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Our Board

Executive Directors

Peter Axon, Chief Executive

During his 22 year career, Peter has worked across a number of NHS organisations and, for a period, the private sector.

For the past ten years, he was Chief Finance Officer and more recently Deputy Chief Executive at a Community NHS Foundation Trust, where he oversaw a number of large scale programmes.

These included the completion of a new £50m Dental Hospital in Birmingham, the development of new operating models across Birmingham and the Black Country and refresh of the Foundation Trusts long term strategy.

During this period in Birmingham, Peter also spend a year as a Board director, including CEO, of a Black Country Mental Health and Learning Disability provider.

Lorraine Hooper, Director of Finance, Performance & Estates

Lorraine joined Combined in February 2019, having previously been Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Originally from Bristol, Lorraine started in the NHS in 2004 and has held a number of roles, including supporting services in Acute hospitals in Birmingham and Head of Financial Management and Planning at University Hospitals of Leicester.

Lorraine now lives in Derby and undertakes amateur dramatics in her spare time.

Maria Nelligan, Director of Nursing and Quality

Before joining the Trust as Director of Nursing & Quality, Maria held the post of Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies for 11 years and was also the Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Maria has a passion for patient and service user experience and the ongoing development of nurses. She also has a reputation for being a compassionate nurse, a supportive manager and a leader in nursing development.

Dr Olubukola (Buki) Adeyemo, Medical Director

Dr Adeyemo is a qualified consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and has worked in the NHS service since 1998.

She leads the Dementia Innovation Programme for Health Education West Midlands and is passionate about streamlined care for older people and the leadership roles clinicians can have in making this happen.

She is the lead for the Mental Health Medical Directors Group for the West Midlands and promotes the principals for medical leadership to acquire the required competence and skill to deliver safe patient care.

Jonathan O'Brien, Director of Operations

Jonathan joined us in April 2018 from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where has been the Director of Operations since 2015. Over that period he has held responsibility for operational delivery, performance management and transformation programmes across the Trust. Jonathan has worked in senior operational roles within the NHS for 14 years, since initially joining as an NHS General Management Trainee in 2004. He has held a variety of operational management posts across acute hospital Trusts in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, where he has managed large medical and surgical Directorates and Divisions.

Linda Holland, Director of Workforce, OD and Inclusion

Linda Holland joined us as Interim Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in November 2018, having come from a Director role at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Non-Executive Directors

David, Rogers, Chairman

David joined the Trust as a non-executive director in 2014. He developed a keen interest in healthcare through his wife Ellie Scrivens, a professor of health policy at Keele University and government healthcare advisor, who died in 2008.

He has also served as Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Strategic Partnership and served on the Board of the Burslem Regeneration Company.

Tony Gadsby, Vice Chair

Tony has served as a Non-executive Director for the Trust since 2009 and was appointed Vice Chair in 2017.

He is an experienced Director from a manufacturing environment and worked for JCB for 20 years in senior and executive managerial roles. As Director of JCB Cabs Systems he led the restructuring and expansion of the business during a period of unprecedented change and growth. Prior to retiring in 2008, he was Managing Director of JCB’s Groundcare Division.

Before joining JCB Tony had a long career with Aveling-Barford, another large manufacturer of construction equipment.

As well as chairing both the Finance and Performance Committee and Charitable Funds Committee, he is also vice-chair of the Business Development Committee.

An engineering designer by training, Tony has a wide experience in design, manufacturing, procurement and finance with additional experience in the areas of marketing and sales. In recent years he has been involved in cost reduction and lean manufacturing techniques applied to a variety of processes and products.

Patrick Sullivan, Non-Executive Director

Patrick lives in Leek, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. He trained and worked locally in North Staffordshire at the start of his career.

Patrick was, until May 2012, the Executive Director of Nursing at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. This is one of the largest non-acute trusts in the country proving mental health and community health services to a population of over 1.4 million people.

Patrick is a Mental Health Nurse who is committed to the NHS and the local area. He is currently a Mental Health Act Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission and sits on Mental Health Review Tribunals as a specialist lay member.

Russell Andrews , Non-Executive Director

Biography to follow


Joan Walley, Non-Executive Director

Joan was MP for Stoke-on-Trent North for 28 years, stepping down in 2015.

During her term in office, she was Shadow Transport and Shadow Environment Minister and Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee for five years.

She is currently Chair of the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society that drives action for a sustainable economy, as well as Chair of Burslem Regeneration Trust.

Joan has been a member of the Labour Party for 41 years.

Janet Dawson, Non-Executive Director

Janet joined the Board on 1 March 2019 as a Non-Executive Director and will chair the People, Culture and Development Committee. She is an Independent Governor of Manchester Metropolitan University and a member of their Remuneration Committee.

She has held senior leadership roles in Human Resources, Reward and Pensions management for much of her executive career and has a particular interest in driving forward the equality, diversity and inclusion agendas in organisations with which she is involved.

Dr Keith Tattum, GP Associate Director

In his role as GP Associate with the Trust, Dr Tattum provides a valuable general practice and primary care perspective to influence Board decision making.

He has served in this role since 2011 and qualified as a GP in 1980. Alongside his role with the Trust, Dr Tattum is a long-standing GP at Baddeley Green Surgery in Stoke-on-Trent.

Wendy Dutton, Chair, Service User & Carer Council

Wendy is Chair of the Service User and Carer Council (SUCC) and a member of Trust Board. Wendy was a registered general nurse for 30 years, working in a variety of roles including Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

Wendy is a service user within both Mental Health and Physical Health services. This has led to Wendy being passionate about person centred care and a firm believer in treating people holistically; recognising that we don’t come in separate packages and need to be assessed and care formulated for all our care needs as far as is practicable.

Wendy uses her insight both as a service user and a nurse to see things from both a service user perspective and as a care giver, and how collaborative working can benefit all parties.


Jenny Harvey, Chair, Staff Side

Jenny joined the NHS in 1988. She has previously worked as a ward domestic and a Health Care Support Worker in learning disabilities services.

Jenny has been a trade union representative for more than 25 years, first in the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) and subsequently UNISON. Jenny has been chair of the Trust Staff Side trades unions for over a decade, including the role of representative to the Trust Board.

Jenny is currently a West Midlands delegate to UNISON’s Health Executive Committee which leads on NHS negotiations and consultations at a national level.

Laurie Wrench, Associate Director of Governance 

Laurie joined the Trust in 2007 as Head of Clinical Audit and Research having previously worked for the University Hospital of West Midlands as Clinical Audit Manager.

In September 2015, Laurie was successfully appointed to the new role of Associate Director of Governance, covering a wide portfolio including the role of Board Secretar

Joe McCrea, Associate Director of Communications

Joe joined the Trust in December 2016 having previously been Director of Communications at East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG. He brings a wealth of experience gleaned from over 20 years in NHS and health communications at a senior level from both a policy and a service perspective, including the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, as well as a wide range of NHS bodies, including acute and community NHS trusts, NHS Confederation, NHS Leadership Academy and East Leicestershire and Rutland GP Federation.

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