Partnership appoints non-executive independent members for new way of working

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), an integrated care system, has confirmed the appointments of non-executive independent members and local place committee chairs for the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

Cathy Elliott Chair-Designate for the NHS West Yorkshire ICB

Following the passing of the Government’s Health and Care Bill on the 28 April, 42 integrated care boards across England will become statutory organisations on 1 July 2022, also replacing clinical commissioning groups. The appointments are part of bringing together a new board for a new statutory body for WY HCP. It will build on the successful work of the Partnership established in 2016 –  developing a shared vision for health and care services across the area and, most importantly, joining up services further for local people.

Appointments followed an open and transparent recruitment process which started in December 2021 with representatives from WY HCP and experts in equality, diversity, and inclusion. The successful three candidates for the Independent Non-executive Members for NHS West Yorkshire ICB are:

Jane Madeley: Independent Non-executive Member – Audit, Finance, and Innovation

Jane comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge for this role. Her current role is Chief Financial Officer at The University of Leeds. She has recently completed two terms as a member of the UK Research and Innovation Audit Committee and was recently appointed Chair of the Confederation of British Industry Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Council.

 Becky Malby: Independent Non-executive Member – Citizens and Future Generations

Becky has worked in every part of the NHS and has over 30 years’ experience of setting strategy and leading change with health and local government colleagues, citizens, community and voluntary sectors and academics, primarily from a base in universities, especially working with young people. Becky has an impressive background in volunteering with local organisations and leading on work committed to social justice and community building.

Bill McCarthy: Independent Non-executive Member – Quality and Workforce

Bill retired in July 2021 as NHS Regional Director in the North West following a long career which included spells as Chief Executive at the Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority and City of York Council, Director General in the Department of Health responsible for Health and Care Policy and Strategy, and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Hon Professor of Health Policy at the University of Bradford.

Alongside the independent non-executive members, WY HCP are supporting Haris Sultan, in a development role through the NHS national NExT director programme, with a placement focusing on young people and future generations. Haris’ work in health and social care started within West Yorkshire as Co-Founder of the Youth Board at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Nationally Haris is Founder and Chair of the National Network of Youth Forums.

The process for the fourth non-executive integrated care board will complete in the coming weeks.

Central to the way WY HCP operates is the work of the local place partnerships covering Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District, with most decisions made locally, in support of local Health and Wellbeing Board priorities and multi-agency partnerships working in communities.

Each place will have a local integrated care committee which will agree an annual plan to deliver the health and wellbeing strategy across their area. The committees, made up of local health and care leaders, include independent people who do not work for health and care organisations. The committees will align priorities to the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and the existing West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Board.

Recent local appointments include:

  • Calderdale Cares Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chair – John Mallalieu
  • Kirklees Health and Care Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chair – Dr Liz Mear
  • Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chair – Dr Ann Carroll.

 Recruitment to Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership and Leeds Health and Care Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chairs continues, with appointments expected soon.

Cathy Elliott, Chair-Designate for the NHS West Yorkshire ICB said: ‘I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Jane, Becky and Bill as independent non-executive members (designates) to the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) and John, Liz and Ann as local place-based committee chairs, alongside Haris. These important appointments will further support our approach of putting communities at the centre of all thinking.  I’m looking forward to working closely with them all in their new role for the benefit of everyone living across West Yorkshire’.

Having an integrated care board and strong local people focused committees is WY HCP’s next step in making joined up care a reality for the people and communities it serves and colleagues.

The NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board CEO-Designate is Rob Webster CBE.

For more information about West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership visit

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