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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 leads the strategic business planning function ensuring robust market intelligence gathering to ensure that our strategy takes into account all external factors as well as internal ones. Finance, capital planning, performance, contracting, information, information governance and procurement will also sit within this portfolio.


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). 


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, CQC compliance, 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.  Since being in post, Jo has undertaken the roles of Director of Performance and Organisational Development and Director of Compliance and Assurance before her latest change in portfolio.

Roles / Responsibilities:

In her role as Director of Business and Organisational Development, Jo Thurston is a key driver is responsible for implementing a transformational approach to the delivery of the Trusts strategy and provides business planning and service redesign support to the clinical services. Business planning anddevelopment, partnership working, service transformation and innovation, IT, communications and organisational development and also sit in this portfolio. 


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7015

Executive Assistant:  Julia Close 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.

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.

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.

Sukbhinder Heer

Sukbhinder Heer - non executive director

Sukbhinder Heer has now joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Profile to follow.

Neil Scott

Neil Scott - non executive director

Neil Scott has now joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Profile to follow.