Following an extensive recruitment process, two non-executive director (NED) appointments have been made to the NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

Ayesha Janjua has been appointed to the Primary Care and Direct Commissioning* position, while Karen Clements will take on the NED role for the People and Remuneration Committee.

Both Ayesha and Karen bring wide ranging skills, knowledge, experience and commitment to public service and will make an invaluable contribution to helping shape the future of health and care with Gloucestershire’s people and communities.

They will play a key oversight role in making sure NHS Gloucestershire plans and commissions high quality, joined up care, continues to prioritise and tackle health inequalities, makes best use of resources and attracts additional resources as a leading health and care system.

Dame Gill Morgan, Chair, NHS Gloucestershire, said:

“I am so pleased to welcome Ayesha and Karen to our non-executive team. They were excellent candidates and will each bring unique skills and insight to Gloucestershire’s health and care system. They will strengthen our One Gloucestershire partnership approach to developing and supporting our workforce, enhancing the quality of support and care we provide to local people and working alongside local communities to improve health and wellbeing.”

Ayesha said:

“I’m really pleased to be joining the NHS in Gloucestershire at an exciting time for Direct Commissioning*, and I look forward to using my experience to support the organisation in improving access to services, outcomes and experiences for our local population.”

Karen said:

“I’m delighted to have been appointed as the lead Non-Executive Director for People and Remuneration. I am passionate about building a sustainable health and care workforce in Gloucestershire and I look forward to working together to attract and retain more staff into the county, building its reputation as a great place to live, work and learn.”

Ayesha and Karen will join the organisation in the coming weeks.

*Primary Care and Direct Commissioning – planning and buying primary medical (GP), community pharmacy, optometry (eye) and dental services.

Ayesha Janjua

Ayesha has over 20 years’ experience providing support and challenge to health and care organisations. She currently works in NHS Arden and Gem Commissioning Support Unit as head of Leadership and Organisational Development. She has led Trust and CCG Board and Executive leadership development programmes and advises organisations on Well-led inspections, governance and culture. Ayesha has worked in the private and public sectors and has held a Trustee role in the charitable sector.

Ayesha also has recent experience of supporting NHS England and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) with the delegation of Direct Commissioning* functions into ICBs.

Karen Clements

Karen is a senior executive with over 35 years’ experience, including board level positions, operating in complex, highly regulated businesses across the Insurance, Banking. Legal and Commercial Real Estate sectors. She has worked in strategic business planning and delivery for over 20 years, with experience of assessing the operational and financial performance of organisations, identifying opportunities for improvement and of creating and then delivering a clear strategy to take the organisation forward.

Karen brings practical experience of implementing approaches that improve employee engagement and secure the commitment of individuals and teams to deliver meaningful change. Karen will bring this people focus to her role as chair the People committee.