Voting Members of the Trust Board
Nick Hulme, Chief Executive - currently on secondment into a national role
Nick Hulme has worked in the NHS and social care for more than 35 years. He has worked in operational management and leadership roles in large, complex London acute Trusts. His first management role was in sexual health services before being appointed to senior leadership roles in operational and general management.
Nick was appointed Chief Executive of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in January 2013 and in May 2016 also became Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. Following successful joint working, the two trusts merged on 1 July 2018 to form East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, of which Nick is now Chief Executive.
The integrated acute and community trust runs Colchester Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Aldeburgh Hospital, Felixstowe Hospital, Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich and community services at Clacton Hospital and Fryatt Hospital in Harwich.
Neill Moloney, Interim Chief Executive - while CEO Nick Hulme is on secondment to a national role
Neill has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. He has extensive experience and expertise in operational management, planning and performance and leadership in commissioning and information. Neill was Chief Operating Officer for The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, and then joint Managing Director for Ipswich and Colchester trusts before the organisations merged in July 2018.
Neill is passionate about high quality, safe, compassionate care.
Angela Tillett, Chief Medical Officer
Angela has been Medical Director at Colchester Hospital since 2015.
Angela trained at University College London and qualified in 1987. She first trained as a GP but then went on to complete paediatric training, starting as a consultant in Colchester in 2001.
Previous roles include Lead Clinician for Paediatric Oncology Services and from March 2011 – December 2013 Divisional Director for Women and Children’s Services. She is an instructor for national resuscitation council courses and supports life support training and the paediatric critical care group at the Trust.
Giles Thorpe, Chief Nurse
Giles Thorpe joined ESNEFT as Chief Nurse from his role of Director of Clinical Quality and Deputy Chief Nurse at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s). He was previously Deputy Director of Nursing at Colchester Hospital and before that Deputy Director of Clinical Governance at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals. Giles has also held national roles at NHS Blood and Transplant and is a graduate of the Nye Bevan programme run by the NHS Leadership Academy.
Giles trained as a nurse nearly 20 years ago after working in the City of London.
Giles lives in Essex, almost exactly half way between Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, and is currently completing his professional doctorate in health at the University of Essex.
Adrian Marr, Director of Finance
Adrian has worked in NHS finance for more than 30 years. His most recent role prior to ESNEFT was as director of operational finance for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the east of England. In previous roles Adrian has been director of finance for a number of Essex primary care trusts as well as working in acute trusts.
Shane Gordon, Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation
Dr Gordon is a clinician with over a decade of senior NHS management experience in transformational change, strategic and local commissioning and acute hospital leadership.
He is passionate about improving services through innovation, evidence based practice and the use of information to drive positive change. Dr Gordon is also Vice Chairman of the East of England Clinical Senate.
Mike Meers, Director of Digital and Logistics
Mike has concentrated his career locally within the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Community for more than 28 years managing information technology services and the delivery of ICT transformation. During this time he has led the delivery of major infrastructure, corporate and clinical IT systems from procurement through to implementation.
Mike has responsibility for development of the Trust’s ICT Strategy and supporting ICT programme delivery and support functions including the digitisation of Records Management.
Prior to taking up the Director of Information Communications and Technology post for the Trust he was Chief Information Officer at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and led the integration of ICT services for acute and community services.
Mike has responsibility on the Trust Board as the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO).The role of the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) was created to provide board-level accountability and greater assurance that information risks are addressed.
Non-Voting Members of the Trust Board
We have a number of directors who are not voting members of the Trust Board, but who may attend Board meetings.
Paul Fenton MBE, Director of Estates
Paul comes to ESNEFT having been Director of Estates and Facilities at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, which he joined in September 2015.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer, having extensive experience over the last 25 years within the Building Services and Facilities industry in both the public and private sectors, in the UK and European markets. Commencing his career in the NHS in 2002, Paul has held senior positions in four acute hospitals and joined the Trust from North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Paul is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and a member of The Institute of Health Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). He is the immediate past Chairman of the Health Estates & Facilities Management Association (HEFMA) and sits on its National Council.
Rebecca Driver, Director of Communications and Engagement
Rebecca is a highly skilled communications and engagement professional with more than 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS.
She began her career as an operational manager in the acute sector before leading a cancer network and working in commissioning and mental health services as a strategic communicator.
Alison Power, Director of Operations - Colchester Hospital
Alison was the Director of Operations at Colchester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from January 2017. Prior to that, she was at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for 21 years where her last role was Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
Alison began her career as a newly qualified nurse over 30 years ago and has extensive expertise and experience in both Cancer Care and Medicine and Emergency Care. She has worked in both clinical and operational senior leadership roles and is currently the SRO for System Resilience as part of the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
Sarah Noonan, Interim Director of Operations - Ipswich Hospital
Sarah joined ESNEFT on 28 June 2021.
Sarah has a strong background in senior operational leadership. Her prior role was with NHS England/NHS Improvement where she was an Assistant Director for Suffolk and North East Essex at the region.
Karen Lough, Director of Operations: Accelerator Programme
Karen’s 16-year career in the NHS includes working on the national programme for the IT Choose and Book campaign, leadership roles as a general manager, and as a divisional director for surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust. She has also spent time working as commissioner for Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. Karen’s first job in the NHS was at Ipswich Hospital and she came back to the hospital in January 2016 as associate director of operations for surgery.
Paul Little, Director of Operations - Group 3
Paul was area director of adult and community services in Ipswich and east Suffolk for Suffolk County Council before being appointed to this innovative, new role for ESNEFT and Suffolk County Council.
Working to develop our Alliance approach in Suffolk, he will be seconded for 12 months and will report to Neill Moloney, Deputy Chief Executive for ESNEFT and to Sue Cook, Executive Director People Services, at Suffolk County Council.
Denver Greenhalgh, Director of Governance
Denver was previously Director of Governance at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, having joined in June 2015. Before that, she was at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust for five years.
Denver began her career in the NHS as a newly qualified podiatrist and after three years in this clinical role moved into leadership.
She has worked in both community and hospital services in a range of leadership roles. In 2008 she decided to specialise in governance.
Kate Read, Director of People and Organisational Development
Kate previously worked at Health Education England, East of England, as Deputy Postgraduate Dean but also spent time at West Suffolk Hospital prior to being appointed to the role of Director of People and Organisational Development at ESNEFT.