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Board of Directors for NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon

RUTH FITZJOHN – CHAIR
Ruth FitzJohn Ruth has a wealth of NHS experience and before being appointed Chair of Gloucestershire PCT in 2006, she was Chair of the ‘3 Star’ Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary Care Trust since April 2002. Before that, Ruth was Vice Chair of the former East Gloucestershire NHS Trust for 4 years and came to the health service following an international career in IT management and strategic planning. Ruth now takes over the role of Chair for the NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon Board. Ruth lives in Cheltenham with her partner and two children.
JAN STUBBINGS – CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Jan Stubbings Jan Stubbings took up the post of Chief Executive of the NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon Cluster in 2011. She was previousing the Chief Executive of NHS Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Care Services from October 2006. Jan has substantial experience of working at senior levels within the NHS and Civil Service, as well as working for periods as an independent consultant. In the last ten years of her career Jan has also worked as the Chief Executive of Swindon PCT in a combined post with the Borough Council and prior to that, as the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance of Wiltshire Health Authority. Jan holds an MSc in health policy and management and is also a qualified accountant.
DR SHONA ARORA – DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Dr Shona Arora Prior to taking up the post of Director of Public Health for Gloucestershire, Shona was Director of Public Health for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT. She trained as a doctor at Cambridge University, undertaking her Post Graduate work at a hospital in London. After completing her Public Health training in London, she worked in general practice and was a visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund, working on health improvement and diversity issues.
MICHAEL BARNES – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (VICE CHAIR)
Michael Barnes, LLM is a retired solicitor who specialised in commercial conveyancing. He served as a Swindon Borough councillor for twelve years and was mayor of Swindon 2007/2008.  Michael provides Non-Executive input on the Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group Shadow Board and also represents NHS Swindon on the Great Western Hospitals Charitable Funds Committee and on the Joint Commissioning Board (Adult Services) of NHS Swindon and Swindon Borough Council.
DEB BIGNELL – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deb Bignell Deb is the development manager for Swindon Carers Centre.  She is responsible for carer involvement, policy and strategy.  Deb is also the manager of the Young Carers team and is a volunteer trustee for the charity the Friends of Young Carers. Initially, Deb worked as an analytical chemist before a change in career and trained to be a state registered nurse.  She was an accident and emergency sister but after undertaking her MA, this prompted another career change and she worked in the North east as a community development officer.
RICHARD BUSBY – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Richard Busby Prior to taking early retirement at the end of 2008, Richard held senior management positions at the Capita Group, Vertex and SunGard Public Sector. He now work as an independent consultant with a focus on strategic planning, business development, company growth and sales acceleration. He has designed, sold and delivered services to a broad spectrum of organisations in the public sectors and brings his skills to NHS Gloucestershire.
JILL CROOK – DIRECTOR OF NURSING
Jill Crook Jill was appointed to the post of Director of Clinical Development at Gloucestershire PCT in December 2006 and has now taken on the role of Director of Nursing for the NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon PCT Cluster. Prior to this, she was Director of Nursing at Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority
PETER CROUCH – CHAIR, SWINDON CLINICAL COMMISSIONG GROUP SHADOW BOARD
Peter Crouch  Dr Crouch is a GP at Tawhill Medical Centre in Swindon and is the Chair of the emerging Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group.
ALAN ELKIN – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (VICE CHAIR)
Alan Elkin Alan Elkin brings to the Board his experience drawn from a career of community regeneration within Birmingham’s local government as well as from his work using his specialist expertise in India, Poland, Portugal and Japan. With his particular career focus on housing, environmental health and public health, Alan brings his real understanding of the way to integrate health into wider service thinking and provision. As a board member of Mercian Housing Association and also as Chair of the Witton Lodge Community Association, Alan is well placed to ensure the Board develops close links with the voluntary sector. He lives in Cirencester with his wife.
DEBRA ELLIOTT – DIRECTOR OF COMMISSIONING DEVELOPMENT
Debra Elliott Debra is a former midwife who joined NHS Gloucestershire in 2008 to oversee commissioning of primary care services (GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists, Opticians). She took up the role of Director of Commissioning Devleopment for the NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon Cluster in 2011.
WILLIAM FISHLOCK – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
William Fishlock Bill retired from a local firm of chartered accountants in 1995.  Since that time, he has been involved in various charities and is a vice president of Prospect Hospice. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and has a special interest in cancer services.
 MARY HUTTON – DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Mary Hutton  Mary joined the NHS Gloucestershire and NHS Swindon Cluster in 2011. She had previously been Director of Finance and Performance at NHS North Somerset.
DR LIZ MEARNS – MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Liz Mearns Dr Liz Mearns is a GP trainer and an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners.  She completed her MSc in primary health care in 2004, researching into GP attitudes towards self directed learning.  She was nominated a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2007.
DR HELEN MILLER – CHAIR OF THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP SHADOW BOARD
Helen Miller Dr Miller became Chair of the Gloucestershire Professional Executive Committee in July 2009. She wa then appoitned  Chair of the emerging Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group in July 2011. She has served as a member of the Professional Executive Committee since 2007. She has worked as a GP at College Yard and Highnam Surgeries in Gloucester since 1991 having previously worked in New Zealand and Australia as well as being involved in the Local Medical Committee. Dr Miller has a passion for patient care and hopes to use her GP skills and experience within NHS Gloucestershire to drive this forward.
ANNE NOBLE – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Anne Noble From her previous career as Director of the Health Services Development & Evaluation Centre at Brunel University, Anne Noble brings a proven track record of translating abstract ideas into practical organisation to achieve clinical solutions through research, change management and formative evaluation. Anne also gives her time within Gloucestershire’s voluntary sector advising on strategies for organisational development. Well known to Gloucestershire’s health services from her role as Non Executive Director on Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT, Anne has played a leading role both in establishing and monitoring effective clinical governance arrangements, as Champion for Older People’s Services: she has influenced national policy on end of life care. Anne is Chair of the Integrated Governance Committee . She lives in Shurdington near Cheltenham, with her partner and daughter.
DR JOSE ORTEGA – DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SWINDON
JoseM Ortega Jose is a Spanish graduate and trained in the UK as a Public Health Physician. After a spell of a couple of years in New Zealand, he was appointed Deputy Director of Public Health in Richmond PCT in 2003 where he was the Cancer and Screening lead for the South West London Public Health Network. Other duties at the time were in the area of Clinical Effectiveness, and acute commissioning. Jose then spent two years in the Caribbean as Chair of Public Health in Barbados.  Back in NHS Richmond, Jose was the Acting Director of Public Health, for some months and the Screening lead for South West London. He also collaborates with the DrPH at Brunel University.
 NUALA RING – DIRECTOR OF HUMAN AND CORPORATE RESOURCES
Nuala Ring  Nuala joined Gloucestershire PCT in December 2006. Previous to this, Nuala had worked in HR for approximately 18 years in Acute ,Mental Health and Community Trusts and was HR Director for Swindon PCT between June 2004 and the end of 2006. As Director of HR, Nuala provides strategic and corporate leadership across the PCT on the successful planning, development and implementation of national and local strategic HR policy initiatives.
DAVID WREN – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
David Wren David joined the NHS Swindon board in January 2003. Working for British Telecom until 1997, when he took early retirement, he was a project manager and systems and business analyst.  He has been a Swindon borough councillor, serving on numerous committees and commissions and was the cabinet member for the local environment. Within NHS Swindon, he is chair of the Provider Services Committee, a member of the Audit  Committee, the Assurance Committiee, the Workforce and Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of the Patient Environment Assessment Team, a complaints convenor and lead non-executive director for public health and workforce and diversity.
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