Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD

Chair

From 1 February 2013

Since Linda joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals as Chair in Feb 2013, she has led the Trust to a number of significant successes.

As Chair of the Leeds Innovation District Partnership, a partnership between LTHT, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, Linda has led the ambition to create a world-class hub for research, innovation and entrepreneurialism for the city. An exciting part of this will be the development of two new hospitals for Leeds, including Leeds Children’s Hospital and a new hospital for adults, and this year secured approval for £650million from the Department of Health and Social Care for this work.

In August and September 2018 the Trust was inspected by the CQC and received ‘Good’ rating for Well-led and Core Services review, and Outstanding for Use of Resources. This year, LTHT achieved a financial surplus for the third successive year which also allowed us to deliver an ambitious capital programme - our highest capital spend on record. 

This year, Linda won the Excellence in Director and Board award at the Institute of Directors (IOD) Yorkshire awards. She then went on to receive national recognition winning the IOD’s Dr Neville Bain Memorial Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice. Described as “showing a high level of ethics and values, changing much more than the bottom line and developing a new culture among staff. An impressive influencer and a force for good,” Linda won against some of the region’s high-profile public and private sector organisations.

Linda advocates partnership working and bringing together leaders from across the region and beyond to facilitate closer working between health and social care, building economic investment in Leeds and the wider City region, and the appropriate representation of women on Boards.
Linda is a Trustee of the NHS Provider Board, representing acute trusts, (representing acute trusts) and is a Trustee of Leeds Cares, the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. She is Vice Chair of the City wide partnership; Health and Wellbeing Board to Board meetings, and during the year - by rotation - has Chaired West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT).

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 in Yorkshire and an OBE in 2003 for her work in Bradford. She was also awarded an Honorary doctorate by the University of Leeds.

In 2019 Linda was awarded the Institute of Directors’ Dr Neville Bain Memorial Awards for Excellence in Director and Board Practice and before that she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yorkshire Awards.

In October 2020, Linda was awarded the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to healthcare, which span almost 30 years, and in recognition of her unbroken contribution to the community. This honour also recognises her tireless commitment to address the under representation of women in senior roles across corporate Britain and in public services.