Technical / Appointments - September

20 September 2022

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HALFPORTRAIT_people_JoeFiferJoseph Fifer (pictured), the HFMA’s US president and chief executive, is to retire next June. During Mr Fifer’s tenure, which began in June 2012, the association’s membership has grown from 37,000 to more than 89,000. He extended educational and membership benefits to finance teams in a range of healthcare organisations, and oversaw the introduction of international membership. ‘I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve healthcare finance leaders during a time of transformational change in the industry,’ he said. ‘I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the brightest and most dedicated people in this field. I look forward to advancing our strategic priorities and planning for a seamless transition.’

Integrated care boards continued to recruit chief finance officers over the summer, and almost all ICBs have now made substantive appointments. Recent appointments include:

  • Madi Parmar at Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board. She joins the ICB from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, where she was deputy chief finance officer.
  • HALFPORTRAIT_people_billshieldsblogHoward Martin at Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board. He is due to start in November, moving from Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, where he is director of population health management. Previously, he was deputy chief financial officer at the clinical commissioning groups in Norfolk and Waveney.

  • Bill Shields (pictured) at Devon Integrated Care Board. He is due to join later this year; John Dowell will continue to act on an interim basis.


Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has named John Graham as its executive chief finance officer. He joins the trust from Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, where he was executive director of finance and deputy chief executive. In addition, the trust has appointed Asif Umarji director of finance.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_Kris MackenzieGateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Kris Mackenzie (pictured) group director of finance and digital. She was the trust’s operational director of finance and has worked at Gateshead Health since 2018. She succeeds Jackie Bilcliff, who is moving to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust has appointed Tom Burton as its finance director. He joined the trust in May as interim finance director. Previously, he was on a seconded role as the strategic planning director for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and, before that, served as operational director of finance for the regional NHS England and NHS Improvement team.

Samanthi Gibbens has become interim chief finance officer at East London NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the trust in April, but rapidly moved to interim chief finance officer after Steven Course became director of finance of Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board. Prior to joining East London, Ms Gibbens held assistant finance director roles at Whittington Health NHS Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Rob Collins executive director of finance. He has held senior finance roles across Cheshire and Merseyside and joined the trust in 2018 as chief finance officer. He succeeds Neil Smith, who has relinquished his finance director duties but remains deputy chief executive for non-clinical services.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_Nina Van MarkwijkMid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust has recruited Nina van Markwijk (pictured) as its finance director – efficiency portfolio. She joins the trust from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, where she worked for nine years, initially as head of strategic finance and then deputy director of finance.

Rebecca Mae-Rose has become deputy finance manager at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, moving from Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group. She also took part in the One NHS Finance sponsorship programme (see Healthcare Finance, June 2022).

MIAA’s Connor retires
MIAA managing director Steve Connor (pictured) has retired after 32 years at the internal audit provider.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_Steve ConnorPreviously MIAA’s commercial director and deputy managing director, he took the MD position in April 2019. He led the organisation through the pandemic, helping clients by voluntarily redeploying MIAA staff to non-clinical roles and supporting them with changes in government guidance.

Rather than internal audit only, MIAA now offers anti-fraud, technology risk, healthcare quality and advisory services to the police, fire services, local government and voluntary sector. It has led the medicines optimisation programme in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Mr Connor helped set up MIAA’s advisory service, MIAA Solutions. ‘Leading MIAA has been an honour and a privilege,’ he said. ‘MIAA is now one of the largest providers of assurance and anti-fraud services in the UK. I’ve loved every minute.’

Awarded an HFMA honorary fellowship this summer, he has been a valued member of the association’s Governance and Audit Committee since 2009.

‘I have benefited significantly from being an HFMA member – access to the wide range of publications and insights it produces, attendance at conferences and other events, supporting working groups and the extensive professional network it has helped me to establish.’