Independent Chair Robin Morrison
Robin Morrison has had a varied career, culminating in serving as Chief Executive at Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in South Wales.
As a Chartered Civil Engineer, Robin’s early career at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council involved setting up internal maintenance and service operations as profitable businesses competing for work. After various roles in a range of local authorities, he moved to South Wales and worked on the Welsh local government re-organisation (in 1996). Robin then took up the position as a Corporate Director in the newly formed Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.
As Blaenau Gwent is one of the poorest areas in the UK, having suffered industrial decline over many years, regeneration of the area is a core strategic priority.
After successfully improving many of the services at the Council, Robin was promoted to the position of Chief Executive. He led the transformation of social care and worked closely with health colleagues on improving a wide range of services to facilitate the Council’s Independent Living Strategy. This including being a member of a programme board which had the role of overseeing the construction of a new hospital in Ebbw Vale.
Having developed key skills in regeneration, he was tasked with leading the transformation of the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale. This was successfully carried out by attracting external funding and encouraging partners to invest in new developments on the site.
This scheme was one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, attracting funding for projects in excess of £300m, and included the new hospital and a Lifelong Learning Campus.
Robin retired in 2011 and re-located to Wolverhampton where he lives with his wife Jenny, a retired teacher. He has one daughter who lives in Derbyshire.
Programme Director Angela Poulton
MBA (Aston), BA (Hons), CPFA, Associate CIPD , IHM
Angela started her career in the NHS on the Graduate Management Training Scheme in 1992. The majority of her early career found her in leadership roles in acute hospitals spanning finance and information, service redesign and operational management in medical and surgical specialties including Accident & Emergency.
A key achievement as Directorate Manager for Trauma and Orthopaedics was to work with the clinical team to reduce the waiting times, which exceeded 18 months in some cases at that time down to a maximum 6 months within just over a year.
Angela was the former Programme Manager for Right Care Right Here from 2008-2012. She then took the opportunity to be appointed as a Senior Commissioning Manager on the formation of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group. In this role Angela worked with over 30 GP practices in Sandwell Health Alliance, supporting them to be more collaborative in their approach to improve primary care for local people. Outside of this, Angela supported this group of GPs to form Sandwell Health Partnerships in the early stages of the company’s formation.
Angela has a long standing interest in and passion for the Right Care Right Here partnership, and its ambition to further improve joint working between health and social care and create a better future for local people in Sandwell and West Birmingham. She was successfully appointed to the Right Care Right Here Programme Director position in July 2015.