Non-Executive Team

Diane Mckerracher


My role as Chair is to ensure the Board functions properly, that there is full participation during meetings, that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out. To achieve this the Non-Exec team must offer support, guidance and challenge to the Executive Team as they strive to deliver their vision of providing excellent value and high quality care. The Chair role is both about offering advice and leadership and driving compliance, to ensure our obligations to stakeholders are understood and delivered. I also support the setting of the company's values and standards, so that together we can produce positive outcomes that make a difference for patients. My previous experience in Healthcare includes the not for profit sector and the public sector, both NHS and Local Authority. In addition, I have held senior positions in the private sector, driving both clinical and commercial objectives. I currently hold a Non-executive appointment with a not for profit company providing outcome based psychological interventions for children and families. I also provide advisory services to various healthcare related organisations. I welcome the opportunity to directly influence and improve the quality of service to our local community and to do this we need the commitment of a skilled and motivated workforce and members council Ensuring the company achieves both of these is a key aspect of my role.

Mike Richards

Non-Executive Director

My primary role as a non-executive director is to support the Executive Team in its delivery of Locala's strategic aims of providing high quality, value for money care and support closer to home. In addition to providing independent and impartial advice, my focus will be to constructively challenge management, critically review operational and financial performance and ensure that Locala has strong financial controls and a robust risk management system. Following qualification as a chartered accountant with the international accountancy firm Deloitte, I've spent the last twenty-five years as a finance director for a number of major businesses, such as Fox's Biscuits and KP Nuts. I'm currently the Group Finance Director and co-owner of Arran Isle Ltd, an international manufacturer and distributor of branded building products, headquartered in Elland. For the last three years I have also been a non-executive director of a small housing association based in Kirklees.

Julie Bolus

Non-Executive Director

I am excited to be working with Locala as a non-executive director. My role is to use my experience to ensure Locala provides the best possible services to our population and to ensure our colleagues are listened to, develop and achieve their potential. A non-executive does this by acting as a critical friend, stretching the Executive Team and ensuring public accountability through effective governance, challenge and reporting. I trained at Dewsbury School of Nursing in the 80's and worked in the NHS until 2015; the last 13 years as a Director of Nursing. My passion is high quality primary and community care as my belief is most people want any care they need to be as near to their home as possible. I am now an Independent consultant supporting health and social care to deliver and commission high quality services. I have 3 children and a fabulous grandson; my middle son and daughter-in-law both work as learning disability nurses and both my other sons work in governance and finance alongside the NHS and care market.

Selina Ullah

Non-Executive Director

Selina is an experienced senior executive with a background in the public sector including healthcare management, local government, and professional regulation working on policy formulation, transformation, service modernisation, regulation and governance. Additionally she has over three decades experience of non-profit organisation management. Since leaving Local Government Selina has embraced a portfolio career, her only criterion being it must be an area she feels passionately about. Selina is the Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. She has currently finished an 8 year term with a national health regulator where she led the review and subsequent development and introduction of codified standards for the optical profession and then strategic review of optical education to modernise and transform optical education in the UK. She is a Board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority which regulates over 165,000 professionals and is a Lay Independent Member of Police Misconduct Hearings. Selina is a Trustee and Director of Manchester Central Library Development Trust, Trustee of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and also chairs a number of charities in the district.