Anna L Prytherch - Project Manager
Anna is Project Manager for Rural Health and Care Wales, having commenced in post at the beginning of February 2017. Anna is a business post-graduate (BScEcon; MBA) who has recently submitted her PhD in Business and Management (Learning Networks and Knowledge Transfer in small Businesses). Anna has over 25 years senior managerial experience in private, public and third sector organisations, also having established a consultancy business that was recognised as one of Wales Top 100 start-up businesses in 2006. She is PRINCE2 accredited (Project Management) and holds a higher education teaching qualification, with experience of lecturing at FE and HE level. Prior to working for RHCW, Anna was manager of vocational learning across Ceredigion, working for the local authority. She has an avid interest in lifelong learning and continuous professional development and will be leading the research on education, training and CPD of health and social care professionals in rural areas. A fluent Welsh speaker, Anna was born and grew up in rural Mid Wales, being passionate about the area and its diverse and unique natural environment and culture.
Joanne Creasey - Project Development Officer
Joanne Creasey is the Project Development Officer for Rural Health and Care Wales. Joanne has lived in the Ceredigion region on and off since she was 3 years old. She is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration and service industry. Joanne is a strong education professional with a PGCE focused in Science and Mathematics from Aberystwyth University and a BSC (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science from Wolverhampton University.
After obtaining her degree Joanne worked as a Research Assistant at the famous Stopford Building at Manchester University where she not only did her own research but also managed a research group of undergraduate and postgraduate students. She then went to work as a Research Assistant at Aberystwyth University where she met her future husband. In 2000, Joanne decided to do a PGCE at Aberystwyth and embarked on a teaching career that spanned over 15 years.
Following the birth of a child, she moved role to become an education officer at Natural Resources Wales (formerly Forestry Commission Wales) where she worked with a variety of external stakeholders to deliver educational sessions in rural settings. After another maternity period, she moved back into teaching, covering fixed term posts in Powys. She joined RHCW in February 2017.
Jack Evershed - Co-Chair RHCW Management Group
Mr Jack Evershed was previously Chair of the Wales Board of Community Health Councils and as a leading member of the ‘Aber Group’ campaigned to retain services at Bronglais Hospital for many years.
He is an acute observer of health policy and has an interest in governance issues. Mr Evershed brings a wealth of relevant skills and experience, with particular strength in engaging with, understanding and influencing local dynamics and communities.
Dr Ruth Hall - Co-Chair RHCW Management Group
With a professional background in medicine, Dr Ruth Hall practised as a public health consultant in North Wales from 1990 with specialist interest in environmental health, before appointment as Chief Medical Officer for Wales (1997 -2005). Ruth was a non-executive director of the Environment Agency from 2005 - 2012 and was an expert member of Ofwat's Future Regulation Advisory Panel from 2009 - 12. She serves on the Public Health Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and holds a visiting Chair at the University of the West of England. Ruth is also a member of Glandwr Cymru, the Canal and River Trust's All Wales Partnership and is a Governor of the new Public Policy Institute for Wales hosted by Cardiff University. Ruth is part of the Communities Board Group, Remuneration Committee Member and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Member within NRW.