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 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

    Senate Council Vice Chair

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    Dr Shane Gordon is the Director of Integration for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT).   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 CHUFT. 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 Essex Employment and Skills Board and a Training Programme Director of the Chelmsford GP Specialist Training Scheme. Sunil is on the Board of the Essex Faculty of the RCGP and a member of the Member of NHS England Primary Care Patient Safety Group. He is a GP Advisor for CQC visits to General Practices, a GP Advisor as part of the RCGP Special Measures Support Team and a Member of NHS England Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Implementation Group.


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  • Professor Aliko Ahmed

    Professor Aliko Ahmed

    Director of Public Health England

    Aliko Ahmed is Director of Public Health England for East of England, and previously the Director of Public Health for Staffordshire NHS and County Council. He qualified in medicine, and trained in epidemiology and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and at the University of Cambridge.
    He oversees the development and implementation of Public Health England programmes and activities in the East of England including the provision of technical advice and support to local governments and the NHS.

    He has over 24 years’ experience working as a clinician, academic and public health practitioner in health systems across low and high income countries. His clinical work has been mainly in infectious and communicable diseases including STIs and HIV. His academic interest is in translational research, and has been involved in many academic-service based collaborative research programmes. He recently helped to establish a public health translational Centre for Health and Development at Staffordshire University.

    Aliko is also involved in several global health initiatives. His earlier global health experiences include extensive field work in infectious diseases and outbreak as a medical epidemiologist with MSF, advising and supporting national disease control programmes in Africa, and a key role in a large global programme that supported governments in low income countries to develop national mental health policies. He maintains a special interest in collaborative efforts towards sustainable health system solutions in Africa.

    He is a member of the Global Health Committees of the Faculty of Public Health and PHE, the Chair of Public Health Africa Initiative, and the Co-Convener-Better Health for Africa Initiative. He is a Senior Fellow at Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, and a honorary Professor of Public Health at Staffordshire University.

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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 MBChB MMedSci MRCPCH is a Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust. She has been the Neonatal Unit Clinical Director 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 has a keen interest in clinical management and leadership, previously completing the NHS change Leaders Course.  Recently, she successfully completed an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and in June 2017 received the NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership.

    She represents medical and dental staff as chairperson of her Trust’s Local Negotiating Committee. She recently rejoined the Neonatal Critical Care Clinical Reference Group as one of the representatives for Central and East region. She has previously held departmental lead roles in Patient Safety, Risk management and Clinical Governance and was a core member of the East of England Perinatal Network’s Clinical Governance Group. Her quality improvement experience includes being a contributing author to the British Association of Perinatal Medicine national framework for practice for Neonatal Parenteral Nutrition and project medical Lead for the East of England Necrotising Enterocolitis Care Bundle; a regional quality improvement initiative.

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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 the recently independent Healthwatch Milton Keynes, where he is currently a Deputy Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. He was elected a Public Governor of Milton Keynes University Hospital Foundation Trust in 2016.

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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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  • Dr Melanie Iles

    Dr Melanie Iles

    Melanie is the Associate Regional Medical Director, NHS Improvement, Midlands and East.  She is also a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in improving quality and transformational change. Her past roles include Medical Director, Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and prior to that Clinical Director for the maternity, newborn, children and young people Strategic Clinical Network. She has also held national roles as Clinical Lead for children and young people's emergency and urgent care with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and with the Royal College of Paediatrics and child health as part of their invited review team and as project executive for a quality improvement project. 

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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 Alistair Lipp

    Dr Alistair Lipp

    Medical Director, Midlands and East (East)

    Dr Alistair Lipp is Medical Director and Responsible Officer for the NHS England Midlands and East (East) regional team and also Head of School of Public Health for Health Education England across the East of England - responsible for the training programmes of specialty registrars in Public Health and also for the public health practitioner registration programme.


    Alistair’s previous roles include Deputy Regional Medical Director for  Midlands and East Region, Medical Director and Responsible Officer of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney PCT cluster and Director of Public Health for the PCTs covering Great Yarmouth and Waveney.  He has worked for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Pakistan and Afghanistan and acted as an Expert Adviser to Ministries of Health in Georgia, Armenia and Montenegro as well as supporting the WHO Healthy Cities Programme which addresses inequalities in health through local government initiatives.


    Alistair trained in General Practice and Public Health Medicine.

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  • Lisa Llewelyn

    Lisa Llewelyn

    Director of Nursing & Clinical Quality

    Lisa Llewelyn (RGN; RM; SCPHN (HV); BSc (Hons); MSc) is a Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality and Deputy Chief Officer at North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
    Having  trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and worked as a nurse  in the NHS for over 35 years, Lisa feels privileged to have cared for patients and held clinical leadership roles in a variety of settings and locations within the acute sector,  midwifery, public health, community services, primary care, mental health; and more recently clinical commissioning.

    In her current role, Lisa is at the heart of change in the development of integrated care and system partnerships, for the benefit of improving the patient’s experience. Her continued passion and motivation is to provide inspirational and dynamic clinical leadership; a strategic focus on high quality care and patient safety; promoting excellence in professional practice; and leading on quality improvements across care pathways with partners.

    Lisa endorses the need to move care closer to a person’s home; to enhance self-care; to challenge cultural behaviours; and to be innovative in delivering new services. She firmly believes that through leading change, adding value and working in an integrated and collaborative way with other care partners, clinicians have a key role in reducing variation in quality and safety; narrowing health inequalities; and improving the health and wellbeing of our population.

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  • Dr John Lockley

    Dr John Lockley

    John Lockley recently retired from GP practice in Bedfordshire, where he continues to teach medical students.  He is Deputy Chair of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMCs Ltd.  Former Chair of the SystmOne National User Group (SNUG) John remains in a senior role on the national committee.  He is a member of the e-Referral Services's National Advisory Board (ERAB) and has recently started to research the informatics aspects of the coordination of healthcare delivery.   A writer and broadcaster of many years' standing, John is currently Chair of the Society of Medical Writers.


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  • Dr Roy Miller

    Dr Roy Miller

    Consultant in Anaesthesia

    Roy is Associate Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness and Innovation at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. His clinical work is in anaesthesia and pain management and as well as working at Colchester Hospital works with community based pain management services in Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.

    ‘I spent over four years with my family in Malawi working as a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management at a small orthopaedic mission hospital in Blantyre, returning to the UK in 2013 to resume my previous post at Colchester Hospital, an experience which has made me appreciate the many strengths of our healthcare system and perhaps given me some unique insights in to the challenges we face in today’s NHS.’

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  • Anna Morgan

    Anna Morgan

    Director of Nursing & Quality

    Anna Morgan (RGN, Dip HE, BSc Hons, MA) is Director of Nursing & Quality at Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust and has held this position for the last 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

    Chief Medical Officer

    Andy is the Chief Medical Officer at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. Previous roles include the Associate Medical Director and a Group Director at Barts Health.  He has been a consultant since 1999, specialising in anaesthetics and intensive care. He has worked across East London and Essex for almost 30 years and has been involved in significant change programmes for clinical pathways, be that part of service development, reconfiguration or mergers. He is passionate about the delivery of high quality and safe services and the ever increasing need to do so in a difficult financial climate.  His philosophy is that this can only be achieved with strong clinical leadership and with engagement and collaborative working with non-clinical colleagues.

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  • Pauline Phipps

    Pauline Phipps

    Expert by Experience

    Passionate about being involved and helping people after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2004, I wanted to be able to support patients in times of need and found I was able to do this in a number of ways.   In 2007 I became a member of the James Paget Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group, ending up as Secretary for eight years.   I talk to 4th year Medical Students from UEA about my illness in order for them to learn and am the Patient Representative on the Norfolk and Waveney Breast Screening Programme Board.

    A volunteer in the Royal Voluntary Service shop I work in the James Paget Hospital and also take library books to the housebound.    In July I am starting another volunteer role for the JPUH in either the Discharge Lounge or the Pharmacy.

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  • Dr Hazel Stuart

    Dr Hazel Stuart

    Consultant Anaesthetist and Critical Care Medicine

    Dr Hazel Stuart MBBS, DRCOG, FRCA, FICM is 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. She has been appointed, and will be commencing as Medical Director in 2018.

    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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  • Dr Dee Traue

    Dr Dee Traue

    I am a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at East & North Herts NHS Trust based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

    I have previously worked extensively in hospice and community palliative care.  I am involved nationally in the palliative and end of life care arena, as part of the Association for Palliative Medicine executive committee and previously the RCP Joint Specialty Committee for Palliative Medicine. I also have experience of the voluntary sector, working for the national charity Hospice UK as well as being medical director of a charitable hospice for five years.

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  • Dr Stephen Webb

    Dr Stephen Webb

    Stephen trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Northern Ireland and the East of England before being appointed in 2008 as Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at Papworth Hospital Cambridge, the largest adult cardiothoracic centre in the UK.

    His clinical, education and research interests lie in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, cardiothoracic intensive care and patient safety. At Papworth Hospital his roles include Associate Medical Director and Staff Governor (Doctors) on the Council of Governors.

    Stephen is the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP) Clinical Leader in Quality Improvement responsible for Health Education East of England & Health Education East Midlands. I am also a Member of the National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) Accreditation Advisory Committee.

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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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