The FMS Board



Mike O’Connor – Chair of Trustees

Mike is a solicitor and Partner in a large National Law firm where he has worked since 1987. Mike specialises in advising on health transactions, public infrastructure projects and inward investment schemes especially in the North of England.

Mike has been a member of FMS since 2000 when he first came to Glastonbury as a guest of his wife, Fenella, who is a volunteer in the Podiatry team. Since 2007,  Mike has been a Trustee Director and became Chair of the Trustees in 2014.

Mike volunteers for the Med Comms Liaison team at Glastonbury and Reading Festivals. Mike and Fenella’s daughters also volunteer on Reception and Med Comms teams. His band has the distinction of breaking the sound curfew in the Mess Tent in Glasto in 2009.

Mike is also a non executive Director and Vice Chair of North West Ambulance NHS Trust where he is Chair of the Quality Committee.


Phil Barker – Finance Director/Company    Secretary/Trustee

I was Finance Manager of an Education Charity for 22 years until my retirement in 2011. During this time I looked after the Company Secretary aspects of the charity.

Additionally, I have undertaken voluntary work as an Independent Examiner of charity accounts, Treasurer of a PTA and a Swimming Coach.

I started with FMS in 1997 as a First Aider, and then moved to Guest Pass administration until 2013.  I was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and have since been appointed Finance Director, a Director of FMS’s Trading Subsidiary (Doc Rock Ltd), a Management Team member, and Company Secretary.

The role of Finance Director and Company Secretary includes:

  • Presenting budgets, management accounts, cash flow forecasts and financial statements to the Trustees
  • Drafting the Trustees Annual Report and Financial Statements
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate risks and reserves policy
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place by maintaining FMS’s Financial Procedures and Controls
  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, and company law.
  • Finance Director and Company Secretary of Doc Rock Ltd

My role is unpaid and I devote about 20 hours a week to FMS.


Chris Howes – Managing Director / Trustee

I was a GP for 32 years in Shepton Mallet, Somerset until my retirement in 2011. During my time in practice, I was a vocational trainer for fifteen years and also served on Somerset Local Medical Committee, representing the Mendip area. I continue to do some consultancy work with the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

In 1979, I organised medical cover for the newly revived Glastonbury Festival and have remained in charge of medical services there ever since. During the 1980’s, I founded Festival Medical Services and helped to guide its development from small beginnings, through registration with the Charities Commission, Companies House and the Care Quality Commission to becoming the influential and respected organisation it is today.

During my time with FMS, I have served as Chairman, Treasurer, Doctors’ Coordinator, Medical Director and Chair of Trustees. In my current role of Managing Director I sit on the Board of Trustees and lead the Management Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of FMS. My particular responsibilities include external liaison with promoters and other agencies, strategic planning and line management of various key departments including Clinical Governance, Health & Safety, Human Resources and Finance.

No longer a practising doctor, I do not undertake any clinical work for FMS. My role is unpaid and I devote about 20hrs a week to charity business throughout the year.


Dave Parry – Operations Director/Trustee

I joined the Ambulance Service in 1982 and have worked all over the UK in various NHS Trusts during my career. Working in Somerset in the early years, I met up with Somerset GP Doctor Christopher Howes and in 1985, we formed what is now the UK’s premier voluntary event medical provider.

With three decades of pre-hospital clinical experience as a Paramedic Practitioner and more recently as a senior manager for NHS Wales, I retired early to take up a part -time paid role as Operations Director for FMS in August 2014. Although I work full-time for FMS, I am only paid on a part time basis for twenty-five hours a week.

As a progressive state registered ambulance practitioner with thirty years of experience in pre-hospital care and event medical logistics, I have also engaged as part of an international development team to work closely with the Health Protection England (HPE) to develop a tablet based APP for use in displaced populations for health registration, disease screening and health surveillance.

I am also heading up a small team who are working closely with QualSafe Awards to develop and deliver a new training standard for First Responders. The new certificate in education (First Response Emergency Care – FREC) has been rolled out and is based on first-line experience of many years in the industry and is tailored to suit patient’s needs at events. It will provide medical responders with a more robust skill-set to deal with the presentations seen at large gatherings. The current standard only requires a medical first responder to have limited knowledge and experience and FMS are committed to changing this. Early indications are positive and we already have 23 fully qualified FREC L3 responders working at events.

My personal aspiration is to drive the charity forward to realize its full potential as a unique organisation that ‘provides professional healthcare supporting charities worldwide’.


Andy Margrett – HR Director/Trustee

My FMS journey began in 1987 when I first volunteered as a steward at a very wet Glastonbury Festival.  I continued as part of this team until 2010 when I responded to a request from the then Chair Amber Kibby for HR support.  The following year I was elected to the Board in the newly created HR Director role and most recently I have joined the Management Team.  In my FMS role I am responsible for ensuring our employee and volunteer practices are current and effective as well as providing operational support to managers and co-ordinators.

Away from FMS, I am a CIPD qualified HR Manager working for the Software and Services division of BAE SYSTEMS based in Yeovil.  This is a generalist HR role covering the majority of the HR lifecycle including business change programmes, employee engagement initiatives and learning and development management.

Outside of work and FMS I am married to Abi (who is also a FMS volunteer), have two fantastic daughters Amy and Thea and am a keen runner.


Amber Kibby  – Trustee

I trained as a podiatrist. I joined FMS in 1998 as coordinator of the then newly founded Podiatry Team and was afterwards elected Trustee Director. I have been on the Board of Trustees for more than 10 years and was chair of the board from 2009 until stepping down early in 2015.

When resident in the UK, I owned Podiatry clinics in Bristol and North Somerset, so I brought my medical business experience to the board. Charity governance and strategy along with driving change are particular interests.

I now live in the south of France with my husband and son and am doing a masters degree in Leadership and Management.

I am an equal opportunities campaigner and advocate for Autism awareness.


Nich Woolf – Trustee

I joined the Somerset Ambulance Service in January 1980 and by 1983 had been sent to the Glastonbury Festival to stop Dr Chris Howes using so many ambulances. My meeting with Chris started a chain of events that helped form the embryo FMS.

Over the years I have worked for several services in many roles; most recently as a paramedic on a Rapid Response Vehicle. At the end of July 2015 I retired from the Welsh Ambulance Service, although I still do the occasional bank shift as a paramedic. In addition to the occasional shifts I sail as a Medical Purser on a tall ship.

As a manager in FMS I have undertaken a variety of roles which, in recent years, have mostly been to be the Night Manager at the larger festivals. In the last two years I have also managed the Communications and liaison functions. In this role I have introduced new message taking systems and clinical support through having doctors in Medcom at large events.

As a trustee I have also carried out many roles in the past including a part in forming the charity. In recent years I have initiated the standardisation of policies and procedures, had input into the marketing of our services and helped change the way that we donate money as a charity. This has meant FMS funding projects that have a structure and set outcomes. In this way FMS members can see the results of their hard work and be assured that the money is being spent effectively.

On several occasions I have travelled, at my own expense, to see projects in action in other countries. I believe passionately in providing leadership to get results.


Tony Inman – Trustee

I have three roles in FMS:

  •      Trustee
  •      Clinical Governance Manager,
  •      Advanced Nurse Practitioner on the Nurses Team and work as an ANP at events.

I joined FMS as a nurse 10 years ago and have progressed through a number of roles:

  • 2008 Coordinator of the new MIU Centres
  • 2010 Nurse Coordinator
  • 2012 Hospital Manager   Elected as a Trustee
  • 2014 Clinical Governance Manager

I trained as a Nurse 40 years ago, and specialised in Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care, before becoming a District Nurse and then an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Emergency and Urgent Care.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in Specialist Community Nursing and several post graduate diplomas in Long term Conditions, Clinical Assessment, and Differential Diagnostics, Non-Medical Prescribing, Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

I was a member of the Royal College of Nursing Council for 4 years (2003 – 2007).

I have been part of a working party with the EU reporting to the EU commissioners on:

  •      Sharps safety
  •      Latex gloves
  •      Smoking in the work place – all of which are now part of EU and UK legislation.

I attended the international Conference of Nursing in Taiwan in 2006 to present a paper on Continuing Professional Development.

I spent a year in 2012 as medical purser for the Jubilee Sailing Trust – a charity that enables disabled people to sail in tall ships. Including a six-week voyage from Rio to Cape Town.

I currently work as Clinical Lead/ANP in General Practice in Dudley.


Neil Rushton – Trustee

I joined as a Trustee in 2012 following election at the AGM. I had volunteered for FMS first as a doctor then as an ambulance driver since 1996.

I am a GP in Cullompton and have been there since 1982. I plan to retire from my practice at the end of 2017, but will continue to do locum work for the practice.

I have a strong background in the charity sector having been a trustee before for Neuroendocrine Tumour Foundation. I currently work voluntarily for ‘Medical Justice’ which assesses failed asylum seekers in Immigration Centres to assess their medical claims. I am also an active member of Amnesty International and involved on the committee of our local mid-Devon branch.

I enjoy working for FMS.  I see my job as Trustee responsible for charitable donations as bringing to the attention of the wider group various charities that apply. I see it as my job to be their advocate when I can.

On a personal level I am studying currently for an MSc in Remote Medicine at Plymouth and I teach medical students about Wilderness Medicine.

I am a passionate swimmer.


Alex Layard – Trustee

I joined FMS in 2013 as part of Jane Honey’s Health and Safety Team and was appointed to the Board in February 2015.

In my day job, I have been an NHS manager in the Bristol area for the last 12 years. This has included a number of years as an operational manager in emergency and general medicine. In my current job, I am working on children and young people’s emotional health for Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group.

My clinical background is as a psychologist and I started my career working in adult mental health in Glasgow. I have not worked clinically for a number of years and tend to stick to armchair psychology nowadays.

As a Trustee, I lead on co-ordinating our strategic planning, so that FMS can continue to develop and provide high-quality medical care, whilst supporting and funding projects overseas.


Tony Daniel – Data Protection Lead/Trustee

I joined the Trustees in 2015. My day to day work is managing the Information Security  and cyber defence team for the Department of Health, CQC and NHS England. I have previously been a company director of a security consultancy, NHS information Governance and Security Manager and worked for BT, where I started as an apprentice in the 70’s and finished as a Senior Manager in 2000.

I have been working on festivals since the mid 80’s providing communication facilities such as radio, telephone and internet, and was the communications manager at Glastonbury 1992 – 2014.

My hobbies include sailing and I have taken part in several offshore races including the ROAC Fastnet Race, ROAC Cherbourg Race, ROAC ST Malo Race and the ROAC Morgan Cup.

What do I bring to FMS?

Well as you can see I’m not clinical, but have over 16 years’ experience in health care information governance and security and joined the NHS as a project manager of  the original electronic health record project which has materialised into the Summary Care Record. (We have had the access to the SCR for the past two years at Glastonbury and I am currently working with the HSCIC to extend our capabilities for more events)

I have board level experience from my time in the NHS and as a company director covering areas of Information Governance, security and general management , which I hope supplements that of the other Trustees in looking after the charity.

And not to forget some 30 years’ festival years behind me.


Linda Bailey – Trustee

I was very pleased to have been elected as a Trustee for Festival Medical Services in February 2016 and am looking forward to the challenges of the coming years.

I joined FMS as a nurse volunteer in 2007, and since early 2012 I have been one of the joint Co-ordinators for the FMS nursing team. This is a role that I really enjoy but I am aware that the roles of FMS Co-ordinator and FMS Trustee need to be kept entirely separate. I stood for election as a trustee as I felt I had more to offer to the organisation and specifically the charitable work that FMS is engaged in.

I’m a qualified nurse and health visitor. I qualified as a nurse in 1990 at Kings College Hospital and worked there for several years before qualifying as a health visitor in North Kensington in 1993. In 2000 I was one of the first people in the UK who was not a qualified medical doctor to be accepted onto the Public Health Training scheme. I gained Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health in 2006 and initially worked in several London Primary Care Trusts.

In 2013 I started work for Public Health Wales as a Consultant in Public Health based in Cardiff and Swansea. My speciality within Public Health is Health Intelligence and I lead two national programmes – the Child Measurement Programme for Wales, and the Congenital Anomaly Register and Information Service for Wales. I have also retained my nursing registration as it is important to me.

In my non-work time I love music and attending festivals and gigs, spending time in my motorhome around the UK, and travelling abroad.

In 1997 I was elected to represent London nurses on to the Council of the Royal College of Nursing and as such I was also a Trustee of the charitable arm of the RCN. In 1999 as an RCN Council member I was elected as the Honorary Treasurer of the RCN, a post which I held until 2003 when my RCN Council term of office ended, and I decided not to stand again. I have also spent four years as an elected councillor in a local authority. I think both of these experiences have equipped me with a good understanding of corporate governance issues, collective responsibility, and the requirements of the Charity Commission on Charity trustees.  This includes familiarity with Nolan principles and the principles of Good Governance developed for the voluntary and community sectors.