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Our Board meets in public and is responsible for making sure that the CCG carries out all its duties. It is made up of local people with a real interest in making sure that health services in north east Essex are the best they can be.  We keep a register of Declarations of Interest for all our Board and Elected members. Please see our board meetings agendas and supporting papers.

Our Board Members:

Voting Members


Dr Hasan Chowhan

Dr Hasan Chowhan is Chair of the CCG Board. He is a GP Partner at Creffield Medical Group in Colchester, which comprises Creffield Medical Centre, North Hill Medical Group and Layer Road Surgery. Hasan is a GP Trainer and Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners, with an interest in medical politics.



Dr Ed GarrattDr Ed Garratt is Accountable Officer for Ipswich & East Suffolk, West Suffolk and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups. He is also the Executive Lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) and lead commissioner of the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust. Ed is a Visiting Professor of Integrated Care at the University of Suffolk (2021-2024).

Ed has led the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System since 2019. He is a Visiting Professor of Integrated Care at the University of Suffolk (2021-2024). Ed is Chief Executive of Ipswich and East Suffolk, North East and West Suffolk CCGs, gaining ‘outstanding’ ratings in all three CCGs. Previously he was Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Communications and Engagement at East of England and NHS Midlands and East. He has over 15 years’ experience of working in the NHS and currently co-chairs the East of England Health Inequalities Board and Mental Health Board; and commissions the East of England Ambulance Trust. He has also worked on major national policy by supporting the Department of Health in the development of the NHS Constitution and the government’s NHS White Paper 2021. Ed holds a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.



Pam GreenPam Green is the Chief Operating Officer for North East Essex CCG. Pam started her NHS career as a physiotherapist in 2001 in the East Midlands, eventually specialising in stroke and neurological rehabilitation in acute, community and home settings.

Pam has also been a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of Leicester Medical School and was also part of the NHS Improvement team for stroke alongside her commissioning lead role for cardiovascular disease at the former Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust.

Following a highly successful large scale change in the way local stroke services were provided in Northamptonshire, the NHS Improvement team appointed Pam to further embed stroke services across other areas of the country. Pam moved to Essex in 2010 when she was appointed as Head of Acute Commissioning and very quickly became Deputy Director of Commissioning for the PCT, in transition to CCGs. Pam has previously held the roles of Head of Contracts and Director of Transformation and Strategy for North East Essex CCG. She was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer for North East Essex in June 2019.



Jane PaylingJane Payling is the Director of Finance for the North East Essex, Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Jane is responsible for overseeing the CCGs’ finance and business intelligence functions. She supports the teams across the CCGs and is also the chair of the Directors’ of Finance group across the Integrated Care System.

Jane has worked at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy as Head of Health and Integration and was previously Director of Finance at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years. Here Jane had responsibility for procurement, contracting and performance and during this time she was part of the team which secured the go ahead for the new Papworth Hospital.

She is committed to developing people, having previously chaired the eastern region Finance Staff Development Board and helping to support Future Focussed Finance.



Richard Watson

Richard Watson is the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy and Transformation for the Integrated Care System.

Richard has worked across the NHS and local government in a variety of roles including with an acute trust, regional team and CCGs and has been within the Suffolk and north east Essex system for the last five years.

His areas of focus within his career to date has been transformation, change management and commissioning across health and care systems. Richard was also an elected local councillor and cabinet member within a London borough where he led on community safety, leisure and libraries. He is passionate about improving outcomes and his strength lays in managing complex system wide transformation.



Paul Gibara

Paul Gibara is the Director of Performance Improvement. Mr Gibara is responsible for the performance, negotiation and effectiveness of contracts worth in excess of £1 billion with organisations commissioned by the CCGs. These include hospitals, mental health providers, the ambulance service and community health services, which deliver health and care provision for almost one million people.

Mr Gibara has over three decades of NHS experience, starting out as a Registered Nurse in the 1980s. Since then he has held a number of senior clinical, operational and commissioning leadership roles, within a diverse range of settings.



Lisa Nobes

Lisa Nobes is the Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System for Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and West Suffolk CCG.

She started her nursing career at West Suffolk Hospital 29 years ago and moved to Manchester to train and practise as a children’s nurse at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital before relocating back to Suffolk to work at the East Anglia Children’s Hospice. She enjoyed working at both the hospice site and providing care to children at the end of their lives in their homes. She left EACH to become a Lecturer in Children’s Nursing and then a Senior Lecturer in Service Improvement, teaching service improvement methodologies to under and post-graduate health students. She has worked in the acute sector at both West Suffolk Hospital and Ipswich Hospital in senior nurse leadership posts, most recently as Director of Nursing at Ipswich Hospital before taking up the CNO role in the Suffolk CCGs.

Her academic background is in psychology, interprofessional healthcare education and health psychology and she has recently been appointed as Senior Visiting fellow at University of Suffolk.

She is interested in co-production of services with users and families and is keen to work with the wider Suffolk community to understand how services need transforming to meet the needs of Suffolk residents. Nursing remains a career that she loves and she is keen to work with senior nurse leaders across Suffolk to be the voice for nurses, midwives and AHPs.



Patrick Higgs (Essex County Council) is Director of ASC Essex Operations (Deputy to the DASS), responsible for the operational delivery and strategic planning, for adult social care services across the County.  Patrick joined Essex County Council in 2017, into the role as Director for Local Delivery for North East Essex, where he played a critical role in developing the Alliance.  Patrick has also held other roles, in operational and commissioning, in both Essex and other Local Authorities.



Elected Members (Voting)


Dr Max HickmanDr Max Hickman is the CCG’s Clinical Vice-Chair.  As a GP at Ambrose Avenue Surgery in Colchester, Max works in one of the largest general practices in North Essex. He has a long experience in health service management, previously working for North East Essex PBC group and Colchester PCT in chair roles. He has a keen interest in improving cardio-vascular services. As a GP, he has a special interest in cardiology.



Dr Freda BhattiDr Freda Bhatti - Tendring GP Elected Member Dr Bhatti qualified from University College Hospital medical school in 1991 and worked in various hospital posts in and around London before completing her GP training in 1997. She works full time and has an interest in paediatrics. Dr Bhatti enjoys socialising and spending time with her family and visiting Ireland regularly, particularly Dublin. 



Prashant Arora

Dr Prashant Arora - Tendring GP Elected Member Prashant joined St James’ practice in Clacton during October 2006 and is currently a partner at the practice. Prashant has a particular interest in elderly care, patient safety and cardiology and diabetes.  Prior to his current role, he was a GP registrar at a local GP practice in Guildford and a hospital doctor in the West Midlands.  Prashant enjoys playing cricket, golf and spending time with his family.  He also likes listening to Indian classical music.



Dr Firas Habib



Lay Members (Voting)


Jerry Wedge Jerry Wedge is a Lay Member of the Board and is the lead Lay Member for Whistleblowing. Jerry is Chair of the Audit Committee and is the CCGs Conflict of Interest Guardian. After gaining an economics degree at Manchester University, he went into business, firstly with a ready-mix concrete firm, before moving onto Huddersfield Council as financial manager. After an MBA at Heriot Watt University he moved to Wigan Council as Finance Director, before being appointed the Resources Director of the Disabilities Rights Commission, dealing with all areas of the Disability Discrimination Act. He joined Trinity House (lighthouses and pilots for shipping safety) in February, 2002, as Director of Finance & Support Services and lives in Frinton, Essex with his wife and two sons.



Martyn HanlonMartyn Hanlon is a Lay Member of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee. Martyn is the Chairman and Commercial Director of Exhibtr Ltd, and a co-founder of Redd and Whyte Ltd, an international company manufacturing liquid dispensing using nano technology, for companies and organisations conducting genomic research and drug discovery operations within the life-science industry. Martyn has a military background, both at sea and at the Ministry of Defence. He is currently a Master Mariner and Senior Marine Pilot at Harwich Haven Authority. Married with two sons, Martyn spends most of his spare time watching his boys play rugby for Sudbury RFC, running and playing tennis and golf. He is also a keen pianist.



Pamela DonnellyPamela Donnelly is a Lay Member of the Board. She works as an Executive Director at Colchester Borough Council. Pam joined the Board in May 2011 and serves as Chair of the Quality Committee.





Mark Cory

Mark Cory is the Patient and Public Lead. Mark has lived in Wivenhoe since he studied Modern History and Politics at the University of Essex. After graduating Mark worked as a Youth Worker and for an NHS community carer project for one year each respectively. During his time with the NHS, Mark worked with patients and carers to improve recognition of their needs and improve accessibility to services and support. Mark then trained to become a secondary school teacher qualifying in 2012.  In 2007, Mark became the youngest ever councillor elected to Colchester Borough Council. Mark continues to represent Wivenhoe to this day. In 2015, Mark was asked to join Colchester Cabinet to run the Finance and Resources portfolio. In May 2018, Mark became the youngest ever leader of Colchester Borough Council, the position he currently holds today.



Jon Price is a sessional Lay Member. He worked for the Corporation of Trinity House for 36 years, the 13 of which were as Company Secretary and Risk Manager with a strong background in public sector corporate governance. More recently, he has been a key player in working to change the legal status of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities based in Paris from a non-governmental body (NGO) governed by French law to one governed by international law as chair of their Legal Advisory Panel. He joined the CCG in September 2013 as a member of the Audit Committee and has chaired the General Practice Commissioning Committee since delegated primary care commissioning in April 2017.



Non-voting Participants


Amanda Lyes

Amanda Lyes is Director of Workforce & People Designate

Amanda has a NHS career spanning 20 years. Her strengths include change management, organisational development and employee relations.

Amanda has a wide understanding of NHS and wider system delivery and is passionate about delivering a high standard of service. She is an experienced Board member having held Board level positions in two other NHS organisations and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and holds a MSc in Human Resource Management.



Myrna Liles

Myrna Liles is Elected Patient Representative

Myrna represents the patient voice at the CCG's regular Board meetings, and also sits on the CCG's Transformation Delivery Committee. Myrna is an active member of the North East Essex Health Forum Committee (HFC). Each HFC meeting includes a slot on the agenda where members can review the upcoming Board papers and propose points for discussion with the Board. Myrna also takes this opportunity to relay the outcomes of discussions from the previous Board.

The Health Forum Committee members are elected representatives from Colchester and Tendring. Members gather public opinion on local health services at regular public meetings, known as Local Health Matters. Check the dates, times and venues of Local Health Matters meetings online.

If you have a query about local health services which you would like to communicate to the Health Forum Committee, contact Paula Martin at Paula will pass your query on to the Committee, who will get in touch.



Cllr Anne Brown is a Speaker/Observer



Declarations of Interest - updated November 2021


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