Key people


Professor Ross Welch


Professor Welch was elected President in 2016 following a three-year term as Chairman. He has been a member of the Association since 2000.

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Dr Claudia Paoloni


Dr Paoloni was elected Chairman of the HCSA executive committee in 2016, having previously served as a member of the committee.

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Joe Chattin

Interim CEO

With a wealth of experience, Joe is our head of industrial relations and interim CEO, leading our team of national officers as they assist members day in, day out. His work as an officer encompasses north-west England, Northern Ireland, western Scotland and North Wales.

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Jennifer Bremner

National Officer

Jennie began work for the HCSA in July 2015. She has worked for the trade union movement for 26 years and was Assistant General Secretary for Unite the Union with responsibility for the Health Sector. She also worked for the BMA for a period of time supporting and advising hospital doctors, associate specialists and consultants, which gives her a broad spectrum of experience to draw on and utilise in her role with the HCSA as National Officer covering North-West England, Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

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Farah Cheema

National Officer

Farah represents members in Anglia and the northern part of South-East England. Her specialism is employment law, having worked in this area for many years, including for a City firm, an employment law consultancy, and as a volunteer at the Free Representation unit, where she represented claimants at tribunal. She was an employment adviser at the BMA for nearly 3 years.

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National Officer

Stuart Denness

Stuart is our National Officer for South London and the South Coast. He has over 25 years’ experience within trade unions and dealing with members’ issues, both for GMB and as a senior advocate for Unite, and has wide experience assisting members with disciplinary matters, grievances and appeals at all levels. He has employment law qualifications gained at Oxford and the Institution of Legal Executives.

Andrew Jordan

National Officer

Andrew is HCSA National Officer for the East Midlands, East Yorkshire and East Anglia. He began his career in the trade union movement working as an organiser for teachers’ union NASUWT, before going on to work for Unison for three years across Yorkshire and Humberside, and Wales. Andrew returned to NASUWT in October 2014 as part of the union’s new Member Support Advice Team, where Andrew provided conditions of service and employment law advice to union members.

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Cilinnie Ngo-Pondi

National Officer

Our officer for Wales and South West England, Cilinnie is an employment relations specialist with over 20 years’ experience in employment law and industrial relations.

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Rob Quick

National Officer

Rob has worked for HCSA for 5 years and covers members in Scotland, the North East and West Midlands. Rob's previous background includes working as a senior Regional and National official for healthcare trade unions and more recently as a HR Director in a number of Trusts in Yorkshire and London. He also working in learning and development for NHS Organisations including the NHSU.

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Sharon George

Corporate Affairs Manager

Sharon is the HCSA Corporate Affairs Manager, and is one of our longest standing members of staff - and now an honorary HCSA member after 25 years of service. As well as having responsibility for the day to day running of the office, she also supports the executive team and keeps everyone on track.

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Gail Savage

Employment Services Advisor

With a comprehensive knowledge of employment issues, Gail will be able to help you navigate through any problems you have or refer you on to one of our national officers if necessary.

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