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Spectrum People Board of Trustees

As well as being chair of our trustees, Steven Michael held the position of Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT between 2007 and March 2016. Steven started his career as a registered nurse in 1985, and has since held many prestigious management and leadership roles within the healthcare sector leading to an OBE for services to the sector in 2014.

Originally working as an electronic engineer in the defence sector, Dick has spent most of his working life in the third sector. There, he has worked as a producer, trainer, and manager in the media, and latterly in PR and communication. He also has experience working cross-culturally in the developing world. Dick is currently chair of the Wakefield District City of Sanctuary.

John has a wealth of experience in business having been a Director of many companies. As well as bringing strong business acumen to our board, he has a huge network of contacts and has helped many organisations to improve their profile and expand their sphere of influence. John has also sat on a number of Government Advisory Committees particularly with regard to the environment. Passionate about Wakefield, he wants to help his local area.

Peter is a renowned leader and innovator across a range of Local Government Services and was the leader of Wakefield Council for many years. He has also been the Chair of Various Committees and Trusts and a Probate and Trust Lawyer until he retired in 2005. Peter was awarded a CBE for his services to local government in 2010.

After a 30 year career in the NHS, including at Board level, Andrew now holds a portfolio which includes Hospice Finance Director and Business Owner supporting a range of local and national projects. Andrew is a qualified accountant and is the Charity Treasurer. Andrew said “I am grateful to our Board of Trustees, our staff and our volunteers for showing what can be achieved in the local area through sheer dedication, energy and inspiration. This is the community that I live in and I am proud to play a small part in delivering some of our fabulous projects.”

Linda is the founding Chief Executive of Spectrum Community Health CIC. She is a founding trustee of Spectrum People. She is also the Executive Chair of SLD Training, also part of the Spectrum family.

Linda is a board member and workforce lead for Wakefield District Health & Care Partnership and plays an active role in the regional West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

A former Wakefield GP, Linda has championed the needs of vulnerable people for over 15 years. She is a passionate advocate for patient centred, values based services, with an interest in health inclusion, system change, substance misuse recovery and workforce wellbeing. Linda was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for services to the NHS.

Richard qualified as a doctor in London in 1969. He then became a lecturer in physiology and undertook research into human temperature regulation. He was a GP in Airedale, Castleford from 1978 to 2005. He became an Associate Director of Postgraduate GP education at the Yorkshire Deanery and then education advisor to the Wakefield and District NHS Primary Care Trust. He was awarded an MBE for services to medicine and healthcare in West Yorkshire in 2011. He is also a trustee of Healthwatch Wakefield and Vice Chair of the Airedale Neighborhood Management Board.

With a working life in the shopfitting and building trade, John managed over 400 social housing renovations for Pontefract and Tadcaster Councils. In 2007 he started volunteering for the NHS and led over 50 Self Management courses and gave many talks to patient groups across Kirklees, Wakefield, Rotherham and York. He has been involved with Wakefield PCT, Wakefield CCG, Wakefield ICB and South West Yorkshire FT, Arthritis Care and Self Management CIC. He was involved in a film for Wakefield CCG in 2015.

He chaired Friarwood Surgery Patient Group in Pontefract for over 10 years before being the first volunteer in Wakefield to deliver Social Prescribing at Friarwood Surgery. He was nominated for NHS unsung Hero award in 2019 and now delivers Social Prescribing for Spectrum People.

As well as being chair of our trustees, Steven Michael held the position of Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT between 2007 and March 2016. Steven started his career as a registered nurse in 1985, and has since held many prestigious management and leadership roles within the healthcare sector leading to an OBE for services to the sector in 2014.

After a 30 year career in the NHS, including at Board level, Andrew now holds a portfolio which includes Hospice Finance Director and Business Owner supporting a range of local and national projects. Andrew is a qualified accountant and is the Charity Treasurer. Andrew said “I am grateful to our Board of Trustees, our staff and our volunteers for showing what can be achieved in the local area through sheer dedication, energy and inspiration. This is the community that I live in and I am proud to play a small part in delivering some of our fabulous projects.”

Originally working as an electronic engineer in the defence sector, Dick has spent most of his working life in the third sector. There, he has worked as a producer, trainer, and manager in the media, and latterly in PR and communication. He also has experience working cross-culturally in the developing world. Dick is currently chair of the Wakefield District City of Sanctuary.

Linda is the founding Chief Executive of Spectrum Community Health CIC. She is a founding trustee of Spectrum People. She is also the Executive Chair of SLD Training, also part of the Spectrum family.

Linda is a board member and workforce lead for Wakefield District Health & Care Partnership and plays an active role in the regional West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

A former Wakefield GP, Linda has championed the needs of vulnerable people for over 15 years. She is a passionate advocate for patient centred, values based services, with an interest in health inclusion, system change, substance misuse recovery and workforce wellbeing. Linda was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for services to the NHS.

John has a wealth of experience in business having been a Director of many companies. As well as bringing strong business acumen to our board, he has a huge network of contacts and has helped many organisations to improve their profile and expand their sphere of influence. John has also sat on a number of Government Advisory Committees particularly with regard to the environment. Passionate about Wakefield, he wants to help his local area.

Richard qualified as a doctor in London in 1969. He then became a lecturer in physiology and undertook research into human temperature regulation. He was a GP in Airedale, Castleford from 1978 to 2005. He became an Associate Director of Postgraduate GP education at the Yorkshire Deanery and then education advisor to the Wakefield and District NHS Primary Care Trust. He was awarded an MBE for services to medicine and healthcare in West Yorkshire in 2011. He is also a trustee of Healthwatch Wakefield and Vice Chair of the Airedale Neighborhood Management Board.

Peter is a renowned leader and innovator across a range of Local Government Services and was the leader of Wakefield Council for many years. He has also been the Chair of Various Committees and Trusts and a Probate and Trust Lawyer until he retired in 2005. Peter was awarded a CBE for his services to local government in 2010.