Director of Finance
From July 2017
Simon, who lives in Leeds, started his career in 1988 as a trainee accountant with Leeds Western Health Authority, based at the Leeds General Infirmary. After working in financial management in the acute sector for fifteen years he became a Finance Director in 2003. Since then, he has held a variety of Finance Director posts in the NHS working in commissioning, the ambulance service and the acute sector. A great advocate for finance skills development and clinical engagement on finance, he chairs the Future Focussed Finance Programme nationally as part of the One NHS Finance Programme. Simon joined the Trust in July 2017 from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust where he was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive. He won the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Finance Director of the Year award in December 2015 in recognition of his leadership of the financial recovery at Bolton. Since joining the Trust Simon has led a programme of improvement called “Finance the Leeds Way”. The Trust has returned to surplus and the Finance Team won the HFMA “Finance Team of the Year” award in December 2018.