Welsh wound Innovation Centre

Board members

Maureen Fallon: RGN, BSc, MBA, IA

Chief Operating Officer

Maureen has spent over 25 years in the NHS in clinical, academia and managerial roles in NHS England and Wales.  She graduated as a Registered General Nurse from King’s College London and went on to obtain a First Class Honours BSc degree.  In 1995, Maureen obtained an MBA at Cardiff Business School and more recently she has qualified as an Improvement Advisor from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Boston.
Currently, Maureen has a dual role; working with the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre (WWIC) as Chief Operating Officer and also as a Senior Improvement Officer in Welsh Government responsible for the implementation of Recommendation 2 of the Flynn Report ~ summarily the development and implementation of a robust reporting system for deep pressure ulcers (Grade III; IV and unstageable) within the Care Home sector in Wales.  Up until August 2016, Maureen held an Assistant Director post in Cardiff & Vale UHB for Clinical Innovation and Improvement and was pivotal to significant service transformation developments across the UHB as well as having a responsibility for building improvement capacity and capability.

 Maureen joined WWIC in April 2015 with a specific remit of strengthening the managerial infrastructure and developing and delivering a successful and sustainable operational plan.  With an extensive and varied experience at clinical, educational, research & development and managerial levels, Maureen has a broad skill set which ideally lends itself to developing the first Wound Healing Centre in the World.  WWIC, as a not-for-profit company is designed to be an interface between Industry; Academia and the NHS to effectively innovate and improve the care of patients with wounds.  Building on this platform, Maureen’s role at WWIC is providing a route map for clinical innovation in the NHS in terms of the governance, contractual and operational management of a not-for-profit business working effectively and in partnership with the private, academic and public sector organisations.

Professor Keith Harding: CBE FRCGP FRCP FRCS FLSW

Medical Director

Keith has had a longstanding interest in wound healing.  He has undergone training in both general surgery and general practice.  He was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit in 1991.  From 2011 – 2013 he was Director of TIME Institute (Translation, Innovation, Methodology and Engagement) and Head of Wound Healing Research Unit, School of Medicine, Cardiff University and Clinical Lead for Wound Healing in the Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. 

In September 2013 he was appointed as Dean of Clinical Innovation at Cardiff University and in 2014 was appointed as Medical Director of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre.  His clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems with a wide range of aetiologies. He holds external professorial appointments at universities in the UK and Australia.

He has authored over 350 publications in the field of wound healing and has written a number of chapters and books in this area.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Wound Journal published by Wiley.  He was the First President of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, First Recorder of the European Wound Management Association and is a Past President of the European Tissue Repair Society.  He was Chair of the International Working Group on Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Disease, Chair of the Expert Working Group that produced a range of International Consensus Documents from 2004 – 2011.  Has obtained funding of over £45 million from a range of academic, commercial and clinical sources since the Wound Healing Research Unit was created in 1991. 

Keith was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours list in January 2013 for Services to Medicine and Health Care.  In 2013 he was awarded £4.2 million to set up the Welsh Wound Innovation Initiative, part of which has enabled the setting up of the first Wound Healing Centre in the World.  The centre is designed to coordinate academic activity, both in terms of teaching and research, in addition to providing a coordinated approach to the care of patients with wounds.  In 2014 he was awarded the The Learned Society of Wales Fellowship.

Andrew Lewis: ACA, BSc

Finance Director

Andrew has been Director of Finance of WWII Ltd since April 2014 and currently works one day per week managing all aspects of the company’s finances and helping to advise on performance management. Separately, Andrew has been running his own management consultancy business since July 2013, specialising in advising public sector organisations how to improve value for money.
Previously, Andrew was Director of Innovation and Improvement at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (UHB) from February 2010 to June 2013 reporting to the Board and its Committees on performance, performance improvement, innovation, audit and IT. He led a service improvement team, performance team, IT and informatics team and internal audit, consisting of 200 staff and a revenue budget of £5m. He was also more latterly responsible for commercial developments (including charitable fundraising), focussing on the development of a UHB policy for commercial income generation and developing business plans for IP projects, commercial clinical trials and ‘spin out’ companies.The UHB received a national Wales NHS award in 2012 for the development of its Improvement Faculty in collaboration with Cardiff University (in particular the School of Medicine).
Prior to joining C&V UHB, Andrew was Acting Chief Executive of the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare in Wales (NLIAH) and Chair of the Centre for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), leading an organisation of some 100 staff with a turnover of £99m. Results for 2008/9 were a significant return on investment from some 60 work programmes and improved non medical education commissioning arrangements within a balanced budget. He brokered strategic alliances with the third sector and a partnership with Remploy resulted in a joint bid for ESF funding of £25m for a well being in work project which was approved.
Andrew worked for the Audit Commission for 20 years, signing off public sector accounts and undertaking value for money studies across the whole range of local authorities and health organisations services.


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