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Charles Lewis – Independent Chair


Charles retired from Ernst & Young as Managing Partner of its Hull operation in 2002. He was admitted to the global organisation in 1975 and was subsequently seconded for periods in London and overseas. read more

Charles was involved with publicly quoted and owner managed businesses as client service leader, involving the co-ordination of all Ernst & Young services. He also had client service responsibility to a number of high profile companies, including Northern Foods, Hanson, Kingston Communications, Dixon Motors and ARCO.

A former Chair of Teesland PLC and Non Executive Chairman of Wykeland Group PLC, Charles is currently Chair of Citycare as well as being Non Executive Director and Chairman of the audit committee for Hanson Transport Group Ltd.

Charles is also a Trustee of Yorkshire Laser Centre (Medical Research). In addition he is a Trustee and Non Executive Director of Humberside Youth Association Limited and Chairman of Humberside Youth Association Training Limited. He is also a member of the University of Hull’s audit committee and a trustee for Catzero Ltd.

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 golfer, he is an avid Hull City follower and is a regular visitor to the Millennium Stadium to watch his beloved Wales RUFC.

Dave Leedham – Sewell Group


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

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Dave has been closely involved in PFI and PPP, in addition to LIFT, including Victoria Dock Primary School, York Schools PFI project and more recently Building Schools for the Future. Dave works on many of Sewell Group’s cross sector developments and has been instrumental in managing the Hull LIFT project through from bid stage to financial close right through to completion of the first Tranche of nine projects.

Paul Sewell – Sewell Group


Paul is Managing Director of Sewell Group plc. Over the past 25 years, under Paul’s leadership, Sewell Group has become recognised as a forward thinking and innovative organisation.

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The diverse nature of Paul’s business is challenging but his team’s ability to outperform expectations time and time again is held up as a beacon for others to follow. In 2011, for the third year running, Sewell Group was included in the Times Top 100 listing for which the company was voted 7th best company to work for in the UK.

Sewell Group achieved a UK first in 1999 when it provided the first school in the country to be delivered under the Governments Private Finance Initiative (PFI); this has lead to further cross sector PPP projects including a Village Centre community development with Preston Road New Deal for Communities, Hull LIFT (Citycare) and York Schools. The company is also part of Hull Esteem Consortium, the organisation appointed by Hull City Council to deliver the city’s £400m BSF programme.

Paul was responsible for bringing the Yorkshire International Business Convention to Hull and is the driving force behind Business Week across the Humber.

The 2010 University of Hull New Year’s honorary graduate list included Sewell Group’s, MD, Paul Sewell. Paul was awarded the Doctor of Science Honoris Causa for his services to business and the economy and his lifelong commitment to supporting and helping others. Further recognition followed as part of HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2011 when Paul was awarded an OBE for his work in promoting the regeneration of Hull and the surrounding area.

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.

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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.

Emma Latimer – NHS Hull CCG

A former Director of Commissioning and Locality Director for NHS Hull, Emma has a wealth of senior NHS commissioning experience and has led the strategic development of the CCG and for the past 18 months.

Prior to working in Hull, Emma worked in a wide range of NHS commissioner and provider organisations in the North West and West Yorkshire. She has particular interests in public and patient engagement as well as services for children.

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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