Technical / Key contributor awards

01 June 2021 Seamus Ward

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keycontribs_kimferguson_dec14_halfNominated by the Northern Ireland Branch, Kim Ferguson (pictured left), branch secretary, is key to developing and managing its annual events programme, including the branch annual conference. She also plays a full and effective role in the wider HFMA family.

Gill Jacobs was nominated by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Branch (KSS), where she is branch secretary and the longest serving committee member. Passionate about staff development, the branch would not be in the strong position it is in today without her unwavering support.keycontribs_chrislewis_awards2015_half

The Wales Branch nominated Chris Lewis (pictured right) for a gold award due to his commitment and long-standing membership of the branch committee. As president, he is the leading voice of the Welsh NHS finance function, and plays an active role in the committee.



The Northern Ireland Branch nominated its treasurer David McMullan for his role in developing the business case that secured funding for the branch via service level agreements with the Business Services Organisation, trusts, the Health and Social Care Board and Department of Health.keycontribs_stuartwayment_sep16_half

Nominated by Sheila Stenson and the KSS Branch, Stuart Wayment (pictured right) continues to play a lead role in organising and administering branch events. He has also engaged in the wider finance community, linking into and promoting the work of Future Focused Finance.

Tim Saunders was nominated by the Eastern Branch for his steadfast support for over 15 years, including looking after the accounts for the past four years. He has a positive personality and is always willing to share ideas and suggestions of how to progress training opportunities.

The Wales Branch nominated Paula Jones due to her commitment to and long-standing membership of the branch committee. She is a key member of the committee and is solely responsible for all finance and business planning for HFMA Wales.contribs_kevin stringer_half

Nominated by the West Midlands Branch, Kevin Stringer (pictured right) has looked after the branch’s finances for many years. A fantastic role model, he has been a constant over the past decade – without him the branch would not have thrived.



David.Needham small pDavid Needham (pictured left) was nominated by the London Branch for his support over the last six years. Though he does not work for the NHS, he is an enthusiastic and committed branch member, covering as vice chair for many years and as chair for a short period.

The HFMA North West Branch nominated Karan Wheatcroft (pictured below) as a key member and contributor – linking the branch into CIPFA. She encourages new memberships from her organisation and has been an active member for many years.Karan.Wheatcroft small p

Ian Moston was nominated by the HFMA Policy and Research Committee, which he has chaired since 2015. Under his leadership the committee has become the main vehicle for overseeing the association’s policy and research activities. More broadly, his support of the HFMA includes events, education and his local branch.

Tracy.Stickland small pThe KSS Branch nominated Tracy Stickland (pictured left) for her support of the branch committee and her work as a value-maker, demonstrating passion for staff development in both roles. She ensures members are kept up to date with activities, and promotes HFMA membership locally.

Ken Godber was nominated by the Charitable Funds Special Interest Group, which he has chaired since 2015. A long-standing HFMA supporter, under his leadership the committee has grown, providing sound advice to the NHS community at a time of significant change.

The South West Branch nominated John Dowell for his clear direction and unwavering support. An active branch member for six years, he became vice chair in 2015 and chair in 2018, boosting support for students and unqualified finance staff. He is also a member of HFMA national groups.

Thando.Moyo smallpThando Moyo (pictured) was nominated by the Northern Branch for her advocacy of diversity and inclusion. Sponsored by Future Focused Finance, she has set up a network of sponsored colleagues, and is a member of the North East and Yorkshire Diversity group.

Nominated by the Eastern Branch, Veronica Watson has worked in the NHS for 35 years (22 as an HFMA member) and is retiring this year. Significant contributions to HFMA include membership of the branch committee and supporting and promoting staff training and development.

Jane Payling, also nominated by the Eastern Branch, has contributed to the association throughout her career. She has 22 years as an HFMA member, supporting the establishment of the branch as the student rep, and has led on a number of successful annual conferences and training programmes.

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Annie Walton was nominated by the Northern Branch for her work on the vaccination programme in Newcastle, where she is primary care network finance manager and finance lead at Newcastle GP Services, and for being a One NHS Finance diversity and inclusion ambassador.

The Charitable Funds Special Interest Group nominated Andrew Machin (pictured), who has made significant contributions to the group over many years. Now vice-chair, he chaired the recent HFMA Charitable Funds conference online.