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Robert Holmes MA FCA, Acting Chair

Mr Holmes took over as Acting Chair on 14 January 2015, following the decision by the previous Chair to stand down for personal reasons. Bob will remain acting whilst the recruitment of a substantive Chair continues.

Bob Holmes joined the Trust Board in December 2006, and his term of office ends on 31 March 2015. Bob is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience as a finance director. He was a Non-Executive Director of the Dover Harbour Board for 8 years until April 2013, and he continues to chair their Board of Pension Trustees. He also works as a business mentor with a number of small owner-managed enterprises.

Committee membership: Audit (Chair), Finance & Resources, Quality & Patient Safety



Clare Panniker, Chief Executive

Clare has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, leading change and improving the quality of healthcare, from the ground up. A registered nurse with a business degree, Clare has worked with front line specialties across the board and has a detailed understanding of how to improve services that focus on giving patients the best possible experience. Prior to joining Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September 2012, she was Chief Executive at North Middlesex Hospital where she is credited with radically transforming the organisation's performance and culture.

Clare mentors other aspiring NHS leaders, from both clinical and management backgrounds. She was also the Chief Executive Representative on the national 'High Quality Care for all' Advisory Panel, chaired by Lord Darzi and David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive in 2009.



Adam Sewell-Jones BSc ACMA, CGMA Deputy Chief Executive

Adam Sewell-Jones joined the Trust as an accountancy trainee in 1992. He stayed here for four years, before going to work in Finance at Redbridge Health Care Trust. He returned to the Trust in the role of General Manager for the Medical Directorate from 2000 to 2002, and then spent two years within Finance at University College London Hospitals. He returned here in 2004 to be Deputy Director of Finance and was appointed Director of Finance in September 2007. In January 2013 Adam became Deputy Chief Executive and has been given the responsibility of leading the Trust’s transformation programme.

Adam Sewell-Jones



Mark Magrath MBA, Commercial Director

Mark has worked in healthcare for more than 30 years, previously in Southend, Bromley, Croydon and the USA. He became an Executive Director at the Trust in 2002. Mark leads the Trust on contracting, service development and information management and technology. Previous NHS senior management experience includes planning, performance management, informatics, general management, contracting and marketing. He has a professional clinical background in pathology / medical science and a keen interest in creativity in information systems design. 



Dr Celia Skinner, Medical Director

Celia obtained her Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians in 2001 and has specialised in genito urinary medicine, particularly the treatment of HIV/Aids. She was previously deputy medical director at Barts Health where she had worked since 1995, having previously been associate medical director and a divisional director.

Celia is passionate about improving clinical care and sees the job of medical director here at BTUH as an opportunity to build on her achievements at Barts.

Dr Celia Skinner, Medical Director 


Stephanie Lawton, Director of Personnel and Organisational Development (acting)

Steph joined Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals in 2004, as
Deputy Director of Personnel. She has more than 23 years NHS personnel management experience, including roles in London, Yorkshire and Scotland. 

Steph Lawton


Diane Sarkar, Director of Nursing

Diane was appointed as the Director of Nursing in November 2010. Her 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 Masters degree, Diane returned to the NHS in 2001 at Southend Hospital, as Deputy Associate Director of Operations for Medicine and then Associate Director of Nursing. Her focus has been particularly around developing the nursing workforce, as well as leading on a number of corporate agendas, including quality improvement, the patient safety and patient experience agenda. Diane is currently the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)



Rick Tazzini, Director of Finance

Rick is a CIPFA qualified accountant with an MBA and 29 years’ experience across the NHS, police and local government.

Rick joins BTUH from the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, where for the last five years he has been the Director of Resources; responsible for finance, performance, contracting, ICT, information, estates and

Prior to this Rick was Director of Finance and Administration with Essex Police.  This is his third senior role within the NHS, having also worked for the Essex Strategic Health Authority and BHB Community Healthcare.


Rick Tazzini, Director of Finance

Nigel Kee, Chief Operating Officer

Nigel Kee has a wealth of experience in both operations and nursing. He provides executive-level leadership for the clinical divisions.



Zoe Ascensio- Sanchez, RIBA, Director of Estates and Capital Development

Zoe Smith graduated in 2000 with a degree in architecture from the University of Greenwich. A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, she began her career as an architect in the public sector and private practice, moving into the management of multi-disciplinary teams.

In 2007 she progressed to estates management for the Girls’ Day School Trust, the biggest provider of private education in Britain, maintaining 28 sites across the country.

Zoe believes there are two kinds of architects; those who are interested in commercial architecture, and those who are passionate about the way that complex buildings function for the benefit of the people who use them.

She places herself in the second category, and says this is why she loves working at the Trust.

Zoe Smith Director of Estates and Capital Development



Peter Sheldrake BSc (Hons), Senior Independent Non Executive Director

Peter Sheldrake was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2007, and was re-appointed in 2012. His term runs until March 2016.

Peter worked for 31 years with the Essex police force, eventually as Divisional Commander of Basildon District.  Following his retirement Peter joined the Board of the Essex Probation service, until September 2011.

Committee membership: Audit, Quality & Patient Safety, Charitable Funds



Elaine Maxwell, Non Executive Director

Elaine is a Registered Nurse and worked in hospitals and as a Health Visitor before moving into quality management. She was Executive Director of Nursing at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from 1999 to 2003 and at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2004 to 2007 before undertaking her PhD and moving into academic roles. Elaine is currently Principal Lecturer in Leadership at London South Bank University.

Elaine is also a Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, a Trustee of Island Health Trust and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Nursing.

Elaine Maxwell 


Anne Marie Carrie

Anne Marie Carrie is a Government Commissioner on Social Mobility and Child Poverty. As the former Chief Executive of the UK’s largest Children’s Charity, Anne Marie has a proven track record of delivering excellence and managing large complex organisations in highly regulated and public high profile contexts.  Experienced in the full range of children, young people and families’ services, Anne Marie is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and an enthusiast in helping build successful organisations.

Committee Membership: Quality & Patient Safety


Barbara Riddell, OBE

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2012, Barbara Riddell has previously worked in central government, for the police and the fire brigade in London.

Barbara has served as a Non-Executive on boards in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and is Chairman of Housing for Women.

She was awarded an OBE in 2008.

Committee membership: Audit, Charitable Funds

Barbara Riddell


David Hulbert

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2012, David Hulbert is a Cambridge graduate, with an MBA from Stanford Business School.  David has a successful career working for major blue-chip companies and is currently Director of Ravensbeck, a media-oriented deal, management and advisory firm.

Committee membership: Quality & Patient Safety (Chair), Audit, Finance & Resources



John Govett

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.

Committee membership: Finance & Resources (Chair)


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