Our Board

Professor Michael Sheppard, Chair

Michael served most recently as Provost and Vice Principal and Dean of Medicine at the University of Birmingham. He received the degrees of MBCHB (Honours) and PhD from the University of Cape Town. He was elected Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998.

Michael had a major clinical service commitment and international reputation in pituitary and thyroid disease, publishing over 250 papers. He has been a member of and chaired a number of UK and international committees (endocrine societies, Royal College of Physicians, MRC and WHO). He was President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland and holds Honorary Professorship at the University of Birmingham. He was previously a non-executive director (NED) at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is currently a NED at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

Professor David Adams, Professor of Hepatology and Dean of Medicine for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham

David is also director of the Centre for Liver Research and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit, and lead for translational research in the MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.

Professor Andy Garner, Dean of Health and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Keele University

In addition to his roles at Keele, Professor Garner is also a Director of the University Hospital of the North Midlands, Director of the West Midlands (North) Health Education Cluster and the non-Executive Chairman of DTL. He also serves as an external examiner and advisor for a number of medical schools in the UK and overseas.

Andy has held senior positions in various universities in the UK, Europe, USA and Middle East along with executive posts in the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry.  After training in pharmacology, he undertook a series of research fellowships in the UK and Scandinavia. In 1978 he was recruited by ICI, prior a move to the UAE in 1993 as Professor of Pharmacology and Research Dean at a new medical school. He returned to the UK in 1997 to take up the post of NHS Director of R&D in Manchester, prior to being appointed as Head of the Medical School at Manchester University in 2003. He was appointed to lead the new Faculty of Health at Keele University in 2007, with overall responsibility for the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery and Physiotherapy, together with two Research Institutes focused on Primary Care and Translational Medicine.

Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Andy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire in 2010, one of the largest tertiary acute trusts in the country, with an annual turnover of approximately £540m. For six years previously he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008 – 2010.

In addition, he is currently President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Chair of Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Education and Training Council (member of West Midlands Local Education and Training Board) and Chair of the Central Newborn Network, Director of CSWP Ltd and Director of Albany Theatre Trust, Coventry. As well as being a Board member, Andy also chairs the South Membership Innovation Council of the WMAHSN. 

Dr Sue Ibbotson, West Midlands Centre Director, Public Health England 

Sue was previously the regional director for the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the West Midlands. In this capacity, she was responsible for the HPA’s delivery of local and regional health protection services across the area, and led the quality and governance function for the agency’s Health Protection Services division.

Having initially trained as a GP before undertaking public health specialist training, Sue has a diverse public health experience in a number of senior roles. Her appointment as a consultant in public health medicine in Yorkshire in 1993 was followed by a move to Scotland, and she has held appointments in the West Midlands since 2000, first with the NHS Executive, and then as director of public health and medical director for the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority, before taking up her post with the HPA. 

After graduating from University College Cardiff, Tim joined the District Management Training scheme based at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He joined The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 1992 as Business Manager for Medicine before taking up his first post at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 1995.

In 1999 he became the first Divisional General Manager for Emergency Services before being appointed as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in June 2006.

In September 2008 he was appointed to a newly created role of Executive Director of Delivery. His key responsibilities are to lead on research, strategy and performance, education, organisational development, and human resources. He is also an executive lead for Birmingham Health Partners and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Centre, and a board member of MidTech and Birmingham Science City. 

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

After graduating from University College Cardiff, Tim joined the District Management Training scheme based at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He joined The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 1992 as Business Manager for Medicine before taking up his first post at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 1995.

In 1999 he became the first Divisional General Manager for Emergency Services before being appointed as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in June 2006.

In September 2008 he was appointed to a newly created role of Executive Director of Delivery. His key responsibilities are to lead on research, strategy and performance, education, organisational development, and human resources. He is also an executive lead for Birmingham Health Partners and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Centre, and a board member of MidTech and Birmingham Science City. 

Dr Jeremy Kirk, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Jeremy initially trained in both adult and paediatric medicine in London, before moving in 1994 to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham as Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist (honorary Reader). He is also currently West Midlands Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, the largest of the 15 English CRNs, having previously been Deputy and then Clinical Director of the NIHR Birmingham and the Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network. Jeremy is both a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and was subspecialty Council member in the latter from 2007-12.

Dr Peter Lewis, Clinical Lead for Mental Health, WMAHSN

Peter is a Consultant Psychiatrist and was the Medical Director for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust from June 2009 to March 2016. He completed his training in medicine at the University of the West Indies in 1972, then specialised in psychiatry at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, gaining his FRCP (C) from the Canadian Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1979. Following this, he worked in the Caribbean and held a number of assignments with the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the World Health Organization. He has been a board member of the AHSN and Mental Health clinical lead since the inception of the organisation.

Professor Richard Lilford, Pro-Dean for Research at the University of Warwick Medical School, Chair in Public Health at the University of Warwick, Director for the Warwick Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and Director of NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the West Midlands (CLARHC WM)

Richard has more than ten years’ experience as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and more than five years in the Department of Health. Prior to his current roles, he was Vice-Dean for Applied Health Research and Director of the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit.

Richard directs the CLARHC WM, which is responsible for co-ordinating high quality applied research across NHS organisations and universities in the West Midlands. He is a research advisor for the NICE Research and Development Committee and chairs the MRC/NIHR Methodology Advisory panel. He is also an expert panel member for the NIHR research methods fellowship programme. Previously, he was the Head of the School of Health and Population Sciences for a year and the Head of Division of Primary Care, Public Health and Occupational medicine for four years at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that he was, for five years, a senior civil servant. Before that, he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Leeds for 11 years. He was also an executive director with responsibility for R&D at the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Richard’s main interests are in Bayesian statistics, ethics and clinical trials. He has published over 260 original research papers and he is an investigator on over £35 million worth of government, industry and charity sponsored research grants.

Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Julie is a graduate nurse who worked in clinical practice before moving into management. After a variety of clinical, management and director posts, she was appointed as Chief Executive of UHB in 2006.

Julie is an Independent Member of the Board of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research and a member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Birmingham Business School, the Court of the University of Birmingham and the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Warwick Medical School. She is a founder member and past Chair of the Shelford Group, the ten leading academic hospitals in England.

Acknowledged as one of the leading Chief Executives in the country, Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University and also has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.  

Professor Gavin Russell, Clinical Lead for Patient Safety, WMAHSN

Gavin is the Clinical Director and lead for the WMAHSN Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) and the Chair of the WMAHSN's North Membership Innovation Council. He is a past Medical Director of the University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust (UHNM), where he had responsibilities for the clinical development of the new hospital, R&D, postgraduate training and executive liaison with Keele Medical School, where he is Honorary Professor of Medicine. Latterly, he was responsible for the safe clinical integration of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust with the former University Hospital North Staffordshire NHS Trust during the subsequent formation of UHNM, overseeing the reorganisation of safe clinical services between the two sites. Currently, he works with the WMAHSN and is focused on development and delivery of the PSC in new and innovative programmes.

Mandy Shanahan, HEE Local Director for West Midlands, Health Education England 

Mandy is currently Local Director for West Midlands at Health Education England, with responsibility for strategic workforce planning and developing business through the Local Education and Training Councils.  She is a qualified coach and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has used coaching to develop leadership for CCG boards, the NHS and voluntary sector. 

Mandy has more than 30 years’ leadership experience spanning private, local authority, education and health. She has worked at board level for over 10 years with director roles in community, mental health and primary care commissioning. 

Andy Williams, Accountable Officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group

Andy joined the NHS in 1985. He has worked at director and chief executive level in both provider and commissioning organisations for the last 14 years. Andy has an MBA (Health) from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the Institute of Health Management and also a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development