Executive Recruitment

Our Board

The Trust Board comprises seven Non-Executive Directors and seven Executive Directors, including the Chief Executive Officer, five of whom are voting directors.

Richard Samuda, Chairman

Richard has 20 years experience specialising in Management Consultancy as an advisory partner in KPMG. He is a Chartered Accountant with wide business experience acting for a range of clients, initially in the retail sector, and subsequently for major public sector clients including Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), universities, local government and related agencies. Based in Birmingham, he led the rapid national development of KPMG’s advisory services to the public sector. These services include IT, performance improvement, financial/project feasibility, procurement/outsourcing and regeneration policy. His primary area of advice has been transactions between the public and private sector including joint ventures, outsourcing and co-financing of service delivery and development.

Toby Lewis, Chief Executive

Toby has 25 years in the service, initially in mental health and primary care before moving into hospital management.  He worked for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University College Hospital, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals and Barts Health.  He went on to spend two years in the Downing Street Delivery Unit (2003-05).  Toby was appointed in 2013 at SWBH, and it is his fifth Board appointment and his first as Chief Executive.  Shortlisted in 2017 as Chief Executive of the Year in the HSJ awards, Toby has led the organisation towards their 2020 vision to become renowned as the best integrated care system in the health service.  He also acts as Senior Responsible Officer for both local Care Alliances (ICPs) and chairs the Local Maternity System within the STP.  He is audit chair and a council member for Aston University.

Kathleen French, Interim Chief Nurse

Kathleen began her career by initially training as RGN (Registered General Nurse) specialising in intensive care and renal nursing but since then has worked as both Director and Deputy District Nurse in various Acute Trusts. She has also worked in a Clinical Commissioning Group within community services.

Dr David Carruthers, Medical Director

David, who trained in London and spent two and a half years in New Zealand, undertook his PhD at the University of Birmingham looking at immune mechanisms in rheumatoid arthritis and then took up a consultant rheumatology position at our organisation in 2000. Since then, he has helped to develop the service which is the clinical academic centre for rheumatology in Birmingham, with a strong research base for arthritis and lupus, as well as providing care for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions to local residents.

Kam Dhami, Director of Governance

Kam has almost 30 years’ experience in the NHS, all of it locally. She has driven our Consistency of Care programme and chairs the risk management and executive quality committees.

Liam Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer

Liam Kennedy was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in March 2020 having previously worked for the Trust as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for three years.

He began his career within the NHS nine years ago, when he joined the NHS Graduate Management Training scheme. He said: “This was a defining career moment for me. I developed the skills and knowledge that has since helped me lead different functions and teams across a number of NHS Trusts. I have worked in project management, accounting and transformation positions, as well as a group manager in medicine, surgery and community services.”

Dinah McLannahan, Chief Finance Officer

Dinah has over 15 years of experience in NHS finance, including SureStart financial management, financial accounting, finance business management for community and mental health services, two Deputy Director of Finance roles and Acting Director of Finance. Her most recent role was in NHS Improvement where she was Head of Business and Finance for the West Midlands region.


Non-Executive Directors

Harjinger Kang

As Global Commercial Director for AstraZeneca, Harjinder has over 25 years experience working for one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. He explained: “Whether it was as a scientist, manager or senior leader, I have one thing which always drives me, namely that what I do helps people to live longer and better lives.” In Research and Development  he progressed onto numerous senior roles including Global Commercial Director.

Lesley Writtle

Lesley joined our Trust in March 2020, after retiring as Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership. She previously served at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Operations and Deputy CEO.

She had joined Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 from Wolverhampton PCT where she had been Director of Mental Health since 2006.  Prior to this Lesley was Director of Primary Care and Children’s Services.

Mick Laverty

Mick is a chartered accountant and experienced chief executive. Before joining ExtraCare in January 2016, he was chief executive of the Student Loans Company, a government-funded ‘digital exemplar’ organisation that distributes £18 billion per annum and has seven million customers.

Professor Kate Thomas

Kate is the Vice Dean and Programme Director for the MB ChB medical degree programme at the University of Birmingham.  A Birmingham graduate herself, Kate trained as a GP and has worked at Ley Hill Surgery, Sutton Coldfield, since 1989. 

Waseem Zaffar

Mr Zaffar is Labour Councillor for the Lozells and East Handsworth Ward and is the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council.

Waseem was for many years a local magistrate, as well as the CEO of a local not-for-profit organisation and has had his community work recognised by a number of awards including an MBE for services to the voluntary sector. 

Mike Hoare

Mike is a member of the Trust Board and Audit and Risk Management Committee.

He has over 21 years in the IT industry  progressing from coding, through the design of applications to constructing complete enterprise architecture solutions. Over the last two years Mike has been involved in establishing and implementing the UK and I operating model specifically looking at the standardisation of offerings and their applicability in the markets sectors Fujitsu is active in.

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