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National Committee Members

MiP’s strategy, management and operations are overseen by our National Committee: 16 member volunteers, elected for two-year terms by the whole membership under the Single Transferable Vote system. The committee comprises:
  • Scotland, Wales and London - two seats each
  • Northern Ireland and other English regions – one seat each


National Committee Chair 2020 David Cain
David Cain
Management consultant
Area represented: North West England
Contact: david.cain@mft.nhs.uk

David works as an independent management consultant for NHS organisations following a 40-year career in the health service. He has held chief executive posts in Manchester and Liverpool and was regional director of primary care for the North West.

David is a founder member of MiP, having served on the committee of the FDA’s NHS Managers’ section before MiP was set up. He has been a member of the National Committee since 2005 and also represents MiP members on the FDA’s national executive committee.

David is Chair of the Pain Relief Foundation charity, Deputy Chair of a care home charity and a Governor and Trustee of an Academy Grammar School.


Vice chairs

National Committee Member Claire Bannister
Clare Bannister
Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
Area represented: North East England

Clare manages acute medical and critical care services at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the UK’s only purpose-built emergency hospital. She has worked for the NHS for 35 years, and was an A&E nursing sister for ten years before moving into management.

Clare has worked as a general manager in both medical and surgical services, in service development and commercial teams, as well for a CCG and an ambulance trust. A member of the National Committee since 2018, Clare has been involved in setting up MiP’s North Summit and the Women’s Network, and is particularly interested in working to increase MiP membership in the North East region.

With two rugby-playing sons, Clare spends a lot of time pitch-side, bellowing instructions, and enjoys long hikes with her two Labradors in the beautiful Northumberland countryside.

National Committee Member Sandie Belcher
Sandie Belcher
South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust
Area represented: London
Contact: sandielouise.belcher@btinternet.com

Sandie is clinical lead for the patient experience team at South West London & St George’s. Qualified as both a general and mental health nurse, Sandie has held various NHS management positions and has also worked on secondment for MIND, where she played a key role in saving a vocational rehabilitation unit in Guildford from closure.

Sandie was previously assistant branch secretary for COHSE, one of the forerunners of UNISON. As a member of MiP’s National Committee since 2010, she has worked to ensure mental health services and senior nurses are properly represented within MiP. She is also a trained mediator.

Sandie is a qualified rugby coach, mainly working in girls rugby, and is safeguarding officer for Slough Rugby Club. She also enjoys ‘glamping’ trips in her camper van with her husband and border collie.

National Committee Member Geoff Underwood
Geoff Underwood
South Central & West Commissioning Support Unit
Area represented: South West England
Contact: g.underwood@nhs.net

Geoff is a programme director for the South Central & West Commissioning Support Unit, working on a range of projects with CCGs, NHS England, local authorities and a growing number of provider organisations.

A career general manager, Geoff previously worked for North Bristol NHS Trust, planning the trust’s move to a brand new site, and has recently completed a secondment to University Hospitals Bristol.

Geoff was an MiP link member at North Bristol before joining the national committee in 2016. He aims to boost MiP’s profile as a national voice for managers and wants to promote positive leadership and management cultures, and encourage managers to speak up when they are working in negative situations.

Geoff’s two young children keep him and his wife very busy, but he enjoys cycling and hill walking, and is always reading, listening to or watching something. But, he says, “I spend too much time playing games on my Playstation and not enough time playing my guitar.”

Committee members

National Committee Member Jeremy Baskett
Jeremy Baskett
Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust
Area represented: Yorkshire & Humberside

Jeremy is a Governor for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, which covers three acute hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole.

He was a flying NHS Chiropodist in the Orkney Islands before working as a manager in hospitals, Primary Care Trusts and CCGs. He was a founding member of the Yorkshire and Humber CSU before it was privatised. He holds an MSc in health and social care management.

Jeremy joined the National Committee in 2014, and is also a volunteer MiP rep, supporting members when required. He is also the staff side chair for the Joint Trade Union partnership forum for seven CCGs covering North Yorkshire and Humberside. His particular interests include NHS pensions, pay negotiations and changes in the provision of NHS services.

As a local councillor, Jeremy is heavily involved in the running of his local area and loves spending time with his family, walking, photography and travel.

Anne Brockman
Area represented: Scotland
Contact: annebrockman001@gmail.com

Ann is a new committee member, elected in January 2020. We will publish her profile here soon.

National Committee Member Richard Carthew
Richard Carthew
NHS Digital
Area represented: London

Richard works as a ‘business architect’ in the enterprise architecture team and describes his job as “making sure that NHS Digital is delivering what it has been commissioned to do”.

A natural scientist by background (he has a PhD in palaeontology), Richard was a civil servant before joining the NHS 1991, where he has worked in acute and mental health trusts, and in district and strategic health authorities.

Richard has represented London members on the National Committee since 2016, and is one of four MiP representatives on the FDA’s Executive Committee. His main interests are organisational change, strategic approaches to management and – of course - digitisation.

In his spare time, Richard is an eclipse chaser – he’s seen eight so far – and tries to stay fit through cycling and Alpine mountaineering.

National Committee Member Helen Harris
Helen Harris
Wales Renal Clinical Network
Area represented: Wales

Helen is finance manager for the Wales Renal Clinical Network, and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She trained as an accountant with KPMG and has worked for a number of hospitals across Wales, the Merthyr Tydfil Local Health Board and the South East Wales Ambulance Service.

As a new member of the national committee for 2020-21, Helen is keen to be the voice of “the hidden back office functions and support services” and promises to speak loudly about the work they do to make healthcare happen.

Helen has a fondness for crime fiction but still prefers the printed word to e-readers. She has an unrivalled collection of cook books and can be a good cook when she follows the instructions. Having recently discovered the American Football, she is now an enthusiastic supporter of the Detroit Lions.

National Committee Member Phil Kennedy
Phil Kennedy
Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust, Sussex
Area represented: South East Coast

Phil works for the Queen Victoria Hospital, an acute trust specialising in burns treatment and reconstructive surgery, where he oversees the appointments and health records functions, and runs programmes to improve outpatient experience and access to services.

Originally a qualified chiropodist, Phil has managed community services, including district nursing and health visiting, and worked on walk-in centres, emergency planning and NHS hearing aid services.

Phil joined MiP’s National Committee in 2016, having previously been a rep for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Phil has a particular interest in combating lazy stereotypes about NHS managers in the media. He represents MiP on the National CSU Partnership Forum.

Phil enjoys watching live music and sports, hacking his way around a golf course and military history. He is also a member of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Michelle Magennis
Area represented: Scotland
Contact: magennis.michelle@yahoo.com

Michelle is a new committee member, elected in January 2020. We will publish her profile here soon.

Louise McMahon
Area represented: Northern Ireland
Contact: mlouisemcmahon@gmail.com

Louise is a new committee member, elected in January 2020. We will publish her profile here soon.

National Committee Member Anthony Nichols
Anthony Nichols
NHS England
Area represented: East Midlands

Anthony is head of health and justice for NHS England in the Midlands region, leading the commissioning team for healthcare across the secure estate, which includes prisons, secure children’s services, immigration removal centres and sexual assault services. As a career general manager, Anthony has also worked in mental health and public health services, and on equalities projects for the Department of Health.

A member of the National Committee since 2014, Anthony has a special interest in promoting fairness, transparency and inclusion in the NHS. He sits on the National Partnership Forum, the NHSE Executive and the senior leaders equality forum.

Away from work, Anthony likes gardening, keeps bees and chickens, and plays an active part in his local community.

National Committee Member Stuart Quinton
Stuart Quinton
NHS England
Area represented: East of England

Stuart works for NHS England, managing all all the GP contracts and practices across Suffolk and North East Essex. He works with local CCGs to ensure all patients in the area receive high-quality primary medical services.

Apart from spells picking tomatoes and delivering newspapers, Stuart has spent his entire 34-year career in the NHS, mainly in primary care support services, working his way up the ladder in various administrative and managerial roles. He holds a CMI Level 5 Diploma in management and leadership.

A member of the National Committee since 2018, Stuart is also the MiP link member for the Suffolk CCGs, and has sat on the staff side of several partnership forums at local level. He particular interests include pay, conditions of service and pensions.

Out of work, Stuart spends time reading newspapers, walking, quizzing, going to classical music concerts and helping out at his local church.

National Committee Member Yvonne Richards
Yvonne Richards
NHS England/Improvement
Area represented: West Midlands

Yvonne works as a delivery and policy lead on NHS England’s Ageing Well programme, focusing on delivering the new standards for urgent community response in community healthcare services.

A career NHS manager with an MSc in healthcare leadership, she has worked in various provider and commissioning organisations and the West Midlands Ambulance Service, as well as leading projects related to World Class Commissioning, CCG authorisation and the Better Care Programme.

Yvonne was an MiP Link member for six years before joining the National Committee in January 2020. As a new committee member, she is keen to raise MiP’s profile and improve the support that the union offers to NHS managers.

As a self-confessed ‘gym bunny’, Yvonne finds that working out helps her “to focus and be in the moment”. She is also learning Spanish by attending local evening classes.


  • South Central
  • Wales (second seat)

If you are interested in standing for the National Committee, or want to know more about the committee’s work, visit our governance page.

How we’re governed
MiP’s work is guided and overseen by our voluntary National Committee, and the FDA/UNISON Management Board
Volunteering for MiP
Our volunteers play a key role at MiP – setting strategy on our National Committee, and supporting service delivery as link members and reps
Elections to MiP's National Committee for 2022-23 are taking place in Scotland, Wales, the South East, South Central, and Yorkshire & Humber. Find out more about the committee's work and how to get yourself nominated.
17th Sep 2021
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