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The Hoople Board

Hoople's Board, which has a non-executive role, is comprised of representatives from our shareholding partners (Herefordshire Council and Wye Valley NHS Trust).

The role of the Board is to set the strategic direction of the company, to oversee development of the company's business plan and the plans that support it, and to ensure that it meets its performance and financial objectives on behalf of the shareholders.

The Board is supported by the Executive Management team which has the responsibility of ensuring that the business plan is implemented, that day-to-day operations run smoothly and that customers remain happy and loyal to the business.

Copies of the minutes of Hoople Board meetings are available from this website. 

Board members

David Hitchiner

Cllr David Hitchiner
Herefordshire Council representative

Cllr David Hitchiner has a wealth of knowledge in law, business strategy and leadership.

After qualifying as a Solicitor and Chartered Secretary with a Law Degree from the University of Birmingham, Cllr Hitchiner has worked both locally and worldwide in senior commercial and company law positions.

Since moving back from USA in 2000 Cllr Hitchiner has settled into rural Herefordshire. Cllr Hitchiner is now a Governor of Hereford Cathedral School and chair of Caplor Horizons, which is a charity, inspiring and equipping leaders for a sustainable future.

Andrew Cottom

Andrew Cottom
Wye Valley NHS Trust representative

Andrew joined Hoople as a Non-Executive Director in January 2015. He trained as an accountant in the West Midlands Regional Health Authority area and pursued a very successful career just across the border in NHS Wales.

Andrew has worked at a very senior level in complex NHS organisations, covering most aspects of the NHS. This has been in both urban and very rural settings, the latter being in Powys where he was Chief Executive of the Powys Health Board for four years.

Following a national role he undertook on a part time basis, Andrew left the NHS at the end of August 2014 to enable him to spend more time on voluntary work, mainly associated with his local church in Abergavenny. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee for Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Andrew Mclean

Andrew McLean
Lincolnshire County Council representative

Andrew joined the Hoople Board in September 2021 and brings with him a wealth of experience in local government financial management and service commissioning.  Andrew has also led a number of complex service transformation projects and is currently overseeing Lincolnshire’s ambitious council-wide Transformation Programme.

Andrew Lovegrove

Andrew Lovegrove
Herefordshire Council representative

Andrew has been the Chief Finance Officer (Section 151 Officer) at Herefordshire Council since March 2017. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant who started his career in public practice. After qualifying, he has worked in industry and the charity and registered social landlord sectors. He has worked in Local Government since 2004. He has held a number of Non-Executive Director roles including nine years on the board of the Paradigm Housing Group.