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.
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.
Sara Naylor, Director of Communications and Engagement
Sara moved into communications in 2003 after spending the earlier part of her career as a journalist working for regional and national press.
While assistant director of a major London communications agency she worked with Whitehall departments including the Department of Health. She led accounts for NHS staff-facing policy communications, working with national directors of NHS services including the Chief Nursing Officer, and the National Cancer Action Team’s clinical engagement programme, Connected.
She has also led the communications and engagement for progressive, major NHS programmes including the Office of the Trust Special Administrators of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in the wake of Francis Report; and, a north Derbyshire commissioner-led programme to reduce needless stress on older patients by bringing care closer to home.
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.
Clare Edmonson, Director of Human Resources
Clare has more than 30 years experience in human resource management and organisational and leadership development in both the private and public sectors.
She joined Ipswich Hospital from Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she was Director of Human Resources then held a number of interim programme roles. Her first role in the NHS was at The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust where she spent four years as Director of HR and Workforce Development.
Angela Tillett, Medical Director for Colchester Hospital
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.
Crawford Jamieson, Medical Director for Ipswich Hospital
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.
Melissa Dowdeswell, Director of Nursing for Colchester Hospital
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.
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.
Simon Hallion, Director of Operations - Group 2
Simon was previously Director of Operations at Ipswich Hospital, having joined in April 2017 from Sherwood Forest Hospital in Nottingham where he was divisional general manager for women and children’s services. He has worked in senior operational roles in large acute NHS hospitals.
Alison Smith, Director of Operations - Group 3
Alison Smith was Director of Community Services at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and has worked in the NHS since 2009, having previously worked in the veterinary industry, spending 16 years in academia as a qualified veterinary nurse and manager, running the hospitals and training veterinary surgeons at the University of Cambridge and London.
Alison’s first role in the health industry was as manager of sexual health services in Cambridgeshire, before managing an integrated Adult Health and Social Care integrated service in the county.
Alison then moved into the acute sector and before joining Ipswich and the East was deputy chief operations officer for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.