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Jacqui Smith University Hospitals NHS Trust FORMER Redditch MP and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is chair of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Heart of England NHS Trust. She is also chair of advocacy practice at PR firm Westbourne Communications. In addition she is chair of The Precious Trust, a charity she co-founded to support girls and young women at risk of gang-related violence. She also holds a number of other consultancy positions. In her NHS role, she has said that her job is to be champion of the community and the patient, ensuring the city's hospitals provide a first-class service to patients, carers and families and cope with the challenges faced by NHS trusts.

Rob Roger Spire Healthcare IN the Midlands, Spire Healthcare runs Little Aston Hospital, as well as Droitwich Clinic, Malvern Clinic, Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull and Spire South Bank hospital in Worcester. Rob Roger is Spire's chief executive and has overseen a period of growth, investment and acquisitions. He joined Spire in 2008, before which he was chief financial officer at The Tussauds Group where he ran the management buyout and subsequent sale to Dubai International Capital.

Sarah-Jane Marsh Birmingham Children's Hospital SARAH.JANE Marsh is chief executive of Birmingham Children's Hospital, a post she took up in 2009. Before that she was chief operating officer, and before that she was director of planning and productivity at Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust. She is also chair of the West Midlands Provider CEO group. She has degrees in history, healthcare management and Russian and Eastern European studies.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE is Labour's spokesman on health in the House of Lords. He was chairman of the Heart of England NHS Trust until 2014 and is also a past chief executive of the NHS Confederation and director of the National Association of Health Authorities.

He is currently president of the Royal Society of Public Health. In his parliamentary career, he has served as a minister in the Department of Health, and also in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He is the shadow deputy leader of the House of Lords.

Dame Julie Moore University Hospitals NHS Trust DAME Julie Moore is the chief executive of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. She is also interim chief executive of the Heart of England NHS Trust. She was included in the first BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. A former graduate nurse and clinician, she has lead teams to turn round hospitals in poorly performing NHS trusts in special measures. She is a member of several health bodies and advisory boards and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.

Toby Lewis Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust TOBY Lewis was appointed chief executive of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust in 2013. He has spent more than 18 years in the health service, initially in mental health - he holds an MSc in organisational psychology - and then in hospital management. His current post is his fifth appointment on an NHS board, having held senior posts in London and Yorkshire. He spent two years in the Downing Street NHS Delivery Unit.

Prof Charles Craddock CBE Queen Elizabeth Hospital PROFESSOR Charles Craddock CBE is director of the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Professor of Haematooncology at the University of Birmingham. He is also director of the blood and marrow transplant unit at the QE. He was appointed chair of the UK Stem Cell Strategy Oversight Committee. He leads an active clinical trials programme to develop new drug and transplant therapies to combat leukaemia.

Jill Watts BMI Healthcare JILL Watts is group chief executive of BMI Healthcare, the largest UK private hospital chain which runs the Priory Hospital in Edgbaston as well as the Sutton Medical Centre. She has spent 35 years in the healthcare industry and was previously chief executive of Ramsay Health Care UK and chair of the NHS Partners Network. Appointed in 2014, she is also a director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia - Friends in the UK.

Les Lawrence Heart of England NHS Trust former chairman THE Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust includes Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic.

Les Lawrence, a former cabinet member for children, young people and families on Birmingham City Council, was appointed the trust's chairman in 2014 and served until November 2015.

He had previously been on the trust's board of directors and had chaired the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Prof Deirdre Kelly CBE Birmingham Children's Hospital PROFESSOR Deirdre Kelly set up the world-renowned liver unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital in 1989. Since then it has carried out almost 1,000 liver transplant operations including the first ever infant liver transplant operation.

She leads a team of 50 physicians, surgeons, nurses and health professionals and is at the forefront of research to advance diagnosis and treatment using genetic technology. She sits on the General Medical Council and is a deputy lieutenant for the West Midlands.

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