The team is made up of interested parties from across a variety of organisations. It is headed up by Executive Chair Professor Richard Parish CBE and Deputy Chair Jan Sobieraj.
Chair Professor Richard Parish CBE
A biologist by background with a special interest in population biology, Richard has worked in public health or higher education for most of his professional life. Formerly an NHS Chief Executive, Richard has also held senior academic posts in several universities and was Principal of the first NHS multidisciplinary higher education college.
Deputy Chair Jan Sobieraj
Jan is currently Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He joined the Trust from the NHS Leadership Academy, the national hub created to develop outstanding leadership in health to improve people’s health and their experience of the NHS. He has over 24 years’ experience in the NHS of which 13 years have been as chief executives for various organisations including an acute hospital trust and a commissioner.
Graham Biggs MBE
Graham is the Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network (RSN) – England’s largest national membership organisation relating to services to rural communities.
Graham has been the Chief Officer/Executive of the network since its formation in the early 2000’s and of SPARSE- Rural for some five years before that.
Professor Mike Hannay
Mike is Managing Director of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and Chair of the national AHSN network.
Dr Rashmi Shukla CBE
Rashmi is Director for Public Health England (PHE), Midlands and East region. The region covers the areas of West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England with a population of over 16 million and includes 35 unitary and upper tier local authorities.
Dr Debbie Freake
Dr Debbie Freake is currently Director of Integration at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Debbie worked as a GP in the North East for many years and since 2001 has carried out a variety of Board-level clinical and managerial roles in both commissioning and provider organisations. Over the years her passion has been for clinical service redesign and transformation.
Dr John Wynn-Jones
Dr John Wynn-Jones has been a rural GP in Wales for 37 years. He has now retired from clinical practice but still continues to work part time at Keele University and with RuralWonca. He trained at Guy’s Hospital London 1969-75 but after finishing his GP training returned to his native Wales to work in a rural practice in Montgomery on the Welsh borders
Director of Operations Ivan Annibal
Ivan is Managing Director of Rose Regeneration. He developed the company 10 years ago, following 15 years in public service in Lincolnshire, working with West Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire Training and Enterprise Council and Lincolnshire County Council. Subsequently he has undertaken consultancy commissions in all 9 local authority areas in Greater Lincolnshire.
Senior Research Fellow Dr Jessica Sellick
Jessica has been supporting the development of the National Centre since 2016. She undertook some of the initial research, interviewed key stakeholders, and presented her findings at a symposium in 2017 from which a clear way forward for the Centre was identified.
Director of Communications Anna Richards
Anna currently works in the communications and engagement team for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and has supported communications and marketing activity for the national centre since its inception.
Kay Purle is a Data Analyst at the Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre and Researcher for the National Centre for Rural Health and Care.
Professor Sian Griffiths
Professor Griffiths has practised as a service based public health physician at local, regional and national level in the UK, and worked as a senior academic in Hong Kong.