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.

The Charity Operations Manager of York & Scarborough Teaching Hospital Charity attends the monthly Board of Trustees meetings to support and advise but has 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.

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.

Malou Lindholm


Malou is Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Events at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, having previously worked as Events Manager with the N8 AgriFood Programme based at the University of York. She has a Masters degree in Social Policy from the LSE and a B.A. in Thai Language and International Politics from SOAS (University of London). She has extensive experience in events, stakeholder engagement and B2B marketing. Malou is keen to give something back to the local community and use her experience and contacts to benefit Friends of York Hospitals.

Trustee Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin


Rachel began her career working for a national food retailer, in various roles including retail, product supply and marketing. With a young family, Rachel decided to retrain so she could teach in Higher Education. She works for York St John University as Senior Lecturer within the School of Health Sciences. She has specialist knowledge in communication, coaching and leadership and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Rachel also designs bespoke leadership programmes for the NHS. Outside work, Rachel is a Bereavement Support Volunteer for St Leonard's Hospice.

Trustee Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor


Ann was born in York and initially worked in administration and staffing roles at several York hospitals.

Upon leaving the NHS Ann co-founded a successful multinational business which ran for twenty years. She was responsible for staffing and managing more than sixty full time employees.

Ann has served as a member of a Parochial Church Council and was Church Treasurer. She also sat as a Magistrate in the Criminal Court and as a Chair Person in the Family Court.

Ann became a trustee of FOYH and worked closely with its Volunteer Manager & Administrator reviewing procedures and managing matters relating to Volunteers. After short break of several years Ann has returned to the Board of Trustees.