Senate Council Members

  • Dr Bernard Brett

    Dr Bernard Brett

    Senate Council Chair

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    Dr Bernard Brett MB, BS, BSc, FRCP, Advanced Medical Manager (BAMM) is Deputy Medical Director and a consultant in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and also works at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a strong interest in Management and Leadership.

    He has held the post of Chair of the East of England Clinical Senate since July 2014 and has chaired more than ten independent clinical review panels.  In 2016 he won the Health Education East, 2016 NHS Leadership Recognition Award for ‘Leading and Developing People’.   He has also held several senior management posts over the last fifteen years including that of Medical Director, Responsible Officer, Deputy Medical Director, Divisional Director, Director of Patient Flow and Appraisal lead. He continues with an interest in Appraisal and Revalidation. Bernard has spoken at regional and national meetings on the topic of 7-day working and been an invited speaker on the topic of improving colonoscopic adenoma detection rates.

    His clinical interests include Bowel Cancer Screening (he has been an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for the last 10 years), Therapeutic Endoscopy and ERCP.    His educational interests include communication skills and endoscopic training.  He has been on the faculty for regional trainer development programme module, ‘Learning and Teaching Communication Skills’ for over 10 years.

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  • Dr Shane Gordon

    Dr Shane Gordon

    Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation

    Dr Shane Gordon is the Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation for East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust.   Shane has been a GP since 2002 and has also worked in NHS management for 12 years. He has undertaken a variety of senior roles including Associate Medical Director for the East of England Strategic Health Authority, Chief Officer of North East Essex CCG and Chief Operating Officer at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. He has led region-wide change programmes and high-value procurements and is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

    Shane is married with one son. He is a keen guitarist and former champion sword-fencer.

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  • Dr Sunil Gupta

    Dr Sunil Gupta

    Senate Council Vice Chair

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    Sunil is a GP in Essex, a GP Trainer and an Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is on the Governing Body of Castle Point and Rochford CCG, on the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners and is an Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for Health Education East of England. 

    His previous roles include Accountable Officer of Castle Point and Rochford CCG, Clinical Advisory on Dementia for NHS England Midlands and East Region and Member of the Expert Advisory Group on the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch.

    He is a Member of the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, on the National Patient Safety Response Advisory Panel and a Member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee.


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  • Dr Jag Ahluwalia

    Dr Jag Ahluwalia

    Chief Clinical Officer, Eastern AHSN

    Jag trained in Cambridge, London and Melbourne and was appointed as a consultant neonatologist at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) in 1996 and was in active practice, teaching and research until 2012.

    Past roles have included being executive medical director at CUH for nearly 10 years, regional clinical lead for the Eastern neonatal network, a Senior officer for the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, chair of the Eastern Medical Directors’ Forum, chair of Monitor’s Medical Director Advisory Group and vice-chair of NHS Employers’ Consultant Contract Negotiation team and director of digital at CUH.

    Jag is currently Chief Clinical Officer at the Eastern AHSN where he provides clinical governance oversight into network’s programmes of work and is a strong and passionate advocate for the potential of technology to deliver better care and more effective services.

    He is an honorary fellow of the Judge Business School, from where he holds an executive MBA, is a non-executive director at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee at Macmillan Cancer Support. He continues to be actively involved in the postgraduate training of future medical leaders and senior neonatal trainees, running two long-established programmes.

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  • Dr Andrew Bateman

    Dr Andrew Bateman

    Chartered Physiotherapist

    I have worked in research and clinical rehabilitation since 1990, the year I qualified as a Physiotherapist (East London).  I completed a PhD in Neuropsychology in 1997 (Birmingham). I have been leading the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Ely, UK) since 2002. I am especially interested in rehabilitation research – specifically  outcome research & assistive technology. In the field of neuropsychology I have specialised in areas of executive functioning, dyspraxia & visual perception.

    When I am not working, I enjoy rowing and playing bass trombone.

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  • Dr Jennifer Birch

    Dr Jennifer Birch

    Consultant in Neonatal Medicine

    Dr Jennifer Birch is a Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust and has been the NICU Clinical Director there since June 2013. Her clinical special interests include neonatal nutrition, Necrotising Enterocolitis and other neonatal gastrointestinal conditions and she is a member of the national neonatal nutrition network. She successfully completed an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and received the NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership in June 2017.   She is the Neonatal lead for Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes Local Maternity System and sits on the Neonatal Critical Care Clinical Reference Group, the Neonatal Care Transformation Review Implementation Board and the National Programme Board for Workstream 2 (Safety) of the Maternity Transformation Programme.


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  • Dr Gillian Bowden MBE

    Dr Gillian Bowden MBE

    Clinical Psychologist

    Gillian is a Clinical Psychologist working with the University of East Anglia as a Clinical Lecturer.  Her interests are in primary and community mental health services and in developing and researching new approaches to service delivery which engage with people in the context of their communities.   Gillian is also interested in wellbeing at work and how people manage demanding aspects of work and which factors they find rewarding or protective against stress.   She worked in various NHS mental health and learning disability services since 1984 initially in South London and moving to Norfolk in 1998.     Gillian recently retired from her position as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Clinician with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust.    Gillian was awarded an MBE for services to mental health in Norfolk in 2009. 

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  • Fiona Carey

    Fiona Carey

    Fiona worked for thirty years in publishing and Higher Education, mostly at the Open University. A kidney cancer patient since 2001, she ditched work in 2012 after Whipple's surgery for pancreatic mets. She has iatrogenic T1 Diabetes as a result. She is a member of the Specialised Urology (Cancer) CRG, and works with NHS England (spoke on 7-day Services at the AGM, helping to plan NHS Citizen, chaired Wheelchair Services Summit with David Nicholson).

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  • Joanna Douglas

    Joanna Douglas

    Jo is the Chief Executive Officer of Allied Health Professionals Suffolk, and has led the service throughout its journey to form a social enterprise.  She is a Chartered physiotherapist and continued with an element of clinical practice until recently.  She has 35 years of NHS experience and has senior management level experience within the NHS for the past 15 years, working in a variety of clinical and organisational settings.

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  • Dr David Gaunt

    Dr David Gaunt

    Emergency Medicine Consultant

    David is an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Watford General Hospital.  He qualified from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1988 and has had a varied training programme, including nine months as a HEMS-London Registrar (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service).  It was during this time that he fell in love with pre-hospital care, and quickly became a member of BASICS-Herts, part of the British Association for Immediate Care.

    He is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for his Trust, as well as the Chair of the Informatics Committee of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and is dedicated to improving the IT for staff and patients.

    David is the Clinical Lead for Schwartz Rounds at his Trust, creating a safe environment for staff to reflect on the emotional aspect of their job.

    David is married, with five children.  In what spare time he has, he enjoys cycling, eating out, listening to music and mucking about with gadgets and computers.



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  • Dr Alan Hancock

    Dr Alan Hancock

    Expert by Experience

    Originally a BBC radio and television producer, and a founder member of the UK Open University team, Dr. Hancock worked for a number of years in Asia and joined UNESCO in 1969 as a regional communication adviser for Asia and the Pacific. Moving to Unesco Headquarters in Paris in 1972, he spent more than twenty years with the Communication Division, where he was Director from 1987.  In 1992, he became a Principal Director and established a dedicated programme for UNESCO in Central and Eastern Europe. After establishing himself as an independent consultant in 1996, he undertook numerous assignments for the European Commission in Brussels, the World Bank and communication agencies across Europe.

    In retirement since 2014, Dr Hancock is active in civil society, primarily in the health sector, where he has a particular interest in integrated health and social care, primary care and acute care. Becoming a Patient Champion of the National Association for Patient Participation in 2013, he was Chair of his local Patient Participation Group for three years, and a founding Trustee of Healthwatch Milton Keynes, where he is currently a Deputy Chair. He was elected a Public Governor of Milton Keynes University Hospital Foundation Trust in 2016 and is a member of the Renal Association Patient Council.

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  • Christine Hancock

    Christine Hancock

    Expert by Experience

    Christine is a retired Social Work Manager and Commissioner who has had 24 years' experience of working with three different Local Authorities in Adult Care planning and procurement. During this time she was involved with implementing the Community Care Act 1990 and the Health and Social Care Act 2012, hospital discharges, care at home, direct payments, supported housing and long term residential/nursing home placements.

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  • Mike Hewins

    Mike Hewins

    Expert by Experience

    Mike Hewins MSc PhD MILT is currently a director of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and previously President of Cambridgeshire LINk for five years.

    Mike retired from the East of England Strategic Health Authority in 2006 where he managed non-medical education contracts across Easter England for ca. 35 trusts.  Before that he had a long career in senior management in the commercial sector, including Philips Scientific Industries in Cambridge, and was a principal lecturer and consultant for five years at Sutton Coldfield FE College.   Mike graduated from Birmingham University in 1962 in chemistry and his PhD research [Birmingham 1966] included early work on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.

     Mike is active in retirement and continues more than 12 years of very strong interest in patient participation in various roles within Cambridgeshire and beyond including the Citizens' Senate [Eastern].  He has a special interest in musculoskeletal and cardio vascular disorders.

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  • Professor Bill Irish

    Professor Bill Irish

    Postgraduate Dean - East of England and the University of Cambridge

    Bill trained in Cambridge and London, before training as a general practitioner in Bath and pursuing a parallel career in postgraduate medical education.

    Until recently he was Director of GP Education in Health Education South West, chair of COGPED and co-chair of the medical selection quality and standards group for the UK. He is the UK lead postgraduate dean for the specialities of acute medicine, infectious disease and pre hospital emergency medicine.  He is the HEE dean for integrated academic and clinical training for doctors and dentists in partnership with NIHR and the English medical schools.

    Bill holds visiting chairs of medical education at the universities of Bristol and East Anglia and has research interests in high-stakes assessment, medical trainee recruitment and selection.

    He was fortunate to be deployed as clinical lead for a large Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone during the recent pandemic.

    Outside of work Bill remains a very keen but ageing triathlete, and enjoys chasing around after his 3 (almost) grown up children.

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  • Dr Ellen Makings

    Dr Ellen Makings

    Regional Medical Examiner and Consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine

    Dr Ellen Makings MBBS, FRCA, FFICM, RCPathME is the Regional Medical Examiner for the East of England and Lead Medical Examiner at the Royal Papworth Hospital.  She has been a Consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care for 15 years at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust where she was then appointed as Medical Director in 2017. Her areas of interest in Critical Care are patient safety and recovery from critical illness.  She has been a Medical Examiner at Mid Essex for 8 years, one of the original Department of Health pilot sites for the Medical Examiner system.

    In 2019 she was appointed as Regional Medical Examiner. She is passionate about the Medical Examiner process and its contribution to patient safety. She is a member of the Faculty of the Royal College of Pathologists providing the training of future medical examiners.

    During the Coronavirus pandemic, she has been supporting Critical Care as the Clinical Lead for the Covid-19 Critical Care Cell NHSI/E East of England.

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  • Anna Morgan MBE

    Anna Morgan MBE

    Director of Workforce

    Anna Morgan (RGN, Dip HE, BSc Hons, MA) is Director of Workforce, Norfolk and Waveney Health & Care Partnership.  Prior to this she was Director of Nursing & Quality at Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust for seven years. Anna has over thirty years’ experience in nursing mainly in the NHS, five years working in the private Care Home sector and two years in the Department of Health. Although Anna has managed a variety of services across Adults, Children’s and Specialist pathways Anna’s area of clinical expertise is within Gerontology. She is passionate about older peoples’ care and the care for people with dementia. In her current role Anna is responsible for the promotion and delivery of the quality agenda and to provide expert nursing advice to the Trust Board with executive responsibility for; CQC and Ofsted; she is the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian; the Caldicott Guardian; and is the executive lead for Safeguarding Adults & Children. The core values of high quality patient care Anna held as a ward nurse have remained constant and in her role as a Director they are paramount in any decision making. Anna has a keen interest in Coaching and Leadership Development and has undertaken formal training which she believes has benefited her approach both in building her own resilience and for developing staff. 

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  • Dr  Andy Morris

    Dr Andy Morris

    Consultant Anaesthetist

    A Consultant specialising in anaesthetics and intensive care since 1999, my previous roles include Associate Medical Director, Group Director and Clinical Director at Barts Health and Whipps Cross and most recently five years as Chief Medical Officer at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.   I have worked across East London and the East of England for over 30 years and during my career have been involved in many significant change programmes for clinical pathways, be that part of service development, reconfiguration or mergers.

    I joined the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust as a locum Consultant Anaesthetist following retirement in July 2020, after having supported NHS England & NHS Improvement East of England as clinical lead during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A member of the East of England Clinical Senate Council since 2017, I am passionate about the delivery of high-quality safe services and the ever increasing need to do so in a difficult financial climate.   My belief is that this can only be achieved with strong clinical leadership and with solid engagement and collaborative working with non-clinical colleagues, patients and the public.

    Out of hours, I have a small holding in West Suffolk with a menagerie of animals.


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  • Dr Christine Moss

    Dr Christine Moss


    Christine has worked as a GP Principal in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, for more than 30 years and has been involved in service development and commissioning since 2002. She is Clinical Director for West Essex CCG and has specific responsibility for clinical effectiveness, including service restrictions and the Right Care approach to transformation. She is also Cancer clinical lead for Herts and West Essex STP.

    Specific clinical interests in her practice include end of life care, care homes and primary care based mental health.

    Population Health and how it can support an individual’s health care and outcomes has been an interest since Christine attended medical school, and is delighted to find this is now a key focus for health care commissioning.

    Christine’s leadership style tries to focus on engagement and discussion rather than a top down direction.

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  • Dr Stuti Mukherjee

    Dr Stuti Mukherjee

    GP and Macmillan GP & Joint GP Clinical Lead for Cancer, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG

    Stuti is a General Practitioner, a Macmillan GP and Joint Clinical Lead for Cancer at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG.

    She enjoys working as a Generalist, and has a special clinical interest in cancer, dermatology and end of life care.

    Stuti works within the Cancer Team at the CCG, on local delivery of the Cancer strategy implementation plan encompassing National, East of England Cancer Alliance, and local service delivery priorities across a range of areas including improving Screening uptake, Early Diagnosis, roll out of personalised follow up after cancer treatment within Sustainability & Transformation Partnership (STP) objectives.

    Stuti is passionate about quality improvement, and has been involved in organising and presenting at GP educational events towards early cancer diagnosis, and the local implementation of Practice Nurses training for improving cancer care in the community.  She has been involved in raising public awareness of the screening programme.

    Stuti looks forward to her continued involvement in improving patient centred care, learning and sharing innovative ideas and scope of improving wider health outcomes.

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  • Dr Sean O'Kelly

    Dr Sean O'Kelly

    Regional Medical Director - East of England

    Dr Sean O’Kelly BSc MB ChB MSc DCH FRCA, Regional Medical Director – East of England.   Following degrees in Medicine and Psychology at Bristol University Dr O'Kelly undertook postgraduate training in paediatrics and anaesthetics at Southampton University Hospitals. He then worked at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for six years as Associate Professor and Director of Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia.   On return to the UK in 1998, Dr O'Kelly worked as a consultant anaesthetist and held secondments with the National Clinical Governance Development Programme, the Modernisation Agency and the Department of Health as Associate Medical Director to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

    Dr O’Kelly has worked as Interim Medical Director in North Devon, Medical Director at Salisbury Hospital and, in 2011, Medical Director at University Hospitals Bristol, the first acute Trust to move from Requires Improvement to Outstanding in one CQC inspection interval. He was appointed Medical Director for Professional Leadership at NHS Improvement in 2017 and Regional Medical Director for the East of England in 2019.

    Dr O'Kelly has also completed a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management at the University of Bristol, chaired the Department of Health National Steering Group on Cosmetic Surgery Regulation and worked as a special adviser to the CQC, chairing a number of comprehensive inspections.

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  • Dr Anees Pari

    Dr Anees Pari

    Deputy Director for Healthcare Public Health

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  • Dr Hazel Stuart

    Dr Hazel Stuart

    Consultant Anaesthetist and Critical Care Medicine

    Dr Hazel Stuart MBBS, DRCOG, FRCA, FICM is  Medical Director and a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Intensive Care Medicine at the James Paget University NHS Foundation Trust in Gorleston.

    She has had an interest in leadership for many years and has held a variety of posts within the Trust including Transformation Lead, Deputy Medical Director and is also a Caldicott Guardian. 

    Hazel has been a member of the clinical reference group for Hyperbaric Medicine commissioning and has an interest in diving medicine.

    In 2016 she completed the Nye Bevan programme and received a NHS Leadership Academy award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.  She has an interest in reflective learning and collaborative working, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia where she is involved mainly in teaching final year medical students in their emergency medicine module.

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  • Mr Paul Tisi

    Mr Paul Tisi

    Joint Medical Director and Responsible Officer at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust

    Mr Paul Tisi was appointed as Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon at Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital in 2001. Following leadership roles as Associate Medical Director and subsequently Divisional Medical Director for Planned Care he was appointed as Medical Director for Bedford Hospital NHS Trust in 2016. Following a successful merger which was completed at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic he is now in post as Joint Medical Director and Responsible Officer at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Aside from his board role he maintains a clinical practice with specific interest in management of venous disease. He is an editor for Cochrane Vascular and represented Midlands and East on the National Clinical Reference Group for Vascular Surgery for 6 years. He was appointed to the East of England Clinical Senate Council in 2019.

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  • Dr Greg Wood

    Dr Greg Wood

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    Greg is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience of treating people with physical health problems and severe mental health conditions. He worked as a health activist in South Africa, helping shape prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal and the National AIDS Programme before joining the NHS in 1997 to work in Bedfordshire and Essex.

    In 2016 Greg became Chief Psychologist at South Essex MH Trust, and helped manage the merger with North Essex Trust, becoming Clinical Director of Psychological Services at Essex Partnership University Trust where he has Clinical and Operational responsibility for Psychology, Psychotherapy and IAPT services. Greg has a particular interest in organisational change and service transformation. He is Transformation Lead for Personality Disorders and Complex Needs at EPUT and is helping to transform models of mental health service delivery across secondary and primary care, having recently completed the NHSI ACT Academy Transformational Change through System Leadership Programme. Greg is a Visiting Lecturer on the Doctor of Clinical Psychology programme at the Universities of Hertfordshire and East Anglia. He has held a Visiting Senior Research Fellowship at the School of Life & Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire.  

    Greg has developed and piloted an NHS staff development programme aimed at promoting compassion and values-based working, in order to enhance staff resilience. This programme is based on the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles in organisational contexts, and is named ACT4NHS.  He is also currently completing the NHS Leadership Academy Nye Bevan course.

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  • Professor Asif Zia

    Professor Asif Zia

    Professor Asif Zia is a consultant Psychiatrist and Executive Director - Quality and Medical Leadership with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. He was the chair of the Managed Clinical Network for Learning Disability and Autism work stream for NHS England Midlands and East. His areas of interest include autism, epilepsy and improving health care for people with intellectual disability.

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