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.

Paul Harrison – Deputy Chief Executive dr-paul-harrison_website_approved

As Medical Director and Consultant Haemotologist, Paul has a varied role with both clinical and managerial responsibilities.

His medical background as a Haemotologist has given him wide clinical experience and he is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists. He is particularly interest
ed in medical education and has served as Regional Speciality Advisor for both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists.

He has previously chaired the Regional Training Committee, is currently Chair of the Haematology Specialty Advisory Committee and was previously an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists. He currently sits on the Intercollegiate Committee for Haematology and both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists’ Working Groups looking at revalidation for doctors. Paul is also called upon to lecture and advise on a variety of clinical, managerial and professional topics and has previously been a member of the Chapter S HRG Expert Working Group.

He previously undertook the role of Lead Cancer Clinician during which time he successfully expanded cancer services while maintaining financial balance, ensuring the Trust met cancer waiting time targets.

Key operational achievements have involved the establishment of new services in Dudley. These include a nurse-led open access deep vein thrombosis diagnostic/treatment service and a peripheral blood stem cell transplantation programme. He also reconfigured working practices in the Haematology department to develop a fully integrated team-based approach by medical staff.

Paul lives locally and is married to a local General Practitioner.

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 – Interim 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.

Paul Bytheway – Chief Operating Officer

Paul Bytheway_APPROVEDPaul was appointed Chief Operating Officer in June 2015 having originally joined the Trust in August 2014 as Director of Operations for Medicine and Community. He previously worked as Director of Operations for Medicine at Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust and has worked across a number of operational specialities, in management and operations roles in the NHS and voluntarily in St John Ambulance

Paul is a registered nurse and is responsible to the Chief Executive and Board of Directors to manage the day to day operational delivery of the Trust, supporting the strategic and operational goals of the organisation.

Matt Banks – Acting Medical Director

Matt was appointed Acting Medical Director in October 2016. Prior to being Acting Medical Director, Matt was Chief of Medicine for the Trust.

Matt has headed up the Medicine and Integrated Care Division at the Trust since 2014 and brings a wealth of clinical and leadership experience with him.

Matt joined the Trust in 2003 as a consultant interventional cardiologist. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the British Cardiovascular Society, and the British Cardiac Interventional Society.

Non-voting executive directors

Anne Baines – Director of Strategy and Performanceanne-baines_approved_resizes

Anne has worked in the NHS for more than 35 years in a variety of planning and commissioning posts in primary, community and secondary care

Her first director post was at South Birmingham Primary Care Trust in 2002 and she has continued at this level in a variety of organisations in the West Midlands. In 2004 Anne created a successful management consultancy to support commissioners across the country. In 2006 she gained her MSc in Managing Health and Social Care. Most recently, Anne was  appointed as Director of Service Transformation at NHS Walsall, followed by Director of Strategy at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

Anne is the lead on strategic business development and performance management for the organisation. She takes a lead with regard to effective working with our partners and is also responsible for the Trust Turnaround Programme supported by the Programme Management Office  and  Service Improvement Team.

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, complaints and claims processes, along with oversight of the Trust’s clinical audit team.

Mark Stanton – Chief Information Officer

Mark Stanton

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.