Non-voting Executives

We have a number of directors who are not voting members of the Trust Board, but who may attend Board meetings. Profiles for these staff can be found below.


Nicky Leach, Director of Logistics and Patient Services

Nicky began her career in the NHS working in operational roles in complex London teaching hospitals. She later joined one of the major management consultancies (PwC) to broaden her skills and experience.

Nicky has worked in the UK and overseas delivering major change programmes across business services, manufacturing and public services including health, probation and local government. She brings more than 20 years of operational and consulting experience to the team of executive directors.


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Paul Fenton, 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.

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Rebecca Driver, Director of Communications and Engagement

Rebecca is a highly skilled communications and engagement professional with more than 25 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.

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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.

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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.

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Crawford Jamieson, Medical Director

Crawford Jamieson has been a consultant gastroenterologist at Ipswich Hospital since March 2016 and has nearly 30 years of NHS experience.

Previously, Crawford worked in various London hospitals as well as at the James Paget in Gorleston and the Norfolk and Norwich, where he went on to hold the post of Associate Medical Director. Dr Jamieson continues to see outpatients to maintain his clinical skills.

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Melissa Dowdeswell, Director of Nursing for Colchester Hospital

Melissa has 10 years of experience and has held a variety of roles in both nursing and clinical operations.  She worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary and Urgent care before moving into leadership roles
She was the Head of Nursing for Medicine and Emergency Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital, then the Associate Director of Nursing Mid Essex She joined Colchester NHSFT as Deputy of Director of Nursing in May 2017 and is now Site Director of Nursing at Colchester for ESNEFT.

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Claire Thompson
Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson, Director of Nursing for Ipswich Hospital

Before taking up this post, Claire was Interim Director of Nursing for Ipswich Hospital Trust since January 2018, and began her career in the Trust as Head of Nursing for Surgery in 2013. She was invited to work as the national nursing productivity lead at NHS Improvement on a secondment delivering the recommendations in the Carter report in relation to the nursing workforce.

Her nursing career has included leadership roles in critical care, quality improvement networks, professional practice development and organ donation and transplantation.

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Alison Power, Director of Operations - Group 1

Alison was Director of Operations at Colchester from January 2017, joining from Ipswich Hospital where she was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Head of Operations.

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Karen Lough, Director of Operations - Group 2

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.

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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.

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