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Meet the Board

Executive Directors


Tracy joined as Managing Director in July 2007, assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer when Birmingham Community Healthcare  became an NHS Trust in November, 2010 . Tracy has extensive experience in general management, project management and service improvement roles. Tracy started her NHS career as a registered nurse.

Roles / Responsibilities:

Tracy's role is to lead the executive team and to ensure that Birmingham Community Healthcare is managed in accordance with legislative requirements and its values and objectives and that the strategic objectives are achieved. As a board member she will work with other Board members to develop and promote these values and will ensure that effective working relationships are established between Birmingham Community Healthcare and its stakeholders.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7010

Executive Assistant: Kirstie Roe 0121 466 7019

Peter Axon

Peter joined Birmingham Community Healthcare in June 2009. He has extensive experience, gained within the finance teams of NHS and commercial organisations.

Roles / Responsibilities:

Peter's role is to lead the financial and capital planning of the organisation. He is also leading on a number of programmes to improve the efficiency of the organisation and to support healthcare investment. Peter also has lead responsibility for the contracting and information management and technology departments.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7013

Executive Assistant: Donna-Marie Britton 0121 466 7021

Andy Harrison

Andy joined the organisation in July 2008. He was previously Managing Director for Community Services in Dudley and has over 30 years' NHS experience, mostly developing and delivering community services.

Roles / Responsibilities:

Andy is responsible for all aspects of clinical service delivery and development for the three clinical divisions (adults and community, children's and families and specialist services). He also leads on service transformation, operational HR, the temporary staff bank and estates.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7012

Executive Assistant: Lynne Valaitis 0121 466 7020

Beverly Ingram

Beverly Ingram - director of nursing and therapies

Beverly joined the organisation at the end of March 2008. Previously she was Deputy Director of Service Development and Quality and PCT Lead Nurse with Dudley PCT. Beverly is a qualified nurse and a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Roles / Responsibilities:

Beverly is responsible for providing professional leadership and strategic direction to all nursing and AHP staff, with a responsibility for professional education and development, learning and development and strategic workforce development. She strives for excellence in the delivery of patient care, with responsibility for patient experience and patient and public involvement. Beverly is also the lead for clinical governance, quality and safeguarding.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7016

Executive Assistant: Charmaine Baines 0121 466 7024

Dr Andrew Wakeman

Dr Andrew Wakeman, medical director

Andy has been Medical Director since June 2013. He has significant previous experience in both primary care and public health and he has been actively involved in teaching and training undergraduate students and postgraduate clinicians for many years. Andy has also held a number of senior leadership positions within the NHS, including seven years as a Director of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Roles / Responsibilities:

As medical director he is responsible for the appointment, development and professional leadership of the medical and dental staff. Andy acts as the Caldicott Guardian for the organisation and is responsible for clinical effectiveness and audit. He also has responsibility for health and safety, infection control and prevention, medicines management and research and innovation.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7014

Executive Assistant: Nicki Hackett 0121 466 7022

Jo Thurston

Jo was appointed in March 2008 having previous served as Deputy Director of Performance and Organisational Development for NHS Birmingham East and North. Prior to working in a PCT, Jo worked in a range of senior operational roles at a number of acute trusts and the ambulance service in the region.

Roles / Responsibilities:

Jo is the lead for the Trust's application process to become a Foundation Trust (FT), and ensuring the Trust is compliant with Monitor (the regulator of all FTs). She is also accountable to the NHS Litigation Authority and the lead for Care Quality Commission registration.  

In addition, Jo is responsible for a number of corporate functions including organisational development, information governance, equality and diversity, health and wellbeing, communications, emergency planning, risk management and the business development consultancy.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7015

Executive Assistant: Joy Winters 0121 466 7025

Non-Executive Directors

Tom Storrow

Tom became BCHC chair in November 2011. He has spent most of his career working in and with the NHS, having joined the health service as a graduate management trainee in 1977. After training in Shropshire and Birmingham, he worked in hospital management in Birmingham and Staffordshire, including five years as a Trust chief executive. Tom then made a mid-career move into a role with a consultancy and recruitment company that provides services to the NHS, where he worked for several years, gaining promotions to director and then senior partner.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone:  0121 466 7017

Executive Assistant: Kirstie Roe 0121 466 7019

Jerry Gould

Jerry Gould - non-executive director

Jerry joined the board in July 2012 following careers in local government and subsequently as a partner at Deloitte. He has extensive experience in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public sector service through the adoption of alternative delivery models and in the procurement of major services and infrastructure contracts, including using PFI and similar arrangements.

Karen Bloor

Karen joined the Board as a Non- Executive Director in August 2008. Karen is a human resources professional with extensive experience gained in the retail industry with Marks and Spencer.  Karen is also a school governor and chair of the curriculum committee at a local primary school.

John Craggs

Dr John Craggs - non-executive director

John joined the Board in May 2009 and brings extensive experience in finance and organisational transformation, both in manufacturing and service sector organisations.

Celia Furnival

Celia Furnival - non-executive director

Celia joined the Board as a Non- Executive Director in August 2008, following a career in the arts, media, financial services, higher education, voluntary sector and the NHS.

Councillor Paul Tilsley MBE

Councillor Paul Tilsley MBE - non-executive director

Paul was appointed to the Board in August 2008 and became Deputy Chair in July 2012. He is a Liberal Democrat Member of Birmingham City Council and former Deputy Leader of the authority.

Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal

Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal - non executive director

Jag is a GP, Honorary Associate Professor and Course Director for the MSc in Health Services Management at the University of Warwick and became a Non-Executive Director designate with BCHC in June 2012.

Building on practical experience gained as Director of Primary Care Development for NHS West Midlands, Jag has led a wide variety of leadership development and management academic programmes through the University of Warwick, the Institute of Clinical Leadership, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the West Midlands SHA and the Department of Health.

From 2010-2012, he was one of two national clinical leads for the NHS Institute’s Productive General Practice Programme.  His international experience includes work with Latin American health care professionals, taught in Spanish, the delivery of modules and workshops in Hong Kong and Korea and work with the Medical Protection Society in Brisbane.

Jag has an MSc in Health Care Management, awarded with Distinction, from the University of Warwick and is undertaking a PhD in Management at Birmingham Business School.   

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