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Board of Shaw healthcare (Group)

Alun Thomas, Chairman

Alun ThomasAlun has had involvement with Shaw since May 1995 and was elected as Chairman for Shaw Group when it was formed in October 2006. Previous appointments include Honorary Treasurer of Swansea Cricket & Football Club, The Prince’s Trust and Swansea Festival of Music. Alun still holds the position of Honorary Treasurer at the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and the Welsh School in London.


Jeremy Nixey, CEO

Jeremy NixeyAfter reading Biology at Oxford, Jeremy taught at secondary level for four years and then worked as a priest in a Cardiff parish. He then set up the Secondary Housing Association for Wales (SHAW) which created ten new Housing Associations in Wales and at one stage was developing a fifth of all new social Housing in Wales. Shaw was asked by the NHS to develop and then to manage a small specialist care home. Other NHS orders followed and Jeremy then split off the care and development business into a separate exempt charity; The Shaw Foundation (formerly known as Shaw Homes). This won many tenders to develop and operate care homes and hospitals for Councils and the NHS. In 2006 he led the management buy-out of the business and its conversion into a staff owned company. The buy-out price became the £15 million cash endowment of a separate charity which gives grants and loans for health and care purposes.


Suzanne Hughes, Deputy CEO

Having qualified and worked in acute hospitals as both a general and theatre nurse Suzanne later worked as a community nurse covering a large rural community. She then managed a number of care homes for an independent care operator before moving to Herefordshire Council to lead the development of the Council’s intermediate care services. In 2004 she joined Shaw as Regional Manager and in 2011 she became Director of Quality and Care responsible for the Quality of Care in all Shaw’s 75 separate care services and at the same time helped research and launch My Care My Home.


Russell Brown, Chief Financial Officer

Russell BrownRussell joined the board of Shaw healthcare (Group) in August 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. Russell previously held a number of senior positions in the Automotive Logistics and Construction industries, including being Group Finance Director of a c£200m turnover public company and Managing Director of a c£150m turnover UK logistics company. Russell attained a BSc from Loughborough University and is professionally qualified both as a chartered management accountant and a chartered tax advisor. His responsibilities include Finance, Property Services, Payroll & IT.


Helen Black, Non-executive Director

Helen BlackHelen served in a number of senior Social Care roles within local government for over 35 years and was a trustee of several charities, including Chair of Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS).

She brought her significant knowledge and experience relating in particular to learning disabilities and Social Care generally to her role as a Social Care consultant. She worked from 2006 until 2010 offering her expert advice and support to a number of local authorities and NHS organisations including Birmingham City Council, Cheshire County Council, Denbighshire County Council and N.E. Essex PCT.

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