Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Dr Robert Angus
Chairman

Dr Robert Angus

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.


Chris Rowles
Deputy Chairman

Chris Rowles

Chris 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.


Rob Strange OBE FCIB C.Dir. FIoD HonFIOSH

Rob Strange

Rob 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 and The Society of Homeopaths.

He is Deputy Chair of Greensleeves Care Trust, and chairs their Finance and Audit Committee. Rob has had two spells as interim CEO at The British Acupuncture Council and one with the Association for Project Safety. He is now Company Secretary of the British Acupuncture Council.

Rob is married, has two married children, five grandchildren, and he lives in Leicestershire.


Gary Parkinson
Board Member

Gary Parkinson

After starting his career as a 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. 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 on the Executive Board of equipment hire firm Speedy plc, Peel Airports Group before joining Peel Ports Group, where was the Deputy COO for 6 years. He now runs a successful Management Consultancy, supporting various UK and Overseas businesses as well as some Government Departments. Recent assignments have included support to DfT on Brexit transitional planning and Operational planning support to NHSEI on the Covid Vaccination programme. 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 working in Mansfield.


Aileen Muir
Board Member

Aileen Muir

Aileen 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.


Mike Attwood
Board Member

Mike Attwood

Mike has spent over 25 years as an NHS leader. He took on the leadership of the Total Place Programme for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire in December 2009 and from there was asked to lead the wider collaborative ‘better for less’ transformation programme across 15 public sector organisations on the patch.

Mike joined Coventry Primary Care Trust (PCT) as joint chief executive in June 2005 and was previously chief executive at Slough Teaching PCT from 2001 to 2005. At Coventry PCT, Mike took the organisation through financial turnaround and worked closely with Coventry City Council to establish a newly-funded, innovative Health Improvement Partnership, as well as agreement on plans for a major city centre health facility.

Mike is a leadership coach and public service organisational development consultant. Mike was a trustee of Sue Ryder from 2011 to 2019.


Dr Cathy Winfield
Board Member

Dr Cathy Winfield

Cathy graduated from Manchester University with a nursing degree and spent most of her nursing career in primary care. She went on to manage community services, eventually becoming Director of Nursing in a Community Trust.

When Primary Care Groups (PCGs) were established, Cathy became Chief Executive of a PCG. She also worked part time on a PhD during this period, examining clinical decision making. With the advent of Primary Care Trusts in 2002, Cathy moved into the commissioning function and was Director of Commissioning in PCTs in Hampshire and Berkshire, then Chief Officer for the Berkshire West CCGs In 2017, she became lead for the Berkshire West Integrated Care System.

Cathy took up her current role of Community and Primary Care Commissioning Director with NHSE in 2020 where she is working on expanding the workforce in primary care and liaising with Health Education England to ensure the right training, development and support is in place. She is also contributing to the development of Integrated Care Systems.
Cathy has two children and lives in Hampshire. She enjoys walking, reading and film.