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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:

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.


Sam Hepplewhite is Chief Officer at the CCG. Sam’s previous roles within the former Primary Care Trust (PCT), which was replaced by the CCG, include commissioning acute, primary and community services. She worked at the Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority during 2010 within the Commissioning Development Directorate. Prior to working in the PCT, Sam was a practice manager of a General Practice.


Kirsty Denwood is the CCG’s Chief Finance Officer. She is a qualified accountant with 16 years’ senior management experience in finance across several public sector organisations. Kirsty joined the NHS in 2007 and worked at the East of England Strategic Health Authority and North East Essex Primary Care Trust before being appointed to the role of Chief Finance Officer in August 2012.


Lisa Llewellyn is the CCG’s Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality. Lisa started her career as a Registered Nurse and then went on to be educated as a Midwife and Health visitor. Lisa has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS and has held several senior level positions. She has managed services in a wide range of settings, including acute, community, primary care, mental health and learning disabilities across the country. Lisa was appointed to the role of Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality in May 2012.


Pam Green is the CCG’s Director of Transformation and Strategy.  She 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 was a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at University of Leicester Medical School and was also part of the NHS Improvement team for Stroke alongside her commissioning lead role for Cardio Vascular Disease at the former Northants 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 held the post as Head of Contracts at the North East Essex CCG and was made substantive in her current post during March 2015.

Paul Davison was formerly Deputy Director of Contracting, Business Intelligence and IM&T but currently Acting Director of Transformation and Strategy whilst Pam Green is on maternity leave. A qualified Accountant by background Paul has an NHS career spanning 28 years, and has been working in commissioning roles within the North East Essex area for the last 13 years.     

Dr 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.


Jerry Wedge is a Lay Member of the Board. Jerry is Chair of both the Finance and Performance Committee and the Audit Committee. 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 Hanlon is a Lay Member of the Board. 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 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.




Dr Paul Molyneux is the Secondary Care Specialist on the CCG Board. He is a Consultant Neurologist at the West Suffolk Hospital Foundation Trust and Addenbrookes Hospital, where he co-runs the Regional Multiple Sclerosis service.  Dr Molyneux is Deputy Medical Director at the West Suffolk Hospital Foundation Trust, with a lead role in patient safety and medical appraisal. He has had considerable experience in service re-design and quality improvement.


Dr Mark Roberts - Colchester GP Elected Member Mark joined the Tiptree Medical Centre practice in August 2011 and became a partner during April 2013. He qualified from St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine in 2006 and completed his GP training in Chelmsford. His clinical interests include mental health and diabetes and he is actively involved in healthcare commissioning. Mark's personal interests comprise travel and walking his friendly English Springer Spaniel, Izzy.


Dr 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. 



 Ann Watson - Interim Health Forum Committee Representative




Mark Cory is a Lay Member of the Board. He 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.



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. 

Patrick Higgs is Director for Local Delivery, for Adult Services at Essex County Council.  Patrick’s role is the strategic lead and oversight for adult social care delivery in north east Essex.  Patrick has been in this position since April 2017, having moved from Doncaster, where he held the position of Assistant Director Adult Social Care.

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.

Declarations of Interest - updated 24/04/18

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