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I have worked for the NHS for most of the last 30 years and have had the great privilege of holding the position of Chief Executive in Hywel Dda since January 2015. 

Much of my senior career has involved working in rural areas, including leading the Primary Care Trust in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and, for a short period, being the Area Director for Devon and Cornwall in NHS England. 

The time I spent in the private sector as Consulting Director for Health and Social Care Policy at ICF International gave me a fresh perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the NHS through a more international lens and I hope I have brought all this experience to bear in my current role.

I am a strong believer in the need to make our organisation the best it can be by supporting our staff to learn, develop and grow. We still have much to do in this regard, but I would like to see Hywel Dda be a fantastic place for people to develop and grow in their chosen career. By doing this, I know we will be able to go on providing the great care and support that our patients and their families need.

Rob is the professional lead for healthcare scientists in NHS Wales. He provides specialist technical and scientific health advice across a range of health sciences and health protection areas. He is a member of the National Diagnostics Board, UK Genome and UK Life Science Advisory Board.

During the Pandemic he led the Welsh Government scientific and technical response, establishing and co-chairing the Technical Advisory Group and was an active member of SAGE. Dr Orford is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Welsh Wastewater Programme and leads the Science Evidence Advice Division in Welsh Government. 

Previously working for Public Health England in rapid risk assessment for emerging health threats at a national and international level. By background Dr Orford is laboratory scientist working as post-doctoral research fellow in developmental biology and molecular oncology.

Jayne has worked in healthcare for over 30 years as a nurse and an educator. She is a published author and regularly speaks at conferences and events on the subject of Compassion Fatigue all over the UK.

EF Training is the only UK training organisation that provides quality, evidence-based training that pro-actively addresses the impact of Compassion Fatigue on individuals and organisations. 

Having experienced compassion fatigue herself Jayne is acutely aware of the emotional impact that working in any caring role has. She is committed to raising awareness about Compassion Fatigue and is campaigning for emotional health and safety to be seen as having equal status to physical health and safety in every industry across the UK.

Dr Phillip Wardle trained in Clinical Radiology on the All Wales Specialist Training Scheme before completing two years of MSK Radiology fellowship in Melbourne, Australia.  He currently splits his time as Director of National Imaging Academy Wales and a Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, based at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Phillip has held a number of local and national leadership positions including the Clinical Lead for the National Imaging Academy Development, Clinical Lead for MSc Medical Ultrasound award at University of South Wales, Clinical Director (Radiology) at Cwm Taf UHB and until recently, the RCR Regional Specialty Advisor and Co-Chair of the National Imaging Programme’s Imaging Essential Services Group.  

He continues to be part of the National Imaging Strategy Programme Board and the RCR Standing Welsh Committee.

Jo joined GE back in 2015 as a molecular imaging application specialist and for the past two years has been helping define GE HealthCare Education strategy, listening to our radiographers and their needs.

Saja is a pharmacist by training who also completed a PhD in Cell and Drug Delivery in UCL School of Pharmacy in 2020.

She then went on to work for a period of time as an Area Manager in Amazon managing its operations, staff and projects.

Saja joined WHSSC in 2022 as the PET programme manager to facilitate the running of the programme.

The programme is funded by Welsh Government who endorsed the all-Wales PET Programme Business Case in 2021, to transform PET-CT (PET combined with a computerised tomography scan) services in Wales.

Sikha is a Consultant in Public Health working with Screening Division of Public Health Wales.

Sikha has a particular interest in equity and accessibility, and this is a strong theme running through all of her work. 

Louisa has been a Radiographer for 18 years and has specialised in CT Colonography since 2010. Louisa has completed a Post Graduate Certificate course in CT Colonography (2017) and MSc Advancing Professional Practice (2021) at Keele University. Louisa currently undertakes CTC training and independently reports CTC examinations.

As an Advanced Practice Radiographer Louisa has steered the CT Colonography service within her current hospital reducing waiting times and improving patient experience. Her current role involves working with the Radiology Cancer Navigator and Radiology Superintendents to ensure patients are seen within the pathway timelines and cancer treatment times remain within target. Louisa is also working with National Imaging Academy, HEIW and Agored Cymru to build an accredited CT Colonography course for Radiographers within Wales to maintain standards of competency in line with the SCoR Standards for CT Colonography.

Finalist in NHS Wales Awards 2018, Advancing Healthcare Awards (AHA) 2018, British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards 2019 and currently Project Lead for the Radiology Pathway Navigation project in conjunction with Bevan Commission.

Sarah is a Radiology Cancer Navigator with 19 years of Radiology experience in cross sectional imaging. She previously held the post of CT Superintendent, which included coordinating CT imaging, developing standards and protocols, and training CT Radiographers.

Sarah spearheaded the implementation of the Cardiac CT service at the Princess of Wales Hospital, with the first GE Apex scanner in the UK, and regularly undertakes teaching for radiologists and radiographers in abdominal and cardiac scanning.

Sarah’s new role of Radiology Cancer Navigator involves working alongside Radiology Modality Superintendents and Radiologists, as well as the wider clinical teams involved in cancer services including cancer nurse specialists, MDT coordinators, consultants and cancer service managers.

This coordinated approach ensures patients pathways are streamlined with scans and diagnosis provided promptly for MDT discussion, ensuring cancer treatment target times are met. 

Sarah has a patient centred approach to her work and dedicates her time to ensuring services are provided first and foremost for the patient and their needs.

I have been a HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer for over 10 years, during which time I have worked in general radiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and paediatric imaging facilities.

I have been fortunate enough undertake numerous post graduate education qualifications to enhance my practice, including an MSc in Forensic Radiography and the Certificate of Competence in Intra-Orbital Foreign Body Reporting for MRI. I hold current membership to the Society of Radiographers and the International Association of Forensic Radiographers, and in addition I hold FHEA status.

Throughout my clinical career I have had a passion for enthusing and educating the future radiography workforce and subsequently began new roles as a part time Academic Lecturer for the Master of Chiropractic programme at the University of South Wales, teaching radiation physics and radiographic technique, and more recently as an Academic and Clinical Lecturer in the School of Healthcare Science at Cardiff University, where I contribute to both the academic and clinical teaching of student radiographers.

In my current role at Cardiff University I have been involved with the development of improving the clinical learning provision and have subsequently developed the concept of a simulated clinical placement. I have been fortunate enough to be awarded an RCBC Wales First into Research fellowship to support the completion of a research project exploring the perceptions of students of simulated placements as a means to increase placement capacity. My other areas of interest include MRI, improving the student educational experience, forensic imaging, and patient centred care.

Jonathan was an undergraduate student at Bangor University 20 years ago and after qualification worked in hospitals in Merseyside and Chester. He returned as a lecturer at Bangor University and is now programme lead for radiography.

Jonathan has a keen interest in student engagement, taking an active role in ensuring students play an active part in their learning and in developing skills to last throughout careers whilst also ensuring levels of professionalism remains a key priority during this journey as a student radiographer. 

Jonathan has a background as an MRI radiographer and continues to practice on the bank within the NHS. He is a fellow of the higher education academy and is now working towards senior fellowship. He is currently enrolled on a PhD with a specific focus on radiographers' knowledge and understanding of MSK injuries in cross-sectional imaging. 

Amy has over 20 years’ experience across both health and education sectors. Following qualification from Lancaster, Amy worked as a Radiographer within the NHS. She joined the independent sector in 2006 working on early mobile PET and then PET-CT units.

In 2010 Amy took up a post in Higher Education as a Lecturer, subsequently moving into a quality and governance position.

In 2022, Amy joined the Education team at the Society and College of Radiographers. She is responsible for supporting the educational needs of the workforce through the programmes of education the College approve, and individuals they accredit, to maintain and continue to develop world leading standards of professional practice and patient care in Radiography.

Amy has published widely in both health and education journals, disseminating research nationally and internationally. Her research interests include signature pedagogies, storytelling in healthcare, online learning, curriculum design and frameworks. 

Dr Davies Is the UK Medical Director and Head of Body Imaging Europe for Telemedicine Clinic and has 18 years’ experience as a consultant radiologist in the NHS in south Wales prior to joining TMC in 2019.

He has a specialist interest in interventional and oncological radiology and held various national roles including the Regional Specialty advisor for training in Wales (Royal College of Radiologists), member of the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training committee (RCR), Lead Radiologist and Lead QA of the Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (WAAASP), Associate Medical Director of Cancer Diagnostics and the Clinical Lead of the Early Cancer Diagnosis Programme, Wales Cancer Network and member of the Clinical Advisory Panel for CRUK.

Ruby has been a member of the Everlight Team for just shy of a year and has expanded from the Customer Success role into Account Management. The focal point of both roles has been to support  Welsh health boards in optimising their use of the service Everlight provides.

Ruby is Welsh herself and speaks the language, and this is where her passion for working with Wales derives. The priority for our Wales Account Manager is to build upon the relationship between Everlight and NHS Wales; focusing on turnaround times, ringfencing capacity and providing constant communications between each health board and the wider Everlight team.

With previous radiology experience, she understands the pressures each department faces on a personal level and strives to provide paramount support to each of your hospitals. This exposure, paired with five years of strong account and operational management across both the private and public healthcare corporations, is all the ammunition needed to build and better the partnership Everlight has with NHS Wales. 

Dawn has recently Joined the Everlight Team, where she holds the position of leading the Everlight Radiology Account Managers. Their pivotal role ensures that hospitals and Welsh health boards receive a supported and optimised experience when using Everlight Teleradiology services.

The Everlight team collaborate closely with health board radiology staff focusing on reporting capacity, clinical protocoling and adherence to radiology report turnaround times TAT including urgent overnight reporting.

Approaching two decades of rich experience in the radiology sector, Dawn has developed through leadership roles in radiology equipment and radiology IT at institutions such as GE Healthcare, Philips and Siemens Healthineers.

Beyond corporate contributions, she has actively participated in the broader radiology community. This includes attending various conferences as a speaker and serving as the AXREM Industry Representative for the NHS England COMARE 16 Report and serving a three-year tenure as an Industry Management Member for the BIR special focus group for Radiation Protection.