Who’s who on the STP Board

Dr Anita Donley OBE
Independent chair

Dr Anita Donley is the independent chair of the Mid & South Essex STP for NHSI and NHSE since April 2016, and works with the WHO Global Patient Safety programme on medication safety.  Anita is a consultant physician in acute medicine at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, immediate past Clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians, was Medical Director of the Revalidation Team for DH England, and National Clinical Director for VTE. She has more than 40 years experience of working full time in the NHS.

Clare Panniker
CEO Mid Essex Hospital, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital FT, Southend University FT
SRO –Mid and South Essex STP (Acute)

Clare Panniker is joint Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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
AAccountable Officer Mid Essex CCG
Lead Accountable Officer for Joint Committee
SRO – Mid and South Essex STP (Local Health and Care)Caroline has been the Accountable Officer at Mid Essex CCG since 2014.Caroline is the Accountable Officer of Mid Essex and has held this position  since January 2014.  She 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 2 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 which provides support to the Joint Committee and the 5 CCGs.

Jo Cripps
Programme Director

Jo is the STP Programme Director and has been working in the NHS for 5 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
(Interim) Accountable Officer Basildon & Brentwood CCG

Lisa Allen is the Accountable Officer for Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group.  Prior to this 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 Ansell is the Accountable Officer for NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group.  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 TrustSally currently holds the post of Chief Executive of the board of directors for EPUT.Sally is the Chief Executive of Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).  She 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

John is the Chief Executive of Provide a community interest company responsible for delivering a broad range of health and social care services in the south east of England, a company he 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
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Terry the Accountable Officer for Castle Point & Rochford and Southend CCGs.  He 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.

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Professor Sheila Salmon
Chair, STP Chairs Group

Sheila is the Chair of Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT). Prior to this she 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 is the Chair of the Service User Advisory Group. He 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 Leftley is Deputy Chief Executive (People) at Southend Borough Council. He 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 ADASS Lead Director for Learning Disabilities and ADCS lead for Health.

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

Roger is the Corporate4 Director of Adults, Housing and Health at Thurruck Council. He 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 PCT.

Kim James
Chief Operating officer, Healthwatch Thurrock

Kim is Chief Operating Officer of 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 is very passionate about people having their say on the Health and Social Care Services provided for them within Thurrock and ensuring that those voices are heard at the highest level. She 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.

Donald McGeachy
Joint Chair, STP Clinical Cabinet

Donald is a Joint Chair of the STP Clinical Cabinet. He 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.