David White, Chair
Appointed to Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust: 17 May 2016
Term of office (transferred to East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust): Expires 5 May 2019
David has extensive leadership experience as both a chief executive and non-executive director in the public sector. He moved from Nottinghamshire to live and work in Suffolk in 1994 as Chief Executive of Suffolk Health Authority, a post he held until 2002. He was then Chief Executive of Thurrock Council for four years until 2006 followed by six and a half years as Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council. He retired in April 2013.
Julie Parker, Non-Executive Director
Previously a NED at Colchester Hospital from April 2014, Julie is a qualified accountant who has held a number of Director level positions in local government, including the London Boroughs of Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham.
She has also had extensive non-executive director experience in other areas of public service, including housing, Essex Fire and Rescue and Essex Police. Julie lives in Essex.
Helen Taylor, Non-Executive Director
Previously a NED at Ipswich Hospital from April 2016, Helen has a health and social care background. Her recent positions include Director of Integrated Commissioning and Vulnerable People with Essex County Council and Interim CEO with Suffolk Age UK.
She has also held Director-level positions in social care with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and North Yorkshire County Council and was previously National Policy Lead for Adult Social Care and Older People with the Audit Commission. Helen lives in Suffolk.
Carole Taylor-Brown, Non-Executive Director
Carole joins the Trust with over 14 years experience in the NHS and seven years as a non-executive in the Charity and Housing Sectors. Having started her career as an HR professional in local government and health, she went on to become Chief Executive of NHS Suffolk, which she held until 2010.
Since then, she has been Chair of Trustees for Suffolk Mind, Chair of Suffolk Housing and also runs a coaching and consultancy practice, which has been commissioned on a number of occasions by NHS Improvement to conduct a number of high profile national investigations. Carole lives in Suffolk.
Richard Spencer, Non-Executive Director
Richard Spencer is a former BT employee and has held positions there as Director of Culture and Policy and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as nearly 10 years as their Head of Strategy and Partnerships.
He is an experienced executive coach, and since taking up early retirement from BT, he has been immersed in charitable and voluntary work with the homeless and more vulnerable people in society. Richard lives in Colchester.
Eddie Bloomfield, Non-Executive Director
Eddie has held four Chief Executive roles at the Ministry of Justice, which have included Head of the Court Funds Office and Head of the Office of the Accountant General and as HM Chief Inspector of Court Administration for England and Wales. He is involved with several charities in and around Colchester in trustee and other voluntary positions and brings extensive experience in political, financial management and change management. He was previously a non-executive director at Colchester PCT and lives in Colchester.
Richard Youngs, Non-Executive Director
Richard Youngs is a former RAF wing-commander, a role comparable to Chief Executive. He has held a number of roles at that level, including Officer Commanding Support Wing at RAF Honington, and Head of Future Pay Structure for the 170,000 members of the armed forces.
He is also a non-executive director with the East of England Cooperative Society, a membership organisation with a model not dissimilar to that of foundation trusts and has a wide-ranging skills set covering HR and Finance. Richard lives in Suffolk.