Our new Chair is no stranger to MEHT. In fact, he’s almost part of the foundations.
Alan Tobias spent seven months here as interim Chair after being brought in to deal with the financial issues of the PFI, as we started to build the new hospital. The photos still exist of him in a digger turning the first sod.
“It’s fantastic to be back at Broomfield all these years later,” he said.
Alan is a solicitor, but has spent much of his career working in the public sector. He was Chief Executive working in two London Boroughs and was Chair of Essex Probation Service for six years – helping to turn it around from one of the worst performing in the country to being in the upper ten per cent.
It was for his work with the Probation Service, and services to community relations, that he was awarded an OBE in 2004.
He was then Chair of West Essex Primary Care Trust before joining Southend Hospital as their Chair seven years ago.
He is clear what he wants to achieve here at Mid Essex.
“We need to acknowledge and understand the problems that we have, to identify and implement solutions to those problems and support that with good governance. There are plans in place already and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at MEHT to help to make the improvements that are needed.”
Alan added: “I am passionate about the NHS. I had polio as a child and, more recently, have been diagnosed and later cleared of cancer – so I have an emotional and intellectual connection to the health service.”
In his free time Alan is a real music buff, and collects classic soul. He also enjoys reading, all sport, being run ragged by his grandchildren and can often be found on the golf course.
He said: “I want to be as visible as possible at the Trust and hope to meet as many staff as possible. I plan to be out and about, saying hello to people and finding out about the brilliant work that you do here.”