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Our Non Executive Directors

Alan Brown, Non Executive Director, Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director

Alan has worked in IT for almost 40 years, the last 10 of which have been in healthcare. He has been a Non Executive Director for 3 years, initially at Hinchingbrooke Health and Care NHS Trust and, more recently, at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. Alan moved to Norfolk in 2016 and continues to work, part time, as a partner in a consultancy company.

David Dickinson, Non Executive Director

David recently retired from the post of Director of Resources at Newark and Sherwood District Council in Nottinghamshire and now lives in West Norfolk. He is a qualified accountant and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). David will take over as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Dr Ian Mack, Non Executive Director

Dr Ian Mack worked in the NHS as a doctor in West Norfolk for most of his professional career, combining this with a number of public service and board roles., He first joined The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn as a House Physician in 1985. He was a GP in West Norfolk between 1992 and 2017, and became involved with clinical commissioning work, initially as a member of West Norfolk Primary Care Trust. In 2007, he became a member and subsequently Chair of the Clinical Executive of NHS Norfolk. In 2013 he became Chair of West Norfolk CCG. He also was elected as a Vice Chair of Norfolk's Health and Wellbeing Board.

As the Clinical Lead for stroke in NHS Norfolk, he authored and implemented strategy for the commissioning and establishment of clot-busting treatment and improved rehabilitation care for stroke. He also was Chair of the Long Term Conditions Programme Board which took forward projects to support people with frailty in the community.

He has a Master of Science in Gerontology from King’s College London where, as part of his studies, he researched intermediate care for older people in the UK compared to other European countries.

For many years he was Chair of the governing bodies of primary schools in West Norfolk. He also served for 10 years as Borough Councillor on King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council, including six years as Vice Chair of the Cabinet Scrutiny Committee. He retired from the CCG and clinical work in September 2017.

For five years he was the Vice Chair of the Board of Alive Leisure, a charity which successfully ran sports, arts and leisure facilities in West Norfolk. He is now Vice Chair of the charity West Norfolk Lives.

Simon Roberts, Non Executive Director

Highly experienced business leader and adviser having worked substantively and as a consultant/advisor within the NHS and private healthcare markets, holding executive leadership positions in both. Worked extensively for and across NHS England around the system/commissioning transformation agenda including leading major change and transition programmes providing strategic oversight to a number of high profile change programmes as well as providing direct system support to Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and nascent Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). Played a leading role deploying the Lead Provider Framework and more latterly developing and launching the Health System Support Framework (commercial procurement framework aimed at enabling STPs/ICSs to access the necessary capability and capacity to integrate health and care services).

Held Executive Board positions within a Commissioning Support Unit, Acute Trust/District General Hospital and Community Services Provider. Private healthcare experience has included consultancy/advisory roles with HCA International, Spire Healthcare and Hitachi Consulting.

Dr Claire Fernandez, Non Executive Director

Claire Fernandez is a research manager with significant experience in project delivery and strategy working across universities, research organisations, industry, NHS provider and commissioner services. She is passionate about delivering evidence-based, high quality care to improve patients’ outcomes and experience.

Claire has a background in academic science and carried out fundamental research at Cambridge and Oxford research institutes for 10 years, in the fields of immunology, haematology, oncology and stem cell research. She has a PhD from the University of Oxford in Clinical Sciences and project management qualifications. Following her academic research career, Claire moved into NHS clinical trial delivery and progressed into research management roles, gaining significant experience in running strategic projects at a senior level across the Thames Valley. Her career has involved creating and coordinating programmes of work to maximise improvements in research knowledge, clinical treatments, and patient outcomes. Claire has worked in many different areas including physical health, mental health and bioscience.

Claire was born in Norwich and grew up in a small village in North Norfolk. She is married with three children and returned to live in Norfolk in 2017. She currently works for the National Institute for Health Research in the Clinical Research Network Eastern.

Sue Hayter, Non Executive Director

Sue is a dedicated and passionate nurse and has worked in healthcare for over 50 years, in both acute and community hospitals and the community, in the UK as well as abroad. She was a Matron of a Suffolk community hospital before becoming the Nurse Manager for a group of community hospitals.

In 2006, Sue was appointed Quality and Patient Experience Manager for Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT), and later became Director of Nursing Services before retiring from full time employment in 2010.

Sue continued to work for the NHS in both Suffolk and Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCGs on short term contracts as well as Suffolk County Council. She then worked with Suffolk CCGs and Suffolk CC inspecting the quality of care and nursing in care homes. In 2013, Sue became a Nurse Member of the West Norfolk CCG Board – a seat she held until 2020.

Outside of healthcare Sue is an active member of her local Church, a Primary School Governor and also a High School Academy Trustee, and a Trustee at St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Jackie Schneider, Non Executive Director

Jackie is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the NHS for over four decades, across a broad and varied range of clinical environments, in both clinical and senior clinical leadership positions.

She retired in 2018 having been the Registered Nurse on the governing body of North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group for six years.

At county level, Jackie also held lead roles in quality agendas such as adult safeguarding and infection prevention and control. This included working closely with Health and Social care partners around service integration, continuing healthcare development and shaping safeguarding processes.

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