Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board appoints Non-Executive Directors to help shape the future of health and care for local people

Four Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to the new Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board (BSW ICB) to oversee the development and planning of integrated health and care services for the local population.

The Non-Executive Directors appointed are as follows:

Dr Claire Feehily – Non-Executive Director for Audit

Dr Feehily is a qualified accountant, holds an MBA and has particular expertise in financial and risk governance and in helping organisations to engage properly with those who use services and learn from what they say. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust and a member the Board of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. She has previously been Chair of Healthwatch Gloucestershire. Claire trained as an accountant in local government, becoming Director of Finance at the City of Westminster and Assistant Director of Social Services and Assistant County Treasurer at Essex County Council. She has more than 30 years’ experience at executive and non-executive levels across the public and charitable sectors and has non-executive experience serving on three NHS boards since 2010.

Julian Kirby – Non-Executive Director for Public and Community Engagement

Julian is a Wiltshire resident and has been Governing Body Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement at Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BSW CCG) since 2018. He currently chairs both the Quality and Performance and Finance Committees. Previously he was a Police Officer in the Wiltshire Constabulary, fulfilling many senior roles including Divisional Commander. In 2010 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police, one of the largest and busiest police forces in the country. On retiring from policing in 2014 he joined Age UK Salisbury as CEO where he was responsible for merging that charity with Age UK Wiltshire & Swindon in 2016 and leading the new organisation until 2020.

Suzannah Power – Non-Executive Director for Remuneration and People

Suzannah has many years’ Board level experience. She started her career in political research and has since worked in marketing, customer research and international education. She has been an advisor on seven NICE Guideline Development Groups, a member of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Council and is a current member of the BHF Data Science Centre CVD-COVID UK Approvals and Oversight Board.  Her NHS experience includes roles in acute trusts, community trusts and commissioning organisations. She was previously Deputy Chair and Lay Member for Primary Care Commissioning at BSW CCG.

Professor Rory Shaw – Non-Executive Director for Quality & Performance

Professor Shaw trained as a physician at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School and has been Medical Director of three NHS Trusts: Northwest London Hospitals NHS Trust, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Hammersmith Hospital NHS Trust. He was also Imperial College Professor of Respiratory Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in London. In 2001 he was appointed by the then Minister of Health as the first Chairman of the National Patient Safety Agency and more recently was Medical Director of Healthcare UK within the Department of International Trade. He currently holds non-executive roles with two medical technology companies.

Stephanie Elsy, Chair designate of the BSW ICB said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome such an experienced and knowledgeable group of Non-Executive Directors to the BSW ICB at such an exciting and challenging time for our local health and care system.

“They will play a key role on our emerging Board, helping to oversee our health and care services and making sure that, together, we do the best we can for people and communities across BSW.

“We have a strong record of delivery and improvement and are proud of what we have achieved together as a partnership during the pandemic. I look forward to the extra insight and vision that they will bring.”

Integrated Care Boards are set to be established by the government as part of changes to the way health and care services are overseen. Subject to Parliamentary approval, they will be put on a statutory footing from July 2022.

ICBs will be responsible for the planning of health and care services, allocating resources, ensuring services are in place to deliver against ambitions and overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the local population. The BSW ICB will be part of the BSW Partnership Integrated Care System, continuing to work with partners in health, care, local authorities and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector.

The BSW ICB is also recruiting for an additional post of Non-Executive Director for Finance. More details of this role can be found at the following web page, deadline for applications is 14 March 2022: