The Board

The Community Trust Board is made up of Directors and Non-Executive Directors. All Board directors have committed to uphold the seven principles of Public Life as set out by the Nolan Committee.

The Executive Directors are responsible for running the organisation and for making sure that it delivers on its statutory obligations. They are also responsible for making sure that the Trust performs at the highest possible level – offering the best possible services to the people and communities it serves.

A Non-Executive Director is a member of the board who is not an employee but appointed for his/her expertise and takes a part in decision making at board meetings.

Mike Ridley, Chairman

Mike Ridley

Background & Experience

Mike has 25 years of experience as an NHS Finance Director and is a former Chief Executive of South Worcestershire and North & South Stoke Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).

He retired from full time employment in the NHS in 2006 and has been Chair of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust since it was formed in 2011.

Qualifications

CIPFA

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Jan Ditheridge, Chief Executive

Jan Ditheridge

Background & Experience

Jan joined the Trust as Chief Executive in 2013. She is an experienced strategic leader with a background encompassing a broad variety of clinical, operational and leadership roles across health, social care and the private sector. She also has a wealth of expertise in the areas of transformation, delivery, clinical quality and effective performance management. Jan is dual qualified as a registered general and mental health nurse.

Qualifications

RMN, RN, MBA

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Steve Gregory, Director of Nursing and Operations

Steve Gregory

Background & Experience

Steve joined the Trust in September 2014. He is a Registered Nurse with a strong track record of modernising services and strongly believes in giving clinicians really good professional leadership and support. He has been involved in leading complex change programmes to support patients in better ways. Before moving into community health services he played a critical role in the leadership team that ensured South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare became one of the first Mental Health NHS Foundation Trusts.

Qualifications

RNLD, RNM, MA (Community Care), Dip. BM

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Dr. Mahadeva Ganesh, Medical Director

Dr Mahadeva Ganesh

Background and Experience

Dr Ganesh was appointed as one of the Trust’s Medical Directors in August 2014. He is a Consultant Paediatrician who has been working in Shropshire since 1999. In 2011, Dr Ganesh became the Clinical Lead for the Community Paediatric medicine team. He is the Designated Doctor for Safeguarding across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, and Lead Consultant for the Community Paediatric Audiology Service.

Qualifications

MBBS, DCH, MD Paediatrics, MRCP (UK), MRCPCH (UK),FRCPCH, MSc. Audiological Medicine

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Julie Thornby, Director of Corporate Affairs (Non Voting Board Member)

Julie Thornby

Background & Experience

Julie is a very experienced Director, having about 20 years at Board level in the NHS, in community services and PCTs including Board Secretary experience. Julie has a proven track record in delivering governance arrangements, and public and staff engagement, to achieve organisational change. Her directorate provides support to both clinical and non-clinical in areas such as Corporate Governance, Risk, Communications and Marketing and Equality and Diversity. Julie joined Shropshire PCT in 2008 and helped to gain the approvals for the Community Trust to be set up and was then appointed as a Director of the Trust when is began in 2011.

Qualifications

BA. (Hons) (Oxon)

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Ros Preen, Director of Finance

Ros Preen

Background & Experience

Ros started her career training to be a teacher but switched to accountancy in her early twenties, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts, having been support to study by various healthcare providers in the West Midlands.

Ros has worked in NHS Healthcare for over 25 years, crossing sectors from acute, mental health and commissioning. Ros was appointed to the Trust in October 2015 and she has been a board director for nearly 10 years. Ros is responsible for setting the financial strategy and has taken IM&T, Informatics and Performance into her portfolio.

Qualifications

CIMA

Contact details

  • Email: ros.preen@shropcom.nhs.uk
  • PA: Jan Cox
  • Tel: 01743 277634

Non Executive Directors

Rolf Levesley, Non-Executive Director

Rolf Levesley

Background & Experience

Rolf is a qualified solicitor and spent the early part of his working life as a litigation lawyer. He then became Head of Legal Services in a local authority and spent the last five years of his working life as a local authority Chief Executive. Rolf is currently a member of the Standards Committee of West Mercia Police Authority, a Board member of South Staffordshire CVA and Chair of the registered charity Friends of Conakry Refugee School. Rolf has served as a Non-Executive Director of the Trust since 2011.

Qualifications

BA. (Hons), LLB

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Peter Phillips, Non-Executive Director

Peter Phillips

Background & Experience

Peter has extensive private sector financial and commercial experience. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Peter joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in 2013 and is the Chair of the Trust’s Audit Committee.

Qualifications

ACA, FCA, FCT

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Steve Jones, Non-Executive Director

Steve Jones

Background & Experience

Steve has also served as Chairman & Board member of P3 a national social inclusion charity delivering services across the country to support clients who have become excluded from mainstream society. He has recently been appointed Chairman of Wrekin Housing Trust, one of the largest social landlords in the Midlands with some 12,000 households providing accommodation across Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire and Staffordshire to tenants including those requiring extra care.

Steve was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Trust on 1 July 2015.

Qualifications

BSc. (Hons) in Economics

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Nuala O’Kane, Non-Executive Director

Nuala O Kane

Background & Experience

Nuala was CEO of the Donna Louise Trust Children’s Hospice in Stoke on Trent from 2007 until 2014. Prior to that she was the Director of Fundraising at Hope House Children’s Hospice from 1994 until 2007. Nuala has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30 years for a number of different organisations including Help the Aged, OXFAM and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Nuala was a Councillor on Telford and Wrekin Council for 12 years until 2003. Other voluntary roles include: Chair of West Midlands Committee of the Big Lottery Fund; Member of Regional Committee of BBC Children in Need; Vice Chair of West Midlands Regional Arts Board; School Governor and Town and Parish Councillor.

Nuala was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Trust on 1 July 2015.

Qualifications

To follow

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