We are pleased to inform you that following an extensive recruitment process, Executive Director designate appointments have been made to the new ICB, subject to the passage of the Health and Care Bill through parliament and the new statutory NHS body (known as NHS Gloucestershire) coming into being on 1 July 2022. We are grateful that representatives from our partner organisations and the regional NHS England team were involved in all of the appointments, bringing an external perspective to the process.

They join the five designate Non-Executive Directors who were appointed earlier this year.

Between them, the Executive Directors will bring exceptional talent, knowledge and experience to their roles as we work with partners to embed the learning from COVID-19, transform the quality of support and care we provide to local people and improve the health and wellbeing of our population.

Whilst all of the successful candidates demonstrated a clear recognition that the ICB will require some new and different system approaches to meeting the many challenges we face, these appointments as a whole will offer a high degree of continuity in terms of senior leadership and partnership working.

The appointments:

  • Dr Marion Andrews-Evans, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Dr Paul Atkinson, Chief Clinical Information Officer
  • Cath Leech, Chief Financial Officer
  • Ellen Rule, Deputy CEO/Director of Strategy and Transformation
  • Dr Andy Seymour, Chief Medical Officer
  • Mark Walkingshaw, Director of Operational Planning & Performance.

Executive Directors who were already ‘job matched’:

  • Kim Forey, Director of Integrated Commissioning (joint post with Gloucestershire County Council)
  • Helen Goodey, Director of Primary Care & Place (joint post with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust).

We did not appoint to the Director of People, Culture and Engagement post in the first round. However, we are currently in the process of putting in place an interim appointment for this key role and a further update will follow once arrangements have been confirmed.

The new ICB will fulfil the statutory commissioning functions of the current CCG and some from NHS England. The ICB will also be responsible for developing a plan to meet the healthcare needs of the population.

It will work hand in glove with a strong Integrated Care Partnership – ICP (known as One Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Partnership) bringing together health, social care, public health and other public, voluntary and community sector partners to develop a broader health and care plan to meet the needs of the people of Gloucestershire (integrated care strategy).

I will sure you will join us in congratulating the successful candidates on their appointment to the new ICB and thank you for your continued support.


Mary Hutton
Chief Executive designate
NHS Gloucestershire
Integrated Care Board
Dame Gill Morgan
Chair designate
NHS Gloucestershire
Integrated Care Board



Dr Marion Andrews-Evans,
Chief Nursing Officer

In addition to being a Registered Nurse, Marion has a specialist qualification in emergency care, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Health. She has experience in a wide variety of senior NHS roles including Nurse Director in provider (acute, mental health, learning disability and community) and commissioning organisations, as well as having experience in leading on clinical service modernisation and quality improvement at a national level.

She chairs the Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) Quality Surveillance Group and is the nurse representative on the Local Workforce Action Board. During the COVID pandemic, Marion was the Gold Commander for the ICS response to the outbreak.

Dr Paul Atkinson,
Chief Clinical Information Officer

Paul is a GP with nearly 20 years NHS experience, having moved to Gloucestershire in 2012.

Studying at Cambridge before completing his GP training at Imperial College London, he has worked in a variety of GP roles including traditional partnerships, commercial organisations, and social enterprises.

Paul has long been a champion of Clinical Informatics, trialling PalmPilots in hospital wards in the 1990s and most recently reviewing Artificial Intelligence bids for NHS X. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a member of the British Computer Society.

Joining NHS Gloucestershire CCG as Chief Clinical Information Officer in 2015, Paul brings this local experience with him to the new ICB.

Cath Leech,
Chief Finance Officer

Cath is a finance professional with experience in NHS roles within Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. She was Chief Finance Officer for NHS Gloucestershire CCG from its inception in 2013.

Cath’s experience has provided her with an in-depth knowledge of a range of key NHS areas, including primary care and partnership arrangements. She is responsible for ensuring good stewardship of the public finances and ensuring that funding is used in the best way to provide value to Gloucestershire. Her responsibilities include financial management, business intelligence, information governance and estates.

Ellen Rule,
Deputy CEO/Director of Strategy and Transformation

Ellen has worked for the NHS since 2003, holding a variety of senior positions in commissioning and provider organisations spanning service redesign, assurance, contracting, operational management and strategic planning.

Her role is to transform and redesign services to ensure they are fit for the future. Her team use a clinical programme approach to commissioning which provides a transparent framework and clear methods for understanding what matters to patients and the local population. She is committed to focusing on preventing ill health, developing integrated person-centred care and supporting people to maintain independence.

Ellen holds a masters in Health Economics and Policy and is currently studying part time for a PhD in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy.

Dr Andy Seymour,
Chief Medical Officer

Andy has been a GP partner in Gloucester city since 1993. He was on the governing body of NHS Gloucestershire CCG from its inception in 2013, serving first as deputy clinical chair before taking on the role of clinical chair in May 2016. He is vice chair of Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board and also sits on Leadership Gloucestershire.

Andy is also a former Lead Forensic Medical Examiner for Gloucestershire as well as being a previous chair of the Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee from 2005 to 2010.

Mark Walkingshaw,
Director of Operational Planning & Performance

Mark has extensive experience as a Director in both provider and commissioning organisations.

Before being appointed as Director of Commissioning for NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Mark was a Locality Commissioning Director for NHS Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust. He was previously Director of Planning and Strategic Development at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, and has 15 years’ experience in senior roles in Lancashire, the West Midlands and Cumbria.

Mark has worked across both statutory and non-statutory organisations including hospital trusts, regional bodies and the third sector.

In his career Mark has led many major projects to delivery and been driven by a commitment to contribute to service and performance improvement.

Kim Forey,
Director of Integrated Commissioning
(joint post with Gloucestershire County Council)

Kim’s background is in social work, including working with people with learning disabilities, people with challenging behaviour and in residential children’s homes.

Since joining the NHS in 2009, Kim has worked in Bristol and Gloucestershire, leading on a range of developments and services to improve the range of support services that help people to successfully live in their own homes and communities.

Kim has been Director of Integrated Commissioning, a joint post with Gloucestershire County Council, since 2017.

Helen Goodey,
Director of Primary Care & Place
(joint post with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust)

Working in Gloucestershire since 2012, Helen has liaised closely with GP clinical leaders to develop sustainable General Practice and Primary Care Networks. Her post has been joint with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust since April 2019.

Helen is an ardent advocate of population health management, using information to understand and predict the health needs of people and communities and addressing health inequalities. She is committed to delivering joined up care for patients, closer to home (known as ‘integrated place based care’).

With an master’s degree in Public Strategy and Leadership, Helen has 20 years senior leadership and strategic management experience both within England and Wales.