Linda Pollard CBE DL Hon.DLL
From 1 February 2013
Prior to her appointment as Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Linda was Chair of NHS Leeds from 2009, and Chair of NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds Primary Care Trust Cluster from October 2011.
She has recently joined the NHS Improvement Chairs’ Advisory Group. She has held posts as a former Chair of the West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority, Bradford District Care Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Regional Chair of the Learning and Skills Council and Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Forward (RDA).
Linda is also Chair of An Inspirational Journey, an organisation that supports women to reach the top of their professions and seeks to increase their participation at Board level and has recently taken the role of Chair of the Advisory Group of the Balanced Business Forum.
Linda was Regional Chairman of Coutts Bank plc, and was until July 2013 Pro Chancellor/Chairman of the University of Leeds where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.
In the private sector, as well as founding two successful businesses in women’s fashion marketing and international marketing, and as a Director in the family automotive business, she has worked in numerous director and managing director positions for high profile brands such as BMW, Puma (UK) and The Guardian Media Group (Real Radio).
Linda is a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and also a Trustee of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Foundation. In 2004 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community, and in June 2013 she became a CBE.