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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: Lynne Valaitis 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: Lynne Valaitis 0121 466 7019

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

Gareth Howells

Gareth Howells, director of nursing and therapies

Roles / Responsibilities: Gareth began his career as a registered nurse in 1988 and has a wide range of clinical and managerial experience across a number of clinical services including Burns, Trauma and Acute Medicine and Accident and Emergency.  

Throughout that time he has also held a number of senior nursing and leadership roles including over 10 years’ previous experience as a Deputy/Director of Nursing within Acute, Primary Care and Commissioning Organisations. 

Gareth is passionate about ensuring care is safe, and empowering clinicians, staff and partner agencies to work together to continuously improve and deliver innovative, caring services which are responsive to the needs of patients, and which help reduce health inequalities. 

He also holds a master's degree in Law and Ethics, having a particular interest in safeguarding as well as in the legal aspects of practice.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7016

Executive Assistant: Nicki Hackett 0121 466 7022

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


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf
Executive Assistant: Kirstie Roe 0121 466 7024

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

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.

Neil Scott

Neil Scott - non executive director

Neil Scott has now joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Neil also serves as chief financial officer at Aston University. He has previously held senior positions at The University of Hull, Wyevale Garden Centres plc, Marston, Thompson & Evershed plc and the Ford Motor Company.

Neil holds a number of external board appointments. He is a trustee of Familyfund, a national charity supporting the families of disabled children, and is a director of a number of spin-out companies.  He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.