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Trust Board Members

Our Board have a wide range of qualifications and experience that will guide us through as we work to realise our strategic priorities and achieve our vision as set out in our organisational strategy.

Andy Meehan - Chair

Date of appointment as Board Member: February 2014 

Professional qualifications: MA ACA 

Experience: Andy is a graduate of Oxford University, a Chartered Accountant and for 30 years enjoyed an executive career mainly in the retail sector, having had roles as Finance Director and Chief Executive of several companies including Selfridges, Mothercare and Co-operative Retail Services.

For the last 10 years, he has had a portfolio of Chairmanships and Non-Executive Directorships across commercial, public and charity sectors. These include GHD, Fortnum and Mason and Myton Hospice.

In addition, he is currently Chairman of Ramsdens Holdings PLC, Direct Healthcare Services Ltd and Mayday Trust, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at Coventry University.

Prior to taking up his appointment at the Trust, he was a Non-Executive Director at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham.


Professor Andy Hardy – Chief Executive Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: Chief Finance Officer - June 2004, Deputy Chief Executive – July 2008, CEO - June 2010

Professional Qualifications: BA(Hons) Economics, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, MBA

Experience: Andy is a past President and a National Board Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and chair of Arden Local Education Training Council (Member West Midlands Local Education Training Board). He chaired the West Midlands AHSN Development Board and now chairs the West Midlands AHSN Southern Spoke.

Andy is also Chair of Central Newborn Network, a Council Member of the Charted Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, past Chair of the Finance Director’s Group of the Association of United Kingdom University Hospitals. A Director of Right Step, a careers advisory service, and Board Director of Albany Theatre, Coventry.


Professor Meghana Pandit – Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: May 2012 as Chief Medical Officer; December 2014 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Professional Qualifications: FRCOG, MBA

Experience: Meghana trained in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Oxford Deanery and was Visiting Lecturer in Urogynaecology at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Meghana was Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Clinical Director and then Divisional Director at Milton Keynes before joining University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Meghana is Course Director for MSc in Healthcare Operational Management at Warwick University. Meghana has also completed an MBA from Oxford Brookes University, Innovating Health for Tomorrow Programme at INSEAD, Fontainebleau and been appointed Professor of Practice, Warwick University. Meghana was awarded the Founding Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Management and Leadership.

As Chief Medical Officer Meghana has led the development of clinical strategy and has responsibility for Clinical Quality, Risk, Education & Training, Research, Development and Innovation, and Legal Services. She is also Responsible Officer for over 500 doctors and continues to undertake clinical office based Gynaecology.


David Eltringham –  Chief Operating Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: September 2012

Professional Qualifications: MBA - Open University, BAEd (Hons) - University College, Worcester; Registered Nurse (Adult); Diploma in Nursing Science, DNSc – Sunderland School of Nursing/Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic

Experience: From 1991 onwards David worked in a number of nursing roles at University Hospitals Birmingham. David spent two years working in the private healthcare sector and joined West Midlands Ambulance Service in 2001 as Education and Professional Development Manager then Clinical Lead for NHS Direct (Birmingham the Black Country and Solihull). He joined Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2004, becoming Chief Operating Officer in November 2009, then joined the Trust as Chief Operating Officer in September 2012.


Mark Radford - Chief Nursing OfficerNina Fraser – Chief Nursing Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: November 2016

Experience: Nina has been a Registered Nurse for thirty years, having trained at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Nina specialised in Oncology Nursing and then in palliative care and has worked in the NHS and voluntary sector settings. Nina has held senior leadership positions for Marie Curie Cancer Care, where she completed her MSc in Nursing Research and Practice Development. Nina held her first Director of Nursing position in NHS Shetland and before joining University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire she was Director of Nursing at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust for four years. Nina is committed to delivering excellent standards of care; she is the Board lead for Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists. She is also the Board’s Director for Infection Prevention and Control and for Adults and Children’s Safeguarding.


Chief Strategy Officer at UHCW, David MoonDavid Moon - Chief Finance and Strategy Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: August 2013 as Chief Strategy Officer; December 2014 as Chief Finance and Strategy Officer

Professional Qualifications: Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, MBA

Experience: David has a wealth of experience in the NHS including Director posts at South Worcestershire PCT, Solihull PCT, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. Most recently he has been a Director at the National Audit Office. 


Chief Strategy Officer at UHCW, David MoonKaren Martin - Chief Workforce and Information Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: May 2015

Professional Qualifications: MSc Public Sector Management, Fellow CIPD, qualified Executive Coach

Experience: Karen has worked in the NHS for over 34 years. She has extensive experience as an Executive Board Director in different NHS organisations, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and a wealth of experience in human resources, organisational development, leadership, communications, corporate affairs and change management. Her career has spanned a range of health organisations including health authority and both acute and mental health services.


Ian Buckley - Non-Executive Director at UHCWIan Buckley – Vice Chair

Date of appointment as a Board Member: Non-Executive Director - October 2013, Vice Chair - September 2014

Experience: Ian has worked as Chief executive for a number of UK and US businesses and served on both PLC and private company boards.
Trained as an engineer in Birmingham, moved into finance and leasing and became the UK chief executive of the US leasing giant GELCO (Now a division of GE).

He was part of the management buyout and the subsequent public flotation at Evans Halshaw PLC serving as a main board director.

In 1999 he joined Advanced Communication and Information Systems as CEO, a venture capital backed, telematics business specialising in providing real time passenger information for, airports, buses and trams.
He was Deputy Chair and Non-Executive director of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Currently he is a Business Angel investor, business coach and facilitator for Leadership Trust and guest lectures at Bristol Business School.


Ed Macalister-Smith - Non-Executive Director at UHCWEd Macalister-Smith - Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: October 2013

Professional Qualifications: MBA Bath University, MSc Oxford University, BSc London University

Experience: Ed has 25 years of NHS experience including CEO at NHS Wiltshire and Bath PCT Cluster, CEO at NHS Buckinghamshire, CEO at Isle of Wight NHS PCT, CEO of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Oxford. He retired from the NHS in November 2012 and offers a portfolio of coaching, strategy and Board governance in the NHS. He is also a Board Member of the Cotswolds AONB, and Chair for the National Institute of Health Research HSDR Priorities Panel.


Brenda Shiels OBE - Non-Executive Director UHCW

Brenda Sheils OBE – Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: July 2014

Professional qualifications: B.Ed ( Hons) Reading University, Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching , Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Experience: Appointed in 2003 as Principal and Chief Executive of Solihull College , providing education and training to over 12,000 students , Brenda played a pivotal role in improving the skills of the local and regional workforce through the development of partnerships with major employers including Birmingham Airport, National Exhibition Centre and Jaguar Landrover and with key universities including with Warwick, Coventry and Oxford Brookes. She also has significant experience of community engagement, local regeneration and multi-agency work.

During her 39 years in education, Brenda has worked in schools, community and adult education and colleges in Cambridgeshire, Devon, Cheshire, Coventry and Gloucestershire. She was recently awarded the OBE for services to further education and, following her retirement in March 2014, is currently an executive coach/mentor for the sector and a Trustee and member of the National Council of NACRO (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders).


Barbara Beal Non-Executive Director UHCW

Barbara Beal – Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: July 2014

Experience: Barbara is married with two children and two grandchildren, and lives locally residing in a village near Rugby.

She qualified and practised as a nurse and midwife at the Trust and continues to maintain her registration. She subsequently became a former Head of Midwifery, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality, Patient Safety, Patient Experience Infection Prevention and Control, Governance and Risk, Interim Operations Director, Turnaround Director, Human Resource Director and Acting Deputy Chief Executive in the Acute Healthcare Sector.

Since her early retirement in 2008 she has had significant experience as a clinical advisor, healthcare consultant, and executive coach mentor in the NHS (Acute, primary care, commissioning, mental health and learning disability care sectors), Independent Health Care Sector, GP, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Clusters, Area Teams and Clinical Commissioning Support Units.

Barbara is absolutely committed to contributing to the provision of leadership and support to all of our front line staff, senior leaders and all members of the multi-disciplinary team to improve the quality, safety, delivery and assurance of standards of clinical care, and continue to improve and enhance the patient experience, clinical and service outcomes experienced by patients, carers and their families.


David Poynton Non-Executive Director UHCW

David Poynton – Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: June 2015

Professional Qualifications: MA, DMS, IPFA, FHFMA.

Experience: Born in Coventry, David has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors, starting his career with Coventry City Council. 

David has worked as a Finance Director and Chief Executive for a number of NHS Trusts and health authorities.

He has also previously held the position of national Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

More recently he has been Chairman at Public Sector Consultants Ltd and Summit Healthcare (Dudley) Ltd., and currently is part-time Chair of In-Form Solutions Ltd.

David also works as an independent coach to individual executives as well as boards.


Sudhesh Kumar - Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment as a Board Member: July 2016

Professional Qualifications: MRCP (UK), M.D, FRCP (London), FRCPath

Experience: In addition to his role as Non-executive Director at the Trust, Sudesh is Dean of the Warwick Medical School and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare at University of Warwick. He is also a member of the Coventry & Rugby Health and Wellbeing Board, and the Medical Schools Council, as well as being a Non-executive Director at NHS Digital. He is a clinical endocrinologist by background with 22 years’ experience as a Consultant Physician in the NHS.

His research interest is obesity and its complications, particularly Type 2 diabetes.

His interests include developing novel approaches, including medical technology to managing obesity and diabetes that has helped to transform and improve patient care and treatment.

His expertise includes adipocyte biology, whole body metabolism including indirect calorimetry, clinical trials and development and testing of novel technology based solutions. He has published over 240 papers and six books on these subjects.



Page updated 13 January 2017

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