Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Niall Dickson CBE, Chair

Niall is was the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation until October 2020, and was previously Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council and Chief Executive of the health thinktank, The King’s Fund.

A Scot educated at Edinburgh University, Niall worked for Age Concern England and then moved into journalism. He was editor of Nursing Times in the 1980s and later became a familiar face and voice on BBC television and radio news, where he worked for 16 years culminating as Social Affairs Editor.

He has held international roles, serving as Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities and on the governing council of the International Hospitals Federation.

He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Queens Nursing Institute. He was awarded a CBE in the birthday honours for services to patent safety.

Susan Acott, Chief Executive

Susan was previously CEO at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust for 8 years.  Susan started her career from the NHS's General Management Training Scheme, having graduated from Birmingham University. She has long standing experience in the NHS and has worked in a variety of posts in Manchester, Merseyside, York and London. Her Board level experience includes Operational, Strategic, Performance and Transformation portfolios. 

Dr Rebecca Martin, Chief Medical Officer

Rebecca graduated from the University of Nottingham and completed her specialist training at the Nottingham and East Midlands School of Anaesthesia.

Rebecca was Consultant in Burns Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Mid Essex Hospitals, Chelmsford in 2003.

She was the Clinical Lead for Burns ITU and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Burn Association, the National Organiser and Course Director for the ‘Emergency Management of Severe Burns’ course and a member of the Clinical Reference Group for Burns.

Sarah Shingler, Chief Nursing Officer

Sarah has a long career history in the NHS working as a senior clinical leader.

Sarah has worked in a variety of director level leadership roles in the NHS and social care, with expertise spanning nursing and quality, operations, transformation and system change in acute and community settings.

Liz Shutler, Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Strategic Development and Capital Planning

Previous Board level positions as a commissioner of acute, community, primary care and mental health services

BSc (Hons) Economics (Management Studies and Social Policy) University of Wales College Cardiff

HND Public Administration - Southampton Institute of Higher Education

Rebecca Carlton, Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca joined the Trust from the Royal United Hospitals Bath where she was Chief Operating Officer, as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in August 2020.  She took up the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer on 1 November 2020 and was appointed to the role substantively on 16 July 2021. 

Rebecca has worked at a senior level in both England and Wales as well as senior roles in London.

Masters from the London School of Economics (LSE) in heath policy, finance and planning.

Tina Ivanov, Director of Quality Governance

Dr Tina Ivanov joined the Trust in May 2021

Professional background: Registered Paramedic, Doctor of Education, Master of Professional Education and Training (Workplace and Vocational Education and Training), Advanced Diploma of Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Paramedic Studies, Diploma of Ambulance Paramedic Studies, Diploma Human Resources Management, Quality, Service Improvement and Redesign, Bachelor of Applied Science


Philip Cave, Director of Finance and Performance

Most recently Executive Director of Finance/ Deputy Chief Executive at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership and before that Executive Director of Finance at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Philip has over 19 years of experience in the NHS having worked the majority of his career in the Acute Setting, most recently and Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust.

Andrea Ashman, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Andrea joined the Trust on 10 July 2017 as the Deputy Director of Human Resources and was appointed as the Trust's permanent Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development on 1 September 2019.

Neil Wigglesworth, Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Dr Neil Wigglesworth joined the Trust on 15 March 2021

Professional background:

Registered Nurse, PhD (microbiology), Master of Public Health (MPH), Member of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH), Bachelor of Science, Biosciences and Health, Member of the Antimicrobial Resistance, Prescribing and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARPHAI) Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Social Care (England), Former President of the UK Infection Prevention Society, Chair of the International Federation of Infection Control

Non-Executive Directors

Sunny Adeusi

Sunny specialises in driving sustainable cost competitiveness across end-to-end value chains, generation of new profitable revenue streams, and embedding continuous improvement culture in healthcare and life sciences sectors. He served as lead director for hospital and healthcare provider transformation in the healthcare practice of a Big4 professional services firm. In early career, he spent over 20 years in supply chain, operations and commercial roles with increasing responsibilities at global life sciences and fast moving consumer goods (fmcg) corporations.

Sunny holds a Master of Science (MS) degree from MIT, Boston, USA (Sloan Fellow) and MBA from Imperial College London (Lord Sainsbury Fellow in Life Sciences).

Dr Olu Olasode, Non-Executive Director

Fellow Chartered Accountant, Economist, Chartered Public Administrator, and Doctor of Business Transformation and Leadership

Nigel Mansley

Nigel is an Accountant by profession. He has been a self-employed management consultant, specialising in corporate finance and change management. His experience as a management consultant is enhanced by his senior board-level executive experience gained with major UK businesses such as BUPA and Road Chef PLC where he was Head of Finance and Group Finance Director respectively.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He also brings experience from performance improvement consultancy work within NHS England over a number of years.  He was a Non-Executive Director of the South Eastern HSC Trust from 1 April 2007 until 31 December 2016. Prior to that, he was a Non-Executive Director of the Sperrin Lakeland HSC Trust.

Jane Ollis

Jane offers 25 years of diverse business experience from interning at NASA to sitting on and advising boards of global companies, charities and government bodies. She is a medical biochemist and environmental scientist by training with a particular interest in how science and technology can shape tomorrow’s world. She is also an alumni of Sydney's prestigious social leadership programme, a former Non-Executive Director of the Wentworth Area Health Service (Sydney) and a business fellow of Oxford University.

Last year she joined Quvium UK, a med-tech start up that has developed a personalised early warning system for people with a respiratory disease. She also took up the role of Kent Chairman of the Institute of Directors and brings connections, inspiration, know-how and first-hand experience of what is takes to be successful in business.

Professor Chris Holland

Professor Chris Holland has had an extensive career in medicine and medical education, working with the national education bodies, the General Medical Council (GMC) and Local Enterprise Partnerships. He was awarded his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997 and went on to gain a Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the University of Warwick. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at King’s College London, his thesis is on Leadership in Education. He has previously researched student motivation after failure, simulation training, inter-professional education and the experiences of medical students from backgrounds less well represented in medicine during their time at university. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care, and the Academy of Medical Educators. He was an elected member of the National Council of the Academy of Medical Educators until 2018 and led the Academy’s Faculty Development and Equality and Diversity Groups.

Sarah Dunnett, Interim Non-Executive Director

Sarah was appointed Interim NED and Chair of the Quality Committee at East Kent Hospitals in January of this year. 

Martin Jolly

Martin is a Chartered Engineer and Certified Facilities Manager with over 25 years’ experience in Estates and Facilities Management.

Having worked internationally leading the engineering delivery for an international bank and for quality and process control across a diverse portfolio as Head of Engineering for the global facility services provider ISS, Martin has experience working in a wide range of high risk regulated operational settings including financial services, data centres, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Recently he has also managed the delivery of FM services to the temporary Nightingale Hospital in London.

Luisa Fulci

Luisa has 20 years’ corporate commercial experience with significant revenue targets and budget responsibilities.  Throughout a diverse career spanning strategy consulting, telecom start-ups, and at Royal Mail as Commercial Director, Luisa has improved quality of service for customers by delivering improvement initiatives that focus on customer needs.  She has a proven track record of developing customer-centric transformation strategies and of delivering major digital change initiatives in large, regulated organisations. 

Prior to joining East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Luisa was a Non-Executive Director at Camden and Islington NHS Trust, where she focused on digital transformation, and a Non-Executive Director at CILEx Regulation, the independent regulator of CILEx lawyers. At CILEX Regulation, Luisa focused on the development of a more diverse legal profession.

Luisa is committed to ensuring that the consumer is at the centre of decision making.

Stuart Baird

Stewart leads a specialist private equity investment business and has sat on numerous boards in various sectors including leisure, engineering, technology and travel. Previously he held various senior executive roles with large, high profile organisations including Virgin, Eurostar and Prudential.

Dr Raymond Anakwe

Raymond Anakwe is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who has worked all over the world throughout a 24-year career with the British Army. He is interested and has worked in national leadership roles related to quality, education, training and patient safety. He has a strong background in improvement and working with teams to drive and improve quality.

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