Our Board

We have a great team of Board Members with a wide variety of skills, knowledge and sector experience to ensure we carry on delivering great services and commitment to our clients and partners.

Roger Grasby

Chair and Non-Executive Director. A long-term resident of Wakefield, Roger holds a number of positions within the district. He is Chair of NHS Wakefield District, a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority, a Justice of the Peace and a non-legal member of the Employment Tribunal. He is also a representative on the Members’ Council for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Roger has been Non-Executive Director at a number of organisations, including the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the former West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority and the Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health NHS Trust. He was the Chief Executive of the North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council from
1990 to 1999.

Dr Linda Harris

Chief Executive, Spectrum Community Health CIC. A former Wakefield General Practitioner and Clinical Director, Linda has championed the needs of vulnerable people for over 15 years. Linda is a trustee of SpectrumPeople, Fellow and Medical Director of Substance Misuse and Associated Health for the RCGP.

Debbie Ward

Director of Operations. Debbie began her career as a Nursing Assistant before becoming a qualified Occupational Therapist. She has a strong clinical background and worked for many years in the field of forensic mental health. Debbie also studied for a BSc in Health Sciences, MA in Criminology and an MBA and became Lead Associate Director at Leeds Mental Health Trust, managing specialist mental health services. Prior to joining Spectrum, Debbie worked as Chief Operating Officer in an NHS Commissioning Support Unit.

Tim Straughan

Non-Executive Director Spectrum’s new non-Executive Director, Tim Straughan, joined the Board in January 2017. Tim has a distinguished background in healthcare, and as a qualified dentist he worked in general practice and community services before training to become a Chartered Accountant. Tim has also worked in a number of senior NHS roles, including leading NHS Estates and being Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Tim is currently working for NHS England on a range of programmes ranging from maternity to end-of-life care.