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Board members' biographies

Russell Hardy, chairman

Russell Hardy became chairman of Wye Valley NHS Trust in November 2016. He is also the Chairman of South Warwickshire NHS FT’s Board and Council of Governors, having taken on the roles in 2015. Russell has a wealth of experience from working in both NHS trusts and private companies, with a firm understanding of working in large organisations and overseeing strategic developments. Russell also chairs the Remuneration and terms of service committee.

Glen Burley, chief executive

Glen became chief executive of Wye Valley NHS Trust in November 2016 leading to the creation of the Foundation Group in 2017, which now includes Wye Valley NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and George Eliot NHS Trust.  Through this model, Glen is CEO of all three Trusts supported by Managing Directors in each organisation.

Glen began his NHS career in 1983 as a finance trainee, qualifying as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1990.  After reaching the position of Director of Finance for South Warwickshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust, he moved into an acute operational role when he became Director of Operations for the Surgical Division of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.  In 2003 he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and joined South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust in 2006, initially as interim Chief Executive and then substantively in 2008.  South Warwickshire became a Foundation Trust in 2010 and took over the running of Warwickshire’s Community Services in 2011.

Jane Ives, managing director 

Jane became managing director of Wye Valley NHS Trust in November 2016.  Jane started her NHS career in 1980 as a student nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. After qualifying, her clinical career was in Renal and Intensive Care nursing and she was the ITU nurse manager in Worcester before moving into a management role. Jane worked as the professional head of nursing in Worcester before moving to City Hospital in Birmingham as interim Director of Nursing in 1999. This led to opportunities to work at the Commission for Health Improvement (the precursor to the CQC). In 2003, she was appointed as Director of Nursing and then Director of Operations for South Warwickshire Hospitals Trust which became a Foundation Trust and then integrated acute and community Trust in 2011.

Katie Osmond, chief finance officer

Katie joined the Trust as chief finance officer in June 2021.  After graduating from the University of Wales: Aberystwyth, Katie began her NHS finance career in 2001 on the National Financial Management Training Scheme.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Katie joined Wye Valley NHS Trust from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, where she was the deputy director of finance, and has significant experience in senior finance roles.  Katie has lived in and around Herefordshire for almost 20 years, and is personally and professionally delighted to join the Trust and remain within the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System. Katie is committed to continuous improvement and system collaboration as drivers for sustainable use of resources, and is passionate about developing people and teams.

David Mowbray, chief medical officer

David Mowbray became chief medical officer at the Trust in February 2019, following a nine month period as the WVT operational medical director.  David joined the Trust in 2001 in his role of consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, after completing his training in the Wessex Deanery.  

Lucy Flanagan, chief nursing officer 

Lucy Flanagan joined the Trust as chief nursing officer in August 2016, moving to Herefordshire from central London where she had worked as deputy director of nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and interim executive director of nursing at West Middlesex University Hospital Trust.  Lucy qualified as an adult general nurse in October 1995 and held a number of clinical roles at Birmingham, Selly Oak and Good Hope Hospitals.   Lucy has held a number of senior nursing roles since 2009 working in North Yorkshire as part of York NHS Foundation Trust at the time it acquired Scarborough NHS Trust.

Geoffrey Etule, chief people officer

Geoffrey Etule was appointed as chief people officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust on 1 July 2020. I started my NHS Career as a human resources officer at City Hospital Birmingham in 2000 and over the past 12 years he has worked as a director of HR and OD in the NHS, Higher Education and Hospice sector.  As a qualified coach, Geoffrey truly believe that everyone can fulfil their potential with the right support and culture that facilitates a continuous learning environment.  Geoffrey is passionate about staff health and wellbeing, employee development and employee engagement as these are essential in knowledge based NHS organisations.

Andy Parker, chief operating officer

Andy Parker join the Trust in 2014 as general manager for theatres and anaesthetics. He also had the opportunity of overseeing responsibility for the surgical division before becoming the associate chief operating officer for the medical division. Andy has recently (March 2022) been appointed as chief operating officer for the Trust.  Andy joined the NHS in 1992, spending over 20 years working for various Ambulance Service Trusts. He started his career as a 999 emergency medical dispatcher and then through a number of operational roles became general manager of Gloucestershire - Great Western Ambulance Service.  At GWAS he managed the county's operational response from the point the public dialled 999 through to planning and delivery of responding paramedics and support staff, through to managing 999 Command, Control and Dispatch across regions within the South West including achieving International Centre of Excellence status for Emergency Medical Dispatch services. 

Jon Barnes, chief transformation and delivery officer (Herefordshire) 

Jon Barnes joined the Trust at the end of March 2015 to take up the post of chief operating officer and has recently (March 2022) moved into the role of chief transformation and delivery officer for Herefordshire. Prior to this he was deputy chief operating officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Jon joined the NHS in 1986 as a student nurse, qualifying in 1989 and worked in a number of clinical nursing roles at the George Eliot Hospital and Walsgrave Hospital before moving to operational management at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire in 2003 where he has operationally managed a wide range of clinical and clinical support services; he has held a corporate role for the last five years. 

Alan Dawson, chief strategy and planning officer

Alan became chief strategy and planning officer in April 2018 having been in a variety of planning and programme roles in the Trust for the last eight years, including a key role in the creation of the Wye Valley NHS Trust. He has worked for the Trust since 2005 in operational roles and was director of operations for three years. Alan is a Registered Nurse, having joined the NHS as a student nurse in 1989 and holding senior nursing positions in national cardiac centres before moving to Herefordshire to focus on strategy, planning and service improvement.

Frank Myers, associate non executive director

Frank Myers is a graduate, was the founder of Myers Road Safety Ltd. and continues to take his inventions in the road safety field to world markets. In 1995, he received the MBE for services to road safety and to export. As a Director of MCP Systems Consultants Ltd, he has been responsible for introducing new high-tech approaches to asset tracking into the health service and, in 2009, won the E Health Insider Award for Innovation. Frank is Chair of the Trust's Charitable Funds Committee.

Richard Humphries, Vice chair - non executive director

Richard Humphries joined the Trust as non executive director in November 2014.  Richard’s professional background is social work and his 35 year career in health and social care includes a period as director of social services in Herefordshire and chief executive of the Herefordshire Health Authority until 2002.

He spent five years in senior roles in the Department of Health and since 2009 has worked for the King’s Fund, an influential health policy think tank in London where he is currently Assistant Director, Policy.

He is a recognised national commentator and writer on social care and health issues. As a longstanding resident of the county, Richard is keen to apply his knowledge and national experience to the challenges facing the Trust in delivering good services for local people. 

Andrew Cottom, non executive director

Andrew Cottom joined the Trust as Non Executive Director in November 2014 and is Designated Chairman of the Audit Committee.  Andrew trained as an accountant in the West Midlands Regional Health Authority area and pursued a very successful career just across the border in NHS Wales. 

He has worked at a very senior level in complex NHS organisations, covering most aspects of the NHS. This has been in both urban and very rural settings, the latter being in Powys where he was Chief Executive of the Powys Health Board for four years.

Following a national role he undertook on a part time basis, Andrew left the NHS at the end of August 2014 to enable him to spend more time on voluntary work, mainly associated with his local church in Abergavenny.

Christobel Hargraves, non executive director

Christobel has devoted 36 years of her working life to roles closely related to the health service, in the public, private and tertiary sector. This experience was first gained as a registered nurse, followed by a variety of roles in health IT, implementing administrative and clinical systems into acute hospitals. Further experience was gained at the Audit Commission ensuring that resources were put to best use in the health service.

As Chief Executive of NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death), she worked with a wide range of clinicians on such studies as ‘Who Operates When’ and ‘Functioning as a Team’. In later years she was ordained a minister in the Church of England, serving as a Rector and Area Dean prior to relocating to mid Powys.  

Christobel chairs the Clinical Quality committee and is the Trust's Non-Executive Director responsible for Freedom To Speak Up.  

Nicola Twigg, non executive director

Nicola joined the Trust as Associate non executive director in September 2019. She is also currently a Regional Director for HSBC Bank UK where for the past 33 years she has worked in National and Regional leadership roles across the UK in both Branch and Commercial Banking delivering risk, financial and customer experience strategies. She has a Degree in banking and finance and also a masters in corporate governance. She has been a Trustee for the family liaison and relationship counselling charity Relate, Cymru, worked closely with the social care sector as a foster carer and is a mentor for Chwarae Teg, the Welsh gender equality charity.

Grace Quantock, associate non executive director

Grace Quantock joined the Trust as an associate non executive director in September 2019. Grace is a board member across health, social care and human rights. She is a researcher and psychotherapeutic counsellor in private practice with an MA in psychotherapy and digitally mediated healthcare. Grace has undertaken two Arts and Humanities Research Council fellowships into digital service delivery and undertaken research with the BBC and Cardiff University on trauma-informed data delivery. She contributed to the Holmes Review into inclusion in public life in 2019 and is interested in digital delivery, workforce and patient wellbeing.  

Frances Martin, associate non executive director

Having originally trained as a mental health nurse, Frances has spent the majority of her career working in senior leadership roles in health and social care. With a lifelong commitment to enabling joined up, ‘personalised care’, her professional roles have included working in acute, ambulance, community and primary healthcare in operational, regulatory, commissioning and strategic roles. Two years as sales and operations director in a manufacturing company expanded her knowledge of the risks and freedoms of small businesses and 35 years of public service has given her a deep understanding of the political and financial complexities of the public sector.

Having taken early retirement in 2018, Frances is now delivering independent consultancy with a particular interest in strategy, governance and organisational and personal development.

Ian James, associate non executive director

Ian James has held a number of senior roles in local Government, including director of adult social services and as a regional care and health improvement adviser for the Local Government Association. His best efforts have been creating effective partnerships between the NHS, Councils and care providers to improve the way we deliver services.  Ian has worked at local, regional and national level, most recently leading joint national digital programmes with NHSx.  He has lived in Herefordshire since 1995 and is a passionate believer that we deliver better for people when we get the public involved in how we design and deliver services.

Erica Hermon, associate director of corporate governance/company secretary

Erica Hermon joined the Trust on 30 July 2018 as the associate director of corporate governance and company secretary on a 6 month secondment from Herefordshire Council.  Erica has worked for the local authority for 9 years leading a number of teams as head of law and governance including emergency planning, health and safety, elections, governance, procurement and legal.  Prior to that, Erica served for 20 years in the Royal Air Force in strategic planning, policy and logistics appointments, latterly as a Wing Commander at the lead headquarters responsible for the operational planning for all RAF resources and staff committed to operations worldwide. When not at work, she can be found coaching rowing at Ross Rowing Club.

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