The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Linda Pollard

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Linda has been the chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for over seven years. She 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.

Linda has led the Trust to a number of significant successes including a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC, and the delivery of a sustainable surplus in the last three years. She’s also overseen the innovative international partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute in Seattle to introduce a culture of continuous quality improvement into the organisation.

Last year Linda was presented with the Dr Neville Bain Memorial Award by the Institute of Directors for excellence in Director and Board practice.

She received the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for outstanding services to healthcare in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday honours.

Julian Hartley

Julian Hartley

Chief Executive

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Julian has been Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 2013 after working in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority and regional level. 

Since joining Leeds Teaching Hospitals he has introduced ‘The Leeds Way’ to drive cultural change and improve patient experience and outcomes. This has led to a step change in staff engagement and Leeds Teaching Hospitals is now among the best performing Trusts in the national staff survey. Over 6,000 of our staff have so far engaged with The Leeds Improvement Method leading improvement projects across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas.

Julian also plays a key leadership role in the local and regional health economy acting as the Chair of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts which is a collaboration of the six hospital trusts across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to work together to deliver the best possible services for patients. Julian is a core part of the leadership team for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership. Last year Julian led the work on the NHS Interim People Plan whilst seconded to NHS England/Improvement working with Baroness Dido Harding.

Dr Phil Wood

Dr Phil Wood

Chief Medical Officer

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Wood is Chief Medical Officer at the Trust and Chair of the Hospitals of the Future Board.  He oversees the research and innovation activity in the Trust, working alongside academic partners, and is accountable for the outcomes and effectiveness of clinical services.

He has a lead role in developing systems clinical leadership in Leeds and the wider region and works with city and regional partners in developing new clinical pathways for patient care, with responsibilities for medical education and training for the Trust.

He has worked in several operational and strategic roles over the last 15 years, most recently as Medical Director for Strategy and Planning, where he led the development of the Trust’s clinical strategy.

He is on the Yorkshire and Humber Genomic Medicine Centre partnership board, having been centrally involved in the successful bid for the Yorkshire and Humber region Genomic Laboratory Hub, with Leeds as the central laboratory, and the development of genomic services across Yorkshire and the North East.

Mike Bacon

Mike Bacon

Programme Director

Building the Leeds Way

Prior to his appointment as the Building the Leeds Way Programme Director for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Mike was involved with leading the delivery of major capital and service improvement projects including specialising in delivering major PPP investment programmes. 

Mike’s experience is drawn from across a range of sectors including health and social care, education, infrastructure, leisure and local government. 

Whilst having delivered many successful capital investment programmes and projects, most notably, Mike was the Deputy Project Director leading the delivery of the multi-award winning new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Dr Michael Richards

Dr Michael Richards 

Clinical Director, Leeds Children’s Hospital and a Consultant Paediatric Haematologist

Dr Richards is a Consultant Paediatric Haematologist at the Leeds Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds.

He is co-director of the combined Leeds Comprehensive Care Haemophilia Centre and lead of the Paediatric Specialist Haemoglobinopathy Centre.

He is Clinical Director of the Leeds Children’s Hospital, which provides one of the most comprehensive services to children and young people in the country. 

He is leading the service development for the Hospitals of the Future programme for children and young people’s services.

Dr Kelly Cohen

Dr Kelly Cohen

Clinical Director for Women’s Services and Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine

Dr Kelly Cohen is a regional specialist in prenatal genetics and high-risk pregnancy.

Around 10 000 babies are born each year in Leeds, and Kelly leads a team of 20 specialist obstetricians who successfully and safely manage complicated births in women from all over the North of England.

Under Kelly’s leadership, Leeds Maternity Service has used the principles of Leeds Improvement Method to create a strong clinical design brief, built on a foundation of specialist expertise, and refined by multiple layers of patient and staff feedback. The Hospitals of the Future scheme will create the largest single-site maternity unit in the UK, and the entire team are committed to ensuring that the design delivers the environment they need to achieve their aspirations and clinical vision.