performance Committee, the Charitable Funds Committee and the Mental Health Legislation Committee.

Martin Charters - Non-executive Director

Martin Charters Non Executive Director

Martin joined the Trust in May 2018. He qualified as a chartered accountant, with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, prior spending most of his career working in and for the NHS. He has held senior roles in finance, prior to working in advisory services, including partner level roles in Atos Consulting, Capgemini and BDO. His more recent experience has been focused on clinical service transformation, population health management, and developing integrated care systems. Committee membership: Audit, Quality & Safety, Workforce and Mental Health Legislation.

David Brown - Chief Information Officer

Picture of David Brown - Chief Information Officer

David has over 35 years of NHS experience in Pharmacy, Information Technology and Digital innovation alongside 8 years of IT management in Higher Education. David has managed large Acute Hospital IT Services in Manchester and South Yorkshire as well as Community IT services in Rotherham. He led the Sheffield Hallam University Informatics service for several years. In the commercial space, as Software Development Director for a multi-national software house, David led a team of 20 developers in three countries on several Fortune 500 accounts.

Julie Snell - Associate Non-executive Director

Julie Snell

Julie joined the Trust as an Associate Non-Executive Director in April 2021. She has 30 + years’ experience as a business leader in new technology markets and leading technology innovation in telecoms / digital IT.

Julie is currenty Chair of Scotland 5G Centre, Non-Executive Director Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership, Associate Non-Executive Director Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, Vice President of the Urban Technology Alliance, a global community of international smart city players a Non-Executive at Col8, and a mentor for Babbasa, to help young people realise their employment or enterprise ambitions.