The Board

Alun Thomas


Alun 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.

Russell Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Russell 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.

Mike Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Mike worked in the retail sector for 20 years at brands such as Sainsburys and Boots before transferring into the care sector. He has held Operations Director roles at a number of well-known care competitors prior to joining Shaw healthcare in 2016. He was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer in May 2019 where his responsibilities include the overall management of the care services under the Shaw healthcare group umbrella.

Gareth Morgan

Chief Financial Officer

Gareth joined Shaw healthcare in 2016 as Group Financial Controller and in November 2021 became Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board. Gareth previously spent 11 years with Deloitte LLP in their audit and advisory practice being the senior manager on a number of the region’s public interest audits. He was also involved in a number of high-profile corporate finance transactions. Gareth attained a MA (Oxon) from Oxford University and is a chartered accountant (ACA). His responsibilities include Finance, Payroll, Property Services and IT.

Jeremy Nixey

Founder and Honorary President

After 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 Shaw 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.

Alan Pilgrim

Non-Executive Director

Alan had a 30 year executive career in healthcare services and has recently been Chairman of several healthcare businesses. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the charitable Benenden Hospital, Kent and Chairman of the Governors of Haileybury, the independent school in Hertfordshire.

Simon MacSorley

Non-Executive Director

Simon joined the Shaw board in 2019 after a successful executive career in estates management and construction. He is also the Chair of the Shaw Foundation, an exempt charity that works in partnership with Shaw Healthcare. Simon also chairs the Shaw Employee Ownership Trust. Simon holds a number of other non-executive Director roles in the healthcare, education and built environment sectors.

Helen Coombes

Non-Exec Director

Helen joined the board of Shaw healthcare in March 2022. She has had a successful executive career, directing and leading on major programmes within local government and NHS trusts, specialising in corporate strategy, financial recovery, performance improvement and sustainable partnership models. For the last 11 years, Helen has run a consultancy and interim executive business, which has seen her take on a series of high-profile and politically sensitive leadership roles, both within adult social care and a range of other sectors. Helen has also had a range of Trustee and Chair roles for charitable organisations in sport and social care, since 2005.

Robert Cherry

Non-Executive Director

Robert joined the Shaw healthcare board in April 2022, bringing experience gained through a 30-year career in corporate law. He is recognised by both Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading individual in his field. Having spent his early career in London, he returned to Wales in 1995, becoming a partner in Blake Morgan LLP in 2001 and a Board Member in 2011. He retired from Blake Morgan LLP as a partner in May 2021 but remains a consultant to the firm. He has a particular expertise in social care sector acquisitions and has advised Shaw healthcare on corporate matters for some years, including on its becoming an employee-owned company in 2020. He is also a Non-Executive Director of a non-care sector company called Bluecap Resources Ltd.