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, he moved 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, and in 2011 completing the successful acquisition of Warwickshire Community Services.

Glen lives in Warwick with his wife and two sons.

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 Nursing - Helen Lancaster

Helen Lancaster was appointed as the new Director of Nursing for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust on 1 January 2011. Helen has worked in the Trust for just under 7 years. Previously the Associate Director of Nursing, Helen also recently 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. Helen will be the Trust’s lead for a number of areas including single sex accommodation, safeguarding children and adults, privacy and dignity, quality of care, infection prevention and control and patient experience.

Director of Development - Jayne Blacklay

Jayne Blacklay is the Trust's Director of Development. Jayne trained as a pharmacist and worked at Warwick Hospital for a number of years before successfully applying for the post of Performance Manager in 2000. She took over as Acting Director of Modernisation and Performance Management in 2002, and was appointed as Director of Service Development and Performance Management on 1 April 2003.

Jayne took twelve months sabbatical leave in 2004 to undertake voluntary work in Ghana. She lives locally with her family.

Director of Operations - Jane Ives

Jane began her NHS career in 1980 as a student nurse at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. After qualifying her clinical career was in critical care nursing becoming the Sister for ITU in Worcester in 1987. She started her management career in 1991 and became Professional Head of Nursing for Worcester Royal Infirmary in 1996. In 1999 she was appointed interim Director of Nursing at City Hospital in Birmingham and after a short placement at the Commission for Health Improvement was appointed Director of Nursing at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.

In 2003 she was appointed as Director of Nursing for South Warwickshire and has held the portfolio’s for Modernisation and Operations combined with Nursing until moving to Director of Operations in 2010. Jane has been a core member of the executive team achieving Foundation status and the successful acquisition of community services. She has led the transformation programme to release the benefits of vertical integration of acute and community services that has received national recognition.

Director of Human Resources - Ann Pope

Ann has worked in the Trust since 1996. Before joining the HR Team in 2001, Ann worked in the Medical Division. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ann, originally from Warwickshire, joined the NHS in the early 1980s and as well as a few years out to run a hotel in Southport, she has worked in a number of different hospitals in the country in a variety of roles. Ann and her family returned to Warwick in 1994 where she lives with her husband and son.

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.


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.

Tony Boorman

Tony Boorman has wide ranging experience of consumer and regulatory issues. Previously he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Ombudsman, Financial Ombudsman Service. The Ombudsman, which is based in London’s docklands, provides a national service which handles over 600,000 customer complaints and enquiries about financial services issues. He appears regularly on TV and radio programmes dealing with consumer and financial issues.

Prior to joining the Ombudsman Service in 2000 Tony was Managing Director of Ofgem, the gas and electricity market regulator. He started his career in the electricity sector working in a variety of posts in the industry and, following a period with a consumer organisation, he became a founding Director of OFFER - the electricity regulator.

Tony joined South Warwickshire GH Trust as a non-executive director in 2007. Previously he was a commissioner for judicial appointments overseeing the process used to appoint judges across England and Wales.

Tony moved to South Warwickshire in 1999 and now lives in Leamington Spa with his wife (who runs her own market research business) and two sons.

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.

Dr Alan Harrison

Alan was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Trust in 2010 and Senior Independent Director in 2014. He is a former Chairman of the Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust having overseen the merger of the two probation areas and their successful bid for Trust status. Alan became the first Chief Executive of England Athletics, and was responsible for setting up the new governing body for the sport. He has also worked closely with disabled people and is chairman of Fry Housing Trust and a director of the Albatross Theatre Project, both organisations working with vulnerable people.

Alan spent his early career with Courtaulds PLC as a research scientist and following a succession of senior management roles, set up Courtaulds Speciality Fibres with its focus on the medical sector. He has managed a number of business turnarounds and led a worldwide business improvement programme for Courtaulds Fibres.

Dr Angela Brady

Angela Brady joined the Non-Executive team in January 2014.

She brings clinical expertise to the board and also has a master’s degree in Medical Leadership, Angela has extensive knowledge regarding patient safety and improving local health services.

Working as a GP and also as a County Councillor, Angela has had the privilege of seeing and hearing about our health system from a number of viewpoints. She looks forward to sharing these viewpoints and ideas with the Board of Directors.

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.