James Hayward RD, Group Chair
James is a Chartered Engineer by profession, he spent most of his working life in the NHS working as an executive director of estates and facilities in medium and large sized NHS acute Trusts across the country. He joined Scarborough NHS trust in 2009 and helped support the merger with York Teaching Hospital NHS FT in 2014. James fully retired from the NHS in 2020. He worked on a number of high-profile capital investment projects in recent years. James also served for 23 years in the Royal Navy as a maritime reservist and rose to a senior rank, holding several command and staff positions along the way.
James was previously chair of legacy organisation Yorkshire Coast Homes. He has held a number of other non-executive director roles for organisations including the Cambridge Centre (a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity) and served as a Trustee of Lady Lumley’s charitable foundation. He is currently also a trustee for the First Light Trust, a national charity providing support for armed forces and emergency services veterans. He is also a Non-executive director for the Government Facilities Service Limited and Ministry of Justice owned company, providing maintenance and project delivery for the Prison.