Our Committee

The FOYH Constitution requires us to have a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve Trustees. Three of our Trustees have specific responsibilities: the Chairperson, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary.

Office Holders

President David de Sliva

David de Silva


The FOYH President is invited to serve to represent the Friends at public meetings and events. David joined the Committee in 2012. He carried out the Vice-Chairperson role for most of the next 5 years. David is Managing Director of 121 Housing Solutions Ltd and has extensive experience of property management and projects where the public and private sectors work together. He accepted the invitation to become our President in January 2018.

Chairperson Derek De Vere

Derek De Vere


With a background in banking, Derek originally joined the Friends in the Honorary Treasurer role in the early 1990s. He became Chairperson in 2012. In the years since then Derek has led the renewal of our charity's organisation.

Vice-Chairperson Jenny Hildyard

Jenny Hildyard BEM

Vice-Chair and Executive Trustee for Fundraising and Public Relations

Jenny deputises for Derek when he is unable to chair meetings or represent the Friends at meetings and events. She is a previous FOYH Honorary Secretary and has been on the Trustees' Committee since 2004. Her particular interest has always been the funding of additional equipment and services for the hospital, and the fundraising work which is required to pay for them. Jenny was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List for 2017 in recognition for her service to the local community.

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's work background is in NHS Trust management in the Tyneside area. She held a number of senior positions there, and was responsible for dealing with the media, dealing with public complaints and implementing new government regulations, amongst other things. She retired in 2014 following marriage and relocation to the York area. In the FOYH Stephanie keeps the charity's records and makes sure that our Constitution and agreed policies and procedures are complied with. She also represents the Friends at meetings and events.


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 that role for several years while she worked full-time in the banking sector, showing several new volunteers the ropes during that time. More recently Liz completed a postgraduate course in journalism. She is particularly interested in improving local awareness of FOYH.

Trustee Gabriella Coward

Gabriella Coward


Gabriella works in Clifton as a Claims Assessor with NFU Mutual Insurance. She studied English Language and Linguistics at York St John University from 2010-13. Throughout the time she was there Gabriella volunteered with FOYH. She helped on reception, offered a nail-painting service on the stroke wards, and collected funds on the hospital corridors and at other FOYH events. Gabriella thoroughly enjoyed her time volunteering with the Friends, so much so that she came back as a Trustee in 2018.

Trustee Malou Lindholm

Malou Lindholm


Malou works at the N8 AgriFood Sustainable Food Production project, based at the University of York. She has degrees in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries and Thai Language and International Politics from the University of London. She also has extensive experience in running business events and conferences, and organising business publishing and promotion. Having made the move from London in 2016 and got settled in York, Malou is keen to give something back to the local community and use her experience to benefit the Friends of York Hospitals.

Trustee Hussein Syed

Hussein Syed


Born and bred in the Caribbean, but based mainly in London since his university days, Hussein married a Yorkshirewoman and retired to York. Hussein has a lot of experience of running a successful hospital Friends organisation - he is a previous Chair of the Friends of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

Trustee Judith Whitehead

Judith Whitehead


Judith became a FOYH Trustee in 2015. Before that she was a FOYH volunteer 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.

Committee Members

Rachel Brook

Fundraising Manager, York Teaching Hospital Charity

Rachel is covering the Fundraising Manager post for the NHS Trust while Lucy Clegg is on maternity leave. Rachel manages the partnership between the Friends and York Teaching Hospital Charity. She helps the two charities work together for the ultimate goal of improving our hospital for the patients. Rachel has a strong commercial background and is passionate about fundraising - she has been personally involved for more than 10 years.

Committee member Andy White

Andy White

Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator

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.