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About Us

building better governance

ANHH provides consultancy on corporate governance, including implementing strategies, systems and projects to help deliver the highest quality services in the public and third sectors.

You can learn more about us in this short video.

Our Mission

Our purpose is to work in partnership with boards to recognise the strategic challenges and risks that they are facing as they strive to deliver their aims, and to put in place the solutions needed to address them.

 

Every user of public or charitable services deserves the very best, and it’s our mission to support our clients to run their organisations in ways that deliver on those promises. 

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Andrew Heywood Hughes

Founder and Managing Director

Andrew takes great pride in getting things done. At the age of 14,  he contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome and was paralysed from the neck down, spending a year and a half in hospital and the better part of four more dependent on a wheelchair. After that, nothing is too difficult, no problem is without solution and no challenge is too daunting.

​Andrew is a C-level operator who has worked extensively in the public, commercial, academic, and third sectors.

He has been a Director at the Good Governance Institute; an Executive Director at specialist acute and mental health providers, and a GP Federation; Commercial Advisor to a regional acute provider; Senior Independent Director (NED) at a Foundation Trust; Chair of a joint venture development company; Clinical Tutor at a postgraduate Medical School; and a Council Member of the country's largest Chamber of Commerce and Industry.​​​

He has been the Safeguarding Trustee and Chair of the Risk Committee of a national charity, and the Chair of a regional Hospice for Children and Young People.

Andrew is a Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Grace Cowie

Knowledge and Research Manager

Grace is part of ANHH's consultancy team.

Since joining ANHH after completing her degree in 2022, Grace has been Programme Manager for the development of the Mental Health Provider Collaborative in Birmingham and Solihull.  She has held and monitored the programme plan, ensuring that activities were completed to the required critical path.

Grace was ANHH’s lead for the quality surveillance workstream and co-delivered governance training to the third sector.

Grace has edited and reviewed several governance instruments, and co-produced Delivery, Mobilisation and Development Plans based on research and drawing from national policy.

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Sindy Jones

Operations Director

Sindy is an experienced Company Secretary and governance lead, having worked in the third, academic, and commercial sectors. 

Sindy was Company Secretary for The Donna Louise Hospice for Children and Young People in Stoke-on-Trent, and its subsidiary company, for four years up until mid-March 2021.  Registered with Companies House, Sindy advised and supported the Board of Trustees and senior executives at one of the most challenging periods in the Hospice’s history.

Sindy was the stabilising force for the charity during a significant period of transition for the charity, with multiple changes in Executives, Chairs, and other Trustees.  She was responsible for the collation and coordination of papers for the Board and the three Committees – Quality Governance, Finance and Audit, and Risk. 

Sindy worked for 18 years in the Law School at Keele University as extenuating circumstances lead.

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Billy

Head of Light Entertainment

Billy is an ex-racer greyhound and is currently living his best life at ANHH.

As the 'boss' of the office he can be a major distraction at times and is well known for stealing everyone's lunch on a daily basis.

In spite of this, Billy is well loved by everyone and is a big part of the ANHH family.​​

Meet the rest of the team

We benefit from the flexibility of both directly employed and associate experts and gather teams that respond to your specific needs. We offer Board-level knowledge of strategy, governance, project leadership, EDI clinical delivery, performance management, coaching, communications, finance, and law.

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Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short

EDI and Population Health

Nasreen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an expert in EDI.

Now an independent practitioner,

Nasreen has held very senior roles in the NHS including as a Executive Director of Operations, Clinical Director, and Director and Head of Psychological Services.

In 2020, Nasreen became National Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce.

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Alex Rickard

Executive Coaching

Alex has over 25 years’ global experience in executive HR leadership.

Alex has worked for Arthur Andersen, Equitas, Rubus Consulting, Temenos Plc, and Towry (now Tilney Smith Williamson).

As a qualified business coach, Alex works with executives, boards, and aspiring leaders during times of change and complexity.

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Martin Evans

Communications and Engagement

Martin is an experienced natural leader, communicator, and mentor, with proven success in demanding environments.

Martin has worked as a general manager and a communications specialist in the NHS.  He retired as a senior officer after a 20-year career in the RAF, having led operational teams all over the world. 

Martin is a committed fundraiser, supporter of Papyrus, and Trustee of a Kenyan charity.

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Jessica Lubin

Partnership and Co-Production

Jessica is Director of Health Transformation and Partnerships at a London-based charity and works with ANHH on system leadership.

Jessica has a diverse health and social care frontline, commercial and management experience, with a passion for the people aspect of health – how people work in systems and engage communities.

Jessica has advanced qualitative research and analysis skills.

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Sally MacIntyre

Legal and Contract Management

Sally is a Registered General Nurse with a Law degree and an MSc in Leadership.

 

She is a highly experienced leader in the public, independent and third sectors.

Sally is a Trustee of Derbyshire Districts Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Jo Cadman

Evaluation and Impact

Jo is a qualified accountant with 20 years’ leadership experience across varied responsibilities at Board level.

Jo has led an NHS merger, set up provider collaboratives, overseen extensive transformation and improvement programmes – and the organisational development to deliver them – strengthened governance, and worked with Boards to develop and deliver strategic solutions for sustainable change.

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Hayley Higginbottom

Finance and Facilities

Hayley has over 20 years’ experience in both charity accounts and estates. She is proven as an inspirational, ethical leader who can manage and motivate through change, whilst ensuring tactical delivery of business goals is achieved.

Hayley was Head of Finance & Resources for the Donna Louise Trust in Stoke-on-Trent, with full responsibility for the charity’s statutory finances and regulated operations.

Since joining ANHH, Hayley has consulted on projects across third and public sectors.

Our brand values

We believe in the philosophy of ‘to the point for a change’ which we live and breathe through the following brand values in everything that we do as a business.

Partnering

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We will partner with you to help support your organisation in building better governance

No-Nonsense

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We are to the point in providing honest and evidence based advice to help make a positive difference to the way that you work

Knowledgeable

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We have the collective knowledge, capability and experience to add value to any project

Changemakers

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Whatever we do is always aimed at making improvements as we embrace change

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