Our Board of Directors

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is run by a Board of Directors made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The Board has a responsibility to ensure the quality and safety of the services provided by the Trust and to deliver them in an effective, efficient and economical manner.

We have a team of eight executive directors who are responsible for the day to day running of our organisation.

Chief Executive: Marsha Foster

MF-1.jpgMarsha began her NHS career in 1995 via the NHS General Management Training Scheme. She then undertook a range of general management and service development posts within mental health services in Birmingham and Solihull, before project managing a number of NHS mergers.

Marsha was the project director for the formation of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust. Since then, she has developed a wide range of Board level experience, including operations, HR, communications and stakeholder engagement.

Marsha was appointed to the position of Chief Executive in January 2023.


Deputy Chief Executive: Chris Masikane 

Chris-Masikane.jpgChris started his career as a general nurse, qualifying in 1987 and he has a wealth of experience having worked in both acute, community and mental health services. He joined the Board at Black Country Partnership as Director of Operations in April, having previously been Divisional Director for Learning Disabilities and Children, Young People and Families. 

He is passionate about delivering high quality care and supporting the wellbeing of staff.

Chris was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive in November 2021. 


Chief Medical Officer: Dr Mark Weaver

Image of Doctor Mark WeaverMark qualified at Kings College Hospital Medical School in London, before returning to his Midlands roots to complete his postgraduate psychiatric training in Birmingham. He has been a consultant in general psychiatry in Walsall since 2004 and has been a senior medical manager since 2005. 

Mark was previously Medical Director at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. He is an alumnus of the Kings Fund Top Managers Programme and has a particular interest in leadership development and culture.



Chief Nursing Officer: Dean HowellsDean Howells

Dean joined Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust in January 2021. Dean has significant healthcare experience in the NHS, independent and charity healthcare sectors both as an Executive Director of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer.

Dean’s most recent NHS role was as Executive Director of Nursing, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and previously as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, providing leadership for over 5,000 nursing staff including diverse community services which resulted in a CQC rating of 'Outstanding' for care.

Dean also has considerable experience of providing specialist High Secure Mental Health Services having held the role of Director of Nursing for the forensic services based at Rampton Hospital where he professionally led and supported the development of complex forensic care pathways across all levels of security and National High Secure Services.

Dean’s passion focuses on quality service user care and the development of a well-supported, compassionate and caring clinical teams. He has a range of portfolios including professional leadership, CQC regulatory compliance, service user and carer involvement, quality improvement, safeguarding and infection, prevention and control.

Dean was also appointed a Queen’s Nurse in 2014, in recognition of his commitment to high standards of clinical practice and service user-centered care.

Dean is a honorary Professor of Clinical Practice at Wolverhampton University, West Midlands.


Chief Finance Officer: Georgina DeanGeorgina.jpg

Georgina has worked in the NHS since 2007 after nine years at Price Waterhouse Coopers where she worked with NHS organisations focusing on financial improvement and turnaround.

She has extensive experience in finance working across mental health and acute specialist providers and more recently at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Georgina has also led IT, performance and Informatics teams, developing and implementing a digital strategy. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England Wales.




Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer: Kuli Kaur-Wilson

Image of Kuli Kaur WilsonKuli began her NHS career in HR management, before moving onto service planning and transformation. She joined Black Country Partnership NHS FT in 2004, having previously worked for Wolverhampton PCT.

Kuli, who is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan Programme, was appointed to her first director post in June 2019, when she became Interim Director of Strategy at BCP before being appointed as permanent during the merger of the two organisations.

Chief People Officer: Ashi Williams

Image of Ashi WilliamsAshi has 14 years’ experience working in the NHS, in both provider and commissioner settings. She has an MSc in HR Management and Business, and is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development. She is also a member of the West Midlands HPMA Committee supporting the development of HR and OD professionals.

Ashi is passionate about ensuring people have the right skills and resources to do their jobs well, and that their health and wellbeing is looked after.


Chief Clinical Information Officer: Dr Laura McGowan Laura.png

Laura is a clinical psychologist who works within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Wolverhampton. Her appointment as CCIO is an important step forward as the organisation looks to launch a new digital strategy, ensuring that the needs of patients are at the heart of it. 

Non-executive directors (NEDs) are members of the Trust’s Board of Directors, but don’t form part of the management team. They provide an independent oversight at Trust Board meetings and on committees.

Chair: Jeremy Vanes

Image of Jeremy VanesJeremy was appointed as joint chair of both organisations on 1 October 2019 and took over as chair of Black Country Healthcare on 1 April 2020. 

Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Trust having spent his 29 year career within health services, public services and the voluntary sector. He was previously chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and stepped down at the end of March 2019 having served as chair for 5 years, and a NED for 8 years – a total of 13 years, which is the maximum time allowed by statute.

Jeremy is a chartered manager with diplomas in health and social care and public service leadership. He has been chief executive at four voluntary sector organisations (in Dudley, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Wolverhampton) since 1992.


Vice-chair: Joy Jeffery

Image of Joy JeffreyJoy is a registered nurse and health visitor, but is currently self-employed as an external policy consultant to the NHS, providing strategic policy advice, developing quality measures, leading strategic implementation and service review and redesign.

Joy has gained extensive experience of clinical leadership at both strategic and operational levels in the NHS, and was most recently employed as Executive Head of Nursing and Quality at the former Sandwell PCT and successor Black Country PCT Cluster.


Non-Executive Director: Dr Janet BaileyJanet-Bailey-web].png

Janet has over 40 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse.  She has extensive knowledge and leadership experience gained by working at operational and strategic level across health, social care, public services, the independent and voluntary sectors, as well as expertise and skills in Higher Education as a teacher, practice lead and researcher.  She has Masters’ degrees in Advanced Nursing Practice and Mental Health Law, and a Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing.  

Janet lives locally and has worked across the Black Country for many years.  She was appointed in November 2021 and will take up her role in January 2022.


Non-Executive Director: David MoonDavid Moon, Non-Executive Director

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has an MBA. He has worked in healthcare for over 35 years with over 20 years’ experience on boards of NHS or related bodies.

David is currently a part-time Management Consultant advising on strategic finance working for SWFT Clinical Services Ltd supporting the Foundation Group (South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, George Eliot NHS Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust) as well as supporting other NHS bodies.

His most recent NHS role was as Chief Finance and Strategy Officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Prior to that he was a Director of Health Value for Money at the National Audit Office.

David is a Trustee of Shipston Home Nursing and a Non-Executive Director of Innovate Healthcare Services Ltd.



Non-Executive Director: Shaukat Ali

Shaukat has over 27 years' experience working in health, local authorityImage of Shaukat Ali and voluntary sector organisations, and has an in-depth understanding of the NHS. He is currently the shadow cabinet member for Public Health and Adult Social Care, and has been an elected member in Dudley for the past 21 years.

Shaukat has previously worked in director roles at Dudley Citizens Advice Bureaux and St Thomas’s Community Network, as well as being deputy leader of the council, and has held various cabinet positions including regeneration and economic development, social services, housing and finance.


Non-Executive Director: Alison Geeson

Alison has extensive professional experience within nursing, nursingImage of Alison Geeson leadership, senior management, leading investigations and developing nursing education. She is currently a senior lecturer in mental health nursing at University of Wolverhampton, and her nursing career spans 29 years within the NHS. 

Alison previously worked as a head of nursing at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - one of the two organisations that came together to form Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and has vast experience in partnership working at clinical, operational and strategic levels. 

She is also an executive member of the Royal College of Nursing, taking responsibility for the development of delivery of local learning events across the Black Country. 


Associate Non-Executive Director: Nabil JamNabil Jamshed.jpgshed

Nabil has over 20 years of experience working in the NHS and, internationally, with the Ministry of Public Health and other health agencies in Qatar.

Nabil has operating experience of working with a variety of boards in facilitating the development of effective governance structures and successful board dynamics. He has first-hand experience in introducing constructive governance and risk management models, development of national policy and strategy, working with a number of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and understanding and experience of dealing with complex IT systems.

In his current role, Nabil works with a number of NHS organisations and other sectors such as the English Cricket Board and charities, helping with governance and risk management developments and improvements.

As the elected member of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) Scientific Planning Committee Nabil contributes to wider European health care management developments. He has a personal interest in the inclusion agenda and has led various developments within the NHS to support the Equality Diversity and Inclusion efforts and served as a co-chair of the NHS staff BAME network.


Non-Executive Director: Saba GondalSaba Gondal.png

Saba is an accomplished transformational leader with extensive experience in the public and private sector including the NHS, local authorities, strategic comminissioning and the education sector.

A local resident and passionate supporter of public services, Saba is keen to bring innovative approaches to organisational transformation in order to address inequalities and modernise services. 

In the last few years, Saba has been working with active investors, in a consultant capacity and co-investor to develop a range of businesses. She has a track record of developing and delivering highly effective strategies in complex environments to turnaround services and build reputation for quality.


Non-Executive Director: Roger Dunshea Roger Dunshea (2).JPG

Roger started his NHS career as a student nurse in Glasgow. Over the years he developed his career in clinical , operational and financial management. This has included growing his expertise in regulatory systems, governance and service delivery.

In recent years he has completed successful terms as an independent audit committee member with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Medical Research Council and as a lay member of the General Chiropractic Council.

His final term as a non-executive with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust concludes in March next year.

Membbers of the public are invited to attend the Trust's virtual public meeting. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22 February 2023 and will take place face to face. 

Members of the public or press can view the full agenda and papers for this meeting here

Members of the public and press are also encouraged to submit questions on the agenda 1 to the Trust Secretary, Katrina Smith at k.smith136@nhs.net

Board of Directors Register of Interests

2023 Trust Board Meeting Papers

2022 Trust Board Meeting Papers

2021 Trust Board Meeting Papers

2020 Trust Board Meeting Papers