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Our Patron


Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE

Our trustees

Graham Berville

Chairman – Mr Graham Berville

Graham graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Physiology and Biochemistry. His early career was with the Automobile Association following which he joined Aviva plc as a director of their UK Life business and executive Chairman of their Mutual Funds business from 1994-2001. He then worked at Police Mutual where he was Chief Executive from 2001-2008.

Since leaving Police Mutual, Graham has pursued a ‘plural’ career. Since then he has held a number of Non-Executive positions. He is currently Chairman of the LV= With Profits Committee, a Trustee of Nest Corporation – where he Chairs the Propositions and Risk Committees and a Senior Independent Advisor for BDO LLP. Graham sits on our Investment Committee.



Deputy Chairman – Mrs Sandra Dodson BA

Sandra has been a Harrogate and District resident for 20 years and was Chairman of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust from October 2008 to November 2017. Previously Sandra was a Non-Executive Director of the Trust between 1996 and 2006. In addition to her role as Chairman of HDFT, Sandra maintains her own business consultancy and training business delivering strategic support and organisational change to both the professional and health sectors. Sandra has worked with leading law firms and firms in the financial sector to deliver management consultancy and business training.

After graduating from Liverpool University with a degree in Medieval and Modern History, Sandra worked for 16 years in a senior role at Marks and Spencer in London and was highly involved in the initiation and implementation of significant changes to both working practices and processes.

Sandra was a Governor and then Chair of Governors at Harrogate Grammar School for ten years and is now Chair of the Members of the Red Kite Multi-Academy Trust. Sandra is also a Trustee of the Masiphumelele Trust, the UK arm of a South African charity raising funds for education and business support for the Masiphumelele town-ship in the southern Cape of Africa. Sandra sits on our Compliance and Risk Committee and also our Strategy and Impact Committee.




Mrs Margaret Kitching

Margaret is a Registered Nurse, Certified Midwife, District Nurse and a Specialist Nurse who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. Margaret has maintained her clinical practice skills as she continues to practice as a Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse on a sessional basis. Margaret is the Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England and she is leading and driving the quality and patient safety agenda across The North of England with the overall aim of improving care and support to patients and their carers. Margaret sits on our Compliance and Risk Committee.



Mrs Janet Myers

Janet graduated from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences and became a Chartered Associate of the Institute of Financial Services. She spent over 20 years at Yorkshire Bank and the National Australia Bank Group, becoming a Senior Executive in Marketing and Corporate Responsibility. She then undertook a career change, moving into the Third Sector, specialising in Fundraising and Development at Northern Ballet. Janet now runs her own business specialising in fundraising for the arts. Janet has also served as a Non-Executive and Trustee on a number of regional organisations. Janet is Chairman on our Income Generation Committee.



Dr Yvette Oade

Yvette joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in June 2013, she was previously the Chief Medical Officer of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Deputy Chief Executive, a role she undertook for two years, focussing on quality improvement and patient safety, achieving significant improvements in hospital mortality and healthcare acquired infections. She has been closely involved in the development of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Yvette originally trained as a doctor in Leeds becoming a Consultant Paediatrician and has 20 years’ experience in this role. She has a special interest in paediatric diabetes and endocrinology. On moving into clinical management, Yvette held a number of senior managerial roles in the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. These culminated in her being appointed Executive Medical Director at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. Yvette has extensive experience in leading through clinical engagement, major service change, reconfiguring hospital services and working across organisational boundaries to deliver improvements to care. Yvette is a Member of Council of the University of Leeds. Yvette is Chairman of our Strategy and Impact Committee.


Catherine Rustomji

Ms Catherine Rustomji

Catherine is a Partner in the Charities and Not-for-profit Team at Browne Jacobson LLP. She is an experienced charities solicitor who advises on all aspects of charity law, governance and regulation. Catherine also lectures widely, delivers training sessions and Board Strategy presentations and contributes to various publications. She was formerly an elected member of the Charity Law Association Executive Committee and their Honorary Secretary for 9 years. Catherine is Chairman of our Compliance and Risk Committee. She lives in North Yorkshire.


Alan Sidebottom

Mr Alan Sidebottom FCA

Alan is a chartered accountant and Partner at Garbutt and Elliott, which is based in York and Leeds. As well as heading up Garbutt and Elliott’s Audit Department, Alan is the Audit Partner for many of the firm’s charity clients. Alan sits on our Income Generation Committee and is also the Chairman of our Investment Committee.


Alan Suggett

Dr Alan Suggett

For the last 30 years or so, Alan has been a senior figure in the world of health technology, retiring from his full-time operational roles with Smith and Nephew, where he was Technology Director, at the end of 2003. Since leaving Smith and Nephew, he has been a Non-Executive Director of Intercytex Group plc and PuriCore plc, and Chairman of the UK Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network.

Although a chemist by initial training his research interests have largely been in the biological domain and he has been particularly involved in the repair of damaged tissues such as skin, bone and cartilage. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor and Member of Court at the University of York, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Alan sits on our Compliance and Risk Committee and also our Strategy and Impact Committee.

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