Board Directors

Graham Clarke, Chairman

Graham has a master’s degree in Biophysics, an MBA and also holds a professional financial qualification, gained when working for Deloitte LLP. He is currently a non-executive director of the NHS Health Research Authority and chairs its Audit & Risk Committee.

He is also a governing member of the Institute of Cancer Research, trustee and treasurer of CLIC Sargent Children’s Cancer and Independent Audit chair for Mind, the mental health charity. He has been CEO of a Cambridge University spin-out immunology business and prior to that, has worked in senior positions in the commercial sector within healthcare and life sciences.

David Archer, Chief Executive Officer

David joined Herts Urgent Care in June 2007 to assist in the creation of the organisation and lead the operational focus of delivering the new countywide service. His involvement with urgent care provision dates back to 1996 in North Yorkshire, where a number of organisations developed to become the largest GP Co-operative in the UK. Since then he has held a number of board level posts, leading on operations and development of different planned and unplanned care services. Most recently, he has led on the development of our nationally recognised NHS 111 service.

David is passionate about promoting innovation, the use of technology in healthcare and integration of services to deliver high quality, locally delivered care. David leads on the development of new services as well as focusing on the formation of new partnerships to support sustainable delivery of services.

Becky Turner, Director of HR and Communications

A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), Becky joined HUC in July 2008, to support the TUPE transfer of staff from Harmoni to HUC on a consultancy basis. Subsequently, Becky became a permanent member of staff and her role evolved resulting in her setting up the Human Resources function and policies. She is now Director of Human Resources and Communications.

Becky has 20 years of senior level international and UK strategic and operational experience in HR gained in various sectors including retail and manufacturing. She has gained extensive experience in major change environments with a focus on employee organisational development, team building and senior management recruitment.

Wendy Tankard, Chief Operating Officer

Wendy joined HUC in September 2017 from her previous role as Director of System Delivery and Resilience across North East Essex.

Wendy has extensive experience working in commissioner and provider roles, including urgent care, acute and community. As COO, Wendy is a member of the HUC Board and oversees the management and delivery of all our services by working closely with the Service Delivery teams and our Commissioners.

Dr Rafid Aziz, Medical Director
MBChB, MSc, MRCA, MRCGP

Rafid joined HUC in January 2017 as Clinical Lead for Hertfordshire. Rafid has led the clinical development of the service as IUC  Clinical Lead, working with the team to implement the new IUC service for Hertfordshire from June 2017. In September 2017, Rafid took over the role of Medical Director at HUC.

Rafid previously worked as Local Medical Director for the Out of Hours GP service for Luton and South Beds for many years. He is a General Practitioner with interest in training and supporting GPs.

In addition, Rafid is a GP Appraiser who performs appraisals to GPs as part of the GMC Revalidation. He also chairs our Integrated Quality Assurance Group.

 

Non-executive Directors

Michael Harrison, Non-Executive Director

Michael Harrison is the director of the Anglia Ruskin Clinical Trial Unit. He qualified as a pharmacist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospital and he worked as a hospital pharmacist for several Trusts in the South West before becoming a specialist cancer pharmacist. Mike studied for an MBA in Boston, USA, before returning to England to take up an operational management post in the Cancer Division at Cambridge University Hospital. In 2011, he was appointed as business and operations manager of the Cambridge Cancer Trials Centre (CCTC), overseeing a large portfolio of cancer research trials. In 2014 Mike moved to his current role at Anglia Ruskin University and joined HUC as a Non-executive Director in 2015. Mike lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.

Ian Kenward, Non-Executive Director

Ian received his law degree from Durham University before going on to become a qualified accountant. As an experienced executive, he also gained an MBA from Cranfield and a diploma in Marketing. After  working predominantly in finance roles, he joined AstraZeneca as Head of Finance for the UK Sales and Marketing Division. Since then he has worked at BT Global Services for 5 years, where he heads up the Public Sector Commercial Finance and Bid Management team. Ian has a Spanish speaking wife, three young children and a dog to keep him occupied. Recently, as well as struggling to learn Spanish he has become an athletics coach, which he hopes will provide the inspiration for doing something about his own fitness.

Dr Mark Sandler, Non-Executive Director

Dr Mark Sandler brings 28 years of experience as a full time GP working in Hertfordshire  and 4 years of experience working on the NHS Herts Primary Care Trust board providing a clinician’s perspective before joining HUC as a Non-executive Director in 2013. He sits on the Performance board to give a clinician’s insight into the clinical workload challenges presented in Out of Hours and to gain an overview of service working, whilst supporting the Clinical Directors and Bid team with a particular focus on developing primary care service bids.