Better Care

Executive director appointments

We are pleased to announce two appointments to our executive director team - to the posts of chief operating officer and director of nursing and therapies.

We have appointed Chris Holt as chief operating officer while Marcia Perry has been appointed as our director of nursing and therapies. Their starting dates will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, deputy medical director and consultant community paediatrician Doug Simkiss is to take on the role of acting medical director.

Chris joins us from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, an integrated acute and community health trust, where he is currently director of strategy & transformation and deputy chief executive.

Prior to this role, Chris was Chief Operating Officer for three years and, before that, deputy chief operating officer at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following the Francis inquiry and through the administration process.

Before joining the NHS, Chris spent a number of years working with healthcare organisations across both primary and secondary care in England and Scotland as well as roles across the private and public sectors, including working for KPMG, Atos and Alstom Transport. 

Chris Holt
Chris Holt

Chris said: “I see the future of healthcare as being strong, community-based care, working closely with our partners to provide joined up, high quality health and social care provision, and I am extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to do this at one of the largest, and most well respected, community healthcare providers in the country.”

Marcia Perry
Marcia Perry

Marcia is an extremely experienced executive nursing director, bringing over 30 years’ experience and clinical qualifications which include registered general nurse, registered sick children’s nurse, health visitor and paediatric community nurse.

Marcia’s current substantive role is as director of nursing at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. She is now working on secondment at Barnsley CCG supporting an STP (sustainability and transformation partnership) programme developing integrated care networks and integrated neighbourhood teams (a project very similar to that being developed by ourselves and our partners within Birmingham & Solihull STP).

Marcia has worked in hospital settings, integrated organisations, community trusts, commissioning and a period leading two teams at the Department of Health.

Marcia said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Birmingham Community Healthcare, especially at such an exciting time for the trust and patient/service user care as the new vision and ‘Fit for 2022’ programme is developed.

"I am committed to excellence in patient care and supporting our staff in the great work they do every day, and I look forward to working alongside colleagues on this journey.”

Chief executive Richard Kirby said:

"In welcoming both Marcia and Chris, I am particularly pleased that we have been able to attract people with such extensive experience and knowledge to help in our drive to deliver BCHC’s vision, values and strategy. I believe their participation will help us move forward in delivering care which is safe and high quality as well as increasingly integrated within the communities we serve."

"I look forward to Marcia and Chris joining us soon, and I am sure they will be keen to meet as many colleagues as possible as they get to know our organisation."