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Board of directors


The Board of Directors is at the heart of the governance of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

The Board of Directors is the body legally responsible for the leadership of the Foundation Trust, directing and managing the services provided, and its members are individually and collectively accountable for the Board’s actions.  To this extent, both the executive and the non-executive members of the Board of Directors function as a team, working closely together, although with different responsibilities. The chairman and non-executive directors are appointed (and can be removed) by the Board of Governors.

Board meeting papers

The date of the next scheduled board meeting will appear here

Venue: Committee Rooms 1&2, Level G, Tower Block, Basildon Hospital

The current and archived board meeting papers can be downloaded from the links below.

Board members

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

Prior to joining Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Clare was CEO of North Middlesex University Hospital for 9 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.



Chairman Nigel BeverleyNigel  Beverley 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 last year, Nigel is very keen to continue his contribution to the NHS in his role as chairman.

Committee membership: Remuneration and Nominations (chair)


JamesOSullivanSUHTJames joined the SUHT as Chief Financial Officer in April 2014.

During his early career James qualified as an accountant while working in the oil industry. He has also worked in other sectors, latterly spending 18 years with EDF Energy, and has held a number of finance director roles over the years.

Immediately prior to joining us he was a non-executive director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

James doesn't just see finance as number crunching. For him it's about supporting and empowering people to do things that make a difference.

Tom AbellTom Abell joined Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust in October 2015 as deputy chief executive.

He was previously chief officer of NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group. He is an important addition to the Trust board, bringing valuable experience of health commissioning.

Tom has been involved in several major service transformation and improvement programmes during his career. He has a special interest in the role that technology and new ways of working can play in improving health outcomes for patients, while making maximum use of valuable resources.







Martin initially trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital, working in the A&E departments in around north east London and Harlow.

He made the move into site management and discharge planning service at Whipps Cross Hospital before moving to Newham as Head of Modernisation, implementing the first electronic patient records 2004. 

He progress to the role of Chief Information Officer at Newham responsible for IT, Information coding&data quality and following the merger of Bart’s Hospital and Whipps Cross Martin was responsible for clinical systems across 6 hospital sites.

Martin joined Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust in August 2014 to help deliver, maintain and grow the use of technology and information across the Trust and to move towards a full Electronic Health Record in the near future.

Martin says : ’We have a new Informatics strategy that looks to meet the needs of our patients’, clinicians and administrative staff. Initially we will focus on making the best use of our existing system while we prepare for the move to a new Electronic Health Record’.

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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.


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Danny Hariram joined the Trust in March 2015.

Danny has worked in NHS human resources for more than 17 years, in acute, mental health and community services. Most recently he was at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, where he was acting director of human resources.

Diane SarkarDiane Sarkar joined the Trust as director of nursing in 2010.

After training at The Royal Free Hospital in London, Diane has worked in a number of nursing and management roles in acute hospitals in London and Essex.

Nurses who work in the trust are professionally accountable to the director of nursing. The director of nursing is also the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian ensuring all standards are met for handling patient identifiable information.



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  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

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