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Meet the Board

Executive Directors

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:

On an interim basis, Peter has been appointed as chief executive. The Trust has appointed a new chief executive, Richard Kirby, who is due to start his new role in early 2018. 

Peter'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. Peter works 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.

As chief finance officer, 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

Gareth Howells

Gareth Howells, director of nursing and therapies and interim deputy chief executive

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.

In the interim arrangements, Gareth is acting into the role of deputy chief executive, supporting Peter Axon.


Base: Trust Headquarters, Priestley Wharf

Telephone: 0121 466 7016

Executive Assistant: Nicki Hackett 0121 466 7022

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

Andy has recently been appointed as medical director and began his role with the Trust in July 2017. Dr Dayani was previously the Medical Director for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of both community and mental health services. 

Roles / Responsibilities:

As medical director he is responsible for the appointment, development and professional leadership of the medical and dental staff. Dr Dayani 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


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 Rogan

Michelle Rogan, corporate governance director

Michelle commenced her nurse training in 1986 and qualified as a registered general nurse in 1989. Since then she has undertaken a number of senior clinical and managerial roles including nurse consultant and associate director for in-patient and community services. In addition Michelle has undertaken a range of corporate roles which have included performance and risk management and compliance and regulation before coming into her current Board role in 2015.

Michelle also holds Masters Degrees in Health Sciences (Advanced Practice) and Public Service Management.


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.  David is currently Interim HR Director at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 

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 - 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.

Simon Murphy

Simon Murphy joined the Board in 2017. During his time as a Board member at the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust he chaired the Quality and Safety Committee, and was Senior Independent Director. He has extensive non-executive Director and senior executive experience in the Voluntary and Community Sector, as well as the public, and public/private partnership sectors. He is a former Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, and holds a PhD in Northern Irish politics.

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.

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.