Chairman: Professor Ian Cumming OBE
Ian started his career in the NHS as a Scientist and, after qualifying, worked in the field of hereditary coagulation disorders before moving into NHS Leadership in 1990.
Since then Ian has held a variety of NHS general management posts including over 11 years as Chief Executive of acute hospital Trusts, three years as the Chief Executive of a healthcare commissioning organisation, and three years as the Chief Executive of the NHS in the West Midlands. From 2012 to 2020, Ian was Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE), the largest education and training organisation in the world, responsible for the education, training and development of the current and future NHS workforce.
Ian has a personal interest in both pre-hospital care and in sports medicine, an area in which he holds an MSc. Through his role with Health Education England Ian was keen to see the paramedic profession flourish. He is determined to keep the Trust at the forefront of developing patient care and embrace the future delivery of healthcare through the potential use of robotics, artificial intelligence, genomics, home-based clinical informatics and the ‘internet of things’ which will bring huge opportunities for WMAS together with the evolving role of paramedics in the delivery of healthcare away from their traditional role in 999 services; together these bring an array of exciting opportunities for WMAS.
In addition to his role as Trust Chairman, Prof. Cumming also holds roles as Professor of Global Healthcare Workforce and Strategy at Keele University and is the UK Senior Responsible Officer for Health in the Overseas Territories, and the NHS Global Workforce Ambassador. In 2003 Ian was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS and in 2010 Ian was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Ian has also been recognised with honorary degrees from 5 universities.
Ian has an interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine, is a qualified level 3 swimming coach, a keen snow skier and enjoys sailing and hill-walking.
Deputy Chair: Tony Yeaman
Tony has worked for both the Public and Private sector in the last 30 years and became a Non- executive director with the Trust in October 2006 and Vice Chair in 2010.
He started off in private practice training to be a solicitor and moved, continuing his career, to British Gas being there throughout the privatisation programme. After qualifying, he moved back into solicitors private practice specialising in complex personal injury claims.
He later joined the health service and served as one of a team of Regional Solicitors to a large Regional Heath Authority based in Hampshire, advising on all aspects of the operation of the NHS. Following major reforms and six years service he contracted out and re-joined the private sector where, for the last 12 years, he has continued his specialism in health service related issues for two national law firms.
He has gained an MBA and served for several years as a Trustee to the Macfarlane Trust. He is noted in Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession as a leader in his field. He is married with 4 children and lives in Solihull West Midlands.
Non-Executive Director: Narinder Kaur Kooner
Narinder has been a local authority Councillor since 2006 and has held the prominent position of Assistant Leader of Birmingham City Council. Narinder is a Local Government Association Labour Peer and on the Executive of Sikh Council UK. She is also a qualified Neuro-Linguistics Programming Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider. Narinder was recognised as one of 350 influential Sikh Women across the world and has had numerous awards in recognition of her Leadership and Community Work.
Narinder was instrumental in shaping devolution in Birmingham and is passionate about tackling unemployment and supporting and empowering local community groups. She has strong links with businesses, voluntary, third sector and community organisations within the city.
She is a Director of Sikh Women’s Action Network (SWAN), an organisation which provides one to one support to victims of abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming. SWAN delivers workshops to raise awareness of the impact of abuse on families and children and works in partnership with statutory organisations to feed into policy, influence service delivery. Narinder also co-hosts a talk show on TV to address issues that exist within South Asian communities that are not openly discussed.
Non-Executive Director: Mohammed Fessal
Mohammed is no stranger to the Board having initially joined on the NExT Director scheme in 2019. The NExT scheme supports talented people to become the next generation of non-executives in the NHS.
As a qualified pharmacist, Mohammed has over 15 years of experience across the NHS, private and voluntary sectors. Currently Chief Pharmacist at CGL, a voluntary sector organisation specialising in substance misuse, homelessness, domestic violence and young people’s services, Mohammed is passionate about supporting the most vulnerable in society by empowering and tackling discrimination.
Mohammed is a member of the Advisory Council of Misuse of Drugs, which is an advisory non-departmental public body that makes recommendations to the Home Office on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs. He also works as a specialist advisor for the CQC, sits on the CQC Controlled Drugs National Sub-Group and is a member of the Approved Premises Governance Board.
Non-Executive Director: Wendy Farrington-Chadd
Wendy has over 25 years experience at Executive Board level within the NHS both in Finance and General Management, and has undertaken several Executive roles at Chief Executive and Finance Director level.
She has worked across the complete spectrum of the healthcare system both in hospital providers and in commissioning, and has experience in both England and Wales. Wendy joined the NHS through the National Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme in the North West and undertook several senior roles prior to obtaining Finance Director positions.
She has also undertaken several national and regional Chair and leadership roles including: Chairman of the West Midlands HFMA; lead Chief Executive for the National Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance; Chair of the Local Education and Training Committee informing workforce strategy for NHS providers, and Chair of NHS West Midlands Providers.
Wendy has worked as a Management Consultant since 2015 and supports the British Academy of Audiology as Consultant CEO, as well as undertaking Financial Turnaround and Strategic Consultancy assignments for the NHS and private sectors. She is also a qualified Executive Coach. Wendy lives with her husband Trevor near Shrewsbury in Shropshire and has two grown up children.
Non-Executive Director: Caroline Wigley
Caroline has over 25 years’ experience as a Director in the NHS both in Human Resources and general management. She joined the NHS as a National Graduate Management Trainee and has worked in a variety of health authorities and hospitals in the North of England before moving to Birmingham in 1987.
She had a brief spell working for Ernst & Young, Accountancy Management Consultants but re-joined the NHS in 1988 as Director of Personnel for Birmingham Health Authority and has since undertaken a variety of posts in Birmingham’s health services.
She was Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s Health Care Trust from 2000 to 2005. Her last role was Director of Leadership at West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) where she took early retirement in 2012.
She is a Fellow of the CIPD and a qualified coach. She left the West Midlands SHA on 31st October 2012 and is now a freelance consultant. Caroline lives in Worcester and has three grown-up children.
Non-Executive Director: Mushtaq Khan
Mushtaq is a legal consultant to corporates. He is a highly regarded solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience, including at a senior level as partner and head of department at top 50 national corporate law firm, Freeths LLP. He has worked with a wide range of enterprises spanning the private, public and the third sector.
Mushtaq is a former President of The Birmingham Law Society, the largest UK regional law society established in 1818. He has been highly recommended as a leading lawyer in the globally renowned directory on lawyers – Chambers & Partners UK.
He has been identified in the Birmingham Post, Power 250, as a senior figure who (with others!) is key to the future of Birmingham.
Mushtaq supports values led social businesses and is a board director (non-executive) at the Accord Group, one of the largest housing and social care organisations in the Midlands, with an annual turnover of c£120 million, an asset base of c£700+ million, providing over 13,000 affordable homes and health care support to 60,000 people and employing over 4,000 colleagues. He is a board director (non-executive) at the Birmingham Education Partnership, a charity and company (not for profit) that is focussed on school improvement through partnership works including contractual or commissioned work, membership services and traded activities to over 500 schools in Birmingham.