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 12 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 and Mayday Trust, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at Coventry University and is chairman of Coventry Catherdral Council.

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.   He is also 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, Medical Education, Research & Development, and Legal Services. She is also Responsible Officer for over 500 doctors and continues to undertake clinical office based Gynaecology.

She is also a Caldicott Guardian for the organisation protecting the confidentiality of people’s health and care information.

Lisa Kelly - Chief Operating Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: December 2017

Professional Qualifications: BA (Hons) Geography, NHS Graduate Management Trainee Scheme, MSc in Health and Public Leadership, Graduate of the Nye Bevan Programme

Experience: Lisa joined UHCW in September 2016 as Director of Operations. Prior to this Lisa worked in a range of senior operational roles including Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Lisa has a wealth of experience in operational leadership and has been instrumental in delivering complex reconfiguration of hospital services across a range of specialties, developing new care pathways and leading turnaround programme for RTT and other quality improvement initiatives.

Lisa became a fellow of the Improving Global Health programme in 2012 and spent a year working at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia developing and teaching a multidisciplinary leadership and management programme. She has continued to support the programme as a mentor and advisor, and has most recently taken the programme to Rwanda in October this year. Lisa has also helped to set up and later review a systems strengthening programme in east London, South Africa. Lisa is also a trustee for the Global Anaesthesia Programme and Senior Honorary Lecturer at London City University contributing to MSc Health Management course. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys travel, playing netball and occasionally treads the boards on stage.

Nina 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.

Susan Rollason - Chief Finance Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: January 2018 as Interim Chief Finance and Strategy Officer, July 2018 as Chief Finance Officer

Professional Qualifications: A.C.M.A; C.G.M.A, MSc (econ) Accounting and Finance, BSc (econ) hons Accounting and Finance with Law

Experience: Susan is a qualified accountant with over ten years of senior Director level experience. She was previously the Director of Finance and Strategy for the Trust.

She is passionate about the NHS and started her career on the NHS Graduate training scheme in 1998 having graduated with a first class honours bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Following completion of the scheme Susan worked at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust in a variety of roles including two projects of national significance: the Birmingham New Hospital and the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine.

Susan has been an expert lecturer for the Warwick University MBA course and is a key speaker in many HFMA events. She is a coach for The Girls’ Network, an organisation set up to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a professional role model. 


Karen 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.

Karen is a member of the Regional Talent Board, a qualified Executive Coach and has facilitated and led on the development of a coaching framework across the organisation.

Justine Richards - Chief Strategy Officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: September 2018

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Ian 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

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, CEO of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Oxford. He retired from NHS employment in November 2012. He is also a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Cotswolds AONB Board appointed by the DEFRA Secretary of State, and was Chair for the National Institute of Health Research HSDR Priorities Panel until recently. He provides occasional coaching support to senior NHS clinical managers.

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

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

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


In addition to his role as Non-executive Director at the Trust, Sudhesh is Dean of the Warwick Medical School and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare at University of Warwick. He is also a Non Executive Director on the Board of NHS Digital, a member of the Medical Schools Council, and of Clinical Academic Staffing Advisory Group for UCEA. 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. He has published over 240 papers and six books on these subjects.