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Our leadership teams

We are a team of more than 5,000 professionals and experts, with hundreds of years of health service and care experience between us working together to change lives and transform health and care. You can meet some of our colleagues on our Careers portal, and we’ve listed the details of our leadership team below.

Dr Vivienne McVey – Chief Executive Officer

Dr McVey qualified in medicine at the University of Cambridge and she began her career in 1986 working first in London, then as a full-time GP partner in Beaconsfield.

Whilst a GP she was also involved in NHS commissioning as Chair of the Professional Executive Committee of her local PCT and led the development of new ways of delivering health services in the community.

One of the founders of the business in 2006, Dr McVey has been a member of the Virgin Care Board since 2010. Vivienne has overseen the growth of Virgin Care since it began driving the focus on transformation of health and care services in the community, becoming CEO in February 2019.

Vivienne believes that health and care begins in the community and has championed the community services sector throughout her career. She spends any free time singing with her local community choir, walking in the countryside and reading as much as she can.

Dr Peter Taylor – Chief Medical Officer

Peter qualified in medicine in 1987 from the University of Leeds and began his career as a GP in Yorkshire. As well as primary care, Peter worked in a wide variety of medical fields including disability assessment and occupational health, before his career took him into medical management and leadership.

Peter has a wealth of experience working with the public and independent sector developing and implementing quality programmes to improve health and social care and meet professional and regulatory standards. Peter joined Virgin Care in 2010, where he leads our quality function providing clinical leadership across the country.

Peter says he’s passionate about quality and making things better, and helping others innovate and transform the care they provide to everyone

David Deitz – Chief Financial Officer

David attended both the University of Arkansas (BS, BA) 2006, and the University of Cambridge (M.Phil) 2007, CIMA (ACMA / CGMA) 2018.

David has a proven track record in finance management, business development and corporate strategy within the healthcare sector. He started his career in the healthcare industry in 2007, beginning as a consultant and providing service redesign and commissioning expertise to the NHS.

David joined Virgin Care as Head of Business Development in 2009, having had the central role in developing and executing the strategy for the growth of the business. Some of his key accomplishments include winning over £900million revenue from NHS contracts as well as being awarded Virgin Care Star of the Year in 2012. After working for the largest healthcare service provider in the UAE for five years, David re-joined Virgin Care in 2018 as Director of Commercial Finance, with the responsibility of overseeing the commercial performance of all Virgin Care services.

At present, David is Virgin Care’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing property, procurement, group finance, as well as commercial finance and contract management.

David has four girls that happily take up his non-working hours, including one with autism spectrum disorder, which has only increased his passion to ensure the services we provide for the vulnerable, including children and young people, are of the highest quality.

Samantha Kane – Chief People Officer

Samantha has worked in various HR leadership roles since 2006, mainly in the public and third sector, including Police, Prison Service, Local Authority and Education. She has also held a number of senior roles in the Health and Social Care Sector, including Public Health, Welfare, Offender Health, Learning Disability and Mental Health services. She has a breadth of experience in delivering large scale change and transformation programmes, mobilising new services/products and as a Chartered member of the CIPD she specialises in Organisational Development, Design, Engagement and Leadership Development.

Samantha joined Virgin Care in 2017 and later took up the role of Chief People Officer in November 2018, when she also became a member of our Executive Team. Through the design and execution of our people and service strategy Samantha has led the organisation to embrace new, innovative and effective people and workforce initiatives that enables us to attract, develop and retain the very best talent.

Significant achievements include a year on year improvement in our organisational engagement scores, the adoption of local workforce plans across all of our operational services (focusing on workforce planning, development and recruitment) and the roll out of a new performance management framework. Samantha is passionate about the people agenda and bringing it to life in a meaningful way so that it resonates, motivates and inspires all colleagues.

She believes her primary purpose as CPO is to help shape and create a work environment that will enable people to thrive and bring their best self to work. She is a strong advocate for colleague health and wellbeing and empowering people to own and drive local improvements which in turn transform lives, making a difference to the people we support.

Anita Andrews – Chief Operating Officer

Anita has been with Virgin Care for 14 years, and has been part of the Executive Team for 7 years. Anita has undertaken a number of roles within the organisation through her tenure, most recently returning to the role of our Chief Operating Officer from April 2021, having worked as our of Chief Transformation Officer previously. Anita is accountable for ensuring the delivery of transformed models of care to improve outcomes for our service users, in a way that is effective and sustainable whilst continuing to deliver safe services.

Her experience comes from working in the sector since 1995, previously for the NHS until joining Virgin Care in 2007. She has a young family who keep her very busy, but in the spare time she does have she supports charities with their strategies and holds a trustee position for a Woman and Children’s Aid charity. Anita is passionate about supporting the most vulnerable within our society and believes that everyone deserves access to high-quality health and social care services that leave a lasting impact and make a positive difference.

 

David Watkins – General Counsel

David qualified as a solicitor in 2011, having studied English at Loughborough University before completing his law degree at The College of Law.

Prior to joining Virgin Care in 2015, David trained at Oury Clark, a law firm based in London, before moving in-house to work at the London operation of HCA International, a large US private hospital company.

Since joining the organisation, David has worked on a wide variety of commercial and corporate matters, including many of the key contracts across the business. In his role as General Counsel David is responsible for the provision of legal services to the business, legal risk management, compliance with corporate governance and company secretarial requirements, as well as programme management throughout the organisation.

Our board

David Bennett - Chairman

David trained as a physicist, obtaining a D.Phil from Oxford University before starting his career first as a research scientist.

David’s long and wide-ranging career includes many senior roles in the public and private sector, including as former Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit under Prime Minister Tony Blair. David also spent several years as Chairman and Chief Executive of Monitor where he was responsible for the economic regulation of the health sector and for overseeing around two thirds of NHS trusts with a combined £46bn turnover.

As a result, he has extensive knowledge of the Health and Social Care systems. Since leaving Monitor David has worked with a number of businesses that are seeking to help the NHS deliver better services to its users. In these and other roles David has gained significant hands on and board-level experience of building, re-structuring and running a variety of businesses.

David became chairman of Virgin Care in October 2019, however, he still retains a close interest in science and technology. Since his work in No.10 and Monitor, he has become very interested in how innovation – in processes and systems as well as technology – can be used to deliver better healthcare for people.

Michael Medlicott - Non-Executive Director

Profile photograph of MichaelMichael attended Lincoln College at the University of Oxford, where he attained a BA Hons. (distinction) and MA. Michael has extensive Non-Executive experience in the Social and Health Care sectors, following an Executive career in financial services, tourism and transport, including a top management position at Delta Air Lines Inc., Chief Executive of the British Tourist Authority and Transaction Director at Nomura’s Principal Finance Group.

He served as Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Manchester Airports Group, National Savings & Investments and the Civil Aviation Authority among others. Michael was appointed as Non-Executive Director to the Virgin Care Board in December 2015, bringing deep experience in corporate governance. Michael is currently Non-Executive Chairman at Caring Homes Healthcare Group and at Myriad Holdco, Ltd.

Among his many interests are Fellowships of three Royal Societies, languages, horticulture and travelling in perfect company with his wife, Susan.

Anita Waters - Non-Executive Director

Profile photograph of AnitaAnita studied law at the University of Cambridge and Nottingham Law School before qualifying as a solicitor in 2003.

Prior to joining Virgin, Anita worked as a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills. Anita is a non-executive director to the Virgin Care Board and Legal Director at the Virgin Group.

She has been with Virgin since 2008 and is responsible for protecting and enhancing Virgin’s portfolio and reputation by advising on a broad range of strategic matters and pursuing Virgin’s purpose of changing business for good.

Caroline Ng - Non-Executive Director

Profile photograph of CarolineCaroline is a non-executive director of Virgin Care and a Managing Director at the Virgin Group. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Prior to joining the Virgin Group, Caroline worked in M&A at Goldman Sachs and prior to that as a consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Caroline joined the Virgin Group in 2009 and is responsible for investment execution and portfolio management. Caroline’s current board positions include Virgin Active, Virgin Mobile Middle East and Virgin Care.

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