Management Team

A senior team with healthcare experience

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Valerie Michie, Chief Executive Officer

Valerie has wide experience of the health sector and beyond.

She joined Huntercombe in 2014 from Serco, where she spent eight years, latterly as managing director of its health division. At Serco Health, she achieved a turnaround in business performance and significant growth in the UK, Middle East and Australia.

Valerie was previously chief operating officer of Alfred McAlpine Business Services, which she joined after a consulting career with KPMG.

She is also a trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee for PRIME, The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise. PRIME is a charity dedicated to providing everyone over 50, who is unemployed or under threat of redundancy, with the support to achieve financial, social and personal fulfilment through sustainable self-employment.

Educated at the University of Glasgow, she is qualified as a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Chartered Accountant.

Married with two sons, Valerie enjoys spending time with family and friends and looks forward to a family walk or cycle at weekends. She is also a keen snowboarder.

Dr Amlan Basu, Medical Director

Amlan joined Huntercombe in 2015. Before that, he was clinical director of Broadmoor Hospital, where he was also a consultant forensic psychiatrist for six years.

Amlan trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and continues to retain a visiting research contract with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

He also serves on the executive committee of the Forensic Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Philip King, Director of Nursing and Assurance.

Philip joined the Huntercombe Group in April 2018. He started his training as a nurse in Somerset and went on to work within many areas in mental health, completing a Masters in Mental Health at Guys and St Thomas Hospital.  He then became interested in the law and trained as a barrister, during which time he was involved in setting up the Mental Capacity law, as a junior lawyer working on the Bournewood case when it went to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

He returned to nursing and became Director of Nursing and Governance at Somerset, then going on to work with the CQC as Director of Regulation.

He has a strong remit for Quality and Safeguarding within his role and is keen to make sure that the Huntercombe Group continues to provide the best quality care for patients and for staff.  In his spare time he teaches on the undergraduate law programme at Birkbeck, University of London



Sian Wicks, Improvement Director, Children’s Services

Sian joined The Huntercombe Group in 2018. Sian is an Executive Nurse, an experienced Board and Non-Executive Board Director in Health and Social Care for children and adults with over 34 years of NHS, Independent and third sector experience.

She has extensive leadership, clinical, safeguarding, risk and governance experience particularly across child and adolescent mental health, learning disabilities, autism, looked after children and education.  Her experience in leading within large national providers, service transformation with high growth across the sector, and her understanding of integration and commissioning within a national and international footprint means that she brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the Board.

Sian is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director for a large social enterprise and the health lead across four local authorities focusing on an integrated model of care for children.  She is also a former Executive Director and Chief Nurse for the Priory Group and Professional Nurse Advisor for the Huntercombe Group.

She is passionate about keeping children and young people safe, delivering high quality care to ensure the best possible outcomes whatever their experience, and feels privileged to lead the development and improvement in CAMHS services for The Huntercombe Group.


Mark Williamson, Finance Director

Mark came to Huntercombe in 2007, and is now our finance director.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2001 and joined Four Seasons Health Care in 2005.

Mark is responsible for, among much else, plotting the strategic development of Huntercombe services and negotiating contracts with the NHS.


Sam Bond, Commercial Director

Sam has been with Huntercombe since 2014.

Her commercial team is responsible for responding to customers’ needs through service design and development, marketing and business development and business intelligence.

Sam’s previous roles include UK business development director for a healthcare services company and operational and developmental roles in an international corporate services provider, as well as for the NHS.


Marlene Boyd, People Director

Marlene joined Huntercombe in 2016. Her working life began in HR at Sodexo, before she moved to become director of organisational development for a facilities management outsourcing company in 2005. In 2010 she moved into healthcare, and latterly, as regional account director, she looked after all of Serco’s healthcare sites in Scotland.