The Weqas management team provide leadership across all areas of the service. Each area has a dedicated senior responsible for overseeing the service in their specific area. Staff are encouraged to gain a thorough understanding of all areas of Weqas services, with individual staff members having specialist knowledge in specific areas over which they have more in depth responsibility.
Director of Weqas and Consultant Clinical Biochemist
Annette Thomas is a Consultant Clinical Biochemist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board with over 40 years’ experience in Laboratory Medicine, 20 years of which has been as Director of Weqas.
Annette is also the national clinical lead for PoCT representing PoCT in Welsh Government advisory Committees and chairs the PoCT Strategic Board and PoCT Co-ordinators Network in Wales.
She is a member of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) Task Force on Global Lab Quality (TF-GLQ) and past chair of the Committee on Analytical Quality (C-AQ).
She has previously held posts on the Executive Board of the European Committee for External Quality Assurance Programmes in Laboratory Medicine, chair of the All Wales Clinical Biochemistry Group, chair of the National Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine Audit Committee in the UK, a member of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine Scientific Committee and a member of the Royal College of Pathologists Scientific Advisory Committee on Clinical Biochemistry.
Health and Safety Officer and Head of the Reference Laboratory
David is the Principal Clinical Biochemist with a specific role in the management and development of services within the Reference Measurement Laboratory since 2002. With over 35 years laboratory experience, David has a keen interest in metrology and measurement traceability. He is currently the JCTLM Database Working Group (JCTLM-DBWG) review team leader for electrolytes and blood gases. He is a JCTLM-DBWG review team member for both the non-peptide hormones group and metabolites and substrates group. He is also a member of the JCTLM-WG-TEP (Traceability: Education and Promotion).He is also a member of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB) Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry Special Interest Group.
Telephone: 02921 848355
Operations Manager, Training Officer
Samantha is the Operations Manager at Weqas with over 25 years experience in Laboratory Medicine. Sam worked as a Biomedical Scientist at the Medical Biochemistry and Immunology Department at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff before moving to Weqas in 1998. Since 2010 she has been employed as the Operations Manager responsible for the day to day management of EQA / IQC services, and is also the Training Officer for the organisation.
She is a current member of the IFCC Working Group on FIT and represents Weqas at the United Kingdom Proficiency Testing Committee.
Telephone: 02921 844301
Deputy Director, Principal Biochemist, R and D Manager
Gareth Davies is the Deputy Director, Principal Biochemist and Research and Development Manager at Weqas with over 15 years experience in Laboratory Medicine. Gareth is responsible for new programme development and provides EQA interpretation, support and troubleshooting. He is a member of the National Clinical Biochemistry Audit Group and All Wales Clinical Biochemistry Audit Group, and a member of the ACB Pre-Analytical Phase Special Interest Group (ACB PA SIG).
Telephone: 02921 841286