Mark Polin OBE QPM, Chairman
Mark Polin became Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in September 2018.
Previously Mark was the Chief Constable for North Wales, a role which he carried out for nine years. As well as leading North Wales Police Mark held a number of significant regional and national policing roles. He was the Chair of the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association and Director of all the national police selection processes for around five years. During Mark’s thirty five year police career he served in a number of forces across England and Wales. Mark was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2010, and an OBE for services to policing in 2018. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Mark has extensive experience and understanding of the partnership landscape in North Wales, the North West and beyond, and has led a number of the key multi-agency groups that exist in this regard.
Mark lives in Denbighshire, is married and has two children.
Gary Doherty, Chief Executive
Gary Doherty joined the Health Board as Chief Executive in February 2016, having previously held the post of Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Originally from North Yorkshire, he studied Politics and Economics at Newcastle University before joining the NHS Management Training Scheme in the West Midlands. He has worked in health services ever since, mainly in acute hospitals as well as a period working with the Department of Health. This is his first role in NHS Wales.
Married and with three children, outside work he is passionate music fan, playing drums in two bands, and to keep fit he runs, cycles and plays tennis.
Marian Wyn Jones, Vice Chair
Marian Wyn Jones is the former Head of Centre for the BBC in North Wales, a role which she carried out for fifteen years. An award winning journalist and documentary maker, she has worked on a wide variety of Radio and TV programmes in Wales and on the Network in a hugely successful broadcasting career which spanned three decades.
A fluent Welsh speaker, she was brought up at Tywyn, Gwynedd. She graduated at Aberystwyth University and began her Journalistic career as a Graduate News Trainee with the BBC in London.
Marian is currently working as a Media Consultant and is involved with a number of charities and public organisations. She is a member of the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Arts Council Wales and the S4C Authority, a Director of the renowned William Mathias Music Centre and a former Council Member of Bangor University. She lives in Caernarfon with her husband and two children. Music, and opera in particular has always been a passion of hers and she plays the piano for relaxation!
Medwyn Hughes, Independent Board Member
Medwyn Hughes is the Local Authority Councillor for Hendre Ward in Bangor, Gwynedd.
Medwyn is a former broadcaster having spent over 30 with the BBC both in Wales and at the Network Production Centre in Manchester, where he was a Senior Network Television Producer. He left the corporation to manage his own Media company Meditel, which won contracts throughout the UK and internationally. He was chairman of North Wales’ largest housing association ,Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd prior to being elected to Gwynedd Council in 2017. On being elected he then became Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee and Vice - Chair of the Care, Scrutiny Committee.
A fluent Welsh speaker he is also Chair of the Friends of the William Mathias Centre and a member of the Gwynedd Football League.
He also has extensive knowledge and experience of change management.
John Cuncliffe, Independent Board Member
John Cunliffe has more than 20 years of board-level leadership experience in information technology, change management and business process improvement.
After graduating from Cardiff University and studying a master’s degree at the University of Leeds, John moved to North Wales for his first professional role in Llandudno.
He has since worked in a range of sectors including education, manufacturing, telecommunications, warehouse distribution, and marketing. His previous experience includes roles as Chief Technology Officer for CRC Group and IT Director at MDA, and he has held responsibility for teams across Europe, Africa and South East Asia. John is currently the Chief Information Officer for a Wales-based education organisation.
With experience as a service user, family NHS employment and both commercial and public sector leadership, John is looking forward to helping the board improve its effectiveness and delivery of services to the communities across North Wales.
He lives in Denbighshire and is married with two adult daughters. His passions include motorbikes and music.
Professor Jo-Rycroft Malone, Independent Board Member
Jo Rycroft-Malone is a Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research, Head of School for Healthcare Sciences and Bangor University’s academic lead for impact. She trained as a nurse in the mid 1980’s in London and in later graduated with degrees in psychology and occupational psychology, before being awarded her PhD from the University of Southampton in 2002.
Internationally, she is known for her research into how health services might close the gap between what is known and what is practiced so that the care patients receive is more evidence-based. Over the past 5 years with colleagues she has developed an internationally recognised Implementation Research programme at Bangor University (Implement@Bangor), including the development of the first Professional Doctorate in Implementation.
Jo is also the current Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) Implementation Strategy Group. She sits on a number of other international and national strategy, funding and ‘think tank’ groups including Chief Medical Officer’s (England) ‘Clinical Effectiveness Research Agenda Group,’ the National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research Programme commissioning board, Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship Scheme, and the Canadian Institute for Health’s Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation Committee. Jo was the inaugural editor of the international peer reviewed journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, and currently sits on the editorial board of BioMed Central Implementation Science.
Cllr Cheryl Carlisle, Independent Board Member
Cheryl Carlisle, from Old Colwyn, is a Conwy County Borough Councillor for the Colwyn Ward.
Cheryl is a member of the Conwy and Denbighshire Adoption Panel, a volunteer supporting young people affected by drugs and alcohol, a supporter of educational disability issues and Carers Champion for Conwy County, having been a carer for 33 years.
Cheryl is married and has four sons, two of which are life limited. She lives in Old Colwyn, is a governor at Ysgol Bryn Elian, and formerly worked in the NHS, as did other members of her family.
Her hobbies and interests include spending time with her family, supporting Old Colwyn and Liverpool football clubs, gardening, reading, and looking after her rescue pony and dogs.
Lyn Meadows, Independent Board Member
Lyn Meadows has been the HR Director at Bangor University since March 2008. She has responsibility for the strategic direction of both the operational side of HR and staff development.
Lyn has extensive experience in the public sector specifically managing change and fostering good employment relations. Between 2008 and 2014 Lyn was a Non-Executive Director at Wirral University Teaching Hospital. She took a lead Non-Executive role with the Quality and Safety agenda and Chaired the Partnership Forum.
Lyn has a Masters in Business Administration, a law degree and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Bethan Russel Williams, Independent Board Member
Bethan Russell Williams originates from Llanbedrog on the Llŷn Peninsula. She attended the University of Wales, Aberystwyth between 1984 and 1989 where she graduated twice during that period, firstly gaining an honours BA in Welsh language in 1987, and two years later an honours LL.B in Law. She later attended The College of Law and worked briefly in the private sector. She spent some time working as a Law Lecturer in the Further Education sector before embarking on a career in the Third Sector.
In 1997 she joined the Workers Educational Association (WEA) where she became Deputy Director for North Wales. For the past ten years she has worked as Chief Executive Officer of Mantell Gwynedd County Voluntary Council.
Bethan is passionate about the Third Sector and particularly about the future role of the Third Sector in the delivery of public services in Wales.
Married, and living in Dyffryn Nantlle, she has a passion for hill walking and mountaineering and spends most weekends on the mountains of North Wales. She is a keen environmentalist and animal welfare supporter.
Jackie Hughes, Independent Board Member
Jackie qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 1987 after studying at Guys Hospital School of Radiography. After settling in North Wales with her young family, she joined the staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd in 2000.
Jackie’s career in Bangor has advanced both as a Radiographer and as a Trade Union Representative. She has been the Staff Side Chair for the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board for a number of years as well as being an industrial relations representative and health and safety representative for the Society of Radiographers.
Jackie is the current Chair of the Welsh Council of the Society and College of Radiographers and has previously been President of the Society and College of Radiographers. In this role she was instrumental in developing their response to the Francis Report and subsequently a new code of conduct for Radiographers.
Jackie is committed to putting public service values into practice.
Morwena Edwards, Associate Board Member
Morwena Edwards is the Corporate Director and Statutory Director of Social Services at Gwynedd Council. She is a fluent Welsh speaker and graduated with a Business Degree from Aberystwyth University in 1990.
She started her career in the NHS in Wales as a National Finance Trainee, and qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1993. She held several managerial posts within finance before becoming Directorate General Manager of Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services at North West Wales NHS Trust, based at Ysbyty Gwynedd. In 2004, Morwena was appointed as a Head of Service within Gwynedd Council and had responsibility for a broad range of front line services including care services. In 2012 she took on the corporate responsibility for Social Services and now holds the statutory responsibility as Director of Social Services. As Corporate Director, as well as her statutory role as Director of Social Services, she works alongside the Chief Executive to provide the appropriate support for Council Members.
Morwena is the Lead Director for ADSS Cymru on the Welsh Language, and is a member of the Welsh Language Partnership Board. She currently chairs the Regional Integrated Commissioning Board and is a member of the Regional Partnership Board.
Morwena is married with two adult daughters and lives in Bangor. She enjoys keeping fit and spending time with family.
Helen Wilkinson, Independent Board Member
Helen Wilkinson was born in Liverpool, brought up in North Wales, studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at Leeds University and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 1998. She has worked in public policy, communications and social entrepreneurship at director level for over two decades with a wide range of organisations including UK based charities 4Children and DrugScope, the think tank Demos, and the New York based Families and Work Institute. She has authored publications across a diverse policy portfolio, run her own consultancy, been a national columnist and commentator and worked as a broadcaster with BBC News and Current Affairs.
In 2010, Helen returned to North Wales. She led the Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s policy and influencing work on anti-poverty, regeneration, and European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and has been a member of key Welsh Government strategic forums reporting to Welsh Government Ministers including the Budget Advisory Group on Equality, Strategic Equality Plan Board, Human Rights Stakeholder Group, and National Regeneration Panel.
Helen became Chief Executive of Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council in 2016 and was appointed to the Big Lottery Fund Wales Committee in February 2018.
Helen is passionate about community led conversations, tackling poverty and inequalities, putting people in the lead, building a movement for change through voluntary action and social enterprise and transforming public services.
Lucy Reid, Independent Board Member
Lucy Reid has worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years in both England and Wales and across both primary and secondary care. She has extensive experience in clinical and corporate governance, patient safety and the development of learning cultures within organisations. She is a Tribunal Chair for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and a Magistrate for the North Wales Family and Criminal Benches. She provides consultancy to healthcare organisations including training on learning from incidents and managing performance concerns. Her previous experience includes change management and the development and implementation of risk and assurance frameworks.
She has a Masters of Law in Healthcare Ethics and Law (Manchester University) with a particular interest in safety culture and professional regulation. She is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Lucy is married to a GP and they live in the Conwy valley. She enjoys horse riding and walking her dog.