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The Joint Executive Group (JEG)


Clare Panniker

Clare Panniker Chief executive

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

As chief executive and accounting officer for the Trust, Clare carries full responsibility for the Trust's performance, forward planning and leadership of the executive team and clinical directors.

Tom Abell

Tom Abell Chief transformation officer

Tom Abell joined BTUH in October 2015 as deputy chief executive. He was previously chief officer of NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group. 

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 Callingham Chief information officer

Martin initially trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital, working in the A&E departments in and 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 in 2004. He progressed to the role of chief information officer at Newham responsible for IT, Information coding and data quality and following the merger of Bart’s Hospital and Whipps Cross Martin was responsible for clinical systems across six 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.

Jonathan Dunk

Jonathan Dunk Chief commercial officer

Jonathan joined the MSB 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 University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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 Harriram Chief human resources director

Danny Hariram joined Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation 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.

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Eamon Malone Chief estates and facilities officer

Eamon joined MSB Group in December 2018 following a long estates and facilities career in the NHS in Northern Ireland.  Eamon has experience leading estates services through a challenging merger process and utilising the skills, experience and expertise of estates and facilities colleagues to deliver more focussed and efficient services.  Eamon is a Chartered Building Surveyor and a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.Eamon joined the MSB Group in December 2018 following a long estates and facilities career in the NHS in Northern Ireland.  Eamon has experience leading estates services through a challenging merger process and utilising the skills, experience and expertise of estates and facilities colleagues to deliver more focussed and efficient services.  Eamon is a Chartered Building Surveyor and a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.


James O’Sullivan Chief financial officer

James joined Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust 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 the Trust he was a non-executive director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Diane Sarkar Chief nursing officer

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.  In1996, 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 Celia Skinner

Celia Skinner Chief medical officer

Celia Skinner joined the Trust as medical director in February 2012.

Celia obtained her Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians in 2001 and specialises in genito-urinary medicine, particularly the treatment of HIV/Aids. Celia is also the Trust’s director of infection prevention and control (DIPC).

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Andrew Pike Managing director, BTUH

Andrew has 26 years' health management experience at board and CEO level. He has held several senior NHS posts in the East of England and Essex, 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 allows him, once again, to get closer to the front line of patient care, which has always been his passion.


Lisa Hunt Managing director, MEHT

Lisa joined MEHT in June 2016, and has a clinical background with over 32 years' experience in health service delivery across primary and secondary care.

Lisa has held a number of senior roles within the NHS including chief operating officer, deputy chief executive and interim chief executive.


Yvonne Blucher Managing director, SUHT

Yvonne joined Southend University Hospital 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.

Yvonne is a fellow of the Institute of Health Improvement and has a real passion for engaging staff to ensure patients get the best possible outcomes. She was appointed as the managing director in December 2016 as part of the Joint Executive Group, taking full responsibility for day to day operational business and leading on innovation and quality.


Non-executive members

BTUH Success Regime Committee non executive members

Chairman Nigel Beverley

Nigel Beverley Chairman, BTUH

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. 

Renata Drinkwater NED, BTUH  


Renata joined the trust in April 2016. Her background is in business strategy consulting, initially with KPMG, subsequently as a partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and latterly as a director at the Capita Group plc. She has a long-standing interest in health sector issues. She was an elected trustee at Diabetes UK, and also at National Voices. She has also held non-executive directorships at a Primary Care Trust and at three acute hospital Trusts, including Basildon and Thurrock, where she is also the senior independent dDirector. She was also chief executive and trustee of self management uk, the country’s leading provider of self-management programmes for people with long term health conditions. Renata is currently also a Self Care Forum Board member, and a non-executive director of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

John GovettJohn Govett NED and Senior independent director, BTUH

John Govett was appointed as a non-executive director in April 2012. A former head of marketing at Tesco, commercial board director at P&O and deputy CEO at Surrey County Council, John has held various non-executive director roles, and is currently group chief executive of Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Ltd (part of Anglia Ruskin University) and chairman of Paragon Concord Ltd

MEHT Success Regime Committee non executive members

Karen Hunter Non-executive director, MEHT


NickAlstonMEHTNick Alston Trust interim chair, MEHT

Nick was re-appointed as a non-executive director in August 2015 to serve a second four year period.

He began his career as a Royal Naval officer after reading sciences at Cambridge University. He then served as a senior civil servant in defence and security, including eight years as an executive director of his department. In 2006 he joined a leading global investment bank as a managing director, retiring in early 2011.

In 2012 Nick was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex and after standing down in May 2016 at the end of the first term, he was appointed by Anglia Ruskin University as Chair of the Institute of Policing for Eastern Region.

He has lived in the Chelmsford area since 1965 and was appointed CBE in 1997.

ColinGrannellMEHTColin Grannell Non-executive director, MEHT

Colin brings expertise from the commercial sector and a wealth of knowledge from the financial services sector and marketing expertise. Colin joined Midland Bank in 1973 and made his way through the branch network in Manchester before appointments in Midland Access and manager of Group Card Payments strategy.

He joined Visa Europe in 1990 fulfilling various senior management roles. He headed Chip Card Payment Services at Visa HQ in San Francisco and returned to the UK as managing director of Visa UK Limited where he was responsible for the strategic direction and business development of Visa business in the UK. Colin was appointed executive vice president Visa Europe, head of partnership marketing in 2006.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services School of Finance and was voted Card and Payments Industry Personality of the Year 2012. Colin retired from Visa in November 2012 to seek several non-executive roles.

SUHT Success Regime Committee non executive members

AlanTobiasSUHTAlan Tobias OBE Chairman, SUHT

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, who lives in Buckhurst Hill, 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.


DavidParkinsSUHTDavid Parkins, FCA Deputy chair, SUHT

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has held a number of senior finance roles in the banking sector. Following a period as finance director with Mortgage Express, part of the Lloyds TSB Group, he was finance director for lending and savings with the Bradford and Bingley group. David has had executive responsibility for audit, and experience of corporate governance, joint ventures and treasury and management control systems. He took over the chairmanship of the hospital's audit committee at the beginning of 2007.

He is married with two grown-up children and lives near Colchester, where he is treasurer and trustee of Headway Essex, a charity that helps people who have suffered brain injury and their families.

As well as chairing the audit committee, David is a member of the quality assurance, remuneration, nomination and charitable funds committees.

GabrielleRydingsSUHTGabrielle Rydings Non-executive director, SUHT

Gabrielle joined the Trust board in May 2016.

A qualified accountant, Gabrielle previously worked at the National Audit Office, the Parliamentary watchdog that audits public spending and evaluates the value for money of government projects and programmes. She was a member of the NAO Board for ten years with specific responsibility for policy, communications and relations with Parliament and government.

Gabrielle lives in Leigh on Sea and is also a trustee and board member of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS).





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