UHUK Appoint NEDs

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Submitted by Sarah Fletcher on Fri, 21/06/2019 - 11:26

UHUK are delighted to announce that further to the Directors Meeting held 12th June, we have now appointed four UHUK NEDs as follows:

  • Tonia Culpin, Chief Executive, LCW UCC
  • Nigel Gazzard, Managing Director, BrisDoc
  • Brian Jones, Chief Executive, PELC
  • Fay Wilson, Chief Executive and Medical Director, Badger

Tonia, who was one of the existing NEDs said, "I believe that the NEDs add value to the Board and give a real feel for the issues and challenges we face in delivering urgent care. I have previously supported John with member issues and in developing our on-going dialogue with key decision makers at Advanced; securing a commitment to continue to work with UHUK to work on member priorities for the coming period. I support Simon in working with Audit SW to develop the audit benchmark and transition to the current framework that align to CQC standards.  Additionally we worked  through the consultation regarding CQC’s new cycle of visits and debates regarding their approach to regulation that relates to Integrated Urgent Care across multi-provider organisations." 

Nigel is a founding member of BrisDoc Healthcare Services which evolved from a GP Co-op in 2005. Nigel's vision as a NED is, "to add value to UHUK strategy and the important “voice” representing and negotiating on behalf of all members on a national level. I hope to share insight and knowledge gained from leading BrisDoc and provide a “friendly challenge” to the Executive with a clear focus on progressing the development and success of UHUK."

Brian has recently been responsible for the recent turnaround of an Urgent Care Centre in East London. He said, "This is an exciting opportunity and one I that I grabbed with both hands. UHUK is fantastic organisation and this role will provide me with the opportunity to engage with policy at a national level. While my focus very much lies in putting the patient first, I also believe that often the starting point is to focus on organisational excellence. As a member of UHUK, I have seen first-hand just how much value it can add to its members. It is uniquely placed to help smaller social enterprises adapt and improve, so it is an honour to be invited to help steer this important organisation.”

Fay brings experience of a midland regional organisation, which retains opted-in members, yet has engaged in competitive tendering for contracts since 2004. As a current non-exec director of UHUK she is familiar with the needs of UHUK and keen to continue to contribute to its development and success.


Together the NEDs bring a great range of experience and a good geographical spread. We look forward to working with them and benefitting from the wealth of experience and skills which they will bring to our team.