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Executive Directors

The membership of the Board of Directors is balanced, complete and appropriate as demonstrated by the biographical details of both Executive and Non-Executive members.


Jill Copeland

Jill Copeland, interim chief executive

Jill has worked for the Trust for over six years, first as Director of Strategy and Partnerships and then as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. As Chief Operating Officer, Jill was responsible for operational management of all our clinical services; strategy development and business planning; partnership working; and the programme management office. In her previous role, she was responsible for strategy; commercial developments; partnerships and social inclusion; communications; campaigning; governor and member engagement; equality and diversity; and board and governor development.

Jill has worked in healthcare for over 25 years; and her experience includes policy development and implementation at the Department of Health, and leading national service improvement programmes. Before joining the Trust, she was Executive Director of Strategic Development at NHS Leeds, where she led on strategy; partnerships; commissioning for priority groups, including mental health and learning disability services; organisational development through World Class Commissioning; and estates.

Jill graduated in philosophy and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester Business School. She is committed to continuing her professional development, gaining a Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in 2010 and, most recently, gaining a place on the NHS Leadership Academy's Aspiring Chief Executive programme.


Dawn Hanwell

Dawn Hanwell, chief financial officer and interim deputy chief executive

Dawn was appointed as Chief Financial Officer from 1 August 2012. She started work in the NHS in 1986 as a financial management trainee in Rotherham where she went on to gain her CIPFA qualification in 1990.

Prior to joining our Trust Dawn was the Director of Finance in Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked across the NHS, predominantly in mental health and for a short while in a primary care trust. She has worked in Sheffield, Wakefield, Derby and Leeds; including being the Deputy Director of Finance of our predecessor organisation, Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, when she was part of the team that led on securing our foundation trust status.


Lynn Parkinson

Lynn Parkinson, interim chief operating officer

Biography to follow...


Anthony Deery

Anthony Deery, director of nursing

Anthony joined the Trust on 1 November 2014 as the Interim Director of Nursing, he was later appointed substantively on the 1 April 2015. His clinical background is in mental health and general nursing. He has worked in both the UK and US healthcare systems and has senior experience in policy development, standard setting, commissioning and operational management within the NHS.

Anthony has senior NHS experience having joined the Trust from Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, where he worked as a Group Nurse Director, and prior to this he was Head of mental health strategy at the Healthcare Commission between 2005 and 2009, and Head of Mental Health Operations at CQC between 2009 and 2011.


Dr Jim Isherwood

Dr Jim Isherwood, medical director

Jim was appointed to the substantive post of Medical Director on 1 September 2012.

He trained at the University of Leeds Medical School and after graduation worked in hospitals in West Yorkshire before undertaking the North Yorkshire rotational training scheme in psychiatry. He then worked in Wessex as Senior Registrar for four years before taking up a consultant post to develop forensic psychiatry services in North Yorkshire in 1996. In 2004 he became the Medical Director of the Selby and York PCT, a position he maintained until services transferred to our Trust in February 2012.


Susan Tyler

Susan Tyler, director of workforce development

Susan was appointed to the substantive post of Director of Workforce Development on 1 January 2012.

She has worked for a number of trusts across West and South Yorkshire including as Deputy Director of HR at Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and HR Director at Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust. During her career she has also held a number of senior roles in training and organisational development. Susan has experience across all aspects of healthcare provision including acute, primary care and mental health / learning disabilities. She holds a masters degree, MCIPD and ILM level 5 in coaching and mentoring.