Charles (chair)

Charles Lewis

Independent Chair

As a Chartered Accountant and Independent Chair, Charles applies a hands on approach to his role at Citycare and has successfully helped steer the ship up to this point with Jo and the team. Charles ensures sound operation of this public private partnership to ensure the best outcomes for the company, its communities and stakeholders.

Charles was formerly a partner Ernst & Young ultimately as Managing Partner of its Hull Office which was a fully autonomous business unit with a multi-million pound turnover. He was admitted as a partner in the global organisation in 1975 and was subsequently seconded for periods in London and overseas.

With Ernst & Young he was, as well as many and varied internal responsibilities, responsible for services to a wide range of publicly quoted and owner managed businesses as client service leader, which involved the co-ordination of all Ernst & Young services to a number of high profile companies, including Northern Foods, Hanson, Kingston Communications, Dixon Motors and ARCO.

Since his retirement he has had a wide portfolio of business, public sector and charitable interests currently including locally Catzero, Bondholder Scheme, Humberside Youth Association and Yorkshire Laser Centre (Medical Research). He is also a member of the University of Hull’s audit committee.

Charles is a Freeman of City of London and Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants. In what little spare time he has, Charles is a keen gardener, an avid Hull City follower and a regular visitor to the Millennium Stadium to watch his beloved Wales.



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Dave Leedham

Sewell Group

Dave is a Developments Director at Sewell Group Ltd and is primarily responsible for funding and the financial management of Citycare. He joined Sewell Group in 1995 and joined the board in 2001.


Dave joined Sewell as Group Accountant in 1995 and was a key player in the successful bid in 2004/05 that led to the establishment of the PPP vehicle, Citycare. He has subsequently sat on the Board of the PPP since its formation. More recently Dave was involved in the Group’s successful Building Schools for the Future bid and sits on the Local Education Partnership Board to oversee the delivery of the programme.
Dave works on many of Sewell Group’s cross sector developments and is primarily responsible for all legal, funding and financial aspects of Shared Agenda. Dave has worked closely with health service providers for the last 8 years, sitting on various strategic boards and representing the companies at national events. Dave is a non-executive director of the City Healthcare Partnership CIC.

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Paul Sewell

Sewell Group

Paul is Managing Director of Sewell Group Ltd.Established in 1876, Sewell Group is an estates services provider with successful strategic partnerships in the health, education and community sectors.

Sewell is recognised as a ‘Sunday Times 10 Best Company to Work For’ business and a Gold Considerate Constructor for three successive years. Having taken over Sewell Group over 35 years ago, Paul has transformed a leading construction company to the business it is today, a holistic estates services provider for public service deliverers. This business niche is evidenced by the successful delivery of the first PFI school in the UK, followed by the first Older Person’s Healthy Living Centre, both receiving national accolades. Under Paul’s leadership Sewell Group has successfully delivered PFI schools across the region and 12 health and well being centres via a PPP model.
Paul has been honoured by the Institute of Directors for his contribution to the Yorkshire Economy and most recently in the Business Growth Awards for his outstanding leadership. He was awarded an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list in 2011 for services to business and the community.

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Martin Rooney

Community Health Partnerships

Martin Rooney is the Regional Director for Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and has served on the Citycare Board since October 2010.

Prior to this, Martin was Chief Executive at Doncaster Community Solutions – another LIFT Company – for five years, seeing the company through a period a significant growth and development.

As well as Citycare, Martin represents CHP on five other LIFT Companies.

Before being involved in LIFT, Martin worked at a senior level in local economic development with Yorkshire Forward and Renaissance South Yorkshire and helped the region draw upon European Union regeneration funds to enable delivery of business support and capital development programmes.

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Emma Latimer Hull CCG Chief Officer

Emma Latimer



Emma Latimer has led NHS Hull CCG for two years. As part of a 24-year career in the NHS she has brought a wide range of experience from the ambulance service, hospital and community settings to health commissioning.


Emma is passionate about working closely with clinicians, partners and local people to tackle some of the biggest health challenges across the city of Hull.

As Chief Officer she is responsible for ensuring that the CCG functions effectively, efficiently and economically, ensuring improvement in the quality of services and health of local people whilst maintaining value for money.

Emma is Programme Sponsor for the Hull 2020 programme – a partnership of nine organisations committed to transforming the way public services work to enable the people of Hull to improve their own health and wellbeing and to achieve their aspirations for the future.

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Paul Thompson - UME

Paul Thompson

UME Group

The UME Group has managed, developed, commissioned and operated hospitals and healthcare projects in 23 countries throughout the world. The UME Group has established strong partnerships with world class suppliers to help in the strategic planning of healthcare facilities.

Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1996 and since then advised and worked with many owner managed companies with revenues from £5m to £100m+.  Industries have included Healthcare, Logistics, Manufacturing, Support services and Retail.

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