The board has extensive, multi-decade experience in the out-of-hospital services healthcare sector:
Bob has a background in developing support service businesses. He has operated in the service sector since 1981, initially in a financial capacity then moving into general management. In 1996 Bob bought a controlling interest in Mears Group Plc, the support services group focused on social housing and domiciliary care services. Since then, he has been instrumental in Mears’ growth, from a £3.6million to over £500 million market capitalisation and was the best performing share over 5 and 10 years. Bob has also overseen the company’s flotation on AIM and subsequent listing on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange in 2008.
Bob is also Chairman of DX (Group) Plc, Lakehouse Plc and a director of a number of other businesses.
Wendy, the CEO of Totally Health, has an NHS career which spans some 20+ years. She has a wealth of experience having previously worked for BUPA Health Dialog, leading the Client Delivery Team on a range of projects, from complex FESC deliveries through to individual PCT (Primary Care Trust) specific contracts across the UK.
Previously Wendy ran her own company, working closely with numerous NHS and social care organisations across England, Wales and Scotland supporting delivery of many complex change agendas.
During Wendy’s NHS career, she was Chief Executive of three large Primary Care Trusts with a combined budget of £460m, here she successfully ran and delivered 100% within budget and target deliveries.
Wendy led a number of projects on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority including the establishment of new commissioning models for ambulance services and NHS Direct, as well as contributions to national projects including Reforms of Urgent Care Provision and Taking Healthcare to the Patient.
Don is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 18 years of international experience in finance function formation, financial reporting, system implementation and consolidation, as well as requirements analysis, change management and business process improvement. Having been trained at the Financial Times, Don went on to found Mataxis Ltd, a consultancy that provides outsourced FD services to SMEs and start-ups. Mataxis works with a wide range of clients covering many different sectors which include fund management, property, technology, healthcare and telecoms.
Prior to founding Mataxis, Don was Head of Accounting Development at Stemcor, the UK’s 3rd largest private company and the world’s largest independent steel trader, during which time his main responsibility was evaluating the next generation finance system for the entire group. Don has also worked as a regional Financial Controller for BUPA Hospitals and Financial Controller of FTMarketwatch.com.
Tony Bourne is currently a non-executive director of Barchester, one of the UK’s largest operators of residential care homes and Spire Healthcare Group Plc, one of the largest private healthcare groups in the UK, a London Stock Exchange-listed company and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. He is also Chairman of Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, one of the largest NHS charities and, before that, was Chief Executive of the British Medical Association.
Previously Tony was in investment banking for over 25 years, as a partner at Hawkpoint and as the global head of the equities division and a member of the managing board of BNP Paribas. Tony has also spent 9 years as a non-executive director at Southern Housing Group and at Scope, one of the UK’s largest charities, which focuses on cerebral palsy.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare-services and care-services provision. He is currently a non-executive director of Mears Group PLC (“Mears”), the provider of support services to the social housing and care sectors in the UK, which is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Michael is also a health and social care adviser to Morgan Stanley Private Equity and a member of the investment advisory board of private equity provider Bestport Ventures LLP.
In 1976, Michael was appointed as managing director of the British Nursing Association. In 1988 he became the chief executive of Nestor-BNA plc when the group floated on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Michael remained here until 1996, prior to founding Careforce Group plc in 1999 which floated on AIM in 2004. Careforce Group plc completed a number of acquisitions to become one of the UK’s leading domiciliary care providers, prior to its acquisition by Mears in 2007, following which Michael joined the Mears board.