Helen Taylor, Chair
Helen Taylor joined the Ipswich Hospital Trust Board three years ago as a non-executive director and was re-appointed to the new East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust last year.
Helen joined the NHS as a student nurse and worked as a nurse and midwife before moving into social care. She is a former director of adult social care and has also worked as a national policy advisor with the Audit Commission. Helen’s first ambition is to meet colleagues and to visit all of the ESNEFT hospitals and community bases.
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.
Hussein Khatib, Non-Executive Director
Mark Millar, Non-Executive Director
Mark has a long and distinguished career in the NHS as a chief executive and director of resources.
He was Chief Executive Officer at St Elizabeth Hospice in Suffolk for five years before his retirement in January 2020. Mark has also been Chief Executive of South Norfolk Primary Care Trust, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Milton Keynes Hospital, Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Trust, Director of Finance at Essex Strategic Health Authority, Director of Finance for NHS Suffolk, and Director of Finance for Ipswich Hospital.
Mark served as a Non-Executive Director at Royal Papworth NHS Trust for seven years. He is currently the elected President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Elaine Noske, Non-Executive Director
Elaine Noske has held a variety of roles during 25 plus years with BT, and has vast experience of transformation projects, technical product innovation and development. Her current role at BT is focused on cyber security. She originally served as a NED with ESNEFT from May 2016 to November 2018 and re-joined as an interim NED in May 2020 before becoming a substantive NED in November 2020. She was previously a school governor at Ipswich High School and a mentor with the Princes Trust.
Andy Morris, Associate Non-Executive Director
Mark Ridler, Associate Non-Executive Director
Mark Ridler is a chartered engineer with a background in theatre and architecture. He is a business leader with over 35 years’ experience and skills across commerce, the arts, non-profits and the public sector and is currently a director for BDP, one of the UKs largest architectural practices. Having won many international design awards including Lighting Designer of the Year, he has served as Vice President for the Institute of Lighting Professionals, and was the first ever Chartered Lighting Designer through the ILP. A company director for the Spinal Injuries Association and Mentor for Backup Trust, he has board experience with Institute of Lighting Professionals and Nottingham Theatre Trust and is a Fellow of the RSA. As a technology strategist and co-founder of the GreenLight Alliance, his particular interests are in how technology can transform ethically, increasing diversity, and the circular economy in respect to sustainable design.
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.
Carole Taylor-Brown, Non-Executive Director
Carole joined the Trust with significant experience in the NHS and as a non-executive in the charity and housing sectors. An HR and organisational development (OD) professional by background, Carole undertook a variety of director roles in the NHS and was chief executive of NHS Suffolk, until her retirement in 2010.
Since then, she has been working with the NHS supporting a range of governance reviews and coaching senior leaders and clinicians. She was formerly chair of trustees for Suffolk Mind and is currently chair of Suffolk Housing and a visiting fellow in OD at University Suffolk.
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.