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Non-Executive Directors

Biographies for individuals who are serving as non-executive directors are detailed below.

The Board considers all non-executive directors to be independent (with the exception of John Clapham) as they were appointed to their roles through open competition and are not employees of the Trust.


John Clapham
Non-Executive Director

John is a Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. He represents the university on the MKUH Board. He has a background of working in higher education as well as in biomedical research with the pharmaceutical industry.

One of the founder team of the University of Buckingham Medical School, he has expertise in project management, biomarkers, molecular biology and biotechnology. On top of this, he also has expertise in people management.

John is a strong research professional with a PhD focused on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Birkbeck College, University of London


Andrew Blakeman
Senior Independent Director from 1 March 2018
(Chair, Quality and Clinical Risk Committee)

Andrew joined the Trust in February 2016 for a three-year period.

He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for BP for over 20 years in a variety of senior financial roles. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer for BP’s UK petrol station business.

Andrew was a non-executive director on the board of NHS Blood & Transplant from 2008 to 2016. He was also the Chair of the Governance and Audit Committee. As well as this, he sits on the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee for Public Health England.


Tony Nolan
(chair, workforce and development assurance committee)

Tony joined the Trust in March 2014 on a four-year commitment.

He has been reappointed for a further two years. Tony has held senior positions in a number of multi-national companies in the technology sector. He is currently the Transformation Director for Arqiva which is the UK’s leading TV, radio and mobile infrastructure provider.

Tony lives in Buckinghamshire.


Nicky McLeod
Non-executive Director

Nicky started her career by training as a General Nurse in London and then after some extensive traveling went on to work in the Pharmaceutical Industry in sales and marketing roles.

After 11 years she moved back into direct Healthcare taking a role in Cygnet Health Care, an Independent Mental Health Care provider. After 10 years she became the Chief Operating Officer over a National Company with 22 Hospitals. At the same time she took on a School Governor role for 5 years.

Nicky has a focus and a passion for organisational culture based on values and extensive experience in in-patient specialist mental health services.


NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORSParmjit Dhanda
Non-executive Director

Parmjit joined the Trust in February 2017 on a three-year appointment. He served as a Member of Parliament for Gloucester from 2001 to 2010. He was also a Government Minister, covering the Young People and Families, Fire and Rescue Services and Community Cohesion portfolios.

Parmjit has served as Non-Executive Director for an urban regeneration company and two Housing Associations. He is currently a Senior National Officer for the Prospect trade union. He lives in Buckinghamshire.


Heidi Travis
(Chair, Finance and Investment Committee)

Heidi joined the Trust in March 2018. She joined Sue Ryder in March 2010 as Director of Retail, and took on the role of Chief Executive in September 2013.

Previously, Heidi had worked as a business consultant developing small businesses. Before that, she spent 25 years at Marks and Spencer, most recently as an executive in group planning and strategy as well as managing a buying group.

Heidi also worked as a lay member of the Aylesbury Vale CCG until 2013. She became a non-executive director for Bucks PCT (now Bucks NHS) in 2008 and chairs a Bucks speech and language therapy group. She lives in Milton Keynes.


Helen Smart
Non-Executive Director

Helen joined the Trust in March 2018. A nurse and health visitor by background, she has worked across the NHS since 1986. She has held a variety of senior Executive roles, including Executive Director of Nursing and Operational Director for Learning Disability Services at Northamptonshire Healthcare Trust. On top of this, Helen was Deputy Director of Commissioning for Primary Care at NHS Bedfordshire and Director of Community Services. She was also Lead Nurse for South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Since July 2017, Helen has been operating in an interim consultancy capacity and is currently at Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust. She has also worked for the Department of Health, and in advisory roles for the CQC and at Governmental level. She lives in South Northamptonshire.

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