Judy Oliver - Chair

Judy was appointed Chair of IC24 in July 2015. She brings a wealth of experience in executive coaching, facilitation and leadership development for directors and people in organisations across all sectors, but particularly for clinicians in NHS to help ensure that patients get the best possible care and more joined-up services.

In recent years, her work has been heavily skewed towards mental health and primary care. Judy and her team have trained GP commissioners for mental health, learning disabilities and dementia from East Anglia to Kent to Cornwall. She personally facilitated the National Task Force on Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing for NHS England which led to the publication of the national strategy entitled “The Future in Mind”. In addition, the focus has been on developing the leadership capabilities of the emerging GP Federations in East Anglia and the South-East. She provides pro bono training support for various charities including the East Anglian Children’s Hospice which is supported by IC24.

Judy was a non-executive director in the NHS for twelve years with two hospitals and a Primary Care Trust in Kent. Prior to starting her own business, she held senior roles in local government including Head of HR for Education in Kent County Council and Advisor to the Deputy Chief Executive. Before this, Judy worked for BP for seventeen years in a variety of HR, industrial relations and legal roles across the spectrum of the oil industry from exploration to marketing. Judy has a degree in Business Studies and is a qualified Barrister, specialising in Employment Law. She has co-authored a book about the development and future of commissioning in health and social care and is a Visiting Fellow at the Bournemouth University Institute for Health and Social Care.

Dr Peter Dewhurst – Non Executive Director

Dr Peter Dewhurst qualified at Leeds Medical School in 1977, after completing vocational training. He has worked for 35 years as a General Practitioner in Bexhill, East Sussex. In addition to his clinical role, he has been a GP trainer for 20 years and has been involved in NHS management, chairing what was the local Primary Care Trust for a number of years. He was a founder member of SEADOC, the GP out of hours co-operative, which he chaired for many years and which merged with others into IC24. He is particularly interested in clinical quality and innovative clinical developments.

Alistair Oag – Non Executive Director

Alistair was appointed a Non-Executive Director of IC24 in March 2016, with a special interest in finance, business development and IT. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked for the past 20 years for a global distributor of electronics in various European roles including Finance Director, Managing Director, and most recently in a global role as Strategy and Business Development Vice President. These roles included extensive experience of mergers & acquisitions, change management, process management and IT projects. Prior to this he worked for 12 years for a UK Plc in various finance roles in transportation, logistics and distribution.

Since taking early retirement from his full time role at Arrow Electronics, Alistair has been using this experience in the third sector. From 2010 to 2016 Alistair has been a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Medway Community Healthcare CIC. MCH was created as part of the NHS transformation on 1st April 2011 as a social enterprise to deliver community based healthcare in the Medway and the surrounding area. In 2013 Alistair was appointed as a Trustee and Director of a progressive South East charity, the Avenues Group, focused on the provision of support in the community to people with learning disabilities and/or autism, dementia, acquired brain injury.

Kerry Gentleman - Non Executive Director

Kerry trained as a nurse at University college hospital, qualifying in 1980. She worked in community services in South East London, first as a district nurse for over 15 years, then moving up through the quality and governance routes to become the Director of Quality and Nursing, a post that was held for 6 years.

Kerry has worked in the NHS for over 35 years, but since redundancy has worked for the past 3 years as a health services redesign consultant involved in various aspects of the SaHF programme in NW London, and most recently for Chelsea and Westminster as the governance lead in the team overseeing the acquisition of West Middlesex Hospital.

Kerry also works for the NSPCC as a volunteer in their schools service, a role which is both challenging and very rewarding.

Cathy Pitcher - Non Executive Director

Cathy has a special interest in HR and workforce issues and will lead on this in her NED role. She has been a senior manager in HR for both local government and health, particularly in Kent. Her last role was in the South East Commissioning Support Unit which provides services to CCGs in SE London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This last role involved complex TUPE issues in particular. She is also very interested in learning and development and generally ensuring that HR supports the business and recognises the contribution it can make to improving patient care. Cathy started her role with us at the end of June 2016.

Yvonne Taylor – Chief Executive

Yvonne Taylor became Chief Executive Officer at IC24 on 4th January 2016. She has a wealth of experience managing NHS health and social care services both in her most recent role as Chief Operating Officer but also as Divisional Director for Children and Families Services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust where she worked from 2006. Prior to working for Oxford Health, she worked as a commissioner in Oxfordshire so she understands the NHS and Social Care System from both the perspective of a provider and a commissioner. Before joining the NHS in 1997, Yvonne also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Yvonne’s work over the past three years has been focused on the development of partnerships and alliances across acute, community, primary and voluntary services to deliver joined up care to improve outcomes for patients and their carers. Examples include the development of outcome-based commissioning for adult mental health services in partnership with 5 voluntary sector organisations; development of ambulatory care for frail older people in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT through Emergency Multi-Disciplinary Assessment Units; a high quality, state of the art specialist inpatient unit providing treatment for children and young people suffering from serious mental health conditions.

Yvonne is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, where she has led one of the national schemes to train clinical and operational leaders providing mental health services to children and young people, which has long been a particular area of interest of hers.

Dr Andrew Catto - Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive

Andrew’s background is as a Geriatrician and General Physician and he has a wealth of experience in multiple, senior medical leadership roles across primary and secondary care. Following his academic career with the Medical Research Council, Andrew moved back into clinical practice joining Airedale Hospital as a consultant in stroke and elderly care, delivering care in a community setting before progressing to Medical Director at the Trust. In 2009, Andrew was appointed as Medical Director at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), moving into an Interim Chief Executive role before being appointed as Deputy CEO. In March 2015, Andrew became an Associate Director at NHS England, gaining experience of developing new models of care and system transformation, such as the four West Midlands Service Transformation Plans. Andrew’s leadership style is ‘leading from the front’ and he strongly believes in empowering others and is extremely supportive of staff development.

Katherine Pitts - Chief Operating Officer

Katherine qualified as a nurse in 1995 and has experience in working in a broad range of specialties within the acute sector.  Katherine joined NHS Direct as part of the local Kent, Surrey and Sussex management team in 1999 to support the development of a nurse led service.  In 2004 Katherine moved to the Strategic Health Authority working as a performance manager until 2006 where she took up a post with the London Patient Choice Project to test the principles of Choice and Choose and Book.  In 2008 Katherine returned to NHS Direct as Regional Head of Business Development with a portfolio of Long Term Conditions, Secondary Care service and NHS 111.  Katherine joined IC24 in 2012 as a Business Development Manager then later progressed to Associate Director of Business Development, heading both the successful tendering process and the implementation for a full range of services including 111, OOH, and Health & Justice. In October 2018 she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer following the retirement of Lorraine Gray.

Jeremy Satchwell – Interim Finance Director

Jeremy joined IC24 in January 2018 as Interim Director of Finance. He is an experienced NHS Finance professional, who brings a deep knowledge of NHS financial, contract and performance management. Jeremy has extensive experience of NHS management and problem solving across diverse NHS organisations. He has worked in a variety of locations with differing backgrounds, including inner London boroughs.

Jeremy has a particular interest in cost improvement programme development and delivery, as well as leading performance improvement projects. He joins IC24 to lead an exciting period of change within our Finance department, as we implement new payroll and finance systems into the organisation.

David Brown – Director of Digital Technology and Performance

David has worked in out of hours (OOH) for 19 years. During this time David has had a range of senior IT and strategic development posts in unscheduled primary care. He was instrumental in both mobilisation of our OOHs & NHS 111 services, leading the design, development and implementation of our technical infrastructure, telephony and business/clinical systems (including integration with core national and regional NHS applications).

David has been Director of Information, Communications & Technology, at a time when IC24 has gone through significant growth. During this time David developed a team that has challenged and driven resiliency and performance of our information systems and security via our governance arrangements to enable the delivery of high quality care.

Rachel Robinson – Chief Nurse

Rachel is a registered General Nurse with extended advanced qualifications and skills with a BSc in Health and Social Care. She has over 24 years’ experience of NHS care delivery including psychiatry, emergency and critical care and for the last 10 years as a manager and leader in urgent primary care. Rachel has managed many iterations of urgent primary care delivery, including responsibility for leading and directing various projects and pilots. During her time at IC24 she’s undertaken a wide variety of clinical and operational managerial roles within the urgent care arena and within many of the pilots and projects that she has implemented. As Director of Clinical Services, Rachel led and directed complex implementations of IC24’s NHS 111 services.

Jo Mills - Director of People and Culture

Jo joined IC24 from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London where she was their Head of HR.

Jo has worked in management and HR for nearly 20 years with the majority of her HR experience gained at Saga.  During her time there she worked with a range of diverse organisations from financial services and travel to publishing and domiciliary care.  Although a true generalist at heart, Jo has a passion for talent management and learning having established programmes at Saga, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and here at IC24.

Jo leads our People and Culture team during this exciting time of change for the organisation and is bringing new ideas and experience to the team as we work to design our people strategy which will improve what it is like to work for IC24.