Ellen became the Trust’s chair on 1 April 2016, prior to which she was vice-chair and audit chair for the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group since its inception in 2012. Her responsibilities included developing the CCG’s strategy as well as setting up an effective governance and risk management structure. From 2003 to 2012, Ellen was a non executive director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and its predecessor St Mary’s NHS Trust, where she chaired both the audit and finance committees.
Ellen holds a number of other NHS-related non executive positions, including chairing the clinical ethics committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and the organ donation committee at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She also chairs the PFI companies which built Amersham Hospital and part of High Wycombe Hospital and is a Trustee of the Radcliffe Trust charity.
Between 1979 and 2003, Ellen pursued a career in corporate finance working for the investment banks, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Wood Gundy Inc.
Ellen, who lives with her family in North London, has been appointed the Trust’s chair for four years until 31 March 2020.
After initially working as a hospital porter, Nick qualified as a Registered Nurse before developing his interest in health service management. In addition to his registered general nurse qualification, he holds a BA (Hons) in political theory and government, as well as an MSc in health care management.
Nick was appointed as Chief Executive in November 2002, having previously been Chief Executive of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Warwickshire, prior to which he held senior roles in the West Country and South Wales. He has led the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust through major service change and delivered public and political support for a major reconfiguration of hospital services that delivered substantial quality and financial benefit to the local health economy.
In 2013, Nick was presented with the Inspirational Leader of the Year award by Health Education, East of England. Nick is passionately committed to leadership development and is the Chief Executive lead for the widely praised Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Aspiring Directors Development Scheme and also chairs the Midlands and East Regional Talent Board.
Mr Niven, who lives in Hatfield, is a retired senior civil servant. He joined the civil service in 1974, having graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, followed by an MA in Political Science from Michigan State University and a B. Phil in Management Studies from Oxford University. His final post on retirement in 1999 was director of equal opportunities legislation policy at the then Department for Education and Employment.
Following his departure from the civil service, Mr Niven became the chief executive of the Disability Rights Commission until September 2007. After a number of board appointments, including as chair of the Mental Health Helplines Partnership and at the Office of the Public Guardian, Mr Niven served as the resident independent adviser to the Israeli Equal Employment Opportunities Commission under a two-year, EU-supported capacity-building project until February 2012.
Val Moore, who lives near Cambridge, has worked in several roles for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) between 2006 and 2015 – most recently as its implementation programme director.
Originally trained in psychology and as a science and physical education teacher, Val moved in to the NHS in 1990 working in health promotion prior to taking up roles including as executive director in the former Cambridgeshire Health Authority and then regional director for the Health Development Agency (1999 to 2006).
Val, who is also the chair of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire, will serve on the Trust’s Board for a four-year period from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2020.
Jonathan, who lives in Aldenham, studied operational research and accountancy at Strathclyde University, graduating in 1978. On qualifying as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton in 1981, he moved to Fisons plc. After five years, Jonathan joined Laird plc – now a global technology company providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in wireless applications and antennae systems. Following 29 years with Laird, the last 21 of which had been as its chief financial officer and main board director, Jonathan retired in 2015. He is a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Invesco Income Growth Trust plc and of Spirent Communications plc.
Peter Carter OBE
Peter was chief executive at the Royal College of Nursing from January 2007 to August 2015. Prior to his role at the RCN, he was chief executive of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust for 12 years. Now an independent healthcare consultant, Peter was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS in 2006.
A GP in Woodley, Berkshire for over 30 years, David also has had a long career in clinical leadership and, subsequently, medical management. In 2015, he was appointed as the medical director for the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group before retiring in early 2018; he is also a non-executive director of the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. David has been a member of the Society for the Assistance of Medical Families for over three decades, becoming a director of this charity in 2017 before being voted its President in May 2018. He is also a trustee for the Stroke Association, the country’s largest stroke charity.
Karen studied Bacteriology at Newcastle University before joining the Northern Regional Health Authority as a finance trainee in 1983. In 1985 she joined the Audit Commission where she completed her accountancy training.
Karen held a variety of senior positions at the Audit Commission, including as a district auditor and regional director, before leading the Audit Practice and its 900 staff through the transition of outsourcing the Commission’s work to the private sector during 2011 and 2012.
Karen was appointed as the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) for Jersey in January 2013 and will complete her 7 year term in December 2019. In her role as C&AG she provides the States of Jersey with independent assurance that the public finances of Jersey are being regulated, controlled and accounted for in accordance with the law.
Michael has been a consultant in the Trust since 1999, in the specialty of anaesthesia and critical care. He has trained in Nottingham, Brisbane and London – including The Royal Free, University College London Hospitals, Great Ormond Street and Harefield hospital. Michael was appointed as medical director in December 2017 and prior to this was divisional chair of surgery for five years.
Director of Nursing and Patient Experience
Rachael joined the trust in January 2018 from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where she was the deputy director of nursing and governance for just over two years. She has had previous experience of working in acute, community, integrated care and independent sector healthcare settings, at board and sub-board level.
With an extensive and varied clinical background, including working as an advanced clinical practitioner, Rachael has published her own research and evaluation of developing integrated healthcare services. Rachael has an MSc in nursing research and practice innovation and is a Florence Nightingale Scholar.
Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance
Martin started his NHS career as a national financial management trainee in 1994 at the South Tees Community and Mental Health NHS Trust. Since that time, he has worked in several financial management roles in the North-east, London and the South-east – including at the Princess Alexandra hospital as its deputy director of finance from 2003 to 2007, followed by becoming its director of performance from 2007 to 2009. Martin’s most recent role before joining the Trust in October 2016 was director of finance, information and performance at the North Middlesex University Hospital Trust.
Chief Operating Officer
Julie qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1989 and as an ultrasonographer in 1993. She has worked in a number of NHS trusts, including North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. Julie joined our Trust in 2018 from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked for 19 years and held a number of roles – including executive intern, associate director and operations director. She was also interim chief operating officer for a three month period.
Chief People Officer
Duncan joined the Trust from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, where he was the executive director of human resources (HR) and organisational development (OD). Duncan came to the NHS from the civil service where he was HR Director: OD for the Ministry of Justice. Prior to this, Duncan had an extensive career in the private sector working across the world for Jaguar Land Rover, WorldPay and ASDA Wal*Mart. He also spent four years running his own people consultancy business, which he sold in 2007.
Duncan’s work has mainly been in supporting organisations to shift their culture and improve performance and quality by realising the potential of their people. He is a passionate advocate of the modernisation of HR as a profession and has written articles, blogs and spoken at conferences around the world about the link between improving quality and improving the experience people have at work.
Director of Strategy
Sarah qualified as an occupational psychologist and has worked in a number of NHS trusts, including the Royal Free NHS Trust and the Royal London NHS Trust (St Bartholomew’s Hospital). Sarah joined East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust in 2001 and has held a number of roles including divisional director and director of business development and partnerships within the Trust.