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Linda Farrant

  • 12 August 2015

A CIPFA qualified accountant, Linda has vast experience of non-executive roles in the public and voluntary sectors, covering housing, health, criminal justice and education. She currently holds non-executive positions on the boards of Ofsted and East and North Hertfordshire CCG, as well as on the...

Paul Rew

  • 14 July 2014

Paul Rew is an experienced non-executive director in both the private and public sectors and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is currently non-executive director and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural...

Sir Robert Francis QC

  • 3 July 2014

Sir Robert Francis QC has been a barrister since 1973 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He is a Recorder (part time Crown Court judge) and authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge. He is a governing Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, where he has chaired its Education...

Fiona Allinson

  • 16 May 2014

Fiona Allinson joined CQC in 2009. Before being appointed a Head of Hospital Inspections in 2013, she worked as a compliance manager, overseeing compliance inspectors in the Leicestershire region. Fiona has a keen interest in enforcement activities and successfully prosecuted an unregistered...

Vicki Wells

  • 14 May 2014

Vicki Wells was appointed to the role of Head of General Practice in 2014. She has worked in regulatory roles since 2002, being an inspector of adult social care before progressing into management and being responsible for the regulation of health and social care across the Central East region. A...

Julie Walton

  • 13 May 2014

Julie Walton is a registered nurse and has previously specialised in operating theatres, surgery, orthopaedics and hospice work. Julie became Head of Hospital Inspections in 2014. Before that she worked as a CQC Compliance Manager, leading a team of inspectors in the central region. She has more...

Sue McMillan

  • 9 May 2014

Sue McMillan joined CQC in April 2009 as a Regional Director. From 2011 she was responsible for CQC's national work on child safeguarding and inspection of health and justice settings. She led the policy work to develop CQC's new approach to inspection of specialist mental health services...

Ann Ford

  • 8 May 2014

Ann Ford was appointed Head of Hospital Inspections in 2014. Having been at CQC since it was set up in 2009, she was previously a Head of Regional Compliance, with responsibility for regulatory activity in the north-west of England. Ann has a wealth of experience in the regulation of health and...

Tim Cooper

  • 8 May 2014

Tim Cooper is a Fellow of the College of Radiographers and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Radiologists. He was Programme Director and Transitional Delivery Lead for NHS Improving Quality’s Delivery Team in Acute Care. There he led a team of National Improvement Experts supporting the...

Sue Howard

  • 1 May 2014

Sue Howard was appointed to the post of Head of Inspection in Adult Social Care in 2014. Sue began working in adult social care services at the age of 25, when she became a night care assistant in a home for older people. From early in her career, Sue gained satisfaction from making a positive...

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