Regional Partnership Board

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Working together for a Healthier Gwent for the right care and support, in the right place, at the right time

Gwent Regional Partnership Board

As set out in the Partnership Arrangements (Wales) Regulations 2015, local Councils and local health boards need to set up Regional Partnership Boards (RPB). This is to manage and develop services to secure strategic planning and working together. RPB's also need to make sure effective services, and care and support is in place to best meet the needs of their respective population. The goals of the Regional Partnership Boards are to make sure the partnership bodies work effectively together to:

  • Respond to the population assessment carried out in line with section 14 of the Act.
  • Develop, publish and implement the Area Plans for each region covered as required under section 14A of the Act.
  • Make sure partners give sufficient resources for the partnership arrangements, in line with their powers under section 167 of the Act.
  • Promote the establishment of pooled funds where appropriate.


Regional Partnership Boards (RPB) will also need to prioritise the integration of services in relation to:

  • Older people with complex needs and long term conditions, including dementia.
  • People with learning disabilities.
  • Carers, including young carers.
  • Integrated Family Support Services.
  • Children with complex needs due to disability or illness.

Members profiles


Ann Lloyd has spent the majority of her career as a CEO of large health service organisations. Her career culminated in her appointment as Director General - Health and Social Care - Welsh Government and NHS Wales CEO, a post she occupied for 8 years. Responsible for a budget of £5.8 billion and the oversight of all Welsh health and social care policies and health services, Ann developed the 10 year strategy for Wales, the health care standards and associated Inspectorate, and designed and led the restructuring of NHS Wales organisations in 2002/3 and 2008/9. She was the Accounting Officer responsible to the UK and Welsh Governments and Parliaments for all issues affecting the governance and financial management of the Welsh organisations.

She occupied the position of Health and Social Care Appointments Commissioner for London for 2 years, overseeing the competence of NHS Boards and their non-executives. She advised and supported the Chair and the CEO of NHS London on the governance and leadership criteria required for the reorganisation of the London NHS bodies.

Ann has been operating as an independent advisor and coach since 2012, specialising in Board effectiveness and governance reviews, skills audits and board development and special investigations. She has recently completed an independent review for the Welsh Health Minister into service planning engagement and consultation systems in Wales to recommend any changes that should be made and has led the targeted intervention review for Welsh Government into the North Wales Health Services and Board. She evaluates, assesses and coaches executives, chairs and non-executives in the public and not for profit sectors. She was a senior associate with the Good Governance Institute between 2011 and 2018. Ann has also been a trustee of a number of charities, including the Shaw Trust and she was chair of Mind Cymru until 2017, when she was appointed as Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Ann Lloyd



Phil Robson



Phil was appointed as an Independent Member of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2010. From April 2016 until May 2018 he was the Vice- Chair. He was recently appointed to the position of Special Advisor to the Board.

Following an early career in the steel industry, Philip joined the former Gwent County Council in 1983 and spent the next 27 years in Local Government. He held a variety of practitioner roles as a Social Worker and Senior Manager specialising in Child Protection.

He became the Director of Social Services for Powys County Council in 2001 and was appointed Executive Director People and Wellbeing in 2005. This post encompassed the role of Director of Social Services and Chief Education Officer. Philip retired from his position with Powys in December 2008 and since then has undertaken a number of appointments on behalf of Welsh Ministers. These include leading several inquiries into the functioning of Social Services Departments in Wales. In February 2010 he was appointed to the Independent Commission on Social Services in Wales. The Commission was set up to advise Government on the future shape and organisation of Social Services. The recommendations of the Commission formed the basis of the Social Services and Well Being Act.

Within the Health Board, Phil has chaired several committees including Audit, Partnerships and Wellbeing, Strategic Change, Finance and Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. Phil is particularly interested in service integration and is currently Vice Chair of the Regional Partnership Board.

Cllr Elaine Forehead


Caerphilly CBC

Cllr. Elaine Forehead serves County Councillor in Van ward of the Council for Caerphilly County Borough.

Cllr. Forehead lives in her hometown of Caerphilly where she serves as local ward member.

Cllr. Forehead was educated at the Bedwas High school and attended Cardiff Met where she studied Social Work.

Cllr Forehead is a mother of 2 grown up children and grandmother to a 6 year old boy.

Her career has focussed around social care and protection of the most vulnerable people within the community.

Starting her political career in 2000, when she was elected as a local ward member for St James (later becoming Van), Cllr. Forehead has previously served as the Vice Chair of the Social Services scrutiny Committee and in 2022 became a member of the Cabinet for Social Care

An active member within her local community, Cllr. Forehead is the chair of the Van Community Council and is also a volunteer for the local food bank and community cafe.

Sally has worked for Newport City Council since July 2013 first as the Head of Children's Services and since November 2021 as the Strategic Director for Social Services, Prevention and Inclusion.

She qualified as a social worker in 1989 after a brief flirtation with academia. Sally spent her childhood in Cardiff and returned to Wales to undertake social work training.

She has worked for over thirty years in social care with experience in a range of local authority and third sector settings.

Sally Ann Jenkins


Newport CC

Striving to simplify the overly complicated world of health and social care systems is what Tanya strives to achieve in my current role as Interim Director of Social Services. As a member of the Regional Partnership Board she provides appropriate challenge when needed and works hard to develop trusting, transparent working relationships to meet the needs of the children and adults we serve.

Tanya is a qualified social worker and has a Master Degree in Human Services. She has worked for Blaenau Gwent Social Services department for the past 13 years. Prior to that she worked for Newport City Council for 16 yrs. Tanya's social work career has centered around all aspects of children's services with significant overlap with adult services along the way.

Prior to embarking her my social work career she qualified as a Registered General Nurse. Within this role she worked for the Health Board in England and Wales.

Tanya Evans


Blaenau Gwent CBC

Cllr Hayden Trollope


Blaenau Gwent CBC

Cllr Trollope is currently the Executive Member for Social Services within Blaenau Gwent, a position he has held previously. He has held many posts including Executive for the Environment and Chair of the Education Scrutiny Committee.

Outside of the Council Cllr Trollope is very active in the community and is Chair of the local Tenants Association, advocates for disability rights and hates discrimination in any form.

Previously he was very active in the Trade Union movement where he served as Chair of Disabled Members of Wales in the T & G, now Unite Union for 15 years. He has also previously served as Chair of the local Crime Prevention Panel.

Jason O'Brien is the current Acting Strategic Director for Social Care and Housing in Torfaen; a position he has held since April 2018. He held the position of Head of Children and Family Services within the Local Authority for the previous four years.

Jason started his career working within large residential children's homes before becoming a qualified social worker in 1993. Jason has held several positions in front line children and family services, youth justice services and as an independent social worker providing specialist assessments and interventions for public and private court matters.

Previous management roles, in several local authority areas, have focussed on the development of successful prevention and early intervention services, transformation of services and the development of multi-agency teams and collaborative working within the social care sector.

Jason O'Brien


Torfaen CBC

Cllr David Daniels


Torfaen CBC

David has been a Torfaen County Borough Councillor since 2012; first representing the Llantarnam ward, and since 2017, his home ward of Pontnewydd. In that time, he has held several Cabinet roles. He currently has responsibility for Adult Services and Housing and has sought to become a strong advocate for both.

Between 2006 and 2010, he studied Animal Behaviour in Aberystwyth, but ultimately decided he preferred working with people. Before working in politics, David had several jobs in hospitality and retail. In the latter, he became passionate about improving workers' rights, and joined the Labour Party in 2010 to do just that.

David lives with his partner Emma, their young daughter Alys, and three incredibly needy cats. He actively advocates on a number of issues, in particular: climate change, poverty, housing, mental health, adult services, and disability rights. He enjoys hiking, reading, music, and is a big fan of comedy.

Jane came to Monmouthshire in 2005 after a career in youth justice and child protection social work in various London Boroughs. She joined Monmouthshire County Council working in Children’s Services in a variety of operational and strategic roles, becoming Head of Service in 2016. Jane has been in her current position as Chief Officer for Social Care since October 2021.

Jane Rodgers


Monmouthshire CC

Nicola started working in the NHS in 1991 as a finance management trainee. Since qualifying in 1995 as a Chartered Accountant with CIPFA she has held a number of senior finance roles across South Wales, including 16 years working for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

After joining Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2014, initially as an Assistant Finance Director, Nicola quickly progressed to be appointed to the role of Executive Director of Planning, Digital and IT in 2015 and more recently she took on the role of Deputy Chief Executive.

Nicola led the Clinical Futures Programme across the Health Board area and the opening of The Grange University Hospital in 2020. She is passionate about the continuous improvement of services and ensuring patients and the public are at the heart of our planning. Nicola is also a strong advocate of personal development and training to ensure staff are well equipped and motivated to deliver the challenges of working for the NHS. 

Nicola was appointed as Chief Executive of the Health Board in September 2022.

Proud to work and live in Wales, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Nicola Prygodzicz



Anne has been working with Torfaen Voluntary Alliance since 2002 and has undertaken various roles through the course of her employment with the organisation

Anne is now the Strategic Executive Officer, working alongside her Senior Management Team colleague Aimi Morris, Operational Executive Officer.

The SMT structure has been in place since 2018 and works together with the Board of Torfaen Voluntary Alliance and the staff team,

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance supports community-based organisations, groups, and social enterprise development in Torfaen and assists third sector organisations to secure funding also by providing advice on, governance and structures, charity law registration and constitutions

Everyone at TVA, are committed to supporting the Third Sector. The Board of Governance, Management and staff collectively.

Anne Evans



Stephen Tiley



Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer for the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO). GAVO is the largest County Voluntary Council (CVC) in Wales.

In 2014 Stephen began working for Caerphilly County Borough Council. During his 17 years working for the Council, Stephen worked predominantly for Social Services Finance. After becoming a registered Accountant through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he joined GAVO as a Finance Manager.

In 2016, Stephen progressed from this Finance role to the post of Deputy Chief Executive Officer in which he helped embed the GAVO strategy and Third Sector voice, into the Public Service initiatives across the regions of Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.

In April 2020 Stephen was appointed as the GAVO Chief Executive Officer and in doing so, has expanded on the previous responsibilities, to drive the Organisation and its strategy forward. As CEO of a CVC it is important, to ensure full integration of the Organisation, and the voice of the Third Sector into the Public Service landscape and structures across all GAVO regions within Gwent.

Stephen is passionate about Communities and the Third Sector, and ensures that the voice of the Sector is heard, with a specific key aim and desire to work in collaboration and with integration of all partners.

Edward Watts became Chair of GAVO in November 2016 after having served on its Board since 1997.

After working for Tesco for over 35 years, Edward ended his career there on the Tesco Pension Trust Board. He also chairs the Mission to Seafarers and the Merchant Navy, South West Port Welfare Committee, based in Newport.

Edward is also; Chair of Gwent Scouts, which provides activities for 2000 young people aged 6-25, a member of the Planning Committee of the Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, which is the independent voice for all patients in Gwent receiving NHS services.

Edward is also the Gwent Police and British Transport Independent Advisory Group Deputy Chair and on Pillgwenlly Primary School Board of Governors.

Edward continues to be a dedicated diversity champion, committed to equal opportunities across the communities of Gwent.

Edward Watts



Melanie Minty


Care Forum Wales

Melanie Minty is the Policy Advisor for Care Forum Wales, the umbrella body for 450 private and third sector providers of regulated social care services in Wales (care homes, domiciliary care, hospices and supported living services) and represents the Gwent Regional Provider Forum. She joined the sector in 2012 after 24 years working in the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. In addition to the Gwent Regional Partnership Board, Melanie sits on Powys RPBs and on Cwm Taff Morgannwg's Adult Programme Board. She is Secretary to the National Provider Forum for Wales and sits on a number of national groups including the Welsh Language in Health and Social Care Partnership Board; Dementia Oversight of Implementation and Impact Group; Liberty Protection Safeguards SRG; Social Care Fair Work Forum subgroup on Collective Bargaining; Social Care Workforce Regulation SRG; National Commissioning Framework Standards T&FG; Rebalancing Care Voice and Engagement T&FG; Senedd Cross Party Group on Hospice and Palliative Care; CPG on Older People and Ageing; HEIW's National Care Home Education Facilitator SRG; ENRICH Cymru Advisory Group; Strategic Programme for Primary Care - Care Home Immunisations and Community Nursing T&FGs.

Lorraine Morgan is the Carer representative for Torfaen and also for Stakeholder Reference Group for ABUHB since 2011, where she became Chair 2015 - 2018.

She supported her parents to stay in their own home until their late nineties in 2012, and now supports her adult daughter who is autistic. She lives in Torfaen now but is originally from Newport. She has 3 grandchildren who live in Germany.

Lorraine is a former registered nurse, social care and housing practitioner, manager and academic retiring in 2013 from the Open University in Wales with the lead for Health, Nursing and Social Care. Her whole professional and now volunteering life has been about the participation of people in their receipt of services, community development and the effective monitoring and evaluating of care and support. From 1990s she studied gerontology, citizenship for older people and the management of care, worked for 12 years in Housing, writing aspects of a new housing degree, teaching social work and various Non Executive roles in national boards in Wales and England, and UK registered charities.

She has worked in appointed advisory roles for Wales Older People Commissioner, Welsh Government Strategy for Older People and Expert Housing Group.

She was a Melin Homes Board member 2010-19 and a TVA Board member from 2019.

She is Chair of a new award winning UK charity based in Wales called Action for Elders. The charity now provides programmes locally.

She has used the pandemic to reflect with some expert innovators on the present status of institutional long term care for older adults. She has recently jointly set up a social enterprise to lead, with partners, the creation of a demonstrator site for testing and evaluating a new eco-system for long term care. This will involve co-design and production and support people to stay at home or where they choose, despite health and care conditions, all of their lives.

Lorraine Morgan


Citizen's Panel

Paula has worked in social housing for over 30 years for a range of successful housing organisations across England and Wales and took up her current role as Chief Executive of the regional housing association Melin Homes in early 2017.

Prior to joining Melin she was Chief Executive of a housing, health and care charity based in Bristol. Paula began her housing career working in London where she developed a passion for ensuring excellence in service delivery and challenging inequality.

Paula is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a board member of Community Housing Cymru where she is Vice Chair.

Paula Kennedy


Housing Rep

Will McLean


Education Rep

Will McLean has extensive career experience of working across the public and private sectors in Wales. He has worked at a senior level at local, regional and national government and has experience of working and leading peer work.

He is currently Chief Officer, Children and Young People at Monmouthshire County Council. In this role he leads the county's 35 schools and a range of other services to support children and young people. Prior to taking on the responsibility for the education service he was the programme director for the authority following a critical inspection report. The authority came out of special measures and received a positive report in 2020. During his tenure the authority has delivered a £90m programme of new school builds and also rationalised and modernised its provision for children with additional learning needs, particularly those with emotional and social behaviour needs. He has also led a range of corporate services in Monmouthshire including strategic planning, performance management, policy development and democratic services. Before his arrival in Monmouthshire, he led a programme of public service reform in the Welsh Government. The focus of his role was to promote greater collaboration across the Welsh public service.

His experience of local government was formed working for the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) as a corporate improvement lead. This role involved supporting local authorities across Wales become more adept at facing leadership challenges and ensuring that good governance was the centre of their work. He co-managed the Welsh Government’s intervention board in an authority as it recovered from a highly critical social services review. During his time at the WLGA he established and led a series of financial and corporate peer reviews. These had the aim of assessing authority's preparedness for the financial challenges of the medium term and the transformational capability of the organisation.

His career started as a public service specialist in PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He worked in both assurance and advisory services across England and Wales.

RPB Meetings and Minutes



Monday 16th October 2023, 09:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 14th November 2023, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Monday 11th December 2023, 09:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 30th January 2024, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 19th March 2024,2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 21st May 2024, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 23rd July 2024, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 24th September 2024, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday 19th November 2024, 2:00pm – 4:30pm



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