Our Board of Directors all bring a wealth of experience in their professional field, providing informed leadership and guidance for the Trust.

Sharon Mays, chair, sheffield health and social care, nhs

Sharon Mays


Sharon joined the Trust as Chair on 01 October 2021.

Prior to her appointment Sharon had been Chair at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust for seven years. Her experience as a non-executive director on the boards of NHS organisations stretches back to 2006. 

During her tenure as Chair of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, the organisation improved its overall Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’, gained national recognition for its work on patient and carer experience, and in 2019 won the Health Service Journal Mental Health Provider of the Year award.

Passionate about what she does, Sharon is ambitious for people who use and access services, for their families and for staff of the organisation.

Sharon has previously been a member of the joint independent audit and integrated governance committee for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside and Humberside Police Force. Prior to becoming Chair at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, she was also independent person for standards investigations at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Sharon is a commercial lawyer by profession. 

Jan Ditheridge

Jan Ditheridge

Chief Executive

Jan is our Chief Executive and was appointed in March 2020. Jan is a registered mental health and physical health nurse.

Jan was previously Chief Executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (Shropcom) from 2013 to 2020. Jan oversaw a range of improvements at Shropcom, culminating in the Trust being rated as Good by the CQC in 2019.

Jan is an experienced strategic leader and has been a Chief Executive since 2012. She has held a wide variety of clinical and operational roles in health, social care and the private sector, in the UK and Canada. Jan has a wealth of expertise in cultural change, transformation, clinical quality and effective performance management , which she uses to drive her passion to ensure service users and their families receive high quality care and that staff enjoy coming to work.

Phill Easthope

Phillip Easthope

FCCA, BA (Hons) Accounting and Management Control

Executive Director of Finance, IMST and Performance

Phillip was appointed as the Trust’s Executive Director of Finance on 08 January 2016, following a period as the Trust’s Interim Executive Director of Finance from 23 March 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was the Trust’s Deputy Director of Finance since 2012 and has over 12 years’ experience in NHS finance.  Phillip is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has completed the NHS Strategic Financial Leadership Programme.

Dr Mike Hunter

Dr Mike Hunter

MB, ChB (Sheffield, 1995) MRCPsych (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1999)

Executive Medical Director 

Mike trained first in Medicine and then in Psychiatry, and is now Executive Medical Director at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. His Board-level responsibilities include medical leadership and management, medical education, revalidation of Doctors, quality governance, clinical effectiveness, Chief Information Officer, Caldicott Guardian, Mental Health Act, quality improvement and delivery, clinical strategy, medicines management and quality improvement models.

He is also National Specialty Advisor for Adult Mental Health and Chair of the Specialised Commissioning Specialised Mental Health Services Clinical Reference Group at NHS England and NHS Improvement. He works clinically as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a Single Point of Access for secondary care.

Beverley Murphy, SHSC, NHS, sheffield

Beverley Murphy


Executive Director of Nursing, Professions and Operations

Beverley joined us as Improvement Director in May 2020 and was appointed our Executive Director of Nursing, Professions and Operations in August that year. Beverley has worked as a mental health nurse for over 36 years and has held a range of senior nursing and quality governance roles across the NHS. She has managed acute mental health wards and specialised for some years in eating disorders and in a nurse-led service in the community.

Beverley joined SHSC from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust where she had been Director of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer.

Beverley’s responsibilities include nurse and professions leadership, clinical quality governance, clinical standards and the delivery of care services.

Caroline Parry

Caroline Parry

Executive Director of People

Caroline was appointed our Executive Director of People in December 2020 and brings with her previous experience in HR leadership roles from the civil service, higher education, the third sector and a number of NHS Trusts. Caroline joined SHSC in 2015 and was previously our Deputy Director of Human Resources.

Caroline’s responsibilities include developing and delivering our people strategy, supporting our staff, engagement with our teams and service users and organisational development.

Caroline has a Msc in Human Resource Management, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a trained mediator and coach.

Deborah Lawrenson

Deborah Lawrenson

Director of Corporate Governance and Board Secretary

Pat Keeling

Pat Keeling

Dip Physiotherapy, BSc Research Methodology, MA (Merit), MSc (Dist)

Director of Strategy

Pat Keeling is an experienced transformation, improvement and change professional. She has previously held a variety of roles within the NHS including at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has worked latterly as a strategic change and transformation management consultant.

Pat has a MSc MARU, Planning Buildings for Health from London South Bank University.

Dr. Olayinka Monisola Fadahunsi-Oluwole

Dr. Olayinka (Yinka) Monisola Fadahunsi-Oluwole

Non-Executive Director

(Chair of the mental health legislation committee)

Yinka has lived in Sheffield since 2017, working at Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a Speciality Doctor in Community Paediatrics and Neurodisability.

Her other roles included Clinical Audit Lead for Community Paediatrics, Neurodisability and Looked After and Adoptive Children’s Health services, member of the Rapid Review of Guidelines sub-committee of the Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Committee.

Yinka is a member of our BAME staff network group and has recently trained to become a Medical Appraiser.

Yinka believes diversity of race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation and culture should be celebrated and respected with equal opportunities for all.

Yinka is chair of the mental health legislation committee and attends the quality assurance committee.

Richard Mills

Richard Mills

BSc Environmental (Town) Planning, Diploma in Health Service Management

Non-Executive Director

(Chair of the finance and performance committee)

Richard joined us as a Non-Executive Director on 01 December 2015. He has over 35 years senior management experience in the NHS, charitable, independent and public sector organisations, including Board level positions in NHS organisations.

Richard was an NHS Manager and Director from 1979-2012, working in the London and Thames Valley Hospital, Health Authority and Primary Care Trust levels. Richard was the Chief Executive of the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) 2014-2015 and has been a management consultant since 2012.  Richard’s expertise is invaluable to the Board, where he currently serves as Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee.

Owen McLellan

Owen McLellan

Non-Executive Director

Owen joined our board on 1 July 2022. He has comprehensive finance skills so he will be part of our Finance and Performance Committee and our Audit Committee.

Owen has a wide-ranging background in finance roles in the commercial sector, he has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and until very recently worked at Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, as Finance Director.

Owen has recently taken up the role of Finance Director for The Company Shop Group based at Tankersley.

Owen is a qualified accountant and corporate treasurer.

Heather Smith

Heather Smith

BA(Hons) Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Non-Executive Director

(Chair of the workforce and organisational development committee)

Heather joined the Trust on 1 August 2019. Her previous job was Principal of The Sheffield College and she worked in education in Sheffield (where she lives) for over 33 years until her retirement.

Since retirement Heather has undertaken advisory and coaching support work with colleges around the country, as well as working on a voluntary basis with a local organisation which is focussed on reducing food waste and promoting sustainability. Heather’s work in education has many links with the goals of the Trust. One of her early management roles was the introduction of pathways to employment and apprenticeships with the NHS in Sheffield, a project which gained several national awards and still exists today. She is a passionate supporter of the need for city-wide organisations to work together collaboratively in order to improve lives and promote social justice and equality.

Heather’s interest and expertise lies in organisational development and transition, culture change and improvement management.

Anne Dray

Anne Dray

BSc (Hons) Zoology

Non-Executive Director

(Chair of the audit and risk committee)

Anne is a graduate of Sheffield University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. She undertook her professional accountancy training at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham. She has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years and has been a Board level director for most of the past 28 years.

Anne has worked across different health systems in both provider and commissioning organisations and at local and regional level.

She has held a wide range of positions including Director of Finance and Information, Director of Performance, System QIPP and Transformation Director, Director of Development, Programme Director, Transition Programme Director and Chief Executive. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Nottingham City Care.


Professor Brendan Stone

Associate Non-Executive Director

Brendan Stone is Professor of Social Engagement and the Humanities at the University of Sheffield, and also the University's Deputy Vice-President for Education. He is the Board's 'Champion' for service-user voice and engagement.

Brendan has been very involved in leading work on the engagement of service users in developing policy and strategy. At a national level, he co-chaired the NHS England Strategic Oversight Group for the programme on the Use of Restrictive Interventions in NHS Commissioned Health Care. He is a Director of Sheffield Flourish, a mental health charity which frequently works with Universities and the NHS. Brendan has lived with mental illness throughout his adult life. He has experience of being hospitalised for mental illness, and in his earlier life spent periods homeless and as a rough sleeper.

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