Born and raised in Leeds, Sam became Interim Chief Executive in August 2023, her previous role was as Executive Director of Operations at the Trust, a position she has held since it began in 2011. Before this, she was responsible for establishing the Trust as an official NHS provider, something she achieved in her role as Managing Director of NHS Leeds Community Healthcare.
Sam brings to the role a wealth of health and social care experience, specifically serving the people of Leeds. She has worked across all sectors of the NHS including community, mental health, commissioning, and acute services. From 2020 onwards, as part of the national drive to protect people against the global pandemic, she successfully led the Covid 19 Vaccination Programme for the City.
Passionate about ‘Team Leeds’ and working in a way that patients and their families can understand, she has led many partnerships across the city, collaborating with both the public and voluntary sector to improve access and outcomes for people in need of care and support.
Sam holds an MBA from the University of Durham Business School, gained after studying with the Open University. As her leadership career began with few formal qualifications, she remains committed to harnessing potential through workforce training and development and to creating an inclusive culture for all.