Professor Ursula Gallagher
Co-Chairman

Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice – Nursing Lead (London) at the Care Quality Commission, in 2017 Ursula was appointed a Fellow of The Queen’s Nursing Institute. Ursula was previously the Governing Body Nurse and the Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs. Prior to this she worked as a Director of Quality and Clinical Governance for more than 20 years.

She has worked at a national level leading work on Safeguarding and Clinical Leadership. In 2009 she co-led the support unit for the Prime Minister’s Commission in the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, which published its report ‘Frontline Care’ in March 2010.

Ursula has worked in a variety of clinical settings especially in the field of cardiorespiratory care and still works in clinical practice mostly with patients with long term respiratory disease. Ursula’s  other  interests  include  professional  leadership,  workforce  and  role  development,  developing  new organisational forms for care delivery and involving patients in service re-design.

Ursula was a member of the Clinical Advisory Panel for the King’s Fund Inquiry into the Quality of General Practice in England, and is a member of the Department of Health Payment by Results Clinical Advisory Group. She is also Visiting Professor in Primary Care Leadership at Buckinghamshire New University.


Dr Robert Angus
Co-Chairman

Robert is a Consultant Physician at University Hospital Aintree specialising in Respiratory Disease. He has a range of expertise but has a particular interest in Asthma Management and champions this within the North West of England.

Robert is passionate about respiratory care and improving outcomes for respiratory patients. He has been instrumental in numerous respiratory services being developed including for example, ACTRITE, an early supported discharge scheme and the NIV unit within the hospital.

He has been involved in the development and review of various guidelines to support practice both nationally and internationally.


Rob Strange OBE FCIB C.Dir. FIoD HonFIOSH
Vice Chair

Rob StrangeRob Strange OBE is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Chartered  Institute of Bankers. After a successful career in the personal banking sector, he spent twelve years as CEO, and as a Trustee, of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s largest chartered professional membership body of its kind.

He was awarded the OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and he retired from his full time CEO role in early 2013, since when he has taken on a number of Trustee and Non-Executive Director positions, including with Education for Health. He is Deputy Chair of Greensleeves Care Trust, and chairs their Finance and Audit Committee.  Rob has recently taken up the role of interim CEO at The British Acupuncture Council. Rob is married, has two married children, four grandchildren, soon to be five, and he lives in Leicestershire.


Gary Parkinson
Board Member 

Gary ParkinsonAfter starting his career as PE teacher he left education and became a Logistics Officer in the British Army. Gary held several senior logistics and operational roles in FMCG businesses with a strong retail focus. These included roles with UK supply chain and logistics businesses. He has also held Board-level operational roles in high volume manufacturing and production businesses, both in the UK and overseas, within the beverage and household consumable sectors.

More recently Gary has been a Divisional MD within equipment hire firm Speedy plc and worked at Executive Board level for Peel Airports Group before joining Peel Ports Group, where he is responsible for procurement and management of the Group assets as well as heading up a major Change programme across the Group. He has always had an interest in Education and was a trustee for REUK for 4 years before joining the board of Education for Health.

Gary lives in Cheshire with his wife and black Labrador and has two grown up sons; a climber based in Leeds and a physiotherapist studying in Sheffield.


Aileen Muir
Board Member

Aileen MuirAileen established her strategic communications expertise across a range of settings, from academic publishing, arts capital developments and culture & broadcasting through to health, research and social services.

Aileen recently completed a 4-year contract with British Thoracic Society as its ‘Respiratory Futures’ Programme Director, a unique networking and knowledge-sharing platform for UK health professionals which has just been adopted formally by NHS England to help promote integrated care. Her current client portfolio also covers the arts & culture, adult education, advice & information services and social housing.

Aileen has also worked at a national level in the arts and broadcasting, applying her knowledge of income generation, development and policy relations to broker new partnerships and extend business opportunities.


Chris Rowles
Board Member

Chris RowlesChris comes to Education for Health from a 25 year background within learning solutions, and is now owner and director of Learn to Change Ltd, a people and organisational development company specialising in safety and health leadership, leadership and change, and team collaboration.

He began his career as a Royal Marine Commando, studied exercise science as a mature student then worked for the British Transport Police as their national training manager. More recently Chris has been Director Learning Solutions for a training and development organisation with charitable status, this role included international assignments, management of a team of learning professionals and a position on the management team.

He is an active cyclist, skier and runner, married with two children and lives in Warwickshire.


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