Better Care

Executive director appointments

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Suzanne Cleary as our director of strategy and partnerships, following a highly competitive recruitment process.

Suzanne, who brings significant experience in strategic planning, partnership working and service improvement, will join us from her current role as director of transformation at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

In her current role, she is programme director for the Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership (BUMP) transformation programme within the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP). Suzanne has also led the development of BWC’s quality improvement methodology.

Suzanne has worked locally within the NHS for 18 years, holding various roles in community services provision, commissioning, strategic planning and service transformation. Throughout her NHS career, Suzanne has been focused on improving health and health services for people in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

Suzanne Cleary

Suzanne said: “I am delighted to be joining BCHC at an exciting time for the organisation following the launch of the new vision and values.

"I am looking forward to working with our patients and families, the Board, colleagues across the organisation and our partners to bring the vision of Best Care: Healthy Communities to life.”

Suzanne's appointment follows that of Chris Holt as chief operating officer and Marcia Perry as director of nursing and therapies.

Chris Holt
Chris Holt

Chris is set to join 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 throughout 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 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 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.”

Meanwhile, deputy medical director and consultant community paediatrician Doug Simkiss is to take on the role of acting medical director and Ian Woodall has been confirmed as the new chief finance officer, as Peter Axon begins a secondment as chief executive at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.