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Divisional Directors

Updated 23 January 2017

Each division is led by a Divisional Clinical Director, a Head of Nursing & Clinical Services and a Head of Operations. Divisions are accountable for delivery of quality, patient and staff experience, budgets and operational standards.

The Executive Directors retain organisation-wide responsibilities in the areas of strategy, policy development, organisation-wide governance and risk, management of external relationships and leadership of negotiation. In November 2016 we announced that following an extended consultation process over recent months that two of the three divisional director posts had been successfully appointed to.



Mr Chris Backhouse

Mr Chris Backhouse

Divisional Clinical Director for Surgery including Cancer

Commenced in this role: 23 January 2017

Chris trained at Charing Cross Hospital and qualified in 1976. He was appointed Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon in Colchester in 1992 and has held various positions over the years, before his appointment in March 2015 as Divisional Director for Surgery. He will continue in his clinical role as a Vascular and Endocrine surgeon.






Louise Notley

Lou Notley

Divisional Clinical Director for Medicine including Emergency Care

Commenced in this role: 23 January 2017

Lou has been a nurse in Colchester for more than 25 years and was Matron for Specialist Medicine for four years, before becoming Nurse Consultant for Older People in 2010. In 2014 she was appointed Associate Director Nursing (ADN) for Women and Children and in April 2015 she was appointed ADN for Medicine.






Dr Joanne Osborne

Joanne Osborne

Divisional Clinical Director for Women and Children’s and Clinical Support Services

Commenced in this role: April 2017

Jo qualified from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, in 1990. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London and Essex, completing her training at Colchester in 2001. She was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Colchester in 2002. Jo has special interests in colposcopy, vulval disorders and HIV in pregnancy. She held the position of RCOG College Tutor from 2001 to 2006. Jo has been Lead Colposcopist at Colchester since 2002 and was appointed to the East of England Regional Colposcopy Quality Assurance (QA) team in 2006 where she was the QA Lead Colposcopist until 2012.
She became Clinical Lead in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2012 and held this position until taking up the role of Divisional Clinical Director for Women's and Children's Services in April 2015. Jo completed an NHS Senior Leadership Modular training programme in May 2014. She continues her clinical work in Obstetrics and Gynaecology alongside her role as Divisional Clinical Director.




Dr Arun Sebastian

Arun Sebastian

Divisional Clinical Director for Women and Children’s and Clinical Support Services

Commenced in this role: April 2017

Arun qualified in 1996, and after completing Medical and General Radiology training, he undertook Interventional Radiology fellowship training in Hammersmith and Charing cross hospitals. He joined Colchester as a General & Interventional Radiologist in 2006. He has been the Clinical Lead for the Radiology department from 2010-2013. Arun also works with NICE as a specialist advisor for their Interventional Procedures programme and as a member of their National guidance committees.