Our Board

Professor Michael Sheppard, Chairman

Michael served most recently as Provost and Vice Principal and Dean of Medicine at the University of Birmingham. He received the degrees of MBCHB (Honours) and PhD from the University of Cape Town. He was elected Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998.

Michael had a major clinical service commitment and international reputation in pituitary and thyroid disease, publishing over 250 papers. He has been a member of and chaired a number of UK and international committees (endocrine societies, Royal College of Physicians, MRC and WHO). He was President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland and holds Honorary Professorship at the University of Birmingham. He was previously a non-executive director (NED) at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is currently a NED at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. 

Professor David Adams, Professor of Hepatology and Dean of Medicine for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham

David is also director of the Centre for Liver Research and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit, and lead for translational research in the MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.

Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Andy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire in 2010, one of the largest tertiary acute trusts in the country, with an annual turnover of approximately £540m. For six years previously he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008 – 2010.

In addition, he is currently President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Chair of Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Education and Training Council (member of West Midlands Local Education and Training Board) and Chair of the Central Newborn Network, Director of CSWP Ltd and Director of Albany Theatre Trust, Coventry. As well as being a Board member, Andy also chairs the South Membership Innovation Council of the WMAHSN. 

Dr Sue Ibbotson, West Midlands Centre Director, Public Health England 

Sue was previously the regional director for the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the West Midlands. In this capacity, she was responsible for the HPA’s delivery of local and regional health protection services across the area, and led the quality and governance function for the agency’s Health Protection Services division.

Having initially trained as a GP before undertaking public health specialist training, Sue has a diverse public health experience in a number of senior roles. Her appointment as a consultant in public health medicine in Yorkshire in 1993 was followed by a move to Scotland, and she has held appointments in the West Midlands since 2000, first with the NHS Executive, and then as director of public health and medical director for the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority, before taking up her post with the HPA. 

After graduating from University College Cardiff, Tim joined the District Management Training scheme based at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He joined The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 1992 as Business Manager for Medicine before taking up his first post at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 1995.

In 1999 he became the first Divisional General Manager for Emergency Services before being appointed as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in June 2006.

In September 2008 he was appointed to a newly created role of Executive Director of Delivery. His key responsibilities are to lead on research, strategy and performance, education, organisational development, and human resources. He is also an executive lead for Birmingham Health Partners and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Centre, and a board member of MidTech and Birmingham Science City. 

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

After graduating from University College Cardiff, Tim joined the District Management Training scheme based at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He joined The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 1992 as Business Manager for Medicine before taking up his first post at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 1995.

In 1999 he became the first Divisional General Manager for Emergency Services before being appointed as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in June 2006.

In September 2008 he was appointed to a newly created role of Executive Director of Delivery. His key responsibilities are to lead on research, strategy and performance, education, organisational development, and human resources. He is also an executive lead for Birmingham Health Partners and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Centre, and a board member of MidTech and Birmingham Science City. 

Pauline Walsh, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Keele University   

Professor Walsh started her role in October 2017 her previous research focus has been around the student experience and in particular student attrition, belonging and retention and more recently has evolved into exploring the development of resilience within student’s but with a particular focus on their resilience in managing challenging issues during clinical placement.

After qualifying as a nurse in 1984, Professor Walsh practiced in a range of acute specialties before moving into education as a nurse tutor at Wolverhampton University where she developed interests in healthcare ethics and professional practice. Professor Walsh’s experience in curriculum development, placement learning and clinical assessment led to her pioneering the role of placement facilitator to promote learning in clinical practice. She moved to Keele in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer to lead undergraduate programmes prior to taking over as Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery in 2010.

 

Su Jones, NHS Engagement Partner & National Lead of Accelerating Access and Reducing Variation at The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)   

Sue leads the ABPI’s agenda for change around accelerating access and uptake of NICE approved medicines influencing positive policy change. Her role in the ABPI involves cross-functional working with members, NHS England organisations and relevant stakeholders. She represents members on an extensive breadth of Boards ranging from European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations Health Systems Working Group, NICE Implementation Collaborative, Innovation Score Card Strategic Metrics Group , West Midlands AHSN and East Midlands Digital Innovation Program Board .

Helen Carter, Deputy Director at Public Health England     

Helen Cater is Deputy Director at Public Health England and is also a Consultant in Public Health for NHS West Midlands. Helen also studied Medicine at the University of Birmingham. 

Tony Davis, Director of Innovation & Economic Growth at West Midlands Academic Health Science Network 

Tony is the Commercial Director for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), a partnership bringing together NHS commissioners and providers, academia and industry, uniquely placed to support the NHS in increasing its contribution to both health improvement and the economy. He also leads the wealth creation enabling theme. He was previously Executive Director of the WMAHSN on its establishment.

Before his role at the AHSN, Tony launched Medilink West Midlands Ltd in 2003, with the aims of promoting the life sciences industry to government organisations and helping SMEs in the marketplace to grow their business. In 2005, he was appointed the first chair of Medilink UK.

Professor Richard Lilford, Pro-Dean for Research at the University of Warwick Medical School, Chair in Public Health at the University of Warwick, Director for the Warwick Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and Director of NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the West Midlands (CLARHC WM)

Richard has more than ten years’ experience as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and more than five years in the Department of Health. Prior to his current roles, he was Vice-Dean for Applied Health Research and Director of the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit.

Richard directs the CLARHC WM, which is responsible for co-ordinating high quality applied research across NHS organisations and universities in the West Midlands. He is a research advisor for the NICE Research and Development Committee and chairs the MRC/NIHR Methodology Advisory panel. He is also an expert panel member for the NIHR research methods fellowship programme. Previously, he was the Head of the School of Health and Population Sciences for a year and the Head of Division of Primary Care, Public Health and Occupational medicine for four years at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that he was, for five years, a senior civil servant. Before that, he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Leeds for 11 years. He was also an executive director with responsibility for R&D at the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Richard’s main interests are in Bayesian statistics, ethics and clinical trials. He has published over 260 original research papers and he is an investigator on over £35 million worth of government, industry and charity sponsored research grants.

Andy Williams, Accountable Officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group and the Black Country STP Lead

Andy joined the NHS in 1985. He has worked at director and chief executive level in both provider and commissioning organisations for the last 14 years. Andy has an MBA (Health) from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the Institute of Health Management and also a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Sarah Dugan,  Chief Executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Chief Executive Lead for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

Sarah is a Registered General Nurse, Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and Health Visitor and has a Masters degree in Health and Social Care Management.  She has held a wide range of senior positions within provider and commissioning organisations and has a particular interest in partnership working, integration and the development of positive learning cultures. 

Richard Devereaux-Phillips, Director, Healthcare Policy, Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)

Richard joined the ABHI in June 2015 with over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.

Richard holds a first degree in Sports Science from Brighton Polytechnic and a Master's in Health Economics Research and Management from Keele University. He served from 2003 until 2013 as a member of the Technology Appraisal Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and also on the Programme Advisory Group of the Healthcare Quality and Information Authority in Ireland. Richard also serves as a non-Executive Director of the South West Peninsula Academic Health Science Networks, serving as Chair for most of 2015. He is a board member of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham and chairs the Programme Board of the Small Business Research Initiative Healthcare. He is a longstanding member of the Institute of Healthcare Management

Richard, his wife Luan, and their daughter Zelah Marie live in North Birmingham and West Cornwall.