Spectrum People Board of Trustees

Steven Michael OBE


As well as being chair of our trustees, Steven Michael held the position of Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT between 2007 and March 2016. Steven started his career as a registered nurse in 1985, and has since held many prestigious management and leadership roles within the healthcare sector leading to an OBE for services to the sector in 2014.

Andrew Pepper


After a 30 year career in the NHS, including at Board level, Andrew now holds a portfolio which includes Hospice Finance Director and Business Owner supporting a range of local and national projects. Andrew is a qualified accountant and is the Charity Treasurer. Andrew said "I am grateful to our Board of Trustees, our staff and our volunteers for showing what can be achieved in the local area through sheer dedication, energy and inspiration. This is the community that I live in and I am proud to play a small part in delivering some of our fabulous projects."

Dick Davies


Originally working as an electronic engineer in the defence sector, Dick has spent most of his working life in the third sector. There, he has worked as a producer, trainer, and manager in the media, and latterly in PR and communication. He also has experience working cross-culturally in the developing world. Dick is currently chair of the Wakefield District City of Sanctuary.

Linda Harris OBE


Dr Linda Harris is the founding Chief Executive of Spectrum Community Health CIC and a founding trustee of Spectrum People. An experienced GP and former Clinical Director in Wakefield and Medical Director of Substance Misuse and Associated Health for the RCGP. Linda has been championing the needs of vulnerable people in the local area for over 25 years and is proud of her strong and sustained strategic relationships in Wakefield. A member of the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership Board and Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Board Linda is passionate about multiagency workforce development and enabling the voices of lived experience as a means of tackling the root causes of health inequality.

John Major


John has a wealth of experience in business having been a Director of many companies. As well as bringing strong business acumen to our board, he has a huge network of contacts and has helped many organisations to improve their profile and expand their sphere of influence. John has also sat on a number of Government Advisory Committees particularly with regard to the environment. Passionate about Wakefield, he wants to help his local area.

Richard Sloan MBE


Richard qualified as a doctor in London in 1969. He then became a lecturer in physiology and undertook research into human temperature regulation. He was a GP in Airedale, Castleford from 1978 to 2005. He became an Associate Director of Postgraduate GP education at the Yorkshire Deanery and then education advisor to the Wakefield and District NHS Primary Care Trust. He was awarded an MBE for services to medicine and healthcare in West Yorkshire in 2011. He is also a trustee of Healthwatch Wakefield and Vice Chair of the Airedale Neighborhood Management Board.

Peter Box CBE


Peter is a renowned leader and innovator across a range of Local Government Services and was the leader of Wakefield Council for many years. He has also been the Chair of Various Committees and Trusts and a Probate and Trust Lawyer until he retired in 2005. Peter was awarded a CBE for his services to local government in 2010.