Better Care

Meet the Board

Executive Directors

Richard Kirby portrait

Richard Kirby - chief executive officer

Richard joined BCHC as our chief executive in March 2018 bringing 20 years of NHS management and leadership experience in Birmingham and the Black Country.  A graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme, Richard began his career supporting the development of GP commissioning in Birmingham. After a series of posts in commissioning, strategy and performance management, he moved to Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust where he led the development of new models of care and service configuration changes initially as Director of Strategy and, then,  as Chief Operating Officer. Most recently Richard was chief executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for seven years leading the integration of hospital and community health services and building effective partnerships with stakeholders to support integrated care.

Richard and his family live in Birmingham and is passionate about the development of integrated community services that help people stay well and independent. Richard says: “It is a real privilege to be able to lead my local specialist community trust and to make a difference of families and communities”.

Qualifications: MA (Oxon), MSc Healthcare Policy and Management 

Base: Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7010

Executive Assistant: Helen Vening 0121 466 7018

Peter Axon

Peter joined the board of directors at 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 as chief finance officer leads the finance, contracting, information and performance directorate for the Trust. Primarily responsible for the trust's finances, this includes financial planning, management of financial risks, and seeking best value for money for our services in terms of contracting and procurement. Peter also supports Richard Kirby as deputy chief executive.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7013

Executive Assistant: Lynne Valaitis 0121 466 7019

Director of Nursing and Therapies


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7016

Executive Assistant: Nicki Hackett 0121 466 7022

Jo Thurston

Jo joined the Trust in March 2008, having previously served as Deputy Director of Performance and Organisational Development for Birmingham East and North PCT (BEN), as well as holding a range of senior operational positions at both acute and ambulance trusts in the region.  

Jo has held a number of executive director positions during her time with the Trust  including Director of Performance and Organisational Development, Director of Compliance and Assurance and Director of Business and Organisational Development.  

Roles / Responsibilities:

As Chief Operating Officer, Jo is responsible for all aspects of clinical service delivery and the development of the clinical divisions, as well as being responsible for IT and Estates and Facilities.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7015

Executive Assistant: Charmaine Baines - 0121 466 7020

Andrew Dayani

Dr Andrew Dayani, medical director

Andrew joined BCHC in July 2017 having previously been Medical Director at Somerset Partnership NHS FT. He has a wide ranging experience in hospital medicine, Primary Care, Occupational medicine, Commissioning and medical politics in addition to having run a private pharmacy business. As Medical Director he has experience in community, mental health , learning disability and community dental services. Andrew acts as Caldicott Guardian for the Trust as well as being Responsible Officer. He is part of a team facilitating Responsible Officer training nationally on behalf of NHS England.

Within his portfolio sits Clinical Governance, Clinical Effectiveness, Medicines Management, Research and Innovation, Library services and Health and Safety. As the senior Medical manager, Andrew is responsible for maintaining professional standards amongst medical and dental staff.

Andrew’s passion is addressing health inequalities through medical engagement, collaborative working and clinical leadership to improve patient outcomes.

His qualifications are MB ChB, FRCGP, D Occ MED,  MFMLM. He is a member of the Society of Occupational Medicine and of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. He is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy Director Development course.

Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7014

Executive Assistant: Nicki Hackett 0121 466 7022


Lorraine joined Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust in September 2008. She began her career as a Nurse in 1981 and has a wide range of clinical and managerial leadership experience across a number of acute, primary and community service providers.

Lorraine has held a number of senior leadership and management roles both in provider and Commissioner Organisations including Service Transformation Director, Programme Director – Community Service Redesign and Deputy Executive Nurse.

Roles and Responsibilities 

As Director of Strategy and Transformation Lorraine is responsible for strategic planning, commercial and marketing, transformation and programme management office, organisational development, Communications and staff engagement, Equality, diversity and human rights and the BCHC charity.

Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf 

Telephone: 0121 466 7012

Executive Assistant: Kirstie Roe: 0121 466 7024 


Michelle Woodward, director of corporate governance 

Michelle joined the trust in 2018, leading on all aspects of corporate governance, risk management, legal services, governors and membership, freedom of information and complaints. 

Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7262


David Holmes - hr director

David has been Director of HR at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust since March 2012.  David commenced his NHS career in Acute Specialist Provider Organisations in Sheffield in 1991.  He later moved to Birmingham and occupied the Director of HR at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for a number of years before leading a number of workforce projects at the Regional Workforce Deanery.  In the beginning of 2013 David took on the role of Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Vice President, West Midlands and recently became one of three National HPMA Deputy Presidents. 

David is actively involved in the local Workforce Advisory Board and West Midlands HR Director Network and is a member of the Workforce Streamlining Board across the Midlands.  

Base: Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7507

Executive Assistant: Clare Proctor - 0121 466 7507

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.

Jenny Belza - NED

Jenny Belza - non executive director

Jenny is a registered nurse with over 40 years’ experience working in the NHS. She undertook her general nurse training in South Wales and then specialised in neurosurgery. She has worked in acute hospitals in Cardiff, Cambridge and Leicester. 

Jenny has held a number of senior positions as a NHS manager within hospitals, health authorities and PCTs and worked for 11 years in Birmingham in senior commissioning roles. Her most recent full time position was as a CCG Chief Nurse in Birmingham.  

Jenny has  extensive knowledge  and expertise in assuring patient safety and the quality of patient care, safeguarding children and adults and improving local health services.  

David Sallah

David Sallah - non-executive director

David is clinical lead for mental health, Health Education England and emeritus professor of mental health, University of Wolverhampton. He is an internationally recognised researcher and has held senior positions in the NHS, UK Government, higher education and the private sector.

With over 25 years experience in the NHS, some of David's most recent positions include director of research, ethics and consultancy; founder and director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement, University of Woverhampton; dean of academy and dean of research and development, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Teaching Trust; and national director of the UK Government’s programme for delivering race equality in mental healthcare.

Sukbhinder Heer

Sukhbinder Heer - non executive director

Sukhbinder Heer joins the Board at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as a non-executive director, having served in a similar position with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust since 2006.   

A former managing partner of one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms, Sukhbinder has substantial boardroom experience in both the private and public sector, having shaped performance and created resilient cultures.  

He has over 30 years’ experience working within the major global financial centres as principal and advised multinational businesses to meet and exceed stakeholder’s expectations whilst maintaining world class governance. Sukhbinder holds a number of external board appointments and is also currently undertaking a doctoral research in business resilience.