Who's who

Board of Directors

Chief Executive - Glen Burley

Glen began his NHS career in 1983 as a finance trainee, qualifying as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1990. After reaching the position of Director of Finance for South Warwickshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust, hemoved into an acute operational role when he became Director of Operations for the Surgical Division of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

In 2003 he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and joined South Warwickshire in 2006, initially as interim Chief Executive. Since his formal appointment in 2008 the Trust has developed its local and national reputation, moving through financial turnaround, achieving Foundation Trust status in 2010, in 2011 completing the successful acquisition of Warwickshire Community Services and gaining Outstanding ratings for quality and use of resources in late 2019.

Between 2015 and 2017 Glen was the National SRO for the Emergency Care Improvement Programme alongside his role in the Trust. The Foundation Group, the collaboration of South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust and George Eliot NHS Trust was created in 2018. Glen is CEO of all Three Trusts as part of this Group model.

Managing Director - Anne Coyle

Anne joined South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust in September 2013, as Associate Director for Integrated Care and Community. In June 2016 Anne was made Managing Director of the Out of Hospital Care Collaborative and to an Executive role in October 2017. In May 2020 Anne was appointed to her role as the Trust's Managing Director. Anne trained as a Physiotherapist in Ireland and has worked in a variety of clinical roles across NHS and private sector. Since 2002 Anne has worked in operational management roles in Community and Integrated Care settings.

Anne lives in Solihull with her husband and two daughters.

Chief Finance Officer - Kim Li

Kim is a Business Studies graduate and began her public sector career with the Audit Commission as an external auditor. Kim qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1995 and joined Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust a year later, working in a number of finance roles, including their Private Finance Initiative business case for a new hospital.

Kim joined South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy Director of Finance in 2006 and had a key role in the Trust's financial turnaround, its successful Foundation Trust application and the integration of Community services.

In 2011 Kim became a Director of our wholly owned subsidiary SWFT Clinical Services Limited.

Kim, who is originally from Coventry, now lives in Worcester with her husband and daughter.

Interim Chief Nursing Officer - Sarah Moppett

Sarah started as Interim Chief Nurse in July 2022. She was previously Deputy Chief Nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals since 2018 and was Interim Chief Nurse there during 2021. Sarah has a Masters in Healthcare Leadership and is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Sarah’s clinical background is predominantly in surgery and gastroenterology, including posts as a Ward Sister and Clinical Nurse Specialist, followed by over 15 years of senior nursing leadership experience.

Sarah has been recognised at regional and national level for her leadership and helped deliver the successful American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet® recognition for Nottingham City Hospital, and Pathway to Excellence accreditation for Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

Sarah is passionate about ensuring high quality, safe and patient-centred care delivered by a highly educated and well-supported nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare professional workforce.

In this role, Sarah is the lead Director for Infection Prevention and Control, Safe water, Adult and Children's safeguarding, patient safety, patient experience, including accessible standards, end of life care, safe staffing and single sex accommodation

Chief People Officer - Gertie Nic Philib

Gertie oversees HR, Organisation Development, workforce, recruitment, staff benefits and health and wellbeing.

As the Director of People at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust as well, Gertie has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked across a number of Trusts delivering a strategic and professional advisory service in respect of health & wellbeing, staff experience and engagement, people management, development and education.

Chief Medical Officer - Dr Charles Ashton

Dr Charles Ashton started as the Trust's Medical Director from January 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery after studying at Middlesex Hospital Medical School between 1976 1981. Dr Ashton is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Previously, Dr Ashton has held the post of Medical Director for 14 years in Worcestershire and has extensive experience of service review having clinically led the recent one in Worcestershire.

Dr Ashton also chairs the Solihull clinical reference group for urgent care and is a secondary care representative on the Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.

From a clinical perspective Dr Ashton was a Consultant Physician with a special interest in care of the elderly, stroke and clinical pharmacology. As well as the acute sector he has worked in stroke rehabilitation at Evesham community hospital and has also worked closely with primary care providing clinics at local health centres.

Chief Strategy Officer - Sophie Gilkes

Sophie joined South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust in 2008 in a lead communications role. In 2014 Sophie was appointed as Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, leading the commercial bids for the organisation.

Before joining the Trust, Sophie held a number of positions nationally in the private sector in Sales and Marketing as well as working in Marketing Development at Worcestershire County Council.

In the role, Sophie is responsible for delivery of the capital programme, strategy/business development and Communications/Fundraising.

Chief Operating Officer - Harkamal Heran

Harkamal Joined South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust in 2019 as the Associate Director of Operations for the Elective Division / Deputy Director of Operations. In October 2021, she was appointed to the role of Director of Operations.

Beginning her career as part of the NHS Management Training Scheme Harkamal has an MSc in Health & Public Leadership. Prior to joining the Trust, Harkamal has held a number of operational roles across the NHS after successfully completing the NHS Graduate Management Programme in 2010.

Harkamal is responsible for the daily operational delivery of the in hospital, out of hospital and children, young people and family services.

Chief Commissioning Officer - Becky Hale

Becky Hale is the Assistant Director for People Strategy and Commissioning for Warwickshire County Council. Becky joined South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust in 2022 as the Chief Commissioning Officer (Health and Care).

Becky will support the Trust to respond to the new Health and Care Bill due to be adopted in July 2022, which confirms the creation of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) as statutory NHS bodies with a focus on greater collaboration between NHS bodies and local authorities.

Becky will be part of the Executive Team and will also be a member of the Trust Board of Directors.


Non-Executive Directors

Chair - Russell Hardy

Russell Hardy joined the Trust as Chair of the Board of Directors and Council of Governors from 1 June 2015. Russell has a wealth of experience from working in both NHS trusts and private companies, with a firm understanding of working in large organisations and overseeing strategic developments.

Simon Page

Simon Page joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in February 2016.

He has over 20 years of wide ranging leadership experience in the private sector as Chairman, Managing Director and Director. Simon's career has centred around retailing and manufacturing businesses operating within the consumer and building products markets.

He has a strong background in marketing, sales and commercial leadership, working for some well known blue-chip brands, in both the prestige branded and mass-market arenas; these include Aga, Fired Earth, Villeroy & Boch and Rangemaster. This has given him a clear insight into working for complex international organisations, change management, strategy development and delivery, and of the importance of delivering success with and through others, especially in periods of change.

Simon lives in Stratford upon Avon with his wife, Patty; he has two grown up children.

Sue Whelan Tracy

Sue Whelan Tracy joined the Trust as a non-voting, Non Executive Director in February 2016.

She has a background in retail and corporate banking in the UK, Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. Her last executive post before embarking on a non executive career was Marketing and Customer Engagement for Barclays in the UK. Her specialisms are customer experience and marketing, along with commercial leadership of products and channels, including digital.

As a non executive Sue works nationally, across sectors with organisations committed to delivering high standards of customer experience.

Sue lives in Leamington with her husband, Virgil and two teenage children.

Yasmin Becker

Yasmin has extensive leadership experience in private, public and charity sectors. She has held senior roles across the breadth of healthcare including primary care, acute care, professional regulation and medical education. She has significant experience in business model innovation, complex system change and digital transformation.

Currently, Yasmin works as Chief Operating Officer of the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians. She is responsible for developing overall strategy and directing operations in the UK and across the world.

She is passionate about empowering women, educating girls and ending domestic violence and is a Trustee at Solace Women’s Aid which provides services to the survivors of male violence against women and girls.

Yasmin is an alumna of Warwick University and London Business School. She has an MBA and Masters in English Literature and is pursuing a doctorate in digital innovation and transformation.

She loves cooking with her daughter and enjoys travelling.

Dr David Spraggett

David qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1981 and now has 40 years of continuous service within the NHS. For the past 35 of those years he has been a GP at a local practice in Kenilworth which has a strong commitment to teaching the doctors and specifically GP of the future along with providing high quality clinical care. It is currently rated as outstanding by CQC. He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of GP in 2012 for services to Primary Care.

He also has significant experience in clinical leadership with past roles at national level with the GMC and NICE, regionally with the Royal College of GP and more locally with Primary Care Trusts and most recently CCG. He stood down from being Chairman of South Warwickshire CCG after 8 years in that post in March of 2021 after leading the CCG through the worst of the Covid pandemic and merging the then three Coventry and Warwickshire CCG.

David has lived in Kenilworth since 1986 with his wife. He also shares his life with a chocolate labrador with whom he enjoys long walks across the countryside. In addition he has what some call an obsession with the motor car and all things mechanical, he still holds a valid motorsport competition licence.

He is determined to keep the patient at the centre of healthcare decisions and is passionate about providing safe and effective healthcare for all in society particularly those with disabilities. Whilst at the CCG he championed the cause of those with learning difficulties and intends to continue this as Non-Executive on the board at South Warwickshire University Foundation Trust.

Richard Colley

Richard Colley joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in March 2022.

An English and Canadian qualified Chartered Accountant, and former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he has over 40 years experience as a Chairman, Group Finance Director and Corporate Finance adviser in international businesses and fast growing smaller companies.

He has a strong background in mergers and acquisitions, strategy and skilled at helping teams to develop strategic plans. He has led several management buy-outs, and involved in complex business transformations and turnarounds. He was previously a Non-Executive at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in Warwick.

He lives in Wellesbourne and is married with 3 grown up children. He is partially retired with time to put back his knowledge and experience, visit his grandchildren, volunteer in village life and fund raise for Shipston Home Nursing.

Phil Gilbert

Phil joined as a Non Executive Director in March 2022.

He is a commercially astute Director with over twenty years of general management experience gained in the energy industry, at global energy company E.ON. He brings to the board strong experience in Commercial, Transformation, Digitalisation and has passion and expertise in Sustainability (ESG) and Net Zero.

He lives in Solihull with his wife and two young daughters.

Paramjit Gill

Paramjit is Professor of General Practice, University of Warwick, NIHR Senior Investigator and brings a wealth of experience in primary/community care. He joined the Non-Executive Team in April 2022 and is passionate on promoting research and training in this role as well as addressing inequalities in care.

In recognition of the Trust’s status as a University NHS Foundation Trust and in association with the University of Warwick Medical School, the Medical School has nominated Paramjit Singh Gill as a Nominated Non-Executive Director of the Trust