Our Board of Directors

Our Board is chaired by Andy Trotter and is made up of non-executive and executive directors. There are up to 15 voting members. They are:

Non-executive directors         Executive directors

Andy Trotter - Chair              Ify Okocha - Chief Executive

Steve Dilworth - Vice Chair        Iain Dimond - Chief Operating Officer

Jo Stimpson                                    Abi Fadipe - Medical Director

Nina Hingorani-Crain             Jane Wells - Director of Nursing

Suzanne Shale                  Neil Springham - Director of Therapies

Jim Shaikh                      Rachel Evans - Director of Strategy and People

Sophy Proctor                     Azara Mukhtar - Finance Director

Muneeza Aumir

Our Senior Independent Director is Jo Stimpson.

We aim for our Board of Directors to reflect the population we serve and, as vacancies arise, we review the make-up of the board to ensure we have the right balance of skills and experience.

The Board of Directors and Council of Governors work closely together. The directors run the trust’s services and develop strategies and plans for the future. Directors are accountable for meeting national standards, performance targets and financial requirements. They report to the membership through the Council of Governors on the running and performance of the trust.

The governors agree the strategic direction of the trust and represent the views of the trust’s members. A report from the Council of Governors is a standing item on the Board of Directors’ agenda and the Chair of the trust chairs both the Council of Governors and the Board of Directors.

Board members bring a wide range of skills and experience to benefit our organisation – meet them here.

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Jim Shaikh | Non-executive Director

Jim Shaikh | Non-executive Director

Jim Shaikh has an engineering background and is an entrepreneur having run his own business for the past 20 years.

He started his career as an academic but moved into the automotive industry and ultimately into new product design and development. His entrepreneurial journey started after studying for an MBA and growing a successful product design consultancy. He then raised investment to develop a new consumer product range in the nursery sector and grew the business to distribution in 20 countries before selling the business.

He now supports and manages university technology spin-out companies from Queen Mary, University of London.

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