Our Board

Prof Suzanne Mason

Chair: Max Mclean

Max joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust as Chairman on 1 May, 2019 from Bradford’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), where he had been lay member for patient and public involvement and vice-chair of the governing body since 2012.

While in this role he was particularly keen on championing the involvement of patients in influencing how the CCG commissioned services. He also chaired the CCG’s quality committee, primary care commissioning committee, and the communications, engagement, and equality groups.

Max retired from West Yorkshire Police in 2010 as the force’s senior detective after more than 30 years’ service. As head of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, he oversaw all major criminal investigations in the county and led partnership working with local and national agencies and academic institutions to tackle crime in some of the most deprived communities.

He led nationally for the police service on tackling domestic abuse and made significant national and international improvements in responses to domestic violence and child protection.

In 2015, Max graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a PhD after studying the ways in which coroners carry out their duties. His work on criminology, policing (particularly witness and suspect interviewing), and coroners’ services has been published in various academic journals.

Max lives in Bradford with his wife and three children, who were all born in the city.

Prof Suzanne Mason

Suzanne qualified in medicine from London University in 1990 and has specialised in Emergency Medicine. Suzanne joined Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2001, was promoted to Reader in 2007 and Personal Chair in 2010. She divides her time between the university and as a consultant at the Barnsley Hospital Trust. Main research interests include evaluating complex interventions in emergency and urgent care. 

Prof John Wright

John Wright is a doctor and epidemiologist with a background in hospital medicine and public health in the UK and in Africa. He established and leads the Bradford Institute for Health Research and Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, working to speed up translation of medical research into practice and policy. He is the Director of Research for the City of Bradford. He has authored of over 300 papers and three textbooks and been awarded over £145 million in research award funding, £40 million as chief investigator.
Ray Smith
Anjum Rajput
Dr. Peter O'Brien

Ray Smith

Ray was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2020.  He trained at Leeds University Medical School, qualifying in 1988. His first job as a junior doctor was in Bradford the same year. Ray went on to train in Medicine and Anaesthetics in the Yorkshire region and Portland, Oregon.Ray became a Consultant Anaesthetist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 1998, and has since gone on to hold a number of management roles within clinical risk management and service delivery. Prior to his appointment to the role of Chief Medical Officer, he held the Associate Medical Director and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Professional Medical Standards roles.He holds a particular interest in developing and supporting all Trust staff.

Anjum Rajput

Anjum is the Head of Research Finance at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Anjum joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 2012 as an ACCA Fellow with a BScHons in Accounting and Finance, and substantial experience in the HEI sector. With an outstanding team and strong leadership, she has shaped research finance for the Trust and strengthened Bradford Teaching Hospitals' collaboration with Academia and Industry and more - nationally and globally. 

Dr Peter O'Brien

Dr Peter O’Brien is the Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities (YU). YU’s members are the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Leeds Arts, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, York, York St John and Leeds College of Music. Peter is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University. 
Ruby Bhatti OBE

Ruby Bhatti OBE

Ruby is Lay Chair for the Wolfson Centre steering board and the lay Co-Chair for the PPIE Leadership Group for the ARC.   She is a Reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and more recently a Patient Research Ambassador for the BIHR and BTHFT.  Ruby is currently the Deputy Chair for the Bradford City CCG ( BC CCG); Chair for the Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Lay member governance. She sits as an Associate Hospital Manager for the Mental Health Department, and also a committee member on the Mental Health Legislative Committee both for BDCFT. Ruby is a member of NIHR CRN CC Covid 19 Public Advisory Group, the NIHR CRN CC Yorkshire & Humber BAME Advisory  Panel,  the Covid-19 Patient and Public Involvement Network for NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)and the CRN Yorkshire & Humber Research Champion group. Ruby has recently become an Independent Member of NHS England's  Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group.

Sally Bridges

Sally is the Programme Manager for the NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber, responsible for the day to day management of the collaboration across the region. Sally has worked in health and wellbeing research and management since 2010 and joined the team applied health research family at Bradford Institute for Health Research in 2016. Sally also has a particular interest in making the most of routinely collected data in applied health research.