Value in Health Week will take place from 12 to 16 October 2020. Here you will find details of the guest speakers for the week.


Cari-Anne Quinn

Cari-Anne Quinn

Life Sciences Hub Wales

Cari-Anne leads Life Sciences Hub Wales, a government sponsored business which works in partnership with Health and Social Care, Academia and Industry to accelerate the development and adoption of healthcare innovations. Life Sciences Hub Wales works with the life sciences business community to explore innovation to embrace the needs of the Health and Care sector in Wales,  and  with stakeholders to make a positive difference to improve the health and wealth of the people in Wales.  

Cari-Anne also chairs the governance board of the Accelerate programme, a £24m programme funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) to progress health technology projects in Wales.

Cari-Anne has worked in a wide range of economic development roles, including working overseas to support business growth, and international trade to grow the scale and breadth of the sector.

Sally Lewis

Dr Sally Lewis

National Clinical Lead for Value-Based and Prudent Healthcare and Honorary Professor at Swansea School of Medicine, Value in Health Programme

Sally has frontline experience of primary care at its most challenging having been senior partner and GP trainer in a practice in the Welsh valleys.

She entered a career in medical management in 2011 and was appointed to Assistant Medical Director for Value-Based Care in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2014.

Still practising as a GP, Sally is now National Clinical Lead for Value-Based and Prudent Healthcare in Wales, and Honorary Professor at Swansea School of Medicine.

Her current interests include the utilisation of Value-Based principles to allocate resource in publicly funded systems, patient outcome data and digital transformation.

Hamish LaingProfessor Hamish Laing

Professor of Enhanced Innovation & Engagement, Business
Swansea University

After a high profile and long career as a reconstructive plastic surgeon in the NHS, during which he established and led the South Wales Sarcoma Service, Hamish was Executive Medical Director and Chief Information Officer of an integrated Health Board in NHS Wales until 2018. In this role, he led wide-ranging reviews of Clinical Strategy (“Changing for the Better”) and digital health strategy, and secured significant investment in digital health initiatives. Hamish was awarded Senior Founding Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management in recognition of his contribution to the NHS in 2018.

Appointed to a personal chair in the School of Management in 2018, Hamish has established a programme focussed on Value Based Healthcare. Substantial grant funding for this work has been received by the University through a formal collaboration with the global biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc. Hamish represents Wales at the EFPIA Value Based Healthcare think tank in Brussels.

Hamish continues to support colleagues in NHS Wales and is Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for a programme to reorganise and rebuild the NHS websites and Deputy SRO of the Public and Patient-facing digital service programme; a major investment in helping patients to engage with their health and wellbeing digitally.

Hamish is passionate about the importance of Digital Inclusion and ensuring that people are not left behind by the digital revolution. He is delighted to have been appointed chair of the Digital Inclusion Alliance for Wales which brings together public, private and third sector organisations to coordinate action for Digital Inclusion.

Sarah Puntoni

Sarah Puntoni 

Programme Manager, Value in Health Programme 
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Sarah is originally from Italy and joined NHS Wales in 2007, when she helped set up and deliver the 1000 Lives Campaign.

Since then, she has lead on the development and delivery of a number of national projects focussed on service improvement, person-centred care, patient experience and health literacy.

Sarah joined the PROMs, PREMs and Effectiveness Programme in September 2016, which focused on delivering consistent PROMs capture and reporting mechanisms across NHS Wales. The PROMs, PREMs and Effectiveness Programme merged with the Value in Health Programme in summer 2019.

Dee Puckett Dee Puckett

Head of Health and Social Care Engagement
Life Sciences Hub Wales

Dee has worked across Welsh and UK public sector organisations leading on the development and implementation of national and European projects and legislation to improve people-centred approaches, in health, social care and policing, which maximise outcomes and benefits. Dee is the Senior Lead for value based healthcare at Life Sciences Hub Wales, working with National Leads in health, procurement and academia, and the Life Sciences sector to support and enable value approaches to innovation and health and care interventions across Wales. Dee has special interests in public and population health, behavioural sciences, innovation and patient-centred design strategies.

Matthew PrettyjohnsMatthew Prettyjohns

Principal Researcher
Health Technology Wales

Matthew joined Health Technology Wales from the National Guideline Alliance where he worked as a Senior Health Economist in the development of guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

As well as overseeing Health Technology Wales’ technology appraisals, Matthew’s role is to develop relationships with industry and the Scientific Advice Service.



Lauren Elston

Lauren Elston

Health Services Researcher
Health Technology Wales

Lauren is a Health Services Researcher at Health Technology Wales. Following her PhD in Cancer Immunology, Lauren joined the All Wales Therapeutics & Toxicology Centre as a Medical Writer, supporting the health technology assessment of medicines by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG).

As well as working on HTW technology appraisals, Lauren supports HTW’s communication and engagement function, and has a lead role in HTW’s impact evaluation.



Andrew SmallwoodAndrew Smallwood

Head of Sourcing
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Andrew has worked within procurement management in the NHS for in excess of 20 years, focussed mainly in the medical devices area.

Having undertaken national roles within the NHS in England with NHS PASA and NHS Supply Chain, Andy has spent the past 9 years as Head of Sourcing at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP).

A strong believer and practitioner of evidence-based procurement, Andy is the founder of the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel and a co-opted member of the National Joint Registry Steering Committee.

Within NWSSP Andy is leading the introduction of a value based procurement approach in support of NHS Wales’ Prudent and Value Based Healthcare agenda.

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Dr Robert Palmer

Senior Healthcare ScientistCedar Healthcare Technology Research Centre

Rob started at Cedar in 2016, having previously completed a BSc and MSc in Physics, followed by a PhD in Computer Science (Medical Image Analysis) from Swansea University. While at Cedar Rob, has been a member of the HOPE Wales (Health Outcomes and Patient Experience) team which has been integrated into the national ViH programme to provide analytical capacity and support. Rob has been an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering since 2017, and is a co-supervisor of a number of health informatics trainees on the NSHCS Scientist Training Programme.

During his time at Cedar, Rob has gained valuable experience working with and analysing data collected by the national Welsh PROMs and PREMs platform, as well as other PROMs data, registry data and other related datasets. He has also contributed to validating both electronic and Welsh language PROMs by interviewing patients across the country. Rob has enjoyed producing and contributing to analysis reports and published manuscripts, as well as presenting at conferences. He believe it’s important that our conclusions, results and methodologies are robust and transparent in order maintain high standards and ultimately, improve services through value based healthcare.

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Craig Davey

Finance Programme Lead - Value Based HealthcareFinance Delivery Unit

Craig has worked in NHS Finance since 2011, when he joined the Finance Department at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. During his time at Aneurin Bevan, Craig gained experience working across a number of areas including Costing, Business Intelligence and a number of divisional Finance Business Partnering teams.

In 2016, Craig took the opportunity to join the health board’s Business Intelligence & Value Team, where a large part of his role involved supporting the development, implementation and delivery of the health board’s Value Based Healthcare Programme. During this time, Craig was involved in a number of key projects across the Value Programme, working closely with clinical and management colleagues around the delivery of the costing and finance agenda.

In 2019, Craig joined the Finance Delivery Unit, as the Finance Programme Lead for Value Based Healthcare, and is now involved in supporting the development and implementation of the National Value Programme, as part of a national team. He is also involved in providing local support to health boards around the development and delivery of key local value workstreams.

As a qualified accountant, Craig is currently a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has an educational background in mathematics.

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James Griffiths

Project Manager, Value Based Procurement
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

James has been working within the NHS Wales National Value Based Procurement team helping to embed value based procurement approaches across the organisation. He has a keen interest in value based healthcare and procurement. Before joining the NHS, James has been working in procurement and supply chain for over 20 years. His early supply chain career started with the supply and manufacture of medical dressings and adhesive tapes, after which James moved into the fast moving consumer goods sector (cosmetics) which saw his career develop with opportunities across Wales, England and France.

His experience to date has set him in good stead for the challenges of promoting value based procurement within NHS Wales and its supplier base.

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Jonathan Goodfellow

National Clinical Lead
Wales Cardiac Network

Jonathan trained at the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, qualifying in 1985. His cardiology training was in Bristol and Bath before returning to Cardiff to do research, then as Senior Registrar. In 1999, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the Wales Heart Research Institute, and also as part time NHS cardiologist in Bridgend. In 2005, he became a full time NHS consultant in Bridgend. He was lead cardiologist between 2005-15 during which time the department expanded significantly to provide a comprehensive echo service, pacing service and diagnostic cardiac catheter lab. In 2008, he was part of the team that won a NHS Wales award for innovations in cardiology outpatient services. He became Medical Director at Princess of Wales Hospital from 2015 to 2018. He is the immediate past-President of the Welsh Cardiovascular Society and the current Chair of the Society of Physicians in Wales.

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Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams

Senior Lecturer in Improving Patient Care
Cardiff University School of Medicine

Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Improving Patient Care at Cardiff University School of Medicine and is co-lead for the Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales) Person Centred Healthcare Work Package. Natalie has over fourteen years’ experience of researching, teaching and implementing shared decision making, and has also worked closely with clinical teams, patients, and academics across the UK to embed this approach into routine clinical care.

She has developed and delivered a national shared decision making programme and has also led on the development of international standards for implementation of patient decision aids in routine clinical settings. 

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Professor Alan Brace

Director of Finance, Health and Social Care
Welsh Government

Alan was born in the Rhondda Valley and now lives in Coity with his wife and three children.

Alan joined the NHS as a National Finance Management Trainee and apart from two years in Local Government has spent his entire career in NHS Wales. Alan has been both a Finance Director and a Chief Executive Officer in a number of Health Bodies in Wales. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of Finance of the Health and Social Services Group in Welsh Government.

This is the largest group in Welsh Government, covering both the strategic planning and delivery of all Health and Social Care in Wales and, in this role, Alan works closely with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, as well as Health Boards in Wales. Alan is also the Professional Head of Finance for all NHS Wales.

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Keith Howkins

Lead Specialist – Information
NHS Wales Informatics Services

Having worked in information in the NHS since 2004, Keith was appointed to the Value Based Healthcare team in September 2019, to work on dashboard design.  Initially, he worked on the National Lung Cancer dashboard, developing the existing product and presenting the dashboard with colleagues to stakeholders across Wales. Keith has also been heavily involved in developing a stroke dashboard and PROMS analysis. 

During the Covid pandemic, he led the design of the NWIS Covid Data Hub, and was interviewed by the British Computer Society about the role of digital and information technology in healthcare. 


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Thomas Adams 

Lead Specialist
NHS Wales Informatics Service

Graduating from university last year, Thomas works with the value based healthcare team to develop clinical dashboards. The highly interactive dashboards focus on reporting on activity, Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) and variation.

The development of these dashboards often require a high-level of stakeholder engagement and Thomas regularly communicates with stakeholders, such as doctors and nurses, to produce meaningful, useful and impactful data insights.



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Dr Susan Goodfellow MBBS. MRCP. DRCOG. DFFP. Dip.Derm.

Clinical Improvement Lead, Value in Health
NHS Wales

Dr Sue Goodfellow is the Clinical Improvement Lead for the Value-Based Healthcare Team. This role includes advising on the design & evaluation of value based healthcare projects, and working with value based healthcare team members and colleagues across Wales to demonstrate achievement of the triple aim: providing better care for patients, and better health for populations, at a lower cost. 

She has been a practising GP in Cardiff & Vale since 1993, and a GP trainer since 2004, and continues to undertake regular clinical work. Sue also has a role as a Quality Improvement Tutor for Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW), working mainly to deliver QI training to GP Registrars and GP Trainers. Sue  led her GP Practice to win an NHS Wales award for Quality Improvement in 2018, and is currently nominated in the HSJ Patient Safety Awards for “Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year 2020”.

Sue has experience in patient co-production and co-design, especially in the field of service delivery. Her track record also includes mentoring many colleagues in both clinical & non-clinical roles undertaking improvement projects, utilising QI methodology.


Melanie Thomas

National Clinical Lead for Lymphoedema
National Lymphoedema Programme 

Melanie is the National Clinical Lead/ Associate Director for Lymphoedema Services in Wales and a physiotherapist by background. She was instrumental in developing equitable Lymphoedema Services in Wales and is responsible for the planning and strategic development of the Lymphoedema Network Wales (LNW) across NHS Wales.

Embedded in value based healthcare, LNW aims to reduce waste, harm and variation as well as enhancing learning, thus improving patient outcomes, patient experience and quality. 

Melanie has been the principal investigator in numerous research trials in lymphoedema and completed her Doctorate with Swansea University in 2018. She has presented and published widely in delivering innovations in lymphoedema care, including the implementation of the Lymphatic Venous Anastomosis super microsurgery development. 

In 2013, Melanie was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and a Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She is also a Director in the International Lymphoedema Framework Charity.


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Wayne Lewis

Policy Lead (Wales)
Crohn’s and Colitis UK

Crohn’s and colitis are incurable conditions which cause inflammation in the digestive system. Common symptoms include cramping pains in the abdomen, diarrhoea, (sometimes with blood and mucus), weight loss, profound fatigue, inflammation of joints, skin conditions and eye problems (uveitis).

Wayne has worked with the charity since 2018, following a career in Local Authority Social Services in South and West Wales, in further education and in other third sector organisations.  In these various roles, his aim has always been to put the person with whom he is working at the centre of the decision-making process.  


Lisa Powell Lisa Powell

Head of Business Intelligence
Finance Delivery Unit 

Lisa Powell has been an NHS Wales finance professional for over 25 years, starting her NHS career in Rhondda NHS Trust, then joining Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in 2000. Whilst in Cardiff, Lisa was part of the pioneering costing team that won the national annual HFMA Costing Award in 2011 as one of the UK’s first NHS organisations to implement a Patient Level Costing (PLICS) system. 

In 2014, Lisa took the opportunity to move to a national role as the finance professional leading Patient Level Costing development and collection across NHS Wales. She has successfully project
managed implementation of an all-Wales costing system which adopts nationally-recognised costing principles, thus providing cost benchmarking comparability between Welsh organisations and also with NHS England peers.

Lisa was introduced to value based healthcare work when she joined the Finance Delivery Unit at its formation in 2018. As Head of Business Intelligence, she is involved in a number of key projects across the value programme in Wales, working closely with clinical and management colleagues around the delivery of the ‘so what?’ of the costing and finance agenda.

As a qualified accountant, Lisa is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and is currently HFMA costing lead for Wales.  


Kathleen Withers

Principal Evaluation Scientist

Kathleen has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, most recently as a Principal Evaluation Scientist at Cedar, a Healthcare Technology Research Centre. During her time at Cedar, Kathleen has developed a particular interest in involving patients in their care and has been involved in the development, validation and use of PROMs since 2010. She has experience in a range of projects involving health economics, service evaluation, systematic reviews, clinical trial facilitation and medical device evaluation.

Kathleen leads a small analytical and research team which supports the analysis of data collected on the Value Based Healthcare Programme and related datasets. She also facilitates the identification and licensing of PROMs tools for the national programme and their Welsh translation and validation. Kathleen enjoys patient-facing work and regularly carries out patient interviews and focus groups for PROM validation, service development and evaluations. She is keen to ensure that the outputs from the programme are transparently reached, methodologically sound, stand up to scrutiny and are appropriately shared with the healthcare community.

Cedar has led a number of conference presentations and publications on behalf of the Value in Health programme and had success at national events, including the Patient Experience Network National Awards.

Dr Karen Pardy Karen Pardy

Community Director, Cardiff SW Cluster
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

Dr Karen Pardy is a GP Partner in Lansdowne Surgery, Cardiff and the Lead GP for Cardiff SW Cluster.  She qualified in 1997 at the University of Wales College of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in Paediatrics as well as General Practice.  

Through her cluster work, she has become inspired by the many community organisations who support health and wellbeing.  This led to a number of cluster based social prescribing projects which have been supported by the Neighbourhood Partnership Fund, the Innovate to Save Fund and the Pacesetter Fund.  

Key projects have been presented at the First International Social Prescribing Research Conference in 2018. Dr Pardy is keen to support the development of social prescribing as part of a holistic care model for people living in Cardiff and Vale.  The Cardiff SW cluster team are currently developing a model of integrated care, drawing inspiration from Compassionate Communities with a multidisciplinary team approach firmly embedded in a community support network.

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Helen Thomas 

Interim Director
NHS Wales Informatics Service

Helen took up the role of interim Director at the NHS Wales Informatics Service in December 2019, and is leading the organisation during its transition to a Special Health Authority.

She joined the NHS Wales Informatics Service as Director of Information in 2017 and has been instrumental in supporting the improved quality and use of data in healthcare and the development of the new National Data Resource – the NDR.
Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Information at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, with responsibility for providing the information needed to evaluate service delivery and to support service improvement and transformation.

Helen began her career in the NHS 30 years ago, initially working in finance, moving into health information in 2000, gaining wide health informatics experience across a number of senior roles over the last 20 years.

Helen is passionate about driving the use of data and intelligence to support improvement, service transformation and patient outcomes and has supported the development of the national value based healthcare strategic information approach.

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Ahmed Abdulla 


Ahmed is health economist by trade and his previous roles include Global Health Economist at Roche, where he led the global health economics activities for one of their latest lung cancer therapies.

Ahmed has also previously worked at an Evidence Review Group in the UK to evaluate STA submissions to NICE from manufacturers that seek access in the UK market. He has experience across the pharmaceutical pipeline and early drug development. He has also led the Blockchain in Healthcare Working Group at the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and E-Business and is participating in the development of the Advanced Technologies Advisory Board.


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Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees

Outcomes Based Healthcare

Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees is Founder/CEO of Outcomes Based Healthcare, a health data analytics organisation providing outcomes and segmentation insights to health systems internationally. 

Rupert trained in Medicine at Imperial College, with a degree in Orthopaedics from UCL. He was a Partner in general practice for five years before joining the Dept of Health, London as a specialist clinical advisor.

Rupert holds a finance MBA with distinction from CASS Business School, sits on the Strategic Advisory Board for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Longevity. He is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

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Andrew Carson-Stevens

Wales Scientific Director of OECD 
Cardiff University 

Andrew Carson-Stevens is an academic general practitioner at Cardiff University where he convenes the Patient Safety Research Group (PISA) with expertise investigating the quality and safety of healthcare, notably the frequency and avoidability of significant harm in healthcare, machine learning (artificial intelligence) approaches for automating patient safety data analysis, and implementing and evaluation interventions to minimise harm to patients.

He is the Patient Safety Research Leader at PRIME Centre Wales, is a longstanding advisor to the World Health Organization and contributes to several international projects led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to improve the quality and safety of healthcare worldwide.  

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Navjot Kalra

Interim Head of Value Based Healthcare
Swansea Bay University Health Board

Navjot leads the Value Based Healthcare (VBHC) Programme in Swansea Bay University Health Board, a large integrated healthcare organisation in NHS Wales.  In a career spanning more than 20 years, Navjot has had varied and widespread exposure to technology; particularly infrastructure for information technology, business Intelligence, systems implementation and business transformation. She has gained extensive experience by leading major global business transformation programmes within top Fortune 500 organisations, before joining the National Health Service (NHS) Wales. 

After studying engineering in Computer Sciences and Applications (B.Tech) at Punjabi University India, Navjot worked in Norway with Hewlett Packard where she led the implementation of high availability services for the financial industry in the Nordics and Europe. She then joined Maxim Integrated Products, a market leader in analog devices and supported the telecommunication sector in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has led several high value global Digital transformational programmes to improve manufacturing supply chain and efficiency. 

At Qlik Norway, an industry leader in Business Intelligence and Visual analytics, Navjot worked with channel partners such as PWC and Deloitte to deliver the implementation of several transformational business intelligence programmes in healthcare and retail organisations. 

Navjot holds an MBA from Henley Business School where her research on the Critical Success Factors of adoption of Business Intelligence with 50 trusts in the NHS led to the production of a whitepaper for Qlik Technologies and further publications.  Navjot is an Honorary Lecturer at Swansea University School of Medicine (Health Informatics).  She has led significant research projects using Big Data for operational decision making, to improving efficiency and patient outcomes.  Her pioneering population level research with Swansea University on Stroke prevention was selected for presentation at the British Society of Population Studies. 

Navjot is one of the leading experts on developing implementation and technical standards for VBHC conformity assessment in Wales and works closely with the National team for value based healthcare. She played a key role in conceptualising and developing the Commissioning Intelligence Strategy to create information standards for commissioning services based on population health.

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Dr Kirstie Truman

Primary Care Clinical Lead for Cardiology
Swansea Bay University health Board 

Dr Kirstie Truman qualified as a General Practitioner in 2001 and has been a GP partner at St Thomas and West Cross Surgeries since 2003. 

Working as a GPwSI in Cardiology for Swansea Bay health board from 2006 to 2017, she has a diploma as a practitioner with a specialist interest in Cardiology (distinction). 

Dr Truman’s most recent role is an extended role in cardiology, leading in primary care cardiology for the health board. Her other roles include Programme Director of the Swansea Bay GP training scheme and she has previously worked as a cluster lead. 

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Dr Benjamin Dicken

Consultant Cardiologist, Secondary Care
Swansea Bay University Health Board 

Dr Benjamin Dicken qualified as a doctor in 2004, from Imperial College London.

Joining the Welsh Cardiology Higher Training Scheme in 2009, Dr Dicken spent a period of time undertaking heart failure research in the Academic Cardiology Department at University of Hull, and has published in peer reviewed journals and regularly presented at national and international heart failure conferences.

Since June 2019, Dr Dicken has been a substantive Cardiology Consultant at Morriston Hospital, Swansea and his sub specialist interests are heart failure and devices.



Victoria Bates

Managing Director
Bates Cass Consulting Ltd

Victoria began her career in the NHS as a midwife. She has over 25 years of experience working within the health service and pharmaceutical industry in senior commercial and operational roles, developing and delivering strategic programs in the UK and Europe to support Life Sciences collaborations with health systems to better empower citizens and health professionals to improve health and wellbeing and achieve outcomes that matter to patients.

Victoria is currently collaborating with Swansea University to support the establishment of executive education focused on supporting businesses to deliver greater value and build sustainable collaborative partnerships.

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Amanda Willacott 

Programme Manager, Value in Health Programme
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Amanda joined Cardiff and Vale University Health Board as a graduate in September 1997, and has since held various management roles across the Surgery Clinical Board, including 13 years within the Trauma and Orthopaedic Directorate as Deputy / Interim Directorate Manager.

It was while in this role, that Amanda started to take a keen interest in PROMs and introduced a standardised department-wide collection within the hip and knee specialities. This included designing a process whereby PROMs could be used to inform a virtual/remote assessment following hip or knee arthroplasty surgery, successfully implementing a 95% reduction in face to face follow-up demand. This approach has since been recommended by the Welsh Government and is currently being rolled out across Wales.

Amanda joined the PROMs, PREMs and Effectiveness Programme in September 2016, which later became integrated with the national Value in Health programme. Amanda is focused on delivering consistent outcome capture and reporting mechanisms to support an outcome driven “healthier Wales”.

Adele CahillAdele Cahill

Assistant Director Value Based Health Care
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board 

Adele Cahill has been a senior manager within NHS Wales for over 36 years, a Procurement professional heading up the Procurement teams across NHS Wales, for 30 years and has spent the last few years in a range general senior management roles supporting Turnaround and major Transformation programmes across various Welsh Health Boards. 
Her roles have been instrumental in reviewing practices across a range of services, with a track record of successful change management, programme and project management and implementation, through effective strategic leadership.  
Adele was introduced to the Value Based Health Care work during 2015 by Professor Alan Brace the Director of Finance for Health and Social Care, Welsh Government; when she joined Aneurin Bevan Health Board to provide the strategic programme direction in setting up and leading in the Value based healthcare programme.  Adele is now involved in providing strategic insight and knowledge in support of the National Prudent and Value Based Health Care Programme. 
Current roles and interests include:  Management & Implementation Lead for the ICHOM strategic partnership and outcomes measurement, Member of the HCSA Healthcare Supplies Agency, and CIPS Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, Value Based Health Care and Value Based Procurement.

Glyn JonesGlyn Jones

Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance & Performance
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Glyn started in the NHS in 1989, joining the NHS Wales financial management training scheme and spent most of his career working in the NHS in Wales and the South West of England. This includes previous Finance Director roles in the Rhondda, Bristol, Carmarthenshire and Powys.

He has attended Harvard Business School twice, where he studied performance measurement in not-for-profit organisations (2005) and value measurement in healthcare (2015). 

Glyn has joint executive responsibility – along with the Medical Director – for the Value Based Programme in the Health Board.

Professor Chris Jones Chris Jones

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Welsh Government

Professor Chris Jones is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales, having joined the Welsh Government as Medical Director, NHS Wales in June 2010. Previously he was Medical Director of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He is a physician and cardiologist on the GMC specialist register for General Medicine and Cardiology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Chris is also Specialty lead for Health Services Research in Wales and Professor of Health Services Research at Cardiff University Medical School.

Chris qualified in medicine in London in 1981 and undertook clinical and research training in London, Cardiff and the USA. He was appointed as the first Consultant Cardiologist in Bridgend in 1994 and went on to lead the development of a high performing clinical cardiology service over the next 15 years. During this time he also spent 4 years as a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Cardiff University and has published over 80 original peer review papers.

Chris’ career in medical management started in 2003 when he became an Associate Board Member of the Bridgend Local Health Board and also Deputy Medical Director of Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust.  He subsequently worked there as Clinical Director of Medicine and then Associate Medical Director of ABM University Trust before moving to Cardiff. 

As DCMO and Deputy Director Population Healthcare Division, Chris supports work to improve the health and well-being of the population and the development of health care services that provide high value to patients in terms of outcome and experience.

Hywel Jones Hywel Jones

Finance Delivery Unit, NHS Wales

Hywel is the Director of the NHS Wales Finance Delivery Unit, a Unit which was established in January 2018 as a national function to lead the development of best practice financial management, strategic financial intelligence, Value Based Healthcare, and financial improvement across NHS Wales. 

A psychology graduate by background, he joined the NHS in 2003 as part of the National Financial Management Training Scheme and prior to this role has held a number of senior roles within both Cardiff & Vale, and Aneurin Bevan University Health Boards. 

Hywel is currently Vice Chair of the NHS Wales Finance Academy, and is passionate about both personal and professional development, ensuring that people and systems maximise their potential. A proud Welshman and West Walian at heart, he is married with two children.

Stephen Frith Stephen Frith

Programme Director
NHS Wales Informatics Service

Stephen Frith has worked in NHS informatics for over 30 years.  After a career in the NHS, culminating in running the informatics department at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, Stephen spent some time working with a company establishing XML based NHS messaging platforms before moving to the NHS Information Authority.  Subsequently, Stephen has worked on a number of very large-scale government IT programmes, including commercial lead for the negotiation of the NHS network, N3 and the all Wales shared networking platform, PSBA.  

His experience includes working on single record programmes in England and in Wales, the development of the pilot for My Heath on Line, the design and delivery of complex IT change programmes and the delivery of large-scale public sector infrastructure programmes. 

Stephen’s principal current interests focus on helping the public sector to get organised and become an extremely intelligent client, resetting the balance with the commercial sector.   This is driven by a firm belief that well-structure commercial arrangements deliver real benefits to both commercial partners and the wider public sector.  Collaboration and joined-up thinking within the public sector is key to creating programmes where industry can innovate to bring rapid value and where the public sector can achieve real value for the public purse.  For this reason, you will find that Stephen is always ready to talk about inclusive stakeholder engagement and robust, representative programme governance.

Stephen is fortunate to be working as the Programme Director for the Welsh Digital Services for the Patients and the Public (DSPP) programme, giving him both the opportunity and responsibility to put over twenty years of detailed preparation into practice in an area that holds extreme personal interest.  In this role, the need to balance the innovation and progress that can be unleashed with open health data on the one hand, against the equally fundamental needs of data integrity and protection of personal data for individuals on the other, defines the knife edge on which progress needs to be made.    

Stephen lives with his partner in West Wales where a family of three young boys and an out-of-control DIY project to renovate a Pembrokeshire farmhouse leaves little time to pursue his other passions of sailing and classic cars.  He does find time, however, to follow a self-invented course to study all things wine-related, a course based largely on empirical research.

Mr Antony Chuter FRCGP (Hon) Antony Chuter

Patient and Lay co applicant
Patient helping in healthcare research

Antony grew up on the south coast of England and at one time sailed, climbed mountains and led a very active life. In 1991 he started to develop a long term pain problem and went into a dark place for some time. He had lost his job, home, partner and with them his hopes and dreams for the future. 

In 2004 Antony found the Expert Patient Programme and he found a huge benefit from the course and learning to be a self manager of his conditions. He volunteers for Expert Patient Programme and began to come back to life. He applied for a job at the Expert Patient Programme and got it, that was his first paid work in 12 yrs.  Antony also got involved in his local health authority, then at a regional level and then at the Royal College of General Practitioners. He loved and still loves being able to make a difference which will help many. He got involved in healthcare research, mostly focused on patient safety. He was made redundant by the Expert Patient Programme and became self employed  for his work in research as a lay member. 

Antony is the chair of the charity Pain UK and has chaired the patient groups at the British Pain Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners - the latter awarded him an honorary fellowship for his work.

Antony loves his work, his passion comes from helping improve healthcare for everyone who has to use the service.  He still lives with pain and a number of other health conditions but he finds solace in his work and in cooking. 

Judith Paget CBE Judith Pagent

Chief Executive
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Judith was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in October 2014.  Judith joined the Health Board as Director of Planning & Operations on 1st October 2009 and subsequently became Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CEO before her appointment as Chief Executive. 

Judith has worked in the NHS since 1980 and has undertaken a variety of operational, planning and commissioning roles in a number of NHS organisations across south, mid and west Wales. Judith was appointed to her first CEO role in April 2003.  Judith has a keen interest in partnership working across public services; primary care and community development; value based healthcare and staff development and engagement. 

Judith was awarded a Companionship of the Institute of Health Service Managers in 2012 and in June 2014 won the Institute of Directors – Director in Public Service Award for Wales.  In June 2019 Judith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to delivery and management in NHS Wales.

Rebecca Richards Rebecca Richards

NHS Wales Finance Academy

Joining NHS Wales in 1990 as a national Financial Management and Accountancy Trainee, Rebecca has held a number of positions across South Wales.  These include being the Director of Finance of two Health Boards for a combination of 14 years.

For 18 months from July 2014, Rebecca held the position of Chair of the All Wales Directors of Finance during which she actively supported the creation of the NHS Wales Finance Academy, taking personal leadership of the Partnerships Programme.

In April 2016 Rebecca took a unique personal development opportunity to work in Aneurin Bevan Health Board as Associate Director of Finance for 1 year during which she completed the Value Based Healthcare Programme at Harvard Business School.

Appointed as the Director of the NHS Wales Finance Academy in March 2017, Rebecca has a drive for the Academy to be leading edge in the development of finance people and functions with the ambition for all NHS Wales finance staff to continuously add value to the organisations we support and the population we serve in Wales.

Notable highlights since being in post have included delivering the keynote address at the launch of Rolls-Royce plc’s own Finance Academy and supporting the Finance Academy to win both the 2018 Leading Wales Organisational Award for Inspiring Great Leadership and 2019 Public Finance UK Award for Finance Training and Development Initiative.  The part of the role Rebecca has enjoyed the most has been the process of researching, creating and overseeing the delivery of a number of high profile development programmes for finance staff in NHS Wales.

Rebecca has numerous outside interests including being member of Cardiff National Ice Skating Club and playing a variety of musical instruments. More recently Rebecca started a “TIN ON THE WALL” foodbank collection initiative within her local village to provide much needed support to people in need during the pandemic.

Michelle PriceMichelle Price

Consultant Therapist for Stroke and Neurorehabilitation, Powys Teaching health Boards
Clinical Lead for the Neurological Conditions Implementation Group

Michelle is a physiotherapist by profession. She has specialised in stroke and neurological conditions for over 25 years, working in a number of organisations in Leeds, London and has been based in Wales for the last 20 years.

She was a programme manager with NLIAH (now Improvement Cymru) on a Wales stroke improvement collaborative for 2 years and has been in her current role in Powys for 9 years.



Claire Green Claire Green

Assistant Director
Finance Delivery Unit

Claire is a senior finance leader within the NHS Wales Finance Delivery Unit, an independent organisation within NHS Wales established to drive financial improvement and delivery. Part of that brief includes supporting organisations to identify and deliver efficiency and productivity improvements, reducing waste, harm and unwarranted variation, and ultimately transforming services through moving from an efficiency focused approach in isolation to one of effectiveness, delivering high quality services based on outcomes that matter to patients.  

Claire has significant experience in financial management of acute services, secondary care and productivity & efficiency within NHS Wales, and is the lead for the Unit’s National Efficiency & Variation Framework. The Framework is the core source of intelligence to optimise resource utilisation within NHS Wales, and Claire is the lead for the frameworks development and implementation.

One of the Unit’s priorities is supporting Welsh Government and the National Clinical Lead in the development of Value Based Health Care across Wales, in particular developing national intelligence and insight, and providing capacity and capability to support Local Health Boards. Claire plays a lead role in this area supporting local Health Board Programme development alongside implementation and expansion of the national plan.

Jenni Washington Jenni Washington

Information Specialist
Health Technology Wales

Following a degree in Mathematics, a love of reading set Jenni on the path of Librarianship and Information Science. Her understanding of set theory and a logical mind makes her ideally suited to online searching. She worked as an Information Scientist for the Ministry of Defence, the consumer goods industry and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, before finding a home at Health Technology Wales.