Our executive team

The hospital's Board of Directors sets policy and ensures that the chief executive delivers in line with that policy. It makes major decisions in consultation with senior clinical staff.

The Board of Directors is made up of the Chief Executive who heads a team of six full-time professionals (Executive Directors) plus a Chairman and six men and women who know and represent the interests of the local community, (Non-executive Directors).

Our Council of Governors works with our Board of Directors to ensure that we deliver services that reflect the needs of our patients and the local community. They are not involved in the day to day running of the hospital, but they are involved in determining the hospital's future plans.

Nigel Beverley

Nigel Beverley Trust chair

Trust Chair (voting)

Nigel has a long and successful career in health management, mainly in the NHS, having held a number of chief executive positions in hospitals in Essex and London. He also has experience in commissioner roles at a regional level and healthcare business development.

Nigel’s experience in the NHS has provided him with a range of areas of expertise including performance improvement, change management and transformation. Having retired as a CEO, Nigel is very keen to continue his contribution to the NHS in his role as chairman.

Alan Tobias OBE

Alan Tobias OBE - Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair (voting)

Alan joined SUHT in December 2011 from his former position of chairman at West Essex PCT. He is a qualified solicitor with a strong record of senior management, both in the public and private sector. For 16 years he was the London Boroughs' Chief Executive and latterly chairman of an IT company.

Alan was also Chairman of Essex Probation Service for six years and a board member of Springboard Housing Association as well as a trustee to two charitable trusts. In February 2019, Alan was appointed as chairman of Mid Essex Hospitals alongside his role at Southend.

Matthew Hopkins

A portrait photo of new CEO Matthew Hopkins

Chief Executive (voting)

Matthew joined the Trust in August 2023 from his CEO role at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and has also held the role at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, which he successfully led out of quality special measures in 2017..

He joined the NHS as a nurse before moving into health management, taking on senior roles in a number of large NHS organisations in London.

Jonathan Dunk

Jonathan Dunk

Chief Commercial Officer (voting)

Jonathan joined the MSE Group in May 2018 to provide executive leadership to lead a variety of key strategic workstreams, including the future organisational form programme and the transformation of corporate support services.

He has a strong background in finance, strategy and turnaround director roles, in both the NHS acute and commissioning sectors, most recently in the acute sector as Director of Finance at Milton Keynes NHS University Hospital. Jonathan is a graduate of the NHS Financial Management Training Programme and holds an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership. Jonathan is a chartered accountant with CIPFA.

Selina Dundas

Selina Dundas

Acting Chief People and Organisational Development Officer (voting)

Selina has a long successful career in Human Resources, mainly in central government, spanning 20 years. 

She joined the Trust in October 2022 where she was appointed deputy People and Organisational Officer and has since moved into the acting role since May 2023.

Selina also has a passion for helping large organisations develop a unified culture for the betterment of staff and the people they serve.

Andrew Pike

Andrew Pike - Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer (voting)

Andrew has spent 34 years of his career in the NHS in Essex, with a wealth of experience in hospitals, primary care and commissioning. 

He has held several senior NHS posts management at board and CEO level, including overseeing the success regime for mid and south Essex.

He has a long and varied career in hospitals, primary care and commissioning. Prior to joining Basildon and Thurrock hospitals, he spent five years as NHSE’s director of commissioning operations for the East of England. His move to Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals allowed him, once again, to get closer to the front line of patient care, which has always been his passion.

Diane Sarkar

DIane Sarkar

Chief Nursing and Quality Officer (voting)

Diane's experience spans the NHS and private healthcare. After training at The Royal Free Hospital in London, she worked in a number of London's large acute hospitals and progressed through several operational and corporate management positions. In 1996, Diane worked in the private sector at the Wellington Hospital, setting up new governance frameworks and leading on the quality agenda.

Having completed a Master's degree, Diane returned to the NHS in 2001 at Southend Hospital, as Associate Director of Operations for Medicine and then Associate Director of Nursing. Appointed in 2010, her focus has been particularly around developing the nursing workforce, as well as leading on a number of corporate agendas, including quality improvement and the patient safety and patient experience agenda.


Dawn Scrafield

Dawn Scrafield

Chief Finance Officer (voting)

Dawn is a highly experienced, values driven senior NHS leader with a strong reputation as an effective problem solver, with drive, determination, energy and imagination to deliver high quality, cost effective services to patients. Dawn is a qualified and seasoned finance professional with over 23 years' experience at senior and board levels, with a successful track record of achievements operating as a Director and Deputy Chief Executive in complex multi-site NHS organisations. Prior to Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group, Dawn supported the successful merge of Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals, to form East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust.

A strong team player with an excellent reputation for achieving significant results across a broad range of portfolios including, corporate leadership and strategy, financial improvement, performance management, and turnaround in challenged organisations.

Dr David Walker

David Walker

Chief Medical Officer (voting)

David has worked as a doctor for over 30 years and has held executive director positions in a number of NHS organisations since 2001.

He has wide research experience in the field of infectious diseases and epidemiology. He has held academic roles up to professorial level in several UK Universities and was formerly a visiting scientist at the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA.

Prior to this appointment David has been the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Executive Medical Director for an acute Trust in the North West region.

Charlotte Williams

Photo of Charlotte Williams, Chief Strategy and Improvement Officer

Chief Strategy and Improvement Officer (non-voting)

Charlotte began her career on the NHS General Management Training Scheme before joining East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust in 2003 where she held a number operational management posts. She joined Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2006 before moving to the role of Assistant Director of Operations at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

In 2010 Charlotte joined UCL Partners as Director of Integrated Cancer and Executive Director for the London Cancer Integrated Cancer System before being promoted to the role of Chief of Staff at UCL Partners in 2013. After a secondment to assist the NHS England Strategy Group with the national Five Year Forward View, Charlotte joined MSE in 2017 as Group Director of Strategy and New Care Models.

Nicki Abbott

A profile picture of Nicki Abbott, managing director of Women's and Children's services

Interim Managing Director for Women's and Children's (non-voting)

Nicki joined our Trust in October 2023, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the NHS. Starting at St. Mary's Hospital post-graduation, her career has spanned a diversity of roles, including leadership positions highlighting her expertise in operational leadership. Nicki served as General Manager for Surgical Services at Basildon Hospital from 2007 to 2012. Four years later, she joined Barking, Havering, and Redbridge Trust as Divisional Manager for Women and Children, subsequently becoming the Hospital Director at Queen's Hospital. 

Nicki is particularly passionate about governance and ensuring that all voices are heard, including those of frontline staff, minoritized groups, and children.

Fiona Ryan

Fiona Ryan

Managing Director Basildon (non-voting)

Fiona moved to the UK from Ireland to fulfil her ambition to become a radiographer in the mid 1990s. Various NHS posts that followed led her from Hertfordshire, via London, to Essex - to live once more by the sea. Fiona was Director of Operations before being seconded into the Managing Director role for Basildon Hospital.
Passionate about supporting clinical teams to achieve their full potential, Fiona is an enthusiastic and optimistic leader who works to keep patient care as the focus.

Michelle Stapleton

Michelle Stapleton

Acting Managing Director Care group 4 (non-voting)

Michelle qualified as a nurse 30 years ago and spent her initial career working in cancer and palliative care settings and has a very broad NHS experience working across acute, community and mental health organisations. She also has a lot of experience working within wider systems and organisations including local authority and hospice. For past 14 years Michelle has worked in senior manager and director-level roles with a focus on the transformation of patient pathways and new models of care to support the changing demographic for the people we serve in our communities.

Lynsey Cross

Lynsey Cross

Non-Executive Director (voting)

Lynsey has been an Executive Board Member with a track record of delivering significant business and cultural transformation in complex and multi-national businesses.  A career of over 20 years in HR and Operations has given Lynsey a passion for, and dedication to what makes an organisation great – its people. 

She has an acute understanding of the impact of corporate culture on the top and bottom line, history of driving exceptional employee performance and engagement, and building high performance, inclusive and diverse cultures. Prior to her appointment to the MSE Board, Lynsey served as an associate non-executive director at BTUH since September 2019.  She has also been Chair of Diversity and Inclusion at the Insurance Institute London.

Dave Hughes

David Hughes

Non-Executive Director (voting)

Dave is pursuing a portfolio career combining non-executive, trustee and consulting roles following a highly successful senior executive career with British Telecom including over 15 years; board level experience creating and transforming high technology businesses.  

Dave is passionate about helping the community by utilising the business skills he has developed to help other organisations, something he has already experienced as Deputy Chair of Papworth Hospital and recently Directors of Paradigm Trust, Health Enterprise East and as a Trustee of Suffolk Community Foundation.

Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Non-Executive Director (voting) 

Julie is an experienced non-executive director with strong finance and corporate governance expertise.  She has been a Director of Resources and Finance with an excellent track record in providing strategic direction, strong financial management and effective support services.  Her experience spans the London Borough of Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham. She has extensive audit committee experience including the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Essex Fire and Rescue and Essex Police. Prior to her appointment to the MSE Board, Julie was a non-executive director of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor Colchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since April 2014.

Margaret Pratt

Margaret Pratt

Non-Executive Director (independent, voting)

Margaret is a CIPFA accountant who has worked in and with NHS organisations in senior roles for over 25 years. She has a track record as a non-executive director in a range of public service organisations, and is currently an interim member of the Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board.

Prior to her appointment to the MSEFT Board, Margaret was a non-executive director at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals since April 2018.

Committee memberships – Audit Committee (Chair), Quality Governance Committee, Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Caroline Stanger

Caroline Stanger

Non-Executive Director (voting)

Caroline is a confident and creative senior leader, specialising in healthcare leadership and organisational development.  She has a nursing background plus a track record of commissioning health services in the NHS.  

Latterly, she has been involved in the design and delivery of comprehensive clinical leadership and cultural change solutions, both in the public and private sectors.  

Prior to joining the MSE Board, Caroline was Director of Clinical Leadership at BUPA since 2013.

Barbara Stuttle CBE

Barbara Stuttle CBE

Non-Executive Director (voting)

Barbara has a long and successful nursing career that spanned 46 years of NHS experience.  She has worked with in all areas of the NHS during this time to assist in improving the quality of care and services across England.

Since 2013, Barbara has been working within special measures trusts leading and developing nurses to ensure that sustainable improvements in care for patients are delivered.  During her career she has undertaken two Department of Health roles.  One lead on the implementation of non-medical prescribing across the UK and the other role supported the implementation of new technologies in health.

Barbara was honoured with a CBE in 2004 for her services to the NHS.

Prior to her appointment to the MSE Board, Barbara had been a non-executive director at BTUH since April 2018.

Board of Directors Register of Interests 2023/24

The Board of Directors declarations of interests for 2023/24 are displayed in the table below. To access prior declarations or to see more information on the declarations below, please go to: https://mse.mydeclarations.co.uk.

Board of Directors Register of Interests 2023/2024
Name Position Type of Interest Additional Information Date Declared
Nigel Beverley Trust Chair Hospitality Professional networking with Global Alumni. 07.09.2023
Matthew Hopkins Chief Executive Officer Hospitality Working dinner with Professor Thorne, Chair of Mid and South Essex ICB, and Essex Health and Well-being Board Chairs John Spence, James Moyies, George Coxhill.  05.09.2023
Lynsey Cross Non-Executive Director Loyalty Interest Relative is a nurse at MSE FT Basildon hospital. 22.06.2023
Jonathan Dunk Chief Commercial Officer Loyalty Interest Wife is Head of Legal Services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 14.06.2023
Loyalty Interest Pathology First/Facilities First 14.06.2023
Selina Dundas Acting Chief People and Organisational Development Officer Nil Declaration N/A 22.06.2023
Dave Hughes Non-Executive Director Nil Declaration N/A 22.06.2023
Julie Parker Non-Executive Director Loyalty Interest Board member of Estuary Housing Association. 17.09.2023
Andrew Pike Chief Operating Officer Nil Declaration N/A 22.06.2023
Margaret Pratt Non-Executive Director Loyalty Interest Trustee of the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht club. 07.09.2023
Loyalty Interest (ex officio) Director of Lowestoft Yacht Haven Ltd. 07.09.2023
Outside Employment Audit Committee Chair for Lincolnshire ICB. 20.10.2023
Diane Sarkar Chief Nursing and Quality Officer Loyalty Interest MSE FT - Husband is a consultant 22.06.2023
Loyalty Interest Honorary Professor at Anglia Ruskin University 22.06.2023
Dawn Scrafield Chief Finance Officer Loyalty Interest Member of the Board of Trustees at Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA). 17.05.2023
Loyalty Interest Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Health Panel Member. 22.06.2023
Caroline Stanger Non-Executive Director Nil Declaration N/A 22.06.2023
Barbara Stuttle CBE Non-Executive Director Nil Declaration N/A 05.04.2023
Alan Tobias OBE Non-Executive Director Nil Declaration N/A 23.06.2023
David Walker Chief Medical Officer Nil Declaration N/A 12.05.2023
Charlotte Williams Chief Strategy and Improvement Officer Outside Employment Associate Editor at BMJ Leader. 07.06.2023
Sponsored Event Exhibition and hosted lectures, events, speaking sessions and dinner to share learning about innvoation and digital and data technology in the NHS.  21.06.2023
Sponsored Research Topic-specific surveys completed occasionally related to healthcare in the UK. 22.06.2023
Loyalty Interest Previous colleague/friend working at Microsoft. 30.07.2023
Loyalty Interest Took part in a LinkedIn live discussion for PwC. 30.07.2023
Hospitality Dinner facilitated by IBM with Somerset FT to learn about their experience with a unified electronic patient record.  06.10.2023
Outside Employment Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. 06.10.2023

Managing conflicts of interest, gifts and hospitality

To review the Trust’s register of interests, please visit MyDeclarations portal at https://mse.mydeclarations.co.uk.