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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.


Chris Butler

Chris Butler, chief executive

Chris joined the then Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust as its Chief Executive in January 2005, and continued his appointment as Chief Executive following authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. Chris successfully steered the incorporation into the Trust of services in York and parts of North Yorkshire, with the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust coming into being in February 2012.

Chris has a broad range of experience firstly as a nurse, and later in his career as Chief Executive of Kingston Primary Care Trust in London; Director of Operations and Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive in South West London and St. Georges Mental Health Trust. He has been a senior civil servant whilst Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, and has experience in primary care; commissioning, both at a local and strategic level; service provision; and the working of government.

Chris is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Local Education and Training Board (LETB) and is the chair of the LETBs Partnership Council for West Yorkshire. He is also a member of the NHS Regional Leadership Council for Yorkshire and the Humber. Chris is a member of the Programme Board of the Yorkshire and Humber Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Health Care. Chris is involved in the work of the Royal College of Nursing, Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum which is concerned with the professional development of aspirant and established leaders in nursing.

Chris is keen to ensure that he is directly connected to the experience of staff, service users, and carers by spending as much time as he can in the services, and by directly engaging with staff and with groups representing people who use its services.

Nationally, Chris has an extensive network of contacts with the chief executives of other mental health trusts and leaders in the professions. Most recently the Health Service Journal included Chris in its list of the top 50 Chief Executives of NHS Trusts in England.


Jill Copeland

Jill Copeland, chief operating officer

Jill joined our Trust in October 2009 as Director of Strategy and Partnerships; and on 1 April 2013 she took up the role of Chief Operating Officer. In her current role, Jill is responsible for operational management of all our clinical services; strategy development and business planning; partnership working; and the programme management office. She is also the Deputy Chief Executive of the Trust.

In her previous role in the Trust, Jill was responsible for strategy; integration of services from York and North Yorkshire; partnerships and social inclusion; communications; campaigning; governor and member engagement; equality and diversity; and board and governor development. Before joining the Trust, Jill 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 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. Jill graduated in philosophy and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester Business School. She is committed to working with people and local communities to improve services so they provide the very best outcomes for the people who need them.


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.


Dawn Hanwell

Dawn Hanwell, chief financial officer

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.


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.