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Meet The Board

Clare Panniker

Chief Executive

Clare Panniker

Clare Panniker, is joint Chief Executive of both Mid Essex Hospitals (MEHT) and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH). 

Clare is highly respected and was recently named among the top ten most influential chief executives in the NHS by Health Service Journal.  Her leadership has been fundamental to the transformation of BTUH which was one of the first trusts to be placed in special measures by the Health Secretary but is now rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission. Clare and her team steered the Trust out of special measures in less than a year.

Sheila Salmon

Chairman

Sheila Salmon

Professor Sheila Salmon, Chairman at Mid Essex Hospitals since April 2010 was re-appointed for at least a further two years by the NHS Trust Development Authority in April 2016.

Sheila, who was previously chair of the North East Essex Primary Care Trust, has more than 30 years' comprehensive experience in health and social care and has been the Dean of Health at Anglia Ruskin University.  She has represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council on numerous quality and standards visits to British Universities and their partner NHS Trusts.  Sheila holds an appointment as Emeritus Professor of Health Services Development and has considerable previous experience both as an Appointed Foundation Trust Governor and as a Non-Executive Director.

Lisa Hunt

Managing Director

Lisa Hunt

Lisa joined the Trust 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.

Dr Robert Ghosh

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Robert Ghosh

Robert joined the Trust in June 2016, and his previous roles include working at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he was the interim clinical director for medicine and emergency care. His role surrounded emergency and urgent care transformation and also the traditional roles of a clinical director.

Prior to this, he held the role of divisional Clinical Director for emergency, acute and primary urgent medical care at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was the Trust Trauma lead.

Lyn Hinton

Director of Nursing

Lyn Hinton


Carin Charlton

Executive Director of Strategy & Corporate Services

Carin Charlton

Carin joined Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust in June 2012 . With over 19 years’ experience in the  NHS, Carin has considerable clinical related experience as a dietitian and an MBA in Management, and has held a range of director and senior manager roles in the NHS.

In her current role as Executive Director of Strategy & Corporate Services, Carin has executive responsibility for corporate strategy development, and a full range of corporate and non-clinical support services. She is the accountable emergency officer, executive lead for Health and Safety and the nominated executive ‘Freedom to Speak up’ director.

Carin has recently been appointed to a joint role on secondment with Basildon & Thurrock University NHS FT as the responsible director for estates and facilities across both sites. With these additional responsibilities across both organisations, this will provide valuable consistency and continuity and contribute to the strategic objectives of the success regime.

Peter Fry

Chief Operating Officer

Peter Fry

Peter joined the Trust in October 2016 as Chief Operating Officer.  Following a one year placement at Hammersmith Hospital, whilst studying for his business degree, Peter made a decision to pursue a career in the NHS.  Committed to the delivery of high quality care to patients Peter has held a number of senior operational roles including director of performance and contracts and latterly as Director of Operations at Kings College Hospital, London.

Peter lives in South Woodham with his wife and son and in his spare time he can be found on the football pitch coaching under 12s.

David Meikle

Director of Finance

David Meikle
Bernard Scully

Director of Human Resources

Bernard Scully

Bernard was appointed to the role of Director of HR in December in December 2012. He has been a HR Director of NHS Trusts since the early 1990’s, working in Scotland, West Midland and Norfolk.

He has also since 2007 had a direct operational role as Executive lead for women and Children’s services.

Martin Callingham

Chief Information Officer

Martin Callingham

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’.

James Day

Trust Board Secretary

James Day

James is a law graduate from the University of Southampton who qualified as a Solicitor in 1983.

He has been a litigation partner in private legal practice, an Assistant County Secretary with Essex County Council, and Secretary of Colchester and East Essex Co-operative Society.

After a period as Head of Corporate Affairs for the newly formed East of England Co-operative Society, James joined the NHS in 2007, first as Secretary of Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow and since 2011, as Secretary of MEHT.

Manny Lewis

Non-Executive Director

Manny Lewis 

Manny Lewis began his career in 1981, working as a management trainee for the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA), following his successful completion of a B.A. in law at University College London. He than gained a Masters degree in Manpower Planning before being appointed Head of Recruitment at Lewisham Council.

He moved to Waltham Forest where he was Head of Education Personnel, followed in later years with promotions to top jobs as Assistant Director for Education in Birmingham (1990), Head of Personnel and Democratic Services at Thurrock Council (1997), Executive Director, GLA (2001), Interim Deputy Chief Executive at London Development Agency (LDA) in 2003, before becoming the permanent Chief Executive in 2004. He has been the Chief Executive of Watford Borough Council since July 2009.

Nick Alston

Non-Executive Director

Nick Alston CBE 

Nick was re-appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 18th 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.

Karen Hunter

Non-Executive Director

Karen Hunter 

Karen’s appointment began on 1st June 2012 and she will serve on the Trust board until 2018. She has vast experience in the health service, both within the NHS and the private sector.  Having begun her career as a nurse in 1980, working at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford, Essex, Karen worked her way up to senior roles in a number of London Teaching University Hospitals.

Following her very successful healthcare career, Karen set up her own executive coaching and consultancy business. She has worked closely with NHS London, National Specialised Commissioning, four London Trusts, numerous PCTs, Community Trusts and the London Cardiac and Stroke Networks in conducting service reviews and making recommendations for improvements.

Karen lives with her husband and son in Westcliff-on-Sea. In her spare time she is Youth Team Manager at Westcliff Rugby Club, and enjoys reading, yoga, walking and gardening. 

Karen is also the Board Non Executive Director lead for “Duty of Candour”

Colin Grannell

Non-Executive Director

Colin Grannell

Colin brings to the Trust expertise from the commercial sector and a wealth of knowledge from the financial services sector and marketing expertise. Colin was born and raised in Salford, and 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.

Colin is also Chair of the Audit Committee.

Parm Phipps

Non-Executive Director

Parm Phipps

Parm Phipps has over 15 years’ extensive experience operating at board level in a variety of roles within highly regulated and complex organisations.

An accountant by training, she is a seasoned executive with significant profit and loss responsibility and a proven track record of success in leading transformational change that has delivered outstanding business performance.

Prior to her appointment at the Trust, Parm has gained extensive experience working for the BBC, TV Digital Switchover Helpscheme, and P&O Cruises.

Her current role at the BBC as Finance Business Partner for TV channels has seen Parm creating a transformation financial strategy to move BBC3 away from a traditional TV service to an alternative digital multi-platform offering. As well as securing Board approval for the proposals she extensively communicated the change to key stakeholders.

Parm has worked across a number of roles, including as a fundraiser, finance partner, transitional change manager and finance business partner.