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Executive Directors

The membership of the Board of Directors is balanced, complete and appropriate as demonstrated by the biographical details of both Executive and Non-Executive members.


Chris Butler

Chris Butler, chief executive

Chris joined the then Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust as its Chief Executive in January 2005, and continued his appointment as Chief Executive following authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. Chris successfully steered the incorporation into the Trust of services in York and parts of North Yorkshire, with the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust coming into being in February 2012.

Chris has a broad range of experience firstly as a nurse, and later in his career as Chief Executive of Kingston Primary Care Trust in London; Director of Operations and Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive in South West London & St. George


Jill Copeland

Jill Copeland, chief operating officer

Jill joined the Trust in October 2009 as Director of Strategy and Partnerships. In this role, she was responsible for strategy; integration of services from York and North Yorkshire; partnerships and social inclusion; communications; campaigning; governor and member engagement; equality and diversity; and board and governor development. Previously, Jill was executive director of strategic development at NHS Leeds, where she led on strategy; partnerships; commissioning for priority groups, including mental health and learning disability services; organisational development through World Class Commissioning; and estates. Jill has worked in healthcare for almost 25 years, and her experience includes policy development and implementation at the Department of Health. Jill graduated in philosophy and holds a masters in business administration from Manchester Business School.


Beverley Murphy

Beverley Murphy, chief nurse and director of quality assurance

Beverley trained as a mental health nurse in Teesside and Berkshire and for the past 28 years Beverley has worked exclusively in mental health services including Broadmoor Hospital and acute services in Berkshire and London.

Since 2007, Beverley has worked in both professional leadership and governance roles, first as the associate director of nursing for Wandsworth in south west London, then as director of governance at the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust before joining LYPFT in April 2013.

Beverley describes herself first and foremost as a mental health nurse and is someone who uses the service user experience to set standards.


Dawn Hanwell

Dawn Hanwell, chief financial officer

Dawn was appointed as Chief Financial Officer from 1 August 2012. She started work in the NHS in 1986 as a financial management trainee in Rotherham where she went on to gain her CIPFA qualification in 1990.

Prior to joining the Trust Dawn was the Director of Finance in Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked across the NHS, predominantly in mental health and for a short while in a primary care trust. She has worked in Sheffield, Wakefield Derby and Leeds; including being the Deputy Director of Finance of our predecessor organisation, Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, when she was part of the team that led on securing our foundation trust status.


Dr Jim Isherwood

Dr Jim Isherwood, medical director

Jim was appointed to the substantive post of Medical Director on 1 September 2012.

He trained at the University of Leeds Medical School and after graduation worked in hospitals in West Yorkshire before undertaking the North Yorkshire rotational training scheme in psychiatry. He then worked in Wessex as Senior Registrar for four years before taking up a consultant post to develop forensic psychiatry services in North Yorkshire in 1996. In 2004 he became Medical Director of the Selby and York PCT, a position he maintained until services transferred to the Trust in February 2012.


Susan Tyler

Susan Tyler, director of workforce development

Susan was appointed to the substantive post of Director of Workforce Development on 1 January 2012.

Susan has worked for a number of trusts across West and South Yorkshire including as Deputy Director of HR at Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and HR Director at Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust. During her career she has also held a number of senior roles in training and organisational development. Susan has experience across all aspects of healthcare provision including acute, primary care and mental health / learning disabilities. She holds a masters degree, MCIPD and ILM Level 5 in coaching and mentoring.