Who’s who on the STP Board

Professor Mike Thorne CBE
Independent chair

Mike is the former Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, having retired in March 2016 from the post he had served in since 2007.

During his time at Anglia Ruskin University, he founded the Postgraduate Medical Institute which led to the ground breaking and highly successful establishment last year of the Anglia Ruskin University’s Medical School at its Chelmsford campus.

Prior to that Mike was Vice Chancellor at the University of East London for five years and has been a chair and member of a number of government committees

Clare Panniker
CEO Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group and senior responsible officer for hospital changes programme

A former registered nurse, Clare also has a business degree and has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years.

As Chief Executive and Accountable Officer for the trusts Clare carries full responsibility for their performance, forward planning and leadership.

Caroline Rassell
Accountable Officer Mid Essex CCG, Senior Responsible Officer Local and Health Care – Mid and South Essex STP (Local Health and Care)

Caroline has extensive experience in both health and local government and at a national level having working as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance of two arm’s length companies of the Department of Health.

Caroline is the lead Accountable Officer of the Joint Committee across the 5 CCGs in Mid and South Essex and is responsible for the leadership and management of the joint commissioning team.

Jo Cripps
Programme Director

Jo has been working in the NHS for five years in both commissioning and STP roles.  Previously she worked at the Royal College of Surgeons, leading on work on professional and clinical standards development.

Lisa Allen
Accountable Officer Basildon & Brentwood CCG

Prior to being Accountable Office Lisa held the position of Chief Nurse since the commencement of the CCG in April 2013.  Lisa has a nursing background spanning 35 years. She specifically brings her perspective as a registered nurse, on health and care issues to underpin the work of the CCG and the STP, especially the contribution of nursing and clinical practice to patient safety, patient experience and quality of care.

Mandy Ansell
Accountable Officer Thurrock CCG

Mandy has a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from the Royal London Hospital, University of East London and a Masters’ Degree from City University.  In the last 39 years, Mandy has held positions as a clinician, professional manager and general manager in acute hospitals and primary care in Bristol, London and Essex.  She has led a number of high profile projects in the last five years in South Essex including the transition to Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Sally Morris
Chief Executive Essex Partnership University Trust

Sally joined the NHS in 1995 as the Deputy Director of Finance for the Strategic Health Authority.  In 2005 she became an Executive Director at South Essex Partnership University Trust with operational responsibility for all mental health and learning disability services across south Essex.  In 2103 she was appointed Chief Executive and led the merger with North Essex Partnership to form EPUT in 2017.

John Niland
Chief Executive, Provide

Provide is a community interest company responsible for delivering a broad range of health and social care services in the south east of England John created and led out of the NHS in 2011.  He has significant experience of working in public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. John is a hugely successful and well-respected business and social entrepreneur, he is passionate about social business and supports the wider industry by sharing knowledge of best practice.

Terry Huff
Accountable Officer for Castle Point & Rochford and Southend CCGs

Terry is a qualified chartered accountant with a public sector career that spans over 30 years, working mostly at board level.  He trained as an accountant in local government and was the Finance Director at Barking and Dagenham Council before he joined the NHS in 2003 as Finance Director for Redbridge Primary Care Trust.

Stephanie Dawe
Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Integrated Care (NELFT)

Stephanie has over 20 years experience in mental health nursing. Stephanie has also held operational management positions in London Borough of Havering and was the Operational Director for Havering for a number of years. Stephanie is a Registered Mental Nurse and has strategic responsibility for quality and governance as well as Mental Health Services.

As of 11 December 2017 Stephanie was appointed as the Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer to Provide.  Stephanie works for Provide two days per week. This is alongside her role at NELFT.

Professor Sheila Salmon
Chair, Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust

Prior to her role at EPUT Sheila, was the Chair of Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, North East Essex Primary Care Trust and Essex Ambulance Service before being appointed to the Board of the East of England Ambulance Regional Service. She was the Executive Dean of Health at Anglia Ruskin University where she led the establishment of a Regional Faculty of Health and Social Care and has represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council on numerous quality and standards visit to British Universities and their partner NHS Trusts.

Claire Hankey
STP Director of communications and engagement

A former journalist, Claire has undertaken a number of communications roles within the NHS spanning both commissioning and provider organisations. She currently provides strategic communications and stakeholder and public engagement support to the Mid and South Essex STP board, and had a lead role in delivering the public consultation on acute services reconfiguration.

Chris Gasper
Chair, Service User Advisory Group

Chris has spent the majority of his working life working in civil service and with the Health & Safety Executive. Since retiring Chris has been involved in a number of roles around patient representation and is a founding board member of Southend Healthwatch.

Simon Leftley
Deputy Chief Executive Southend Borough Council

Simon first qualified as a social worker in 1984 and worked in a range of settings particularly in the area of mental health, older people and learning disabilities and children services.
He has managed a range of services and worked for a number of councils including Essex, Newham, Havering and Bexley Council. He moved to be a Director at Southend on Sea, his home town, in 2007. He is East of England Association of Director of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Lead Director for Disabilities and Association of Directors of Childrens’ Services (ADCS)  lead for Health.

Roger Harris
Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Health, Thurrock Council

Roger has been in his current role for the past 4 years and has worked in Thurrock for over 10 years. Prior to this he was the Director of Commissioning for Newham Primary Care Trust.

Kim James
Chief Operating Officer, Healthwatch Thurrock

Kim has been the Chief Operating officer for Healthwatch Thurrock since its inception in 2012, before that she managed Thurrock LINk since its beginning in 2009.

Kim represents the voices at some high level strategic meetings including the Health and Wellbeing Board, Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Adults and Children’s Safeguarding Boards and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group Committees and Board. Healthwatch using their statutory powers have successfully challenged decisions that will affect Residents, Patients and Service Users and have achieved a good outcome for them.

Dr Donald McGeachy
Medical Director, CC Joint Committee
Joint Chair, STP Clinical Cabinet

Donald trained at Glasgow Medical School and became medically qualified just over 40 years ago. He has worked as a GP for the majority of that time both here in the UK and abroad in Tonga (South Pacific) and New Zealand.

David Sollis
Chief Executive, Healthwatch Essex

Prior to joining Healthwatch Essex, David’s career included working with the national health volunteering charity Attend and Momentum helping patients with severe brain injuries, and working with the charity Whizz Kidz to establish a national social model of disability.

Jean Broadbent
Chief Office, Healthwatch Southend

Jean joins Healthwatch Southend following her role at BBWCVS as Social Prescribing lead.  Jean has a background in NHS Public Health, the Voluntary Sector and Adult Education.  Jean will ensure the appropriate networks are attended in order to give residents and service users an opportunity to give their views regarding health and social care services locally.

Peter Fairley
Director of Partnership, Essex County Council

Peter is responsible for promoting the integration of health and social care services across Essex, working with the 5 CCGs and 3 STPs that Essex County Council works with.  Prior to this, he headed up the Council’s policy and strategy team, leading its work on many areas such as the Care Act 2014 and its implication for social care.

Dr Brian Balmer
Chief Executive, Local Medical Committee (LMC)