Board of Directors

Voting executive directors

Diane Wake – Chief Executive 

A nurse by background, Diane joins us from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she was chief executive since 2013. She has extensive experience in both clinical and leadership roles. Previously, she was interim CEO at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust, where she also worked as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Nurse.

Educated at Wombwell High School in Barnsley, Diane went on to carry out a pre-nursing course at Barnsley College, where she undertook some placements at Barnsley Hospital. Following that, between 1984 and 1987, she trained to be a registered nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, quickly rising through the ranks to become a staff nurse, and then matron, in surgical specialties.

Diane soon became a general manager, before joining Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as Deputy Director of Nursing and then onto interim chief executive in Liverpool before her appointment as CEO of Barnsley Hospital.

Diane lives on the Shropshire/Cheshire border with her partner, who is a medical director.

Michael Woods – Interim Chief Operating Officer

Biography to follow.



Paul Taylor – Director of Finance and Information

Paul Taylor_APPROVEDPaul Taylor joined the Trust as the Director of Finance and Information in November 2014.

Paul is an experienced NHS Finance Director who has worked as Finance Director in a variety of NHS organisations over the period. This is somewhat of a ‘homecoming’ for Paul who started his NHS career in Dudley in 1986 as the Assistant Director of Finance. Since then he has been Finance Director at Coventry Health Authority, Worcester Acute Hospitals, NHS West Midlands, and the NHS Commissioning Board.

Paul lives in Birmingham.

Siobhan Jordan – Chief Nurse

Siobhan has a wealth of senior nurse leader experience from a career spanning almost 30 years. Her NHS career has provided her with the opportunity to work in most healthcare settings, including primary care, commissioning and with the ambulance service. Most of her experience, however, has been within the acute environment where she has held three director of nursing and midwifery positions.

After completing her nurse training in 1991, Siobhan began her nursing career as a staff nurse in Accident and Emergency at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. Quickly moving up the ranks, Siobhan was appointed Acting Director of Nursing at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust in 2010 and, two years later, Director of Nursing and Quality for The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

Siobhan took up the post of Director of Nursing and Quality at West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) before being appointed Head of Hospitals Inspections (London) for the CQC in 2013.

Since 2015, Siobhan has supported organisations to prepare for Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, helping trusts strengthen their systems, processes and governance arrangements to deliver and sustain high quality patient care.

Siobhan lives outside London.

Julian Hobbs – Interim Medical Director

Julian has joined us from Royal Liverpool where he has been Deputy Medical Director and has been since 2013. Julian is also a Deputy Medical Director and leads on Mortality for Cheshire and Merseyside area team at NHS England.

Julian is a consultant cardiologist by background and has worked at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital alongside his current roles.
Julian has had extensive experience in medical management roles for several years.
He grew up in the Midlands area and is looking forward to returning, and hopes to fit in some running and cycling in Cannock Chase.

Julian said, “I am looking forward to being part of a Trust that is so well known for delivering safe and effective care and I am keen to get out and meet as many staff as possible. I am looking forward to being part of the new Electronic Patient Record project which will make systems more efficient and release more time for patient care.” 

Non-voting executive directors

Glen Palethorpe – Director of Governance and Board Secretary


Glen is a qualified accountant and is also a member of Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. Glen’s experience in governance, risk management, internal control and assurance was gained during his time working at KPMG, Baker Tilly, Bentley Jennison and RSM Tenon. During his career, Glen has offered insights to a number of Boards on their effectiveness and the effectiveness of their reporting committees and groups.

Glen’s role at the Trust is that of Trust Board Secretary and Director of Governance, which sees him supporting the Chair, Chief Executive, Board of Directors and the Council of Governors in all aspects of governance and regulatory compliance. Glen is also responsible for the corporate governance team which supports divisional and Board risk management, incidents and claims processes, along with oversight of the Trust’s clinical audit team.

Mark Stanton – Chief Information Officer

Mark joined the Trust in 2014 after spending seven years as an executive director at a private healthcare organisation supplying diagnostic services to the NHS. Mark has held a number of senior IT positions in large organisations including Siemens, BUPA and General Motors. During his career, Mark has been involved in large scale transformational change both within IT infrastructure and patient systems.

Mark is focused on transforming the Trust’s IT systems, including the Electronic Patient Record (EPR), to enable clinical staff across the Trust to have the right information during patient care and lead to a paperless NHS at the point of care. Having brought IT services in-house in 2015, Mark is also responsible for developing the infrastructure and IT services to meet the needs of the Trust.

The IT team has a commercial IT function that generates revenue for re-investment in the Trust; Mark is responsible for managing this function and growing the revenue stream.

Andrew McMenemy – Director of Human Resources


Andrew has worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years and has held two board-level positions in the West Midlands. He joined the Trust from Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust where he was Deputy Director of Workforce.

He graduated from university in Glasgow with a degree in Law and also studied labour management relations in the United States. Andrew is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is also a recent graduate of the NHS Nye Bevan programme for senior leaders.


Natalie Younes – Director of Strategy and Business Development

Natalie has joined us from Lincolnshire and District Medical Services (LADMS) where she held a joint role of Commercial Director with the GP Federation and Mental Health Trust since 2011.

Natalie originally started her career working within social welfare, housing benefits and family liaison and moved into Local Authority working with enterprise. Natalie then entered the NHS in 2010.

Natalie said, “I am very excited to join the Trust and have the opportunity to drive business and service improvement and prepare for the NHS challenges of the future.”

To contact our Board of Directors, please email Board Secretary Glen Palethorpe