• Safe & Effective
  • Kind & Caring
  • Exceeding Expectation
Trust Board Members

Trust Board

The role of the Trust board is mostly supervisory and strategic, ensuring that the Trust has high standards in clinical care, financial stewardship as well as responding to the health needs of the population it serves.

Our Trust Board has a Chairman and a combination of Non-Executive and Executive Directors. The Non-Executive Directors give an independent voice to the Board and provide a high level of scrutiny to all aspects of the Trust. They bring to the Board a wide range of professional and business experience.

Declarations of Interest

Chief Executive
Professor David Loughton CBE
Professor David Loughton CBE

Professor David Loughton CBE - Chief Executive  
Appointed 2004

Professor Loughton joined our Trust in 2004 having had extensive experience as a Chief Executive within the NHS. During his career he has developed a new Medical School with Warwick University and achieved financial close on a £400 million new hospital Private Finance Initiative (PFI). He has now turned around one of the 17 most financially challenged Trusts in the NHS, whilst improving the quality of care provided to patients.

Professor Loughton is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Advisory Board and West Midlands Chief Executive representative for the NHS Confederation Council.

Trust Board Members: Steve Field
Professor Steve Field CBE, Chairman

Professor Steve Field CBE, - Chairman of the Board 
Appointed 2019

Professor Field holds a number of roles at various organisations including Chair at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Trustee at Nishkam Healthcare Trust and a Trustee for Pathway Healthcare for Homeless People.

Prior to his role of chair, he was Chief Inspector of General Practice, Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). He has held several board positions in the NHS including, Deputy National Medical Director at NHS England, Regional Postgraduate Dean for NHS West Midlands and Chairman of the NHS Inclusion Health Board at the Department of Health. He also held the position of Chairman of The Royal College of GPs, and has been a faculty member at the Harvard Macy Institute of Harvard University in the USA.

He has been awarded a number of honorary degrees and also holds academic appointments at the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.

Executive Directors
Kevin Stringer
Kevin Stringer

Kevin Stringer - Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer
Appointed 2009

Mr Stringer is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds a Masters qualification in Business Administration (MBA).With over 25 years of experience in the NHS, with 13 of those years as a Board Director, he has experience of commissioning and provider organisations.

His experience covers –

  • Primary Care, Community Services and Commissioning (with successor organisations being Walsall CCG and Birmingham cross-city CCG)
  • Secondary and Tertiary Care (at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals)
  • Specialist Secondary Care (Birmingham Childrens Hospital Foundation Trust where he helped the Trust secure FT status)
  • Regional NHS Planning and Oversight (West Midlands Regional Health Authority)

His role is to provide professional advice to the Board and wider Trust to ensure delivery of the Board’s financial strategy, key statutory financial targets and ensure good internal control.

He is a member and advocate for Healthcare Financial Management (HFMA) having been a past Chairman of the West Midlands Branch where he is now the Treasurer. 

Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby

Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby - Chief Nurse and Lead Executive for Safeguarding
Appointed April 2018

Ann-Marie joined the Board at Wolverhampton in April 2018.  Ann-Marie is a Professor at Birmingham City University, who has amassed extensive experience working both nationally and internationally in senior nursing leadership roles. 

She spent five years as Chief Nursing Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation, the main healthcare provider in Qatar. She was responsible for the organisation’s 10,000 nursing and midwifery staff across eight hospitals, a number of community health facilities and the national ambulance service. Before her move to the Middle East, Ann-Marie spent over seven years at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, a 1,300 bed acute provider spread across two sites with a budget of £640m, where she progressed to the dual role of Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. 

Prior to this she spent a number of years at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in a variety of frontline nursing and leadership posts. Ann-Marie has successfully transitioned into different health systems and environments throughout her career. She has extensive experience in working in Accountable Care Systems (ACS), most recently the Canterbury ACS in New Zealand. 

Ann-Marie offers an extensive professional, operational and executive background combined with a strong academic portfolio, she is actively involved in research and education holding a Masters and a PhD, with deep experience in curriculum development.

Alan Duffell

Alan Duffell, Chief People Officer
Joined the Board 5 April 2017

Alan has wide experience within the NHS, incorporating OD, learning & development, leadership & management development, as well as other HR related roles. He joined the board of Wolverhampton in April 2017 after previously holding the position of Director of HR & OD at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, where he had been for 5 years, with board level responsibility for a wide ranging workforce portfolio, as well as H&S and Business Continuity. Prior to this, he was the Director of Workforce and Learning within the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and at that time was also a director for Skills for Care, representing the NHS. Prior to joining the NHS, Alan was in the Royal Air Force spanning a range of roles including avionics engineer, training & development, and leadership development. He holds membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and holds an MSc in Human Resource Development.

Professor Sultan Mahmud
Professor Sultan Mahmud

Professor Sultan Mahmud - Chief Innovation, Integration & Research Officer

Sultan Mahmud has been in the NHS for 19 years and has been an NHS board director for 8 years. He has undertaken senior roles in both provision and commissioning arms of the NHS including clinical and business informatics, programme management, performance management, primary and secondary care commissioning. A keen technologist and innovator Sultan lectures part time at various universities, nationally and internationally on healthcare innovation, information management and value in healthcare. Sultan has also enjoyed a spell in the pharmaceutical industry working in medical regulatory affairs.

Gwen Nuttall

Gwen Nuttall - Chief Operating Officer 
Appointed 2012 

Ms Nuttall has over 20 years experience working across a diverse range of Acute Hospitals, having previously worked for local Government.

Gwen has worked in various management roles at The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Barts and The London NHS Trust and more recently she was the Chief Operating Officer at West Suffolk Foundation Trust Hospital for 8 years.

Jonathan Odum

Jonathan Odum - Chief Medical Officer
Appointed 2011  

Dr Odum qualified from Birmingham University in 1984 and his post graduate training and studies were undertaken in the West Midlands (1984-91) and Adelaide, South Australia (1991-93). He was awarded a Sheldon Research Fellowship by the West Midlands Regional Health Authority in 1988 and following completion of the research his thesis was awarded an MD by the University of Birmingham in 1993. 

He took up post as a Consultant in General Internal Medicine and Nephrology at New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton in 1993. His clinical interests include diagnosis and management of hypertension and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying and treatment of glomerular disease. 

Dr Odum was elected as a fellow of the Royal college of Physicians (RCP) in 1999 and has been an MRCP PACES examiner from 1999 to the present day.

He has a significant interest in service development and as Clinical Director for Renal Services (1995-2005) was responsible for the expansion of renal services at Wolverhampton into Walsall and Cannock and the opening of the satellite Haemodialysis units at Walsall and in Cannock Chase Hospital.

Dr Odum has held several medical managerial positions in the Trust including Clinical Director of Medicine, Divisional Director posts from 2003-11 and was appointed into the post of Medical Director from April 2011.  

Within the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Dr Odum is the Responsible Officer for revalidation of doctors, the Caldicott Guardian and the Medical Director of the West Midlands LCRN.

Michael Sharon

Mr Michael Sharon - Strategic Advisor to the Board
Appointed 1 January 2016

Mike commenced his working life as a hospital porter. What has stayed with him is a firm belief in the difference we can all make as individuals, no matter what our role, to the wellbeing of patients. 

After a long spell at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in operational management and in strategy, Mike became CEO of a GP company providing services to practices, followed by time as a PCT CEO.

Subsequently Mike has been a Director at University Hospital Birmingham FT and at Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust where he was acting CEO for short time.

Between these roles Mike has spent a year working in a teaching hospital in Chicago, supported 37 GP practices to create a Federation, set up the Birmingham and Solihull Lift Company, and led two large health economy wide strategic change programmes.

Mike really does enjoy spending time with his teenage children and also walking in the Lake District.

Trust Board: Simon Evans
Simon Evans

Simon Evans - Chief Strategy Officer
Joined the Board October 2019

Simon has worked in the health and care sector for over 17 years and has held a number of senior management positions. His roles have covered: strategic and service-level planning, performance management, business development, transformation and programme management. He holds a Masters Qualification in Business (MBA) from Aston Business School along with an Honours Degree in Business Studies. Immediately prior to joining the Trust, he was QIPP Programme Director for Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust, where he led on the transformation and planning agenda, working closely with GPs and primary care clinicians. He has also worked in corporate planning and scrutiny for a Local Authority and has led on a number of projects involving partnership working with primary, secondary and local government sectors.

Simon spent nearly eight years working in various locations across the UK as a senior manager for Marks and Spencer and IKEA. During this time he helped develop the 10-year growth strategy for IKEA UK and was a store manager for M&S.

He has a passion for organisational and personal development and has a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Development. He has lectured on Organisational Behaviour and Organisational Change for Staffordshire University and is a regular guest lecturer for the University of Wolverhampton.

Trust Board: Brian McKaig

Dr Brian McKaig - Acting Chief Medical Officer
Appointed March 2021

Brian qualified from Glasgow University in 1991 and undertook postgraduate training as a gastroenterologist in the East Midlands. He undertook a period of research at the University of Nottingham (1997-2001) leading to the award of a PhD. He was elected as a fellow to the Royal College of Physicians, London and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Brian was appointed to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 2002 and developed a career is gastroenterology with a focus on endoscopy and endoscopy training. He was awarded a PGCME from the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 and developed the regional endoscopy training centre based at RWT. He has held regional deanery roles as Training Programme Director and Specialist Advisory Committee Chair for Gastroenterology and has held national posts supporting the British Society of Gastroenterology and the English Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

Brian has held several managerial roles within RWT including Clinical Director for Gastroenterology, Revalidation Lead (2012-2020) and Deputy Medical Director (2017-2021). To consolidate his medical leadership learning and education, Brian successfully completed the Clinical Executive Fast Track Scheme through the NHS Leadership Academy in 2019.

Trust Board: Tracy Palmer

Tracy Palmer - Director of Midwifery
Appointed January 2021

Tracy Palmer has been a practising midwife for 33 years and has gained national and international experience in her field. She qualified as a Nurse in 1986 and worked as a Staff Nurse in Emergency Department and Paediatrics at Walsall Healthcare Trust before starting her midwifery training at the Sister Dora College of Midwifery in Walsall.

Having joined the Trust in 2004 as the Clinical Lead Midwife for Delivery Suite and Intrapartum Services, Tracy has held several senior leadership positions within Maternity and Neonates, including Matron for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Deputy Head of Midwifery, Head of Nursing and Midwifery and finally Director of Midwifery.

Tracy has led on many successful service developments, including introducing and implementing a midwifery-led service at the Trust, maternity triage and induction of labour units. As part of her role, Tracy leads on the national transformational programmes of work for midwifery services for the organisation.

As one of the first midwives in the country to acquire Neonatal Life Support Instructor status with the Resuscitation Council UK, she has relished the opportunity to teach in a number of hospitals across the UK and internationally as part of a faculty to teach on the first Asian Neonatal Life Support Provider Course.

Trust Board: Sally Evans

Sally Evans - Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement.
Appointed January 2021

Sally joined the Trust as Head of Communications in October 2017 from NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after a decade working in communications in the NHS.

Having worked across a range of NHS organisations including acute, mental health, community and commissioning in various communications roles, Sally brings a wealth of experience in the public sector.

Joining the NHS in 2007 as a Communications Assistant at The Dudley Group NHS FT, Sally moved to the Black Country Partnership NHS FT, then progressed to NHS South Worcestershire CCG in April 2015 as Communications Manager, heading up three CCGS – South Worcestershire, Redditch and Bromsgrove, and Wyre Forest. Sally is qualified with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Her portfolio includes crisis communications, reputational management, stakeholder engagement and the Trust’s charity.

Non Executive Directors
Roger Dunshea

Roger Dunshea - Non-Executive Director  

Roger Dunshea has worked in the NHS in Scotland, Wales and England in a variety of positions including Staff Nurse, Project Manager, Clinical General Manager and Executive Director roles. Between 1997 and 2013 he was a Director with OFWAT (the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales) with responsibilities covering finance, information systems, human resources and procurement. He has been the chair of governors at a central Birmingham high school and a non-executive director with the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.

He is a member of the General Chiropractic Council, an independent member of the Medical Research Council's Audit and Risk Committee , an independent member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Audit and Risk committee and a member of the Geological Society's audit committee. He is a volunteer field worker with Natural England and a community bus driver in north Shropshire. He is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and Fellow of the Geological Society.


Rosi Edwards

Rosi Edwards - Non-Executive Director
Appointed as an Associate Non-Executive Director in July 2013, and became a Non-Executive Director with effect from November 2013

Before joining the Board, Rosi worked for the Health and Safety Executive as Regional Director for Midlands, Wales and the South West. She started her career as HM Inspector of Factories in South Yorkshire and moved to the West Midlands in 1987, where she held a variety of senior management posts. 


Junior Hemans

Junior Hemans - Non-Executive Director
Appointed May 2015

Junior Hemans has significant years of experience within the public and voluntary sectors. He previously worked for the Housing Corporation for 10 years as a regulation manager and as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers for ten years.

Junior was a founding member and the first treasurer of the African Caribbean Community Initiative Mental Health Project, which provides support to individuals and families that are experiencing mental health issues. He has also served as treasurer to the West Midlands Caribbean Parents & Friends Association and to the Heath Town Senior Citizens Welfare Project.

Junior currently runs his own small consultancy and is a property developer/landlord. He specialises in governance, business start-up, business development and social housing and regeneration.

Junior is also a vising lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton Business School, lecturing in strategic management, marketing, leisure and operations.

Mary Martin

Mary Martin - Non-Executive Director
Appointed July 2013

Mary Martin has senior executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Her business focus has included strategy, business risk assessment, team building, change management, quality management, investigations, controls and reporting. Financing activities cover bank refinancing, private equity, acquisitions and disposals of business and major assets and exit planning.

She currently runs her own small consultancy business having for four years been Pro-Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University. Prior to this her career has included working with Advantage West Midlands; a private venture fund manager focussed on technology start-ups and she was a Partner with Arthur Andersen, one of the largest international accounting practices.

Mary is a trustee of two major Midlands based arts charities - Performances Birmingham and Midland Art Centre.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Oxford University engineering graduate.

Sue Rawlings

Sue Rawlings - Non-Executive Director
Appointed July 2013 (Served as an Associate Non-executive Director from October 2012)

Mrs Rawlings is a Chartered Certified Accountant who has worked in the public, private and voluntary sector (last position: Finance and Development Director for Groundwork Black Country, an environmental charity).

For the past 14 years she has been joint director of the consultancy firm RHCS, a well-established, highly skilled consultancy firm working with a range of cross sector clients from the voluntary/community/charitable and public sectors. Sue has extensive experience in evaluating the effectiveness of public expenditure and has worked with the British Red Cross in various parts of the country, conducting needs assessments, developing performance monitoring and carrying out evaluations.

She works with voluntary and community sector organisations to develop their business planning,  their future sustainability and identify their impact. Previously a local improvement advisor appointed via IDeA to the Regional Improvement Efficiency Partnership in the West Midlands, she is also a Trustee of both Beacon Centre for the Blind and Yellow Ribbon Community Chaplaincy, and Chair of Beacon4Life CIC.

Trust Board: John Dunn
John Dunn

John Dunn - Non-Executive Director
Appointed February 2021

John’s professional life was spent almost exclusively in the Telecoms sector and he has extensive experience in the field of operations, and customer service. His career includes 20 years’ experience at divisional board level in a variety of executive and non-executive roles and his last position with BT was as Managing Director Openreach. As MD, he was responsible for the delivery and repair of customer service and for the provision and maintenance of the local access network for the south of the UK.

Away from the boardroom, John is a keen walker and cyclist and enjoys nothing better than hill walking with his red setter.

John was appointed as a Non-executive Director at RWT in February 2021 and he remains a Non-executive Director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

Trust Board: Professor Anand Pandyan
Professor Anand Pandyan

Professor Anand Pandyan - Associate Non-Executive Director
Appointed November 2019

Professor Pandyan is the Professor of Rehabilitation Technology at Keele University and a founder member of The Central England Rehabilitation Network (CEReN). He was previously the Head of the School of Allied Health Profession (at Keele University) with substantial experience in curriculum development and implementation. He has led the transformation of a single programme School into a multiprogramme School of Allied Health Professions (doubling the number of students being trained for the NHS) with a substantial research portfolio that will contribute to the 2025 REF submission.

Prior to this he was responsible for developing the Neurological Rehabilitation Research at Keele and the local research network between the School and the NHS. His personal research aims to:

  1. Develop optimal rehabilitation programmes (in particular for people with severe levels of disability) and exercise programmes to maintain health and wellbeing
  2. Measuring patient ability and then modelling the relationship between ability and patient outcomes
  3. Injury prevention in elite athletes and improving wellbeing in a working population by drawing on the knowledge we have gained from our research in people with disabilities

Prof. Pandyan has attracted research income in excess of £4 million and authored more than 50 major academic journal articles. Anand has presented his research findings at more than 100 national and international conferences and is a highly regarded and engaging keynote speaker. He advises international and national grant awarding bodies and is an expert consultant to several pharmaceutical companies. He has experience of managing franchise activities and partnership development with both academia and industry.

Trust Board: Professor Louise Toner
Professor Louise Toner

Professor Louise Toner - Associate Non-Executive
Appointed October 2019

Professor Louise Toner is a nurse, midwife and academic by professional background; she has a wealth of experience working with the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and within the higher education sector again across all countries, bar Northern Ireland. Since moving into higher education, she has maintained strong partnership working with colleagues within health and social care across all sectors; she is a member of the UK Universities Council of Deans.

In her current role Louise has responsibility for the faculty’s academic portfolio ensuring it is the right offering to meet the workforce needs of employers and the personal and professional development needs of qualified health and social care professionals. She represents the university on the Birmingham and Solihull Local Workforce Action Board and she is a member of their Education Partnerships Sub Group established to enable universities, NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers to work together to recruit and retain students to facilitate sufficient qualified staff entering the workforce. In addition, she is a member of the British Commonwealth Association (BCA), chairing their Education Sub Group and representing the BCA on the Greater Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham/West Midlands.

Louise has also worked for a hugely successful charity in the UK – Macmillan Cancer Support where she was responsible for an Education Development Programme for specialist nurses in Cancer and Palliative Care. She was previously Chair but is now Trustee of the Wound Care Alliance UK a charitable organisation who provide education and training for nonspecialist healthcare staff both qualified and unqualified in the field of Tissue Viability.

As a surgical ward sister in practice Louise has a special interest in cancer care – the subject of her Masters degree awarded by the University of Glasgow. Her interest in Wound Care led to her establishing the faculty’s Wound Healing Practice Development Unit of which she is the Director. This Unit delivers specialist workshops by our Professors in Wound Healing, undertaking product evaluations often in association with product manufacturers.

Louise’s remit within the faculty includes leading overseas activities as a result of which she has been privileged to visit a number of countries meeting with government officials, leading academics and professionals. Along with other colleagues, she is in the process of securing funds to assist developing countries in terms of their healthcare education needs that include caring for older people, primary care, stoma care and wound care.

Louise says she feels privileged to be associated with such an innovative and forward thinking Trust, keen to embrace the ways in which academia, research and clinical practice can all work together to improve the care of our patients and provide development opportunities for our staff.

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