Following a robust selection process, two Non-Executive Directors, Lucy Nickson and Dr Emyr Wyn Jones have been appointed to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals’ (DBTH) Board of Directors.
Non-Executive Directors (NED) play a crucial role in bringing an independent perspective to a hospital’s boardroom. They support the Chair, promote NHS values and contribute invaluable insight to the development of strategy.
Lucy’s career started in nursing over 30 years ago, training within Sheffield and working at Weston Park Hospital for a number of years, before moving on to a role in Health Visiting, where she practiced in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire. NHS management roles followed, including leading Community Nursing within Derbyshire and then on to the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority as Head of Performance.
Lucy paused her career with the NHS 12 years ago and began a new phase within the charity sector. Since 2011, the former nurse has been Chief Executive of both a hospice and a home-based end of life care charity, as well as CEO at The Foundation at Club Doncaster and lead South Yorkshire-based commercial healthcare organisations. She is currently Chief Executive of Day One Trauma Support, a national charity which works alongside the health service to support people impacted by major trauma and serious injury.
Joining Lucy is Dr Emyr Wyn Jones, formerly DBTH’s Medical Director. Dr Jones qualified in Medicine in 1973. He joined what was then Doncaster Royal and Mexborough Hospital NHS Trust in 1986, beginning a 24 year tenure as a Consultant General Physician with an interest in Diabetes and Endocrinology. He wrote the textbook ‘An Illustrated Guide to the Diabetic Clinic’, which was published by Blackwell Science in June 1998 and has been reprinted and translated in several countries.
Following a period as Clinical Director of Medicine at the organisation, Dr Jones was appointed Medical Director in 1998, as well as Deputy Chief Executive in 2004, positions he held until his retirement in 2010. Since that time, the Bessacarr resident has held a number of national leadership roles including Medical Advisor to the National Audit Office and Clinical Leader for the Summary Care Records Programme at NHS Digital. Dr Jones was also Secondary Care Doctor Member for NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group from 2015 to its dissolution in 2022.
Welcoming the new appointees, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals’ Chair, Suzy Brain England OBE, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Lucy and Emyr to our Board of Directors. Both have a combination of invaluable skills, as well as crucial medical and clinical insight, which I believe will significantly improve the expertise and candour within our organisation’s leadership team. I look forward to working with both of them.”
The new Non-Executive Directors were appointed for three-year terms after an open advertisement and recruitment process.