Linda Pollard CBE DL Hon.LLD
From 1 February 2013
Linda is a successful entrepreneur and highly experienced chair who has worked in the public and private sector in a number of high profile and successful organisations.
She is currently Chair of the Trust where she has led the organisation to a number of significant successes including a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC; the first financial surplus (£18.9m) for the organisation in four years and the biggest in its 20 years history; and an innovative international partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute in Seattle to introduce a culture of continuous quality improvement into the organisation.
She continues to set ambitious targets for the Trust and is currently leading a £300 million plus investment plan to build a new hospital and improved Children’s Hospital facilities on the site of Leeds General Infirmary in the heart of the City’s new Innovation District. Linda is currently Chair of the Leeds Innovation District partnership.
Linda is a huge advocate of partnership working and leads a number of successful high level partnership groups bringing together leaders from across the region, and beyond, to focus on range of important issues including the closer working between health and social care, building economic investment into Leeds and the wider City region, the appropriate representation of women on Boards, community cohesion and improving the local environment and public realm to name a few.
She is involved in a wide range of advisory and working groups and frequently influences at ministerial, senior civil servant and department head level on national issues.
With a personal passion for supporting women in business, Linda acts as a business angel and mentor to women forming start-ups and until recently was the chair of An Inspirational Journey, an organisation supporting women into the boardroom.
Linda is also an active Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her work in the business community and an OBE in 2003 for her work in Bradford. She was also awarded an Honorary doctorate by the University of Leeds.