Meet The Team

Anna L Prytherch - Head of Rural Health and Care Wales

Anna L Prytherch

Anna is Head of 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.

Michelle Symes - Research and Development Officer

Michelle Symes - Research and Development Officer

Michelle joined RHCW in November 2022 as a Research and Development Officer. Michelle joined RHCW from Bronglais Hospital (Dyfi and Ystwyth Wards) where she worked as a Ward Clerk, and Family Liaison Officer, combining this patient focussed work with research support within the Social Policy Department of the University of Birmingham. Prior to this Michelle had worked as a Postgraduate and Research Administrator within the Computer Science, Physics and Maths Departments at Aberystwyth University. Her interests are around healthcare systems, patient experience specifically relating to Dementia, and the accessibility of healthcare provision within the Mid Wales region.

Rebecca Gardner - Macmillan Rural Cancer Experience Researcher

Rebecca Gardner - Macmillan Rural Cancer Experience Researcher

Becky joined RHCW in July 2023 as the Macmillan Rural Cancer Experience Researcher. She has an MSc in Global Public Health from Queen Mary University, an ILM Level 5 diploma in Leadership and Management and a BA in Geography. Becky has previously managed a private dental practice, worked for a pharmaceutical company and in retail management; she has also been a Lay diagnostics committee member for NICE. Becky has been to school, university and raised a family in Mid Wales and feels passionately about the place, the people and the community. Becky will be researching the cancer experiences of people living with cancer in rural mid Wales, with the aim of uncovering any potential inequalities between the rural and urban experience.

 

Claire Hamer - Research and Development Officer

Claire Hamer - Research and Development Officer

Claire joined RHCW in December 2022 as a Research and Development Officer. Claire joined RHCW from Bronglais Hospital (Gwenllian Ward) where she worked as a Midwife for 11 years. Prior to this Claire worked as a Policy Officer for Commodities at the Farmers Union of Wales in the Aberystwyth office. Her interests are around the provision of healthcare within rural Mid Wales and mental health provision and accessibility in rural Mid Wales, specifically in relation to perinatal mental health.

Lottee Deak - Research and Development Officer

Lottee Deak - Research and Development Officer

Lottee Deak - Research and Development Officer

Lottee Deak - Research and Development Officer

Lottee began working as a Research & Development Officer at RHCW in December 2023.Lottee joined RHCW from Bronglais Hospital where she works as HCSW-Bank. Following her achievement of first-class BSc Hons Psychology Degree, Lottee has undertaken work and further study as part of an MPhil in Psychology at Aberystwyth University. Lottee has further extended her research skills and experiences as part of the Research Team in Aberystwyth University Psychology Department as a Community Engagement Research Fellow for various research projects. Lottee has volunteered for DDAS for several years and has been employed as an Outreach and Support Worker under the Younger and Older Person Service, Ex-Offender and Housing First Project, and as a member of a variety of organisations to assist individuals in need.  Lottee`s interests are around communities and health, holistic care and the health benefits of being in nature and preventative health care services especially those relating to mental health.

Mari Lewis - Research and Development Officer

Mari Lewis - Research and Development Officer

Mari Lewis - Research and Development Officer

Mari Lewis - Research and Development Officer

Mari joined RHCW in December 2023 as a Research and Development Officer. Mari joined as an Aberystwyth University graduate with an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate degree in Behaviour Change. During her studies, Mari spent a summer working as a Project Support for the Coastal Uplands: Heritage and Tourism (CUPHAT) project with Aberystwyth University, where she was tasked to conduct research on the community life and culture in the Preseli Hills and Cambrian Mountains, to aid in populating the new CUPHAT website that attempts to attract more tourism to these areas. Growing up, Mari spent her weekends working for her family’s business, W.D. Lewis & Son (an agricultural merchant in Lampeter) and is since working there part-time alongside this role. These interactions with citizens from agricultural communities has led Mari to feel passionately about the well-being of those living in isolated rural areas in Wales, especially when concerning the mental health of farmers, and other individuals from the agricultural sector.

 

Peter Skitt - Chair RHCW Stakeholder Group

Peter Skitt - Chair of RHCW Stakeholder Group

Peter Skitt currently holds a joint role as Ceredigion County Director for Hywel Dda University Health Board and Programme Director for the Mid Wales Joint Committee.  He has over 40 years of experience of working in both clinical and non-clinical leadership roles within the health service across primary, community and secondary care services and has been the lead for a number of joint partnerships and collaboratives between health, social care and third sector organisations.