HEIW Board


Dr Chris Jones CBE
Chris Jones

A general practitioner by background, Chris was a practising GP for 32 years as Senior Partner in the Taff Vale Practice in Pontypridd.

He was Chairman of Cwm Taf University Health Board between 2009 and 2017, and prior to that, had been Chairman of Rhondda Cynon Taff Local Health Board since 2004.

Chris was awarded a CBE for his services to healthcare through NHS Wales in 2007, where his interests have included population health and primary care.

He created “Setting the Direction: A Strategic Change Delivery Programme for Primary and Community Services in Wales” in 2009. He also led three Ministerial Reviews: North Wales (2004), Gwent (2006), and Out of Hours Services (2014).

Dr Jones has been the Coordinating Chair of Health Boards and Trusts since 2014 and was also Chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation during 2015/16.

He is also a member of the Valleys Ministerial Taskforce.

Dr Jones has supported the Special Measures in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (2016) and has been a member of the 111 Steering Group and Unscheduled Care Programme Board since 2016.

Chris has a lifelong commitment to the NHS in Wales, and is married to Babs, with three grown-up children. His key interests are his grandchildren, fishing, woodwork, photography, opera, classical music, and reading

Independent members

Tina Donnelly CBE DL FRCN
Tina Donnelly

Tina has been Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales since 2004; she is a registered nurse, who also trained as a midwife, and has also completed specialist training in cardiac care, palliative care and clinical teaching/teaching.

Tina has held senior management posts in the NHS, in Higher Education, and has worked in the Welsh Assembly Government as a Nursing Officer, advising on health and nursing policy, regulation, human resources, research, and education. 

Tina is an honorary Fellow of the University of South Wales, and a Fellow of the Royal College.

Dr Ruth Hall CB

Medically-qualified, Ruth practised in paediatrics and child health before specialising in public health medicine in north Wales, then serving as Chief Medical Officer for Wales from 1997 until 2005.

She has since held the non-executive board and advisory appointments as a member of NICE’s Public Health Advisory Committee, the board of Environment Agency and currently, that of Natural Resources Wales.

Since 2015, she has co-chaired the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative, focused on improving healthcare services in rural Wales. 

A governor of the Public Policy Institute Wales hosted by Cardiff University, she also holds a visiting chair at the University of the West of England. 

She is a Council member of the National Trust, and of the Canal and River Trust and its Wales Board.

John Hill-Tout

John has 40 years’ experience in large and complex organisations within the NHS and Government. 

He served as Executive Director, and for a period of six months as Acting Chief Executive, of North Bristol NHS Trust. 

He left the NHS in 2001 to take up a post of Director of Performance and Operations within Health Department of Welsh Government, before retiring in 2007. 

He served as an independent member of Cwm Taf Health Board from 2009 until 2017, where his particular responsibilities were financial matters, and he served as Chair of the Audit Sub-Committee and Chair of the Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee.

Gill Lewis
Gill Lewis

Gill is currently Chair of Public Services Staff Commission in Wales and has worked in the public sector for most of her career. 

She is a qualified chartered accountant and held a number of senior positions in the former Audit Commission and the Wales Audit Office. 

She has more recently undertaken a wide variety of key roles across the public sector in Wales, including Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Resources and Statutory Section 151 Officer, and other director roles in both local government and the health sectors. 

Gill has served on Housing Association Boards and CIPFA Council and specialises in corporate governance, peer review, and organisational turnaround.

Prof Ceri Phillips
Cerri Phillips

Ceri is Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, and Professor of Health Economics at Swansea Centre for Health Economics. 

He is the University non-officer member of ABMU Health Board, has been heavily involved in the development of the ARCH Programme, and is the current Chair of Council of Deans of Health Wales. 

He is a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Primary Care Workforce in Wales. 

He sat on the Panel commissioned by the Minister of Health and Social Services to review the NHS Workforce in Wales, and was a member of the Panel that undertook the Review of Health Professions Education Investment in Wales in 2015, along with the Williams Review, which has led to the establishment of Health Education and Improvement Wales. 

He was also co-lead of the Review of the appraisal of orphan and ultra-orphan medicines in Wales in 2014.

Dr Heidi Phillips
Heidi Phillips

Heidi has been a GP in south Wales since 2001 and is currently Associate Professor/Admissions Director for the Graduate Entry Medicine and Physician Associate programmes at Swansea University Medical School. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Heidi has a special interest in recruitment and retention of GPs in Wales and is leading on the development of a primary care academy. 

Passionate about widening access to medical school, she sits on the Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance Board and is leading on several equality/disability workstreams.