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Here you will find details of the guest speakers for the week

Dr Sally Lewis

National Clinical Lead for Prudent Value-Based Healthcare and Honorary Professor at Swansea School of Medicine

Value for Health Program

National Clinical Lead for Value-Based Prudent Healthcare and Honorary Professor at Swansea School of Medicine, Value for Health Program Sally has frontline experience of primary care most challenging having been a senior partner and GP trainer in a practice in valleys of Wales.

He began a career in medical management in 2011 and was appointed Assistant Medical Director for Value Based Care at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2014.

Still practicing as a GP, Sally is now the National Clinical Lead for Prudent Healthcare Based in Wales, and an Honorary Professor at Swansea School of Medicine.

Her current interests include using Value-Based principles to allocate resources in publicly funded systems, patient outcome data and digital transformation.

Cari-Anne Quinn


Life Sciences Hub Wales

Cari-Anne leads the Life Sciences Hub Wales, a government sponsored business working in partnership with Health and Social Care, Academia and Industry to accelerate the development and adoption of healthcare innovations. Life Sciences Hub Wales is working with the life sciences business community to explore innovation to embrace the needs of the Health and Care sector in Wales, and with stakeholders to make a positive difference to improving the health and wealth of the people of Wales.

Cari-Anne also chairs the governing board of the Accelerate program, a £ 24m Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) funded program to develop health technology projects in Wales. Cari-Anne has worked in a wide range of economic development roles, including working overseas to support business growth, and international trade to grow the scale and breadth of the sector.

Professor Hamish Laing

Professor of Innovation and Better Engagement, Business

Swansea University

After a high profile and prolonged career as a reconstructive plastic surgeon in the NHS, when he founded and led the South Wales Sarcoma Service, Hamish was Executive Medical Director and Chief Information Officer of an integrated Health Board in NHS Wales until 2018. In this role, he led reviews from the Clinical Strategy ("Changing for the Better") and a digital health strategy, which secured significant investment in digital health initiatives. Hamish was awarded a Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management Senior Induction Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the NHS in 2018.

Appointed to a personal chair in the School of Management in 2018, Hamish has established a program focused on Value-Based Health Care. The University has received significant grant funding for this work through formal collaboration with the global biomedical company, Pfizer Inc. Hamish represents Wales at the EFPIA Value-Based Health Care think tank in Brussels.

Hamish continues to support colleagues in NHS Wales and is the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for a program to reorganize and rebuild NHS websites and Deputy SRO the Public facing and digital service program Patient; a major investment in helping patients engage digitally with their health and wellbeing.

Hamish is passionate about the importance of Digital Inclusion and ensuring that people are not left behind by the digital revolution. He is delighted that he has been appointed chair of the Digital Inclusion Alliance for Wales which brings together public, private and third sector organizations to coordinate action for Digital Inclusion.

Sarah Puntoni

Program Manager, Value for Health Program

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Sarah is originally from Italy and joined NHS Wales in 2007, when she helped set up and deliver the 1000 Lives Campaign.

Since then, she has led on the development and delivery of a number of national projects focusing on service improvement, person-centered care, patient experience and health literacy.

Sarah joined the PROMs, PREMs and Efficiency Program in September 2016, which focused on providing consistent PROMs capture and reporting mechanisms across NHS Wales. The PROMs, PREMs and Effectiveness Program merged with the Value for Health Program in summer 2019.

Dee Puckett

Head of Health and Social Care Engagement

Life Sciences Hub Wales

Dee has worked across Welsh and UK public sector organizations leading on the development and implementation of national and European projects and legislation to improve people-centered approaches in health, social care and policing, which maximize the outcomes and benefits. Dee is the Senior Lead for value-based healthcare in the Life Sciences Hub Wales, working with National Leaders in health, procurement and academia, and the Life Sciences sector to support and enable value approaches to value health and care innovations and interventions across Wales. Dee has special interests in public and population health, behavioral sciences, innovation and patient-centered design strategies.

Matthew Prettyjohns

Principal Investigator

Health Technology Wales

Matthew joined Health Technology Wales from the National Guidance Alliance where he worked as a Senior Health Economist to develop guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

In addition to overseeing Health Technology Wales technology appraisals, Matthew's role is to develop relationships with industry and the Scientific Advice Service.

Lauren Elston

Health Services Researcher

Health Technology Wales

Lauren is a Health Services Researcher at Health Technology Wales. Following her PhD in Cancer Immunology, Lauren joined the all-Wales Center for Therapeutics and Toxicology as a Medical Author, supporting a medicines health technology assessment by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG).

As well as working on HTW technology appraisals, Lauren supports HTW's communications and engagement function, and has a leading role in evaluating the impact of HTW.

Andrew Smallwood

Head of Sourcing

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Andrew has worked in procurement management in the NHS for over 20 years, focusing primarily on the medical device field. Having taken up national roles within the NHS in England with the NHS PASA and NHS Delivery Chain, Andy has spent the last 9 years as Head of Sourcing of the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP)

A strong believer and evidence-based procurement practitioner, Andy is the founder of the Orthopedic Data Evaluation Panel and is a co-opted member of the Joint National Registry Steering Committee.

At NWSSP Andy is leading the rollout of a value-based approach to procurement to support the NHS Wales Prudent and Value-Based Healthcare agenda.

Dr. Robert Palmer

Senior Healthcare Scientist

Cedar Healthcare Technology Research Center

Rob started at Cedar in 2016, having previously completed a BSc and MSc in Physics, followed by a PhD in Computer Science (Medical Image Analysis) from Swansea University. While at Cedar Rob, he was a member of the HOPE Cymru (Health Outcomes and Patient Experience) team which is integrated into the national ViH program to provide analytical capability and support. Rob has been an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University's School of Engineering since 2017, and is co-supervisor of a number of health informatics trainees on the NSHCS Scientist Training Program.

During his time at Cedar, Rob has gained valuable experience working with and analyzing data collected by the national PROMs and PREMs Wales platform, as well as other PROMs data, registry data and other related datasets. He has also contributed to the validation of electronic and Welsh PROMs by interviewing patients across the country. Rob has enjoyed producing and contributing to published analysis reports and manuscripts, as well as presenting at conferences. He believes that it is important that our conclusions, results and methodologies are robust and transparent in order to maintain high standards and ultimately improve services through value-based healthcare.

Craig Davey

Finance Program Leader

Value Based Healthcare Finance Delivery Unit

Craig has worked in NHS Finance since 2011, when he joined the Finance Department at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. During his time at Aneurin Bevan, Craig gained experience working across a number of areas including Costing, Business Intelligence and a number of departmental Finance Business Partnership teams.

In 2016, Craig took the opportunity to join the health board's Intelligence and Business Value Team, where a large part of his role included supporting the development, implementation and delivery of the health board's Value-Based Healthcare Program. During this time, Craig has been involved in a number of key projects across the Value Program, working closely with clinical and management colleagues to deliver the costing and funding agenda.

In 2019, Craig joined the Finance Delivery Unit, as the Program Leader for Finance for Value-Based Healthcare, and is now involved in supporting the development and implementation of the National Value Program, as part of a national team. It is also about providing local support to health boards in the development and delivery of key local value work streams.

As a qualified accountant, Craig is currently a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has an educational background in mathematics.

James Griffiths

Project Manager, Value Based Procurement

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

James has been working within the NHS Wales Value-Based Procurement team helping to embed value-based procurement across the organization. He has a strong interest in healthcare and value-based procurement. Prior to joining the NHS, James has worked in the procurement and supply chain for over 20 years. His early supply chain career began with the supply and manufacture of medical dressings and adhesive tapes, after which James moved into the fast-moving consumer goods (cosmetics) sector which saw his career develop with opportunities across England, Wales and France.

His experience to date has positioned him well for the challenges of promoting value-based procurement within NHS Wales and its supplier base.

Jonathan Goodfellow

National Clinical Lead

Cardiac Network Wales

Jonathan trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, qualifying in 1985. His cardiology training was in Bristol and Bath before returning to Cardiff to do research, then as Senior Registrar. In 1999, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the Welsh Heart Research Institute, and also as a part-time NHS cardiologist in Bridgend. In 2005, he became a full-time NHS consultant in Bridgend. He was lead cardiologist between 2005-15 and during that time the department expanded significantly to provide a comprehensive echo service, pacing service and diagnostic cardiac catheter laboratory. In 2008, he was part of the team that won the NHS Wales award for innovation in cardiology outpatient services. He became Medical Director at the Princess of Wales Hospital between 2015 and 2018. He is the immediate past president of the Welsh Cardiovascular Society and the current Chairman of the Welsh Association of Physicians.

Dr. Natalie Joseph-Williams

Senior Lecturer in Improving Patient Care

Cardiff University School of Medicine

Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Improving Patient Care at Cardiff University's School of Medicine and is co-lead for the Wales Center for Unique Focused Healthcare Package and Emergency Research (PRIME Center Wales). Natalie has over fourteen years experience in researching, teaching and implementing joint decision making, and has also worked closely with clinical teams, patients and academics across the UK to embed this approach into routine clinical care .

She has developed and delivered a national program for joint decision making and has also led on the development of international standards for the operation of patient decision aids in routine clinical settings.

Professor Alan Brace

Director of Finance, Health and Social Care

Welsh Government

Alan was born in the Rhondda Valley and now lives in Coity with his wife and three children. Alan joined the NHS as a National Finance Management Trainee and, apart from two years in Local Government, has spent his entire career in NHS Wales. Alan has been Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer at a number of Health Bodies in Wales. In 2016, he was appointed Finance Director of the Health and Social Services Group at the Welsh Government.

This is the largest group in the Welsh Government, concerned with the strategic planning and delivery of all Health and Social Care in Wales and, in this role, Alan works closely with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, in as well as Health Boards in Wales. . Alan is also the Head of Professional Finance for the whole of NHS Wales.

Keith Howkins

Lead Specialist - Information

NHS Wales Informatics Services

Having worked in the field of information in the NHS since 2004, Keith was appointed to the Value-Based Healthcare team in September 2019, to work on dashboard design. Initially he worked on the National Lung Cancer dashboard, developing the existing product and presenting the dashboard with colleagues to stakeholders across Wales. Keith has also been heavily involved in the development of stroke dashboard and PROMS analysis.

During the Covid pandemic, he led the design of the NWIS Covid Data Boost, and was interviewed by the British Computer Society about the role of digital technology and information in healthcare

Thomas Adams

Lead Specialist

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Graduating from university last year, Thomas is working with the healthcare team on a value basis to develop clinical dashboards. The highly interactive dashboards focus on activity reporting, Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) and variation.

Developing these dashboards often requires a high level of stakeholder engagement and Thomas regularly communicates with stakeholders, such as doctors and nurses, to produce meaningful, useful and effective data insights.

Dr. Susan Goodfellow MBBS. MRCP. DRCOG. DFFP. Dip.Derm.

Clinical Improvement Lead, Value for Health

NHS Wales

Dr Sue Goodfellow is the Clinical Improvement Lead for the Value-Based Healthcare Team. This role includes advising on the design and evaluation of value-based healthcare projects, and working with value-based healthcare team members and colleagues across Wales to demonstrate that they have achieved the triple goal: delivering better patient care, and better health for populations, at the lower level. cost.

She has been a practicing GP in Cardiff and the Vale since 1993, and a GP trainer since 2004, and continues to do regular clinical work. Sue also has a role as Quality Improvement Tutor for Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW), working primarily to provide QI training to GP Registrars and GP Trainers. Sue led her GP Practice to win the NHS Wales Quality Improvement Award in 2018, and is currently nominated in the HSJ Patient Safety Awards for the "Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year 2020".

Sue has experience in co-production and co-design of patients, particularly in service delivery. His track record also includes mentoring many colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles undertaking improvement projects, using QI methodology.

Melanie Thomas

National Clinical Lead for Lymphoedema

National Lymphoedema Program

Melanie is the National Clinical Lead / Associate Director for Lymphoedema Services in Wales and a physiotherapist by background. He has been instrumental in the development of equitable Lymphoedema Services in Wales and is responsible for the planning and development of the Wales Lymphoedema Network (LNW) across NHS Wales.

Embedded in value-based healthcare, LNW aims to reduce waste, harm and variation as well as improve learning, thereby improving patient outcomes, patient experience and quality.

Melanie has been a principal investigator in a number of lymphoedema research trials and completed her Doctorate with Swansea University in 2018. She has presented and published widely in providing innovations in lymphoedema care, including implementing the development of advanced Venous Anastomosis lymphatic microfracture.

In 2013, Melanie was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honors and Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She is also a Director of the International Lymphoedema Framework Charity.

Wayne Lewis

Policy Lead (Wales)

Crohn's and Colitis UK

Crohn's and colitis are incurable conditions that cause inflammation in the digestive system. Common symptoms include cramped abdominal pains, diarrhea, (sometimes with blood and mucus), weight loss, intense fatigue, joint inflammation, skin conditions and eye problems (uveitis).

Wayne has worked with the charity since 2018, following a career in Local Authority Social Services in South and West Wales, in further education and in other third sector organizations. In these different roles, his goal has always been to put the person he works with at the center of the decision making process.

Lisa Powell

Head of Business Intelligence

Finance Delivery Unit

Lisa Powell has been an NHS Wales finance professional for over 25 years, starting her NHS career at Rhondda NHS Trust, then joining Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in 2000. While in Cardiff, Lisa was involved of the innovative costing team that won the country. Annual HFMA Cost Award in 2011 as one of the first UK NHS organizations to implement a Patient Level Charging system (PLICS).

In 2014, Lisa took the opportunity to move to a national role as the finance professional leading the development and collection of Patient Level Costs across NHS Wales. She has successfully managed an all-Wales costing system that adopts nationally recognized costing principles, providing cost benchmarking comparability between Welsh organizations and also with NHS England peers.

Lisa was introduced to value-based healthcare when she joined the Finance Delivery Unit at its formation in 2018. As Head of Business Intelligence, she is involved in a number of key projects across the value program in Wales, working Close with clinical and management colleagues. around presenting the 'so what?' from the costing and funding agenda.

As a qualified accountant, Lisa is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and currently leads the costs of HFMA in Wales.

Kathleen Withers

Chief Evaluative Scientist


Kathleen has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, most recently as Chief Evaluation Scientist at Cedar, a Center for Healthcare Technology Research. During her time at Cedar, Kathleen has developed a special interest in involving patients in their care and has been involved in the development, validation and use of PROMs since 2010. She has experience in a range of projects including health economics, service evaluation , systematic. reviews, facilitation of clinical trials and evaluation of medical devices.

Kathleen leads a small analytical and research team that supports the analysis of data collected on the Value-Based Healthcare Program and related data sets. It also facilitates the identification and licensing of PROMs tools for the national program and their Welsh translation and validation. Kathleen enjoys patient-facing work and regularly conducts patient interviews and focus groups for PROM validation, service development and evaluations. She is keen to ensure that the program outputs are reached transparently, methodologically sound, subject to scrutiny and appropriately shared with the healthcare community.

Cedar has led a number of conference presentations and publications on behalf of the Value for Health program and has been successful in national events, including the Patient Experience Network National Awards.

Dr Karen Pardy

Community Director, Cardiff SW Cluster

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Dr Karen Pardy is a GP Partner in Lansdowne Surgery, Cardiff and Lead GP for Cardiff SW Cluster. He qualified in 1997 at the University of Wales College of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in Paediatrics as well as General Practice.

Through her cluster work, she has been inspired by the many community organizations that support health and well-being. This has led to a number of cluster based social prescribing projects which have been supported by the Neighborhood Partnership Fund, Innovation to Save Fund and the Pacesetter Fund.

Key projects have been presented at the First International Social Prescribing Research Conference in 2018. Dr Pardy is keen to support the development of social prescribing as part of a holistic model of care for people living in Cardiff and the Vale. The Cardiff SW cluster team is currently developing a model of integrated care, drawing inspiration from Compassionate Communities with a multidisciplinary team approach firmly embedded in a community support network.

Helen Thomas

Acting Director

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Helen began the role of Interim Director in NHS Wales Informatics Service in December 2019, and is leading the organization during her transition to a Special Health Authority. He joined NHS Wales Informatics Service as Director of Information in 2017 and has been instrumental in supporting the improved quality and use of data in healthcare and the development of the new National Data Resource - the NDR. Previously, she was Assistant Director of Information at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, with responsibility for providing the information needed to evaluate service delivery and support service improvement and transformation.

Helen began her career in the NHS 30 years ago, initially working in finance, moving to health information in 2000, gaining extensive health informatics experience across a number of senior roles over the past 20 years.


Helen is passionate about driving the use of data and intelligence to support improvement, service transformation and patient outcomes and has supported the development of the national value-based healthcare strategic intelligence approach.


Ahmed Abdulla



Ahmed is a health economist by trade and his previous roles include Global Health Economist in Roche, where he led the global health economics activities for one of their latest lung cancer therapies.

Previously, Ahmed has also worked in a UK Evidence Review Group to evaluate STA submissions to NICE from manufacturers seeking entry into the UK market. He has experience across the pharmaceutical pipeline and early drug development. He has also led the Blockchain Working Group in Healthcare at the United Nations Trade and E-Business Facilitation Center and is involved in the development of the Advanced Technologies Advisory Board.

Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees


Outcome Based Healthcare

Dr. Rupert Dunbar-Rees is Founder / CEO of Outcome-Based Healthcare, a health data analytics organization that provides segmentation results and insights into health systems internationally.

Rupert trained in Medicine at Imperial College, with a degree in Orthopedics from UCL. He was a Partner in general practice for five years before joining the London Department of Health as a specialist clinical adviser.

Rupert has an finance MBA with distinction from CASS Business School, is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Longevity. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Andrew Carson-Stevens

Scientific Director Wales OECD

Cardiff University

Andrew Carson-Stevens is a GP at Cardiff University where he convenes the Patient Safety Research Group (PISA) with expertise investigating the quality and safety of healthcare, specifically frequency and avoidance of significant harm in healthcare, machine learning (artificial intelligence) methods for automating the analysis of patient safety data, and implementing and evaluating interventions to reduce harm to patients.

He is the Patient Safety Research Lead at the PRIME Center for Wales, is a long-standing advisor to the World Health Organization and contributes to several international projects led by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to improve the quality and safety of healthcare throughout the world.

Navjot Kalra

Acting Head of Value Based Healthcare

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Navjot leads the Value-Based Healthcare Program (VBHC) at Swansea Bay University Health Board, a large integrated healthcare organization in NHS Wales. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Navjot has had a wide and varied exposure to technology; especially infrastructure for information technology, Business Intelligence, systems implementation and business transformation. She has gained extensive experience by leading global business transformation programs within the top Fortune 500 organizations, before joining the National Health Service (NHS) Wales.

After studying engineering in Computer Sciences and Applications (B.Tech) at India's Punjabi University, Navjot worked in Norway with Hewlett Packard where he led the implementation of high availability services for the financial industry in the Nordics and Europe . He then joined Maxim Integrated Products, a market leader in analogue devices and supported the telecommunications sector in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has led several high-value global digital transformation programs to improve manufacturing supply chain and efficiency.

At Qlik Norway, an industry leader in Business Intelligence and Visual analytics, Navjot worked with channel partners such as PWC and Deloitte to deliver the implementation of several transformative business intelligence programs in healthcare and retail organizations.

Navjot has an MBA from Henley Business School where her research on Critical Success Factors led to the adoption of Business Intelligence with 50 NHS trusts led to the production of a white paper for Qlik Technologies and further publications. Navjot is an Honorary Lecturer at Swansea University's School of Medicine (Health Informatics). She has led significant research projects using Big Data for operational decision making, to improve efficiency and patient outcomes. Her groundbreaking population-level research with Swansea University on stroke prevention has been selected for submission at the British Association for Population Studies.

Navjot is one of the leading experts in developing operating and technical standards for assessing VBHC compliance in Wales and works closely with the National team for value-based healthcare. He played a key role in conceptualizing and developing the Commissioning Intelligence Strategy to create information standards for commissioning services based on population health.

Dr Kirstie Truman

Primary Care Clinical Lead for Cardiology

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Dr Kirstie Truman qualified as a GP in 2001 and has been a GP partner in St Thomas and West Cross Surgeries since 2003.

Working as a GPwSI in Cardiology for Swansea Bay health board from 2006 to 2017, she holds a diploma as a practitioner with a specialist interest in Cardiology (excellence).

Dr Truman's most recent role is an extended role in cardiology, leading in primary care cardiology for the health board. His other roles include Program Director of the Swansea Bay GP training scheme and he has previously worked as a cluster leader.

Dr. Benjamin Dicken

Consultant Cardiologist, Secondary Care

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Dr Benjamin Dicken qualified as a doctor in 2004, from Imperial College London.

Joining the Cardiology Advanced Training Scheme for Wales in 2009, Dr Dicken spent some time undertaking heart failure research in the Academic Cardiology Department at the University of Hull, and has published in peer-reviewed journals and regularly presented at conferences national and international heart failure.

Since June 2019, Dr Dicken has been a major Cardiology Consultant at Morriston Hospital, Swansea and his lower specialist interests are heart failure and devices.

Victoria Bates

Managing Director

Bates Cass Consulting Ltd.

Victoria began her career in the NHS as a midwife. She has over 25 years experience working within the health service and pharmaceutical industry in senior commercial and executive roles, developing and delivering strategic programs in the UK and Europe to support Life Science collaborations with health systems to empower citizens and employees better health professional to improve health. and wellbeing and achieving patient-centered outcomes.

Victoria is currently collaborating with Swansea University to support the establishment of executive education focused on supporting businesses to achieve greater value and building sustainable collaborative partnerships.

Amanda Willacott

Program Manager, Value for Health Program

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Amanda joined Cardiff and Vale University Health Board as a graduate student in September 1997, and has since held various management roles across the Clinical Surgery Board, including 13 years in the Trauma and Orthopedic Directorate as Deputy / Manager Interim Directorate.

It was in this role that Amanda began to take a keen interest in PROMs and introduce a department-wide standardized collection within the hip and knee specialties. This included designing a process where PROMs could be used to inform virtual / remote assessment following hip or knee arthroplasty surgery, successfully implementing a 95% reduction in face-to-face follow-up demand. This approach has since been recommended by the Welsh Government and is currently being rolled out across Wales.

Amanda joined the PROMs, PREMs and Efficiency Program in September 2016, which later became part of the national Value for Health program. Amanda focuses on providing consistent outcome capture and reporting mechanisms to support an outcome driven "Healthier Wales".

Glyn Jones

Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Finance and Performance

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Glyn started in the NHS in 1989, joining the NHS Wales financial management training scheme and spent most of his career working in the NHS in Wales and the South West. This includes previous Finance Director roles in the Rhondda, Bristol, Carmarthenshire and Powys.

He has twice attended Harvard Business School, where he studied performance measurement in not-for-profit organizations (2005) and value measurement in healthcare (2015).

Glyn has joint operational responsibility - along with the Medical Director - for the Value-Based Program in the Health Board.

Professor Chris Jones

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales

Welsh Government

Professor Chris Jones is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales, having joined the Welsh Government as Medical Director, NHS Wales in June 2010. Prior to this, he was Medical Director of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He is a doctor and cardiologist on the GMC specialist register for General Medicine and Cardiology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Chris is also an Expert Lead for Health Services Research in Wales and Professor of Health Services Research at Cardiff University Medical School.

Chris qualified in medicine in London in 1981 and undertook clinical and research training in London, Cardiff and the USA. He was appointed as the first Consultant Cardiologist in Bridgend in 1994 and went on to lead the development of a high performing clinical cardiology service over the next 15 years. During this time he also spent 4 years as a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Cardiff University and has published over 80 original peer review papers.

Chris's career in medical management began in 2003 when he became an Associate Member of Bridgend Local Health Board and also the Deputy Medical Director of Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust. He subsequently worked there as Director of Clinical Medicine and then Associate Medical Director of ABM University Trust before moving to Cardiff.

As DCMO and Deputy Director of Population Healthcare Division, Chris supports work to improve the health and well-being of the population and develop healthcare services that provide high value to patients in terms of outcome and experience.

Hywel Jones


Finance Delivery Unit, NHS Wales

Hywel is the Director of NHS Wales Finance Delivery Unit, a Unit established in January 2018 as a national function to lead the development of best practice financial management, strategic financial intelligence, Value-Based Healthcare, and financial improvement across NHS Wales.

A psychology graduate by background, he joined the NHS in 2003 as part of the National Financial Management Training Scheme and prior to this role has held a number of senior roles within Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards, and Aneurin Bevan.

Hywel is currently Vice Chair of the NHS Wales Finance Academy, and is passionate about personal and professional development, ensuring that people and systems maximize their potential. Proudly Welsh and West Walian, he is married with two children.

Stephen Frith

Program Director

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Stephen Frith has worked in NHS informatics for over 30 years. After a career in the NHS, leading to the running of the informatics department at Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Stephen spent some time working with a company setting up NHS messaging platforms in XML before moving to the NHS Information Authority. Subsequently, Stephen has worked on a number of large-scale government IT programs, including a commercial lead for the NHS network, N3 and PSBA's all-Wales shared networking platform.

His experience includes working on single record programs in and around Wales, developing the pilot for My Heath on Line, designing and delivering complex IT change programs and delivering large-scale public sector infrastructure programs.

Stephen's current major interests focus on helping the public sector to organize and become a highly intelligent client, resetting the balance with the commercial sector. This is driven by a firm belief that well-structured commercial arrangements deliver real benefits to commercial partners and the wider public sector. Collaboration and joined-up thinking in the public sector is key to creating programs where industry can innovate to bring rapid value and where the public sector can deliver real value for the public purse. For this reason, you will find that Stephen is always ready to talk about inclusive stakeholder engagement and robust, representative program governance.

Stephen is fortunate to be working as Program Director for the Wales Digital Patient and Public Services (DSPP) program, giving him the opportunity and responsibility to undertake over twenty years of detailed preparation in a field that n extreme personal capture. interest. In this role, the need to balance innovation and progress that can be released with open health data on the one hand, against equally fundamental needs for data integrity and the protection of personal data for individuals on the on the other hand, defines the knife edge on which progress needs to be made.

Stephen lives with his partner in West Wales where a family of three young boys and an out-of-control DIY project to renovate a Pembrokeshire farmhouse leave little time to pursue his other passions of sailing and classic cars. However, he does find time to pursue a self-devised course to study all things wine-related, which is largely based on empirical research.

Mr Antony Chuter FRCGP (Hons)

Patient and Lay Applicant

Patient helps in healthcare research

Antony grew up on the south coast of England and at one time sailed, climbed mountains and led a very active life. In 1991 he began to develop a long-term pain problem and went to a dark place for some time. He had lost his job, his home, his partner and with them his hopes and dreams for the future.

In 2004 Antony found the Expert Patient Program and saw a huge benefit from the course and learned to be a self-managing conditioner. He volunteered for an Expert Patient Program and started coming back to life. He applied for and got a job in the Expert Patient Program, which was his first paid job in 12 years. Antony also participated in his local health authority, then at regional level and then at the Royal College of General Practitioners. He loved it and still loves being able to make a difference that will help a lot. She participated in healthcare research, focusing primarily on patient safety. He was made redundant by the Expert Patient Program and became self-employed for his research work as a lay member.

Antony is chairman of the charity Pain UK and has chaired the patient groups at the British Pain Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners - the latter awarded him an honorary fellowship for his work.

Antony loves his work, his passion comes from helping to improve healthcare for everyone who has to use the service. He still lives with pain and many other health conditions but finds comfort in his work and cooking.

Judith Paget CBE

Chief Executive

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Judith was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in October 2014. Judith joined the Health Board as Director of Planning and Operations on 1 October 2009 and subsequently became Chief Executive Officer / Deputy Chief Executive Officer prior to her appointment. Chief Executive.

Judith has worked in the NHS since 1980 and has undertaken a variety of operational, planning and commissioning roles in a number of NHS organizations across south, mid and west Wales. Judith was first appointed to her CEO role in April 2003. Judith has a strong interest in partnership working across public services; primary care and community development; value-based healthcare and staff development and engagement.

Judith was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Health Service Managers in 2012 and in June 2014 won the Institute of Directors - Director in Public Service for Wales Award. In June 2019 Judith was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honors for services to delivery and management in NHS Wales.

Rebecca Richards


NHS Wales Finance Academy

Joining NHS Wales in 1990 as a national Financial Management and Accountancy Trainee, Rebecca has held a number of positions throughout South Wales. These include being Finance Director of two Health Boards for a combination of 14 years.

For 18 months from July 2014, Rebecca held the position of Chair of the All Wales Directors of Finance when she actively supported the creation of the NHS Wales Finance Academy, taking personal leadership of the Partnership Program.

In April 2016 Rebecca took a unique personal development opportunity to work at Aneurin Bevan Health Board as Associate Director of Finance for a year when she completed the Value-Based Healthcare Program at Harvard Business School.

Appointed Director of the NHS Wales Finance Academy in March 2017, Rebecca has a drive for the Academy to be at the forefront of the development of finance people and functions with the ambition for all NHS Wales finance staff to continually add value to the organizations we support and the population we serve in Wales.

Notable highlights from being in office include delivering the keynote address at the launch of Rolls-Royce plc's own Finance Academy and supporting the Finance Academy to win the 2018 Leading Wales Institutional Award for Inspiring Great Leadership and the 2019 UK Public Finance Award for Finance Training. and Development Enterprise. Part of the role that Rebecca has enjoyed most has been the research, creation and oversight of the delivery of a number of high profile development programs for finance staff at WLS Wales.

Rebecca has a number of external interests including being a member of Cardiff National Ice Skating Club and playing a variety of musical instruments. More recently, Rebecca started a food bank “TIN ON THE WALL” initiative in her local village to provide much needed support to people in need during the pandemic.

Michelle Price

Consultant Therapist for Stroke and Neurosurgery, Powys Teaching Health Board

Clinical Lead for the Neurological Conditions Action Group

Michelle is a physiotherapist by profession. She has specialized in stroke and neurological conditions for over 25 years, working in a number of organizations in Leeds, London and has been based in Wales for the past 20 years.

She was a program manager with NLIAH (now Improvement Wales) on stroke improvement co-operation in Wales for 2 years and has been in her current role in Powys for 9 years.

Claire Green

Assistant Director

Finance Delivery Unit

Claire is a senior finance lead at NHS Wales Finance Delivery Unit, an independent organization within NHS Wales set up to drive improvement and financial achievement. Part of that brief includes supporting organizations to identify and deliver efficiency and productivity improvements, reducing unwarranted waste, harm and variation, and ultimately transforming services by moving from a non-efficiency-focused approach to one of effectiveness, delivering high quality services based on patient-centered outcomes.

Claire has considerable experience in financial management of acute services, secondary care and productivity and efficiency within NHS Wales, and leads the Unit's National Efficiency and Variation Framework. The Framework is the core source of information to make the best use of resources within NHS Wales, and Claire is the lead for the development and implementation of the frameworks.

One of the Unit's priorities is to support the Welsh Government and the National Clinical Lead in the development of Value-Based Healthcare across Wales, in particular the development of national intelligence and insight, and the provision of capacity and capability to support Local Health Boards. Claire plays a leading role in this area supporting the development of the local Health Board Program alongside the implementation and expansion of the national plan.

Jenni Washington

Information Specialist

Health Technology Wales

Following a degree in Mathematics, a love of reading set Jenni on the path of Librarianship and Information Science. Her understanding of set theory and logical thinking makes her ideal for online searching. He worked as an Information Scientist for the Ministry of Defense, the consumer goods industry and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, before finding a home in Health Technology Wales.