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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Emma Latimer Hull CCG Chief Officer

Emma Latimer


Emma Latimer has led NHS Hull CCG for two years. As part of a 25-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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Neil Ward

Community Health Partnerships

A former lawyer and previously Director of three LIFT Companies in the North West, Neil has extensive experience of all aspects of LIFT and established relationships within the public sector.


Community Health Partnerships (CHP) provides high quality and valued services to commissioners and local partners across England with the aim of delivering savings, increasing service integration and driving optimal use of the primary and community health estate. Wholly owned by the Department of Health, the organisation offers investment, property management and strategic estate planning expertise.

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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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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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Karen Miller

UME Group

Karen Miller has extensive experience of the UK private healthcare sector having held several positions as Hospital Manager/CEO prior to joining the UME Group.


In these early roles and working largely to turnaround briefs, Karen has considerable success in demonstrating that high quality patient care and profitability are compatible organisational goals.  She has a passion for creating value based organisations.

Karen has worked for the UME Group since 2007.  She started her career with the Group in the Middle East after being appointed as Deputy Chief Operations Officer with Allied Diagnostics a sister operation of the UME Group in the Middle East.  In June 2007 Karen was appointed CEO to guide the strategic development of the Allied Diagnostics centres. In June 2009 having established Allied Diagnostics as a key provider of imaging services in the Middle East she became Managing Director of UME Diagnostics in the UK.  In July 2012 she took on the role as Group Managing Director for UME Group LLP.

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