With over 35 years’ experience in senior NHS clinical and leadership posts, David Hicks has held a wide range of Non-Executive Director and Board level leadership roles including working as Acting Chief Executive at Barnsley Hospital.
After qualifying as a Consultant, David specialised in Sexual Health and Genito-Urinary medicine before progressing into divisional then trust-wide management roles. He served as Medical Director at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital where he was Trust lead for patient and staff safety as well as clinical quality and was responsible for the Trust’s legal team. Most recently, he served as Medical Director at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital in Knightsbridge.
David is a well-known figure in medical advisory and academic circles. As a Clinical and Professional Advisor to the CQC and a Medical Appraiser to NHS England, he supports a number of GPs across the North of England. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and an Assistant Professor at the University of St Matthews in Miami.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the country's biggest mental health Trust.
Our Non-Executive Directors ensure that the Board practice in the best interests of patients and the public. They are essentially critical friends, holding the Board to account by challenging its decisions and outcomes to that they are satisfied that as an organisation we have both financial and operational integrity.
They use their knowledge, skills and experience to help the Board formulate Trust strategies and actively support and promote a healthy organisational culture.
Non-Executive Directors regularly speak with patients and staff, listening to their views, ideas and concerns.