The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Heroes Unmasked staff stories from NHS workers in Leeds second series

24 June 2022

1 v2‘Top Gun’ fighter pilots, professional footballers and world champion mah-jong players, these are just some of the people who care for patients at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and they are coming to the airwaves in the second series of the popular podcast Heroes Unmasked - staff stories from the NHS in Leeds.

“I used to fly a mile in five seconds, and would regularly squash my internal organs and my heart into a pear shape at high G-force.” says Richard Moyes, Outpatients General Manager and real-life former fast jet fighter pilot.

“Exercise, specifically football, gives me the biggest relief to be able to deal with whatever goes on in my life and when you’re playing football for 90 minutes, you block everything else out,” says Olivia Smart, Advanced Practitioner in the liver transplant team and defender for Leeds United Women FC, on how she dealt with working on the frontline over the past two years.

Richard and Olivia are just two of the voices who have taken part in the latest series of Heroes Unmasked, as the Trust builds on the success of the first series in January, created as a way of re-connecting colleagues, teams, NHS staff and the public following an extended time of enforced distancing due to the pandemic.

The new series of Heroes Unmasked launches on Monday 27 June and will continue for six weeks.

The podcast is available on all podcast channels, including Apple and Spotify and can be accessed on