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.

Clare Panniker

Clare Panniker - Chief executive

Chief executive (voting)

Clare is Chief Executive of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Before joining Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Clare was CEO of North Middlesex University Hospital for nine years.

A registered nurse, Clare also has a business degree, and has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years. Clare mentors other aspiring NHS leaders, from both clinical and management backgrounds. The Chief Executive is the Accounting Officer for the Trust and carries full responsibility for the Trust's performance, forward planning and leadership of the Executive Team and clinical directors.

Hannah Coffey

Hannah Coffey, Deputy Chief Executive

Deputy Chief Executive

Hannah joined the NHS in 1997 as a General Management Trainee and her early career was spent in primary, community and commissioning organisations, before moving to the acute sector. After a career break travelling the world, she spent ten years in Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer positions at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, and at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSST).

In 2016, she took up the role of Director of Improvement at GSST where she led the development of the organisation's transformation programme, continuous improvement approach and associated cultural change. Hannah graduated from the Aspiring CEO programme in 2017.

Nigel Beverley

Nigel Beverley - Chairman

Chairman

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.

Jonathan Dunk

Jonathan Dunk - Chief commercial officer

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.

Danny Hariram

Danny Hariram - Chief people and organisational development officer

Chief people and organisational
development officer (voting)

Danny was previously the Workforce & OD Director at BTUH since 2015 and has worked in a number of acute and mental Health Trusts during the last twenty years with extensive experience of leading significant organisational change.

He works in ensuring high levels of staff engagement and works to develop an environment that allows for improvements for patients and staff, allowing staff the help and support to unlock their full potential.

Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams - Chief Strategy and Improvement Officer

Chief Strategy and Improvement Officer

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 UCLPartners 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 UCLPartners 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 and has been Acting Director of Strategy for just over a year.

Dawn Scrafield

Dawn Scrafield - Chief finance officer

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.

Diane Sarkar

Diane Sarkar - Chief nursing and quality officer

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.

 

Dr David Walker

Dr David Walker - Chief medical officer

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.

Andrew Pike

Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Pike

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Yvonne Blücher

Yvonne Blücher - Managing director Southend

Managing director Southend (non-voting)

Yvonne joined Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015 as Chief Nurse from 'Barts' where she was Deputy Chief Nurse for Quality and Governance. Prior to this she spent 10 years as Director of Nursing and Quality at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, two years of which she was Director of Nursing and Operations Director. She completed her nurse training and began her NHS career at Basildon Hospital before later specialising in cardiac care. She then moved north to Barnsley where she was instrumental in setting up first aid centres in the pit mines with defibrillators.

Jane Farrell

Jane Farrell - Managing director Mid Essex

Managing director Mid Essex (non-voting)

Jane Farrell, Managing Director, joined Mid Essex Hospitals in July 2018. She has a wealth of experience in senior roles including working at Kings College Hospital and Western Sussex Hospitals NHSFT. She also played a significant role in the merger of three separate trusts to form Western Sussex - leading the organisation to an 'outstanding' rating from the CQC in April 2016.

Jane is also a dual qualified nurse who ultimately specialised in paediatrics and critical care, and held several professional leadership roles before moving full time into NHS management.

Lynsey Cross

Lynsey Cross - Non-executive director

Non-executive director

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

Dave Hughes - Non-executive director

Non-executive director

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

Non-executive director

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 Health and Care Professions Council, 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

Non-executive director

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 a member of the Nominations Committee of the University of Northampton.

Prior to her appointment to the MSE Board, Margaret was a non-executive director at BTUH since April 2018.

Caroline Stanger

Caroline Stanger - Non-executive director

Non-executive director

Caroline is a confident and creative senor 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 - Non-executive director

Non-executive director

Barbara Stuttle CBE – Non Executive Director

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.

Alan Tobias OBE

Alan Tobias - Non-executive director

Non-executive director

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.

Register of Interests for Trust Board Members - April 2021

Register of Interests for Trust Board Members – October 2021

Board Member

Name of related party

Nature of relationship

Type of business

Value of transactions

Nigel Beverley
Trust Chair

NHS Improvement

Wife is Chief Nursing Officer at NHSI/E

NHS Healthcare

Nil

Yvonne Blücher Managing Director –Southend

No interests to disclose

N/A

N/A

N/A

Hannah Coffey

Deputy Chief Executive

No interests to disclose

N/A

N/A

N/A

Lynsey Cross
Non-Executive Director

No interests to disclose

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jonathan Dunk
Chief Commercial Officer

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Wife is Head of Legal Services

NHS Healthcare

Nil

Pathology First/Facilities First

Represent MSE

Pathology Services

Nil

Jane Farrell
Managing Director – Mid Essex

No interests to disclose

N/A

N/A

N/A

Danny Hariram
Chief People and OD Officer

No interests to disclose

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dave Hughes
Non-Executive Director

Castle Crag Communications Ltd

Director and Owner of this company with his spouse

Company through with consultancy and NED roles are undertaken

Nil

Health Enterprise East (HEE)

Non-Executive Director

HEE is owned by 25 NHS providers which are its owners. It provides consultancy and innovation management services

Nil

Mentor Europe

Strategy Consultant and Associate

Mentor is a boutique consultancy focussed on telecoms programme management. I provide occasional consultancy services to Mentor and their clients

Nil

Suffolk Community Foundation (SCF)

Trustee

SCF is a grant-making organisation focussed on reducing the effects of deprivation in Suffolk

Nil

Paradigm Trust

Director

Paradigm is a multi-academy trust, working to make schools in deprived areas outstanding

Nil

Let’s Talk Reading

Trustee

LTR is a new charity targeting the improvement of literacy in Ipswich

Nil

Clare Panniker
Chief Executive

Anglia Ruskin University

Governor

Education

Nil

NHS Retirement Fellowship

Trustee

NHS Healthcare

Nil

NHS Employers Policy Board

Chair

NHS Healthcare

Nil

Julie Parker
Non-Executive Director

Julie Parker Associates Limited

Director

Providing management consultancy services mainly on local government matters to public sector bodies

Nil

Health and Care Professions Council

Independent Audit Committee Member

National regulatory body for allied health professionals

Nil

Essex Fire and Rescue

Joint Audit Committee Member

Public Authority

Nil

Police and Crime Commissioner and Essex Police

Joint Audit Committee Member

Public Authority

Nil

Havering Theatre Trust Ltd (operating Queens Theatre, Hornchurch)

Trustee

Limited Company

Nil

Hornchurch Productions Ltd

Director

Production company for Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Nil

 

MSE

Cousins daughter surname Fisher is a Junior Doctor

NHS Healthcare

Nil

Andrew Pike
Chief Operating Officer

Essex County Council

Cousin Beverley Eagen is a County Councillor

Council

Nil

Mencap and Downs syndrome association

Member

Charity

Nil

Margaret Pratt
Non-Executive Director

OKRA Consulting Ltd

Owner

Provides consultancy services to NHS organisations

Nil

NHS Pensions

Pensioner

NHS Healthcare

 

University of Northampton

Member of Nominations Committee

University

Nil

 

NHS Improvement

Senior Financial Governance Assessor

NHS London

 

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Member

Professional Body

Nil

Diane Sarkar
Chief Nursing & Quality Officer

No interests to disclose

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dawn Scrafield
Chief Finance Officer

Equal People Performing Arts Charity (No 1116649)

Trustee and Treasurer

Performing Arts Charity

Nil

Eastern Region Branch of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

Chair

Professional Body

Nil

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Health Panel

Member

Professional Body

Nil

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Relationship to a senior officer

Husband, Mr David Griffiths is Director of Finance for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Nil

Caroline Stanger
Non-Executive Director

The CareRooms Limited

Share holder

Health and Social Care

 

IBM Watson Health

Associate role

Health Technology Solutions

 

Barbara Stuttle
CBE

Non-Executive Director

NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Independent Chair

Healthcare

Nil

Alan Tobias OBE
Non-Executive Director

SCORE

Trustee

Charity operating to deprived communities in London, delivering employment and training opportunities through sport

Nil

Quadnet Services Ltd

Honorary Chairman

Company that provides IT and business systems support to Local Government

Nil

David Walker
Chief Medical Officer

No interests to declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Charlotte Williams

Chief Strategy & Improvement Officer

Ehlers Danlos Support UK

Deputy Chair & Board Trustee

Charity

Nil

Managing conflicts of interest, gifts and hospitality

To read the trust’s policy on managing conflicts of interest, gifts and hospitality, click the link below

MSEPO-20233 Conflicts of Interest Policy 1.0[pdf] 645KB