The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

New appointments bring extra breadth of commercial and business experience to Trust Board

16 January 2015

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed the appointment of two new Non-executive Directors to the Board of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Carl Chambers and Mark Ellerby.

Carl has been appointed to succeed Mark Abrahams, who is stepping down from the Board early in 2015 at the conclusion of his term of office. Mark’s appointment fills a vacancy on the Board for an additional Non-executive Director.


Carl Chambers, from Bramhope, near Leeds, is a chartered accountant and barrister by profession. He has considerable experience in the financial sector and as a director in industry covering a range of sectors including gas, water and electricity supply, specialist engineering services, facilities management, security training and telecommunications.

He is currently Non-executive Chairman of utility support service business Haste Ltd, and Non-executive Chairman of CNG Ltd, a gas supply business. He has previously held a number of senior roles including Non-executive Chairman of Task International Ltd, Chief Financial Officer of Spice plc and Chief Executive of Team Telecom.


Mark Ellerby, from Burton Leonard, near Harrogate, was formerly Divisional Managing Director of Bupa Care Services, globally responsible for providing residential care home services, retirement villages, assisted living facilities, medical alarm systems and nurse-led home healthcare to over 50,000 customers.

Before that Mark held a wide range of senior roles within Bupa, both in general management and in finance and strategy, and prior to that worked for ten years at Deloitte in London. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.  He is also currently a Non-executive Director of the NHS Business Services Authority.


Commenting on his new role, Carl Chambers said: “Leeds Teaching Hospitals is a large and complex organisation with a £1 billion budget and over 15,000 staff and faces many similar issues and challenges to the businesses I have been involved in. I hope my knowledge and experience will be useful in shaping the future direction of the organisation and developing innovative ways of delivering services to improve patient care.”

Mark Ellerby added:  “I am delighted to be joining the Board of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at a time when the organisation faces considerable challenges as well as opportunities. I am committed to the development of a world-class NHS and feel my knowledge of the healthcare sector and procurement will bring an additional perspective to the work of the Board.”

The two appointments have been warmly welcomed by the Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Linda Pollard CBE.

She said: “I am very pleased that we have secured the services of Carl and Mark as members of the Trust Board. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge which will perfectly complement the existing skills which are represented around the table.

“Our Trust is on a journey to build on our internationally renowned clinical skills and expertise to create and create a financially sustainable organisation which delivers our values of being patient centred, collaborative, fair, accountable and empowered.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. 

Mark Ellerby has been appointed from 1 December 2014 to 31 November 2016 and Carl Chambers has been appointed from 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2017. Each are entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.