Helen leads the executive team to develop strategic plans in association with other partners and to ensure these are delivered and, as an integral member of the Board, reviews performance and oversees effective governance of the company.
A key priority is to champion patient services and standards, as well as influencing and supporting national, regional and local healthcare policy and decision-making.
Helen is also a financial specialist in Internal Control Environments and Procedures and has experience in internal audit, negotiation, organisational set up, acquisitions, quality assurance.
Helen has worked with audit, legal and banking professionals at PLCs, private companies, social enterprises and charitable organisations.
Deputy Chief Executive
Andrew is a founder member of Local Care Direct who was attracted to social enterprise after a career which had spanned roles in journalism, public relations, general management and consultancy in the public and private sectors.
Andrew remains committed to the benefits provided by effective social business.
In his current role, Andrew has responsibility for business development, project management, risk management, information technology, governance, business planning and communications.
Director & Company Secretary
With a background in operational and project management within the financial services and retail environment, Tom has worked with Local Care Direct since 2006.
Tom’s portfolio of responsibilities currently includes Board Governance, Estates, Health & Safety as well as heading up our dental services business arm, Dental Care Direct.
Director of Urgent Care
Denise leads our urgent care services. She is an advanced nurse practitioner with extensive background in healthcare management.
Denise has spent the last twelve years in both management and clinical practice in acute and urgent care settings. Shehas built strong relationships across the local health economy to support the redesign of care pathways which improves patient care.
Denise is part of the Clinical Leader Network for the Yorkshire and Humber region and is a valued member of local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) looking at clinical governance and urgent care transformation.
Dr Mutaz Aldawoud
Director of Clinical Innovation
Mutaz works as a General Practitioner in Bradford and holds an MBA with specialism in strategic management in life sciences and healthcare. He joined Local Care Direct in July 2011 as Clinical Lead for Service Innovation.
He is passionate about narrowing the gap in health inequalities and in enabling technology to enhance quality of life and improve health outcomes.
Mutaz has represented grassroot GPs through being a member and negotiator for Bradford & Airedale’s Local Medical Committee since 2008.
Director of Finance
Diane is responsible for the financial management of the organisation. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the profession, having previously worked in public practice and industry.
Diane has been involved in acquisitions, business start up and restructures and has worked with audit, banking, legal and pension professionals in both private companies and PLCs.
Dr David Kaushal
Director of Clinical Services & Quality
David works as a General Practitioner in Leeds and Bradford. He joined Local Care Direct in December 2012 as a clinician, and was awarded the best sessional clinician award for LCD 2014. He is passionate about patient care and is also a Medical Tutor with the West Yorkshire Deanery. He holds full registration with the GMC with a current licence to practice and is named on the national performers list as a General Practitioner.
As well as being experienced in drug and alcohol misuse, he is certified RCGP Part 1 in Substance Misuse, incorporating harm reduction, opiate substitute therapy, alcohol dependence, and management of complex psychosocial co-morbidity in vulnerable adults.
Dr Georgina Haslam
Chair of the Board
Georgina has had a portfolio career including working as a GP in Bingley, West Yorkshire until 2013. She was acting Clinical Director for Local Care Direct from 2010-11. She has over 20 years’ experience of commissioning new patient services which deliver holistic care closer to home.
Whilst Clinical Lead for the Yorkshire Cancer Network she worked both regionally and nationally to improve outcomes for cancer patients. She previously chaired Clinical Executive committees in both Bradford and Airedale and as Urgent Care lead for Bradford City and District CCGs led the development of clinical governance within the NHS 111 service.
Georgina is a Care Quality Commission GP specialist advisor, an Honorary Tutor for the University of Leeds Medical School and Chair of Trustees of the Shipley based charity Health Action Local Engagement (HALE).