Non-executive directors appointed for new NHS organisation

9 February 2022

Five new non-executive directors have been appointed as Kent and Medway prepares to take partnership working across health and care to the next level.

The Health and Care Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, is set to create a new NHS organisation and statutory local partnership of health and care organisations. Their purpose will be to:

  1. Improve outcomes (population health and care)
  2. Tackle inequalities in outcomes and access
  3. Enhance productivity and value for money
  4. Support broader social economic development

The NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board (ICB) will replace the current NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in July 2022. Today, 9 February 2022, Cedi Frederick, the ICB Chair-designate has named five critical appointments to the new board. Cedi said:

“We had tremendous interest in the non-executive roles and a very strong field of applicants to consider. I’m very pleased to have made five fantastic appointments and I’m looking forward to them all joining us from 1 March.

“Each of our new non-executives brings important individual skills and experience to the table. Collectively, their backgrounds cover voluntary organisations, housing, regeneration, clinical services, and leaders of NHS trusts and national health organisations. This is exactly the kind of diversity of perspective that we need to take partnership working to the next level for the benefit of people across Kent and Medway.”

The appointments are:

LizButler.pngElizabeth (Liz) Butler FCA is an experienced chair and non-executive director. Liz will take on the role of Audit Committee Chair for the ICB. Previously she has been Chair of Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust, Bromley Primary Care Trust and Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust; Board member of Hyde Housing Association, and Chair of their Audit Committee; Chair of the Audit Committees of the Royal College of Nursing and the Electoral Commission and a member of the audit committee of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 

Liz is a founder member of the University of Exeter Alumnae group, supporting female graduates through their professional careers, she has mentored several BAME managers on the NHS Next Director programme and regularly coaches and mentors aspiring non-executive directors.

ValerieLeVaillant.pngValerie Owen is a Chartered Architect, Town Planner, Development Surveyor and Environmentalist – expert in sustainable development and community regeneration. She is passionate about social justice and helping to tackle health and wider inequalities through good design.

Valerie has been an NHS non-executive on two trust boards and was a Sunday Times National NED of the Year in 2017. In her voluntary career, Valerie has worked with Girlguiding UK delivering community education programmes amongst in severely disadvantaged communities, and has worked with Muslim communities both nationally and internationally, helping girls and women reach their potential.

Valerie lives in Deal with her husband and three daughters. She has been a special needs foster parent and is now an adoptive parent.

HughMcIntyre.pngDr Hugh McIntyre is a Consultant Physician with 25 years of clinical management experience. A recent member of the South East England Clinical Senate Council he has contributed to the advancement of evidence-based care through local, national and international clinical guidance and standards and the development of integrated and multidisciplinary care programmes. 

Hugh is the current chair of a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards Committee and is a recent adviser to the NICE Board.

A published speaker, journal, academic and clinical service reconfiguration reviewer, Hugh has a developing interest in innovation in medicine and the intersection between this and philosophy and medical ethics.

AngelaMcNab.pngAngela McNab has a longstanding career in Health and Social Care spanning national policy, regulation and operational delivery.  She has extensive experience at Chief Executive-level, most recently at Camden and Islington Foundation Trust. Angela has a particular interest in developing positive and inclusive culture in organisations and in strategic leadership and she is a qualified executive coach. Angela will chair the ICB’s remuneration and people committee.

She has been Chief Executive at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, and has worked as Director of Public Health, Delivery and Performance, at the Department of Health. Angela also led the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for five years.

Angela was a longstanding member of the Council for the University of Kent and has chaired the Kent and Medway Medical School Partnership Board since its inception.

GurvinderSandher.pngGurvinder Sandher is chief executive of Kent Equality Cohesion Council and has worked in the in the voluntary sector in Kent since 1999. He established Cohesion Plus in 2008 and is currently its Artistic Director.

Gurvinder has worked extensively across Kent in partnership with community, faith and statutory sectors to promote community cohesion, engagement with diverse communities and to eliminate discrimination. He has worked extensively with Kent Police for over 20 years including roles as Chair of the County Independent Police Advisory Group and an independent member for the Police and Crime Panel.

Gurvinder also sits on a number boards at county level including the Youth Justice Board, Prevent Delivery Board and the Cultural Transformation Board. 

Welcoming the new appointments, Cedi added:

“The challenges we face across health and care in the years ahead are hugely complex. Recovery from the pandemic is one part of the puzzle, but there are many other longstanding issues that we need to take on. We have good examples of success and excellence in Kent and Medway, but also much more to achieve.

“The ICB is just one part of a system with different partners working at different levels to improve health and care for a diverse population. It’s not unlike a game of three-dimensional chess and will need a collective ambition and depth of expertise to succeed.

“We’re continuing to build the Board with the recruitment of our local authority and health partner representatives and executive director roles. We’re putting in place a strong team and watch this space for ways people across Kent and Medway can get involved in our work.”


  • Find out more about Kent and Medway’s developing integrated care system here.
  • All appointments to the NHS Integrated Care Board are designate at present and subject to the Health and Care Bill passing through Parliament and gaining Royal Assent. Find out more about the Bill’s passage through Parliament here.
Cedi Frederick ICB Chair

Cedi Frederick, NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board, Chair-designate.


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