BLMK ICS Executive Team

You can find information below on the members of the executive team for the BLMK ICS:


Dr Rima Makarem, Chair

Dr Rima Makarem initially trained as a scientist before going on to hold senior roles within the global pharmaceutical sector. She has built up a broad non-executive track record over recent years, including significant work locally, regionally and nationally in the health and care sector.  She is currently the Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair of NICE and a Lay Council member for the General Pharmaceutical Council.  She has recently been appointed the Chair of Queen Square Enterprises Ltd.  Rima is also the Audit Chair and an External Commissioner at the House of Commons Commission in 2018, working closely with the Speaker and the Leader of the House.


Felicity Cox, Executive Lead


Daphne Thomas, Interim Director of Resources for BMK ICS


Nicola Kay, BLMK ICS Programme Director

Nicola Kay is the BLMK ICS Programme Director and works with partners across the ICS to deliver better outcomes for the local population. Prior to this she worked for NHS England and NHS Improvement, leading their work on scaling up and mainstreaming personalised care as business as usual across the health and care system. This included the NHS’s Long Term Plan commitments to personalised care and the development and publication of Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model, and leading work to fully embed the voice of people with lived experience of care. Prior to joining NHS England in 2016, Nicola worked for 10 years as a Civil Servant in a range of central government policy, strategy and finance roles, including leading on health and social care spending at HM Treasury. She is a fully qualified Management Accountant.


Mark Thomas, Chief Information Officer

Mark has over 20 years’ experience as a senior leader in both a social and healthcare setting bringing a wealth of knowledge and success in delivering integrated services that join services using data and analytics to support transformational change to improve outcomes and has the drive to see the right outcomes for the residents across our health economy.