About us

How our hospital is run

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for the running of the hospital. They are accountable to our regulators such as NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the Care Quality Commission.

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Clare Panniker

Chief Executive

Clare is joint Chief Executive of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust. Prior to joining Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Clare was CEO of North Middlesex University Hospital for 9 years.

A registered nurse, Clare also has a business degree, and has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years. Clare mentors other aspiring NHS leaders, from both clinical and management backgrounds. The Chief Executive is the Accounting Officer for the Trust and carries full responsibility for the Trust's performance, forward planning and leadership of the Executive Team and clinical directors.

Alan Tobias, OBE

Chair

Alan joined us as chairman 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 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. In February 2019, Alan was appointed as chairman of Mid Essex Hospital.

Membership of Committees: Finance & Performance Committee in common (ex-officio), Quality Committee in common (exofficio), Workforce committee in common (ex-officio), Remuneration and Nomination Committee in common

Tom Abell

Chief Transformation Officer, Deputy Chief Executive

Tom Abell joined Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust in October 2015 as Deputy Chief Executive. He was previously chief officer of NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group. He is an important addition to the Trust board, bringing valuable experience of health commissioning.

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.

Yvonne Blücher

Managing Director

Yvonne joined Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015 as Chief Nurse from 'Barts' 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, two years of which she was Director of Nursing and Operations Director. She completed her nurse training and began her NHS career at Basildon Hospital before later specialising in cardiac care. She then moved north to Barnsley where she was instrumental in setting up first aid centres in the pit mines with defibrillators.

Yvonne is a fellow of the Institute of Health Improvement and has a real passion for engaging staff to ensure patients get the best possible outcomes. Yvonne was appointed as the Managing Director in December 2016 as part of the Joint Executive Group, taking full responsibility for day-to-day operational business and leading on innovation and quality.

Martin Callingham

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, implementing the first electronic patient records in 2004. He progressed to the role of Chief Information Officer at Newham responsible for IT, Information coding and data quality and following the merger of 'Barts' Hospital and Whipps Cross Martin was responsible for clinical systems across six hospital sites.

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 and to move towards a full Electronic Health Record in the near future.

Danny Hariram

Chief People & Organisational Development Director 

Danny was previously the Workforce & OD Director at BTUH since 2015 and has worked in a number of acute and mental Health Trusts during the last twenty years with extensive experience of leading significant organisational change.

He works in ensuring high levels of staff engagement and works to develop an environment that allows for improvements for patients and staff, allowing staff the help and support to unlock their full potential.

Diane Sarkar

Chief Nursing Officer

Diane's experience spans the NHS and private healthcare. After training at The Royal Free Hospital in London, she worked in a number of London's large acute hospitals and progressed through several operational and corporate management positions. In 1996, Diane worked in the private sector at the Wellington Hospital, setting up new governance frameworks and leading on the quality agenda. Having completed a Master's degree, Diane returned to the NHS in 2001 at Southend Hospital, as Associate Director of Operations for Medicine and then Associate Director of Nursing. Appointed in 2010, her focus has been particularly around developing the nursing workforce, as well as leading on a number of corporate agendas, including quality improvement and the patient safety and patient experience agenda.

Eamon Malone

Chief Estates and Facilities Director

Eamon joined the MSE Group in December 2018 following a long Estates and Facilities career in the NHS in Northern Ireland. Eamon has experience leading estates services through a challenging merger process and utilising the skills, experience and expertise of Estates and Facilities colleagues to deliver more focussed and efficient services. Eamon is a Chartered Building Surveyor and a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

Jonathan Dunk

Chief Commercial Officer

Jonathan joined the MSE Group in May 2018 to provide executive leadership to lead a variety of key strategic workstreams, including the future organisational form programme and the transformation of corporate support services. He has a strong background in finance, strategy and turnaround director roles, in both the NHS acute and commissioning sectors, most recently in the acute sector as Director of Finance at Milton Keynes NHS University Hospital. Jonathan is a graduate of the NHS Financial Management Training Programme and holds an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership. Jonathan is a chartered accountant with CIPFA.

Dawn Scrafield

Chief Finance Officer

Dawn is a highly experienced, values driven senior NHS leader with a strong reputation as an effective problem solver, with drive, determination, energy and imagination to deliver high quality, cost effective services to patients. Dawn is a qualified and seasoned finance professional with over 23 years' experience at senior and board levels, with a successful track record of achievements operating as a Director and Deputy Chief Executive in complex multi-site NHS organisations. Prior to Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group, Dawn supported the successful merge of Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals, to form East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust.  A strong team player with an excellent reputation for achieving significant results across a broad range of portfolios including, corporate leadership and strategy, financial improvement, performance management, and turnaround in challenged organisations.

David Walker

Chief Medical Officer

David has worked as a doctor for over 30 years and has held executive director positions in a number of NHS organisations since 2001. He has wide research experience in the field of infectious diseases and epidemiology. He has held academic roles up to professorial level in several UK Universities and was formerly a visiting scientist at the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA.

Prior to this appointment David has been the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Executive Medical Director for an acute Trust in the North West region.

Non-executive Directors (NEDs)


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Fred Heddell, CBE

Non-executive Director

A former teacher of children with learning disabilities, Fred was formerly Chief Executive of the national charity Royal Mencap, working alongside the comedy actor and campaigner Lord Brian Rix. Since then he has acted as treasurer of Inclusion International, working in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central America to help develop inclusive services for people with disabilities. He has also been a non-executive director of the Commission for the Compact, a member of the Strategic Health Authority independent competition panel, a governor of the University of East London and trustee of several voluntary organisations. Fred is a trustee of the Rix Rothenberg Thompson Foundation, a trustee of Teen Talk Harwich and Trustee of signpost.

Membership of Committees:Quality Committee in common, Remuneration and Nomination Committee in common, Audit Committee in common, Charitable Funds Committee in common(Chair).

David Parkins, FCA, (Deputy Chairman)

Non-executive Director

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) 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, treasury and management control systems. He is treasurer and trustee of Headway Essex, a charity that helps people who have suffered brain injury and their families.

Membership of Committees: Finance &Performance Committee in common (Chair), Remuneration and Nomination Committee in common, Audit Committee in common.

Mike Green, BSc (Econ), FCA

Non-executive Director

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 a Board member of Anchor Hanover which specialises in the provision of housing for older people, an honorary treasurer of the Royal Television Society and a Non- Executive director of the Copyright Hub Foundation Limited. Mike is also the Trust's Senior Independent Director (SID).

Membership of Committees: Finance & Performance Committee in common, Remuneration and Nomination Committee in common, Audit Committee in common.

Tony Le Masurier, J.P, BA (Hons)

Non-executive Director

Tony joined the Trust board in December 2012. His 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.

He acted as Interim Chief Officer for the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) for two years, and was previously 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 supplemental JP, having retired from sitting in the Family and Adult courts in January 2018, and the chairman of a local care home charity that operates two homes in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

Membership of Committees: Finance & Performance Committee in common, Remuneration and Nomination Committee in common, Audit Committee in common

Tim Young

Non-executive Director

Tim joined the Trust Board in December 2012. He has more than ten years' experience in the health sector and was also on the board of Essex Probation Service for nine years. He is a member of the labour party, Colchester borough council and Unite the Union and a Trustee of Firstsite Ltd and Greenstead Community Association. Tim is also director of Colchester Presents Community Interest Company and an Independent Director of North Essex Garden Communities Limited. Tim took over the post of board champion for health and safety from 1 April 2013.

Membership of Committees: Quality Committee in common, Workforce Committee in common, Remuneration and Nomination Committee in common, Charitable Funds Committee in common.

Gaby Rydings

Non-executive Director

Gaby is a qualified accountant who previously worked at the National Audit Office and the Parliamentary watchdog that audits public spending and evaluates the value for money of government projects and programmes. She was a member of the NAO Board for ten years with specific responsibility for policy, communications and relations with Parliament and Government.

Gaby lives in Leigh-on-Sea and is also a trustee and board member of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS).

Membership of Committees: Workforce Committee in common.

Gail Partridge

Non-executive Director

Gail Partridge is a registered nurse who trained and worked at Southend Hospital within the surgical directorate from 1981 until 2002 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2016. She has clinical and operational management experience within a variety of health economy settings including acute hospitals, community and mental health services, commissioning support unit as Associate Director of clinical services and Deputy Director of Nursing in NHS England Essex area team. Her extensive experience of working within the NHS has been particularly focused on governance, quality and patient safety, and risk management functions. Gail currently works as a Director for Quality for Health Ltd.

Membership of Committees: Quality Committee in common, Workforce Committee in common.

 

Site leadership team (SLT)

The site leadership team are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the hospital.

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Yvonne Blücher

Managing Director

Yvonne joined Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015 as Chief Nurse from 'Barts' 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, two years of which she was Director of Nursing and Operations Director. She completed her nurse training and began her NHS career at Basildon Hospital before later specialising in cardiac care. She then moved north to Barnsley where she was instrumental in setting up first aid centres in the pit mines with defibrillators.

Yvonne is a fellow of the Institute of Health Improvement and has a real passion for engaging staff to ensure patients get the best possible outcomes. Yvonne was appointed as the Managing Director in December 2016 as part of the Joint Executive Group, taking full responsibility for day-to-day operational business and leading on innovation and quality.

Neil Rothnie, MS, FRCS

Medical Director and Clinical Safety Officer (CSO)

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 London.

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.

Clare Burns

Director of Operations, Elective Care

Clare Burns joined the Trust with over 12 years of experience working for the NHS in community services, acute trusts and NHS England.

Caring for other people is something which Clare is very passionate about, and she has worked in local care homes, social services and for Coventry City Council, working in residential care for older people. Clare has worked for Princess Alexandra and Mid Essex hospitals as well as South West Essex PCT, commissioning services at Basildon and Thurrock Hospital, and worked with Southend's Managing Director Yvonne Blücher at Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow.

Clare is local to Southend and the hospital has been a key part of her life. Clare says her role is something she really wants to do and what makes it really special is the fact that it's here at Southend.

Mike Quinn

Director of Operations, Unscheduled Care

Mike joined the Trust in January 2019 bringing with him over 30 years of experience working in healthcare across the NHS, third-sector and private sector as well as a period working outside of the UK jurisdiction as Director of Hospitals' for the Isle of Man Government.  

A nurse by profession, Mike trained in Liverpool before developing his clinical interests in oncology and palliative care.  His first senior management role was as Director of Palliative Care services  for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Surrey before moving back to the NHS in a General Manager role at King's College Hospital where he managed the Trust's portfolios for Liver and Renal Services, Cardiac and Neurosciences and led the development of King's Private and International business. 

Mike went on to develop his commercial interest as Executive Director of the London Independent Hospital in London's east end before returning to NHS management in Portsmouth.  

Denise Townsend

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.

Louisa Cowell

Director of Finance

Louisa has come to Southend Hospital from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health system where she has had roles both at the CCG and Community and Mental Health Trusts in the area.  She is pleased to be working in an acute hospital and believes that many of the savings we can make come from delivering better patient care, particularly through the focus of improving patient flow.

Sue Bridge

Head of Human Resources

Sue has worked in Human Resources for Southend Hospital for over 10 years. Her experience and knowledge of the Trust and the people that work here is invaluable.  Sue joined Southend Hospital as an Employee Relations Advisor and worked her way to HR Business Partner and then Deputy Head of HR Operations and is now Head of Human Resources at the Trust.

Sue believes that a professional and compassionate working environment is important, particularly in challenging times. "During my time here I have realised that our values need to be present and centred in everything we do. We need to support and encourage each other. Successful change needs small steps, and it's a two-way process. I am keen that we are always ready to listen to each other to support and share best practice and we create a safe space to do that."

Charlotte Dillaway

Director of Delivery

Charlotte joined Southend University Hospital in 2019 from Southend and Castle Point and Rochford CCGs, where she held the post of Director of Strategy and Planning. An accountant and programme director by background, Charlotte has worked in both the private and public sectors and has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate services and operational management.

Charlotte said: "My career ambition was to move to the NHS - I've moved my family to the area so this is my local hospital now, and I intend to use my skills and experience to help make the changes that need to be made to ensure every patient has a good experience in our hospital and our staff are able to do their job to the best of their abilities."


If you have questions about your care or the care of a relative please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at PALS@southend.nhs.uk