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 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 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.

Director of Finance - 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 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.

Director of Operations - Helen Lancaster

Helen Lancaster was appointed as the new Director of Operations for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2017.

Between 1 January 2011 and 30 September 2017 Helen held the position of Director of Nursing after previously being Associate Director of Nursing at the Trust. Helen also worked at the Department of Health as the development lead for ‘patient and service user experience’.

Helen started in the NHS as a student nurse and later trained as a midwife at University Hospitals of Leicester. She has held a number of Board level positions across the Midlands.

Director of Nursing - Fiona Burton

Fiona became Acting Director of Nursing on 1 October 2017.

Fiona has worked at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust since 2013 and previously worked as the Deputy Director of Nursing and Head of Acute Nursing. Prior to that Fiona worked as Head of Nursing at Heart of England NHS Trust and a Nurse Consultant at UHCW. Fiona has also worked at NHS improvement and as Acting Director of Nursing at Wye Valley NHS Trust for a short period of time.

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

Fiona lives in Rugby with her husband and has two grown up children.

Director of People & Organisation Development - 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.

Medical Director - 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.

Director of Development - Sophie Gilkes

Sophie joined South Warwickshire 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 of Director of Development, Sophie is responsible for delivery of the capital programme, strategy/business development and Communications/Fundraising.


Non-Executive Directors

Chairman - Russell Hardy

Russell Hardy joined the Trust as Chairman 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.

Vice Chairman - Bruce Paxton

Bruce graduated from Bristol University with a BSc (Hons) in engineering

in 1975 and joined Unilever’s packaging business in the UK. After several jobs with the ice cream business and head offices, he moved to a leadership role with United Biscuits. His first factory manager role was running a microbiologically secure chocolate refinery, followed by an operations development remit across five factories in four European countries.

After time as a business unit general manager and in a strategic development role, Bruce joined PepsiCo’s snacks business in the UK, Walkers. This rapidly expanded in an operations role across more than a dozen countries, adding facilities and capacity with a team based in five countries.

More recently, Bruce has been managing director of a machinery business supplying the pharmaceutical, food and healthcare devices sectors. He retired from full-time business late in 2011, and now supplies strategic advice part-time to sectors such as packaged goods, technology development and engineering.

Bruce lives in Leamington Spa with his wife, and their two children are now grown up and have moved out. He enjoys walking, cycling and playing tennis.

Rosemary Hyde

Rosemary Hyde joined the Non-Executive team in January 2014.

She is a Chartered Accountant, and a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She lives in Alveston, near Stratford upon Avon. She left the partnership in 2001 to spend more time with her young family, as well as getting more involved in the local community. Since then she had built up a portfolio career, combining community roles with part time finance director and consulting assignments, and non Executive roles. She is a Trustee of the Stratford Town Trust, a director of Orbit Treasury, and was previously a Board member of Orbit Group, one of the country’s largest housing associations.

Rosemary is looking forward to bringing her Board and finance experience to working with SWFT. In particular, she is hoping that her experience of working with some large and complex organisations, both in the commercial and publicly funded sectors will be valuable to this new role.

Rosemary is married to Richard, and they have two teenage children, who are at school in Warwick. Both were born in Warwick Hospital.

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.

Chris Lewington

Chris Lewington educated to degree level with a BA (Hons) in Applied Health and Social Care. Chris has worked in social care for over 30 years. The initial years focused on National Government Programmes within the voluntary sector which led to a career in Local Government for over 20 years. Chris has a strong value base of co-production which stems from her early influences of working with customers and carers to redesign and create front facing services and user led organisations.

As Head of Commissioning with Warwickshire County Council Chris worked across both adults, children and health as either joint or lead commissioner. Chris has extensive experience of chairing multiple programmes and led a number of redesigns to create new models of social care. Chris has an in depth knowledge and understanding of market conditions for care providers including the formation of strategic place based planning, market opportunities and pricing for care.

She chaired the Regional West Midlands Commissioning Network for both Adults and Children's respectively producing national and regional reports for Directors of Social Care.

Chris is an Associate of NDTi, the National Development Team for Inclusion and IEWM, Innovation Efficiencies West Midlands.

With her spare time Chris loves to spend time with her wider family and friends, to travel, to work in the garden and to drink beautiful red wine.

Geoff Benn

Geoff has spent all his working life in service businesses, firstly in the hospitality business, training and working in many of the finest hotels in the UK and then opening his own award winning hotel and restaurant in North Devon and secondly, spending almost 30 years working at a senior level in the health and social care system.

He became a specialist in creating new models of care often working across the public and private sectors and in delivering innovative commercial projects (including the building and construction of assets), change management (including the re-design of systems of work), and strategy (working at a local and national level).

Geoff retired from full time work in October 2014 and now has a portfolio Non-Executive Director career.

He is a keen amateur chef and enjoys fine food and wine (particularly from the New World), travel and watching most sports. He is also an Accredited Humanist Celebrant, leading non-religious celebrations on a regular basis.

He has been married to Helen for over 42 years and has two grown up daughters. He lives in Moreton in Marsh.

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 Foundation Trust.