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Non-executive Directors

Updated some terms of office April 2017

When appointing non-executive directors the NHS looks for people who can contribute to the improvement of their health services. It looks for those who have had significant or senior level experience in either finance; governance; or the commercial, voluntary or community sectors. And it may appoint people to the Board with specific expertise in relation to the work of the board such as human resources, customer focus, or change management.

Responsibilities of an NHS non-executive are:

See also our Board of Directors page.

Contact the Chairman or a non-executive director

To email the Chairman or any of the Trust's non-executive directors, please click on their photo below. You can write to any of the Board of Directors or governors via Trust Offices.

To find out more about our Trust Board including Declaration of interests, term of office, salary and pension entitlements download our latest Annual Report .




David White

David White

Chair

Appointed: 17 May 2016

Term of office: Expires 5 May 2019

Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Remuneration Committee, the Appointments and Performance Committee, the Council of Governors and its Standards Committee.

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.




Jude Chin

Jude Chin

Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman

Appointed:13 September 2011

Reappointed: 13 September 2014

Term of office:Expires 12 September 2017

Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee; member of the Finance Assurance Committee, Charitable Funds Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

He has extensive commercial and international experience gained from a 30 year career with the professional services firm KPMG, auditing and advising on mergers and acquisitions.

He also has extensive experience of the education sector as Chair of SSAT (the Schools Network) Ltd and a number of voluntary roles on school governing bodies.

Jude is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Biochemistry graduate from Bristol University.




Tim Fenton

Tim Fenton

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 8 December 2016

Term of office: Expires 7 December 2019

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.




Diane Leacock

Diane Leacock

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 April 2014

Reappointed for a second term of office in April 2017

Term of office: Expires: 31 March 2020

Trust non-executive director lead for safeguarding and children. Chair of the People & Organisational Development Assurance Committee from 1 October 2014 and member of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee, Charitable Funds Committee and Remuneration Committee. Senior Independent 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.




Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 April 2014

Reappointed for a second term of office in April 2017

Term of office: Expires: 31 March 2020

Trust non-executive director lead for e-Procurement. Chair of Finance Assurance Committee. Member of Quality and Patient Safety Assurance Committee, Charitable Funds Committee and Remuneration Committee.

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).




Susan Aylen-Peacock

Susan Aylen-Peacock

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 9 November 2015

Term of office: Expires 8 November 2018

Susan lives in Great Bromley. 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.








Jan Smith

Jan Smith

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 9 November 2015

Term of office: Expires 8 November 2018

Jan lives near Coggeshall. Since 1998 she has run her own company - a marketing consultancy and service provider - working either as a consultant or interim Board Director with a focus on strategy development, marketing and communication, sales and customer experience. She has been a non-executive director on a number of Boards during the past 17 years in both the public and private sectors. For more than two years, between 2009 and 2011, she was a non-executive director at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.