Non-executives

David White
David White

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.

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Susan Aylen-Peacock
Susan Aylen-Peacock

Susan Aleyn-Peacock, Non-Executive Director

Susan lives in Great Bromley near Colchester. She took early retirement in March 2015, having worked for the NHS for the past 13 years in project management, service improvement and various corporate governance roles. Susan is a qualified Chartered Secretary and has 30 years’ experience as a governance and risk professional spanning health, local government and work with the third sector.

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Laurence Collins
Laurence Collins

Laurence Collins, Non-Executive Director

Laurence was lead director at Ipswich Borough Council for health strategies and improvements for many years. He brings to the NHS extensive experience of leading change, corporate restructures and transformation programmes, including setting up multi-agency customer service and contact centres. Mr Collins has led complex multi-agency partnership projects such as the Ravenswood development, and key Ipswich Waterfront regeneration schemes including Felaw Maltings.

Between 1974 and 1985, Laurence had a career in planning in the public sector in South Yorkshire, Berkshire and London. He came to Ipswich in 1985 and was appointed a corporate director at Ipswich Borough Council in 1991 until December last year. During this time he established strong links with many local organisations and groups, and has a good knowledge of the local community.

He has a BA in Geography and an MA in Town and Regional Planning. Mr Collins also has professional memberships of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Chartered Management Institute and SOLACE. Mr Collins founded the East West Rail Consortium (made up of 25 local authorities/agencies across central southern England and was chairman for several years). He also initiated and led the East Anglian campaign to lobby for Stratford International.

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Tim Fenton
Tim Fenton

Tim Fenton, Non-Executive Director

Tim enjoyed a 19-year career at the BBC, starting in Colchester as a reporter, producer and newsreader for BBC Essex. His other roles at the corporation included being a political and parliamentary correspondent (1988-1995) and the managing editor of BBC News Online (2000-2004).

Since September 2006, he has worked as an independent news industry consultant and interim manager. The son of a GP and a nurse, Tim was Chair of governors at Holbrook Academy between 2013 and 2015.

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Richard Kearton
Richard Kearton

Richard Kearton, Non-Executive Director

Richard Kearton has also had a 30-year career at BT in sales and marketing. He was Group Director of Corporate Social Responsibility until his early retirement in 2011 and is the former Chair of Anglian Community Enterprises, a Social Enterprise providing child and adult community services in Essex. He is also a Non-Executive director of Colne Housing, one of the largest social housing providers in East Anglia.

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Diane Leacock
Diane Leacock

Diane Leacock, Non-Executive Director

Diane, who lives in Colchester, served as a Non-Executive Director at NHS North East Essex from July 2009 to November 2011, and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Currently the Director of Finance of a regional law firm, she has considerable experience in senior finance roles within commercial organisations, most recently as Finance Director within the professional services and publishing arenas. In addition, Diane served as a school governor for over 10 years, retiring as Vice Chair in 2015.

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Helen Taylor
Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor, Non-Executive Director

Helen Taylor began her 37-year career in health and social care as a nurse and has recently retired from her role as Director for integrated commissioning for vulnerable people with Essex County Council.

Her career started in an acute general hospital as a front line clinician, and she had maintained a strong focus on the user experience and patient safety with a particular interest in the care of older people and works with Age UK Suffolk.

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Dr Elaine Noske
Dr Elaine Noske

Elaine Noske, Non-Executive Director

Dr Noske has lived and worked in Ipswich for over 20 years. She has a PHD in physics and has led on several major transformations at BT reporting to Board level.

She has worked on a rich variety of projects from research and development of new submarine systems through to the development of new TV services at BT. She has also been a school governor at Ipswich Girls School since 2011.

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Julie Parker
Julie Parker

Julie Parker, Non-Executive Director

Julie, who has lived all her life in the area served by the Trust, is an accountant by qualification. She has significant experience working as a Director of Resources and Finance at three London Councils over a period of 10 years.

She is currently a Board Member at Colchester Borough Homes; a member of the Joint Audit Committee of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Essex Police. Julie also serves on the Audit Committees of two national bodies (the Health & Care Professions Council and the Housing Ombudsman).

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