Alongside the independent non-executive members, we are pleased to share that we will be supporting another candidate, Haris Sultan, in his development through the NHS national NExT director programme, with a placement focusing on young people and future generations, working closely with Cathy Elliott, integrated care board Chair, and non-executive member Becky Malby.
Haris’ work in health and social care started within West Yorkshire as Co-Founder of the Youth Board at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust. Locally he has worked as youth representative on Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body leading on the Leeds Youth Health and Social Care Charter. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Leeds Hospitals Charity and is a member of the Partnership’s People’s Board.
Nationally, Haris is Founder and Chair of the National Network of Youth Forums, working with over 60 NHS Trusts across England. He is also board member of the Children and Young People Transformation Programme at NHS England. He has led national initiatives looking into the teaching of health inequalities resulting in changes to the undergraduate curriculum. He has also worked with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England on young people’s vaccines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this opportunity within the West Yorkshire’s Integrated Care Board. Alongside my personal development through the NExT Director scheme, I am really looking forward to contributing to the amazing work I already seen happen within the partnership and I am really excited to work with the amazing West Yorkshire Team."
The NExT Director Scheme is a national development programme, led by NHS England and NHS Improvement, created and designed to identify and support the ‘next generation of talented people from groups who are currently under-represented on our NHS boards’. The programme focuses on supporting people from local ethnic minority communities and disabled people with senior level experience into board level roles in the NHS. This is part of a positive action approach to increase the diversity and talent pool of people who want be NHS non-executives in the future.