Board of Directors

Mrs. Fiona Peel: DL, OBE

Chair

Fiona is a very experienced Chair with proven abilities in local and national level public sector governance. She has developed a portfolio career largely in the public sector and maintains a strong interest in developing strategies and delivering tangible results. As well as being the WWIC chair, Fiona holds a number of other roles including a lay member of the council for the General Optical Council, a trustee of Tenovus, the All Wales cancer charity, an independent manager for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to hear Mental Health hearings, and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Gwent.
In previous roles, Fiona has been the chair a number of organisations including Gwent Health Authority, Gwent Community & Mental Health Trust, the Cardiac Network Co-ordinating Group, the Cancer Services Co-ordinating Group and Cardiff Local Health Board.
In addition Fiona was previously a lay member of the Council for Cardiff University, a lay member for the General Medical Council, and was High Sheriff for South Glamorgan.
Fiona also has a commercial background having run a number of companies and is currently a Director of a bespoke name art company, and runs a bespoke Welsh travel business.

Mrs. Carolyn Donoghue:

Cardiff University

Carolyn has been College Registrar for the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Cardiff University since June 2013. Working closely with the Academic Pro Vice Chancellor she is responsible for the general management of the College which is the largest of the 3 Colleges in the University. As the College's senior professional services officer, she has responsibility for ensuring the delivery of effective support for the College's activities, working closely with colleagues both within the constituent schools and the professional services departments.

Prior to this she was Faculty Manager in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol for 8 years moving from a career in the NHS ranging from a Registered nurse to Training Officer and Hospital Manager.

She lives in Bristol, has 2 sons and enjoys travel and theatre.

Professor Ian Weeks: BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSC, FRCPath

Cardiff University

Ian is Dean of Clinical Innovation and currently Acting Head of the School of Medicine and also Associate Dean of Clinical Innovation for the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University.  He has undertaken research, development and manufacturing of novel biochemical diagnostic tests for human disease for over thirty years in academic, NHS and commercial environments. He has authored over 120 publications, books and patents.  Technologies of which he is an inventor have been licensed and used by global companies as the basis of in vitro clinical diagnostic tests many hundreds of millions of which are used annually worldwide.  His research has resulted in the formation of three spin-out companies. Research undertaken by Ian and colleagues earned a Queen's Anniversary Prize for the Medical School in 1998 and was also cited by Universities UK in 2006 as one of the top 100 life-changing discoveries of the past 50 years.  Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal College of Pathologists.

Professor Marc Clement:

Swansea University

Marc Clement was born in Llanelli, Wales. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Physics from Swansea University and a PhD in Laser Physics from Swansea University with the research undertaken at the Rutherford Laboratory. Marc then gained a Fellowship from the Royal Society to study at the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, in Paris. He has held several senior academic positions including being the Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales for six years before returning to become Executive Chair in the Institute of Life Science at the College of Medicine, Swansea University.
In 2014 Marc was invited to become Vice President of Swansea University with a specific role of developing major strategic projects; and more recently in October 2015, Marc was appointed as Dean of the School of Management, Swansea University. Marc has also held a number of public appointments serving on and chairing committees on behalf of Welsh Government and representing Wales on the UK Board of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Marc is an attempted entrepreneur having founded several businesses and is the named inventor of many patents in the field of medical devices.

Sir Roger Jones:

Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council 

Sir Roger Jones was born in Corwen, Denbighshire, and attended Bala Boys Grammar School. After graduating in pharmacy at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff, he took a masters degree in finance and economics at Bradford University
 
In 1968 Sir Roger Jones joined the Wellcome Foundation’s fast-track career development programme, working in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Soviet Union. In the early 80s he set up his own businesses and founded Penn Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Lansdales Pharmacies Ltd. He is also a former Governor of the BBC and former Chairman of the BBC Broadcasting Council for Wales. He has also chaired the Institute of Directors Wales, the Welsh Industrial Trust, the Welsh Development Agency and the National Trust’s Advisory Committee for Wales. Sir Roger was awarded an OBE in 1996 for his services to the pharmaceutical industry and was knighted in the 2005 New Year honours list.
 
Sir Roger Jones is Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Swansea University Council. He is also a member of the Court and of the Finance and Honorary Awards Committees and Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees. 
 

Professor Ceri Phillips:

Swansea University

Ceri is Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, where he is also Professor of Health Economics at Swansea Centre for Health Economics. He is the University non-officer member of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and a member of WWIC Board.

He was formerly a member of the Bevan Commission that initiated the notion of Prudent Healthcare in relation to the health system in Wales and of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. He has also been a member of NICE Programme Development Groups on a range of public health issues.

He is currently a member of the Panel asked by the Minister to review the NHS Workforce in Wales and was a member of the Panel that undertook the Review of Health Professions Education Investment.

He has undertaken commissioned work on the evaluation of programmes and interventions for a range of organisations, including government departments, health and social care authorities and pharmaceutical companies. 
 

Abigail Harries:

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

 
Abigail is the Executive Director of Planning at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Abigail joined the UHB in September 2013 from Welsh Government where she was the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Primary Care within the Department of Health and Social Services.   Prior to this, she spent four years in local government as the director with responsibility for social services, leisure, library, arts and adult learning services.   Before the venture into local government, Abigail spent 17 years in senior positions in the NHS across South Wales, latterly as the Chief Executive of the Local Health Board in the Vale of Glamorgan.   Abigail holds a  masters in integrated care and is passionate about delivering better care through collaboration with our partners.Abigail is the Executive Director of Planning at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Abigail joined the UHB in September 2013 from Welsh Government where she was the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Primary Care within the Department of Health and Social Services.
 
Prior to this, she spent four years in local government as the director with responsibility for social services, leisure, library, arts and adult learning services.
 
Before the venture into local government, Abigail spent 17 years in senior positions in the NHS across South Wales, latterly as the Chief Executive of the Local Health Board in the Vale of Glamorgan.
 
Abigail holds a  masters in integrated care and is passionate about delivering better care through collaboration with partners.

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