Our Board

The Trust Board is made up of Non-­Executive and Executive Directors who together are responsible for leading 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.

Chris Burdon - Chairman

Chris Burdon Chairman


Chris took up his appointment on 1 July 2011 having been Chairman designate since February 2011. Chris was appointed as NED with NHS Worcestershire in December 2008 and chaired their provider services Board. Following an early career in metallurgical research, Chris held a series of senior executive positions in the metal processing sector. His last post was with Bradken, an Australian PLC, where he had responsibility for worldwide activity in the power generation and cement production markets and the management of three sites in the UK. He Chairs Remuneration Committee and attends Quality and Safety, Workforce and Finance and Performance Committee in an ex officio capacity.

Sarah Dugan - Chief Executive

Sarah Dugan Chief Executive


Sarah took up post on 1 July 2011. Sarah previously worked for NHS Dudley as Chief Executive. Sarah is a Registered General nurse, Children’s nurse and Public Health nurse. She has held a wide range of senior positions with community and mental health service providers and in commissioning organisations. She attends Quality and Safety, Workforce and Finance and Performance Committee in an ex officio capacity.

John Devapriam - Medical Director

Dr John Devapriam Medical Director


John Devapriam is National Professional Advisor for Learning Disability for the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, and chairs the Quality Network for Learning Disabilities for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He joined the Trust in April 2018 from Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust where he was Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities and Clinical Director for the Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability directorate. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015. He attends Quality and Safety Committee, Workforce Committee and Mental Health Legislation Committee. John is also the Trust's Chief Clinical Information Officer and Caldicott Guardian.

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 is currently consulting 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. She is a member of Quality and Safety Committee, Mental Health Legislation Committee and attends Audit Committee.

Tessa Norris - Non-executive Director

Tessa Norris Associate Non-executive Director

Tessa joined the Board in January 2018 after retiring from her role as the Trust’s lead for Children, Young People & Families and Specialist Primary Care. Prior to joining the Trust, Tessa worked in a variety of roles across the NHS, including Director of Operations at Shropshire Community Health Trust and Managing Director for Dudley Community Services. She is also a qualified coach and has provided support on career development, conflict management and personal development to NHS staff over the last 7 years. Tessa is a member of the Workforce Committee and Quality and Safety Committee.

Janet Clarke - Non-executive Director

Janet Clarke Non-executive Director

Janet Clarke qualified in the 1980s from Birmingham University and went on to work in general practice, but primarily the community dental service in and around Birmingham. She has significant involvement with the British Dental Association, firstly as Chair of the Central Committee for Community and Public Health Dentistry and then as BDA President in 2011. She is currently Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England, chairs the Local Professional Network for dentistry in the West Midlands and was awarded an MBE for services to dentistry in 2010.

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 is a Member of the Finance & Performance Committee and also attends Audit Committtee. 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. Matthew is a member of Finance and Performance, Workforce and Quality and Safety Committees. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester.

Steve Peak - Non-executive Director

Steve Peak Non-executive Director

Steve has been a NED since June 2015. He is the Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and a member of Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee. He previously lectured for Keele University and is Sales and Business Development Director for Vanguard Healthcare Solutions. Over the past 25 years he has held previous senior leadership roles in acute hospitals including a period of time as CEO of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Sue Harris - Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Susan Harris Director of Strategy & Partnerships

Sue was appointed in May 2012. Sue is a member of the Finance & Performance Committee and 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.

Michelle Greatorex - Director of Nursing and Quality

Michelle Clarke Director of Nursing and Quality

Michelle took up post in April 2016 following a secondment from January to March 2016 from Wye Valley NHS Trust where she worked since August 2011 as Director of Nursing and Quality. Prior to this Michelle worked in various posts linked to professional development, service improvement, education and leadership. Michelle has previously been Managing Director for Warwickshire Community Health Services. She has extensive knowledge of community health care and has a District Nursing background. Michelle qualified as a nurse in 1988 and obtained her Masters in Health Sciences in early 2000. She attends Quality and Safety Committee and Workforce Committee.

Jamie Morris - Non-executive Director

Jamie Morris Non-executive Director

Jamie joined the Board in November 2016 and is a retired senior executive who has held roles in various public and private sector organisations, most recently as an Executive Director at Walsall Metropolitan Council, where he had responsibility for a wide range of front line services. Before that he was Assistant Chief Executive at Birmingham City Council and a Management Consultant with Deloitte advising local and central government on a variety of issues. He chairs Workforce Committee and is a member of Finance and Performance Committee and 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. He chairs Mental Health Legislation Committee and is a member of Finance and Performance Committee.

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.