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Board of Directors

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is run by a Board of Directors made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The Trust Board of Directors has a responsibility to make the best use of financial resources and deliver the services people need, to standards of safety and quality which are agreed nationally.

Executive Directors


Ifti Majid, Chief Executive

Ifti became Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare on 6 October 2017, having served as  the Trust’s Acting Chief Executive since 26 June 2015.  

Ifti qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1988, training at St George’s Hospital in London. He has held a range of clinical posts in adult mental health services, both in acute inpatient and community settings.

Ifti has worked for the Trust and its predecessor organisations for many years in a number of roles, starting as a Community Mental Health Team Clinical Lead in 1997. Ifti also completed post-graduate management studies at Sheffield Hallam University with a particular interest in business process redesign.

Ifti is also the Board’s BME champion. In 2019/20 Ifti was also appointed as co-chair of the National NHS BME Leaders Network, hosted by NHS Confederation. In October 2020, Ifti was named one of the 50 most influential BAME people in health in the UK.

Claire Wright, Executive Director of Finance

Claire has a BA (joint hons) from Keele University and worked in the private sector before joining the NHS Graduate Training Scheme in 1995. She has been a fully qualified Management Accountant since 1999.

During the last 18 years in the NHS Claire has relished working in both Acute and Mental Health provider organisations mainly in finance but also in wider management roles.

Claire joined the Trust in 2003 as Deputy Director of Finance and was appointed as Executive Director of Finance in October 2012. She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive from 6 March 2017. 

As Executive Director of Finance, Claire is responsible for the Trust’s strategic financial planning, establishing the financial framework within which the Trust operates, the financial control and the financial performance of the Trust, and ensuring that the Trust meets its statutory and regulatory financial requirements. Claire is also the Trust’s lead director for Procurement as well as Estates and Facilities.

Claire is also the Board’s LGBT+ champion.

Dr Arun Chidambaram, Medical Director

Dr Chidambaram was appointed the Trust’s Medical Director in October 2022.

A Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist by background, Arun was previously Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Locality Medical Director at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Arun has previously worked as a Deputy Medical Director across a number of organisations, including being the Interim Medical Director and Medical Director for Operations at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Arun holds two masters degrees in psychiatry and a postgraduate certificate in Healthcare Leadership. He has a wealth of clinical experience in addition to leadership expertise within a healthcare setting

Ade Odunlade, Chief Operating Officer

Ade joins us from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, where he is currently the Managing Director of one of the Trust’s three divisions. Ade leads a large service providing mental health, learning disability and perinatal services across a number of London Boroughs.

Ade was also formerly the Associate Director of Operations for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. He has a wealth of operational experience across the NHS and within private healthcare.

A Registered Mental Nurse by background, Ade has worked on acute inpatient wards, in community liaison teams, within a Young Offenders Institution and is a trained therapist.

He says, “I am highly motivated to deliver clear outcomes and results for patients and staff. I work to make a positive difference for those who use mental health, learning disability and children’s services and for the people who work within our teams. I am looking forward to returning to the Midlands and becoming a member of Team Derbyshire Healthcare.”

Carolyn Green, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse

Carolyn has worked as a qualified mental health nurse since 1995.  

Working in the west and south of London, she spent the majority of her nursing career working in inpatient care.

Throughout her career, Carolyn has taken a family-orientated approach to service design in her early intervention in psychosis, adult mental health and CAMHS roles.

She has a Masters in Health Service Management and has been a Senior Lecturer and a Visiting Fellow.

Carolyn is committed to personalised care recovery principles and seeks to involve people with lived experiences of mental health services in service evaluation, education and quality improvement programmes. She has always embraced technology and innovation and has designed many technical solutions to clinical practice challenges over her NHS career.  

Carolyn relocated to Derbyshire to become the Trust’s Director of Nursing and Patient Experience in 2014.

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Jaki Lowe, Director of People and Inclusion

Jaki joined the Trust as Director of People and Inclusion on 17 August 2020. Jaki came to the Trust from a role as People Director for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. Jaki was seconded through the NHS Executive Talent Scheme to Shropshire from her role as Deputy Director of OD in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and has prior experience inside and outside the NHS at Director level including at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.   

Jaki, who lives in Nottinghamshire, spent her childhood in Derbyshire and then trained as a nurse in Derby, before moving into roles in occupational health, training and human resources. 

She spent a number of years in Cycling UK, latterly as Vice Chair, and is particularly proud of the work the group did in raising the profile of women in cycling and supporting programmes for inclusive cycling.

Jaki has a keen and active interest in inclusion both within and outside the professional role, and aims to build on the work the Trust has already achieved in this area, supporting the Board’s goal of making the Trust a great place for people to work, thrive and give great care. 

Vikki Ashton Taylor, Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Transformation

Vikki Ashton Taylor began in post as the Trust’s Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Transformation on 1 June 2022. 

Vikki has worked in the NHS for 25 years undertaking a range of both operational and strategic roles across acute, commissioning and regulatory organisations, including a number of years as an Executive Director.

 Vikki’s most recent role was  the Lead Director for Joined Up Care Derbyshire and she brings a wealth of system-related experience and expertise. 

Vikki lives in Derbyshire and volunteers as a Magistrate for the Ministry of Justice.

Justine Fitzjohn, Trust Secretary

Justine Fitzjohn joined us as Trust Secretary in June 2019.

Justine joined the Trust from University Hospitals of Derby & Burton (UHDB) NHS Foundation Trust, where she was the Deputy Director of Governance. She brings a broad range of experience in regulation, statutory and legal compliance.  

Justine's responsibilities include arrangements for the Trust Board, Board Committees and Council of Governors, alongside membership, legal affairs and Freedom of Information. 


Non-Executive Directors

Selina Ullah, Chair

Selina Ullah became Chair of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 14 September. This followed a comprehensive recruitment process.

Selina had been a Non-Executive Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for six years and became its Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director in 2019.  Selina’s appointment was approved by the Trust’s Council of Governors in its meeting on 6 July 2021.

Selina is a Board member for the Muslim Women’s Council, having previously been its Chair for 10 years. She is also a Lay Board Member at the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Geoff Lewins, Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee

Geoff Lewins began in post as a Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 1 December 2017.

A qualified accountant by background, Geoff has a particular responsibility to chair the Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee. He joins colleagues on the Board of Directors in ensuring the organisation provides effective and high quality healthcare services to the local community, is governed properly and that patient interests are fully represented.

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in finance, IT and governance, having recently worked as Director of Financial Strategy for Rolls Royce. He is also a Trustee of The Arkwright Society, an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings in Derbyshire.

Geoff was re-appointed for a second three year term until 30 November 2023. 

Dr Sheila Newport, Deputy Chair

Dr Sheila Newport took up her role as a Non-Executive Director on 11 January 2020.

She is a former chair and clinical lead of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) and has the role of clinical lead of the Trust's Non-Executive Directors.

Sheila has 18 years’ commissioning experience, including her work with Southern Derbyshire CCG from 2011 – 2016, as well as work with organisations that led to the formation of SDCCG.

Now retired, Sheila was an experienced GP for 29 years, serving as principal of her practice, and is also experienced as a Board member. 

She has chaired multi-agency boards through Derby City Health and Wellbeing Board and Southern Derbyshire Integrated Care Board as well as gaining further board experience as Associate Non-Executive Director on the board of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust since she retired in August 2017.

Ashiedu Joel, Non-Executive Director lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Ashiedu Joel joined us as a Non-executive Director on 23 January 2020. She is an engineering graduate who runs her own business consultancy and training firm across the East Midlands. She has recently been participating in the NExT Director Programme with Leicestershire Partnership Trust and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Ashiedu is an elected member of Leicester City Council and has experience of supporting organisations, groups and individuals to engage constructively across racial, cultural and socio-environmental boundaries, while promoting opportunities for shared learning and collaboration.

Ashiedu has also held a number of Non-Executive posts and continues to be Executive of Clarion Voice, a charity working with young disadvantaged African heritage children through education, and a Trustee of The Bridge, which provides sustainable housing support, advice and solutions for homeless and vulnerable people in Loughborough and Leicester.

Deborah Good, Non-Executive Director

Deborah Good was appointed as Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2022.

Deborah, a former Housing Director, holds a BA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing.  She has spent most of her career in the social housing sector, working to improve the quality of services for local communities.

Deborah has experience of serving on various multi-agency boards, including in her role as Executive Director of Customer Experience and Business Support at Solihull Community Housing and as Non-Executive Director at Derwent Living.

Deborah lives in Derbyshire and is a current Trustee of Artcore, a provider of visual arts to diverse communities across Derbyshire.

In her role as Non-Executive Director, Deborah will be a member of the Finance and Performance Committee, overseeing all aspects of financial management and operational performance. She will also sit on the Audit and Risk Committee, which ensures that the Trust has an effective system of integrated governance, risk management and internal control.

Deborah has been appointed for a three-year term of office, ending in March 2025.

Ralph Knibbs, Non-Executive Director

Ralph Knibbs joined the Trust formally as a Non-Executive Director on the 1 July 2022. He is the chair of the Trust’s People and Culture Committee and Senior Independent Director.

For over 20 years, Ralph has operated as a Strategic Senior Human Resources Business Partner, with experience of working in both the public and private sector, as well as within complex international matrix organisations such as Rolls-Royce plc. Highly skilled at delivering people transformational change programmes to improve business performance. Possesses a deep understanding of team working through his extensive experience of professional sport. He is a passionate ally of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Ralph is currently the Head of Human Resources at United Kingdom Athletics Limited where he has been since 2011. From 2020, he has also undertaken a volunteer role as Vice-Chair of the RFU Diversity & Inclusion Implementation Working Group at the England Rugby Football Union with the aim to increase diversity and inclusion in the leadership and governance structures within the game.

He lives in Derbyshire and was appointed for a three-year term of office, ending on 30 June 2025.

Tony Edwards - Non-Executive Director

Tony Edwards joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director on 1 August 2022. He is chair of the Trust’s Finance and Performance Committee. 

Tony holds a BA in Accounting and Finance and is a Charted Accountant.  Tony spent the first half of his career in senior finance roles in manufacturing and then a further 17 years in business unit leadership roles with Filtrona plc and Luxfer Holdings plc. Tony spent 11 years as a Governor at Nottingham Trent University and is currently a Governor at University of Derby, where he sits on the Strategy, Finance and Planning Committee and chairs the Governance oversight board for the new Business School development project.

Tony has been appointed for a 3 year term of office ending 31 July 2025.

Lynn Andrews - Non-Executive Director

Lynn is a highly experienced senior healthcare leader who joined the Trust as a designated Non-Executive Director on 5 September 2022.  After a short period of handover with Dr Sheila Newport, Lynn will become a substantive Non-Executive Director and will be the chair of the Trust’s Quality and Safeguarding Committee.

Lynn’s roots are in Scotland where she qualified as a Registered Nurse before moving to the Midlands where she has worked in healthcare since 1987. Lynn has gained qualifications in nursing and NHS management and has a Master’s in Health Policy.

Throughout Lynn’s nursing career she has always worked in roles requiring ongoing professional, clinical and governance knowledge and skills. Lynn’s most recent post was on the Board at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Care and lead for quality, with a portfolio responsibility including quality improvement, patient experience and safety, safeguarding and infection control.

Lynn has a strong commitment and passion to improving quality and experience for all patients and staff. Working with the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and with the national NHS Teams, Lynn has gained an excellent understanding of healthcare and the requirements for regulation.

Lynn has lived in Derbyshire for over 20 years, enjoys running in South Derbyshire and the Peak District and was appointed for a three year term of office, commencing when she takes up her substantive role.

NExT Director Scheme

Derbyshire Healthcare has supported the NExT Director scheme for a number of years.  The national scheme, led by NHS England and Improvement, aims to increase the diversity of Board members across the NHS.  

Although NExT Directors are not members of the Board, they participate in Board and Committee meetings across the Trust, in addition to a wider range of other activities including service visits.

Jas Khatkar is the Trust’s current NExT Director.  Jas joined the Trust on 4 April 2022 and has been appointed as NExT Director for a 12 month period.

A Chartered Accountant by background, Jas is an experienced management consultant who specialises in finance transformation and business strategy. A former director with Accenture, Jas has worked multiple industries, including telecoms, utilities and pharmaceuticals.   

Jas also advices a number of Sikh community Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian charities working for equality and social justice.