Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Michael van Hemert

Managing Director

Michael joins us from his role at South East CSU as interim Managing Director where he quickly gained an understanding of the potential for CSUs and their role in improving patient services. Prior to joining the NHS Michael had a highly successful commercial career, mainly in logistics, holding increasingly senior leadership positions, most recently as Chief Operating Officer within an international shipping services business with responsibility for 3000 staff. He has a strong customer focus and a wealth of commercial experience both of which are of significant benefit to SCW.

Customer Services


Executive Director of Operations

David Tappin

Executive Director of Transformation

David leads SCW's Transformation and Consultancy service for health and care organisations regionally and nationally. He is an experienced leader with a strong track record in delivering service and system transformation in complex health and social care systems. He has 15 years' experience at board level and has worked as an executive director in both major acute provider organisations and in large, complex commissioning organisations.

David is currently working with a number of health and care systems, supporting the delivery of sustainability and transformation plans and the development of ACSs. He also leads the delivery of SCW’s support to multiple CCGs and systems through the national QIPP Delivery Programme. 

Corporate Services

Rod How

Executive Director of Finance

Rod has significant experience in senior finance roles in the NHS, including mental health services, mixed community provider trusts and health authorities.  He was previously Finance Director at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Most recently, Rod was Chief Finance Officer and Commercial Director at NHS South West CSU.


Executive Director of Customer Delivery

Alison Kingscott

Director of HR, OD and Communications

Alison has considerable leadership experience at Board level in the NHS coupled with a strong background in HR and Organisation Development consultancy. Alison now oversees the corporate aspects of HR, Organisation Development and Communications at SCW, ensuring not only that we continue to invest in our people but that we invest in organisation transformation in line with the Five Year Forward View. Alison is also leading the SCW agenda to support performance improvement for the wider NHS.

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