Meet the Team

Alan Boughtflower

Senior Hotel Services Manager, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Alan started work in the NHS in 1975 as a chef and moved onto the NHS Training scheme for catering managers, and can recall many happy hours spent at David Saloman’s House near Tunbridge Wells. He has spent most of his career working in healthcare and enjoys meeting and working with people delivering the comprehensive range of services in the NHS.

Outside of work Alan enjoys cycling, walking and the odd glass or two of red wine!


Allan Gimson

Allan started work in the NHS in 1964 as a kitchen porter, working his way up to Trust Catering Advisor before his retirement in 2014. A long serving member of the HCA, Allan is the Council Representative for Trent Branch. He was awarded the Outstanding Service Award in 2011.

Lynn Johnson

Lynn enjoys working with catering professionals, developing innovative new products which encourage independent eating and drinking and increased nutrition and hydration for elderly and people with limited mobility. Passionate about the environment, new range of reusable Eco To Go packaging to combat food and drink take-out waste. Lynn is an Eco Warrior!


Andy Jones

Andy has been a stalwart of patient catering for over 30 years joining the National Trainees chefs scheme in 1981; he joined the HCA in 1984.

Andy’s mantra is to “treat every patient as if he or she is a member of your own family”,

Andy also follows Arsenal (“yes, I go on a lot!!”) and does the occasional bit of Boxing!

Craig Holland

Central Production Manager, Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust

Craig started as trainee chef in the NHS in 2000 and moved in and out of the NHS until 2007 when he joined as a catering manager.  At present Craig manages the catering for a large CPU providing food for 1700 patients a day. Craig has been an active member of the HCA since 2007.

Outside of work Craig enjoys cycling - and Kung Fu!


Roger Kellow

Roger has worked for Hobart UK for 28 years. He is the Government Account Manager, responsibility for the companies UK Public Sector Sales for warewashing and food preparation equipment. He is a past Chairman of the National Association of Care Catering, and a committed associate member of the HCA, and could be one of the few people who does not have a facebook account.


Craig Smith

Since joining the HCA Central Branch in 1979, Craig was the Branch Secretary of Oxford for many years before becoming the Editor of the Journal. With his love of good food and cooking he hopes to be on the menu planning group reflecting ingredients from the three regions.

Nicola Strawther

Chief Dietetic Technician, Nottingham University hospital NHS trust and currently Vice Chair of the HCA Trent region.

After graduating from catering college and working in various chef roles, Nicola began her career in the NHS as a diet chef in 1999 at King’s Mill Hospital.  During the next 10 years she gained valuable experience in roles within Catering and Dietetics and in 2009 moved into her current role at Nottingham university hospital.

Swimming is my “thing” I enjoy doing to unwind, along with running when old injuries allow.

Mark Taylor

Mark works as a Customer Controller for the Foodservice Division of Premier Foods, one of the UK's largest food manufacturers with specific responsibility for Health & Social Care. He is passionate about ensuring patients, care home residents, staff & visitors are given nutritionally balanced and healthy meals and is actively involved with the HCA, LACA, and TUCO and is Regional Chair for London & the South East for the NACC.

Mark loves a good Gin & Tonic :-)

Emma Wilson

Head of Catering, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leading through dedicated teams, the delivery of in house catering services across 6 sites as well as having corporate responsibilities within Hotel Services. With 30 years experience in specialist and acute settings, achievements have been recognised both locally and nationally in recent years. lemon drizzle cake’s Emma’s fix!