Meet our Executive Management Team

The Executive Management Team (EMT) meet every week and put into action the strategic direction and objectives set by the Trust Board.

They ensure resources are in place to deliver high quality, safe, patient centered, integrated models of care, making the most of partnerships available.

Rob Webster, Chief executive

Rob Webster

Rob joined our Trust from the NHS Confederation, where he was chief executive for over two years. He has worked in healthcare since 1990, including national roles at the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a director for both the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership.

Rob also spent seven years as a successful chief executive in the NHS in West Yorkshire, running a commissioning organisation (NHS Calderdale) and a provider organisation (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust). He has been a trustee at Leeds Mencap and has chaired formal national networks including cancer, primary care, community services and learning disabilities

As well as leading the Trust, Rob is leading the work of the West Yorkshire sustainability and transformation plan (STP). This sees him bringing together West Yorkshire health and care leaders, organisations and communities to develop local plans for improved health, care and finances over the next five years.

Rob is defined by a values based approach to leadership. He has a history of effective partnership working and a strong commitment to system leadership. He is a visiting professor at the school of health and care at Leeds Beckett University and an honorary fellow of both the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Royal College of GPs. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Dr Subha Thiyagesh, Medical director

Subha was appointed as medical director in April 2018, having previously been deputy medical director and a consultant in older people’s services in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Since receiving her Doctorate in Medicine in the dementia field from the University of Sheffield Subha has held a number of posts including being appointed to the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Board of Examiners and as a national peer reviewer of the Memory Service National Accreditation Programme. Subha is the clinical lead for our older people’s change programme, and has been leading on the development of our medical workforce strategy.

In January Subha was awarded the Nye Bevan NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership; and she was the winner of the Leader of the Year award in our Trust’s Excellence awards in 2016.

Tim Breedon, Director of nursing and quality


Tim’s skills in contract negotiation and delivery, policy, strategy and commissioning were developed in his 30 years health and social care experience across both the public and private sectors.

As a qualified nurse (RMN and RNLD) Tim has held a range of senior leadership roles. Throughout, he has remained committed to a person centered approach and the values of inclusion.

His knowledge and experience extends to both local government and charitable organisations, complemented by his experience of running his own management and training organisation.

Tim is accountable for clinical governance, safety and non-medical professional leadership.

Mark Brooks, Director of finance and resources

Mark Brooks

Mark is a chartered management accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He joined the NHS in 2009 after a career in the private sector. This included a number of UK and international senior finance roles at Smith & Nephew, before joining Symmetry Medical as European chief financial officer.

Within the NHS, Mark’s roles have included director of finance and corporate assurance and chief financial officer. In addition to finance, Mark has previously led on corporate governance, procurement, estates and IT. He is an experienced board director, with a strong track record working in community and mental health organisations.

Alan Davis, Director of HR, OD and estates

Head shot of Alan Davis, director of human resources for the Trust

Alan has unsurpassed local knowledge and experience gained through more than 20 years as an executive director at our Trust and its predecessors.

Add in a previous 10 years healthcare experience and it’s clear why Alan’s skills in workforce development, staff engagement, consultation and employee relations saw him named a runner-up in prestigious NHS HR Director of the Year awards. Alan was nominated for this award by staff side organisations, which not only reflects his leadership skills but also his strong belief in partnership working.

At our Trust Alan is responsible for human resources, workforce development and estates.

Carol Harris, District service director, Forensic and Specialist Services

Carol Harris

Carol brings solid operational leadership experience following her time as a director of operations. This is coupled with her professional leadership experience, having worked as an interim chief nurse.

Originally qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1987 Carol has worked in a wide range of roles across mental health services. This means she has in-depth practical knowledge of challenges faced by services as well as by people who use services and their carers.

Carol is responsible for our forensic services as well as specialist services across our Trust including learning disabilities and CAMHS.

Sean Rayner, District service director, Barnsley and Wakefield


Over half of Sean’s 25 year career with the NHS has been working as an executive director meaning he brings exemplary leadership skills.

These skills coupled with his commitment to a community focus have seen him chair servicer user and carer partnership boards, and he is also heavily involved in working with local GPs and primary care colleagues.

Sean’s experience extends to the charity sector as a member of the HMP Wealstun Independent Monitoring Board.  Currently, he is a Trustee for Barnsley Premier Leisure.

Sean is responsible for our clinical services across Barnsley and Wakefield.

Karen Taylor, District service director, Calderdale and Kirklees

Karen Taylor, district director

Karen has extensive experience of, and managing partnership relationships with, local authorities and third sector organisations.

Her leadership and partnership skills have been developed during more than three decades of clinical and managerial NHS roles.  She has held a number of director posts during this time which is testament to her ability to deliver against a backdrop of change.

Karen is responsible for our clinical services in Calderdale and Kirklees.


Salma Yasmeen, Director of strategy

Salma is a mental health nurse by background, with a strong track record in transformation and innovation.

Previously director of nursing services and transformation at King Fahad Medical City in Saudi Arabia and deputy director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where Salma as responsible for the mental and physical health care of older people across four London boroughs.

As a former chief executive of Bradford-based third sector organisation Sharing Voices, Salma implemented innovative ways of engaging black and minority ethnic communities in local mental health services. She successfully worked in partnership with a range of organisations to take the charity from strength to strength during her three-year leadership.

Kate Henry,  Director of marketing, communications and engagement


By using her expertise to align marketing, communications and engagement activity in support of strategic direction, Kate also helps to spread improvement and good practice.

With a background in communications, reputation management, marketing, and engagement, Kate has worked at a national level communicating and engaging people in transformational change programmes.

Kate’s experience in both mental health and acute care organisations has seen her cultivate successful organisational relationships with an extensive range of partners, from charities, professional bodies and public sector organisations, to pharma, medtech and biotech companies.