Mark Polin OBE QPM, Chairman
Mark Polin, was previously the Chief Constable for North Wales Police, a role which he carried out for nine years. As well 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 asof 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.
Lucy Reid, Vice Chair
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 was appointed as Independent Board Member for BCUHB in September 2018 before being appointed as Vice Chair in December 2019.
She has worked as a Chair for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and serves as a Magistrate for the North Wales Criminal Bench. Lucy is also a Committee Chair for the Primary Care Appeals Service for NHS Resolution. She provides specialist training and advisory services to NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission.
Jo Whitehead, Chief Executive
Jo will join Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board from her current role as Chief Executive of Mackay Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, Australia.
After more than 30 years of experience working in healthcare in both the UK and Australia, Jo is now returning to her roots in North Wales.
Gill Harris, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery
Gill Harris' first senior post was at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, working as a sister helping to develop renal services. She also previously held the posts of Chief Nurse for NHS England North, and Deputy CEO and Director of Nursing and Performance at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
Gill is married and lives with three children, the eldest of whom was born at the Maelor, and her three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, travelling and reading.
Louise Brereton, Board Secretary
Sue Hill, Executive Director of Finance
Sue Hill is a chartered accountant and started her career in the private sector at Spillers Foods Limited. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, holds the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy qualification and is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Nye Bevan programme.
Immediately prior to joining BCUHB, Sue was Director of Finance at Bridgwater Community Healthcare Foundation Trust and previously worked at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust for four years as Deputy Director of Finance. Sue has extensive private sector experience from a diverse range of companies, including Marconi, United Biscuits and Barclays Bank.
Teresa Owen, Executive Director of Public Health
Welsh-speaker Teresa Owen spent a happy childhood in the Conwy Valley before gaining a first class degree in nutrition and dietetics, and is a qualified secondary school teacher. Her first post was with the former Health Promotion Wales, as a North Wales Life Educator after which she worked as a community development dietitian based in Glan Clwyd Hospital. In 2008, Teresa qualified as a Consultant in Public Health, before joining NHS Wirral where she became Deputy Director of Public Health.
She said “I'm delighted to be coming back to North Wales to work. It’s a privilege to serve my communities and to improve health and wellbeing here. I’ve loved my time at Hywel Dda, and of course I’ll miss my colleagues and friends there, but we’ll keep in contact, not least through the Mid-Wales Collaborative on which BCUHB and HDUHB work together."
Arpan Guha, Acting Executive Medical Director
Arpan Guha joined BCUHB after a stint as a Medical Director in the Middle East, which he joined after a serving as Medical Director in a DGH in England. He has held lead roles in NHS England and NHS Blood and Transplant, as well as senior academic roles in Health Education England and the University of Liverpool. He currently sits on a number of key committees at Health Technology Assessment Wales, All Wales Medicines Strategy Group and Health Education and Improvement Wales. He holds two Professorial appointments in the UK and two internationally.
Adrian Thomas, Executive Director of Therapies and Health Sciences
Adrian Thomas has worked in North Wales since 2004 and, following the reorganisation of NHS services in 2010, became Assistant Director of Therapies and Health Sciences for the Health Board. He qualified as a Biomedical Scientist in 1988 and worked as a scientist for 15 years in blood transfusion, immunology and transplantation, before moving into healthcare management.
Adrian has held senior management roles in surgery, medicine, diagnostics, cancer, pharmacy and a dental hospital. Adrian will continue his work raising the profile of the Therapy and Health Science professions, who have a key role in improving services for patients as we move towards providing more care closer to home.
Sue Green, Executive Director of Workforce & Organisational Development
Sue Green was previously the Director of People and Corporate Affairs at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and has a wealth of experience in human resources in the wider public sector and NHS.
Sue started her career in 1986 when she joined Wirral Council’s Personnel Department, achieving Postgraduate CIPD in 1992. She then moved into higher education in 2000 and held the position of Deputy Director of Personnel at the University of Liverpool before joining the NHS in 2003 as a Deputy Director of HR and Project Director for the Foundation Trust application. Sue was then appointed as Director of HR and Organisational Development at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a post she held for six years.
Chris Stockport, Executive Director of Primary Care and Community Services
Chris Stockport has been a GP for almost 20 years and led the development of Healthy Prestatyn Iach, a pioneering new approach to primary care services built around a wide multi-disciplinary team. Before developing a leadership role as Area Medical Director, he was a GP Trainer and GP Specialty Training Programme Director, and remains an honorary Research Fellow at Bangor University.
Chris is passionate about primary and community care innovation and service redesign and believes that we should develop our services around the needs of patients – not the organisation.
Mark Wilkinson, Executive Director of Planning and Performance
Mark Wilkinson was previously Transformation Director at the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership leading on Greater Manchester’s reconfiguration of pathology, radiology, and pharmacy services. Prior to that, Mark was Director of Strategic and Organisational Development at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust between 2014 and 2017 and Chief Officer at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group from 2012 to 2014.
Before that, Mark was Director of NHS Life Sciences Innovation where he worked to improve patient outcomes through increasing the uptake of cost effective medicines and medical technologies. Mark holds an International Masters Degree in Health Leadership from McGill University in Montreal.
Health Board and Independent Members
Cllr 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 years 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.
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.
Lyn Meadows, Independent Board Member
Lyn Meadows was the former HR Director at Bangor University. She had 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.
Jackie Hughes, Independent Board Member
Jackie Hughes 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.
Eifion Jones, Independent Board Member
An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Eifion Jones has 34 years experience with Barclays in senior appointments. Previously an Independent County Councillor on Anglesey for 18 years holding numerous portfolio positions mainly finance. Has also been a member and Vice Chair of North Wales Police Authority.
Now a member of Gwynedd Pension Board, and Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd as well as a serving Justice of the Peace on the North West Wales bench.
Nicky Callow, Independent Board Member
Professor Nichola Callow was born in Scotland, and in 1988, after completing her secondary and sixth form education in the South-East of England she attended Bangor University to study a joint honours degree in Physical Education and Psychology.
Currently she is the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and a Professor of Sport Psychology. The College of Human Sciences is Bangor University’s seat of health and medically related teaching and research and with over 4000 students and 200 academics the College has great regional importance in terms of educating tomorrow’s doctors, health and social care professionals, psychologists, sport scientists and teachers. Further, the College has a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment with significant International reach and a mission to deliver research to understand and promote human health, positive behaviour and high performance both within and beyond academia.
The position and role of the College resonates with Nichola’s passion for the region, the health agenda across the life span, and maximising the potential of individuals and organisations.
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.
Linda Tomos CBE - Independent Member
Born in Llanelli and brought up near Oxford, Linda has lived in Dolgellau since 1980. A graduate of Aberystwyth University, she recently retired as Wales' first female National Librarian completing over forty years in the profession which included posts in local authorities, higher education and a period as a senior civil servant in the Welsh Government responsible for policy development for libraries, museums and archives. Beyond Wales, Linda has worked extensively on European digital information projects during her career and has been a member of the Carnegie Foundation UK Library Leadership Programme.
Linda is a past Chair of the BBC Educational Broadcasting Council Wales. She was an Expert Adviser to the First Minister on the Cymru'n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme and is a former Chair of the National Trust Advisory Board for Wales. In 2018, Linda was chosen as one of a 100 inspirational Welsh women by the Women's Equality Network. A member of the Gorsedd, Linda was made an Honoury Fellow of the University of Wales in 2019 and was awarded a CBE in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours. She has a lifelong interest in local and landscape history and has worked with voluntary organisations in her local community for many years. Linda is committed to ensuring that the Board has an active and productive relationship with communities in improving health services across North Wales.
Gareth Evans, Associate Board Member
Gareth Evans is from Anglesey and graduated as a Podiatrist from the Cardiff Metropolitan University in 1989.
Gareth is the Clinical Director of Therapy Services in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. His 30 year NHS career to date has been spent in a number of different clinical, managerial and leadership roles across North and Mid Wales spanning the allied health professions, specialist medicine and community services. Gareth was appointed as Clinical Director in August 2017 with a responsibility to work across all the divisions within the organisation, and with partners, to maximise the contribution of the therapy professions to the delivery of health and care services in North Wales. During his career he has studied and gained a MBA and a MProf and is keen to encourage more clinical staff to participate in research.
Gareth is Chair of BCUHB’s Healthcare Professionals Forum. He is also a member of the Welsh Therapy Advisory Committee and the National Joint Professional Advisory Committee.