Trust Board & Local Leadership Team
Chief Executive and Accountable Officer
Clare Panniker is joint Chief Executive of Basildon and
Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex
Hospital Services NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS
A registered nurse, Clare also has a business degree and has
worked in the NHS for more than 25 years.
As Chief Executive and Accountable Officer for the Trust,
Clare carries full responsibility for the Trust's performance,
forward planning and leadership of the Executive Team and Clinical
Alan Tobias, OBE
Alan joined us in December 2011 from his former
position of chairman at West Essex PCT.
He is a qualified solicitor with a strong record of senior
management, both in the public and private sector. For 16 years he
was the London Boroughs' Chief Executive and latterly chairman of
an IT company.
Alan, who lives in Buckhurst Hill, was also Chairman of Essex
Probation Service for six years and a board member of Springboard
Housing Association as well as a trustee to two charitable trusts.
He is a member of the nominations committee.
Chief Medical Officer
Celia Skinner joined the Trust as medical director in February
Celia obtained her Fellowship from the Royal College of
Physicians in 2001 and specialises in genito-urinary medicine,
particularly the treatment of HIV/Aids. Celia is also the Trust's
director of infection prevention and control (DIPC).
Chief Transformation Officer
Tom Abell joined BTUH in October 2015 as deputy chief
executive. He was previously chief officer of NHS Basildon and
Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group.
Tom has been involved in several major service transformation
and improvement programmes during his career. He has a special
interest in the role that technology and new ways of working can
play in improving health outcomes for patients, while making
maximum use of valuable resources.
Diane Sarkar joined the BTUH as director of nursing in 2010.
After training at The Royal Free Hospital in London, Diane has
worked in a number of nursing and management roles in acute
hospitals in London and Essex.
Mary Foulkes, OBE,
Chief Director of Human Resources
Mary joined Southend University Hospital as Director of
Organisational Development and Human Resources in January
Her career spans the private, public and third sector
and includes previous NHS experience as Human Resources
Director for East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Mary was awarded an OBE in 2003 for her charitable work and
services to diversity.
She is committed to improving staff engagement, which in turn
will have a positive impact on the quality of patient
Chief Finance Officer
James joined the Trust as Chief Financial Officer in April
During his early career James qualified as an accountant
while working in the oil industry. He has also worked in other
sectors, latterly spending 18 years with EDF Energy, and has held a
number of finance director roles over the years.
Immediately prior to joining us he was a non-executive director
at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
James doesn't just see finance as number crunching. For him it's
about supporting and empowering people to do things that make a
Chief Information Officer
Martin initially trained as a nurse at the Royal London
Hospital, working in the A&E departments in and around north
east London and Harlow.
He made the move into site management and discharge planning
service at Whipps Cross Hospital before moving to Newham as Head of
Modernisation, and then as Chief Information Officer at
Martin joined Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust in August 2014 to
help deliver, maintain and grow the use of technology and
information across the Trust.
Chief Estates and Facilities Officer
Fred Heddell, CBE
A former teacher of children with learning disabilities, Fred
was formerly Director of Education for the charity Mencap and then
Chief Executive, working alongside the comedian and campaigner
Since then he has acted as treasurer of Inclusion International,
travelling to Africa, eastern Europe and central America to help
develop inclusive services for people with disability.
The last three years have seen Fred work with the SHA as an
independent member of its competition panel. He is a member of the
remuneration, quality assurance and charitable funds
David Parkins, FCA
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and
has held a number of senior finance roles in the banking sector.
Following a period as finance director with Mortgage Express, part
of the Lloyds TSB Group, he was finance director for lending and
savings with the Bradford and Bingley group. David has had
executive responsibility for audit, and experience of corporate
governance, joint ventures and treasury and management control
systems. He took over the chairmanship of the hospital's audit
committee at the beginning of 2007.
He is married with two grown-up children and lives near
Colchester, where he is treasurer and trustee of Headway Essex, a
charity that helps people who have suffered brain injury and their
As well as chairing the audit committee, David is a member of
the quality assurance, remuneration, nomination and charitable
Mike Green, BSc (Econ), FCA
Mike joined the board in November 2010 replacing Glyn Jones. He
also sits on the audit committee, the quality assurance committee
and the charitable funds committee.
Mike qualified as a chartered accountant with what is now KPMG
and spent 11 years with the audit practice before a 20-year career
in the broadcast media industry. He held senior finance roles at
TVS Television Limited and Carlton Communications plc and was
involved in the Carlton/Granada merger which formed ITV plc.
Following the merger, Mike moved to ITV and ultimately held the
role of deputy group finance director. He now acts as a business
consultant and is also currently the independent member on the
audit committee of the Metropolitan Housing Partnership, a
charitable housing association with 35,000 homes in London and the
Midlands; a director of the Sports Council Trust Company, a sports
charity which provides community sporting facilities at the three
national sports centres and a member of the Accountancy and
Actuarial Discipline Board.
As well as chairing the charitable funds committee, Mike is a
member of the audit, remuneration, quality assurance and policy
Tony Le Masurier
Tony joined the Trust board in December 2012.
Tony's background is in senior management in the aviation and
travel industry, serving as a Director and CEO of several large
international companies over three and a half decades.
More recently, he acted as interim chief officer for
Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) for two
years, and was a Non Executive Director of the local Primary Care
Trust for eight years, holding the position of Vice Chairman for
three of those. He is currently a local magistrate and the chairman
of a local care home charity that operates three homes in the
borough of Southend.
Tim joined the Trust board in December 2012.
He has more than six years' experience in the health sector and
has been on the board of Essex Probation Service for the past seven
years. He is chairman of a housing association and a Colchester
Gabrielle joined the Trust board in May 2016.
Gebrielle is a qualified accountant who previously worked at the
National Audit Office, the Parliamentary watchdog that audits
public spending and evaluates the value for money of government
projects and programmes. Gabrielle was a member of the NAO
Board for ten years with specific responsibility for policy,
communications and relations with Parliament and Government.
Gabrielle lives in Leigh on Sea and is also a trustee and board
member of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS).
Gail joined the Trust as Non-Executive Director in December
Gail has clinical and operational management experience within a
variety of health economy settings and is a member of the Quality
Local Leadership Team
Yvonne became Managing Director of Southend University Hospital
in December 2016 having joined the trust as Chief Nurse in October
2015 from Barts Health NHS Trust where she was Deputy Chief
Nurse for Quality and Governance. Prior to this she spent 10 years
as Director of Nursing and Quality at Princess Alexandra Hospital
in Harlow, spending 18 months as joint Chief Nurse and Chief
Yvonne places high value on the vital role of close
collaborative working with colleagues to enhance patients'
experience and draws on her experience of change management by
leading a team at Southend who share her passion for improvement.
She continues to work closely with the Operational team to
ensure that our patients experience the highest quality care at
Southend. Yvonne describes her close working relationship
with our Medical Director as 'a professional marriage' for the
benefit of both staff and patients, and to ensure that our ethos of
'Care with Compassion' remains at the centre of everything we
Neil Rothnie, MS, FRCS
Medical Director and Clinical Safety Officer
Neil qualified as a doctor from St. Bartholomew's Hospital in
London in 1981. He undertook postgraduate surgical training in and
around London, including a stint as a surgical registrar at
Southend Hospital in the 1980's. A period in cancer research at
Bristol Royal Infirmary and The Royal Free Hospital led to the
award of a Master of Surgery degree from the University of
He was a senior registrar at St. Bartholomew's Hospital prior to
his appointment as a consultant general surgeon at Southend
Hospital in 1994.
Neil established the specialist Breast Unit at Southend and
developed the 'open access' hernia service. He is the director of
screening for South Essex Breast Screening Service and lead
clinician for breast services.
He has spent 16 years as the surgical lead to the Regional
Quality Assurance team for the NHS Breast Screening Programme and
has chaired the National Breast Screening Audit for the
last five years.
Neil was appointed as Medical Director in December 2012.
Director of Estates & Facilities
John joined the Trust in June 2016 from NHS Property
During his early career John worked in the defence industry
before switching to the Health Sector.
He has subsequently worked within Estates and Facilities
Management for 30 years for both private and NHS organisations.
John sees Estates and Facilities as being integral part of the
safe treatment and recovery of patients.
Director of Nursing, Director of Infection Prevention and
Control (DIPC) and Caldicott Guardian
Denise qualified as an Adult Registered Nurse in 1993 and joined
Southend in 1994 as a Staff Nurse in Accident and Emergency.
Following completion of her paediatric nurse training, Denise
continued to work as an Adult and Paediatric Nurse in A&E,
later becoming an Emergency Nurse Practitioner before taking on the
role of Lead Nurse for Medicine.
After a period as Associate Director for the Emergency
Department, Denise took on the role of Lead for Corporate
Governance in 2011, becoming Associate Director of Nursing in 2015
and then Director of Nursing at the end of 2016.
Denise works closely with her leadership team colleagues to
ensure that quality and safety run through every aspect of the
services provided at Southend.
Director of Finance
Adrian worked in various financial management roles within the
NHS and private sector before joining Southend Hospital in 1991 as
the financial systems manager. He has been Deputy Director of
Finance at the Trust since 2004 and brings a wealth of experience
to the role, including the management of cost improvements.
Director of Human Resources & Organisational
Coming from a career background in the investment banking and
manufacturing sector, Cathy O'Driscoll joined us as Head of
Learning and Organisational Development in September 2016 before
taking up the role of Director of Human Resources and
Organisational Development in February 2017.
Originally from Ireland, Cathy came to England after university
intending to stay for a short while, but 26 years later, is proud
to call Southend her home. With personal experience of the
excellent care the NHS can provide, Cathy is excited to now be
working within the health service and helping our teams develop and
achieve their full potential.