Our Board of Trustees

The FOYH Constitution requires us to have a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve Trustees. Three of our Trustees are officers with specific responsibilities: the Chairman, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary. Other Trustees may lead in areas such as fundraising, public relations, human resources, to use their particular skills and experience.

Our Volunteer Manager & Administrator together with the Fundraising Manager of York Teaching Hospital Charity attend the Board of Trustees meetings to support and advise. They are not members of the Board and have no voting rights.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please click here for further information on how to apply.


Chairman Hussein Syed

Hussein Syed


Hussein became a trustee in 2014 after he moved to York from London where he was the Chairman of the Friends of St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington from 2011 to 2014. He hails from the West Indies and after finishing university here he taught English as a Foreign Language in London before going on to work for BT and the Prince’s Trust. He was heavily involved in Neighbourhood Watch in Shepherd’s Bush in London and chaired the Shepherd’s Bush Green Police Ward Panel in a voluntary capacity for several years. He was Treasurer of the Friends of York Hospitals from April 2016 to October 2019 and became its Chairman in March 2020.

Vice Chair Judith Whitehead

Judith Whitehead

Vice Chair

Judith first became a FOYH Trustee in 2015. Before that she volunteered in the Talking and Reading Service on the stroke wards. Judith formerly worked for Relate Leeds as their Centre Manager and Company Secretary. This followed many years with BT, mainly as an HR manager. Judith deputises for Hussein when he is unable to chair meetings or represent the Friends at meetings and events.

Honorary Treasurer Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Honorary Treasurer

Mike started his working life in the retail sector in various locations around the North East and Scotland. A career change then prompted a move to Norwich where he spent 18 years in the NHS, in GP Practice Management. He led several projects during that time, including the first electronic transmission of patient discharge letters from hospitals to GP practices. Mike enjoys practical challenges too. In 2010 he moved to York, bought a very run-down property, then spent the next 5 years turning it into a family home.

Honorary Secretary Stephanie Neale

Stephanie Neale

Honorary Secretary

Stephanie joined the Board of Trustees in September 2017. Prior to that she held a number of senior positions in NHS Commissioning organisations in the North East. As Head of Corporate Affairs, she had wide ranging responsibilities including governance, emergency planning, communications and risk management amongst other things. She took on the role of Honorary Secretary for FOYH in 2018.

Trustee Liz Bartrum

Liz Bartrum


Liz joined the Friends as a weekend patient refreshments volunteer on the stroke rehabilitation ward in York Hospital. She carried out the role for several years whilst working full-time in the banking sector, showing several new volunteers the ropes during that time. More recently Liz completed a postgraduate course in political communication. She is particularly interested in improving local awareness of FOYH.

President David de Sliva

David de Silva


David joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. He carried out the Vice Chair role for most of the next 5 years, then was President during 2018 and 2019. He remains on the Board as a Trustee. David is Managing Director of 121 Housing Solutions Ltd. He has extensive experience of property management and projects where the public and private sectors work together.

Trustee Malou Lindholm

Malou Lindholm


Malou is Head of Events at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, having previously worked as Events and Business Relations Manager with the N8 AgriFood Programme based at the University of York. She has a Masters degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a B.A (Hons) in Thai Language and International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has extensive experience in running successful events and creating long-term partnerships. Malou is keen to give something back to the local community and use her experience and contacts to benefit Friends of York Hospitals.

Supporting the Board of Trustees

Committee member Andy White

Andy White

Volunteer Manager & Administrator

The Friends’ only employee, Andy joined the charity in June 2013 from Barnardos. Before that he worked in adult education as a teacher and a manager. Andy has also done public sector admin and practical outdoor work, maintaining rural nature reserves and city parks and green spaces.

Fundraising Manager, York Teaching Hospital Charity

The Fundraising Manager for the York Teaching Hospital Charity works with the Board of Trustees as liaison between the two charities.