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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 CEO 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 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.

Howard Oddy, Director of Finance and Information

Howard has been Director of Resources at Wye Valley NHS Trust since April 2011 having previously been Director of Finance and Information at Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust between July 2007 and March 2011. Prior to moving to Hereford, Howard had been Director of Finance at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust (1997 – 2002) and at Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT (2002-2006) and he was Interim Director of Finance at Gloucestershire PCT between 2006 and 2007. Howard is a CIPFA accountant and has worked in the NHS since 1984.

David Mowbray, Medical Director

David Mowbray became Medical Director 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, Director of Nursing 

Lucy Flanagan joined the Trust as Director of Nursing 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, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

My name is Geoffrey Etule and I am delighted to have been appointed as your new Director of HR and Organisational Development at Wye Valley NHS Trust, from 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 I have worked as a Director of HR and OD in the NHS, Higher Education and Hospice sector. As a qualified coach, I truly believe that everyone can fulfil their potential with the right support and culture that facilitates a continuous learning environment.  I am passionate about staff health and wellbeing, employee development and employee engagement as these are essential in knowledge based NHS organisations.

Jon Barnes, Chief Operating Officer 

Jon Barnes joined the Trust at the end of March 2015 to take up the post of Chief Operating Officer. 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, Director of Strategy and Planning

Alan became Director of Strategy and Planning 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, 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 Chairman of the Trust's Charitable Funds Committee.

Richard Humphries, 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. She is also Chairman of the Local Maternity System Board for Herefordshire and Worcestershire and is the Trust's Non-Executive Director responsible for Freedom To Speak Up.  

Grace Quantock, Associate Non Executive Director

Grace Quantock studied at the University of Reading where she graduated in history. Grace is a psychotherapeutic counsellor in advance training, and an award-winning social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. She is the founder of Healing Boxes CIC, Trailblazing Wellness (Un) Ltd and a Future Young Leader of Wales Award winner. As a Social Care Wales board member and Vice-Chair of Regulation and Standards Committee, Grace has an interest in working systemically, across organisational boundaries in health, housing and social care. Grace contributed to the Lord Holmes Parlimentary Review in 2018 and was awarded the Bristol and Bath Research and Design Inclusion Fellowship in digital transformation in 2019. Her research interest include trauma informed working, embodiment, adverse childhood experiences and resiliency.

Nicola Twigg, Associate 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.

Becs Gratton, Associate Non Executive Director

Becs Gratton joined the Trust as an associate non-executive director in September 2019. Becs has spent the last 37 years working in adult specialist social care in both the independent and voluntary sectors.  Having worked as a Managing Director for several national social care providers, Becs has overseen corporate acquisitions in social care and led significant change management programmes working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and mental ill-health and developed community-based service provision for those people living with significant complex health issues. Becs currently works as Operations Director for MacIntyre, a national charity for Adults and Children with learning disabilities and/or Autism and is a volunteer trustee for ECHO, a Herefordshire charity that works with adults with Learning disabilities.  She is particularly interested in the subject of health inequality and ensuring that mainstream health services offer the same level of expertise and service to people with learning disabilities and /or autism that the physically able and neurotypical population receive.

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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